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Vote for the Most Significant 3D Printed Thing in the World 2017

Vote for the Most Significant 3D Printed Thing in the World 2017

Soooo….a few weeks ago I released the definitive, totally unsurpassable Top 10 3D Printed Things. It turned out that sadly some mere mortals did in fact disagree with me. I’ve decided to do a rather more democratic approach. I’ve made a new list based on my initial suggestions, some more I came up with, coupled with […]

Soooo….a few weeks ago I released the definitive, totally unsurpassable Top 10 3D Printed Things. It turned out that sadly some mere mortals did in fact disagree with me. I’ve decided to do a rather more democratic approach. I’ve made a new list...
3D Printing Business: Inside BCN3D Technologies

3D Printing Business: Inside BCN3D Technologies

When in Catalonia, do as the Catalonians do; while in a larger-scale view that may be a circumstance set to change up world maps as we currently know them, on a business-by-business basis that also means taking another look at manufacturing as we know it. Open-source desktop 3D printer manufacturer BCN3D Technologies takes seriously its […]

When in Catalonia, do as the Catalonians do; while in a larger-scale view that may be a circumstance set to change up world maps as we currently know them, on a business-by-business basis that also means taking another look at manufacturing as we know it. Open-source...
Five Global 3D Printing Pioneers Inducted at the Inaugural TCT Hall of Fame Awards

Five Global 3D Printing Pioneers Inducted at the Inaugural TCT Hall of Fame Awards

It was a busy week at the 22nd TCT Show in Birmingham, which just ended yesterday. Many innovative companies used the international trade fair event as an opportunity to showcase their latest printers, software, materials, and other products. The event kicked off on Tuesday with the annual TCT Awards, sponsored by SLM Solutions, Materialise, 3ecruit, […]

It was a busy week at the 22nd TCT Show in Birmingham, which just ended yesterday. Many innovative companies used the international trade fair event as an opportunity to showcase their latest printers, software, materials, and other products. The event kicked off on...
3D Printing Educator Spotlight On: Joshua Pearce, PhD, Associate Professor, Michigan Tech

3D Printing Educator Spotlight On: Joshua Pearce, PhD, Associate Professor, Michigan Tech

As the global population continues to expand massively, with an estimated 7.5 billion people alive today, sustainability is becoming an ever-more-pressing concern. It takes a lot of energy to support a large and growing population, especially with the living standards seen in the 21st century. In the US, where capitalism looms large, affordability poses another […]

As the global population continues to expand massively, with an estimated 7.5 billion people alive today, sustainability is becoming an ever-more-pressing concern. It takes a lot of energy to support a large and growing population, especially with the living standards...
The R&D Tax Credit Aspects of RepRap 3D Printers

The R&D Tax Credit Aspects of RepRap 3D Printers

Modern 3D printing has been decades in the making, but only in the past decade have we seen the proliferation of the technology into the hands of hobbyists, makers, and manufacturers. This has been due to several causes, primarily the reduction in price, and widespread availability of computing which can handle 3D modeling. Makers and […]

Modern 3D printing has been decades in the making, but only in the past decade have we seen the proliferation of the technology into the hands of hobbyists, makers, and manufacturers. This has been due to several causes, primarily the reduction in price, and...
Researchers Developing Self-Replicating 3D Printers for the Moon

Researchers Developing Self-Replicating 3D Printers for the Moon

We’ve heard a lot about how 3D printing is the future of space exploration. One of the reasons the technology is so critical to space travel is that having a 3D printer on board a spacecraft allows astronauts to 3D print replacement parts, tools and other supplies. In addition, future missions that involve extended stays […]

We’ve heard a lot about how 3D printing is the future of space exploration. One of the reasons the technology is so critical to space travel is that having a 3D printer on board a spacecraft allows astronauts to 3D print replacement parts, tools and other...
Should Desktop 3D Printing Be Open Source or Closed Source?

Should Desktop 3D Printing Be Open Source or Closed Source?

