Low-cost 3D printed sensors can detect early signs of forest fires or chemical leaks

Jul.25, 2017 - Researchers from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia have demonstrated how 3D printing can be used to manufacture low-cost, disposable sensors that give early warnings for such hazards as forest fires or chemical leaks. More

Columbia researchers' AirCode system uses 3D printed air pockets for physical object tagging

Jul.25, 2017 - Columbia University researchers have developed 'AirCode,' a new way of embedding information within a 3D printed part. Patterned air pockets, which could form QR codes and such like, are printed under the surface of an object, and are readable using computational imaging methods. More

Insole maker Superfeet treads new ground with custom 3D printed ME3D insoles

Jul.25, 2017 - Insole manufacturer Superfeet is entering the custom 3D printing insole market with its new ME3D products. The printed insoles are personalized and manufactured using HP Inc.'s 3D scanning and Jet Fusion 3D printing technology. More

3D printing vegetables could lead to healthier children, new study suggests

Jul.25, 2017 - A team of researchers have experimented with 3D printing vegetables in order to make it more enticing to children. A mixture of nutritious but otherwise unappealing foods were mixed together in a 3D printer and printed into fun shapes. The use of 3D printing in food could lead to a generation of people having a much better relationship with what they eat. More

Life size 3D printed Corto Maltese statue to celebrate 50th anniversary of the Italian comics series

Jul.24, 2017 - Metropole, an event management and 3D printing company based in Paris, has 3D printed a life-size replica of Corto Maltese, the titular character of Hugo Pratt's Italian adventure comic Corto Maltese. The 3D printed sea captain was made to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the comic. More

Argentinian woman can talk, eat and breathe normally again thanks to 3D printed trachea implant

Jul.24, 2017 - An Argentinian woman has been given a new lease on life thanks to a 3D printed trachea implant. The woman, who could not speak or eat comfortably due to complications from peritonitis, says that she is now able to do these normal everyday activities with ease again. More

Tomsk-TPU-120: Russia's first 3D printed satellite to be deployed from ISS next month

Jul.24, 2017 - Russian astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) are preparing to launch Russia's first 3D printed satellite into space. The Tomsk-TPU-120 satellite was sent to the ISS in March 2016, and will be deployed on August 17, 2017. More

Facebook's Building 8 files patent for a mysterious 3D printed modular smartphone

Jul.24, 2017 - Building 8, an innovative research lab operating under Facebook, recently published a patent application it filed for a 'modular electromechanical device.' In other words, a modular, multipurpose smartphone. The best part? It could feature a 3D printed chassis. More

How a fly trapped inside a 3D printer became the first 21st century fossil

Jul.23, 2017 - 3D printing has been called the way of the future, and the dawn of a new era in manufacturing ' but what about a time capsule of the present? Thanks to an unlikely incident with a common house fly, the Internet is now exploding with conjectures about the possibilities of 3D printing as a 21st century fossilization technique. More

London's massive new Elizabeth line (Crossrail) the first commercial building project to use 3D printing

Jul.23, 2017 - Already several years in the works, London's massive new Crossrail project (to be renamed the Elizabeth line) is the first full underground line to be constructed in over three decades, and Europe's largest construction project. Cross is also the first commercial building project to use 3D printing. More

3D printed gun files are selling for $12 on dark web, new report reveals

Jul.22, 2017 - A recent study of various secret marketplaces on the so-called 'dark web' suggests that 3D printing guns is growing in popularity. The instructions or CAD files for a 3D printed gun were the second most popular firearms purchase on the dark web, after firearms themselves. More

3D printed submarine built with ORNL's BAAM 3D printer suggests additive future for Navy

Jul.21, 2017 - Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has partnered with the Navy's Disruptive Technology Lab to develop the military's first 3D printed submarine hull. The 30-foot carbon fiber demonstrator was 3D printed on ORNL's Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) 3D printer over the course of a few days. More

This 3D printed open source robot can crack a safe in as little as 15 minutes

Jul.21, 2017 - Nathan Seidle, the founder of Colorado-based open source hardware supplier SparkFun, has demonstrated how a 3D printed robot he built and programmed was able to crack a safe in just 15 minutes. The DIY safe-cracking robot only cost about $200 to make. More

Singapore launches $13M 3D printing center with focus on medical research

Jul.21, 2017 - A new 3D printing center with a focus on healthcare research was inaugurated in Singapore this morning. Called the National University of Singapore Centre for Additive Manufacturing (AM.NUS), the new facility is being funded by NUS, NAMIC, and the EDB. More

3D printed Skeletor microphone by Olaf Diegel borrows Ozzy Osbourne aesthetic

Jul.21, 2017 - Olaf Diegel is the brains behind Olaf Diegal Designs (ODD), a pet project that's grown into a full-blown design venture for the Lund University professor. Among the most eye-catching items is the Skeletor 3D printed Microphone, a sneering, skull-shaped piece that's possibly the ultimate microphone for Ozzy Osbourne, Diegel reckons. More

Renishaw uses 3D printing & conformal cooling to blast away Karcher's pressure washer bottleneck

Jul.21, 2017 - 3D printed cooling cores made by British engineering firm Renishaw have helped jet washer manufacturer K'rcher cut the cooling time of its molding process by 55 percent. K'rcher can now produce more pressure washer casings in a shorter space of time. More

DIY 3D printed toys are taking $60 million a year from major manufacturers, according to recent study

Jul.20, 2017 - A study carried out by Michigan Tech and MyMiniFactory suggests that consumers are 3D printing their own toys at home and costing the industry millions of dollars a year. The availability of online designs and cheap 3D printers means that major companies will need to adapt fast to stay competitive in the toy industry. More

Solar cells could soon be 3D printed for a fraction of the price, says AFRL team

Jul.20, 2017 - Researchers at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) are taking a 3D printing-inspired approach in making solar cells more cost efficient, according to a new study published in the scientific journal Advanced Energy Materials. Along the way, they've found a wealth of untapped application potential, says lead author Dr. Santanu Bag. More

Microwave welding could make inter-layer bonds in 3D printed parts stronger, say Texas A&M researchers

Jul.20, 2017 - Researchers at Texas A&M University say they have discovered a way to make 3D printed parts stronger and more useful for real-world applications. The method involves bonding layers of a 3D printed part in a microwave using carbon nanotube-polymer composites. More

Mars colonies could benefit from bacteria that turn CO2 into 3D printable biopolymers

Jul.20, 2017 - An ongoing synthetic biology project at Harvard Medical School is using bacteria to transform carbon dioxide (CO2) into more useful compounds, such as plastic. The process could one day be used to create building materials on Mars, which could in turn be 3D printed into structures. More

3D printing and generative design get Team ROK's lifesaving X VEIN drone up in the air

Jul.20, 2017 - Japanese duo Yuki Ogasawara and Ryo Kumeda, aka team ROK, have used generative design and 3D printing to build X VEIN, a drone made for disaster conditions and search-and-rescue missions. The drone has a lattice structure that resembles dragonfly wings. More

Italian eyewear brand Safilo introduces ultra-modern, 3D printed OXYDO sunglasses collection

Jul.20, 2017 - Italian eyewear giant Safilo Group has taken a leap into the future of eyewear-making with its new OXYDO SS 2017 sunglasses collection. Manufactured in partnership with 3D printing company Materialise, the collection features a number of avant-garde 3D printed frames. More

3D printed 'earable' sensor can measure and track your body's core temperature

Jul.19, 2017 - Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley have created a 3D printed device that is worn on the ear and which can measure the user's core body temperature with infrared sensors. The small 'earable' gadget can provide real-time detection of core body temperature changes. More

UBC researchers say 3D printed water testing sensor can reduce risk of unsafe drinking water

