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3D Printing and Robotics Changing the World: Winners of the Third Round of 2017 Hackaday Prize Announced

3D Printing and Robotics Changing the World: Winners of the Third Round of 2017 Hackaday Prize Announced

The 2017 Hackaday Prize challenge launched just a few months ago, charging participants to create something that makes a positive difference in the world. It’s always interesting to follow the multi-tiered competition, now in its fourth year, that Hackaday puts on. The Hackaday Prize asks hackers and makers to “Build Something that Matters” in a series […]

The 2017 Hackaday Prize challenge launched just a few months ago, charging participants to create something that makes a positive difference in the world. It’s always interesting to follow the multi-tiered competition, now in its fourth year, that Hackaday puts...
Robots with a Mission: 3D Printed Garbage Collectors Prepare to Descend on Beaches

Robots with a Mission: 3D Printed Garbage Collectors Prepare to Descend on Beaches

In 2011, a devastating earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, killing more than 15,000 people and injuring and/or displacing hundreds of thousands of others. The effects of the tsunami were felt on the other side of the world, too, as far away as Canada. Erin Kennedy noticed those effects one day while walking along the Toronto […]

In 2011, a devastating earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, killing more than 15,000 people and injuring and/or displacing hundreds of thousands of others. The effects of the tsunami were felt on the other side of the world, too, as far away as Canada. Erin Kennedy...
Sharpen Your 3D Printing, Robotics, and Other Hacking Skills: The 2017 Hackaday Prize Challenge is Underway

Sharpen Your 3D Printing, Robotics, and Other Hacking Skills: The 2017 Hackaday Prize Challenge is Underway

We love Hackaday – the site has provided us with tons of cool projects that we’ve had a great time highlighting, from a coffee-maker-turned-3D-printer to a 3D printed pressure regulator for scuba divers. Our favorite thing about Hackaday, though, is the Hackaday Prize. Now in its fourth year, the Hackaday Prize invites makers and hackers to “Build […]

We love Hackaday – the site has provided us with tons of cool projects that we’ve had a great time highlighting, from a coffee-maker-turned-3D-printer to a 3D printed pressure regulator for scuba divers. Our favorite thing about Hackaday, though, is the...
Brew Up Some Fresh Designs With This Coffee Maker-Turned-3D Printer

Brew Up Some Fresh Designs With This Coffee Maker-Turned-3D Printer

People have built 3D printers out of some pretty surprising things, like Legos and K’nex, for example. I never would have thought to do what Tropical Labs did, however. The Washington, D.C.-based electromechanical systems lab specializes in custom electronics, which we first saw last summer when the company introduced the Mechaduino, an open-source, low-cost, Arduino-compatible industrial […]

People have built 3D printers out of some pretty surprising things, like Legos and K’nex, for example. I never would have thought to do what Tropical Labs did, however. The Washington, D.C.-based electromechanical systems lab specializes in custom electronics,...
SexyCyborg Strikes Again with the Pi-Palette: A 3D Printed Makeup Palette Concealing a Computer

SexyCyborg Strikes Again with the Pi-Palette: A 3D Printed Makeup Palette Concealing a Computer

Where would a lady be without a good makeup palette? You just never know when you’re going to need to go from a “day” to a “night” look, or when you’re going to feel the urge to add a pop of fun color to your everyday ensemble, or when you’re going to need to quietly break […]

Where would a lady be without a good makeup palette? You just never know when you’re going to need to go from a “day” to a “night” look, or when you’re going to feel the urge to add a pop of fun color to your everyday ensemble, or...
Autodesk’s VariSlice Algorithm Uses Variable Slicing for High-Resolution 3D Printing, Fast

Autodesk’s VariSlice Algorithm Uses Variable Slicing for High-Resolution 3D Printing, Fast

Autodesk wants you to have it all. If you’ve been 3D printing for a while, you’re probably aware that while you can achieve amazing results with 3D models, the slicing and the settings are where it’s at–along with getting some great tips from the experts! Last we checked in with Steve Kranz, we learned how […]