Open source development has brought a lot of advantages to desktop 3D printing. Is our flirtation with open source a youthful indiscretion that will soon be discarded? Or is open source the key to our recent past and to unlocking the future of 3D printing? A Short History of Desktop 3D Printing Desktop 3D printing […]

Open source development has brought a lot of advantages to desktop 3D printing. Is our flirtation with open source a youthful indiscretion that will soon be discarded? Or is open source the key to our recent past and to unlocking the future of 3D printing? A Short...
MRRF 2017: 3D Printing Community Comes Together to Celebrate 3D Printers, Making and Innovation

MRRF 2017: 3D Printing Community Comes Together to Celebrate 3D Printers, Making and Innovation

My little maker heart is full after spending 48 hours at the 5th Annual Midwest RepRap Festival (aka MRRF) In Goshen, Indiana. Yes, over 1,000 people from 18 countries around the world made their way to the 4-H Fairgrounds in a tiny town (where Wal-Mart has horse and buggy parking) to geek out over 3D […]

My little maker heart is full after spending 48 hours at the 5th Annual Midwest RepRap Festival (aka MRRF) In Goshen, Indiana. Yes, over 1,000 people from 18 countries around the world made their way to the 4-H Fairgrounds in a tiny town (where Wal-Mart has horse and...
3D Printing Outside the Box: The Hangprinter Prints in Midair Without Any Limits

3D Printing Outside the Box: The Hangprinter Prints in Midair Without Any Limits

3D printers just aren’t what they used to be – and that’s a good thing. There’s nothing wrong with a traditional box-like printer that sits on the floor or on a desk, of course; those printers are the livelihood of many. But a box is, by its nature, limiting, which is why people are so […]

3D printers just aren’t what they used to be – and that’s a good thing. There’s nothing wrong with a traditional box-like printer that sits on the floor or on a desk, of course; those printers are the livelihood of many. But a box is, by its...
Extra Senses: RepRap Ltd. Project Helps People Extend Their Sense of Touch

Extra Senses: RepRap Ltd. Project Helps People Extend Their Sense of Touch

Most people agree that humans have five senses, and they’re pretty straightforward – we see what’s in the vicinity of our eyes, we hear what sound vibrations reach our ears, taste what we put in our mouths, etc. Some people believe in a sixth sense, whether that’s seeing dead people or having some other sort of […]

Most people agree that humans have five senses, and they’re pretty straightforward – we see what’s in the vicinity of our eyes, we hear what sound vibrations reach our ears, taste what we put in our mouths, etc. Some people believe in a sixth sense,...
With Hard Work, Incredible Patience and Wits, Professor Builds Ceramic 3D Printer from a Simple Delta Kit

With Hard Work, Incredible Patience and Wits, Professor Builds Ceramic 3D Printer from a Simple Delta Kit

Update 10/10/16: Taekyeom received some advice on his clay extruder and an engineer said, PVC pipe is not a safe material because PVC can crack, or even shatter. Cooper or stainless steel will be good material. DO NOT use PVC piping system for use in compressed air.   3D printed ceramics are a relatively less-talked-about […]

Update 10/10/16: Taekyeom received some advice on his clay extruder and an engineer said, PVC pipe is not a safe material because PVC can crack, or even shatter. Cooper or stainless steel will be good material. DO NOT use PVC piping system for use in compressed air.  ...
Portugal's Reprapalgarve Team Shows Us How to Make a Steel Framed Color 3D Printer for Around $600

Portugal's Reprapalgarve Team Shows Us How to Make a Steel Framed Color 3D Printer for Around $600

Over the weekend, Adam, who is the ten-year-old son of some friends of mine, purchased a very cool, medium sized replica of the Millennium Falcon from a local maker’s shop. I perked right up, of course, mainly because my kids had 3D printed one of their own back in early March while we were still snowed in here […]

Over the weekend, Adam, who is the ten-year-old son of some friends of mine, purchased a very cool, medium sized replica of the Millennium Falcon from a local maker’s shop. I perked right up, of course, mainly because my kids had 3D printed one of their own back in...
Top 10 Affordable RepRap Prusa i3 kits for Sale Under $400 at 3D Printers Online Store

