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3D Printing: A Tool in the Toolbox for Makers and Educators

3D Printing: A Tool in the Toolbox for Makers and Educators

Early adopters in the 3D printing industry were often faced with a number of obstacles that made it difficult to sell their machines. There was (and still is) a general lack of education among schools and the existing workforce. Schools that purchased 3D printers early on quickly learned the frustration of getting parts to stick […]

Early adopters in the 3D printing industry were often faced with a number of obstacles that made it difficult to sell their machines. There was (and still is) a general lack of education among schools and the existing workforce. Schools that purchased 3D printers...
We Need To Talk About Fablabs

We Need To Talk About Fablabs

Fablabs are wonderful things. Places to congregate, learn and experience, they’re a haven for makers. For many, the fablab was the first place where you saw a 3D printer and got the chance to operate one as well. You learned to weld or solder at one and made your first proper thing at one: your […]

Fablabs are wonderful things. Places to congregate, learn and experience, they’re a haven for makers. For many, the fablab was the first place where you saw a 3D printer and got the chance to operate one as well. You learned to weld or solder at one and made your...
Penn State Shenango Opens Startup Incubator, Complete with 3D Printers and a Makerspace

Penn State Shenango Opens Startup Incubator, Complete with 3D Printers and a Makerspace

While people go to college to learn in the classroom, gaining real life experience is also helpful, no matter what your major is; for example, medical students have used 3D printed medical models that are incredibly realistic. Organizations and universities all across the US, and around the world, are also setting up business incubators, many of […]

While people go to college to learn in the classroom, gaining real life experience is also helpful, no matter what your major is; for example, medical students have used 3D printed medical models that are incredibly realistic. Organizations and universities all across...
Grants Awarded to FAMU-FSU and CCSF Offer Financial Support for 3D Printing Education and Research

Grants Awarded to FAMU-FSU and CCSF Offer Financial Support for 3D Printing Education and Research

Being awarded an educational grant can help schools take on innovative projects and research that they may not be able to do otherwise. In terms of additive manufacturing, grants can be used to help schools improve education on the technology, develop new materials, and even make 3D printed blood vessels. This winter, the Florida A&M […]

Being awarded an educational grant can help schools take on innovative projects and research that they may not be able to do otherwise. In terms of additive manufacturing, grants can be used to help schools improve education on the technology, develop new materials,...
Making a Difference: Mumbai Students Design, Develop, and 3D Print a Sanitary Pad Dispenser for School Project

Making a Difference: Mumbai Students Design, Develop, and 3D Print a Sanitary Pad Dispenser for School Project

We’re going to talk about something that makes lots of people pretty uncomfortable, even though in my opinion it really shouldn’t. Take a deep breath – are you ready? Menstrual cycles and sanitary pads (GASP). For whatever reason, those words can often strike fear into the hearts of men and women, though obviously for very […]

We’re going to talk about something that makes lots of people pretty uncomfortable, even though in my opinion it really shouldn’t. Take a deep breath – are you ready? Menstrual cycles and sanitary pads (GASP). For whatever reason, those words can...
3D Printing News Briefs: June 2, 2017

3D Printing News Briefs: June 2, 2017

Happy Friday…and happy June! In this week’s second edition of 3D Printing News Briefs, we’ll start off with something theatrical and fun, and then jump into a lot of 3D printing business news. Cirque du Soleil is using 3D printers to make costume components for its Kooza show, while GoPrint3D, XYZprinting, and FELIXprinters have all […]

Happy Friday…and happy June! In this week’s second edition of 3D Printing News Briefs, we’ll start off with something theatrical and fun, and then jump into a lot of 3D printing business news. Cirque du Soleil is using 3D printers to make costume...
3D Printing Pittsburgh: Makerspace Meetup During RAPID Brought Together Ultimaker, MatterHackers, Make:, Makers

3D Printing Pittsburgh: Makerspace Meetup During RAPID Brought Together Ultimaker, MatterHackers, Make:, Makers

Not all of the excitement this month in Pittsburgh was housed at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, as the Steel City welcomed members of the global additive manufacturing community for a very busy week. On the penultimate night of RAPID + TCT, I found myself in an Uber with some of the LulzBot crew […]

Not all of the excitement this month in Pittsburgh was housed at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, as the Steel City welcomed members of the global additive manufacturing community for a very busy week. On the penultimate night of RAPID + TCT, I found myself in...
South African Maker's New Year's Resolution: Create a New 3D Print Every Day in 2017

South African Maker's New Year's Resolution: Create a New 3D Print Every Day in 2017

Do you ever make New Year’s resolutions? While I love New Year’s Eve, I’ve never been a fan of making a big resolution once midnight has come and gone; I think the last one I made was in the fourth grade, when I swore that I would write in my diary every single day that […]

Do you ever make New Year’s resolutions? While I love New Year’s Eve, I’ve never been a fan of making a big resolution once midnight has come and gone; I think the last one I made was in the fourth grade, when I swore that I would write in my diary...
Airbus and Dassault Systèmes Inaugurate Wichita State University Sites Focused on 3D Technologies & Aerospace Innovation

