Google and CyArk's Open Heritage project recreates archaelogical wonders using 3D technology

Apr.20, 2018 - Google is teaming up with heritage company CyArk to launch the Open Heritage project. This is intended to give people access to some of the world's most important archaeological wonders, through images and data captured using advanced laser scanning and 3D technology. More

Ballistix Tactical Tracer RAM kit lets modding gamers 3D print their own LED light bar

Apr.20, 2018 - Ballistix, the gaming-oriented division of Micron Technology, has just released a new modifiable RAM kit. The Ballistix Tactical Tracer gaming RAM offers gamers the ability to 3D print their own light bar cover, with the design files being available for free online. More

EnvisionTEC unveils world's longest 'mega-chain' 3D printed in its strongest material ever

Apr.20, 2018 - EnvisionTEC, a 3D printing solutions company, launches today a groundbreaking new material, E-RigidForm. The company showcased it in a 328-foot 3D printed chain Friday morning at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit and is claiming the record for the world's longest single-piece chain using 3D printing technology. More

Chinese surgeons create first-ever 3D printed facial implant for a child

Apr.20, 2018 - A team of surgeons in China made use of 3D printing to produce a titanium jaw implant for a 10 year-old boy. The operation has now been declared a success, and this is the first time a child's face has been successfully reconstructed using the technology. More

Xijing Hospital repairs long bone defect using Xi'an Particle Cloud's 3D printed artificial bone

Apr.20, 2018 - Surgeons at the Xijing Hospital in China have declared a bone operation that made use of FFP 3D printing technology to be a success. The technique was used by surgeons at the hospital to repair a long segment bone defect, using biodegradable artificial bone provided by Xi’an Particle Cloud Biotechnology Co., Ltd. More

Swinburne uses tiny 'BioSphere' beads to grow stem cells for 3D bio-printed cartilage repair

Apr.20, 2018 - A group of researchers at Australia's Swinburne University is developing a new 3D bio-printing method. Their BioSphere project makes use of thousands of tiny polymer beads in order to more efficiently grow stem cells, which will then be used to repair tissue using a handheld 'Bio-pen'. More

Windsor biologists 3D print robo-toads to help study real toads' unusual mating ritual

Apr.19, 2018 - A team of researchers at Canada's University of Windsor have 3D printed robotic toads to study unusual mating behaviour. The realistic replica toads are being placed amongst real ones to stimulate behaviour, in an effort to solve the mystery of brown toads in Costa Rica turning yellow for one day a year. More

BASF and Essentium create extra-strong 3D printed plastic/carbon fiber prosthetic leg

Apr.19, 2018 - The partnership between BASF and Essentium has recently developed an innovative new product for the prosthetics market. The 3D printed device consists of a leg and a foot and an extra-strong plastic/carbon fiber socket, made using BASF's Ultramid polyamide material, and it was produced through Essentium's TriFusion Devices subsidiary. More

Shapeways raises $30 million to expand 3D printing marketplace

Apr.19, 2018 - Shapeways, a New York-based 3D printing company, today announced $30M Series E led by Lux Capital. Other participants in this round include Union Square Ventures, INKEF Capital and Andreessen Horowitz all recommitting as earlier investors. More

3D Housing 05: EU's first 3D printed house debuts at Milan Design Week 2018

Apr.19, 2018 - Engineering company Arup and CLS Architects' much-anticipated '3D printed one-bedroom house' has been revealed at the Salone del Mobile design in Milan. The event, hosted from April 17 to 22, features the 3D printed home in Milan's central Piazza Cesare Beccaria, where guests can admire its 3D printed structure. More

CEAD's huge CFAM 3D printer for shipbuilding completes first successful tests

Apr.19, 2018 - Dutch company CEAD has successfully carried out some important tests on its large-format CFAM 3D printer. The huge machine, which is intended for maritime and construction applications, will now be completed at a new facility near TU Delft. More

Peak Sport releases first 3D printed volleyball shoes

Apr.19, 2018 - China's Peak Sport has released the first range of 3D printed shoes for volleyball. The shoes were developed by gathering data from a number of professional players and creating an advanced design for improved cushioning, which was then printed using SLS technology. More

BMW demos futuristic S1000RR motorcycle with 3D printed chassis and swingarm

Apr.19, 2018 - BMW Group has recently demonstrated a new motorcycle design that takes advantage of the potential of 3D printing technology. The futuristic-looking S1000RR is a prototype that was on display at the BMW Group Digital Day in Spain, and it has a 3D printed chassis and swingarm. More

Griffith uses 3D bio-printing to design personalized replacement bone for SLIL wrist injuries

Apr.19, 2018 - A new bio-printing project at Australia's Griffith University is intended to improve treatment of SLIL wrist injuries. It will make use of 3D printed scaffolds to re-grow ligament and bone tissue in the wrist, potentially saving the mobility of patients and preventing osteoarthritis. More

News Roundup: AEROTEC acquires APWorks, Adaptive3D to launch new polymer, MakerBot, NAMIC, MPA Singapore, Artec 3D, Materialise, PrintLab

Apr.18, 2018 - In case you've fallen behind again with all the latest 3D printing developments (and we wouldn't be surprised if you had), we've got another round-up to get you back up to speed. Top stories this time are Apworks being acquired by Aerotec and Adaptive3D launching a new polymer material, and there's many more besides. More

Rice's 3D printed cervix models help teach cervical cancer screening

Apr.18, 2018 - A group of students at Rice University have developed a device that can assist in the treatment and diagnosis of cervical cancer. The 3D printed device has a number of cervix models which can be used for training, and it will be particularly helpful for medical professionals in areas with limited resources. More

UNL Professor Prahalada Rao awarded $500k for new metal 3D printing process to eliminate flaws

Apr.18, 2018 - A researcher at Nebraska-Lincoln University has been awarded a major grant by the National Science Foundation. Prahalada Rao will be developing a new data-driven 3D printing process, that could eliminate flaws in metal parts. More

TU Chemnitz builds electrical motor using copper, ceramics and iron in a single 3D print

Apr.18, 2018 - A team of researchers at TU Chemnitz has succeeded in fabricating the first fully 3D printed electrical motor, after over two years of research. The motor was put together using an advanced 3D printing technique that uses viscous pastes, simultaneously printing ceramics and metallic materials. More

