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CES on the Hill: Pinshape to Represent the 3D Printing Community & Intellectual Property Issues in Front of Congress

Whenever the intellectual property and copyright legalities start popping up in conversation regarding 3D design and 3D printing, most of us immediately and quietly think “why can’t we all just…

Unchained with Open Source: Michigan Tech 3D Printing Course Teaches Students to Build 3D Printers 

Hats off to Michigan Tech, and Dr. Joshua Pearce, for creating such a unique course that comes full circle in teaching their undergraduate engineering students about the world of 3D…

Steven Osborn Gives Lowdown on Lulzbot Extruder Hacking for Lulzbot Taz 4

We all know the drill when it comes to the best-laid plans. Often you might have a project in mind that’s clear cut, and all you can think about is…

OpenBionics’ Open Source Robotic Prosthetic Hand can Execute 144 Different Grasps & Costs Under $200

One of the biggest areas in which 3D printing is making its largest impact, is within the field of prostheses. Whether it is prosthetic leg sockets, custom prosthetic hands and arms,…

PLEN2: An Open Source, 3D Printable Robot on Kickstarter

The PLEN2 can carry small items, dance around, or play a game of soccer on your desktop and you can make it all happen via a smartphone or PC or…

Autodesk Open Sources Their 3D Printer Resin – Providing Recipe to All & Opening the Door to New Materials

Open source technology is what brought the desktop 3D printer space to where it is now. If it weren’t for groups such as RepRap, who really encouraged the sharing of open…

Sardauscan, the Sub-$30 DIY 3D Scanner — Open Source 3D Printable Files Released

The sooner that affordable 3D scanners are made available, the sooner the consumer side of the 3D printing market will expand. You see, currently the majority of us lack the 3D…

Pirx 3D Offers the Design for Their 3D Printer as Open Source Material

Pirx 3D, the Kraków, Poland-based 3D printer manufacturer, say that only two months after launching their latest model, the PIRX One, they’re releasing all the source material for their first, wooden-framed…

NJ Engineer 3D Prints Entire Open Source Liquid Fueled Rocket Engine

Probably some of the most interesting 3D printing applications we have covered to date have been those involving engines that individuals and companies have been able to manufacture via this incredible…

Small and Affordable: TinyBoy 3D Printer Allows You to Make Your Own 3D Printing Lab at Home or School

The TinyBoy 3D printer is a perfect addition for your child’s desktop. Meant for kids, it’s a piece of 3D printing equipment that won’t take up much space, or break the bank;…

Smartfriendz Releases SmartrapCore 3D Printer, Available as Kit or Turnkey Solution

The SmartrapCore 3D printer is another in the continuing trend of affordable, open source printers that offer an easy process for building and adding on. Touted to be a “true…

Spanish Tech Company BQ Releases Open Source Horus Software to Complement Their Ciclop 3D Scanner

Spanish tech firm BQ manufactures smartphones, tablets, e-readers, and 3D printers, but it’s their entry into the 3D scanner market that’s turning heads. The company’s new Ciclop 3D scanner uses laser triangulation…

CloudPrint Seeks to ‘Redefine the Manufacturing Industry through 3D Printing’ — Launches on Kickstarter

Looking through the full spectrum of manufacturing, from cavemen’s simplistic but effective hand tools to Henry Ford’s first large-scale assembly line, we can see a number of industrial revolutions. The…

Build Your Own Open-Source 3D Printed SmartWatch

One of our favorite pastimes is to compare emergent technology with the sometimes quaint but occasionally startlingly prescient predictions of technological inventions of the future. At the end of the…

InMoov Explorer: Wheel-Mounted 3D Printed Robot Virtually Takes Hospitalized Children to the Zoo

“I want to go to the zoo!” How many times have we all heard, or said, that? Especially kids; going to the zoo is one of those magical memories that…

LulzBot Details New Plans: 3D Printer Clusters, Upgraded Hotends, Auto Bed Leveling & More

Whenever I attend any sort of 3D printing show or expo, there is one company that is always on my radar, a company that remains open source, and always has…

Thingiverse User Brings You Open-Source 3D Printed Laser Cutter and Engraver

Thingiverse user villamany, of Spain, used the open-source inspiration of the RepRap community, and parts from his own RepRap 3D printer, to create his 3DP Laser Cutter and Engraver, the…

Life3D — Sending a Camera Up in a Weather Ballon in a 3D Printed Capsule

Life3D has released a design for a 3D printed capsule capable of carrying a camera as a payload attached to a weather balloon. All of this, of course, assumes that…

RepRap iTopie Emerges as Improvement on Prusa i3

Some are known as king makers — and with that in mind, RepRap could be known as the maker’s maker. Widely considered as a broad source of inspiration in the…

Build and Share Your Own 3D Printer with Open-Sourced ‘Bolt’ by Edu3d.Org

It’s often the case that we set out to inspire our kids, teach them, and encourage them to do things in the world, but when we give them the tools…

3D Printed ‘E-mail Watch’ Filters Messages So You Can Check In or Check Out

With the advent of a highly digitized society, many of us spend our waking hours filtering information from numerous blinking, colored screens. From the smartphone that wakes you up, to…

ATOM 3D Provides Instructables Tutorial to Make Low-cost, Simple, DIY, 3D Printer Extruder

ATOM 3D, an Egypt-based enterprise, is looking to make 3D printing accessible to all via open source platforms. Particularly targeted toward “Egypt and the Arabic region,” the project is geared…

Open Source Innovation Brings Foldable 3D Printer TeeBotMax

The world of open source collaboration is continuing to produce a stream of new ideas, all of which will continue to be improved upon, some of them useable now and some…

Italian Designer Creates Tiny Open Source Vases for Roadside Flowers Received from his Daughter

‘Daily utility’: that’s what the desktop 3D printing market needs more of before widespread adoption of the technology will take place. Don’t get me wrong, I love my 3D printer,…