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Michigan Tech Researchers Publish Paper on New Recyclebot 3D Printer

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, at Michigan Technological University (Michigan Tech). Dr. Pearce works to educate the industry as much as he does his students, and has participated in several studies and […]

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, at Michigan Technological...
Drum Roll, Please…Designer Creates 3D Printed, Open Source Prosthetic for Amputee Drummer

Drum Roll, Please…Designer Creates 3D Printed, Open Source Prosthetic for Amputee Drummer

In high school, college, and for a few years as an adult in a local community band, I played percussion. I was mostly on mallet instruments, such as the chimes, xylophone, marimba, etc. Though I dabbled in many others, like crash cymbals and the bass drum, along with the triangle, I never mastered the snare. […]

In high school, college, and for a few years as an adult in a local community band, I played percussion. I was mostly on mallet instruments, such as the chimes, xylophone, marimba, etc. Though I dabbled in many others, like crash cymbals and the bass drum, along with...
Robot Builds IKEA Furniture Using 3D Camera, Grippers, and Force Sensors

Robot Builds IKEA Furniture Using 3D Camera, Grippers, and Force Sensors

The wonder that is IKEA has brought us many delights over the years – beautifully decorated showrooms, those tasty Swedish meatballs, and mostly easy to build furniture that, if not itself 3D printed, can at least be augmented with the technology. But not everyone thinks the brand’s furniture is simple to assemble, which is why they’ll be […]

The wonder that is IKEA has brought us many delights over the years – beautifully decorated showrooms, those tasty Swedish meatballs, and mostly easy to build furniture that, if not itself 3D printed, can at least be augmented with the technology. But not...
Hobbyist 3D Prints What May Be the First Sony E-Mount Film Camera

Hobbyist 3D Prints What May Be the First Sony E-Mount Film Camera

The camera has a fascinating history. It’s come a long way from its beginnings as a large box that required long exposures to what it is now, which is, often, an app on a smartphone. Sightings of actual cameras, even digital ones, are getting rarer as people rely on the high-resolution cameras now available on […]

The camera has a fascinating history. It’s come a long way from its beginnings as a large box that required long exposures to what it is now, which is, often, an app on a smartphone. Sightings of actual cameras, even digital ones, are getting rarer as people...
Ultimaker, Raise3D, UnionTech Showcase New Problem-Solving 3D Printers at RAPID + TCT

Ultimaker, Raise3D, UnionTech Showcase New Problem-Solving 3D Printers at RAPID + TCT

This year’s RAPID + TCT ended only a few days ago in Fort Worth, Texas, and we’ve been busily sharing with you all of the many innovations we witnessed and information we gleaned from the event’s fascinating keynotes, product introductions, and on-site conversations as North America’s largest 3D printing-centered show was home again to many […]

This year’s RAPID + TCT ended only a few days ago in Fort Worth, Texas, and we’ve been busily sharing with you all of the many innovations we witnessed and information we gleaned from the event’s fascinating keynotes, product introductions, and...
The Future of Open Source Desktop 3D Printers

The Future of Open Source Desktop 3D Printers

A few weeks ago a spat erupted between popular low-cost 3D printer manufacturer Creality and 3D printing retailer Printed Solid. This public spat highlights some of the core issues affecting the 3D printing community today. In short most “open source” 3D printers are not in a meaningful way giving back to the community. They use […]

A few weeks ago a spat erupted between popular low-cost 3D printer manufacturer Creality and 3D printing retailer Printed Solid. This public spat highlights some of the core issues affecting the 3D printing community today. In short most “open source” 3D...
Carnegie Mellon Researchers Release Files for Open Source DIY 3D Bioprinter

Carnegie Mellon Researchers Release Files for Open Source DIY 3D Bioprinter

While fully 3D printed hearts are not a reality yet for the roughly 4,000 people in the US waiting for a transplant each year, 3D printing human tissue for regeneration and repair is a big step in the right direction. The innovative researchers from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) have long been working with 3D bioprinting to […]