U.S. Army 3D prints squid-like soft robots for improved stealth in combat

Apr.18, 2018 - A joint research project between the University of Minnesota and the U.S. Army has taken inspiration from nature for 3D printed soft robots. The robots' motion is based on that of invertebrates, as this allows for improved flexibility with less complex mechanisms and electronics, increasing the viability for battlefield use. More

Lockheed Martin, PADT, Stratasys to 3D print over 100 parts for NASA's Orion capsule

Apr.18, 2018 - More than 100 parts for U.S. space agency NASA's deep-space capsule Orion will be made by 3D printers, using technology that experts say will eventually become key to efforts to send humans to Mars. Lockheed Martin, PADT, Stratasys to 3D print over 100 parts for NASA's Orion capsule More

UW researchers 3D print innovative 'smart' device for ordering laundry detergent

Apr.17, 2018 - A group of students at the University of Washington has used 3D printing technology in order to make a useful household device. Their 'smart' device can be fitted to the cap of a bottle of laundry liquid, and it is capable of sending a message to a phone to order more detergent through the Amazon app, when the bottle is almost empty. More

Dartmouth researchers create 'smart' 3D printing ink that responds to stimuli

Apr.17, 2018 - A team of researchers based at Dartmouth has developed a new form of 'smart' ink for 3D printing. This would enable the production of '4D' structures, which are capable of adapting their structure or properties according to external factors like chemical or heat stimuli. More

'Pathfinder to Flexible Manufacturing' Raise3D adds improvements to Pro2 3D printers

Apr.17, 2018 - Raise 3D has added further improvements to its Pro2 range of 3D printers. The company is intending these desktop FDM machines to be used in series as part of smart factories, contributing towards its concept of 'Flexible Manufacturing'. More

Carnegie Mellon converts desktop 3D printer into open-source bio-printer for under $500

Apr.17, 2018 - Carnegie Mellon researchers have developed a new open-source 3D bio-printer for under $500. They put the system together by modifying a desktop FDM machine with a special large-volume syringe pump extruder, and are hoping that its accessibility will encourage more innovation and development of bio-technologies. More

Nike's 3D printed Zoom Vaporfly Elite Flyprint to boost Eliud Kipchoge's London Marathon 2018

Apr.17, 2018 - Marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge will run this year's London Marathon in a pair of Nike trainers that were developed using 3D printing technology. The company used its Flyprint system to individually print threads of the upper fabric, in an effort to reduce weight and help Kipchoge achieve the fastest-ever marathon run. More

VTT 3D prints 'smart' metal shaft in big step towards industrial A.I.

Apr.17, 2018 - Finland's VTT research centre has developed a proof-of-concept for a 'smart' metal component. The 3D printed part is a metal shaft for a bearing, and it has embedded sensors that allow it to provide feedback on its own performance in real-time. More

News Roundup: Aeromet's new AM aluminium powder, UPM launches biocomposite material, DSM, 3Dmouthguard, V&A museum, EDEM, Barnes Group

Apr.16, 2018 - In case the speed of 3D printing developments is getting a little too much for you, we've got another news round-up to stop you from falling behind. The latest stories you might have missed out on include a new aluminium powder for AM developed by Aeromet International and partners, a new biocomposite from UPM, and many more besides. More

BMW to open new $12 million Additive Manufacturing Campus in 2019

Apr.16, 2018 - BMW has announced that it will be opening a new Additive Manufacturing Campus sometime in 2019. Costing around $12 million, the facility will be located just north of Munich and will be focused on interdisciplinary training and developing the most cutting-edge solutions to manufacturing problems. More

Researchers 3D print robust, superelastic foam with tunable properties for footwear and car seating

Apr.16, 2018 - A group of researchers at Cleveland's Cape Western Reserve University have fabricated a new superelastic foam material. Using 3D printing, they modified the structure of polyurethane to have tunable properties as well as high levels of robustness and elasticity, and the foam could be useful for footwear, seating and other purposes. More

Youtuber James Bruton awarded Guinness World Record for tallest 3D printed sculpture of a human

Apr.16, 2018 - A maker based in the UK has been awarded the Guinness World Record for world's largest 3D printed human sculpture. The statue, which stands at 3.62m (11.8 ft), is modelled after its maker James Bruton and took over 500 hours to print. More

E&G and U.S. Navy use HP Jet Fusion technology to explore 3D printed explosives

Apr.16, 2018 - E&G Associates, a company formed by engineering grads from the University of Tennessee, is collaborating with the U.S. Navy on explosives research. The company will be making use of HP's Jet Fusion 3D printing technology to explore different shapes and material combinations, with tests carried out at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. More

News Roundup: Aalto University's 3D bio-printing technique, BigRep teams with Etihad Airways, Wiiv, CELLINK, MIT, Boeing, NAVAIR

Apr.15, 2018 - 3D printing news keeps coming thick and fast, and it can be tough to keep up sometimes. That's why we've got another round-up for you, so you can get back up to speed on everything that's been happening recently. Stories this time around include the development of a pioneering new 3D bio-printing method at Finland's Aalto University, an exciting partnership between Etihad Airways and 3D printer manufacturer BigRep, and many more. More

Three fun DIY projects: 3D printed chess set, handheld self-propelling device, Nintendo Switch accessories

Apr.14, 2018 - Here's a round-up of three more exciting DIY 3D printing projects that have been posted online recently. The hobbyist community has been busy as ever, with a 3D printed chess set, a handheld self-propelling device, and Nintendo Switch accessories. More

Aeroprobe's patented MELD is first-ever metal 3D printing technology without melting

Apr.13, 2018 - MELD Manufacturing Corporation, a subsidiary of Aeroprobe, has pioneered a new metal 3D printing technique. The patented MELD process uses pressure and friction instead of melting to create high-performance metal parts, without the need for lasers or a vacuum chamber. More

ORNL and MVP unveil first medium/large-scale thermoset 3D printer

Apr.13, 2018 - At Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the world's first commercially available medium/large-scale thermoset 3D printer has just been unveiled. It was produced in partnership between ORNL and Magnum Venus Products, and it will improve production of molds and other structures. More

