The 20 Biggest 3D Printers in 2016

Feb.10, 2016 - Bigger doesn't always mean better, but when it comes to 3D printing, the ever-growing list of absolutely massive, large-format 3D printing ventures is hard to ignore. We've rounded up the top 20 largest 3D printers currently in development and on the market. More

Make life easier with clever 3D printed life hacks

Feb.10, 2016 - In an attempt to prove that 3D printing is about more than creating useless clutter, Nanjing University lecturer Ding Zhou has hosted a very successful workshop for the creation of tangible life hacks, including 3D printed cutlery a special cutting plate and an umbrella extension. More

Singapore takes levelheaded approach to 3D printed public housing

Feb.10, 2016 - The Singapore Centre for 3D Printing is planning to test the viability of 3D printed public houses as a way to address its growing and ageing population's needs. More

New ZMorph CNC machine combines ZMorph 2.0 S Hybrid 3D Printer with CNC PRO milling toolhead

Feb.10, 2016 - Polish 3D printer manufacturers ZMorph have just revealed the latest addition to their ZMorph line: the ZMorph CNC milling set, a variation on their 2.0 S Hybrid 3D printer, but then featuring a CNC milling toolhead that can be replaced with a extrusion head. More

PolyMaker's PC-Plus filament strong enough to lift 240 kg, now available without BuildTak

Feb.10, 2016 - Chinese filament manufacturers Polymaker has just released their excellent PC-Plus polycarbonate filament as a stand-alone product, and have revealed how strong it is: easily strong enough to lift 240 kg. More

Artistic duo 3D prints plays from all 50 Super Bowl games as sculptures

Feb.10, 2016 - As a tribute to the 50th edition of the Super Bowl, artistic duo benitez vogl have captured all the game data from all 50 finals in a series of impressive 3D printed frames. More

Under-construction Folsom Dam auxiliary spillway began life as 3D printed model

Feb.10, 2016 - A gargantuan auxiliary spillway is currently being built for the Folsom Dam in the Sacramento region by the US Army Corps of Engineers, who have just revealed that the most important mechanisms were all prototyped using 3D printing. More

Transitions Hair Solutions offering 3D printed realistic hairpieces for cancer survivors

Feb.10, 2016 - Transitions Hair Solutions, a New Jersey-based hair prosthesis provider, is providing 3D printed hairpieces for hair loss sufferers. The hairpieces, which can cost between $2,000 and $15,000, have already been made for several cancer survivors. More

Scientists use graphene-based inks to 3D print ultralight supercapacitors

Feb.10, 2016 - Researchers from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and UC Santa Cruz have created the first ever 3D printed supercapacitors using an ultra-lightweight graphene aerogel. The technology could greatly improve energy storage in smartphones, electric cars, and wireless sensors. More

Run Baby Run! Follow 3D printed baby across the world in amusing stop motion film

Feb.9, 2016 - Created by Eran Amir, Run Baby Run! is a 2:50 minute 3D printed stop motion animated film following a 3D printed baby as it 'runs' from location to location around the world. More

3D printed tactile picture books entertain and teach visually impaired children

Feb.9, 2016 - Tom Yeh and his team of students at the University of Colorado Boulder have been working hard to provide a variety of 3D printed tactile children's books meant for the visually impaired. More

Poietis successfully 3D prints living human tissue with laser-based 3D bioprinting

Feb.9, 2016 - French 3D bioprinting startup Poietis has used its proprietary laser-assisted 3D bioprinting technology to successfully 3D print living human tissue, proving that 3D printed skin is not only a possibility, but a reality. More

3Doodler Start: New 3D printing pen for kids puts comfort & safety first

Feb.9, 2016 - WobbleWorks, Inc., creator of the 3Doodler 3D printing pen, has unveiled a child-friendly version of its popular 3D drawing tool. The 3Doodler Start, marketed to 8-14-year-olds, will retail for $49.99. More

'Message in a Cake' paste extruder 3D prints hidden images right into your dessert

Feb.9, 2016 - Industrial design student Daniel Wilkens has developed a specialized paste extruder for his RepRap 3D printer that has the ability to 3D print custom images or hidden messages directly into a cake. The 3D printed cake designs can spell out personal messages and turn dessert into a storytelling event. More

Felicia Day models stunning 3D printed Dream Regalia Armor by Melissa Ng in fantasy photo shoot