Jul.19, 2017 - A research team from the University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus has developed a 3D printed quality sensor device that is capable of monitoring drinking water. The small device, which gives feedback in real time, was designed to reduce the risk of waterborne illnesses. More

Bridge over river Shanghai: Tongji University unveils China's 1st 3D printed pedestrian bridges

Jul.19, 2017 - The School of Architecture and Urban Planning at Shanghai's Tongji University has unveiled China's first 3D printed pedestrian bridges. The two bridges are made of plastic, and measure four meters and 11 meters, respectively. More

L.A. startup introduces Mira Prism, a $99 augmented reality headset

Jul.19, 2017 - Los Angeles startup Mira has launched a pair of easy-to-use and affordable augmented reality glasses. Dubbed Mira Prism, the AR glasses are now available for pre-order for the low cost of $99. More

Light-driven bacteria propel 3D printed micromotors in Sapienza University study

Jul.18, 2017 - Physicists from the Sapienza University of Rome have used free-swimming, light-driven E. coli bacteria to propel tiny 3D printed micromotors in a process that resembles how running water rotates a watermill. More

Australia's Griffith University invests millions in 3D printing with Advanced Design and Manufacturing Institute

Jul.18, 2017 - Australia's Griffith University is planning to build a multimillion-dollar Advanced Design and Manufacturing Institute (AdAM). The facility will be used to for several 3D printing purposes, and could be built as early as 2019. More

Kitten with mobility problems gets 3D printed wheelchair made by 8th grade students

Jul.18, 2017 - A group of dedicated eighth-grade students from New Hampshire has 3D printed a wheelchair for a kitten with mobility problems. The 6-month-old cat, a Maine coon named Ray, was born with eyes too small to see and a spinal condition that makes it impossible for him to move his hind legs. More

Singapore researchers create 3D printed flower that blooms when exposed to light

Jul.18, 2017 - A team of researchers from the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore has created a 3D printed flower that actually blooms when it is exposed to light. The 3D printed structure integrates a shape memory composite and photoresponsive substances which enable this reaction. More

DUS Architects teams with De Meeuw to develop recyclable 3D printed building façade

Jul.18, 2017 - Tackling the problem of difficult-to-refurbish building façade, Dutch construction company De Meeuw has teamed up with DUS Architects to develop a 3D printed fa'ade that is 100% sustainable and entirely recyclable. Grinding the fa'ade (itself made of recycled plastic like shampoo bottles) to plastic pellets makes way for a new fa'ade to be 3D printed. More

First-time maker 3D prints working replica of Aperture Science sentry turret from Portal games

Jul.18, 2017 - A hobbyist has posted an Instructables page describing his first 3D printing/ Arduino project. He decided to produce a functional replica of the Aperture Science Sentry Turrets, from Valve's Portal game franchise. Just like in the game, it has moving arms and a proximity sensor. More

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency releases first images taken by 3D printed 'Int-Ball' robot camera on ISS

Jul.17, 2017 - The ISS is now home to an adorable 3D printed camera robot. Called the JEM Internal Ball Camera (or Int-Ball), the bot was developed and sent to the ISS by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. Excitingly, JAXA has just released its camera-bot's first images and videos from the ISS. More

Pinarello's 3D printed bicycle cockpits propel Froome & Thomas in Tour de France time trials

Jul.17, 2017 - Italian bicycle company Pinarello has used 3D printed cockpits on some of its latest bikes. The titanium 3D printed components were used by riders Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas during the opening stage of this year's Tour de France in Dusseldorf, Germany. More

High-schoolers set Guinness record for biggest 3D printed sculpture display with 35 sq m model of Hong Kong harbor

Jul.17, 2017 - A team of students from Hong Kong has broken the world record for the biggest 3D printed sculpture display. The sculpture, which depicts Hong Kong's harborside in miniature, comprises 1,214 3D printed parts, and spans an impressive 35 square meters. More

New CSIRO project explores 3D printing food with customized nutrition

Jul.17, 2017 - A CSIRO food structure team led by Dr. Amy Logan has just launched a three-year study into the personalized fabrication of smart food systems. Smart food is here defined as food that is 3D printed and which contains nutritional contents customized to the eater. More

Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site will let you 3D print artifacts for free

Jul.17, 2017 - A museum in Indianapolis is changing the digitization game: the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, home of the 23rd U.S. president, is now allowing visitors to 3D print replicas of its artifacts for free. The unique service is part of the museum's New Century eCollection project, which will oversee the digitization of the Site's 10,000-piece collection. More

4 coolest 3D printing projects this week: 3D printed espresso cup, Iron Man suit, handheld PC, V for Vendetta masks

Jul.16, 2017 - We all know 3D printing is cool, so why not take a little time to appreciate some of the more fun projects that have been going on in this past week. Here are some of the coolest things we've seen, including a stylish 3D printed espresso cup and a 3D printed Iron Man suit. More

Naval architect says 3D printing entire superyachts will be a reality by 2030

Jul.14, 2017 - A leading naval architect recently gave some predictions for the future of 3D printing in the yacht manufacturing industry. The technology stands to hugely improve efficiency in the manufacturing process, an industrial-grade printer should be ready by the end of this year, and 3D printing entire yachts will be possible by 2030 More

3D printed water treatment system can produce 35 liters of clean water per day

Jul.14, 2017 - Researchers at the University of Bath are developing a 3D printed household water treatment (HWT) system to produce safe drinking water. The $6.50 PLA device could produce up to 35 liters of clean drinking water a day. More

Linglong Tire successfully tests China's first 3D printed TPU tire

Jul.14, 2017 - Shandong Linglong Tire, a China-based manufacturer of automotive tires, has teamed up with the Beijing University of Chemical Technology to develop 3D printed tires made from thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) rather than rubber. More

XRobots' James Bruton rides electric skateboard made from giant 3D printed LEGO pieces

Jul.14, 2017 - James Bruton of XRobots never ceases to impress with his 3D printing projects, which include one of the most realistic 3D printed BB-8 Droids we've come across. His latest venture, an electric skateboard made from giant 3D printed Lego bricks, has us pretty darn excited as well. More

Self-healing 3D printing gel means your broken phone screen could soon fix itself

Jul.13, 2017 - A team of researchers in Melbourne have created a new 3D printable material that will allow objects to fix themselves. The self-healing gel can dynamically reform its chemical bonds, allowing it to change shape, structure, and color over time. More

3D printing helps ETH Zurich scientists create beating silicone heart

Jul.13, 2017 - Functional Materials Laboratory researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich) have used 3D printing to create a silicone heart that beats almost like the real thing. The artificial heart can last for around 3,000 beats, or 30 to 45 minutes. More

Surfer Fabio Secci gets custom 3D printed leg prosthesis from Porzio, WASP

Jul.13, 2017 - Using a DeltaWASP 4070 3D printer, Italian orthopedic company Porzio has created a 3D printed leg prosthesis for championship surfer Fabio Secci. The multidisciplinary athlete recently completed a triathlon using the 3D printed prosthesis. More

3D printed brain model helps surgeons save 60-year-old woman with cerebral aneurysm

Jul.13, 2017 - A 60-year-old woman has been treated for a life threatening cerebral aneurysm thanks in large part to a 3D printed model of her brain. The patient-specific 3D printed model enabled a team of surgeons from the Rashid Hospital in Dubai to carefully map out and plan the complex surgical operation. More

UK hospital appoints first 'biomedical 3D technician' to improve medical 3D printing

Jul.13, 2017 - A hospital in the Welsh city of Swansea has created a position for a 'biomedical 3D technician.' The role at Morriston Hospital involves designing and 3D printing surgical models, implants, and cutting guides, and is the first job of its kind within the British National Health Service (NHS). More

