rapid prototyping

Much More Than Prototyping: Star Prototype Expands, Changes Name to Star Rapid

Much More Than Prototyping: Star Prototype Expands, Changes Name to Star Rapid

A few months ago, we enjoyed the opportunity to talk to Gordon Styles, President and Founder of Star Prototype. An early adopter of additive manufacturing, the rapid prototyping company was using 3D printing since its launch back in 2005. While not exclusively focused on additive manufacturing, the company has used the technology heavily in its manufacturing services, which also include […]

A few months ago, we enjoyed the opportunity to talk to Gordon Styles, President and Founder of Star Prototype. An early adopter of additive manufacturing, the rapid prototyping company was using 3D printing since its launch back in 2005. While not exclusively focused...
Safilo and the Stratasys J750 3D Printer: Making Beautiful Eyewear Together

Safilo and the Stratasys J750 3D Printer: Making Beautiful Eyewear Together

Glasses are often more than just an aid for those of us with poor eyesight; they also make a fashion statement. Whether with that opportunity we want to emphasize pure practicality or lead others to believe our lives are a walk on the wild side, there are no shortage of designers and designer options for eyewear. […]

Glasses are often more than just an aid for those of us with poor eyesight; they also make a fashion statement. Whether with that opportunity we want to emphasize pure practicality or lead others to believe our lives are a walk on the wild side, there are no shortage...
3DPrint.com to Offer Online Training Courses in 3D Printing

3DPrint.com to Offer Online Training Courses in 3D Printing

As the 3D printing industry around the world continues its march forward, cementing major steps in this well-heralded next industrial revolution, vast changes are coming through every aspect of the overall global manufacturing scene. We are seeing sea changes in not only how products and prototypes are manufactured, but in who is doing the making. Makers hold […]

As the 3D printing industry around the world continues its march forward, cementing major steps in this well-heralded next industrial revolution, vast changes are coming through every aspect of the overall global manufacturing scene. We are seeing sea changes in not...
Stratasys and Schneider Electric Plan the Factory of the Future

Stratasys and Schneider Electric Plan the Factory of the Future

Schneider Electric SE is a French multinational corporation that specializes in the distribution of electricity, automation management, and producing the necessary installation components for the management of that energy. Schneider’s interest in helping others manage their energy efficiently is part of the company’s dedication to the very idea. And as such, they quickly recognized the […]

Schneider Electric SE is a French multinational corporation that specializes in the distribution of electricity, automation management, and producing the necessary installation components for the management of that energy. Schneider’s interest in helping others...
Poetry X Center: Ira3D Announces a New All-in-One 3D Printing R&D Package

Poetry X Center: Ira3D Announces a New All-in-One 3D Printing R&D Package

Last year the industry saw 3D printer sales for home use start to soften slightly, while at the same time there were significant jumps in sales for small businesses, schools and universities. It seems that 3D printing has evolved beyond a hobby for makers into a valuable tool for education and business. Desktop 3D printers […]

Last year the industry saw 3D printer sales for home use start to soften slightly, while at the same time there were significant jumps in sales for small businesses, schools and universities. It seems that 3D printing has evolved beyond a hobby for makers into a...
It Turns Out That 3D Printing Can Even Be Used to Make the Perfect Spring

It Turns Out That 3D Printing Can Even Be Used to Make the Perfect Spring

I really don’t know if I could find a dryer subject to write about than industrial springs. At least a subject that sounded dryer, because when I actually started to read about them it was obvious that there is a lot more to a spring than most people would imagine. First of all, I’m not […]

I really don’t know if I could find a dryer subject to write about than industrial springs. At least a subject that sounded dryer, because when I actually started to read about them it was obvious that there is a lot more to a spring than most people would imagine....
Philadelphia MakerSpace NextFab Helps Inventor Start a Shovelution