While fully 3D printed hearts are not a reality yet for the roughly 4,000 people in the US waiting for a transplant each year, 3D printing human tissue for regeneration and repair is a big step in the right direction. The innovative researchers from Carnegie Mellon...
Open Source 3D Printing in the Spotlight at MRRF 2018: Community, 3D Printers, Championships

Open Source 3D Printing in the Spotlight at MRRF 2018: Community, 3D Printers, Championships

To say that open source is a major part of 3D printing would be an understatement in the extreme; indeed, to many, the open source RepRap Project is the most significant thing to come from 3D printing. Celebrating all things rooted in RepRap is the annual Midwest RepRap Festival (MRRF), hosted in Goshen, Indiana — […]

To say that open source is a major part of 3D printing would be an understatement in the extreme; indeed, to many, the open source RepRap Project is the most significant thing to come from 3D printing. Celebrating all things rooted in RepRap is the annual Midwest...
3D Printing Today: Democratization of Technology and Disruptive Innovation Converge

3D Printing Today: Democratization of Technology and Disruptive Innovation Converge

Democratization of 3D printing and disruptive innovation are among some of the slightly vague, but recognizable, terms that those who follow the 3D printing / additive manufacturing (AM) industry have probably encountered. So, what is the practical translation of these concepts to individuals and companies incorporating 3D printing in their business planning? Democratization of technology […]

Democratization of 3D printing and disruptive innovation are among some of the slightly vague, but recognizable, terms that those who follow the 3D printing / additive manufacturing (AM) industry have probably encountered. So, what is the practical translation of...
Open Source Advocate Dr. Joshua Pearce Publishes Paper on Inexpensive GMAW Metal 3D Printing

Open Source Advocate Dr. Joshua Pearce Publishes Paper on Inexpensive GMAW Metal 3D Printing

One of the most outspoken advocates of open source philosophy in the 3D printing industry is Dr. Joshua M. Pearce, Associate Professor, Materials Science & Engineering and Electrical & Computer Engineering for Michigan Technological University (Michigan Tech). Dr. Pearce has completed a lot of work and research about 3D printing, sustainable solar power, and open source; he’s even […]

One of the most outspoken advocates of open source philosophy in the 3D printing industry is Dr. Joshua M. Pearce, Associate Professor, Materials Science & Engineering and Electrical & Computer Engineering for Michigan Technological University (Michigan Tech)....
3D Printed, Open Source Glia Stethoscope Receives Clinical Validation

3D Printed, Open Source Glia Stethoscope Receives Clinical Validation

Dr. Tarek Loubani spent some time working in hospitals in the Gaza Strip during the worst of the chaos and violence that is unfortunately still going on there. Due to a long-standing blockade, medical supplies were scarce in the region – so scarce that doctors could often not find a stethoscope when they needed one. […]

Dr. Tarek Loubani spent some time working in hospitals in the Gaza Strip during the worst of the chaos and violence that is unfortunately still going on there. Due to a long-standing blockade, medical supplies were scarce in the region – so scarce that doctors...
BCN3D Technologies Releases Open Source Files for Sigmax 3D Printer

BCN3D Technologies Releases Open Source Files for Sigmax 3D Printer

This past fall, BCN3D Technologies, based out of Barcelona and best-known for its Sigma 3D printer, released the multi-material Sigmax 3D printer at the TCT Show. The professional desktop Sigmax, which features a large 420 x 297 x 210 mm build volume, uses FFF technology and is based on the original Sigma’s Independent Dual Extruder (IDEX) system, though […]

This past fall, BCN3D Technologies, based out of Barcelona and best-known for its Sigma 3D printer, released the multi-material Sigmax 3D printer at the TCT Show. The professional desktop Sigmax, which features a large 420 x 297 x 210 mm build volume, uses FFF...
Father and Son Work Together to Create 3D Printed Prosthetic Hand

Father and Son Work Together to Create 3D Printed Prosthetic Hand

Fathers’ Day isn’t here just yet, but it’s never too early to celebrate the devotion a father can show to his children. In addition to viral YouTube videos showing sleeping fathers waking up only to catch their children as they fall, we can see countless examples of great parenting in news stories about dads who […]

