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Projects and Having Purpose

I am here to explain the mindset of creating things on a consistent basis and how creativity can be forced.. painfully and purposefully :).

What is Metrology Part 6: Perceptron

This is a brief summary on the company Perceptron. We will analyze the company in terms of its metrology products, but also look a little bit more indepthly to their 3D scanning.

The 3D Printing Challenge: A Call for Ideas on How to 3D Print Our Way Out of the End of the World

As each day progresses, more and more people seem to conclude that our planet is heading for disaster. While a substantial segment of the world’s population remains blissfully unaware or…

What Medical Device Regulation Might Mean for 3D Printed Patient-Specific Implants

You would be hard pressed to find a sane member of society who would advocate for a removal of all oversight in the field of medicine. However, that doesn’t mean…

Ocean’s 8 and Lingering Hollywood 3D Printing Hype

There are a lot of things Hollywood doesn’t get right, and since its popular heyday of consumer hype earlier this decade, 3D printing has certainly figured among those things. With…

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…

When the Lights Go Out: The Untold Story of Type A Machines

At the end of January 2018, Type A Machines announced that it was closing its doors for good. DesignBox3D CEO Preet Jesrani shares his perspective on what happened, having worked…

What Possibilities Does the Future Hold for 3D Printed Construction?

There is no doubt that 3D printing will impact the design and production of buildings, whether residential or commercial. Efforts are underway to understand how traditional building materials, techniques, and…

How Much Will The University Tuition Be For My Robot Love Child?

What will the future bring us? Will technology save or damn us? In the past antidotes to techno-optimism could readily be found in Aldous Huxley and George Orwell. Decades ago…

Will Google’s Downloadable 3D Objects Help or Hinder 3D Printing?

Google just released an experimental version of Article, a 3D viewer for AR. The viewer lets you on your desktop or in the browser: look at, manipulate or view 3D…

What the Apple 3D Printing Patents Mean for Our Industry

Recently Apple has been granted a patent for a color 3D printing idea whereby the printed object is first made and then colored in afterwards. This idea is a straightforward…

Shapeways CEO Speaks Out For Net Neutrality

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), headed by the uniquely irritating Ajit Pai, recently voted to overturn Obama-era net neutrality regulations. This is not particularly surprising given the current president’s manic…

Fill Out Our 3D Printing Survey and Win Amazon Gift Cards

It’s the holiday season, which means many people are making their Christmas lists – though, at this time, hopefully they’ve already finished them. “What do you want for Christmas?” is…

Taking a Stance to Create an Inclusive and Diverse Industry

This article originally shared on LinkedIn. A follow up to Sarah Goehrke’s “3D Printing While Female: 2017” article on 3DPrint.com. Click here to view the article. The manufacturing industry as a…

3D Printing While Female: 2017

The 3D printing industry has a problem. It’s not a unique problem, particularly when looking to any sector of the greater manufacturing industry. Additive manufacturing has a diversity problem. It’s…

Careers in 3D Printing

It’s not just a fad. Explore how people are using 3D printers in their careers and why it’s important to teach the next generation about this growing technology. When speaking…

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…

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…

So You’re Going to a 3D Printing Conference

Tomorrow, September 22nd, is the autumnal equinox, officially beginning the season that we all know and love not only for pumpkin spice everything (everything) but also for an abundance of…

3D Printed Food: Easy as Pie?

3D printed food has caught chefs’, journalists’ and the general public’s attention for a number of years now. There is however a lot of disinformation around the subject as well…

What Do We Need for Production Scale 3D Printing? Amateur Hour is Over.

Whereas most of the media focus around 3D printing was initially directed at desktop 3D printing, a lot of the opportunity is actually in industry. Industrial 3D printing can unlock…

3D Printing in an Age of Upheaval Part Two

See Part One of this thought piece here. Lack of Community Meanwhile civic participation is diminishing. Memberships in civic organizations and the role these play in our lives is lessening….

3D Printing in an Age of Upheaval Part One

We are currently living in an age of considerable political upheaval. The established order is creaking and our world seems blanketed in uncertainty. Chaos, irrationality, hate, disasters and a lack…

How Sexy Does 3D Printing Need To Be?

A fast-growing industry is appealing, from a business sense, of course; investors, inventors, and customers alike all flock to get in on the Next Big Thing. With several 3D printing…