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Interview with the Director General of CECIMO, Filip Geerts, on Connecting the 3D Printing Industry

We’re very interested in connecting the 3D printing industry and have in a series of articles looked at organizations that are trying to bring us all together. We will need…

Italian Startup Turns to Metal 3D Printing for Dental Implants with 24-Hour Turnaround

One application where 3D printing continues to increase in use is the dental field. Italian startup Yndetech, which produces high-quality dental implants and devices, purchased its first metal 3D printer from 3D…

China Food and Drug Administration Issues New Draft Guidance for 3D Printed Medical Devices

Regulations make the world go ’round…especially when it comes to 3D printed medical devices. The US FDA released draft guidance in May 2016, seeking feedback and continuing to explore the…

Insights from the FDA on the Future of 3D Printing in Medical Markets

As additive manufacturing has made its way into the healthcare arena, the technology has opened up new possibilities in the creation of patient-specific medical products such as anatomical models and…

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…

FDA Commissioner Releases Statement and New Guidance on 3D Printed Medical Devices

You can’t get anywhere with 3D printed medical products and devices in the US market without the extremely important approval of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), an agency within the…

Speedy Software Design and Titanium 3D Printing Relieve Nerve Pain with Custom Spinal Implant

Thanks to its low density and high strength, titanium is one of the most commonly used metals when it comes to 3D printed medical implants for humans, and even for animals. In…

FDA Video Introduces the Three Rs of Medical 3D Printing

It’s always exciting when 3D printing can play a role in making someone’s life better, and one of the very visible ways it does this is through the medical field,…

United Nations’ Second Meeting of Governmental Experts Discusses Dangers of 3D Printable Firearms

I’m sure you all know by now that governments across the globe are paying particular attention to the 3D printing space when it comes to the fabrication of undetectable firearms….

Democrats Reintroduce Bill to Ban Plastic Guns in Wake of TSA Lapses & Advancing 3D Printers

One of the most hotly debated topics when it comes to 3D printing are laws or the lack thereof laws which aim to protect the public via bans on undetectable…

US Government Proposes ITAR Amendments to Choke off Distribution of 3D Printable Gun Models

Early last month we covered a story which could ultimately have major implications for those living here in the US. Cody Wilson and his company Defense Distributed filed a suit…

Australian Senate Not Convinced That Laws to Prevent 3D Printed Guns Are Needed

A pair of reports from the Australian Senate’s Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee reveals that while law enforcement, and federal and state governments are considering regulations to deal with…

FedEx Bans Shipments of Cody Wilson’s Ghost Gunner Lower Receiver ‘3D Printer’

One thing about the exponential progress we are seeing within technology is that as time goes by, it becomes more and more difficult to predict what will come next. If you…

UK Study Assesses Legal and Industry Ramifications of 3D Printing & Intellectual Property

When the military and the government begin looking into a unique technology — and using it for previously unheard-of exercises and means to an end — you know it’s something of…

Lloyd’s Register Energy Says Study Project Will Push 3D Printing Technology Forward

Lloyd’s Register Energy says additive manufacturing is “being held back from widespread adoption in safety critical, asset intensive industries.” The general thrust of the London-based firm’s claim is that, as…