Autodesk wants you to have it all. If you’ve been 3D printing for a while, you’re probably aware that while you can achieve amazing results with 3D models, the slicing and the settings are where it’s at–along with getting some great tips from the experts! Last...
biotINK: Student Team Creates Scaffold-Free Bioprinting Technology with a Hacked Ultimaker 3D Printer

biotINK: Student Team Creates Scaffold-Free Bioprinting Technology with a Hacked Ultimaker 3D Printer

3D printed, transplantable, functional human organs are getting closer and closer to becoming a reality, as unbelievable as that seems. While bioprinting technology hasn’t quite gotten to the point of being able to actually 3D print a kidney or liver and implant it into a living human being, it’s only a matter of time as […]

3D printed, transplantable, functional human organs are getting closer and closer to becoming a reality, as unbelievable as that seems. While bioprinting technology hasn’t quite gotten to the point of being able to actually 3D print a kidney or liver and implant...
SCUBA-Loving Hackers Will Want to Check Out This 3D Printed Regulator

SCUBA-Loving Hackers Will Want to Check Out This 3D Printed Regulator

Most of us count down the days to our vacations. While some are off the cuff, many are also well-planned and well-saved for, sending us off to beautiful new destinations to recoup, rejoice, regenerate, and return anew. Sandy beaches and pale blue water are of course always enticing. But if you want true serenity, take […]

Most of us count down the days to our vacations. While some are off the cuff, many are also well-planned and well-saved for, sending us off to beautiful new destinations to recoup, rejoice, regenerate, and return anew. Sandy beaches and pale blue water are of course...
Zizzy the Robot Uses 3D Printed Artificial Muscles to Assist Those Lacking Mobility

Zizzy the Robot Uses 3D Printed Artificial Muscles to Assist Those Lacking Mobility

One area that 3D printing technology and robotics have successfully intertwined with one another is the production of assistive devices. Whether it’s a 3D printed robotic arm that helps with stroke rehabilitation or a unique prosthetic limb that aims to restore the sense of touch, the bottom line is that the two emerging technologies have […]

One area that 3D printing technology and robotics have successfully intertwined with one another is the production of assistive devices. Whether it’s a 3D printed robotic arm that helps with stroke rehabilitation or a unique prosthetic limb that aims to restore the...
Low-Cost Mechaduino Open-Source Industrial Servo Motor Launches on Kickstarter

Low-Cost Mechaduino Open-Source Industrial Servo Motor Launches on Kickstarter

RC servo motors are used in a wide variety of robotic and radio control applications, and are basically a maker’s best friend. They are cheap, easy to get ahold of and relatively reliable for resisting and correcting for external disturbances that interfere with the operation of the device they are powering. However, they are often […]

RC servo motors are used in a wide variety of robotic and radio control applications, and are basically a maker’s best friend. They are cheap, easy to get ahold of and relatively reliable for resisting and correcting for external disturbances that interfere with...
Cura Type A's Infill Generator Proves to Enhance 3D Printed Objects

Cura Type A's Infill Generator Proves to Enhance 3D Printed Objects

Last month, while my colleagues from the 3DPrint.com team were soaking up the sun at RAPID 2016, back at home we reported on the new methodologies for generating internal structures that were unveiled by Type A Machines. Their Cura Type A software, which is currently available for download as a public beta release, has been enhanced with […]

Last month, while my colleagues from the 3DPrint.com team were soaking up the sun at RAPID 2016, back at home we reported on the new methodologies for generating internal structures that were unveiled by Type A Machines. Their Cura Type A software, which is currently...
3D Printed Microscope Chamber Cuts Cost by 50x

3D Printed Microscope Chamber Cuts Cost by 50x

In the complex world of optical microscopy, the quest is to constantly improve access to samples, because this will yield more information and conclusive scientific results. One way to improve optical access to samples is through the technique of oil immersion, where a sample and the microscope lens are both immersed in transparent oil with […]

In the complex world of optical microscopy, the quest is to constantly improve access to samples, because this will yield more information and conclusive scientific results. One way to improve optical access to samples is through the technique of oil immersion, where...
Paint By Numbers Inspires Jason Preuss' 3D Printed 2D Paintings

