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South African Defense Company Using Digital Manufacturing and 3D Printing to Build Surveillance and Attack Aircraft

South African Defense Company Using Digital Manufacturing and 3D Printing to Build Surveillance and Attack Aircraft

Over the last few years, more and more 3D printing innovations have been coming out of South Africa, like the country’s first platinum 3D print. The technology also has its uses in the country’s defense sector, as the South African Air Force (SAAF) uses 3D printing to keep on top of things, even under a strict budget. South […]

Over the last few years, more and more 3D printing innovations have been coming out of South Africa, like the country’s first platinum 3D print. The technology also has its uses in the country’s defense sector, as the South African Air Force (SAAF) uses 3D...
Proto Labs Uses 3D Printing Technology to Bring Kitchen Prototype Inventions to Market

Proto Labs Uses 3D Printing Technology to Bring Kitchen Prototype Inventions to Market

3D printing technology has often been used to help an invention along on the path from a really good idea to a production-ready product. Case in point: three inventors had a great idea for a really useful kitchen utensil, and formed AGI Solutions Ltd to take the invention to the next level. But, they needed to […]

3D printing technology has often been used to help an invention along on the path from a really good idea to a production-ready product. Case in point: three inventors had a great idea for a really useful kitchen utensil, and formed AGI Solutions Ltd to take the...
Prosthetic Leg Prototype Designed to Improve Balance and Mobility for Dogs

Prosthetic Leg Prototype Designed to Improve Balance and Mobility for Dogs

We’ve seen birds, tortoises, lizards, and cats get a new lease on life thanks to 3D printed prosthetic limbs, but more often, it seems, we hear about puppies and dogs that benefit from the use of 3D printed prosthetics – though the technology doesn’t always end up being the right choice. Recently, Model Solution, a provider […]

We’ve seen birds, tortoises, lizards, and cats get a new lease on life thanks to 3D printed prosthetic limbs, but more often, it seems, we hear about puppies and dogs that benefit from the use of 3D printed prosthetics – though the technology doesn’t...
3D Printing News Briefs: December 15, 2017

3D Printing News Briefs: December 15, 2017

In today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, we’re starting with some aerospace 3D printing, then moving on to business announcements, new releases, and 3D printed art. The European Space Agency has released its first prototype design for a 3D printed satellite, while Northrop Grumman is looking for 3D printing partners to develop metal aerospace parts. Graphene […]

In today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, we’re starting with some aerospace 3D printing, then moving on to business announcements, new releases, and 3D printed art. The European Space Agency has released its first prototype design for a 3D printed satellite,...
HP Labs Develops Three-Stage Identification and Authentication System for 3D Printed Objects

HP Labs Develops Three-Stage Identification and Authentication System for 3D Printed Objects

Whenever I’m at a store purchasing a baby gift for a friend from their registry, I have to go back and forth between the paper and the tiny tag denoting the serial number of the product I’m looking at to make sure it’s the right one…maybe it’s just me, but I think that all of […]

Whenever I’m at a store purchasing a baby gift for a friend from their registry, I have to go back and forth between the paper and the tiny tag denoting the serial number of the product I’m looking at to make sure it’s the right one…maybe...
3D Printed Prototypes Demonstrate Smart Windows That Can Keep Your Car Cool in the Sun

3D Printed Prototypes Demonstrate Smart Windows That Can Keep Your Car Cool in the Sun

When you’ve left your car in the sun all day, unless you were lucky enough to find a parking spot under a tree, getting back in and sitting inside immediately leads to feeling enveloped in an intense, stifling heat. But researchers from the University of Delaware may have found a solution, with their prototype windows […]

When you’ve left your car in the sun all day, unless you were lucky enough to find a parking spot under a tree, getting back in and sitting inside immediately leads to feeling enveloped in an intense, stifling heat. But researchers from the University of...
Sandia's 3D Printed Solar Power Receivers Up To 20% More Effective Than Current Technology

Sandia's 3D Printed Solar Power Receivers Up To 20% More Effective Than Current Technology

The power of the sun, better known as solar energy, can be collected and harnessed with solar cells, and used to power 3D printers, modes of transportation, load-bearing carts, long-running motors, and patient monitoring alarms; it can even keep your drink cold. But engineers at multimission Sandia National Laboratories, based in New Mexico, have developed something that’s […]

