Russian spacewalking cosmonauts release world's first 3D printed satellite from ISS

Aug.17, 2017 - The first satellite launch of the year by the Russian space program includes the country's first 3D printed device. A pair of cosmonauts will be manually launching the nano-satellites, all of which weigh less than 30kg, from the International Space Station More

3D printed Strandbeest robot impresses with ultra-smooth gait

Aug.17, 2017 - A maker named Nicolas Raynaud has made a 3D printed robot inspired by Theo Jansen's incredible wind-powered Strandbeest mechanisms. The robot has wowed the internet with its ultra-smooth leg movements. More

Build your own coilgun with 3D printed winding rig

Aug.17, 2017 - Miros, a maker from Slovakia, has built a 3D printed coilgun 'without massive capacitors.' The weapon uses battery-powered coils, and is powerful enough to (slightly) dent a piece of wood using metal ammunition. More

3D printing could help North Korea develop WMDs, says Asia Times

Aug.17, 2017 - A report in the Asia Times, a Hong Kong-based publication, says North Korea could use 3D printing to make weapons of mass destruction. 3D printing could purportedly reduce development cycle times and reduce the number of workers required. More

Project Runway designer Seth Aaron to debut 3D printed shoe collection at Portland fashion week

Aug.17, 2017 - 3D printed shoes are set to take Portland's fashion week by storm this fall, with local designer Seth Aaron pairing runway fashion with 3D printed footwear from Feetz, a San Diego startup that specializes in custom 3D printed shoes. More

4D printing on the rise, says Gartner's 2017 'Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies' report

Aug.17, 2017 - As part of its 2017 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, technology research firm Gartner has identified three 'megatrends' to watch over the next five to 10 years. They are artificial intelligence everywhere, transparently immersive experiences (incl. 4D printing), and digital platforms. More

Made In Space wraps up testing on BEAM's 3D printed radiation shields

Aug.17, 2017 - Made In Space recently announced that it has completed the third and final stage of its 3D printed Radiation Enclosure Monitor (REM) shield testing for radiation aboard the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM). More

Adaptive 3D printed facade system Spong3D could hugely improve thermal performance of offices and homes

Aug.17, 2017 - A team of researchers in the Netherlands have developed a new system that can both insulate a building and store heat. Spong3D incorporates a complex 3D printed structure, with both insulating pores and channels along which a heat-storing liquid can flow. More

3D printing mineral fillers can reduce shrinkage & warping in parts, says HPF The Mineral Engineers

Aug.16, 2017 - HPF The Mineral Engineers, a division of German minerals company Quarzwerke Group, is reportedly working on developing functional fillers for 3D printing. According to Compounding World, mineral fillers for additive manufacturing materials could lead to faster and higher-quality printing. More

Markforged introduces two new industrial 3D printers, the X3 and X5, for local manufacturing

Aug.16, 2017 - Leading 3D printer manufacturer Markforged has released 2 new machines, for use by companies wanting to 3D print end-use parts or prototypes locally. Parts made with the X2 and X5 will have vastly improved material strength and stiffness, due to the carbon fiber and thermoplastic materials they use. More

3D printed Nintendo Switch adapters help one-handed gamers play Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Aug.16, 2017 - Mexican engineer Julio Vazquez has designed a pair of 3D printed Nintendo Switch accessories that allow one-handed gamers to play with both controllers at once. One adaptor puts the controllers side by side; the other puts them at right angles. More

Rutgers and Georgia Tech researchers develop three-part approach for detecting 3D printer hacks

Aug.16, 2017 - As hacking becomes an increasingly significant threat, it is not just our passwords and financial information we have to protect. Researchers from the Rutgers University-New Brunswick and the Georgia Institute of Technology have devised three methods for fighting 3D printing hacks. More

Marine Corps says portable X-FAB additive manufacturing lab could produce 3D printed drones

Aug.16, 2017 - A Marine Corps battalion is conducting an evaluation of X-FAB (expeditionary fabrication), a self-contained, transportable additive manufacturing lab containing four 3D printers, a scanner, and CAD software for the fast fabrication of replacement parts. More

3D printed fossil helps ANU researchers make evolutionary link between humans and prehistoric fish

Aug.16, 2017 - 3D printing and 3D scanning have helped scientists from the Australian National University in Canberra uncover some new and interesting things about the human evolution process. The researchers have found links between a 400 million-year-old fish fossil and modern-day humans. More

IdiPAZ scientists hope to make 3D printed replacement corneas available within 5 years

Aug.16, 2017 - A team of researchers based in Madrid have been collaborating with experts at MIT and Harvard in order to develop the technology to 3D print corneas. Patients in need of transplants will no longer have to wait for a suitable donor, as these 3D bio-printed corneas will be tailored to be a biological match, using their own stem cells. More

'Droplet-based 3D printing' lets Oxford researchers create high-res living tissue structures

Aug.15, 2017 - Researchers at the University of Oxford have found a new way to 3D print living structures from lab-grown cells. The structures could be used as human tissue models, removing the need for animal testing. More

Stratasys Q2 financial results: over 1,000 units of F123 3D printer series sold

Aug.15, 2017 - With the recent release of its second quarter (Q2) financial results, 3D printing company Stratasys has seen a mixed but promising start to 2017. Notably, the company announced that it has already sold 1,000 units of its new F123 3D printer series, which launched in February of this year. More

3D printed 'C-Turtle' robot could shuffle its way to Mars

Aug.15, 2017 - Researchers at the University of Arizona have 3D printed a modular robot that mimics the movement of a sea turtle and uses reinforcement learning to figure out its best strategy for movement. The researchers say the 3D printed 'C-Turtle' robot could be deployed on Mars. More