Paint By Numbers Inspires Jason Preuss' 3D Printed 2D Paintings

One year ago, we reported on a Michigan man who 3D printed an incredible dome clock that stands 4 feet tall, 2 feet wide, and 1 foot deep and looks like it has been hand-carved and inspired by antique designs that pay great attention to intricate detail. This designer, Jason Preuss, is a Michigan-based maker who […]

One year ago, we reported on a Michigan man who 3D printed an incredible dome clock that stands 4 feet tall, 2 feet wide, and 1 foot deep and looks like it has been hand-carved and inspired by antique designs that pay great attention to intricate detail. This...
Build Something That Matters: The 2016 Hackaday Prize is Here

Build Something That Matters: The 2016 Hackaday Prize is Here

Now in its third year, the 2016 Hackaday Prize is back and bigger than ever before. The goal, as always, is to use your skills with hardware, programming, design, fabrication and science to design and build something that will lead to social change and make other people’s lives better. Hackaday wants users to use their […]

Now in its third year, the 2016 Hackaday Prize is back and bigger than ever before. The goal, as always, is to use your skills with hardware, programming, design, fabrication and science to design and build something that will lead to social change and make other...
How Filament Thickness Sensors Can Change 3D Printing

How Filament Thickness Sensors Can Change 3D Printing

If you have any 3D printing experience, you already know that one of the key aspects of a high-quality 3D print job is the proper thickness of the object’s walls. Increasingly, 3D printing services are adding different options for testing out this thickness before you send a job to the printer. Marlin Firmware, a “firmware […]

If you have any 3D printing experience, you already know that one of the key aspects of a high-quality 3D print job is the proper thickness of the object’s walls. Increasingly, 3D printing services are adding different options for testing out this thickness...
Try the "Overkill Cooling" Method for High-Quality Small 3D Printed Parts

Try the "Overkill Cooling" Method for High-Quality Small 3D Printed Parts

While 3D printing technology hardware gets more refined as the industry becomes more aware of the needs of its users, makers and hackers continue to play a huge role innovating DIY solutions to some of our more pressing 3D printing problems. Take, for example, the issue of printing smaller parts. Parts printed in PLA, which is […]

While 3D printing technology hardware gets more refined as the industry becomes more aware of the needs of its users, makers and hackers continue to play a huge role innovating DIY solutions to some of our more pressing 3D printing problems. Take, for example, the...
Kame the Hopping 3D Printable Robot is the Cutest Thing You’ll See All Day

Kame the Hopping 3D Printable Robot is the Cutest Thing You’ll See All Day

While there had been industrial 3D printers available years before desktop printers started to become popular, it wasn’t an especially widely used or known technology. But when the first RepRap 3D printer found its way into a makerspace, 3D printing exploded and primarily became known as a hobby industry. The market overwhelmingly sold its smaller […]

While there had been industrial 3D printers available years before desktop printers started to become popular, it wasn’t an especially widely used or known technology. But when the first RepRap 3D printer found its way into a makerspace, 3D printing exploded and...
3D Printed PLA Mold for Pewter Casting is Surprisingly Effective

3D Printed PLA Mold for Pewter Casting is Surprisingly Effective

If you’re looking for a great 3D printing-related winter project — specifically wintry as it involves creating something marvelous with molten metal — then we may have found the ideal one for you. With this project, you’ll create a 3D printed mold for casting in pewter. It may sound complicated, but thanks to some pretty […]

If you’re looking for a great 3D printing-related winter project — specifically wintry as it involves creating something marvelous with molten metal — then we may have found the ideal one for you. With this project, you’ll create a 3D printed mold for...
DIY Project Converts LulzBot Mini 3D Printer from 3mm to 1.75mm Filament

DIY Project Converts LulzBot Mini 3D Printer from 3mm to 1.75mm Filament

The Hackaday website has no shortage of really practical and useful 3D printing tips and projects, and Brian Benchoff’s recent article on converting a 3D printer from 3mm to 1.75mm filament makes so much sense that you can immediately see its usefulness. Benchoff begins with an excellent question about printer filament. How did it get decided that […]