Feb.9, 2016 - Actress, gamer and Internet Queen Felicia Day recently modeled the 3D printed Dreamer Regalia Armor, a custom-made, 3D printed fantasy costume designed by artist Melissa Ng. More

SolidWorks announces Apps for Kids to get young children interested in 3D design and STEM

Feb.9, 2016 - In an attempt to get children as young as 4 interested in 3D design and the STEM fields, SolidWorks announced the Apps for Kids software at the SolidWorks World convention, which will provide a fun and educational 3D design platform for kids. More

Dutch designers are using sound to create stunning 3D printed ceramics with custom 3D printer

Feb.9, 2016 - Dutch industrial artist Olivier van Herpt and sound designer Ricky van Broekhoven have collaborated to bring us Solid Vibrations, a project that uses sound to create uniquely textured 3D printed ceramic pieces. More

UC San Diego team 3D bioprints lifelike liver tissue with hopes of saving lives

Feb.9, 2016 - A team of engineers at UC San Diego has recently developed a lightning quick approach to 3D bioprinting liver cells, speeding up potential life-saving drug testing in the process. More

3D printed 'Linespace' display lets blind people explore images & maps by touch

Feb.9, 2016 - Members of the Hasso Plattner Institut (HPI), a computer science and mechanical engineering organization, have developed a tactile display system for the blind using a 3D printer print head. Linespace features a 140x100cm display area on which raised tactile lines are created by the 3D printer. More

Raspberry Pi users can now 3D print a replica of Tim Peake's £3,000 Astro Pi flight case

Feb.8, 2016 - The Raspberry Pi Foundation has released the 3D printing files for its Astro Pi enclosure, as used by British astronaut Tim Peake aboard the International Space Station. The cases sent to space cost '3,000 ($4,300) to produce, but makers can print their own replicas for a fraction of that price. More

EpiBone pioneers 3D printed animal bone scaffolding for human bone regrowth

Feb.8, 2016 - While regenerative bone surgery now still relies on a patient's own bone grafts or cadaver bones, NYC-based startup EpiBone is pioneering a method involving stem cell bone growth within a custom 3D printed scaffold made from animal bone material. More

U.S. Army to 3D scan 41-foot Coast Guard utility boat as part of ongoing quality control practices

Feb.8, 2016 - The Weapons Development and Integration (WDI) Directorate Metrology Team, one of six U.S. Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command (AMRDEC) centers, has been using 3D scanning systems to recreate high quality 3D models of aircraft and other objects. More

3D printed chameleon robot changes color to adapt to surroundings

Feb.8, 2016 - A mechanical chameleon, encased in a 3D printed shell and covered with plasmonic displays, automatically changes its color in order to blend into various backgrounds. The robot chameleon's technology could be used in military and biomimetic research applications. More

Lucian Popescu's amazing 3D printed Pandov Chess Set now completed

Feb.8, 2016 - Romanian designer Lucian Popescu has completed his amazing 3D printed Pandov Chess Set, featuring an elegant reimagined set of white and black armies that gets the most out of Shapeways' 3D printing services. More

3D printed 'Spermbots' boost sperm mobility and could help solve male infertility

Feb.8, 2016 - Researchers in Germany have used a Nanoscribe 3D printer to develop tiny 'micro-motors' that can actually help boost a sperm's ability to actively swim and latch onto an egg. These 3D printed 'Spermbots' have proven very successful in lab tests, and could eventually be used to help solve this aspect of male infertility. More

Warwick engineers develop micro-SLA 3D printing process for functional piezoceramic materials

Feb.8, 2016 - A team of engineers from the University of Warwick have just developed a new microstereolithography technique for 3D printing functional piezoceramic materials that can be used for the production of sensors and scanners. More

Turn your drone footage into a 3D printed model using the DroneDeploy app

Feb.8, 2016 - Cloud-based drone software DroneDeploy, used primarily for creating detailed and accurate 3D terrain and architectural models, has now made it possible to turn footage captured by a drone into a ready-to-print 3D model. More

Swedish metal 3D printing expert Arcam sees big growth in 2015

Feb.8, 2016 - The previous year has been a very successful one for Swedish metal 3D printing experts Arcam, who have just revealed that their sales and income have increased dramatically over 2015, while they already have numerous orders lined up for 2016. More

Dutch entrepreneurs 3D print a 20-feet submarine for military and oil platform applications