Burger King's latest promo raises money for Argentine 3D printed prosthetics maker Atomic Lab

Jul.13, 2017 - Global food chain Burger King recently teamed up with ad agency David to step outside of its fast food comfort zone. Through its recent Stacker Day 'All Hands on Flavor' campaign, Burger King teamed with free prosthetics organization Atomic Lab to give 3D printed mechanical hands to people across Argentina. More

New Empa 3D printed sensor device lets you control drones with the wave of a hand

Jul.13, 2017 - Researchers at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) have developed a device that lets you control drones with simple hand gestures. The innovation works through 3D printing and original sensor technology: a wave to the left, the drove moves to the left; a wave to the right, the drone moves to the right. More

GH Induction uses EBM 3D printing to make 99.99% pure copper induction coils

Jul.12, 2017 - GH Induction, a global induction heating company, is using additive manufacturing to create 3D printed copper coils for its induction systems. The so-called '3DPCoils' are made using an Electron Beam Melting (EBM) 3D printer. More

Lyon-based design studio Notaroberto-Boldrini unveils 3D printed Watch.step timepieces

Jul.12, 2017 - Notaroberto-Boldrini, a design studio based in Lyon, France, is bringing some color back into timekeeping with its new line of 3D printed watches. The collection, called Watch.step, features a number of wonderfully colorful watches made using a combination of 3D printing and crafting techniques. More

Could 3D printed aluminum wheels put Russian industries back on track?

Jul.12, 2017 - Denis Manturov, Russia's Minister of Industry and Trade, says the Russian government will support the production of 3D printed aluminum wheels for the automotive industry. The move could boost the national aluminum industry. More

DNA-based 3D printed portraits of Chelsea Manning to be displayed at NYC gallery

Jul.12, 2017 - The Fridman Gallery in NYC will soon be hosting 'A Becoming Resemblance,' an exhibit that consists of roughly thirty 3D printed portraits of Chelsea Manning, the transgender U.S. Army soldier who was imprisoned for leaking classified data in 2013. More

NASA gives $100K to WVU researchers to develop 3D printed titanium dioxide foams for ISS

Jul.11, 2017 - Researchers at West Virginia University (WVU) have received a $100,000 grant from NASA to develop 3D printed foams for the International Space Station (ISS). The foams could be used in solar cells and batteries, as well as for radiation shielding. More

Dutch hospital reduces sternal fixation surgery time using 3D printed models

Jul.11, 2017 - The St. Antonius Hospital in Utrecht has found a way to improve cardiac surgery using 3D printed models. By 3D printing a model of a patient's breastbone, surgeons were able to more precisely secure the sternum after surgery with metal plates, all while reducing operation times. More

Battle of the titanium osseointegrated implants: EBM takes on DMLS in North Carolina 3D printing study

Jul.11, 2017 - Researchers at the University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University have conducted a study to evaluate two 3D printing methods, electron beam melting (EBM) and direct metal laser sintering (DMLS), for manufacturing titanium osseointegrated implants. More

Houston researchers grow functioning capillaries, move one step closer to 3D bioprinting organs

Jul.11, 2017 - A joint research team from Houston's Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine says it is one step closer to creating implantable tissues with functioning capillaries, a crucial step in the direction of 3D printing transplantable tissues and organs. More

Hanover engineers make 3D printed bone drill with internal cooling system

Jul.11, 2017 - Researchers at the Institute of Production Engineering and Machine Tools (IFW) at Germany's Leibniz University of Hannover have created a metal 3D printed bone drill that can cut bone without causing thermal-induced osteonecrosis. More

Ikea announces its first ever 3D printed object collection: OMEDELBAR Line by Bea Åkerlund

Jul.11, 2017 - Ikea has just announced the launch of its first ever 3D printed collection, 'OMEDELBAR', with plans to hit stores sometime next year. Consisting mainly of decorative pieces so far, the first 3D printed object in the collection is a mesh-inspired stylized hand that can be hung on the wall or used as a decorative hanger for jewellery. More

New apartment building in Denmark to make use of 3D printed concrete elements

Jul.11, 2017 - There are plans to use 3D printing techniques in the construction of a new apartment building in Nyborg, Denmark. The project is a collaboration between the Nyborg municipality, a Danish architect, and a Dutch university. Concrete elements for the walls and ceilings will be made exclusively using 3D printing methods. More

Future Marine Corps trucks could fix themselves with 3D printing & smart diagnostics

Jul.10, 2017 - Lt. Gen. Michael Dana, the Marine Corps' deputy commandant for Installations and Logistics (I&L), says the next generation of Marine Corps trucks could use smart diagnostics to identify worn-out parts and automatically place orders for 3D printed replacements. More

NASA announces winners for latest round of 3D Printed Habitat challenge, over $200k prize money awarded

Jul.10, 2017 - The 3D Printed Habitat Challenge started back in 2015, and is being run by NASA to encourage development of 3D printing technologies that could be used for deep space exploration. Winners were just announced for the latest round, which challenged competitors to 3D print a beam for bend testing. More

3D printed rEvolve strap for HTC Vive improves comfort & vision for $95

Jul.10, 2017 - Tech company SynergyWiz has used 3D printing to develop rEvolve, a $95 strap for the HTC Vive VR headset. The 3D printed rEvolve makes the Vive more comfortable, increases its field of view, and allows the wearer to 'flip up' the headset without removing it completely. More

3D printed heart models help UAE surgeons save infant lives

Jul.10, 2017 - 3D printing has helped to save the lives of at least seven infants in the UAE. According to a local news source, the technology has been used by UAE doctors to prepare for congenital heart disease surgery on newborns. More

Hydro Dipping- an easy method to add graphics and patterns to your 3D printed object

Jul.10, 2017 - Adafruit has published a guide to Hydro Dipping, one of the easiest and most effective post-processing methods for 3D printed objects. It involves submerging your print in hot water so that a soluble film floating on the surface, with a 2D printed image or pattern, will gradually wrap around your object and dissolve, leaving the ink behind. More

This award-winning 3D printed motorized orrery is totally mind-blowing

Jul.9, 2017 - A maker by the name of WidgetWizard has 3D printed an astoundingly intricate motorized orrery complete with 8 planets and their respective moons. While these apparatuses have been used throughout modern history to illustrate the relative motion, size, and orbit of the planets ' both in relation to each other, and to the sun ' it's exceedingly rare to see one in 3D printed form. More

These colorful 3D printed pollen lamps won't trigger hay fever

Jul.8, 2017 - Students from the Zurich University of the Arts in Switzerland were inspired by pollen particles to create a series of stunning 3D printed lamps. They say their pollen lamps are meant to raise awareness about hay fever. More

5-minute 3D printed bioreactor offers better way to make drugs, booze

Jul.7, 2017 - Alshakim Nelson and fellow chemists at Seattle's University of Washington have developed a 3D printed, yeast-based bioreactor that can keep on fermenting for months at a time. Nelson's team built a 3D printer specifically for the purpose of fabricating such bioreactors. More

Proposed U.S. military budget for 2018 suggests increased use of 3D printing tech

Jul.7, 2017 - The U.S. military budget for 2018, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), has been proposed, and included in its $639.1 billion budget is an increased spending on 3D printing technologies. More

Custom 3D printed insole maker Wiivv launches employee wellness program for workers on their feet

Jul.6, 2017 - Wiivv Wearables Inc., the company behind the hugely successful 3D printed Wiivv insoles and (more recently) sandals, has launched an Employee Wellness program that seeks to improve comfort and conditions for workers who are are on their feet for long hours. More

Fingervision's 3D printed grippers and silicone skin give robots a sense of touch

Jul.6, 2017 - Fingervision, a partially 3D printed robotic sensing system, uses a medley of affordable off-the-shelf parts to create an artificial sense of touch. This touching ability could allow a larger robotic system to perform complex manual tasks such as peeling a banana. More