The Hackaday website has no shortage of really practical and useful 3D printing tips and projects, and Brian Benchoff’s recent article on converting a 3D printer from 3mm to 1.75mm filament makes so much sense that you can immediately see its usefulness....
Hack a 3D Printing Pen to Make a 3D Printer for Under $100

Hack a 3D Printing Pen to Make a 3D Printer for Under $100

As I write more stories about 3D printing, not only do I want to purchase my own printer, but I want everyone — especially K-12 schools — to have access to a 3D printer, too. It’s such a remarkable technology, and although it is getting cheaper, cost is still prohibitive in the 3D printing space. […]

As I write more stories about 3D printing, not only do I want to purchase my own printer, but I want everyone — especially K-12 schools — to have access to a 3D printer, too. It’s such a remarkable technology, and although it is getting cheaper, cost...
Make Your Own 3D Printed "Doodle Clock" That Magnetically Writes the Time

Make Your Own 3D Printed "Doodle Clock" That Magnetically Writes the Time

On Hackaday three years ago, architect Ekaggrat Singh Kalsi–a designer who also 3D prints with light–shared a robotic writing clock, also referred to as the Doodle Clock, that he has now updated and posted for all interested parties. The biggest improvement is with how time is marked by the clock. There are several general improvements […]

On Hackaday three years ago, architect Ekaggrat Singh Kalsi–a designer who also 3D prints with light–shared a robotic writing clock, also referred to as the Doodle Clock, that he has now updated and posted for all interested parties. The biggest...
OpenBionics Affordable Bionic Hand is Selected as a Hackaday Prize Semifinalist

OpenBionics Affordable Bionic Hand is Selected as a Hackaday Prize Semifinalist

For this year’s Hackaday Prize prospective entrants were challenged to develop a project or idea that would help solve the problems that matter to everyone. While that may be a vague precept, Hackaday says that their imprecise language was intentional. The idea was to avoid stifling creativity and innovation by laying out a strict set […]

For this year’s Hackaday Prize prospective entrants were challenged to develop a project or idea that would help solve the problems that matter to everyone. While that may be a vague precept, Hackaday says that their imprecise language was intentional. The idea was to...
3D Printing: The Stories We Didn't Cover This Week -- September 12

3D Printing: The Stories We Didn't Cover This Week -- September 12

This week’s stories we didn’t cover include several nifty 3D printed items. A laser sintered wallet is a big Kickstarter success, raising well over its initial goal; a man 3D printed an insulin pump for a little diabetic girl’s American Doll; and that 3D printed pennyboard design we covered here in July is now finished. Speaking of finishes, […]

This week’s stories we didn’t cover include several nifty 3D printed items. A laser sintered wallet is a big Kickstarter success, raising well over its initial goal; a man 3D printed an insulin pump for a little diabetic girl’s American Doll; and...
Nostalgia for '80s Vectrex Game Console Prompts Maker to Create a Mini 3D Printed Version

Nostalgia for '80s Vectrex Game Console Prompts Maker to Create a Mini 3D Printed Version

3D printing has been a real boon for the nostalgic branch of the maker movement. Suddenly you can use 3D printing to recreate your favorite, um, thing–you name it and you can probably make it if you have the wherewithal, the skills (or a willingness to acquire them) and, of course, a 3D printer. That’s […]

3D printing has been a real boon for the nostalgic branch of the maker movement. Suddenly you can use 3D printing to recreate your favorite, um, thing–you name it and you can probably make it if you have the wherewithal, the skills (or a willingness to acquire...
Say Hello to the Fully Automatic 3D Printed Skittles Sorter

Say Hello to the Fully Automatic 3D Printed Skittles Sorter

This is it. It’s finally here. I am, of course, talking about a 3D printed automatic Skittles sorter. No more do you have to cancel plans or cut off ties with loved ones in order to have the time you need to get your Skittles sorted. Now, you and I both know that Skittles have […]

This is it. It’s finally here. I am, of course, talking about a 3D printed automatic Skittles sorter. No more do you have to cancel plans or cut off ties with loved ones in order to have the time you need to get your Skittles sorted. Now, you and I both know...