Feb.8, 2016 - Dutch entrepreneur Filip Jonker recently joined forces with large scale 3D printing expert Jasper Menger to develop small carbon fiber 3D printed submarines that can carry up to two people and can be used for underwater repairs and exploration. More

Student designs 'Curatio' 3D hand scanner equipped with 32x Raspberry Pi cameras

Feb.8, 2016 - A student from Netherlands' Delft University of Technology has designed a 3D scanner which uses 32 Raspberry Pi cameras to make accurate 3D scans of a human hand. Pieter Smakman, creator of the 'Curatio', believes his contraption to be the first dedicated 3D hand scanner of its kind. More

Russia uses 3D printing in production of colossal T-14 Armata tank

Feb.8, 2016 - Electromashina JSC, a manufacturer of armored vehicles for the Russian army, has revealed that it is using an industrial 3D printer to produce an Armata tank, the standard next-generation armored vehicle platform of the Russian military. More

Melissa Ng 3D prints stunning Dream Regalia Armor for actress Felicia Day

Feb.7, 2016 - Fantasy 3D mask designer Melissa Ng teamed up with Shapeways and CoKreeate to design a stunning, custom-fitted suit of armor for actress Felicia Day. After more than 228 hours of dedicated work, the 3D printed Dreamer Regalia Armor is finally complete. More

Framelapp's facial 3D scanning helps create perfectly fitted 3D printed eyewear

Feb.7, 2016 - Whether shopping for sunglasses or prescription eyewear, finding the perfect frames to fit your face can be a tricky task. German 3D printed eyewear company Framelapp has developed a new 3D scanning technology that is able to design the perfect customized frames to fit your face. More

German designer 3D prints custom high heel shoes for his wife

Feb.7, 2016 - Just in time for Valentine's day, a German mechatronics engineer has designed a 3D printed a stylish, custom, and actually comfortable pair of high-heel shoes for his wife using ABS filament and a desktop 3D printer. More

Structo enters new territory with dentistry specific OrthoForm and high-speed OmniForm 3D Printers

Feb.7, 2016 - Singapore based Structo is expanding its 3D printer repertoire into the ever-growing dental and industrial design markets with two new high-speed MSLA 3D printers while at the same time solidifying a software partnership with Materialise. More

How to make stunning voronoi patterns with Autodesk Fusion 360 and Meshmixer

Feb.6, 2016 - Parametric designs based on the Voronoi pattern are popular in the 3D printing community and beyond. Adafruit has recently created a helpful video tutorial that lets you make your own using Autodesk Fusion 360 and Meshmixer. More

Get to grips with these funky 3D printed climbing holds

Feb.6, 2016 - Instructables user Whitney Potter has published a tutorial for making customized climbing holds with a 3D printer. Following Potter's method, makers can print their own molds in thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) before filling them with polyurethane resin to create the finished hold. More

Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Kotlus designs 3D printed surgical tools for eyelid surgeries

Feb.6, 2016 - Accomplished physician Dr. Brett Kotlus has designed two 3D printed surgical instruments for use during eyelid surgeries which did not previously exist on the market. The stainless steel 3D printed eyelid wand and 3D printed pinch forceps are available for purchase through Shapeways. More

Fool your friends with the Three Deck Illusion, a 3D printed card trick

Feb.6, 2016 - Mark Fuller has created a 3D printed version of a deceptively simple card trick, in which three identical decks of cards appear to weigh the same as a single deck alone. The free STL files for 3D printing are up on Thingiverse, so you can create this clever illusion at home. More

Make your own 3D printed Fallout 4 'Pip-Boy 3000 MKVI' powered by Raspberry Pi

Feb.6, 2016 - Adafruit's Ruiz Brothers have published an online tutorial for a 3D printed replica of the 'Pip-Boy 3000', a wrist-computer worn by the protagonist of the 'Fallout' series of video games. The 3D printed cosplay accessory uses a Raspberry Pi and packs several cool features. More

3YOURMIND launches free Vectorworks 2016 3D printing plugin for simplified 3D printing

Feb.5, 2016 - Berlin-based 3YOURMIND has launched a free plugin for 3D design software Vectorworks 2016 that allows professional architects and designers to directly check, analyze, repair and optimize their files for 3D printing. The plugin also connects to 3YOURMIND's online comparison tool, where users can compare the prices and materials of different 3D printing companies. More

Watch a skier capture stunning 360-degree footage with 3D printed camera rig and iPhone 6