Airbus and Dassault Systèmes Inaugurate Wichita State University Sites Focused on 3D Technologies & Aerospace Innovation

Today in Kansas, aerospace takes another great leap forward as new innovation sites at Wichita State University cut their ribbons: Airbus and Dassault Systèmes are officially residents at the Innovation Campus. The shared goal between the two global businesses and the forward-thinking educational institution is innovation in aerospace. The Innovation Campus is bringing to fruition a vision […]

Today in Kansas, aerospace takes another great leap forward as new innovation sites at Wichita State University cut their ribbons: Airbus and Dassault Systèmes are officially residents at the Innovation Campus. The shared goal between the two global businesses and the...
Springboro STEMfest: Ohio Students Learn About 3D Printing, STEAM Education, and Rocket Launchers

Springboro STEMfest: Ohio Students Learn About 3D Printing, STEAM Education, and Rocket Launchers

Science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics are picking up steam lately – which is handy, as they fall into a curriculum of the same name, as STEAM education takes its place in schools around the world. Also called STEM education, these curricula focus students’ attention on growing fields in the 21st century. In Dayton, Ohio, […]

Science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics are picking up steam lately – which is handy, as they fall into a curriculum of the same name, as STEAM education takes its place in schools around the world. Also called STEM education, these curricula...
35 Schools Awarded 3D Printers Thanks to Dremel's #LearnMakeGive Contest: Educators Tell Us What Winning Means for Their Students

35 Schools Awarded 3D Printers Thanks to Dremel's #LearnMakeGive Contest: Educators Tell Us What Winning Means for Their Students

When I was in middle school shop class, we engraved plastic keychains. There was no design to them other than settling on the brief text we wanted and ensuring we didn’t get our preteen fingers caught in the heavy machinery. Kids today are also able to create their own personalized keychains — but they do […]

When I was in middle school shop class, we engraved plastic keychains. There was no design to them other than settling on the brief text we wanted and ensuring we didn’t get our preteen fingers caught in the heavy machinery. Kids today are also able to create...
Marine Corps Captain 3D Prints Water Bottle Prototype, Designed to Reduce Logistical Footprint in Military Convoys

Marine Corps Captain 3D Prints Water Bottle Prototype, Designed to Reduce Logistical Footprint in Military Convoys

3D printing is often used in the military, to make objects like the small but useful TruClip, or munitions. We also see 3D printing utilized often in a classroom setting, to teach students of all ages about the technology so they’ll have a leg up when they are starting their careers later. The technology is also […]

3D printing is often used in the military, to make objects like the small but useful TruClip, or munitions. We also see 3D printing utilized often in a classroom setting, to teach students of all ages about the technology so they’ll have a leg up when they are...
New Trimble Technology Lab at UMass Amherst Will Enhance 3D Capabilities on Campus

New Trimble Technology Lab at UMass Amherst Will Enhance 3D Capabilities on Campus

California-based technology company Trimble, best known for its GPS systems and popular 3D modeling software SketchUp Pro, announced today that it has made a large in-kind gift to the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass Amherst), which will further the university’s leadership in research and training for 3D building design, the sustainable built environment, and digital […]

California-based technology company Trimble, best known for its GPS systems and popular 3D modeling software SketchUp Pro, announced today that it has made a large in-kind gift to the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass Amherst), which will further the...
Weekly Roundup: Ten 3D Printable Doll & Action Figure Playsets

Weekly Roundup: Ten 3D Printable Doll & Action Figure Playsets

When I was a kid, like any child from the ’80s, I played with a lot of action figures. Toys like Star Wars figures, GI Joe and Transformers were all things that I grew up with and were significant parts of my childhood. And while there were plenty of playsets available for those toys, the playsets […]

When I was a kid, like any child from the ’80s, I played with a lot of action figures. Toys like Star Wars figures, GI Joe and Transformers were all things that I grew up with and were significant parts of my childhood. And while there were plenty of playsets...
Ultimaker, MakerOS and Fat Cat Fab Lab Hit One Out of the Park with GAMESMASH 3D Printed Tabletop Game Challenge

Ultimaker, MakerOS and Fat Cat Fab Lab Hit One Out of the Park with GAMESMASH 3D Printed Tabletop Game Challenge

A friend recently asked me why I participate in contests and challenges. Well, for one, it’s a whole lot of fun! It’s also an opportunity to test my skills and to improve them. And challenges in your industry are also a valuable way to meet your peers, make new connections and strengthen existing ones. Last weekend […]

A friend recently asked me why I participate in contests and challenges. Well, for one, it’s a whole lot of fun! It’s also an opportunity to test my skills and to improve them. And challenges in your industry are also a valuable way to meet your peers,...
Bishop Museum Finds Help with 3D Printing

Bishop Museum Finds Help with 3D Printing

There is no such thing as a free lunch. And there isn’t anything like an unlimited museum budget either. When the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum in Honolulu wanted to launch a brand new, interactive NASA themed exhibit, they knew that figuring out how to make the most with the least was going to be key […]