3D Systems, Airbus present first flight-ready satellite RF filter made using metal 3D printing

Aug.15, 2017 - 3D Systems and Airbus Defense and Space have unveiled their latest joint achievement: a validated 3D printed radio frequency (RF) filter for satellites. The 3D printed RF filter is the first of its kind to pass testing and be qualified for use in commercial telecommunications satellites. More

Chris Korda's new 'PotterDraw' app lets you generate full-color 3D printable pottery

Aug.15, 2017 - Software developer Chris Korda has just released a new open-source software application for designing and visualizing 3D printable pottery. Called PotterDraw, the new software app is hosted on Sourceforge and can export models for 3D printing. More

Carnegie Mellon researchers identify suitable 3D printing alloys with new rapid screening method

Aug.15, 2017 - Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have designed a rapid screening method for new 3D printing alloys. The method allows users to quickly understand and develop correlations between process variables and alloy composition. More

Taiwan plastics mogul Lawrence Lin donates $1M to UMass Lowell for 8,500 sq-ft 3D printing lab

Aug.15, 2017 - Lawrence Lin, who received his doctorate in polymer science and plastics engineering from the University of Massachusetts Lowell almost two decades ago, has donated $1 million to his alma mater for the establishment of a large 3D printing lab for students. More

More 3D printed bikinis: 'Coral' collection from aRks 3d confuses and delights in equal measure

Aug.15, 2017 - aRks 3d, a Sicily-based design studio run by architects Samuel and Rosanna, has unveiled a collection of 3D printed bikinis. Described as 'ergonomic, ecological, unique, and tailored,' the 'Coral' swimwear collection is printed in PLA with cotton inserts. More

3D Printing News Roundup: Oxford Performance Materials, Renovis Surgical, H.C. Starck, C&A Tool Engineering

Aug.14, 2017 - Here's another round-up of some recent stories from the busy world of 3D printing technology that you might have missed, including H.C Starck and Oxford Performance each releasing a new range of materials for high-end manufacturing clients. More

PyroGenesis targets inkjet 3D printing market with new ultra-fine powder production process

Aug.14, 2017 - PyroGenesis Canada, a Canadian plasma process specialist, says it is developing a new, plasma-based process for the production of metal 3D printing powders. PyroGenesis says the new process could have a greater market impact than its original Plasma Atomization technology. More

New Zealand researchers bioprinting 3D breast cancer tumors to explore different treatments

Aug.14, 2017 - A research project being undertaken at the University of Otago in Christchurch, New Zealand is investigating how 3D bioprinting can help to develop new and more precise treatments for breast cancer. More

UK chemicals specialist Johnson Matthey opens ceramic 3D printing lab in Hertfordshire

Aug.14, 2017 - Johnson Matthey, a British sustainable technology and chemicals company, has opened a new state-of-the-art ceramic 3D printing facility in Royston, UK. The lab contains a QiCPic image analysis sensor, a Freeman FT4 powder tester, and a PixDro inkjet printer. More

Real hermit crabs sport 3D printed 'house-shells' in Zoopla real estate ads

Aug.14, 2017 - If you haven't already come across a 'Crab World' advert for Zoopla, a British real estate website, we suggest you check it out. Even if you aren't looking to buy a UK property, the TV ad spot features some mighty cute hermit crabs living in some even more adorable 3D printed house-shells. More

KNTU researchers introduce new neural recording method with 3D printed μECoG device

Aug.14, 2017 - A team from the Khajeh Nasir Toosi University of Technology (KNTU) in Tehran, Iran has developed a new and minimally invasive neural recording device with the help of 3D printing. More

Doctors in China replace 5.5" of cancer patient's vertebrae with titanium 3D printed implants

Aug.14, 2017 - Doctors in China have completed a highly complex cervical vertebra replacement using 3D printed bones. The 28-year-old patient had been diagnosed with chondrosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. More

Most lifelike 3D printed bone implant ever passes for real thing in tests on mice

Aug.14, 2017 - A new form of bone implant has been created that was successfully accepted by the body of a mouse in laboratory tests. The implant was 3D printed from an artificial bone material, which was as strong as bone and also managed to 'trick' the host body into accepting it as real bone. More

See how a boxer engine works with this 3D printed replica of a Subaru WRX motor

Aug.13, 2017 - A Youtube channel called Engineering Explained recently posted a video explaining how the boxer engine for the Subaru WRX works. The video makes use of a 3D printed replica, which is color-coded and demonstrates the advantages a boxer setup has over other engines. More

Adafruit 3D prints incredible replica Guardian robots from Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Aug.12, 2017 - The team at Adafruit built an impressive 3D printed replica of the Guardian robots from the recent Zelda game, Breath of the Wild. They feature a moving head and an array of blue LEDs, including one that stands in for the robots's all-seeing eye. More

GE improving metal 3D printers with laser & fluidics expertise

Aug.11, 2017 - GE is harnessing its expertise in lasers and fluidics to unearth new 3D printing solutions. GE laser researcher Marshall Jones was recently inducted into the'2017 class of the National Inventors Hall of Fame for his work in the field, and is now focused on improving lasers for 3D printing. More

Chinese Space Lab uses 3D printing to successfully grow lettuce in micro-gravity environment

Aug.11, 2017 - Astronauts on the Tiangong-2 satellite's Space Lab successfully cultivated lettuce plants, using 3D printed equipment. The Chinese space program is testing out life support technologies in preparation for the eventual establishment of a permanently staffed Space Station in 2022. More

Hong Kong hospital makes 3D printed models of foetuses available to expectant parents