Hampton Creek plans to offer lab-grown, 3D printed clean meat products by 2018

Jul.6, 2017 - Hampton Creek, a plant-based food startup, recently announced that it will be moving into the lab-grown meat industry, and plans to have its clean meat products on shelves as soon as 2018. According to ABC.es, Hampton Creek is planning on using 3D printing to realize this goal. More

Recyclable 'Dolphin Board of Awesome' shows that sustainable 3D printing can make waves in surfing

Jul.6, 2017 - Billed as the world's first recyclable, compostable, 3D printed surfboard, the Dolphin Board of Awesome is partially made from algae. Its creator, Zachary Ostroff, thinks the surfboard could be a springboard towards more sustainable construction in the sport. More

3D printing helps Tokai University researchers understand flying fish behavior for tandem aircraft design

Jul.6, 2017 - A team of researchers from the Tokai University in Japan are using 3D printing to investigate the physiology of the ribbon halfbeak, a species of fish that can fly above the ocean's surface despite lacking the 'hind wing fins' that other flying fish species possess. More

Service King fixes up bumpers doomed for scrapheap with help of 3D printing

Jul.5, 2017 - Auto repair company Service King has been implementing 3D printing to fix bumpers after collisions. Instead of having to scrap and replace the whole bumper, a replacement tab can be 3D printed. The company has patented an extruder, 3D printing software, and a design for a general replacement tab. More

3D printed Third Thumb gives wearers added carrying, squeezing, guitar-playing abilities

Jul.5, 2017 - Dani Clode, a graduate student at London's Royal College of Art (RCA), has used 3D printing to create a wearable prosthetic thumb. The prosthesis helps wearers grip, squeeze, and even perform complex tasks like playing the guitar. More

Robotel Turkiye provides custom 3D printed hand prosthetics to children in Turkey

Jul.5, 2017 - All around the world, 3D printing is helping to give people, especially children, access to affordable and customizable prosthetic devices. Following that trend is Robotel Turkiye, a 3D printed prosthetics initiative that is helping to change young lives in Turkey. More

3D printing brings Peru's 1,700-year-old Lady of Cao back to life

Jul.5, 2017 - Scientists in Peru have used 3D printing to reconstruct the face of the Lady of Cao, an ancient female leader who died 1,700 years ago. The woman's remains were found at a ruined pyramid near Trujillo in 2006. More

Nick Ervinck, Stratasys 3D print fluid race car trophy for this year's Goodwood hill climb race

Jul.5, 2017 - Every summer in West Sussex, England, the Goodwood Festival of Speed brings together some of the most renowned and historic racing vehicles for a hill climb race. A this year's event it was hardly a surprise that 3D printing took center stage. More

This 3D printed hexapod robot can handle all types of uneven terrain

Jul.5, 2017 - A Norwegian engineer by the name of Kåre Halvorsen (also known by his alias 'Zenta'), is pioneering a 3D printed hexapod robot that can crawl over remarkably uneven ground. Featuring a unique spider-inspired design, the MX-Phoenix relies on 6 legs and a whopping 18 different motors. More

This 3D printed hologram models Microsoft Cortana assistant after iconic Halo character

Jul.5, 2017 - A clever Florida-based developer has gotten inventive with his Microsoft Cortana AI assistant. Jarem Archer, clearly a huge fan of the Halo video game franchise, has built a holographic AI avatar modelled after the Halo character Cortana, the synthetic intelligence character voiced by Jen Taylor. More

Designer creates eye-catching metallic Egyptian figurines using simple 3D printed plastic molds

Jul.4, 2017 - A designer has managed to achieve an impressively metallic look and feel for a set of objects made using FDM 3D printing technology. Her Egyptian figurines were produced using 3D printed molds and a Metal Fluid, made of metallic grit and a binding resin. More

Georgia Tech's 3D printed heart valve models could help cardiologists perform valve replacements

Jul.4, 2017 - Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology and the Piedmont Heart Institute are using patient-specific 3D printed heart valve models to improve the success rate of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedures. Their aim is to avoid the problem of paravalvular leakage. More

Singapore's Tag Team uses drones & 3D printed weapons to give laser tag a radical update

Jul.4, 2017 - Singapore-based startup Tag Team Inc. is using using AI, 3D printing, and drones to create what could be the most futuristic version of laser tag ever made. The company's unique laser tag experience includes a drone shooting challenge and an interactive Mixed Reality (MR) game. More

Henry Seegerman 3D prints elaborate sculptures with weird symmetries as a way to visualize the 4th dimension

Jul.4, 2017 - A paper published by Henry Seegerman, a mathematician from Oklahoma State University discusses the quaternion group of symmetries. He uses 3D printed objects to show how this extra-dimensional geometry can be conceptualized in a physical form. More

Metal 3D printing helps engineer create tiny 'iStill' distillery

Jul.3, 2017 - Olaf Diegel, a design engineer and professor of product development at Sweden's Lund University, has designed a miniature metal 3D printed 'still,' a kind of alcohol distilling apparatus. The 'iStill' trinket was designed for Lasertech, a Swedish 3D printing company. More

14-year-old invents SLIDEMAP cancer detection device with help of 3D printing

Jul.3, 2017 - A 14-year-old from Boca Raton in Florida is developing a device that could help improve cancer research and diagnoses. Called SLIDEMAP, the innovative machine combines 3D printing technology and computer programming to make cancer detection simpler than ever for pathologists. More

New Belgian construction project hopes to build fully 3D printed house within 3 years

Jul.3, 2017 - A collaboration between representatives of various different sectors in Belgium has led to a new 3D printing building project. Based at the Kamp C innovation center in Antwerp, the project has over a million euros investment and is hoping for the construction of a fully 3D printed house within 3 years. More

DIY 3D printed RopeBot can climb trees and cut down ropes

Jul.2, 2017 - A hobbyist has used 3D printing and robotics to tackle an everyday problem he was having with trees in his garden. His creation, RopeBot, was able to climb up the ropes that were embedded in his trees and cut them down. The robot was made from scavenged electronics and 3D printed components. More

Royal Caribbean's 3D printed SeaSeeker mask transforms snapchat spectacles into underwater goggles

Jul.1, 2017 - The popular cruise ship line Royal Caribbean has developed a 3D printed diving mask using Snapchat Spectacles. Although the SeaSeeker mask is only in its prototype stage, the concept is already taking off: users will be able to snap their underwater adventures, granting their followers an enviable glimpse of life under the sea. More

German hobbyist wows Elon Musk with his 3D printed replica Space X rockets

Jun.30, 2017 - A German animator has established a workshop 3D printing replica Space X rockets, after he gave 3D printing technology a try for the first time just 9 months ago. The results of his work were so impressive that Space X employees eventually heard about his project and requested their own. More

University of Twente reveals Stormram 4, the smallest MRI-compatible 3D printed biopsy robot to battle breast cancer

Jun.30, 2017 - A robot developed by a team of Dutch researchers has recently won an award for its potential contribution to the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. 3D printed from plastic, the Stormram 4 robot is capable of functioning in the strong magnetic field of an MRI scanner, and can accurately navigate a needle tip to find and treat a lesion. More

Quebec to establish $2.31M medical 3D printing center

Jun.30, 2017 - The provincial government of Quebec has announced its plans to invest nearly 3 million CAD ($2.31M) for the establishment of a medical 3D printing center. The facility, to be located in Quebec's capital city, Quebec City, will be the first of its kind in the Canadian province. More

Asteroid Day: ESA uses 3D printed models, NASA runs supercomputer impact simulator