Philadelphia MakerSpace NextFab Helps Inventor Start a Shovelution

The Shovelution is a spring-loaded second handle add-on that can be attached to just about any snow shovel. The user simply attaches it on to the shovel’s handle and it can be adjusted for the user’s height and level of comfort. The second handle allows the shovel to be used without the user bending or […]

The Shovelution is a spring-loaded second handle add-on that can be attached to just about any snow shovel. The user simply attaches it on to the shovel’s handle and it can be adjusted for the user’s height and level of comfort. The second handle allows...
3D Printing Brings New Opportunities and New Challenges to the Oil & Gas Industry

3D Printing Brings New Opportunities and New Challenges to the Oil & Gas Industry

As with most modern businesses, the Oil and Gas (O&G) industry has begun adopting 3D printing technology into its regular workflow in several key areas. It has proven itself to be a valuable tool for the production of custom, one-off or small run components as well as reworking existing designs to create something more refined […]

As with most modern businesses, the Oil and Gas (O&G) industry has begun adopting 3D printing technology into its regular workflow in several key areas. It has proven itself to be a valuable tool for the production of custom, one-off or small run components as...
Leading European Food Packaging Machinery Developer Now Offers Custom 3D Printed Components

Leading European Food Packaging Machinery Developer Now Offers Custom 3D Printed Components

Of everything that happened in the 3D printing industry last year, I think that it was the explosion of industrial applications for 3D printing technology that had the biggest impact on the industry as a whole. That expanding interest drove 3D printer sales to all time highs and it looks like that trend is set […]

Of everything that happened in the 3D printing industry last year, I think that it was the explosion of industrial applications for 3D printing technology that had the biggest impact on the industry as a whole. That expanding interest drove 3D printer sales to all...
The Viper Project is China’s First High Speed Train Prototyped Entirely with a 3D Printer

The Viper Project is China’s First High Speed Train Prototyped Entirely with a 3D Printer

When it comes to high speed rail (HSR) transport there really is no one coming even close to matching the rail network of China. Spanning more than 12,000 miles, the country not only has the largest network of HSR tracks in the world, but its entire network is larger than all of the rest of […]

When it comes to high speed rail (HSR) transport there really is no one coming even close to matching the rail network of China. Spanning more than 12,000 miles, the country not only has the largest network of HSR tracks in the world, but its entire network is larger...
3D Printing is Helping Kickstart This Beautiful Leonardo da Vinci-Themed Board Game

3D Printing is Helping Kickstart This Beautiful Leonardo da Vinci-Themed Board Game

While every crowdfunding campaign is a gamble, there is what I like to call a trifecta of success that most fully or over funded campaigns all seem to have. There is a well put together video that doesn’t look like it was shot on a cellphone, a novel or useful idea and an actual working […]

While every crowdfunding campaign is a gamble, there is what I like to call a trifecta of success that most fully or over funded campaigns all seem to have. There is a well put together video that doesn’t look like it was shot on a cellphone, a novel or useful idea...
3D Hubs Helps Rapid Prototype the Perfect Chef’s Knife and Craft a $1 Million Kickstarter

3D Hubs Helps Rapid Prototype the Perfect Chef’s Knife and Craft a $1 Million Kickstarter

A growing number of products are being developed thanks to rapid prototyping with 3D printers, producing better designed, more successful and higher quality products than ever before. While recently there has been a lot of focus on the growing number of small businesses and startups that are outfitting their offices with 3D printers, I feel […]

A growing number of products are being developed thanks to rapid prototyping with 3D printers, producing better designed, more successful and higher quality products than ever before. While recently there has been a lot of focus on the growing number of small...
Using 3D Printing to Rapid Prototype Food, Beverage and Retail Packaging

Using 3D Printing to Rapid Prototype Food, Beverage and Retail Packaging

While originally conceived as a replacement for manufacturing back in the 1980s, due to time constraints and cost 3D printing quickly became a process primarily used to quickly develop prototype and proof of concept objects. The automotive and aerospace industries liberally used 3D printers to rapid prototype concept models, new parts and components for decades, […]