Top 10 Affordable RepRap Prusa i3 kits for Sale Under $400 at 3D Printers Online Store

The RepRap Project started as a British initiative to develop a 3D printer that can print most of its own components and be a low-cost 3D printer, but it is now made up of hundreds of collaborators worldwide. (RepRap is short for replicating rapid prototype.) RepRap is the first of the low-cost 3D printers, and […]

The RepRap Project started as a British initiative to develop a 3D printer that can print most of its own components and be a low-cost 3D printer, but it is now made up of hundreds of collaborators worldwide. (RepRap is short for replicating rapid prototype.) RepRap...
AstroPrint Offers the 'Ultimate' Cheat-Sheet Buffet of 3D Printing Tips You'll Want to Save

AstroPrint Offers the 'Ultimate' Cheat-Sheet Buffet of 3D Printing Tips You'll Want to Save

We’re hard pressed today to find someone, anyone, who doesn’t know at least a little bit about how 3D printing is changing the world in so many areas like manufacturing, space travel, and, most impressively—medicine. And yes, sometimes it seems like nearly everything is being 3D printed for one reason or another—from the luxurious to […]

We’re hard pressed today to find someone, anyone, who doesn’t know at least a little bit about how 3D printing is changing the world in so many areas like manufacturing, space travel, and, most impressively—medicine. And yes, sometimes it seems like nearly everything...
Celebrating the First 3D Printer from UK's West Midlands: 3DPrint.co.uk Launches Blitz 3D Brand & BlitzBot 2.0

Celebrating the First 3D Printer from UK's West Midlands: 3DPrint.co.uk Launches Blitz 3D Brand & BlitzBot 2.0

You know how it feels when you really love a certain place and as family and friends come to visit, you become an overly excited cheerleader/tour guide for the area? Sometimes I feel like that in the realm of 3D printing. While in visiting a destination the question is ‘what’s there to do?’ — for […]

You know how it feels when you really love a certain place and as family and friends come to visit, you become an overly excited cheerleader/tour guide for the area? Sometimes I feel like that in the realm of 3D printing. While in visiting a destination the question...
The ColorPod Converts a RepRap-Style 3D Printer into a Full-Color Powder Bed Printer

The ColorPod Converts a RepRap-Style 3D Printer into a Full-Color Powder Bed Printer

While there have been a few custom builds and hacked together machines, most powder bed 3D printers are generally considered commercial or industrial printers. Cost is probably the largest contributing factor to this considering they often cost the same amount of money as a car. The technology itself is simply hard to fit in a […]

While there have been a few custom builds and hacked together machines, most powder bed 3D printers are generally considered commercial or industrial printers. Cost is probably the largest contributing factor to this considering they often cost the same amount of...
What The Heck is Happening Over on the RepRap Project’s Wikipedia Page?

What The Heck is Happening Over on the RepRap Project’s Wikipedia Page?

Being a Wikipedia editor is absurdly hard and usually pretty thankless work. With well over five million articles available on Wikipedia, many of which need to be regularly monitored, edited and kept up to date, the system relies on a dedicated community of unpaid editors who donate their free time to keep everything as encyclopedic […]

Being a Wikipedia editor is absurdly hard and usually pretty thankless work. With well over five million articles available on Wikipedia, many of which need to be regularly monitored, edited and kept up to date, the system relies on a dedicated community of unpaid...
Teach Your 3D Printer How to Play Chess

Teach Your 3D Printer How to Play Chess

Something that most people seem to forget about 3D printers is that they are just a simple robot that happens to throw up melted plastic into cool shapes. Basically, a 3D printer really isn’t that much different to engineer than a drone or a Roomba or a pick-and-place machine. And most 3D printers are relatively […]

Something that most people seem to forget about 3D printers is that they are just a simple robot that happens to throw up melted plastic into cool shapes. Basically, a 3D printer really isn’t that much different to engineer than a drone or a Roomba or a pick-and-place...
3D Printed Robotic Lawnmower is Like a Roomba for Your Lawn