Fathers’ Day isn’t here just yet, but it’s never too early to celebrate the devotion a father can show to his children. In addition to viral YouTube videos showing sleeping fathers waking up only to catch their children as they fall, we can see...
FATHOM Introduces Open Source Software Project for Generating 3D Lattice Structures

FATHOM Introduces Open Source Software Project for Generating 3D Lattice Structures

California-based FATHOM, which expanded its on-site managed services and announced important partnerships with Stratasys and Desktop Metal last year, is introducing a fascinating new open source project called Crystallon, which uses Rhino and Grasshopper3D to create lattice structures. FATHOM industrial designer Aaron Porterfield, also an Instructables member, developed the project as an alternative to designing lattices with commercially available […]

California-based FATHOM, which expanded its on-site managed services and announced important partnerships with Stratasys and Desktop Metal last year, is introducing a fascinating new open source project called Crystallon, which uses Rhino and Grasshopper3D to create...
17,000% Cost Reduction with Open Source 3D Printing: Michigan Tech Study Showcases Parametric 3D Printed Slot Die System

17,000% Cost Reduction with Open Source 3D Printing: Michigan Tech Study Showcases Parametric 3D Printed Slot Die System

We often cover the work of prolific Dr. Joshua Pearce, an Associate Professor of Materials Science & Engineering and Electrical & Computer Engineering at Michigan Technological University (Michigan Tech); he also runs the university’s Open Sustainability Technology (MOST) Research Group. Dr. Pearce, a major proponent for sustainability and open source technology, has previously taught an undergraduate engineering course on how to build […]

We often cover the work of prolific Dr. Joshua Pearce, an Associate Professor of Materials Science & Engineering and Electrical & Computer Engineering at Michigan Technological University (Michigan Tech); he also runs the university’s Open Sustainability...
LulzBot Helps OtterBox Expand Its uniVERSE with Open Source, 3D Printed Accessory Mounts

LulzBot Helps OtterBox Expand Its uniVERSE with Open Source, 3D Printed Accessory Mounts

Founded in Colorado nearly 20 years ago, OtterBox is the number one supplier of smartphone cases in the US. The company makes frequent use of 3D printing technology for its cases, and its uniVERSE Case System, which has a slim but durable OtterBox protective case for an iPhone and and iPad, with a modular rail mount on […]

Founded in Colorado nearly 20 years ago, OtterBox is the number one supplier of smartphone cases in the US. The company makes frequent use of 3D printing technology for its cases, and its uniVERSE Case System, which has a slim but durable OtterBox protective case for...
17 Top 3D Printing Themes of 2017

17 Top 3D Printing Themes of 2017

2017 has been, by any measure, an eventful year, and as always the end of December brings us to a retrospective season as we look back on all that has happened. For us, that means a look back on some of the major happenings in the 3D printing industry, as each year we look into […]

2017 has been, by any measure, an eventful year, and as always the end of December brings us to a retrospective season as we look back on all that has happened. For us, that means a look back on some of the major happenings in the 3D printing industry, as each year we...
PLUTO and Poly Desktop 3D Printers Coming Soon to Kickstarter

PLUTO and Poly Desktop 3D Printers Coming Soon to Kickstarter

In our efforts to keep you apprised of the latest crowdfunding campaigns for 3D printers, 3D printed objects, 3D software, and various other 3D printing products, today we’re giving you a heads-up on two upcoming Kickstarter 3D printer campaigns. The first is from the team at 3Devised, a company of makers that developed what it […]

In our efforts to keep you apprised of the latest crowdfunding campaigns for 3D printers, 3D printed objects, 3D software, and various other 3D printing products, today we’re giving you a heads-up on two upcoming Kickstarter 3D printer campaigns. The first is...
#3DBenchy: A Little 3D Printed Boat Making Big Waves as the Most-Printed Object

#3DBenchy: A Little 3D Printed Boat Making Big Waves as the Most-Printed Object

#3DBenchy came into our lives in April 2015, with a dual extrusion version released that summer; the design seemed to suddenly proliferate until there were 3D printed boats everywhere. Little boats, massive boats, metal boats, multi-colored plastic boats — if there was a material, color, or process that could be used in 3D printing, it’s […]