Jun.30, 2017 - June 30 is Asteroid Day, an annual global event that aims to raise awareness about asteroids and their potential impact on Earth. To mark the occasion, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have gone 3D. More

ArianeGroup (Airbus Safran Launchers) developing 10x cheaper 3D printed Prometheus engine for ESA

Jun.30, 2017 - Airbus Safran Launchers, which will tomorrow become known as ArianeGroup, has signed a first contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) to develop the Prometheus demonstrator, a partially 3D printed reusable engine demonstrator that runs on liquid oxygen (LOx) and methane. More

ETH Zurich team builds digitally fabricated DFAB House with 3D printing, robots

Jun.30, 2017 - A team from ETH Zurich university in Switzerland is developing what could be the first house in the world to be designed, planned, and built using using mostly digital processes. The project, called DFAB House, will be realized through a combination of 3D printing, robots, and ingenuity. More

Argentina's Atomic Lab provides 3D printed superhero prosthetics to kids in need

Jun.29, 2017 - Atomic Lab, a Buenos Aires-based startup founded by maker Gino Tubaro, has provided hundreds of children in Argentina with low-cost 3D printed prosthetic hands that have enabled them to play sports, draw, and perform a number of other valuable activities. More

University of Pittsburgh awarded $1.275M DoE grant for research into 3D printed nuclear sensors

Jun.29, 2017 - A Department of Energy program has funded a new $1.275 million collaborative research project between the University of Pittsburgh and other institutions. The project hopes to develop advanced 3D printed sensors for nuclear reactors. More

Humanscope's 3D printed Aumi nightlight alerts you of messages, retweets, WiFi connectivity, and more

Jun.29, 2017 - There is now a smart 3D printed nightlight perfect for those among us who have fully embraced the tech takeover of our lives. Called the Aumi Mini, the plug-in device can connect to your network and can alert you whenever you have a new message, when your WiFi is down, and more. More

3D printing, UAVs, and dark web could give terrorists access to WMDs, says UN official

Jun.29, 2017 - In a recent address to the United Nations Security Council, UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Izumi Nakamitsu spoke about the potential threats that new technologies, such as 3D printing, UAVs, and the dark web, could have in enabling terrorists to access and obtain weapons of mass destruction. More

3D printing helps Eviation Aircraft develop one of world's first all-electric commuter planes

Jun.29, 2017 - Eviation Aircraft is developing one of the world's first all-electric commuter aircrafts. The Israeli company is developing its innovative plane with the help of 3D printing technologies, specifically Stratasys' 3D printing solutions. More

Digital Smile Design uses 3D printing and scanning to help patients choose their ideal set of teeth

Jun.29, 2017 - A pioneering new dentistry technique known as Digital Smile Design is changing the way cosmetic dental surgery works. Using 3D printing and scanning methods, dentists can give patients a preview of what their new smile will look like, improving communication and allowing them to make any necessary modifications. More

3D printed ball-milling jars help Leuven researchers improve mechanochemistry experiments

Jun.28, 2017 - Researchers from the Institute of Condensed Matter and Nanosciences at Belgium's Université catholique de Louvain have created a number of 3D printed jars for ball-milling experiments. The low-cost jars are optimized for reduced background/absorption and higher angular resolution. More

The curve of 3D printing: Austrian researchers pioneering self-actuating objects

Jun.28, 2017 - A group of Austrian computer scientists associated with of the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST) are pioneering the development of self-actuating free-form objects known as CurveUps: flat 2D templates that, upon release, transform themselves into a 3D version solely through material forces. More

Jay Leno takes Divergent Microfactories' 3D printed Blade supercar for a spin

Jun.27, 2017 - Television star Jay Leno has driven Divergent Microfactories' 3D printed Blade supercar in an episode of Jay Leno's Garage. The 1,400 lb car can purportedly go from 0-60 mph in just 2.5 seconds. More

KLIO Design 3D prints an incredibly lightweight 'Smart Mobility' car design

Jun.27, 2017 - At the recent Smart Mobility conference and exhibition in Seoul, KLIO Design demonstrated a new project. The team has 3D printed an incredibly lightweight car design, with huge scope for customization. This could be a huge step forward for 3D printing in the automotive industry. More

Operation to save dog’s leg shows 3D printed scaffolds could help regrow bone for landmine victims

Jun.26, 2017 - Experts at Scotland's University of Glasgow have used a naturally occurring protein called BMP-2 to save the leg of a dog. The procedure, funded by Sir Bobby Charlton's landmine charity Find A Better Way, could be replicated on humans with the help of biodegradable 3D printed scaffolds. More

3D printed two-seat electric vehicle impresses at Taiwanese trade show

Jun.26, 2017 - Taiwan has just made some serious leeway in the 3D printed automotive race, this time in the form of a two-seat electric vehicle. Last week, the tech world caught wind of this exciting development from Taiwan Automotive Research Consortium, which is quickly proving to be a game-changer in the colliding fields of 3D printing and electric cars. More

3D printed blood vessels in teeth a viable alternative to root canal procedures

Jun.26, 2017 - Dental researchers at the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) in Portland have developed a method of engineering artificial blood vessels in teeth. Published in the journal Scientific Reports earlier today, the OHSU technique could provide an effective alternative to root canals by using a 3D printing-inspired approach. ' More

These 3D printed honeycomb-inspired garments are un-bee-lievable

Jun.25, 2017 - Designer Jamela Law has created a fashion collection inspired by one of nature's strongest shapes, the honeycomb. The project, called Beeing Human, brings together various fabrication technologies and techniques, such as 3D printing, silicone casting, and hand sewing. More

Jacket fitted with multi-color LEDs displays status of 3D printers

Jun.25, 2017 - An Instructables page shows how to make a customized jacket with a unique LED display. Each LED corresponds to the status of one of the 3D printers at the Duke Innovation Co-Lab Studio, with green for available, red for offline, and blue for in-use. More

This 3D-printed plastic contraption turns a laser pointer into a trippy customized light show

Jun.24, 2017 - A Los Angeles-based maker has created the ultimate life hack for producing your own projected light show from the comfort of your own home. Aptly deemed 'The Mechanical Laser Show,' this fun little Thingiverse project turns a basic laser pointer into a trippy customized light show. Produce a five-point star, the Batman Logo, or a custom shape. More

3D printing and VR key to meeting UK government's 2025 construction strategy targets

Jun.23, 2017 - A new research report by Arup Associates for the British Council of Offices has suggested that technologies such as 3D printing and virtual reality could help to make the office construction industry'and construction industry at large'more efficient. According to the report, 3D printing and VR could help to cut back on waste and costs. More

3D printed device 'gamifies' airway clearing exercises for young cystic fibrosis patients

Jun.23, 2017 - Physiotherapists from University College London'(UCL) in the UK are working with Microsoft to develop partially 3D printed tools for children with cystic fibrosis (CF). The tools form part of a computer-game-style strategy help young CF sufferers increase their breathing capacity. More

3D printing news roundup: Under Armour drops 3D printed sneaker, Additive Orthopaedics cleared for bunion treatment, more

Jun.22, 2017 - A day after the summer solstice, 3D printing companies are still working from dusk 'til dawn to bring you new products and services. Today sees Additive Orthopaedics getting FDA clearance for a 3D printed bunion treatment, Under Armour releasing its 3D printed ArchiTech Futurist shoe, and more. More

MBARI and FATHOM say 3D printed video device could help solve mystery of White Shark Cafe

Jun.22, 2017 - FATHOM recently put its 3D printing chops towards a bitingly fascinating project. In collaboration with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), the FATHOM team has been using 3D printing to try and uncover the mystery of the 'White Shark Cafe.' More

3D printing in aerospace still poses challenges, says Premium Aerotec at Paris Air Show