SCI-Arc students re-imagine former LA prison with AI and 3D printing

Apr.13, 2018 - A group of architecture students at LA's Sci-Arc have used 3D printing and AI in their proposals for a re-development project. They captured images of Lincoln Heights, a disused LA jail complex, and came up with innovative ideas to adapt it using cutting-edge technologies More

17 year-old Alejandro Colli offers to 3D print free prosthetics for pets

Apr.13, 2018 - A young student from Argentina has announced his intention to 3D print prosthetics for dogs. 17 year-old Alejandro Colli will be offering the prosthetics free of charge, and his campaign has received over 70, 000 retweets on Twitter. More

3D printed octopus organs could have applications in biomedical devices, sensors, and stretchable electronics

Apr.13, 2018 - As members of the Cephalopod family, octopuses, squids, and cuttlefish all have an important survival mechanism in common: their remarkable ability to camouflage, instantaneously transforming colour to match their surroundings. Now, for the first time, humans are getting in on the action thanks to two engineers and multi-material 3D printing. More

News Roundup: Hyundai opens 3D design lab, Ultimaker Core Lessons STEAM Set, Xometry, Zverse, Corelink, 4WEBMedical, Hoganas

Apr.12, 2018 - We're back again with another round-up of all the latest happenings in the non-stop 3D printing world, as we know it can be hard to keep up sometimes. Recent stories include automotive manufacturer Hyundai Mobis announcing the launch of a new lab dedicated to improving its 3D printing capabilities, and Ultimaker launching a new set of core lessons for STEAM educational programs. And that's just the tip of the iceberg, so keep reading if you want to get back up to speed. More

3D printed metamaterials can be switched on and off remotely for sound and vibration control

Apr.12, 2018 - A group of researchers at USC Viterbi has made use of 3D printing in order to create a unique metamaterial. Like many metamaterials, its structure can be used to control sound waves, but this acoustic metamaterial's properties can also be controlled remotely using a magnetic field. More

Singapore researchers enhance ductility and toughness of metal 3D printed parts with creative SLM approach

Apr.12, 2018 - A team of researchers based in Singapore have studied the SLM 3D printing process in-depth, to find a creative way to improve its results. They were able to use in-process engineering of the micro-structure of metal parts, to increase their ductility and toughness. More

CSIRO's Data61 seeks multi-material 3D printer for soft robotics

Apr.12, 2018 - Data61, a branch of Australian research organization CSIRO, is looking for a high-end, multi-material 3D printer. The machine will be used as part of various soft robotics projects and other environmental research, including the integration of bio-sensors into marine wildlife. More

Airbus installs first visible 3D printed part in Finnair A320 passenger cabin

Apr.12, 2018 - The first 3D printed part that will be visible to passengers has been debuted by Airbus in its A320 aircraft. People flying with Finnair will be able to see the spacer panel, which is the first 3D printed part that meets Airbus' aesthetic standards for passenger cabins. More

News Roundup: Siemens 3D printed turbine parts, 3MF Consortium releases 3D lattice extension, Renishaw, PolyU, Prodways

Apr.12, 2018 - In case you missed out on any developments in the 3D printing world recently, we've got another round-up for you. The latest news includes Siemens 3D printing parts for an industrial steam turbine, Renishaw partnering with Cardiff University Dental Hospital, and much more besides. More

3D printing helps to map arteries and improve outcomes for oral surgery

Apr.11, 2018 - A start-up called Starfish Engineering has recently pioneered a technique to improve oral surgery. The Purdue University-affiliated company used a 3D printed phantom to test out its approach, which uses light in order to create a detailed 3D map of arteries and lesions inside a patient's mouth. More

Duke's new 3D printed metamaterial can perfectly redirect and reflect soundwaves

Apr.11, 2018 - A group of researchers at Duke University have designed a new metamaterial that enables them to control soundwaves efficiently. Fabricated using 3D printing, the metamaterial's structure allowed them to precisely control the reflection and transmission of sound. More

3D printing and machine learning turn smartphone cameras into microscopes

Apr.11, 2018 - A team of researchers at UCLA have made use of 3D printing and machine learning in order to improve accessibility to advanced microscopy. Their 3D printed devices enhanced smartphone photos to microscopic levels, and then deep-learning techniques were used to improve the quality even further, for laboratory analysis. More

Be More 3D's concrete 3D printer can print bungalows in just 8 hours

Apr.11, 2018 - A Spanish start-up has developed a concrete 3D printer to put together buildings in a remarkably short time period. Be More 3D is currently working on a group of chalets, and its system is capable of building a one-storey house in just 8 hours More

Interview: Hitch3DPrint founder Alex Liu on becoming the ‘Uber’ of metal 3D printing

Apr.11, 2018 - With a business model that promises reduced metal 3D printing costs and distributed manufacturing, Singapore-based Hitch3DPrint offers a new way of approaching metal 3D printing. We spoke to Hitch3DPrint founder Alex Liu on how his company works and how the service could become the Uber of metal AM. More

News Roundup: CG bio's 3D printed cheekbones, CellInk, DWS Systems, HP, Massivit's 3D printed ski boot, Post Process

Apr.10, 2018 - Here's another 3D printing round-up, in case you missed out any developments recently. The latest stories include 3D printed ski boots from Massivit 3D, Red Dot awards for DWS Systems and CellInk, and many more besides. More

NASA to launch Cornell lab's 2 3D printed CubeSats into space in 2019

Apr.10, 2018 - The ninth round of NASA's CubeSat Launch Initiative has just been announced, and two projects by Cornell students have been selected. The projects are called PAN and Alpha, and they will launch their nano-satellites, made using 3D printing, into space in 2019. More

Temple researchers 3D print personalized bandages for improved comfort and faster healing

Apr.10, 2018 - A group of researchers at Philadelphia's Temple University has made use of 3D printing in order to create improved bandages. Their method draws on the electro-spinning technique to make personalized 3D printed bandages made of soy protein, which offer improved fit as well as better tissue regeneration. More

Orbital ATK successfully tests partially 3D printed warhead for hypersonic weapons