Aug.11, 2017 - A hospital in Hong Kong has become one of the first in the region to offer 3D printed replicas of unborn children. Parents can pay for a print of a 3D ultrasound scan, giving them the chance to touch their child before it is even born, which would be particularly advantageous for the partially sighted. More

Researchers produce smallest ever 3D printed microfluidic "lab on a chip" device

Aug.11, 2017 - A team of researchers have achieved a major milestone in 3D printed microfluidics. They designed a special high-resolution 3D printer and a custom resin for the task, succeeding for the first time in using 3D printing to produce devices that are effective at a scale below 100 micrometers. More

Made In Space successfully 3D prints first-ever extended structures in space-like environment

Aug.11, 2017 - NASA and its partner Made in Space recently achieved a major milestone in 3D printing. Its Archinaut project, which is fully autonomous robotic 3D printing technology designed for space exporation, was successfully tested in a vacuum environment for the first time. More

Shiro Studio's 3D printed ENEA walking stick is a wonder of form and function

Aug.11, 2017 - Shiro Studio, a London-based design practice, has created a 3D printed walking stick that overcomes various visual and practical problems with common mobility aids. The stylish 'ENEA' stick is porous, making it extremely lightweight, and has a three-pronged handle. More

3D printed TRI Analyzer transforms smartphone into low-cost diagnostic device

Aug.11, 2017 - Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have built a 3D printed device that helps turn a smartphone into a portable lab capable of medical diagnostic tests. The device, called a spectral transmission-reflectance-intensity (TRI) Analyzer, costs only $550 to make. More

3D bioprinted vascularized liver tissue to increase accuracy of drug toxicity testing

Aug.11, 2017 - An international team of researchers has developed a method for 3D bioprinting vasularized liver tissue. The bioprinting breakthrough could have important applications for drug toxicity testing and drug screening. More

Narbon's 3D Memories transforms ashes of the deceased into 3D printed ceramic objects - from vases to jewelry

Aug.11, 2017 - A Spanish company called Narbon has recently taken advantage of the flexibility of 3D printing to steer ceramics in quite a morbid direction, with its 3D Memories service. This allows customers to purchase ceramic objects that are 3D printed using the ashes of their deceased loved ones. More

3D Printing News Roundup: SLM Solutions, ExOne, Materialise release financial reports; EOS expands academic program

Aug.10, 2017 - With the second financial quarter of 2017 having wrapped up on June 30, now is the time when we start to see some numbers. From SLM Solutions, to ExOne, to Materialise, it's financial roundup time! EOS and Sciaky provide some non-financial respite. More

Low-temperature metal casting at home? All you need is a 3D printer, silicone & compressed air

Aug.10, 2017 - Maker Chris DePrisco has posted a YouTube guide to low-temperature metal casting using 3D printed parts, an air compressor, and a pressure vessel. The method uses silicone molds to cast metals with a low melting point, such as bismuth alloys. More

PrintMyRoute: show off your fitness levels with 3D printed models of your cycling & running routes

Aug.10, 2017 - 3D printing startup PrintMyRoute is encouraging cyclists, runners, and other athletes to turn their favorite routes into 3D printed models. The models can visualize elevation and other aspects of the route. More

Taiwan's GMTC partners with Thermal Technology LLC to develop metal 3D printing powders

Aug.10, 2017 - Gloria Material Technology Corp. (GMTC), a Taiwan-based specialty alloys manufacturer, and Thermal Technology LLC, a California-based sintering system manufacturer, will be collaborating to develop metal powders for 3D printing. More

Will Apple's ARKit fuel the next generation of Pokémon Go-inspired augmented reality apps?

Aug.10, 2017 - Tech giant Apple is preparing for the public release of its ARKit augmented reality SDK in the Fall, and staff at DottyAR have put a beta version of the tool to the test, lining it up against Vuforia, an established AR SDK. More

ARMI researchers 3D bioprinting 'tumeroids' to advance cancer cell treatment

Aug.10, 2017 - Researchers working for the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI) at the University of Florida have been busy with a number of different bioprinting projects, including 3D printing human cancer cells into micro-tissues in order to advance cancer treatment research. More

Pre-historic Joint Mitnor cave in England reopens with 3D printed replica fossils

Aug.10, 2017 - After a serious theft just over two years ago, a pre-historic cave located in the south of England had to be closed to visitors. 3D scanning and printing technology has now been used to replace the missing fossils, some of which belonged to animals that are now extinct, and the cave is due to reopen again. More

Nanoscribe 3D printer overcomes design constraints in advanced micro-optics

Aug.9, 2017 - German 3D printing company Nanoscribe is using its Photonic Professional GT 3D printer to fabricate micro-optical shapes including standard refractive micro-optics, freeform optics, diffractive optical elements, and multiplet lens systems. More

Ortho Baltic adopts Nikon Metrology scanning tech to qualify 3D printed medical implants

Aug.9, 2017 - Ortho Baltic, a Lithuanian manufacturer of bespoke 3D printed medical implants, recently made the decision to adopt a CT inspection system to improve the quality of its products. To do so, Ortho Baltic reached out to Nikon Metrology, an expert in measurement, inspection, and quality assurance. More

From buzz to baritone: WASP 3D prints opera scenography for Rome production of 'Fra Diavolo'

Aug.9, 2017 - WASP, the Italian 3D printing specialist behind the DeltaWASP line of 3D printers, has collaborated with Rome's Opera Theater to make 3D printed set design pieces for Fra Diavolo, an opera by Daniel Auber. The production will open on October 8, 2017. More

Renishaw, Aeromet to establish 3D printing parameters for new A20X high-performance alloy

Aug.9, 2017 - Renishaw, a UK-based metal 3D printing company, has announced a partnership with British aerospace company Aeromet International Limited. Through their collaboration, the companies are seeking to establish AM process parameters for Aeromet's new aluminum alloy, A20X. More

Making fast and affordable 3D printed figurines with the ColorPod

Aug.9, 2017 - VDG Spitstechniek, the Netherlands-based company behind the ColorPod 3D printer accessory, has demonstrated how users can turn their 3D scans into full-color human busts using the ColorPod. More

Japanese design firm id.arts 3D prints ultra-realistic mini kitchen model using FDM, SLA, SLS, more

Aug.9, 2017 - Japanese design and product development company id.arts (formerly idarts, Inc.) has unveiled its latest 3D printing endeavour: an ultra detailed and realistic miniature kitchen model. More

Naomi ‘SexyCyborg’ Wu braves the sun and water in her 3D printed bikini, will it stay on??