While originally conceived as a replacement for manufacturing back in the 1980s, due to time constraints and cost 3D printing quickly became a process primarily used to quickly develop prototype and proof of concept objects. The automotive and aerospace industries...
GPI Expands Access and Adoption of Direct Metal 3D Printing with 3D Systems Technology

GPI Expands Access and Adoption of Direct Metal 3D Printing with 3D Systems Technology

3D Systems has announced that they have formed a partnership with Midwestern 3D printing and prototyping services provider GPI Prototype & Manufacturing Services, Inc. to expand their range of direct metal 3D printing capabilities. GPI is already a leader in local direct metal printing services and the new technology will allow them to offer their […]

3D Systems has announced that they have formed a partnership with Midwestern 3D printing and prototyping services provider GPI Prototype & Manufacturing Services, Inc. to expand their range of direct metal 3D printing capabilities. GPI is already a leader in local...
Making Fallout 4’s Robot Butler Mister Handy Real Using 3D Printing

Making Fallout 4’s Robot Butler Mister Handy Real Using 3D Printing

The development of a video game is probably the last place that you would think to find rapid prototyping being used, but it turns out 3D printing played a key role in helping the game designers from Fallout 4 feel as real as possible. Mister Handy, the floating, nuclear multi-armed robotic butler, isn’t a new […]

The development of a video game is probably the last place that you would think to find rapid prototyping being used, but it turns out 3D printing played a key role in helping the game designers from Fallout 4 feel as real as possible. Mister Handy, the floating,...
Your Electronics May Have a Brighter Future Thanks to 3D Printing

Your Electronics May Have a Brighter Future Thanks to 3D Printing

Look around your room when it’s dark. I’m willing to bet there’s more than one tiny, blinking light glowing in the darkness. From your computer, your phone, your TV – we all have constellations of tiny electronic stars reassuring us that our devices, our connections to the outside world, are nearby and working properly. These […]

Look around your room when it’s dark. I’m willing to bet there’s more than one tiny, blinking light glowing in the darkness. From your computer, your phone, your TV – we all have constellations of tiny electronic stars reassuring us that our...
The Nipi Smart Cooler Used 3D Printing to Reach Market 75% Faster

The Nipi Smart Cooler Used 3D Printing to Reach Market 75% Faster

To get their initial concept design for a novel cooler realized as a working prototype, Nipi turned to 3D printing service provider 3D Print Bureau. And using FDM and PolyJet 3D printing solutions, 3D Print Bureau produced a group of fully-functional parts for the Nipi to take care of any design issues before the company […]

To get their initial concept design for a novel cooler realized as a working prototype, Nipi turned to 3D printing service provider 3D Print Bureau. And using FDM and PolyJet 3D printing solutions, 3D Print Bureau produced a group of fully-functional parts for the...
Proto Labs Expands into New Additive Manufacturing Services

Proto Labs Expands into New Additive Manufacturing Services

For low-volume production, Proto Labs, with its global headquarters in Minnesota, is the world’s fastest digital manufacturer. Founded in 1999 as the ProtoMold Company by Larry Lukis, who was seeking a quicker and more cost-effective way to produce injection molded parts, the venture was clearly very successful. Thus far the company has focused its efforts on one-day injection molding services […]

For low-volume production, Proto Labs, with its global headquarters in Minnesota, is the world’s fastest digital manufacturer. Founded in 1999 as the ProtoMold Company by Larry Lukis, who was seeking a quicker and more cost-effective way to produce injection molded...
Electronics Giant, Hama, Uses a German RepRap To Help Create New Products

Electronics Giant, Hama, Uses a German RepRap To Help Create New Products

I’m never surprised when people come up to me and ask me what 3D printers can be used for. Although, I tend to laugh a little on the inside, I usually provide them with a laundry list of potential uses. I then go on to list a plethora of well-known companies that are using the […]