#3DBenchy came into our lives in April 2015, with a dual extrusion version released that summer; the design seemed to suddenly proliferate until there were 3D printed boats everywhere. Little boats, massive boats, metal boats, multi-colored plastic boats — if...
Re:Purpose for Good Pursues Several Good Causes at Once with 3D Printed Prosthetics Made from Recycled Plastic

Re:Purpose for Good Pursues Several Good Causes at Once with 3D Printed Prosthetics Made from Recycled Plastic

3D printing can be used to benefit the world in many ways, and thousands of caring people have dedicated their time and energy towards working with the technology to help others or the planet, whether it’s 3D printing prosthetics or coming up with ways to recycle plastic into 3D printer filament. Both of those are […]

3D printing can be used to benefit the world in many ways, and thousands of caring people have dedicated their time and energy towards working with the technology to help others or the planet, whether it’s 3D printing prosthetics or coming up with ways to...
Build Your Own Full-Size 3D Printed Autonomous Support and Positive Inspiration Robot

Build Your Own Full-Size 3D Printed Autonomous Support and Positive Inspiration Robot

We always enjoy the interesting 3D printed robots that John Choi, founder of advanced robotics startup Choitek and Carnegie Mellon University Computer Science and Arts major, posts about on his website, and the latest project he has shared with us keeps up the momentum of innovative design. Choi recently released a nearly 100-page Instructable on how to build a […]

We always enjoy the interesting 3D printed robots that John Choi, founder of advanced robotics startup Choitek and Carnegie Mellon University Computer Science and Arts major, posts about on his website, and the latest project he has shared with us keeps up the...
Designer Uses Sustainable 3D Printing in Recent Exhibition Blurring the Lines Between Fashion and Art

Designer Uses Sustainable 3D Printing in Recent Exhibition Blurring the Lines Between Fashion and Art

My wedding dress was so beautiful, I was almost afraid to touch it, much less wear it. Have you ever seen a piece of clothing, or jewelry, and thought that it was so striking it was an actual work of art? Thanks to innovative 3D printing technology, it’s not uncommon these days to see unique […]

My wedding dress was so beautiful, I was almost afraid to touch it, much less wear it. Have you ever seen a piece of clothing, or jewelry, and thought that it was so striking it was an actual work of art? Thanks to innovative 3D printing technology, it’s not...
Ultimaker Execs Dive Into New 3D Printing Software Strategy: “Workflow Should Be Simpler”

Ultimaker Execs Dive Into New 3D Printing Software Strategy: “Workflow Should Be Simpler”

During the recent TCT Show, Ultimaker announced the latest updates to its software strategy as it refocuses attention on user experience for the widely-used open source Cura platform — so widely used, in fact, that during the show in Birmingham, UK, the Dutch company held a ceremonial cake-cutting to celebrate one million unique Cura users. […]

During the recent TCT Show, Ultimaker announced the latest updates to its software strategy as it refocuses attention on user experience for the widely-used open source Cura platform — so widely used, in fact, that during the show in Birmingham, UK, the Dutch...
3D Printing Business: Inside BCN3D Technologies

3D Printing Business: Inside BCN3D Technologies

When in Catalonia, do as the Catalonians do; while in a larger-scale view that may be a circumstance set to change up world maps as we currently know them, on a business-by-business basis that also means taking another look at manufacturing as we know it. Open-source desktop 3D printer manufacturer BCN3D Technologies takes seriously its […]

When in Catalonia, do as the Catalonians do; while in a larger-scale view that may be a circumstance set to change up world maps as we currently know them, on a business-by-business basis that also means taking another look at manufacturing as we know it. Open-source...
TCT Show: Themes and Overview of 3D Printing in 2017

TCT Show: Themes and Overview of 3D Printing in 2017

This week in the UK, the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham played host for the 22nd TCT Show, an annual affair that brings together the 3D printing industry. With perhaps 10,000 visitors and more than 250 exhibitors, the 2017 edition was certainly one for the books as the three days of the event were filled […]

This week in the UK, the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham played host for the 22nd TCT Show, an annual affair that brings together the 3D printing industry. With perhaps 10,000 visitors and more than 250 exhibitors, the 2017 edition was certainly one for...
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