The power of the sun, better known as solar energy, can be collected and harnessed with solar cells, and used to power 3D printers, modes of transportation, load-bearing carts, long-running motors, and patient monitoring alarms; it can even keep your drink cold. But...
3D Printed Smart Braces with Flexible Batteries and LEDs Can Improve Efficiency of Orthodontic Alignment

3D Printed Smart Braces with Flexible Batteries and LEDs Can Improve Efficiency of Orthodontic Alignment

Every time I come across a picture of myself from the tender ages of 14 to 16, I cringe a little – not because of my questionable fashion choices, but because of those most hated orthodontic devices so many teenagers are subjected to when they least want. I am, of course, talking about braces. But […]

Every time I come across a picture of myself from the tender ages of 14 to 16, I cringe a little – not because of my questionable fashion choices, but because of those most hated orthodontic devices so many teenagers are subjected to when they least want. I am,...
GE Aviation Completes Successful Tests of FATE Engine and T901 Engine Prototype, Both Featuring 3D Printed Components

GE Aviation Completes Successful Tests of FATE Engine and T901 Engine Prototype, Both Featuring 3D Printed Components

Back in 2015, GE Aviation began utilizing additive manufacturing technology in the retrofitting of hundreds of GE90 jet engines with 3D printed sensor housings. Fast forward a little, and the company has continued to make major headway into the 3D printing world, as parent GE made major investments to acquire metal additive manufacturing companies and will […]

Back in 2015, GE Aviation began utilizing additive manufacturing technology in the retrofitting of hundreds of GE90 jet engines with 3D printed sensor housings. Fast forward a little, and the company has continued to make major headway into the 3D printing world, as...
VTT Studying Nanocellulose and 3D Printing for Wound Care and Decoration

VTT Studying Nanocellulose and 3D Printing for Wound Care and Decoration

For the past two years, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, a top research and technology company in the Nordic countries, has been developing new bio-material applications for cellulose-based compounds for 3D printing applications to replace fossil derived raw materials. Now, the company is studying cellulose nanofibrils (nanocellulose or CNFs), which can improve bio-based 3D […]

For the past two years, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, a top research and technology company in the Nordic countries, has been developing new bio-material applications for cellulose-based compounds for 3D printing applications to replace fossil derived raw...
Turn Color Into Sound with Innovative Specdrums Rings, Created with the Help of 3D Printing

Turn Color Into Sound with Innovative Specdrums Rings, Created with the Help of 3D Printing

From 3D printed violins and guitars to a modular synthesizer and arpeggiator, 3D printing technology has often been used to help musicians play that funky (and classical) music. A creative group of engineering, design, and music students from the University of Colorado Boulder launched a Kickstarter campaign, currently in its final hours, for Specdrums, which is one […]

From 3D printed violins and guitars to a modular synthesizer and arpeggiator, 3D printing technology has often been used to help musicians play that funky (and classical) music. A creative group of engineering, design, and music students from the University of...
MIT CSAIL Researchers Develop 3D Printable Structures That Fold Themselves

MIT CSAIL Researchers Develop 3D Printable Structures That Fold Themselves

Frequently, when we hear about self-folding 3D printable structures, they’re based on origami. But researchers from the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have built a self-folding printable device prototype that’s actually a variation on their 3D printable multimaterial electronic device that was inspired by the golden tortoise beetle. While other researchers have […]

Frequently, when we hear about self-folding 3D printable structures, they’re based on origami. But researchers from the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have built a self-folding printable device prototype that’s actually...
3D Printed Biomaterial Sleeves May Reduce the Risk of Body Piercing Infections

3D Printed Biomaterial Sleeves May Reduce the Risk of Body Piercing Infections

I got my first ear cartilage piercing when I was a freshman in high school, and had already removed it before I began my sophomore year – it had gotten infected, and after spending weeks using the alcohol cleaning solution the store had given me to no avail, my mother and I talked about it, […]

I got my first ear cartilage piercing when I was a freshman in high school, and had already removed it before I began my sophomore year – it had gotten infected, and after spending weeks using the alcohol cleaning solution the store had given me to no avail, my...
3D Printing News Briefs: September 6, 2017

