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Michigan Tech Develops Open Source Smart Vision for 3D Printing Quality Control

Monitoring and quality control systems are becoming more widespread in additive manufacturing as a means of ensuring repeatability and aiming for first-time-right parts. A greater need for quality control are…

What Has the 3D Printing Industry Learned During COVID-19?

The challenges of COVID-19 have been a unique learning opportunity for businesses and individuals alike. As the world scrambled to react to the outbreak, it highlighted both the strengths and…

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Boston Dynamics Dog Gets 3D Printed Robot Replica — And It’s Open Source

We’ve seen 3D printed robots that are capable of completing a multitude of tasks, from tattooing a person’s arm and ringing a gong to vacuuming, building houses, and mowing the lawn….

Using Machine Vision to Automate Nozzle Alignment for Multitool 3D Printers

The term ‘hacking’ essentially means an attempt to exploit a system, computer or otherwise, often for illicit reasons. But, the less nefarious definition refers to a clever technique or tip…

CanAirIO: Air Quality Monitoring Democratized

What can be measured, can be improved. With air pollution being the world’s leading environmental health issue, with 91 percent of the world’s population living in places with air quality…

COVID-19 and 3D Printing: Go Open Source to Save Lives

As the COVID-19 pandemic reached the U.S., fears of ventilator shortages spread across states, who requested far higher numbers of the breathing machines than the national stockpile maintained. According to…

Fragaria Launches Karmen – Remote 3D Print Monitor

IT solutions supplier Fragaria, located in the Czech Republic, invests in developing its own products as much as it focuses on helping clients create prototyping solutions and development methodologies. Two…

Build Your Own 3D Printed Open Source Motorized Microscope

I always enjoy a good 3D printed DIY project, whether it’s truly helpful or just for fun. These projects are even cooler when you add Legos into the mix, like…

$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…

Adrian Bowyer Continues to Innovate with Magnetic Bed Heater

While his company, RepRap Ltd, provides open source, heavily-printable 3D printers, supplies and services online, Adrian Bowyer continues to invent and develop new ideas for open source 3D printing. The…

3D Printing and COVID-19, April 28, 2020 Update

Companies, organizations and individuals continue to attempt to lend support to the COVID-19 pandemic supply effort. We will be providing regular updates about these initiatives where necessary in an attempt to ensure…

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…

Dora Goodman: Build Your Own 3D Printed SCURA Panoramic Pinhole Camera

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and as someone who takes a lot of photos (on my phone), I definitely agree. But that doesn’t mean your camera…

Open Source Robotic Indoor Airship with 3D Printed Frame

3D printing is often used in the fabrication of airplane and spacecraft components, but many also turn to the technology to make smaller flying systems, like drones, RC and model…

Spaghetti Detective: Open Source AI Software Detects Prints Gone Wrong

Desktop 3D printer users are quite familiar with the mishaps of some print job going wrong and extruders spilling material all over their machine while they’re out at the store…

Korea: The 3D Printable Open-Source Anthropomorphic Robot Hand System (HRI)

Hyeonjun Park and Donghan Kim of Kyung Hee University in Korea are innovating within the robotics realm, detailing their efforts in the recently published ‘An open-source anthropomorphic robot hand system:…

3D Printing: A Technology of Degrowth? Part 2

In the first part in our series on the possible role of 3D printing in a degrowth society, we explored some of the more sustainable aspects of the technology and…

The Maker Movement Unmade? Part 4: Attack of the Clones

Read parts one, two and three of this series.  Determining a definitive cause of the economic misfortunes of some companies in the open source hardware and maker spaces might prove…

The Maker Movement Unmade? Part 3: Casualties of Open Source War

Since the maker movement began to evolve out of hacklabs and hackerspaces, we’ve seen it transform in ways that led to some of the movement’s initial pioneers go sideways. These…

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Top 5 Software Packages for 3D Printing

3D printing is a tough job. Although once learned, it does not seem too tricky. However, for beginners, it might not seem as friendly as various other new technologies. The…

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…

3D Printed WHO Bioassay Kit Parts Could Help Combat Malaria

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), malaria is a mosquito-born disease caused by a parasite. While roughly less than 2,000 cases are diagnosed annually in the…

3D Printing News Briefs: October 14, 2019

In today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, everything is new, new, new! Carbon is announcing a new RPU 130 material, and STERNE Elastomere introduces its antimicrobial silicone 3D printing. Protolabs launches…

LulzBot Releases Its First Bioprinter

Bioprinting is revolutionizing the way 3D printed tissues can be used to mimic in vivo conditions. The fields of regenerative medicine, pharmaceutical development, and cosmetic testing are benefiting from this…