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Improving the Circular Economy of 3D Printing with Plastic Recycling

Researchers from France’s Université de Lorraine and Michigan Technological University explore a topic that many users are very concerned about, detailed in the recently published ‘Plastic recycling in additive manufacturing:…

$50 Open-Source Colorimeter is Remarkable in Comparison to Commercial Models

Researchers from Michigan Technological University are applying chemistry to 3D printing, detailing their recent study in ‘Open-Source Colorimeter.’ A basic sensor, the colorimeter is made up of a simple light…

Success in Education: Michigan Technological University Offers Comprehensive 3D Printing Technology Workshop to Teachers

Chelsea Schelly, Gerald Anzalone, Bas Wijnen, and Joshua M. Pearce, researchers from several different departments at Michigan Technological University, explore one of the most exciting aspects of digital fabrication in…

Desktop FDM 3D Printing: Tensile Strength of ABS, PC, HIPS, PA and Ninjaflex

Nagendra G. Tanikella, Ben Wittbrodt, and Joshua M. Pearce, all researchers at Michigan Technological University, further explore the area of materials science in the recently published ‘Tensile Strength of Commercial…

Michigan Technological University: 3D Printed Molecular Models for Chemistry

In the recently published ‘Printing 3D Models for Chemistry,’ authors Elisabeth Grace Billman-Benveniste, Jacob Franz, and Loredana Valenzano-Slough–all from Michigan Technological University–have produced a guide for 3D printing users on…

Cost Sensitivity Analysis Performed for 3D Printed, Open Source Infant Clubfoot Brace

Congential talipes equinovarus (CTEV), perhaps better known as clubfoot, is one of the most common congenital physical deformities, as it occurs at least once every 1,000 births. In countries like…

How Cost Effective are 3D Printed Adaptive Aids for Arthritis Patients?

Millions of people are affected by arthritis, a chronic condition consisting of physical disability and joint pain that can negatively affect the patient’s life. But not only is the condition…

Michigan Tech Researchers Recycle Wood Furniture Waste into Composite 3D Printing Material

From artwork, instruments, and boats to gear shift knobs, cell phone accessories, and even 3D printers, wood has been used often as a 3D printing material. It’s a valuable renewable…

Michigan Tech Researchers Publish Paper on New Recyclebot 3D Printer

If you’re familiar with 3D printing, solar power, and open source research, then you’ve probably heard of Dr. Joshua Pearce, Associate Professor of Materials Science & Engineering, and Electrical & Computer Engineering,…

Is Flexible 3D Printer Filament Worth the Investment?

ABS and PLA are the two filaments that come most readily to mind when thinking of commonly used 3D printing materials, but there are plenty of others even in just…

3D Printing Educator Spotlight On: Joshua Pearce, PhD, Associate Professor, Michigan Tech

As the global population continues to expand massively, with an estimated 7.5 billion people alive today, sustainability is becoming an ever-more-pressing concern. It takes a lot of energy to support…

3D Printing Toys Isn’t All Fun & Games: Michigan Tech & MyMiniFactory Discuss New Study Detailing 3D Printed Disruption

3D printing is a disruptive technology making its mark across several industries; this is no longer a projection, but an in-process matter of fact as additive manufacturing comes into play…

This Week in Science: A Look at Three 3D Printing Material Studies

3D printing is both an art and a science, and science is what we’re looking at today – particularly materials science. Every day we come across countless scientific studies having…

Win a Form 2 3D Printer in Pinshape’s First Mechanical 3D Design Challenge

It’s been a few months since the last Pinshape design contest we talked about, but the wait is over! The popular online marketplace for 3D printable models is announcing a new contest,…

Michigan Tech’s Dr. Joshua Pearce Reveals the High Overall Return on Investment for At-Home 3D Printing Use

What originally began as a school to train mining engineers in the late 1880s has grown into a leading tech university, where 3D printing has been on the curriculum for…

Michigan Tech and America Makes Release Free Open Source 3D Printing Software

Ever since it was established in 2012, America Makes, or the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, has stated that their goal was to work with the business and higher education…

Changing the World One Spool at a Time: Superior Filament Launches Indiegogo Campaign

Do you know how long it takes for a plastic bottle to decompose? There are variables, of course, but a good estimate is around 450 years – or more. That…

Michigan Tech Students Give Biodegradable Plastic a Boost with Their Company, Superior Filament

There are an ever-increasing number of universities and other higher educational institutions that currently have the goal to enhance and educate students on the state of 3D printing, but only…

Shots Fired: The 3D Printing Materials IP War Has Begun as Joshua Pearce Releases Algorithm for Obviousness

As 3D printing becomes more successful and dependable, the ability to fabricate just about anything at home without the need of mass production is virtually inevitable. This ability to circumvent…

Michigan Tech is Pioneering The 3D Printing of Nerve Tissue in NSF Biomaterials Program

3D bioprinting is already being used in a number of bioprinting applications that are quite stunning to the general public just becoming educated on the subject; and no matter your…

3D Printing: The Stories We Didn’t Cover This Week — March 21, 2015

This week’s news we didn’t cover kicks off with a topic that so many printing enthusiasts love: printable figures inspired by artistic characters. We have printable robot files included with a…

3D Printed Water Quality Testing Device Offers Affordability and Portability to Test Potability

The issue of a plentiful water supply is as old as the origins of man. Water represents the cycle of life, and we are in a perpetual ongoing exercise worldwide…

Students Combine Prusa i3 Printer with a MIG Welder to Create an Affordable Metal 3D Printer

The technology behind 3D printing is still at an early stage, but progressing rapidly. One area where researchers and engineers are focusing their attention now is affordable metal 3D printing….

Got Milk? Then You’ve Got 3D Printer Filament at a 99.7% Discount

According to a new study produced by the Pearce Research Group at Michigan Technological University (MTU) you can now save yourself money and help the environment, all while making sure…