3D Printed Robotic Lawnmower is Like a Roomba for Your Lawn

If you’ve ever mowed a lawn, you’re probably familiar with the frustrations that come with lawnmowers. They won’t start, they keep stalling, they somehow get jammed, and when they finally break down altogether, it’s expensive to go out and buy a new one. It’s enough to make you want to give up and just buy […]

If you’ve ever mowed a lawn, you’re probably familiar with the frustrations that come with lawnmowers. They won’t start, they keep stalling, they somehow get jammed, and when they finally break down altogether, it’s expensive to go out and buy...
Johns Hopkins Students Build a 3D printer of Their Very Own with Buildclass

Johns Hopkins Students Build a 3D printer of Their Very Own with Buildclass

These days most people can simply buy a pre-made 3D printer and only need to press a button to get it to work, but there are those in the maker community who feel the only real way to understand how 3D printing technology works is to go back to the beginning and build your own. […]

These days most people can simply buy a pre-made 3D printer and only need to press a button to get it to work, but there are those in the maker community who feel the only real way to understand how 3D printing technology works is to go back to the beginning and build...
3D Printing: The Stories We Didn't Cover This Week--January 30

3D Printing: The Stories We Didn't Cover This Week--January 30

This week’s news covers internationally diverse stories representing 3D printing business news, as the industry seeks newer ways to accommodate the public’s growing interest in all things 3D printing related. It’s about more customer-friendly product development as companies seek to simplify technology for everyday use while still honoring longer term investment in larger scale 3D printing sectors. […]

This week’s news covers internationally diverse stories representing 3D printing business news, as the industry seeks newer ways to accommodate the public’s growing interest in all things 3D printing related. It’s about more customer-friendly product...
Latest Developments in Solar Powered 3D Printing Released by Michigan Tech

Latest Developments in Solar Powered 3D Printing Released by Michigan Tech

One of the things that has made 3D printing so helpful is its portability. The impact the technology has made in developing countries is largely due to the fact that printers can be taken into remote areas, and crucial parts can be churned out in a matter of hours. Organizations like Field Ready and Enabling the […]

One of the things that has made 3D printing so helpful is its portability. The impact the technology has made in developing countries is largely due to the fact that printers can be taken into remote areas, and crucial parts can be churned out in a matter of hours....
New, Faster Fabcore Released as 'The Future of 3D Printing,' Open Source Files Now on Thingiverse

New, Faster Fabcore Released as 'The Future of 3D Printing,' Open Source Files Now on Thingiverse

While it is now completely believable that you can find an extraordinarily inexpensive 3D printer these days, many users still have considerable trepidation, which can go either way depending on their requirements. Some want to be able to control, modify, improve, while others worry about receiving a box full of pieces, instructions for different scraps of unwieldy […]

While it is now completely believable that you can find an extraordinarily inexpensive 3D printer these days, many users still have considerable trepidation, which can go either way depending on their requirements. Some want to be able to control, modify, improve,...
Shots Fired: The 3D Printing Materials IP War Has Begun as Joshua Pearce Releases Algorithm for Obviousness

Shots Fired: The 3D Printing Materials IP War Has Begun as Joshua Pearce Releases Algorithm for Obviousness

As 3D printing becomes more successful and dependable, the ability to fabricate just about anything at home without the need of mass production is virtually inevitable. This ability to circumvent traditional manufacturing will essentially decimate current intellectual property (IP) law and grant consumers more freedom than ever before. It should go without saying that 3D […]

As 3D printing becomes more successful and dependable, the ability to fabricate just about anything at home without the need of mass production is virtually inevitable. This ability to circumvent traditional manufacturing will essentially decimate current intellectual...
MediSieve’s 3D Printed Blood Filter Could be the Cure for Malaria

MediSieve’s 3D Printed Blood Filter Could be the Cure for Malaria

There is probably no disease in the world more detrimental to a developing nation’s advancement than malaria. Throughout developing regions in Latin America, Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that malaria costs over $12 billion a year in healthcare costs and lost wages, not to mention the detrimental effects on tourism […]

There is probably no disease in the world more detrimental to a developing nation’s advancement than malaria. Throughout developing regions in Latin America, Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that malaria costs over $12 billion...