Aug.9, 2017 - 23-year-old maker and internet sensation Naomi Wu a.k.a. 'SexyCyborg' is making waves with her newest DIY project: a 3D printed bikini top. But don't let the simply titled YouTube video fool you: there's a lot more going on with this young Shenzen-based maker than meets the eye. More

3D scanning & printing preserves infamous papier-mache heads from 1962 Alcatraz escape

Aug.8, 2017 - The FBI and the National Parks Service have used 3D scanning to digitally preserve the infamous dummy heads used by a trio of inmates to escape Alcatraz prison in 1962. The inmates, who left the heads in their beds as decoys, were never found. More

Shining 3D launches software update for EinScan 3D scanners

Aug.8, 2017 - Chinese 3D printing company Shining 3D has just released version 2.5 of its EinScan Software for 3D scanners, including the EinScan Pro and EinScan Pro+. More

Duke researchers detect diseases in 15 minutes with D4 assay & 3D printed smartphone device

Aug.8, 2017 - Biomedical engineers at North Carolina's Duke University have used 3D printing to create a diagnostic tool that can detect signs of disease from a single drop of blood. The 'D4 assay' consists of an inket-printed array of antibodies and a 3D printed smartphone attachment. More

New MakeVR Pro app integrates precision tools for 3D modeling in VR with HTC Vive

Aug.8, 2017 - HTC VIVE's virtual reality content developer Vive Studios has just released its latest app: MakeVR Pro. Developed in collaboration with motion tracking and VR company Sixense, MakeVR Pro enables users to create 3D content, including 3D printable models, within a virtual reality environment. More

MIT researchers develop software to optimize 3D printing by simulating physical properties of printed objects

Aug.8, 2017 - A team of researchers at MIT has recently published a paper outlined a clever way that the physical properties of an object can be determined before it is 3D printed. It makes use of clusters of tiny cubes, which can be used as building blocks for particular objects, and enables their material properties to be optimized. More

Cikoni launches hybrid AdditiveCARBON technology for 3D printed carbon composites

Aug.8, 2017 - Cikoni, a Stuttgart-based engineering company, has developed hybrid production technology that adds carbon fiber to the 3D printing process. Cikoni's AdditiveCARBON can be used to make 3D printed structures with carbon fiber reinforcement. More

What went wrong on the maiden launch of Rocket Lab's 3D printed rocket?

Aug.8, 2017 - On May 25, 2017, New Zealand aerospace company Rocket Lab launched its first 3D printed, battery-powered rocket into space, an event which gained much media attention across the globe. Now, however, details of the mission have come to light showing that something went wrong with the launch. More

Xian Chizi Digital Technology uses 3D printing to replicate Ancient Chinese art

Aug.8, 2017 - Xian Chizi Digital Technology is a 3D printing company in China that is taking the market by storm with its impressive artworks. The team has an artistic as well as a digital background, and it collaborates with sculptors to optimize traditional artistic practices, creating replicas and protoypes for original clay-molded objects. More

3D Printing News Roundup: Australian dental industry, Ancient Greek artifacts, photon funnels, beginner’s guide to DLP & SLA 3D printing

Aug.7, 2017 - It's the start of the week in 3D printing (and everything else), and we've compiled some of today's smaller stories into a roundup of bite-size snippets. Find out how 3D printing is affecting the Australian dental industry, helping the construction of photon funnels in Florida, and more. More

3D printing company TRUMPF to begin series production of EHLA laser metal coating system

Aug.7, 2017 - German additive manufacturing company TRUMPF has announced that the new EHLA laser metal coating process is ready for series production. EHLA, which stands for extreme high-speed laser deposition welding, was developed and patented by researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology. More

Disney's new Magic Bench AR/VR technology lets you interact with 3D characters without a headset

Aug.7, 2017 - Interactive rides at Disney's amusement parks could soon get a whole lot more interesting thanks to a recent AR project unveiled by Disney Research. Called the Magic Bench, the tech lets users become a part of a mixed reality experience without the need for a mobile device or headset. More

'PhotonControl' uses Optical Coherence Tomography, Raman spectroscopy to test quality of bioprinted tissue

Aug.7, 2017 - Scientists from Würzburg and Lübeck in Germany are attempting to improve the quality control of 3D bioprinted tissue implants. Their 'PhotonControl' system uses both Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) and Raman spectroscopy (Raman) to test fabricated tissue. More

FAMU gets $4.9M CREST grant to support 3D printing and materials research

Aug.7, 2017 - Florida A&M University has received a $4.9M grant from the National Science Foundation. The prestigious grant will go towards supporting research in the fields of additive manufacturing, materials development, and micrometer-scale manufacturing. More

Large-format 3D printer specialist BigRep receives investment from Korber during Series B round

Aug.7, 2017 - Korber, an international technology group, has invested in Berlin-based 3D printer company BigRep as part of a Series B financing round. BigRep specializes in large-format 3D printers like the BigRep ONE. More