Jun.22, 2017 - At this year's Paris Air Show, German aerospace company Premium Aerotec took a look at the state of 3D printing in aerospace, addressing the opportunities and challenges of such technology in the field. More

25 best (and free) fidget spinner toys to 3D print

Jun.22, 2017 - Fidget spinners have been all the rage in 2017, entertaining and relieving stress for both children and adults alike. Why not take the DIY approach and 3D print one of these awesome and creative fidget spinners, brought to you by the maker community. More

How Volkswagen Autoeuropa is using 3D printing to cut back on costs and lead times

Jun.21, 2017 - Volkswagen Autoeuropa has seen the benefits of using Ultimaker 3D printers for the production of custom tools and parts. The desktop 3D printers have enabled the Volkswagen-owned facility to manufacture custom parts more quickly and at a lower cost compared with traditional manufacturing methods. More

3D printing news roundup: Oerlikon signs MoU with GE, Print The Future to file for IPO, more

Jun.21, 2017 - We're at the halfway point in the week, and today is all about the business side of 3D printing: Oerlikon has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with GE, Print The Future says it will be filing for a Regulation A+ IPO with the SEC, and Additive Industries has news that will fuel your imagination. More

Amsterdam's OLVG hospital successfully implants Netherlands' first 3D printed hip bone

Jun.21, 2017 - A hospital in Amsterdam is making headlines today for being the first institution in the Netherlands to successfully implant a 3D printed hip bone in a patient. Orthopedic surgeon Melinda Witbreuk oversaw the tricky procedure at the OLVG hospital, which facilitated the implant of a 3D printed titanium plate. More

Stratasys 3D printer used to build working prototype of TransRoPorter for German Space Exploration Mission to Mars

Jun.21, 2017 - The German Aerospace Center has used a Stratasys 3D printer to make a prototype of its space exploration robot, the TransRoPorter. This robot will be launched on an unmanned mission to Mars in under five years' time, and extensive testing of the 3D printed prototype is necessary to ensure functionality More

3D printed 'Timekeeper' machine predicts the soundtrack of your future using Spotify data

Jun.21, 2017 - Domestic Data Streamers, Spotify, and Sónar+D have joined forces to create a 3D printed, Minority Report-esque machine that tells you what song you'll listen to at a future moment of your life. 'The Timekeeper' was trialled at last year's Sónar+D technology event in Barcelona, part of the Sónar festival. More

NTU Singapore joins forces with Thai petrochemical giant PTTGC to develop new materials for 3D printing cars

Jun.20, 2017 - Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and Thai petrochemical giant PTT Global Chemical have joined forces to develop advanced 3D printing materials for next-generation vehicles. Their goals include improving fuel efficiency, reducing carbon dioxide emissions, and fostering sustainable growth. More

Is aerospace additive manufacturing ready for takeoff? Examining FAA attitudes towards 3D printing

Jun.20, 2017 - 3D printed aircraft components are regularly in the news, but a recent article in the Wall Street Journal suggests that additive manufacturing is being involuntarily grounded by a cautious Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). So is 3D printing in the aerospace industry ready for takeoff or not? More

Antenna producer Optisys redesigns 100-piece antenna as single 3D printed part

Jun.20, 2017 - Antenna producer Optisys has shown the benefits of 3D printed metal antennas compared to those made by traditional manufacturing. Using additive manufacturing, a previously complex, clunky antenna with a hundred components was re-designed into a single, integrated assembly. More

AbilityMate 3D prints shoes for kids with cerebral palsy

Jun.20, 2017 - AbilityMate is a Sydney-based entrepreneurial group of designers, engineers, and allied health professionals who specialize in 3D printing custom posture and mobility equipment. Locals know the company best for its 3D printed shoes for kids with cerebral palsy, dubbed 'Magic Shoes.' More

3D printing news roundup: Dassault Systèmes working with Airbus on AM production, Parker opens 3D printing facility, more

Jun.20, 2017 - Today's 3D printing news roundup includes the latest from Dassault Systèmes, which is working with Airbus APWorks on additive manufacturing for serial production, as well as news from PyroGenesis, Norsk Titanium, AddUp, and others. More

3D printing news roundup: Norsk Titanium tests part for Thales Alenia Space, NanoSteel introduces steel AM powder, more

Jun.19, 2017 - It's been a busy start to the week in 3D printing, with Norsk Titanium completing testing of a 3D printed component for Thales Alenia Space, NanoSteel launching a 3D printable tool steel powder, and SLM Solutions agreeing a long-term cooperation agreement with a high-profile Italian customer. More

Dutch cyclists to enjoy benefits of 3D printed concrete bridge following TU Eindhoven, BAM collaboration

Jun.19, 2017 - The Technical University in Eindhoven in the Netherlands has started 3D printing an 8 m bicycle bridge in Gemert, near the city of Eindhoven. The university is carrying out the first-of-its-kind concrete 3D printing project with the Royal BAM Group, a Dutch construction company founded in 1869. More

Spanish scientists make advances in 3D printing bone and cartilage tissue

Jun.19, 2017 - A team of researchers from a university in Madrid, working together with the CSIC, has successfully synthesized bone and cartilage tissue for the first time. The bio-printing process makes use of a 3D printed grid, in which human cells are implanted to organically regenerate tissue. More

Gender fluidity meets 3D printing with ingenious motorized bathroom sign

Jun.18, 2017 - A 3D printing hobbyist has posted an Instructable showing how he made a gender-neutral motorized bathroom sign. The sign oscillates every 15 seconds between displaying the traditional Gentlemen and Ladies symbols, hopefully raising awareness of trans issues and the absurdity of gender binaries More

Get your daily cat animation fill with this 3D printed Zoetrope Fidget Spinner

Jun.17, 2017 - The increasingly trendy fidget spinner just got a serious upgrade: San Francisco-based designer and maker Jonathan Odom has created a 3D printed fidget spinner that also doubles as a zoetrope. Users need only peer through the spinning circular toy to glimpse a tiny black cat running at full speed. More

Brazilian architect Guto Requena 3D prints '53 Love Stories Collected' as exquisite mandalas

Jun.17, 2017 - Created specially for the 2014 São Paulo Design Weekend, 'The Love Project' consists of hooking up exhibition visitors to sensors measuring the changes in their heartbeats, brainwaves, and vocal inflections, as they tell a great love story from their own lives. The resulting data is then visualized as 3D printed mandalas. More

3D Printing News ICYMI: EnvisionTEC partners with Ricoh, Desktop Metal gets new reseller, more

Jun.16, 2017 - It's Friday: you've had your bowl, you've had cereal, now it's time to get your 3D printing news roundup. Today sees EnvisionTEC announcing a partnership with Ricoh Japan, Desktop Metal forming an alliance with Fisher Unitech, and more. More

Florida's iDigFossils program uses giant 3D printed shark teeth to get kids into STEM subjects

Jun.16, 2017 - A new educational curriculum known as iDigFossils has reported great success in making STEM subjects more interesting for young people. It makes use of 3D printed replicas of the Florida Museum of National History's fossil collection to encourage a more hands-on approach to learning More

3D Printing News ICYMI: Nano Dimension going into space, GE holds 3D printing workshop in Dubai, more

Jun.15, 2017 - In today's roundup, we have news from 3D printed PCB specialist Nano Dimension, updates on the huge 3D printing effort in Dubai, and a partnership between French ceramic 3D printing pioneer 3DCeram and UK-based additive manufacturing company 3D Matters. More

New research shows 3D printed blood vessels could radically improve root canal treatments

Jun.15, 2017 - A team of researchers led by Professor Luiz Bertassoni has demonstrated a novel method of improving root canal therapy using 3D printed artificial blood vessels. The innovative process could reduce the risk of fragile and brittle teeth after root canal surgery and help patients to keep their teeth fully functioning. More