Feb.5, 2016 - Professional skier and visual artist Nicolas Vuignier has designed a 3D printed camera rig that attaches to his iPhone 6, allowing him to capture mesmerizing, 360-degree footage of himself while skiing. The resulting film, titled Centriphone, is definitely worth a watch. More

Moon2STL lets you 3D print the moon

Feb.5, 2016 - For his latest project, Moon2STL, Thatcher Chamblerlin has converted a topographical model of the lunar surface into a navigable STL file, allowing users to explore and select a portion of the Moon's surface to 3D print at home. More

Kids design their own 3D printed prosthetics with Autodesk and KIDmob's Superhero Cyborgs

Feb.5, 2016 - Autodesk and KIDmob recently held the Superhero Cyborgs workshop, inviting six kids born with upper-limb disabilities to design custom 3D printed prosthetics imbued with 'super powers' that reflect their interests and individualities. More

Statasys ESD PEKK 3D printing thermoplastic prevents electrostatic discharge on satellites

Feb.5, 2016 - Stratasys Advanced Materials has developed ESD PEKK, an ESD-safe thermoplastic designed for spacecraft equipment. Parts made from the resistant material can be used straight from the 3D printer, eliminating the need for costly post-processing steps. More

BioArchitects announces FDA approval of 3D printed titanium cranial plate implants

Feb.5, 2016 - Custom medical solutions company BioArchitects recently announced the approval of their patient specific 3D printed titanium cranial/craniofacial plate implants by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). More

Bone Therapeutics and Kasios develop 3D bioprinted 'waffle' structures for improved spinal fusion and bone fracture repair

Feb.5, 2016 - European biotechs Bone Therapeutics and Kasios have extended a collaboration to develop a novel product for spinal fusion procedures that uses a spinal fusion cage, made from a 3D bioprinted synthetic matrix, or waffle, to improve natural bone regeneration. More

Thermaltake launches 3DMakers platform for 3D printable PC mods and accessories

Feb.5, 2016 - Thermaltake, a globally recognized manufacturer of computer cases and power supplies, has just launched 3DMakers, a professional platform for free, 3D printable PC mods, case components and accessories. More

Dutch architect, Janjaap Ruijssenaars, unveils 3D printed bench inspired by his plans for the Landscape House

Feb.5, 2016 - In 2013, Dutch architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars impressed us all with his plans to create a 3D printed concept house called the Landscape House. Though the construction has not yet started, Ruijssenaars has made a 3D printed bench reminiscent of his building's design, which will be unveiled in Amsterdam. More

Cloud based KIRI:MOTO slicer makes 3D printing easy straight from your web browser

Feb.5, 2016 - Slicing, the process of converting a 3D model file into a format a 3D printer can read is mandatory step before any 3D printing can take place. KIRI:MOTO is a web based slicing plaform that is feature rich, and easy to use. More

Team CurVoxels creates a new method of using robots to build stunning 3D printed voxelized chairs

Feb.5, 2016 - A group of students from the Bartlett School of Architecture at the University College London have created a set of stunning 3D printed chairs using a new additive manufacturing technique that allows them to create extremely detailed and complex structures. More

Mechanical 3D printed dove delivers message of peace, hope and joy

Feb.5, 2016 - 3D designer Mike Le Page as created an elegant 3D printed dove comprised of 29 moving parts that can be printed in a single run, with no assembly required. The 3D printed dove demonstrates the capabilities of SLS 3D printing, while also spreading a symbolic message of peace, joy, and hope. More

Researchers reveal a swarm of 3D printed self learning aquatic robots that can cooperate with each other

Feb.5, 2016 - Researchers from two Lisbon universities have developed a swarm of intelligent 3D printed aquatic surface robots. These 3D printed robots could be deployed in their hundreds or even thousands and could be used for environmental monitoring, search and rescue, and maritime surveillance. More

Low-cost 3D Printed OrigiGrip robotic hand launches on Indiegogo

Feb.4, 2016 - 3D printing has provided a means to innovate in the hobbyist community for years now. The low-cost, dexterous robot gripper ORIGIGRIP just launched on Indiegogo proves this yet again. More

BeAM repairs more than 800 aerospace parts with industrial metal 3D printers

Feb.4, 2016 - French 3D printing startup BeAM manufactures industrial metal 3D printers that utilize LMD 3D printing technology to repair worn down or defective critical parts for the aerospace and aircraft industries. Using BeAm's LMD 3D printers, more than 800 aerospace parts have already been repaired at the world's highest level of qualification. More