Apr.10, 2018 - Orbital ATK has carried out a successful test on a new warhead, which was built primarily using 3D printing technology. The warhead is designed for use with hypersonic weapons, and 3D printing 3 out of its 5 main components allowed the production time to be cut down by over a month. More

Olaf Diegel 3D prints eye-catching BLING3D aluminium bracelets

Apr.10, 2018 - A Swedish designer has 3D printed a range of impressive chain-link bracelets from an aluminium alloy. Olaf Diegel, who also 3D prints unique customized guitars, started out the project as an exercise before evenutally turning it into the BLING3D jewelery range. More

3D printed gloves give Australian para-triathlete a shot at Commonwealth gold

Apr.9, 2018 - An Australian para-triathlete will be competing soon in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, and should be performing better than ever thanks to 3D printing technology. Adelaide's ThincLab studio helped him out by 3D printing some special gloves, in order to better protect his hands as he races. More

News Roundup: BASF's new materials, Abu Dhabi's 3D printing initiative, 3DBear, 3D Ceram-Sinto, Prodways

Apr.9, 2018 - Here's another round-up of recent events from the 3D printing world, to make sure you're up to date. Stories you might have missed include a new range of materials from BASF, an ERC grant for a project for 3D printed human joints, and many others. More

Dutch chef Jan Smink teams with byflow to launch 3D printed food restaurant

Apr.9, 2018 - A top chef from the Netherlands will soon be opening a new restaurant, which will be the first permanent one in the country to have 3D printed food on the menu. Jan Smink hopes to use 3D printing technology to develop exciting new dishes, and the restaurant will also be used to demonstrate his collaborator byflow's Focus 3D printer. More

MARS Bio-Imaging color 3D scanner could revolutionize x-ray technology and help detect diseases

Apr.9, 2018 - A new 3D scanner in development from New Zealand company MARS Bio-Imaging has the potential to change the way diseases are diagnosed. Developed in a joint project with the University of Canterbury, the device can capture high-resolution color images, with a much lower dose of radiation than similar systems. More

Three fun DIY 3D printing projects: 3D printed weather station, car key and workbench light arch

Apr.8, 2018 - Here’s a round-up of three more exciting DIY 3D printing projects that have been posted online recently. The hobbyist community has been busy as ever, with a 3D printed car key, a weather station, and a workbench light arch. More

Festo's 3D printed, semi-autonomous robotic flying fox has a wingspan of more than 7 feet

Apr.7, 2018 - German electronics company Festo has made use of 3D printing technology to develop an impressive working replica of the flying fox. Made of printed components as well as carbon rods and elastane fabric, the robot flies just like the large bat, and has an integrated infrared camera. More

Astronauts could 3D print useful tools on-site from their own recycled waste

Apr.6, 2018 - A group of researchers at the University of Calgary has developed a method of recycling human waste in order to produce 3D printing materials. Using genetically-engineered bacteria, faeces can be fermented into a substance called PHB, which would be directly usable with SLS 3D printing technology. More

Formlabs raises $30m ahead of new Form Cell automated 3D printing technology's release

Apr.6, 2018 - FormLabs is due to receive another $30m in investment from venture capital, as the successful company looks forward to the future. This year will see the release of its new automated 3D printing system for organizing large-scale series production, known as Form Cell. More

ACS uses robotic arm and mass spectrometry to analyze surface of irregular 3D shapes

Apr.6, 2018 - A group of chemical researchers have pioneered a new way to carry out mass spectrometry on irregular objects, with many potential applications. The technique uses a robotic arm and a 3D scanner in order to create a digital map of a surface, which directs a chemical probe to gather samples. More

18 year-old Joaquin Vergara offers free 3D printed prosthetics on Twitter and Instagram

Apr.6, 2018 - A student in Argentina has posted a video on social media offering to 3D print prosthetics for those in need, and got a remarkable response. He received over 80, 000 retweets, and is now collaborating with a number of different people to provide them with the assistance they need. More

Shining 3D opens new office in San Francisco

Apr.6, 2018 - Chinese 3D printing and scanning leader Shining 3D has opened a new office in San Francisco. This is part of the company's efforts to expand further, and it will serve as its base of operations in the Americas. More

It's Business Time: Rocket Lab readies its first fully commercial launch

Apr.5, 2018 - US orbital launch provider Rocket Lab has confirmed it will open a 14-day launch window this month to conduct the company's first fully commercial launch. More

MTC develops new simulation app to revolutionize additive manufacturing workflows

Apr.5, 2018 - The Manufacturing Technology Centre, based in the UK, has developed a new way to simulate the performance of 3D printed parts. It's a more accessible app version of COMSOL sofware, enabling information to be shared across different disciplines, in order to optimize design and manufacturing workflows. More

Digital Chaiselongue: Incremental3d and Philipp Aduatz 3D print innovative concrete chair

Apr.5, 2018 - A collaborative effort between startup Incremental3d and Philipp Aduatz, both based in Austria, has led to the creation of some impressive 3D printed concrete sculptures. A concrete 'Digital Chaiselongue' and other pieces will be on display at an exhibition at this year's Milan Design Week. More

Russian scientists use nano-particles for new high-resolution laser 3D printing method

Apr.5, 2018 - A team of researchers in Russia have successfully improved the two-photon lithography 3D printing technique, with the implementation of special nano-particles. These particles convert the laser's energy more efficiently, enabling a higher resolution and a faster printing speed. More

US Air Force and HRL Labs work on additively manufactured materials for hypersonic flight vehicles

Apr.5, 2018 - The U.S. Air Force is testing materials produced through ceramic additive manufacturing to advance their potential future use in hypersonic flight vehicles. More

U.S. Army tests out 3D printer filament made from recycled battlefield waste

Apr.5, 2018 - Military researchers have carried out research into using recycled PET plastics from combat sites as 3D printer filament. This would make it easier for units to use 3D printing on-demand in order to produce extra equipment for emergencies, instead of stockpiling spare parts. More

BigRep launches new PRO FLEX flexible filament for 3D printing

Apr.5, 2018 - BigRep today released TPU-based 3d printing material PRO FLEX, a flexible material with engineering-grade properties for a various of applications. More

UNSW launches world's first micro-factory for turning e-waste into 3D printer filament