Microsoft Remix 3D update makes remixing and attributing 3D models easier

Aug.7, 2017 - Microsoft has gradually been edging its way into the world of 3D with new programs such as Paint 3D and Remix 3D. It recently announced an upgrade to Remix 3D through the addition of 'Parts and Remixes,' two features that let users experience 3D models in new ways. More

1D printing: ITU, MIT and Columbia develop 1D robots that can be printed to fit in any crevice

Aug.7, 2017 - A team of researchers has developed a new, incredibly simple way to produce robotics. Their '1D printer' is able to grip and bend aluminium wire into shapes and, with an embedded motor, this wire can carry out particular tasks. Once used, the robot can even be recycled by simply straightening out the wire. More

6-year-old boy gets 3D printed sternum implant to treat rare congenital heart condition

Aug.7, 2017 - A team of doctors from the Shanghai Children's Medical Center in China have successfully implanted a 3D printed sternum shell into a six-year-old boy with a rare congenital problem. The medical center is affiliated with the School of Medicine at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University. More

This flexible, expandable 3D printed dress adapts to your body's movement

Aug.6, 2017 - Houston designer Maria Alejandra Mora-Sanchez is paving the way for 3D printed textiles with a new fashion garment in partnership with Cosine Additive. Her expandable 3D printed dress Loom is making waves across the textile and additive manufacturing industries, recently securing her the coveted James Dyson Award and Red Dot Award. More

Levi's experimenting with 3D printed denim

Aug.6, 2017 - Levi's denim company is sharply redefining its 'tried and true' branding, with a new turn towards 3D printing technology. So far, Levi's has been focused primarily on experimenting with digital renderings, and exploring what a 3D printed denim jacket would actually look like. It's only a 'shell' of the real thing for now, but one that holds promise. More

This 3D printed dancing spring robot can really groove

Aug.5, 2017 - Maker Vladimir Mariano of Desktop Makes has combined 3D printing, robots, lights, and dancing in his latest project called 'Dancings Springs.' The best part? You can recreate the dancing robot yourself. More

Naval Research Lab wants to make CICADA microdrones easier to assemble with 3D printed fuselage

Aug.5, 2017 - The latest prototype of the CICADA, a miniature drone used by the U.S navy, was demonstrated recently. More

Rural Tanzanians turning to 3D printed solar technology for energy solutions

Aug.4, 2017 - Created in 2014, Simusolar develops and implements localized, sustainable solutions for delivering solar energy to rural Tanzanians. Now, Simusolar is excited to announce that they've officially entered 3D printing territory, with the start of a new partnership with French additive manufacturing company Sculpteo. More

Researchers 3D print microfluidic blood-vessel model to investigate causes of arterial blood clots

Aug.4, 2017 - A team of researchers in the Netherlands and Belgium have shed some light on how blood clots form, with the help of 3D printing technology. Their 3D printed microfluidic devices model the geometry of arteries as well as the flow of blood through them. More

3D printed models of cardiac conduction system could help doctors tackle troublesome heart rhythms

Aug.4, 2017 - Scientists from a number of British and Danish universities have developed a new way to visualize the cardiac conduction system, the process that makes our hearts beat, in 3D. The study, which enables the 3D printing of heart models, could aid research into heart conditions. More

Artist Kristin Stransky has 3D printed dress, other works stolen from Colorado art exhibition

Aug.4, 2017 - Kristin Stransky, a Denver-based digital artist, has reported stolen a number of her 3D printed artworks, including an elaborate 3D printed dress. The pieces, which made up much of the artist's portfolio, were taken from an exhibition held at Colorado State University's Electronic Art Gallery. More

Eyeagnosis: 16-year-old uses 3D printing, AI to create diabetic retinopathy diagnosis device

Aug.4, 2017 - 16-year-old student Kavya Kopparapu has designed a 3D printed eye diagnosis device. 'Eyeagnosis' uses a camera to detect symptoms of diabetic retinopathy, a condition that affects one third of diabetes sufferers worldwide. More

UChicago physicists achieve breakthrough in vortex dynamics with 3D printing and red Sharpie

Aug.4, 2017 - Physicists from UChicago recently achieved a breakthrough in the field of experimental vortex dynamics. Using 3D printed hydrofoils to create thin-core vortices, and with the help of a red Sharpie marker, the team was able to capture measurements of total helicity for the first time. More

Introducing the fast and versatile DeltaWASP 20 40 Turbo2 3D printer

Aug.4, 2017 - Italian 3D printer manufacturer WASP has introduced its latest product: the DeltaWASP 20 40 Turbo2. The new 3D printer, notable for its fast printing speed, is available in two versions: the Spitfire Red Extruder and ZEN Dual Extruder. More

Gartner's 2017 3D printing Hype Cycle

Aug.4, 2017 - Gartner's annual Hype Cycle publication identifies the key trends in various technological fields, and how far advanced they are. 2017's 3D printing hype cycle classifies surgical implants and 3D printing in retail both as being at the peak level of potential, amongst others. More

Dr. Laurent Lantieri: 3D printing is revolutionizing facial plastic and reconstructive surgery

Aug.4, 2017 - A French plastic surgeon has been making use of 3D printing technology to completely transform the way his practice operates. He uses Materialise and Concept Laser's systems, which allows him to make specialized facial implants for patients who have undergone serious trauma. More

Winning projects of 3D Pioneers Challenge 2017 include 3D printed skateboard parts, 3D printed drinks, more

Aug.3, 2017 - The 3D Pioneers Challenge, an international competition for additive manufacturing technologies, has announced its winners. Winning projects include 3D printed skateboard trucks, a 3D printed stone replica of part of the Arch of Palmyra, and a 3D printed neck brace. More