3D Printing News Briefs: September 6, 2017

We’ve got a lot of business news in today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, followed by new 3D beta software, 3D printing materials work at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and a limited edition 3D printed shoe. 3D printing startup mything has secured €2.1 million in funding, while Desktop Metal announces a US supplier for its metal 3D […]

We’ve got a lot of business news in today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, followed by new 3D beta software, 3D printing materials work at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and a limited edition 3D printed shoe. 3D printing startup mything has secured €2.1 million...
US Marine Designs 3D Printed Surveillance Drone at Fraction of Regular Cost

US Marine Designs 3D Printed Surveillance Drone at Fraction of Regular Cost

There are all sorts of applications for 3D printing in the military, from a submarine hull and a trauma simulator to missile components and surveillance drones. Recently, Rhet McNeal, a 26-year-old Corporal in the US Marine Corps (USMC), noticed some issues with the hand-launched fixed-wing drones, the RQ-11 Raven and RQ-12 Wasp III, that the Marines use. […]

There are all sorts of applications for 3D printing in the military, from a submarine hull and a trauma simulator to missile components and surveillance drones. Recently, Rhet McNeal, a 26-year-old Corporal in the US Marine Corps (USMC), noticed some issues with the...
ORNL Turns to Neutrons to Investigate Performance of Engine Cylinder Head Made from 3D Printed Mold and New Aluminum Alloy

ORNL Turns to Neutrons to Investigate Performance of Engine Cylinder Head Made from 3D Printed Mold and New Aluminum Alloy

A research team from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) worked with several industry partners to use a 3D printed sand mold and neutrons to investigate how a new high-performance aluminum alloy was performing in a running gasoline-powered engine. Neutrons have unique properties that let them penetrate materials, like the aluminum-cerium (Al-Ce) alloy, without causing any […]

A research team from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) worked with several industry partners to use a 3D printed sand mold and neutrons to investigate how a new high-performance aluminum alloy was performing in a running gasoline-powered engine. Neutrons have...
Vector Has Another Successful Test Flight of the Vector-R Launch Vehicle, Featuring a 3D Printed Engine Injector

Vector Has Another Successful Test Flight of the Vector-R Launch Vehicle, Featuring a 3D Printed Engine Injector

In May, Vector Space Systems, headquartered in Arizona, launched a successful test flight of its Vector-R launch vehicle engineering model. The Vector-R, which features a 3D printed engine injector, was built to carry small payloads into space. The rocket’s test flight took place about a year after the commercial launch provider had a successful launch […]

In May, Vector Space Systems, headquartered in Arizona, launched a successful test flight of its Vector-R launch vehicle engineering model. The Vector-R, which features a 3D printed engine injector, was built to carry small payloads into space. The rocket’s test...
Metal 3D Printing Set to Improve Delicate Surgical Procedures

Metal 3D Printing Set to Improve Delicate Surgical Procedures

3D printing has had a major impact on many areas, from automobiles and aerospace to consumer products and education to scientific research. But the one that always fascinates me the most is how 3D technology has changed the face of medicine, and specifically surgery. From 3D imaging and 3D printed patient-specific models, which as we know […]

3D printing has had a major impact on many areas, from automobiles and aerospace to consumer products and education to scientific research. But the one that always fascinates me the most is how 3D technology has changed the face of medicine, and specifically surgery....
e-NABLE Launches First Maker Camp to Commemorate the National Week of Making, But There's a Catch - No 3D Printing!

e-NABLE Launches First Maker Camp to Commemorate the National Week of Making, But There's a Catch - No 3D Printing!