Apr.5, 2018 - At the University of New South Wales in Australia, a project has been launched that should contribute towards a reduction in waste from consumer electronics. The new micro-factory will convert discarded plastics into 3D printer filament, as well as finding valuable uses for metal waste and other elements. More

Dartmouth's new 3D printable smart ink creates shape and color-shifting objects

Apr.4, 2018 - A group of researchers at Dartmouth has succeeded in developing a way to control 3D printed objects at the molecular level. Their smart ink offers the potential to create 3D objects that will change size, shape and colour after being printed, with exciting potential applications for 'smart' objects. More

Concordia's innovative 4D printing enables creation of composite structures without a mold

Apr.4, 2018 - A researcher based at Canada's Concordia University has developed a new way to create composite structures, which could be useful for the aerospace industry. By exploiting the deformations of the material through its interactions with the environment, his '4D' printing technique eliminates the need for a complex mold. More

3D Printing News Roundup: Airwolf 3D announces new HydroFill formula, SprintRay 3D printers integrate with 3Shape software, more

Apr.4, 2018 - Here's another round-up of some recent news events that you might have missed, to keep you up to date with everything that's going on in the 3D printing world.Stories include a new thermoplastic from Oxford Performance Materials and a full integration of 3Shape's design software with SprintRay's dental 3D printers. More

Singapore's NAMIC partners with Asian research institutes for medical 3D printing

Apr.4, 2018 - A major new collaboration has been announced that should see the development of 3D printing technology in the bio-technology sector in Asia. The Singaporean 3D printing initiative NAMIC will partner with a Chinese hospital and a Taiwanese applied research institute. More

Head designer Oliver Heilmer at Mini discusses future of 3D printing in automotive industry

Apr.4, 2018 - A recent talk given by the head of design at Mini demonstrated the extent of 3D printing's influence on the automotive industry. The technology is allowing much more design freedom and improved functionality, as well as enabling car owners a range of customization possibilities. More

US Navy boosts investment in metal 3D printing for battleships

Apr.4, 2018 - The United States Navy is now looking at employing 3D printing to manufacture metal parts for critical Naval applications, further bolstering fleet readiness. According to Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC), the Office of Naval Research has awarded the company a $2.6 million two-year contract to supply technology solutions that will ensure the manufacturability of quality metallic parts from additive manufacturing (AM) machines. More

Roboze unveils new Italian headquarters, plans to establish medical 3D printing division

Apr.4, 2018 - Italian 3D printer manufacturer Roboze has announced the unveiling of new headquarters, expanding the company's operations. It will also be hiring new employees, expanding its base in the U.S, and establishing a new medical division. More

INTAMSYS launches new global 3D printing service, with comprehensive technical data sheets

Apr.3, 2018 - Leading Chinese 3D printing company INTAMSYS has announced that it will be launching a global 3D printing service, for on-demand additive manufacturing. More

MIT engineers use 3D printing to develop Kirigami-influenced adhesive bandages

Apr.3, 2018 - A team of engineers at MIT have made use of 3D printed molds to create special film bandages out of a rubber-like material. These films incorporate slits, similar to those used in the art of Kirigami, and this gives them special adhesive properties that are useful for medical applications. More

Stratasys announces formation of Vulcan Labs, Evolve Additive Solutions to focus on new 'STEP' technology

Apr.3, 2018 - Stratasys today announced a new spin-off designed to advance innovation of Powder-Bed Fusion (PBF) additive manufacturing '- Vulcan Labs, Inc. It also today officially unveiled the spin-off of its Selective Toner Electrophotographic Process (STEP) technology and forming of Evolve Additive Solutions. More

MX3D to install world's first 3D printed steel bridge over Amsterdam canal

Apr.3, 2018 - Dutch 3D printing company MX3D has recently finished production on the world's first fully 3D printed steel bridge. It has a unique design and advanced smart sensors, and should be installed over an Amsterdam canal sometime in the near future. More

Ames Laboratory uses 3D printing to design new energy-efficient refrigeration system

Apr.3, 2018 - A team of researchers at the U.S Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory have created a new energy-efficient cooling system. Designed and built using 3D printing technology, it makes use of magnetocaloric materials to achieve refrigeration-level cooling. More

CSAIL engineers capture underwater footage with SoFi, a 3D printed soft robotic fish

Apr.3, 2018 - A team of engineers at CSAIL has captured underwater footage using a soft robotic fish, known as SoFi. The head of the fish was 3D printed, and the whole design is simple and lightweight, allowing for improved movement and less disruption of the environment when compared to traditional underwater vehicles. More

Carnegie Mellon researchers develop innovative 3D printed knitwear process

Apr.2, 2018 - A team of computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University has succeeded in developing an algorithm that allows knitting machines to be automated, according to 3D printing principles. It takes 3D designs and converts them into knitting instructions, with potential for on-demand textiles fabrication in future. More

LLNL researchers successfully 3D print high-performance optics using custom inks

Apr.2, 2018 - This week was chock-full of exciting 3D printing news, especially for the medical industry. Not only did Materialise achieve FDA approval for its medical 3D printing software, but Open Bionics also made a world first with its Hero Arm. More

Top 3D printing stories of the week: medical firsts, Yhnova 3D printed house, $500 3D bioprinter, more

Mar.31, 2018 - This week was chock-full of exciting 3D printing news, especially for the medical industry. Not only did Materialise achieve FDA approval for its medical 3D printing software, but Open Bionics also made a world first with its Hero Arm. More

Leaf-inspired 3D printed microstructure could clean oceans after oil spills

Mar.30, 2018 - Researchers from the University of Southern California have drawn inspiration from nature for the development of materials that could help clean up oil spills. The team has used 3D printing to recreate the microstructure composition of floating fern leaves for this purpose. More

Easter experiments: 'Yorkie' chocolate bar has similar porosity to 3D printed metal

Mar.30, 2018 - Curious what's inside your Easter chocolate? Scientists at the UK's University of Manchester have used X-Ray Computer Tomography to scan a chocolate Easter bunny, an Easter egg, a Toblerone, a Crème Egg, a Kit Kat, Maltesers, Ferrero Rocher, and a Double Decker bar. More

cultivate3D introduces bigger and better Beast V2 3D printer on Kickstarter

Mar.30, 2018 - Australia-based startup cultivate3D has launched a Kickstarter campaign for its large-format 3D printer: the Beast V2. The 3D printer, which is the second generation of the startup's 2015 release, has already raised over $34,000, far exceeding its crowdfunding goal. More

Detailed 3D model of a snowflake helps NASA understand severe weather

Mar.30, 2018 - NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has released a video depicting a 3D visualization of melting snowflakes in the atmosphere. The 3D model could lead to a better understanding of how snow melts and thus improved hazard prevention. More

3D printing on eggs: 50% infill, one shell?