Lockheed Martin to use 3D printing, VR at new $350M satellite production facility

Aug.3, 2017 - Aerospace giant Lockheed Martin has broken ground on a new $350 million facility at its Waterton Canyon campus outside of Denver. The new building, called the Gateway Center, will use state-of-the-art technologies such as 3D printing and virtual reality to design and develop next-gen satellites. More

Match.com puts 3D printed bachelors on display at 'Model Males' London pop-up shop

Aug.3, 2017 - Match.com, the online dating service, has launched a new ad campaign in London that is seeking to show women the eligible guys on its platform seeking love. The campaign consists of a pop-up shop that will feature miniature 3D printed figurines of seven eligible Match bachelors. More

PowderFlow test kit from LPW Technology can identify which metal 3D printing powders are causing failed prints

Aug.3, 2017 - UK additive manufacturing powder company LPW Technology has published a laboratory service datasheet on'Carney Flow testing, a process used to confirm consistency between metal powder batches and to assist investigation of failed 3D prints. The company sells a flow testing kit. More

British Museum adds 3D scan of Rosetta Stone to Sketchfab digital collection

Aug.3, 2017 - One of the most important and iconic language artifacts in the world is now viewable in three dimensions. Thanks to the efforts of a team of digital technicians from the British Museum in London, the famous Rosetta Stone was recently 3D scanned and uploaded as a 3D model for all to see. More

ACEO's Open Print Lab offers first-hand training for WACKER's silicone 3D printing

Aug.3, 2017 - ACEO, a part of Munich-based chemicals company WACKER, is hoping to make its innovative silicone 3D printing technology more known by establishing an 'Open Print Lab' at its campus in Burghausen, Germany. More

San Diego researchers cut operation times by 25% with 3D printed hip models

Aug.3, 2017 - Bioengineers from the University of California San Diego and physicians from Rady Children's Hospital are using 3D printed models to improve surgeries for slipped capital femoral epiphysis, the most common hip disorder found in children ages 9 to 16. Use of models cut surgery time by about 25%. More

UK research team 3D prints open source microscope prototype for only £30

Aug.3, 2017 - Just days ago we wrote about an open source 3D printed microscope that could be made for as little as '100. Now, another project, undertaken by researchers from the University of Bath, has even higher aspirations than that as it has made a prototype of a 3D printed microscope for only £30. More

Autodesk Pier 9 teams with Convivial Studio to 3D print gravity-defying skateboard tricks

Aug.3, 2017 - Autodesk's Pier 9 workshop has teamed up with London-based experimental design studio Convivial Studio to create a series of 3D printed skateboard sculptures. The Pier 9-Convivial collaboration is an innovative exploration of movement and technology: the two teams worked together to gather movement generated by skateboard tricks in real time. More

Mercedes-Benz produces its first-ever fully 3D printed metal replacement part

Aug.2, 2017 - A major milestone has been achieved by Mercedes-Benz, with its first ever metal spare part being produced using 3D printing technology. The company's Customer Services and Parts division can now provide a 3D printed replacement thermostat cover for owners of its trucks. More

FlowRep software identifies 'curve networks' to sketch 3D shapes as 2D line drawings

Aug.2, 2017 - Alla Sheffer, a computer scientist at Canada's University of British Columbia, has developed software called 'FlowRep' that can extract the 'descriptive compact 3D curve networks' from manmade 3D shapes and use them to create visually informative 2D sketches. More

Designer Jenny Wu unveils fully 3D printed steel 'Catena' necklace

Aug.2, 2017 - 3D printed jewelry designer Jenny Wu has made a breakthrough in the field of 3D printed accessories with one of the first fully 3D printed interlocking steel necklaces. The necklace, called Catena, was 3D printed from steel in collaboration with ExOne. More

LLNL researchers: metal 3D printing 'spatter' caused by gas flow, not laser recoil pressure

Aug.2, 2017 - Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have used high-speed imaging and computer models to uncover the mechanisms behind material redistribution, a phenomenon that leads to defects in metal 3D printed parts. More

Real-life Iron Man: UK tech startup Gravity Industries to 3D print jet engine flying suit

Aug.2, 2017 - If you thought Tony Stark was badass, just wait till you get a load of this real-life Iron Man. Richard Browning, the founder of UK-based tech startup Gravity Industries, has developed a 3D printed jet-engine suit which he can actually fly. More

German RepRap, ebalta Kunststoff unveil PU material for liquid additive manufacturing

Aug.2, 2017 - FDM 3D printer specialist German RepRap has joined forces with plastics company ebalta Kunststoff to develop a new polyurethane (PU) formulation for German RepRap's liquid additive manufacturing (LAM) process. The 3D printing material purportedly has isotropic mechanical properties. More

Sharebot to open new HELP3D 3D printing store in Padova, Italy

Aug.2, 2017 - Northeast Italy will soon be getting a new 3D printing hub, as Sharebot and HELP3D have announced plans to open the HELP3D Sharebot 3D Store Padova. The new 3D printing store will mark Sharebot's third location within Italy, following Firenze and Napoli. More

Polish design studio UAU wants to solve everyday crisis with 3D printing

Aug.2, 2017 - A collective of makers from the Warsaw multidisciplinary design studio UAU has been making waves in the Polish design scene with a recent exhibition at the renowned Gdynia Design Days 2017. Titled RE:MAIN, UAU's newest initiative is a set of 3D printed objects for daily use and problem solving. More

Is 3D Printing Safe? Study published into potential health risks associated with FDM 3D printing

Aug.2, 2017 - A recent study published by industrial hygienists pointed out some potential health risks with 3D printing technology. Commonly used filaments emit volatile organic compounds, which can lead to throat problems, headaches, nausea and other problems. More