I’m never surprised when people come up to me and ask me what 3D printers can be used for. Although, I tend to laugh a little on the inside, I usually provide them with a laundry list of potential uses. I then go on to list a plethora of well-known companies...
In:Sand – 3D Printing with a Plentiful Building Material

In:Sand – 3D Printing with a Plentiful Building Material

The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) takes on cutting edge education and research to prepare students to meet the challenges regarding the construction of habitable structures. Based in Barcelona, IAAC boasts faculty and students from more than 35 countries who work on problems from understanding cities to building to manufacturing. Students and faculty there […]

The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) takes on cutting edge education and research to prepare students to meet the challenges regarding the construction of habitable structures. Based in Barcelona, IAAC boasts faculty and students from more than...
Smartphone Controlled Electric Skateboard 3D Printed at Autodesk’s Pier 9

Smartphone Controlled Electric Skateboard 3D Printed at Autodesk’s Pier 9

Skateboards have long been the transportation choice of many a car-less teenager, but now that an entire generation of skaters have grown into adulthood many of them have brought their boards along with them. For millions of pedestrians, a skateboard is a fun and logical option to traverse long distances quickly and avoid the frustrations […]

Skateboards have long been the transportation choice of many a car-less teenager, but now that an entire generation of skaters have grown into adulthood many of them have brought their boards along with them. For millions of pedestrians, a skateboard is a fun and...
Project Aquero is Using 3D Printing to Pull Drinkable Water from Thin Air

Project Aquero is Using 3D Printing to Pull Drinkable Water from Thin Air

Only about 2.5% of the water on our planet is actually drinkable fresh water, and of that water less than half is actually safe for us to consume. A lack of clean and drinkable water isn’t just a problem faced by those who live in arid desert regions; there are many areas of the world where […]

Only about 2.5% of the water on our planet is actually drinkable fresh water, and of that water less than half is actually safe for us to consume. A lack of clean and drinkable water isn’t just a problem faced by those who live in arid desert regions; there are many...
Florida Maker Designs Easy-Access 3D-Printed Tool WristBand

Florida Maker Designs Easy-Access 3D-Printed Tool WristBand

You may not find a bigger fan of 3D design and printing than Floridian Fernando Sosa. The Orlando-based designer and entrepreneur seems to wear multiple hats (we wonder if they’re 3D-printed). He balances his full-time work as Media Supervisor with his role as a designer with nuPROTO, a company that specializes in rapid prototyping using […]

You may not find a bigger fan of 3D design and printing than Floridian Fernando Sosa. The Orlando-based designer and entrepreneur seems to wear multiple hats (we wonder if they’re 3D-printed). He balances his full-time work as Media Supervisor with his role as a...
3D Printing Helps Test Crop Seeding System

3D Printing Helps Test Crop Seeding System

In a groundbreaking move – literally – a Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada-based company has produced 3D printed parts to help test a high-tech crop seeding system. Framework Animation Ltd. say they were asked to build a digital 3D model of the ‘packer’ component of the Technotill Seeding System and to then build a physical, 3D printed […]

In a groundbreaking move – literally – a Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada-based company has produced 3D printed parts to help test a high-tech crop seeding system. Framework Animation Ltd. say they were asked to build a digital 3D model of the ‘packer’ component of the...
Prototyping is Flat — How 3D Printing is Evening the Prototyping Industry

Prototyping is Flat — How 3D Printing is Evening the Prototyping Industry

One of my first design projects out of school, more than 20 years ago, was designing the branding and 3D prototype for former fruit drink Fruitopia. Back in those days, 3D prototyping required creating a mold, which was the most expensive part of the 3D printing process. After the Fruitopia molds were created and ready […]

One of my first design projects out of school, more than 20 years ago, was designing the branding and 3D prototype for former fruit drink Fruitopia. Back in those days, 3D prototyping required creating a mold, which was the most expensive part of the 3D printing...
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