Mar.30, 2018 - Joris van Tubergen, the Dutch industrial design engineer who created the Z-Unlimited add-on for Ultimaker 3D printers, has created a device for 3D printing on eggs. It's the perfect 3D printer accessory for Easter! More

Hero Arm: Open Bionics to roll out 'world's first' medically approved 3D printed bionic arm

Mar.30, 2018 - Open Bionics, a UK-based developer of low-cost 3D printed prosthetic hands, has received some exciting news from the NHS. The company's Hero Arm has become the first ever medically approved 3D printed bionic arm and will be available across the UK starting April 25. More

Manchester students 3D print robotic prosthetic hand for under $500

Mar.29, 2018 - A group of students from the University of Manchester is lending a helping hand by designing a low-cost 3D printed robotic hand. The 3D printed prosthetic can be made for as little as £307 ($430), and is capable of performing a range of functions. More

Raise 3D releases new Pro2 Series 3D printers, for Flexible Manufacturing

Mar.29, 2018 - Raise 3D will soon be releasing its latest range of FDM machines, known as the Pro2 Series. It will make it easy to integrate 3D printing into small-batch series manufacturing, as part of the company's 'Flexible Manufacturing' vision. More

Sciaky brings EBAM 3D printing to Brazil following major deal

Mar.29, 2018 - Sciaky, Inc., the metal additive manufacturing (AM) specialist pioneering the use of Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM) 3D printing, has entered into an agreement with Farcco Tecnologia to increase sales of its 3D printers in Brazil. More

3D printed replicas of Wall Street's 'Fearless Girl' statue go on sale for $6,500

Mar.29, 2018 - You can now buy your very own miniature version of Wall Street's now famous 'Fearless Girl' sculpture for $6,500. Artist Kristen Visbal is creating a limited run of 1,000 replicas made with the help of 3D scanning and printing. More

This smart 3D printed Lawnmower Robot can be controlled with a Playstation joypad

Mar.29, 2018 - Maker [v.loschiavo] has developed an incredible 3D printed Lawnmower Robot for the 2018 Hackaday Prize. The robot is solar-powered, made from 3D printed ABS components, and can be controlled with a Playstation controller. More

Genesis Essentia concept car boasts 3D printed interior and transparent roof

Mar.29, 2018 - Genesis, Hyundai Motor Group's luxury vehicle brand, has got the auto world abuzz with its recently unveiled Essentia Concept car. The luxury car, a battery-powered electric vehicle with 3D printed components, was presented at the New York International Auto Show this week. More

Could this $500 open-source printer be the RepRap of 3D bioprinters?

Mar.29, 2018 - Researchers from Adam Feinberg's lab at Carnegie Mellon University have developed an open-source 3D bioprinter that can be built affordably using a modified desktop 3D printer. The large-volume extruder (LVE) component of the bioprinter can be 3D printed. More

Hop to it this Easter with these four springtime 3D prints

Mar.28, 2018 - With a seemingly never-ending winter now thawing out, it's finally starting to feel like spring. To get into the spirit of the new season, here are some fun 3D prints that are sure to liven up your home for Easter weekend. More

3D bioprinted cell patches used to repair damaged diaphragms in groundbreaking study

Mar.28, 2018 - Researchers in Japan have used a 3D bioprinted cellular patch to repair damaged human diaphragms attached to rats, seeing 'complete tissue integration' of the printed grafts after a period of time. The exciting bioprinting research paves the way for a clinical trial. More

Maker Profile: Lumecluster's Melissa Ng on her extraordinary 3D printed armor and how fantasy 'saved' her

Mar.28, 2018 - If there's one maker in the 3D printing community who has taught us it's okay to dream big, it's Melissa Ng, the New York-based artist behind Lumecluster. In this week's Maker Profile we talk to the artist about her inspirations, working with 3D printing, and much more. More

SLM 3D printer used to make fusion reactor part in China

Mar.28, 2018 - Scientists from the Institute of Nuclear Energy Safety Technology (INEST) and Chinese Academy of Sciences have built and tested a 3D printed wall of a test blanket module, a component of a fusion reactor, using CLAM steel. More

Metalysis secures $17M, prepares to roll out Gen4 metal powder tech for additive manufacturing

Mar.28, 2018 - Metalysis, a UK manufacturer of 3D printable metal alloy powders, has raised £12 million ($17 million) from investors. The funding will help the company pursue its Generation 4 (Gen4) industrial-scale expansion initiative. More

3D printed lens technique could produce disease-detecting iPhone microscopes

Mar.28, 2018 - Researchers at Northwestern University have discovered a new method for speeding up the 3D printing of millimeter-sized imaging lenses. The technique could be used create customized contact lenses or to turn iPhones into disease-spotting microscopes. More

Relativity Space brings in $35M to expand 3D printed rocket tech, grow launch business

Mar.27, 2018 - Relativity Space, the orbital launch company behind what could be the largest metal 3D printer on earth, has successfully raised $35 million through a Series B financing round led by Playground Global. More

Wohlers Report 2018: sales of metal 3D printers up by staggering 80%

Mar.27, 2018 - Wohlers Associates, Inc. has released its annual Wohlers Report on the 3D printing industry, noting an 80 percent increase in sales of metal 3D printing systems and an overall 3D printing industry growth of 21 percent. More

3D scanning discoveries: mummy remains, Edinburgh Castle well, new Bronze Age site

Mar.27, 2018 - 3D scanning technologies are revealing all sorts of things this week: from shocking ancient Egyptian mummy discoveries, to the inside of a 700-year-old well in Scotland, to a newly uncovered Bronze Age site on Ramsey Island in Wales. More