3D scanning and printing play critical role in development of Arrinera Hussarya supercar

Aug.1, 2017 - Poland's first supercar, Arrinera Hussarya, has been a symbol of a rejuvenated and reborn automotive industry within Poland. As we've already seen, the supercar's development has been a rigorous process, largely enabled by the adoption of new manufacturing technologies such as 3D scanning and 3D printing. More

New photoinitiator improves water-based DLP 3D printing, says Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Aug.1, 2017 - Researchers at the Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have developed a new kind of photoinitiator for 3D printing in water. The photoinitiators could be used to make bio-friendly 3D printed structures. More

Torc2's world-first 3D printable plastic allows doctors to reshape splints on a patient's body

Aug.1, 2017 - UK company Torc2 has developed a world-first form of 3D printable plastic that could change the way limb injuries and conditions are treated. The compound can be re-shaped at temperatures that are safe for patients. More

Sinterit teams up with Polish designer to 3D print exoskeleton arm for kids with SMA

Aug.1, 2017 - Polish 3D printing company Sinterit recently teamed up with 3D designer Bartlomiej Gaczorek to develop and 3D print an exoskeleton arm device for children suffering from Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), a rare genetic neuromuscular condition. More

Three-storey 3D printed model of Dubai's 'The Tower' skyscraper erected in Dubai Mall

Aug.1, 2017 - A 3D printed replica of The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour has been unveiled at Dubai Mall. The 3,000 kg model took more than 4,000 hours to make, and depicts Dubai's under-construction observation tower that is set to stand at a monstrous 928 m tall. More

Prodways Group expands 3D printing offering with acquisition of AvenAo Industrie

Aug.1, 2017 - French 3D printing company Prodways Group has announced the acquisition of AvenAo Industrie, a France-based supplier of industrial equipment with a broad specialization, including 3D design and 3D printing technologies. More

EU's innovative drilling robot BADGER can navigate the urban underground and 3D print tunnels

Aug.1, 2017 - A new EU project referred to as the BADGER will enable more efficient creation of tunnel networks for construction projects. It makes use of a 3D printer module, which builds walls to support the tunnels created as it burrows its way underground. More

Meet Surena Mini, Iran's new 3D printed humanoid robot that can dance and do karate

Aug.1, 2017 - A team of roboticists from the University of Tehran have released the Surena Mini, a smaller, more basic version of their impressive Surena III robot. The easy-to-control Surena Mini is only 50 centimeters tall but is capable of walking, dancing and all kinds of other impressive actions. More

3D printed safe-cracking robot steals show at DEF CON, taking just 30 mins to crack SentrySafe

Jul.31, 2017 - An open source 3D printed robot created by Nathan Seidle, founder of Colorado-based hardware company SparkFun, has wowed DEF CON attendees by cracking a SentrySafe safe in just half an hour. More

3D printed ceramic microsystems for organ-on-a-chip biomedical research offer hope for end of animal testing

Jul.31, 2017 - A joint team of researchers from the Autonomous University of Madrid and ceramic 3D printing company Lithoz GmbH have developed complex 3D printed ceramic microsystems which could advance labs-on-chips and organs-on-chips. More

Ilios says its Thermal Masking 3D printing tech results in 90% cheaper SLA printing

Jul.31, 2017 - Cypriot 3D printer manufacturer Ilios has lifted the lid on its Thermal Masking technology, which can purportedly be used to 3D print SLA models at 1/10 the normal cost. The technology has been incorporated into the forthcoming €250 ($294) Ilios Nano SLA 3D printer. More

TTP introduces FormaJet, a multi-color 3D bioprinting platform

Jul.31, 2017 - UK-based company TTP has unveiled its new FormaJet liquid handling platform which reportedly enables high throughput and multi-color digital 3D bioprinting. The company is currently seeking partners for the platform's development and go-to-market strategy. More

Disney Research animates 3D printed models with cable-driven mechanisms

Jul.31, 2017 - Disney Research has developed a technique for creating cable-driven mechanisms that could be used to animate 3D printed models of popular Disney characters. The mechanisms can also be used to make simple mechanical systems such as a gripper or robotic hand. More

The 'Better Call Saul' special effects team is using 3D printing to make incredible props

Jul.31, 2017 - Thanks to some inside info from 'Better Call Saul' special effects technicians Joseph Ulibarri and Jason Delap, we know exactly how 3D printing has played a part on the recent season of AMC's hit 'Breaking Bad' spinoff. More

GE additive expert tells 3Ders about Syracuse University's multi-metal DMLM 3D printing breakthrough

Jul.31, 2017 - Mechanical and aerospace engineering students at Syracuse University have developed a DMLM powder deposition system for multi-material 3D printing. GE's Joseph Vinciquerra, who worked with the students on the project, explained to 3Ders what the metal 3D printing system is all about. More

Lizard-like telescoping 3D printed robots developed to help in search & rescue missions

Jul.31, 2017 - Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have used 3D printing to create telescopic structures that can bend and twist. Their new technique was used to create collapsible robots shaped like lizards and octopuses. More

Shining 3D to launch AutoScan-DS-EX dental 3D scanner in September 2017

Jul.31, 2017 - Shining 3D, one of China's leading 3D printing companies, is preparing to launch its latest product. Geared towards the dentistry market, the new AutoScan-DS-EX 3D dental scanner will be launched on September 1, 2017. More

FlyPi: an open source 3D printed microscope that can be made for €100

Jul.30, 2017 - Thanks to a study done by researchers at the University of Tubingen in Germany and the University of Sussex in the U.K., we now know there's a way to make low-cost, DIY lab equipment using 3D printing and micro-computers. More

Microsoft and Shawn Hunt team up to create Transformation Mask, a 3D printed robotic HoloLens art piece

Jul.30, 2017 - Vancouver artist Shawn Hunt has collaborated with Microsoft develop an experiential sculpture at the crossroads of 3D printing, robotics, and holographs. 'Transformation Mask' functions both as an artistic expression of Hunt's identity, and an exciting new showcase of what's possible with Microsoft's wearable augmented reality device, the Hololens. More

Airwolf 3D's materials strength test: What is the strongest 3D printer filament?