Boom Supersonic to leverage Stratasys 3D printing tech for development of supersonic aircraft

Jun.15, 2017 - Stratasys has entered into a technical partnership with Boom Supersonic, a Denver-based company that is developing supersonic passenger planes. Stratasys will support Boom Supersonic's production of advanced tooling and production-grade aircraft parts with its FDM 3D printing technology. More

Michelin sees future for airless 3D printed tires

Jun.15, 2017 - French tire manufacturer Michelin has unveiled a concept 3D printed tire that could theoretically last the entire lifespan of a car. The airless tire features a biomimetic structure, and could have its tread re-printed to suit changing weather conditions. More

3D printed device used to test and improve new supercapacitor materials at University of Amsterdam

Jun.14, 2017 - Researchers from the University of Amsterdam have used 3D printing technology in a project concerning supercapacitor materials. Their 3D printed device measured factors affecting the newly invented materials' ability to store charge quickly. More

3D Printing News ICYMI: new BigRep filament, 3D Systems launches medical 3D printing partner scheme, more

Jun.14, 2017 - We're halfway through the week, and here's a quartet of 3D printing stories that will help see you through the day: BigRep launches Pro HS Filament, 3D Systems launches a medical 3D printing partnership scheme, and more. More

TAKT Project wins design award for 3D printed Swarovski crystal vases

Jun.14, 2017 - While most of us associate Swarovski crystals with jewelry and fancy chachkis, the crystal producer is surprisingly forward-thinking. At its Swarovski Designers of the Future awards, the company celebrated innovative uses for its crystals, including 3D printed crystal vases, crystal terrazzo tiles, and even solar cells. More

3D printed tensegrity structures hold promise for in-space construction of antennae and other assemblies

Jun.14, 2017 - Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology have used 3D printing to create objects capable of expanding to much larger sizes. These 3D printed objects could someday be used in applications ranging from space missions to biomedical devices. More

Canoe with 3D printed formwork takes 1st prize for design innovation at Concrete Canoe Regatta

Jun.14, 2017 - A team from ETH Zurich took home first place for Design Innovation at the 26th Concrete Canoe Regatta for its partially 3D printed canoe. Held in Cologne, the biennial event brings together participants from universities all over Europe to see who can design the lightest, fastest, most beautiful, and most innovative concrete canoe. More

Boston, Stanford researchers create cell-infused 3D printed patches for treatment of ischemia

Jun.14, 2017 - Researchers working at Boston University's Biological Design Center have developed a technique for 3D printing cell-infused patches that can be used to grow healthy blood vessels. The 3D printing technique could be used to treat ischemia. More

TORLO: a 3D printed clock with an two-tone minimalist design

Jun.13, 2017 - The TORLO is an aesthetically pleasing, minimalist clock with a 3D printed gear system and scavenged components. Its design, in two-tone red and white, is really something to behold. More

3D Printing News ICYMI: GE unveils digital industry solutions, 3D Systems introduces SPINE Mentor, more

Jun.13, 2017 - Our second roundup of the week sees GE launching new products to advance digital industrial transformation, ProPhotonix delivering laser modules for 3D printing, and 3D Systems introducing a new medical 3D printing solution for spinal procedure training. More

FDA approves iFuse-3D, SI-BONE's first titanium 3D printed sacroiliac joint implant

Jun.13, 2017 - SI-BONE, Inc., a medical device company based in San Jose, California, has received FDA clearance for its iFuse-3D implant, the first titanium 3D printed implant for the sacroiliac (SI) joint. The company also announced the commercial launch of the 3D printed implant across the United States. More

Concept Laser makes accurate 3D printed replica of 2,800-year-old 'Rider of Unlingen'

Jun.13, 2017 - German 3D printing company Concept Laser has made a 3D printed replica of the 'Rider of Unlingen,' a 2,800-year-old bronze figure of a horse rider. The company is publicizing the project to demonstrate how 3D printing makes it possible 'to utilize archeological discoveries in new ways.' More

3D printed Read Read device can make learning Braille easier for visually impaired students

Jun.13, 2017 - A new device on Kickstarter is hoping to make reading Braille more accessible to the visually impaired. Read Read, which was made with the help of 3D printing, could help reduce illiteracy rates in the blind community and increase Braille education. More

UK may offer Open Bionics 3D printed prostheses to children for free

Jun.13, 2017 - The British National Health Service (NHS) may soon provide 3D printed prostheses to children—for free. The 3D printed devices, which are made by prosthetics company Open Bionics, will be the subject of a six-month clinical trial beginning this week. More

New 3D printed screening device shows e-cigarettes wreak as much havoc on your DNA as tobacco cigarettes

Jun.13, 2017 - Researchers at the University of Connecticut are pioneering the use of a new 3D printed testing device that can measure DNA damage. Using their new, low-cost testing device, a team of UConn chemists found that e-cigarettes are potentially as harmful as unfiltered cigarettes in terms of DNA damage. More

Conductive 3D printed nanotubes developed in South Korea could advance wearable technology

Jun.12, 2017 - A team of researchers from South Korea have developed a new way to 3D print microscopic tube structures that are highly conductive. The technology could be used to make very small electrical components, particularly useful for new applications like wearable tech. More

3D Printing News ICYMI: Graphene 3D launches HIPS filament, AstroReality releasing printed AR moon, more

Jun.12, 2017 - It's only the beginning of the week, but we've already compiled a handful of shorter 3D printing stories for you to devour. Graphene 3D has a new 3D printing filament out, 3DX Industries has positive financial news, and could a change at the top at GE affect the company's additive plans? More

3D printed skulls based on MRI scans highlight impact of 3D printing on medical field

Jun.12, 2017 - Designers from the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre (3M BIC) in Huddersfield, England have 3D printed two life-sized skulls based on a fellow colleague's MRI scan. The 3D printed skulls were made using SLS and FDM 3D printing technologies and are meant to demonstrate how additive manufacturing has impacted the medical industry. More

Italian jeweler BMC using EOS-made Cooksongold 3D printer to print with precious metals

Jun.12, 2017 - Cooksongold, the UK's biggest supplier of jewelry-making equipment, has teamed up with Italian jeweler B.M.C. for a jewelry 3D printing partnership. B.M.C. will use Cooksongold's Precious M 080 3D printer to offer a 'complete 3D precious metal service.' More

UCSF researcher says 3D printed bone research could help fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva patients

Jun.12, 2017 - Edward Hsiao, Associate Professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), is using an Organovo 3D printer in an attempt to create 3D printed bone. Hsiao hopes his research could lead to treatments for fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP). More

Artur Dabrowski 3D prints beautiful jewellery inspired by architecture, storytelling and rabbits

Jun.11, 2017 - An online store 'Multiply like Rabbits', set up by designer Artur Dabrowski, shows his incredible 3D printed jewelery. He wants his to work to be capable of telling stories in an open-ended fashion, and he has been inspired by a childhood love of rabbits as well as his architectural background More

Most companies still not taking full advantage of 3D printing, AI and IoT, according to survey of CEOs

Jun.10, 2017 - A survey carried out by Gartner has found that few CEOs think 3D printing and other 'GPT's are improving productivity in their business. The survey recommends detailed analysis of technological impact and a more creative approach to operations. so that the full potential of 3D printing and other breakthroughs can be exploited. More

3D printed Aura Pendant is customized to your love story

Jun.9, 2017 - Brazil-based design firm Estudio Guto Requena has launched a new design app that enables users to transform their love stories into one-of-a-kind 3D printed pendants. More

Bioprinting 3D cell structures in space could advance cancer research

Jun.9, 2017 - Cancer research is being taken to new frontiers thanks to research coming out of BioServe Space Technologies, a research center at the University of Colorado, Boulder. The project, called Magnetic 3D Cell Culturing, uses a bioprinting technique to grow realistically structured cancer cells aboard the ISS. More