There is no such thing as a free lunch. And there isn’t anything like an unlimited museum budget either. When the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum in Honolulu wanted to launch a brand new, interactive NASA themed exhibit, they knew that figuring out how to make the...
Swindon, England Upgrades a Small Hackspace to a Larger Makerspace Open 24 Hours a Day

Swindon, England Upgrades a Small Hackspace to a Larger Makerspace Open 24 Hours a Day

About 70 miles west of London, England lies the town of Swindon. This town, located in a borough that had 185,609 people populating it during the 2011 census, has a pleasant maritime climate with mild winters and cool summers. Considering how close it is to London, without the hectic pace of the big city, you can imagine […]

About 70 miles west of London, England lies the town of Swindon. This town, located in a borough that had 185,609 people populating it during the 2011 census, has a pleasant maritime climate with mild winters and cool summers. Considering how close it is to London,...
Home Furnishings Go Open Source with FABrics Easy to Make Chairs

Home Furnishings Go Open Source with FABrics Easy to Make Chairs

When something is open source, that means that all of the resources that the creators used are available for anyone else to use, either for their own projects or to customize and improve upon the work that was already done. While the concept of something being open source has traditionally been applied to software, it […]

When something is open source, that means that all of the resources that the creators used are available for anyone else to use, either for their own projects or to customize and improve upon the work that was already done. While the concept of something being open...
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...
Barclays Offers Eagle Labs MakerSpaces & Incubators for Startups—Encouraging Makers in the Community

Barclays Offers Eagle Labs MakerSpaces & Incubators for Startups—Encouraging Makers in the Community

When banks start getting in on a new technology or trend, you can be certain it’s a fairly good bet, and one that they see yielding a pile of green down the line in one way, shape, or form—and in this case, those will all most likely be 3D printed. The motives on the part […]

When banks start getting in on a new technology or trend, you can be certain it’s a fairly good bet, and one that they see yielding a pile of green down the line in one way, shape, or form—and in this case, those will all most likely be 3D printed. The motives on the...
Philadelphia MakerSpace NextFab Helps Inventor Start a Shovelution

Philadelphia MakerSpace NextFab Helps Inventor Start a Shovelution

The Shovelution is a spring-loaded second handle add-on that can be attached to just about any snow shovel. The user simply attaches it on to the shovel’s handle and it can be adjusted for the user’s height and level of comfort. The second handle allows the shovel to be used without the user bending or […]

The Shovelution is a spring-loaded second handle add-on that can be attached to just about any snow shovel. The user simply attaches it on to the shovel’s handle and it can be adjusted for the user’s height and level of comfort. The second handle allows...
Barnes & Noble is Celebrating Educator Appreciation Days by Giving Away a Free MakerSpace

Barnes & Noble is Celebrating Educator Appreciation Days by Giving Away a Free MakerSpace

Bookseller Barnes & Noble, the country’s largest book and media retailer, which hosted the first retail Mini Maker Faire in October, is celebrating its annual Educator Appreciation Days in honor of pre-K through grade 12 teachers and administrators starting on January 9th and continuing until January 17th. The yearly event traditionally offers teachers a wide […]

Bookseller Barnes & Noble, the country’s largest book and media retailer, which hosted the first retail Mini Maker Faire in October, is celebrating its annual Educator Appreciation Days in honor of pre-K through grade 12 teachers and administrators starting...
Design Team at UT Austin 3D Prints a Reverse Engineered Cap Gun

Design Team at UT Austin 3D Prints a Reverse Engineered Cap Gun

Students studying mechanical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin are required to take a course called, not surprisingly, “Introduction to Mechanical Engineering.” As part of this course, the students become familiar with SolidWorks, a 3D CAD software, developed in 1993 by MIT graduate Jon Hirschtick, that has become one of the primary pieces […]

Students studying mechanical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin are required to take a course called, not surprisingly, “Introduction to Mechanical Engineering.” As part of this course, the students become familiar with SolidWorks, a 3D CAD software,...
TechShop Launches Their New Maker Space Academy

TechShop Launches Their New Maker Space Academy

As the prices drop and accessibility to 3D printing technology and robotics increases, there has been a quiet revolution in schools throughout the world. The growing demand and need for STEAM education is opening up the funding for more and more educational institutions, libraries, and community centers to establish makerspaces. Unfortunately opening a makerspace isn’t something […]

As the prices drop and accessibility to 3D printing technology and robotics increases, there has been a quiet revolution in schools throughout the world. The growing demand and need for STEAM education is opening up the funding for more and more educational...
First-Hand Look at Dayton's Proto BuildBar

First-Hand Look at Dayton's Proto BuildBar

As 3DPrint.com’s resident Ohioan on staff, I was so excited to hear about Proto BuildBar opening in downtown Dayton when we covered the new makerspace back in December. Both because of its proximity and because (embarrassingly for someone who reads and writes about the technology every day) I’d never actually made my own 3D printed creation, I […]

As 3DPrint.com’s resident Ohioan on staff, I was so excited to hear about Proto BuildBar opening in downtown Dayton when we covered the new makerspace back in December. Both because of its proximity and because (embarrassingly for someone who reads and writes...