I’d like to officially wish you a happy National Week of Making while we’re still in it! The National Week of Making, which celebrates the innovation, ingenuity, and creativity of makers around the world, began on Friday, June 16th, and ends today, Thursday the 22nd. June 19th marked the beginning of the e-NABLE Community Maker Camp. Just […]

I’d like to officially wish you a happy National Week of Making while we’re still in it! The National Week of Making, which celebrates the innovation, ingenuity, and creativity of makers around the world, began on Friday, June 16th, and ends...
Making a Difference: Mumbai Students Design, Develop, and 3D Print a Sanitary Pad Dispenser for School Project

Making a Difference: Mumbai Students Design, Develop, and 3D Print a Sanitary Pad Dispenser for School Project

We’re going to talk about something that makes lots of people pretty uncomfortable, even though in my opinion it really shouldn’t. Take a deep breath – are you ready? Menstrual cycles and sanitary pads (GASP). For whatever reason, those words can often strike fear into the hearts of men and women, though obviously for very […]

We’re going to talk about something that makes lots of people pretty uncomfortable, even though in my opinion it really shouldn’t. Take a deep breath – are you ready? Menstrual cycles and sanitary pads (GASP). For whatever reason, those words can...
Nano Dimension to Develop 3D Printed Ceramic Components for Space, Raises $4.8M in Private Placement Agreements

Nano Dimension to Develop 3D Printed Ceramic Components for Space, Raises $4.8M in Private Placement Agreements

This winter, not long after Nano Dimension brought its innovative DragonFly 2020 3D printer to CES 2017, the company surprised everyone when it announced that it would be moving into a brand new area of development. While Nano Dimension was still in the middle of delivering its PCB printer to multitudes of beta customers, it would also begin […]

This winter, not long after Nano Dimension brought its innovative DragonFly 2020 3D printer to CES 2017, the company surprised everyone when it announced that it would be moving into a brand new area of development. While Nano Dimension was still in the middle of...
3D Printing Helps Autonomous Sailboat Take On the Atlantic

3D Printing Helps Autonomous Sailboat Take On the Atlantic

Industrial 3D printer manufacturer German RepRap, based in Munich, first introduced its large X1000 3D printer in 2014, and it’s been evolving ever since. The industrial printer, with a massive build envelope of 1000 x 800 x 600 mm, was used last year to help TAKATA PlasTec get automotive parts to market faster, and recently […]

Industrial 3D printer manufacturer German RepRap, based in Munich, first introduced its large X1000 3D printer in 2014, and it’s been evolving ever since. The industrial printer, with a massive build envelope of 1000 x 800 x 600 mm, was used last year to help...
KU Leuven Researchers Use 3D Printing to Develop Hybrid CargoCopter Drones

KU Leuven Researchers Use 3D Printing to Develop Hybrid CargoCopter Drones

The Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, or University of Leuven (KU Leuven), is located in Leuven, Belgium; if this sounds familiar, it’s because Materialise is also located in the city of Leuven, about 16 miles outside of Brussels. KU Leuven has been involved in some pretty interesting projects that required the use of 3D printing technology, such as a 3D printed, […]

The Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, or University of Leuven (KU Leuven), is located in Leuven, Belgium; if this sounds familiar, it’s because Materialise is also located in the city of Leuven, about 16 miles outside of Brussels. KU Leuven has been involved in...
RESHAPE 17: Programmable Skins Competition Kicks Off With Partners IN(3D)USTRY and Noumena Studio

RESHAPE 17: Programmable Skins Competition Kicks Off With Partners IN(3D)USTRY and Noumena Studio

Online digital platform RESHAPE promotes the design, research, and production of digital ideas, and represents a large international community of makers, designers, and customers who are inspired by innovation and want to explore the implications and applications of technology in today’s society. In 2014, RESHAPE held a Digital Craft Competition, and then a Wearable Technology […]

Online digital platform RESHAPE promotes the design, research, and production of digital ideas, and represents a large international community of makers, designers, and customers who are inspired by innovation and want to explore the implications and applications of...
Soft Robotics and 3D Printing Used to Make Flexible Gloves that Allow Users to Experience Tactile Feedback in a VR Environment

Soft Robotics and 3D Printing Used to Make Flexible Gloves that Allow Users to Experience Tactile Feedback in a VR Environment

Earlier this month, researchers at the University of California San Diego presented its soft robot, capable of walking over rough terrain with four 3D printed legs. Now, a different team with UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering is working on another soft robotics project, coupled with virtual reality, that might just be music to […]

Earlier this month, researchers at the University of California San Diego presented its soft robot, capable of walking over rough terrain with four 3D printed legs. Now, a different team with UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering is working on another soft...
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