Jul.29, 2017 - To determine which desktop 3D printing filament was the strongest, Airwolf 3D carried out tests with a 3D printed hook. They used the hook, which was printed on the AXIOM 3D printer, to lift weight until it snapped. Polycarbonate proved to be the strongest. More

IT'SUGAR 3D printed Trump gummies will Make America Sweet Again

Jul.29, 2017 - Popular candy retailer IT'SUGAR has released a line of Trump-based sweets,incredibly lifelike replicas of his iconic face in jelly form. They're orange in colour, much like the 45th President himself, and the company warns that they might 'leave a bad taste in the mouth.' More

3D Printing News Roundup: BASF, 3D Bio Pen, metal 3D printing market, 3Dmate design mat, Dassault Systemes

Jul.28, 2017 - For those of you who don't want to miss a single 3D printing development, here's another quick roundup of recent stories. There have been plenty of goings-on in the industry, with IDTechEx publishing a report analyzing market trends in metal 3D printing, a handheld 3D bio-printer being nominated for a major award in Australia, and much more besides. More

3D printing brings 1940s Curta calculator back to life

Jul.28, 2017 - Maker Marcus Wu has built a 3D printed Curta calculator, a mechanical calculator that can make calculations with the turn of a handle. The device was originally developed by concentration camp survivor Curt Herzstark in the 1940s. More

Tech company HeyGears to open $148M 3D printing R&D facility in China

Jul.28, 2017 - Chinese tech company HeyGears will reportedly be spending one billion RMB (~$148M) to establish a new 3D printing research facility. The new 3D printing center, ultimately aimed at advancing China's national 3D printing industry, will be located in Foshan, a city in China's Guangdong province. More

Buy your own 3D printed garment online: Danit Peleg releases first custom 3D printed jacket

Jul.28, 2017 - A 3D printed jacket is currently available, made-to-order, on the website of pioneering fashion designer Danit Peleg. The jacket was produced with a special rubber-like filament made by Spanish company Filaflex, and only 100 garments will be produced. More

Purdue scientists developing 'SurfNet' AI system that turns 2D images into 3D models

Jul.28, 2017 - A team of scientists from Purdue University in Indiana has developed a novel process which uses artificial intelligence (AI) to transform 2D images into 3D models. The technology, called SurfNet, could have applications in the advancement of self-driving vehicles, as well as AR/VR. More

Cell3Ditor uses ceramics 3D printing to improve production of energy efficient solid oxide fuel cells

Jul.28, 2017 - A new project, Cell3Ditor, led by the Catalan Energy Research Institute is using 3D printing technology to produce energy-efficient fuel cells. The use of a multi-material 3D printer makes the whole process much faster and more cost effective, as well as producing an improved final product. More

China's first 3D Printing Cultural Museum opens in Baoshan, Shanghai

Jul.28, 2017 - China's first ever 3D Printing Cultural Museum opened earlier this week in Shanghai. Since opening festivities kicked off in the Wisdom Bay Industrial Park of Baoshan, Shanghai, the impressive cultural institute has already proved itself a force to be reckoned with. More

3D Printing News Roundup: Proto Labs, Group Gorgé, Renishaw, 4WEB Medical, Dubai's 3D printing lab

Jul.27, 2017 - 3D printing developments show no sign of stopping, so here's another roundup of recent events to keep you up to speed. We have stories on the world's first 3D printed lab, which is due to be completed in Dubai, and some financial results from a number of key players in the 3D printing world. More

SparkMaker launches $129 desktop SLA 3D printer on Kickstarter, triples fundraising goal in hours

Jul.27, 2017 - Hong Kong-based SparkMaker has launched a Kickstarter campaign for the SparkMaker, an LCD based SLA 3D printer that prints in high-resolution yet has a price that makes it affordable for everyone. With a $99 starting price on the Kickstarter run, the company aims to bring the quality of SLA printing to the masses. More

US Army's new 'R-FAB' system allows soldiers to 3D print stopgap solutions in the field

Jul.27, 2017 - Engineers at the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) have developed a 3D printing kit known as 'R-FAB' for making specialty tools, spare parts, and other components that would function as stopgaps solutions to part breakages. More

Disney Research develops new method for designing and 3D printing flexible, compliant mechanisms

Jul.27, 2017 - At the upcoming SIGGRAPH 2017 computer graphics and interactive techniques conference in Los Angeles, Disney researchers will presents their latest achievement: a computational design tool that enables the 3D printing of compliant mechanisms'or flexible, bendable mechanisms. More

An inside look at GE’s new 1,300-horsepower 3D printed ATP aircraft engine

Jul.27, 2017 - GE has provided an inside look at a 3D printed ATP turboprop engine with 13 3D printed components'one third of its total parts. The 1,300 shaft horsepower engine will power Textron Aviation's forthcoming 10-person business aircraft, the Cessna Denali. More

Future Fruit Simulator: A fun customization interface for 3D food printing

Jul.27, 2017 - A team of Australian researchers have developed an interface for 3D food customization. Called 'Future Fruit,' the project allows users to design their own futuristic fruit and 3D print it. More

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