Pokémon lovers: make this 3D printed Cubone mask for your dog

Mar.27, 2018 - Thingiverse user [Aolesin] has remixed a 3D printable Cubone mask so it can be worn by a dog. The brilliant Pokémon 3D print can be downloaded for free. More

Liquid 3D printing: Berkeley Lab scientists create complex all-liquid 3D structures from water and oil

Mar.27, 2018 - Scientists from the Berkeley Lab have devised a 3D printing method for fabricating entirely liquid structures. The technique uses a special 3D printer to deposit 'threads of water' into a base of silicone oil and could be used for constructing liquid electronics and for chemical synthesis. More

Volvo CE starts 3D printing spare parts, 'significantly reduces' lead times

Mar.27, 2018 - Volvo Construction Equipment, the construction equipment subsidiary of the Volvo Group, has introduced 3D printing in order to deliver spare parts to customers more quickly and efficiently. Parts 3D printed so far include plastic coverings and sections of air conditioning units. More

Materialise 3D prints Antwerp City Hall as part of huge municipal restoration effort

Mar.27, 2018 - 3D software company Materialise has put together a huge 3D printed model of Antwerp City Hall, a building from the 16th century. The company had to use its Mammoth Stereolithography 3D printers for the large-scale 3D printing project. More

France's 3D printed Yhnova house to welcome first residents this June

Mar.27, 2018 - Just outside of the French city of Nantes, the Yhnova 3D printed social housing project has been officially inaugurated. The 3D printed house is preparing to welcome its first residents in June. More

LPW Technology & GAM investigate tantalum powders for metal 3D printing

Mar.26, 2018 - UK metal powder producer LPW Technology is teaming up with tantalum and niobium expert Global Advanced Metals Pty Ltd (GAM) to develop and demonstrate the effectiveness of spheroidized tantalum powders for metal 3D printing. More

Materialise makes medical 3D printing history with FDA software approval

Mar.26, 2018 - 3D printing software company Materialise has become the first company to receive FDA clearance for 3D printed anatomical model software intended for diagnostic use. 16 of the top 20 hospitals in the U.S. use Materialise's Mimics software. More

Allevi now selling Hyperelastic Bone 3D bioprinting material for bone regeneration research

Mar.26, 2018 - Allevi Inc. has added Dimension Inx LLC's Hyperelastic Bone 3D-Paint material to its roster of bioprinting materials. The bioprinting material will enable researchers to further explore the potentials of repairing and regenerating bone with the use of 3D bioprinting technology. More

3D printed combustion chamber improves Zero 2 Infinity's balloon-assisted rocket

Mar.26, 2018 - Barcelona-based Zero 2 Infinity has received support from non-profit organization FADA in its effort to develop a new generation of rocket engines with 3D printed combustion chambers. 3D printing reduces the cost, weight, and environmental impact of the 'Bloostar' engine. More

Reebok's new Liquid Floatride Run sneakers use 3D printing to reduce weight by 20%

Mar.26, 2018 - Sportswear brand Reebok has unveiled its latest 3D printed sneaker: the Liquid Floatride Run. The shoe, which uses the company's Liquid Factory 3D printing technology, is reportedly 20% lighter than its non 3D printed counterpart. More

3D printed stomach monitor less painful than a catheter up the nose

Mar.26, 2018 - Researchers at the University of California at Berkeley and University of California at San Diego have developed a 3D printed stomach monitor that could help identify gastro-intestinal problems. The researchers say the 3D printed medical device could inspire a 'new kind of medicine.' More

Markforged denies 'far-fetched' Desktop Metal allegations, prepares legal response

Mar.26, 2018 - Last week, we learned that Desktop Metal had filed a patent infringement lawsuit against fellow metal 3D printing company Markforged. Markforged has responded, saying it 'categorically denies' the allegations and will respond with its own court filing. More

Incredible 3D printed chairs by Zaha Hadid Architects & others to be showcased at Milan Design Week

Mar.25, 2018 - The upcoming Salone del Mobile in Milan will be a thriving hub for all types of 3D printed design. Not only will a 3D printed house be on display in the Italian city's Piazza Cesare Beccaria, but visitors will also get the chance to behold a series of innovative 3D printed chairs. More

Top 3D printing stories of the week: Desktop Metal lawsuit, printable seaweed, new Massivit printer, more

Mar.24, 2018 - This week in 3D printing saw a ton of news including a high-profile lawsuit between 3D printer companies Desktop Metal and Markforged, illicit uses of 3D printed goods, new 3D printed robots, materials, printers, and more. More

Reddit user 3D prints prosthetic foot for one-legged Wyoming peacock

Mar.23, 2018 - Over the years, 3D printing has helped many an animal get back on its feet, from Polly the parrot, to Leo the chihuahua, to Bagpipes the adorable penguin. Most recently, a family in Wyoming turned to the technology to help out its pet peacock who lost a foot due to frostbite this winter. More

3D printed metallic glass could result in more efficient electric motors

Mar.23, 2018 - Researchers at North Carolina State University have 3D printed amorphous metal (metallic glass) alloys that could be used to make more efficient electric motors and other devices. The researchers produced iron alloy on a scale 15 times larger than its critical casting thickness. More

Hackrod closer to customized 3D printed cars following Siemens PLM collab

Mar.23, 2018 - Custom car company Hackrod has partnered with Siemens PLM Software with the intention of democratizing engineering design and manufacturing, giving consumers the chance to design their own 3D printed cars. Hackrod is creating a partially 3D printed speedster called 'La Bandita.' More

Europe's 'first 3D printed house' to take up residence in Milan's iconic Piazza Cesare Beccaria this April

Mar.23, 2018 - Engineering company Arup and CLS Architects have announced their plans to present what is being heralded as 'Europe's first 3D printed one-bedroom house' at the upcoming Salone del Mobile design showcase in Milan. More

Massivit 1500 Exploration: new large-format 3D printer with instant-cure Gel Dispensing tech

Mar.23, 2018 - Massivit 3D has launched the Massivit 1500 Exploration, a large-format 3D printer that uses the company's Gel Dispensing Printing technology to produce lightweight, hollow pieces up to 1450 x 1170 x 1470 mm in size. More

Earwig wings inspire origami-like 3D printed foldable structures

Mar.23, 2018 - As someone who is terrified of earwigs, learning that they could fly was a bit traumatic. Fortunately, its not all bad news, as researchers from ETH Zurich and Purdue University have been recreating earwig wings using 3D printing to learn more about origami design principles. More

These 3D printed animal showerheads by Zooheads are taking hygiene to a wild new place

Mar.22, 2018 - If your shower routine has become a bit humdrum and is lacking in excitement, Brooklyn-based startup Zooheads (a spin-off of 3D printing service Voodoo Manufacturing) is hoping it can help. The company is targeting a niche market by selling 3D printed animal-themed showerheads. More

Star Wars 3D prints: could this life-size Jabba the Hutt be your new 'favorite decoration'?