3D printed brace gives injured NFL star Thomas Davis shot at Super Bowl glory

Feb.4, 2016 - Thanks to a custom-made 3D printed brace by Whiteclouds, Carolina Panthers' all-pro linebacker Thomas Davis might soon become the first NFL player ever to wear a piece of 3D printed equipment during the Super Bowl. More

3D modeling software firm Autodesk to sack 10% of workforce as part of restructuring plan

Feb.4, 2016 - Software firm and 3D design specialist Autodesk today announced a restructuring plan that will prompt 925 staff layoffs'approximately 10% of the company's workforce. The restructuring is intended to help accelerate the company's transition to the cloud and a subscription-based business model. More

Z3DLab patents titanium-ceramic metal 3D printing powder for medical and aerospace applications

Feb.4, 2016 - French 3D printing company Z3DLab has developed and patented ZTi-powder, the first titanium-ceramic composite for metal 3D printing, and the hardest material for SLM 3D printing in the world. Combining the strength of ceramic zerconia with the malleability of titanium, ZTi-powder can be used in 3D printed medical implants and areospace parts. More

3D Zings creates custom 3D printed skull-protecting prosthetic for cancer patient

Feb.4, 2016 - Spanish 3D printing company 3D Zings created a custom-made, 3D printed skull-protecting prosthetic for a young man whose cranium and brain were left extremely vulnerable after a tumor removal surgery. More

Via Ludibunda launches a Kickstarter to build 3D printable terrain for RPGs and Wargaming

Feb.4, 2016 - Via Ludibunda, a French miniature wargames and RPG design company, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for its range of 3D printed gameplay scenery. Backers can download their own 3D printable building sets for €15+. More

Airwolf 3D introduces new 3D printing nylon adhesive, Wolfbite NITRO

Feb.4, 2016 - Additive manufacturing tech company Airwolf 3D recently announced the release of their new product, Wolfbite NITRO, a 3D printing adhesive to be used specifically with nylon and nylon alloy polymer blends. More

Ourobotics releases completely open source Renegade 3D bioprinter

Feb.4, 2016 - 3D bioprinting startup Ourobotics has just introduced their second 'revolution' to the bioprinting industry: an entirely open source 3D bioprinter called the Renegade. Designed to open up 3D bioprinting tech to the educational and biomaking communities, and the free, DIY instructions for this open source 3d bioprinter are now available to download via Ourobotics and 3Ders.org. More

High school student develops 3D printed ring to monitor Parkinson's disease symptoms

Feb.4, 2016 - High school student at Cupertino High School in California, Utkarsh Tandona, has developed a 3D printed ring that is capable of monitoring Parkinson's patients' tremors and translating them into data accessible through an iOS app. More

Tabulate's accident-proof, 3D printed smartphone & tablet case can be mounted anywhere

Feb.4, 2016 - An Indiegogo campaign has been launched for Tabulate, a 3D printed, ergonomic phone and tablet case. The simple tech accessory, designed for Apple and Android devices, promises to 'eliminate discomfort and slipping'. More

The first-ever industrial 3D printing center in the Baltics opens in Riga

Feb.4, 2016 - 3D printing company Baltic3D has opened the first-ever industrial 3D printing center within the Baltic States in the Latvian capital of Riga. The 3D printing center, equipped with several Stratasys machines, will be dedicated to the small-scale production of plastic products for both regional and international companies. More

West Virginia carpenter on target with (mostly) 3D printed semi-automatic gun

Feb.3, 2016 - A YouTuber going by the name of 'Derwood' has released a video demonstrating the Shuty-MP1, a 'mostly' 3D printed semi-automatic firearm capable of firing 9mm rounds. According to its creator, 95% of the weapon has been 3D printed in PLA. More

$582.7B Pentagon budget proposal includes plan for 3D printed microdrones

Feb.3, 2016 - US Defense Secretary Ash Carter has outlined plans for several new military projects during a preview of the Pentagon's fiscal year 2017 budget request. Included in the budget proposal is a plan to build 3D printed microdrones. More

How to create your own 3D printed ocarina instrument using 3Doodler 3D printing pen

Feb.3, 2016 - Artist Carrie Michael goes into detail about how to create your very own 3D printed ocarina instrument using nothing but a few small tools and the 3Doodler pen. More

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