Mar.22, 2018 - Mighty Jabba's Collection, a YouTube channel specializing in Star Wars toys and merch, is attempting to 3D print a life-size model of Jabba the Hutt. The project is being sponsored by filament company MakerGeeks. More

Biomedical incubator opens 3D printing facilities in Texas & California to boost innovation

Mar.22, 2018 - Watershed Idea Foundry, a biomedical incubator and accelerator in San Antonio, Texas, has opened its first additive manufacturing and R&D facilities, one in California, one in Texas. Its California facility is focused on titanium 6Al4V additive manufacturing. More

4D printer combines four 3D printing technologies to make shapeshifting electronic components

Mar.22, 2018 - Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a 4D printer that can create hard and soft components at the same time and incorporate conductive wiring directly into shape-changing structures. More

Four 3D printable RPG & tabletop gaming models on Kickstarter right now

Mar.22, 2018 - 3D printing has truly revolutionized role-playing games (RPGs) and tabletop games, enabling gamers to bring their fantasy and sci-fi worlds to life like never before. Check out some of the most current 3D printable RPG models and terrains available on Kickstarter now. More

MIT's 3D printed robotic 'SoFi' fish could be future of underwater observation

Mar.22, 2018 - MIT's prolific Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) recently revealed a new technology which could make it easier to capture video and photographic recordings of unknown or mysterious underwater creatures: a 3D printed robotic fish called SoFi. More

AR2: 3D printable 6-axis robot for under $2,500 hits Kickstarter

Mar.22, 2018 - Chris Annin, an automation engineer from Portland, Oregon, has launched a Kickstarter for the AR2, an open-source, 3D printable kit for a six-axis robot. The robot can be built with low-cost, off-the-shelf components, and can be 3D printed or purchased with aluminum parts. More

New Artec Ray 3D scanner lets you digitize large-scale objects with the touch of a button

Mar.22, 2018 - 3D scanning specialist Artec 3D has announced its latest product: the Artec Ray, a 'no-targets-required' 3D laser scanner fit for a range of applications including reverse engineering, product design, digital preservation of historic sites, and more. More

Oxford Performance Materials targets Asia after 3D printed medical devices approved in Japan

Mar.21, 2018 - Oxford Performance Materials, a company whose materials have been used in everything from medical implants to Boeing airplanes, has been given the green light to distribute its 3D printed medical devices in Japan, paving the way for major expansion within Asia. More

Desktop Metal files patent infringement lawsuit against Markforged, alleges trade secret misappropriation

Mar.21, 2018 - Metal 3D printing company Desktop Metal has filed a lawsuit against carbon fiber 3D printing specialist Markforged. Desktop Metal, which received a major investment from Ford this week, claims Markforged unlawfully replicated DM-patented technologies on the Metal X 3D printer. More

Air Force 3D prints 'game-changing' high-temperature composite polymers

Mar.21, 2018 - A team from the Air Force Research Laboratory's (AFRL) Materials and Manufacturing Directorate is working alongside NASA's Glenn Research Center and the University of Louisville to develop high-temperature 3D printing composite polymer materials. More

Texas motorcycle shop GT-Moto 3D prints production parts for custom bikes

Mar.21, 2018 - GT-Moto, a custom motorcycle shop in Plano, Texas, is leveraging 3D printing technologies to streamline the design and development process for new and innovative motorcycles. More

Livrea's 3D printed yacht relies on specialized LEHVOSS thermoplastics, OCORE technology

Mar.21, 2018 - Would you take to the seas in a 3D printed boat? Italian boat manufacturer Livrea Yacht is betting some people will, and is currently developing the world’s first 3D printed sailboat in partnership with German chemicals company LEHVOSS Group (and its parent company, Lehmann & Voss). More

3D printable seaweed-derived material adsorbs pollutants with 94% efficiency

Mar.21, 2018 - Researchers in Italy have developed a 3D printable recycled material that can actively cut pollutants in air and wastewater. Like the more expensive activated carbon, the new 3D printable material can capture particulate matter, and could be used in water filtration systems. More

NASA develops LWDC 3D printing process for rapid fabrication of rocket engine nozzles

Mar.21, 2018 - Engineers at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama have developed and tested a new additive manufacturing technique called Laser Wire Direct Closeout (LWDC). The 3D printing method can be used to make rocket engine nozzles at a reduced cost in a shorter time. More

Chanel to produce up to 1 million 3D printed mascara brushes a month

Mar.21, 2018 - Chanel Parfums Beaute has turned to 3D printing for the production of an unlikely item: a mascara brush. In partnership with France-based Erpro 3D Factory, Chanel says it will begin manufacturing mascara brushes on an industrial scale using 3D printing. More

Sketchfab Download API links huge 3D model database to tons of AR/VR creation apps

Mar.20, 2018 - 3D content platform Sketchfab has released a new Download API, letting app makers pull Sketchfab content directly into their 3D, VR, and AR software without asking users to leave their app environment. Sketchfab says it wants to become the 'search bar for 3D.' More

Mimaki attracts European customers with 3DUJ-553 3D printer (and its 10 million colors!)

Mar.20, 2018 - Wide-format inkjet 3D printing specialist Mimaki is bringing its multicolor 3DUJ-553 3D printer to Europe, and has launched a campaign for the unique product. The 3D printer, which can produce more than 10 million colors in layers as fine as 20 microns, first became available in January. More

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