Virtual Curation Laboratory in Virginia builds huge catalog of replica 3D printed artefacts

Jun.8, 2017 - A team of archaeology students at the Virginia Commonwealth University has been using 3D printing technology to catalog a huge range of historical artefacts. The Virtual Curation Laboratory scans the artefacts and then creates 3D prints of them, which can then be used for educational or research purposes. More

3D Printing News ICYMI: new EnvisionTEC accessory, Aether plotting new bioprinting inks, more

Jun.8, 2017 - It's election day in the UK, and Comey is giving an earth-shattering statement about President Trump's behind-the-scenes conduct. But when the world gets busy, 3D printing gets busier. Here are some of today's shorter stories, featuring EnvisionTEC, Aether, and the U.S. Marines. More

Canadian startup OLT Footcare offering custom sandals with 3D printed midsoles on Kickstarter

Jun.8, 2017 - OLT Footcare, a startup based in Windsor, Canada, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for its custom-made 3D printed sandals. The company is one of a growing number of footwear brands offering clients an affordable way to get their feet into comfortable, supportive, and tailor-made shoes. More

Chinese doctors use '4D printing' to reconstruct breast of cancer patient

Jun.8, 2017 - Doctors at the Xijing Hospital of the Fourth Military Medical University in Xi'an, Shaanxi province say they have used '4D printing' to reconstruct the breast of a cancer patient. The 3D printed breast implant will biodegrade over time'the fourth dimension'allowing human tissue to replace it. More

3D printed microfluidics project wins 'Print the Future' competition, will be printed aboard ISS

Jun.8, 2017 - A team of undergraduate students from the University of Pennsylvania has been announced as the winner of Enterprise in Space's 'Print the Future' competition for its innovative 3D printed microfluidic modules that can be made aboard the International Space Station (ISS). More

3D Printing News ICYMI: Sigma Labs reaches into Asian market, 3D printed 'ultra-thin' sound diffuser, more

Jun.7, 2017 - In a busy week for the 3D printing industry, here are some quick stories you may have missed: Sigma Labs signs agreements with sales agents in China and South Korea, PyroGenesis takes second order for metal 3D printing powders, and more. More

Korean researchers make '50x cheaper' 3D printed human skin using hybrid printer

Jun.7, 2017 - Researchers from Pohang University of Science and Technology in South Korea have developed an efficient and low-cost method for 3D printing human skin. Their hybrid cell 3D printing system contains both extrusion and inkjet modules. More

Limited edition DS 3 Dark Side car boasts titanium 3D printed parts and 3D skin technology

Jun.7, 2017 - DS Automobiles, a PSA Group luxury car brand, has unveiled its newest vehicle: the DS 3 Dark Side. The limited edition production car, with its subtle curves and dark surface, was designed with the help of two innovative technologies: metal 3D printing and 3D skin technology. More

Optomec and NextFlex sign $3M deal to make 3D printed Flexible Hybrid Electronics mainstream

Jun.7, 2017 - Earlier today, Optomec, the major supplier of 3D printed metals and electronics systems, announced it was awarded a $3 million project from NextFlex, the leading manufacturing institute for Flexible Hybrid Electronics (FHE). Together with Optomec's development partners, the new project will enable the widespread adoption of FHEs. More

ORNL, Momentum Technologies to commercialize first ever 3D printed magnet made from recycled materials

Jun.6, 2017 - Oak Ridge National Laboratory has partnered with Dallas-based startup Momentum Technologies to commercialize its groundbreaking 3D printed magnet technology. According to ORNL, these magnets are suitable for diverse applications in automobiles, wind turbines, motors, generators, and even high speed rail. More

3DTrophyFactory makes 'world's largest' 3D printed trophy for PES League World Finals

Jun.6, 2017 - At this year's PES League World Finals held in Cardiff, England, a 17-year-old Brazilian video gamer by the name of GuiFera was crowned champion and received not only a giant cheque worth $200,000, but also a hefty 3D printed trophy made by 3DTrophyFactory. More

Nike using Prodways’ TPU material to 3D print footwear

Jun.6, 2017 - 3D printing company Prodways Group, a subsidiary of Groupe Gorgé, is developing 3D printed footwear technology that is being used by companies like sportswear giant Nike. Prodways says its 'proven 3D technologies' can produce printed outsoles, midsoles, and insoles to rival traditionally made alternatives. More

Pixsweet lets you make your own 3D printed popsicle from any image you like

Jun.5, 2017 - Pixsweet, a new California-based platform for 3D printed confectionery, is offering customers 3D printed popsicles modelled on any uploaded digital image. The treats are also available in a range of flavors. More

Acclaimed stop-motion short ‘Deer Flower’ explores childhood trauma with 3D printing and paper cutouts

Jun.5, 2017 - Set in the summer of 1992, the spellbinding stop-motion animation 'Deer Flower' incorporates 3D printing, 2D cutouts and handmade drawings to tell the story of a haunting childhood memory: drinking fresh blood from a severed deer antler. For Korean filmmaker Kangmin Kim, this unconventional remedy was a formative childhood experience. More

Experts say 3D printing prowess could be difference between life and death for Mars-bound astronauts

Jun.5, 2017 - A number of medical and aerospace experts have warned that astronauts should brush up on their 3D printing skills'or potentially face death. They say that 3D printed medical devices could be critical as humans attempt the long journey to Mars. More

This 3D printed portable mini PC is the perfect DIY project for 3D printer host control

Jun.4, 2017 - Adafruit has uploaded a new tutorial for 3D printing a portable mini PC. Featuring a 7-inch display and built-in battery, this handy and highly portable gadget works with any HDMI device, making it the perfect setup for 3D printer host control. This 7' Mini PC provides a solid alternative to a Raspberry Pi when running 3D printer interfaces. More

Norfolk Naval Shipyard employees improve work environment with new 3D printed tool

Jun.2, 2017 - The team at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Virginia, part of the U.S Naval Sea Systems Command, has 3D printed a new tool. Making use of the shipyard's rapid prototyping facility, employees designed, tested, and manufactured a Tie Bolt Anti Rotation Tool, which will make their everyday work much easier. More

Daimler Buses says it has 3D printed over 780 customized automobile parts for customers

Jun.2, 2017 - Daimler Buses, a division of German automobile company Daimler AG, is using 3D printing to produce customized, small-batch, and replacement parts for its Mercedes-Benz and Setra buses. The company says 3D printing is more environmentally friendly than other production methods. More

'3D printed milk' causes concern for New Zealand dairy industry, but should it?

Jun.2, 2017 - Over the last couple of days, New Zealand's media has freaked out, for lack of a better term, over the risk posed by 3D printed milk. A recent statement by New Zealand First Leader and Northland MP Rt Hon Winston Peters seeks to assuage these concerns. More

CyBe Construction completes 3D printing of 168 sq m R&Drone Laboratory in Dubai

Jun.2, 2017 - CyBe Construction, a Dutch construction company and concrete 3D printing specialist, has finished 3D printing the 'R&Drone Laboratory,' a drone research laboratory in Dubai. The building is the first laboratory in the world to be 3D printed on site. More

Cirque du Soleil's Kooza costume department uses 3D printing for the first time

Jun.2, 2017 - For over three decades, Cirque du Soleil has wowed audiences around the world with its stunning acrobatics, enchanting themes, and visual feats. Now, for the first time ever, Cirque du Soleil will be featuring 3D printed parts on its intricately designed costumes. More

3D print your own multi-function, all-terrain 'Emme' robot for $25

Jun.1, 2017 - A Kickstarter campaign has been launched for a new robot called Emme, which can be bought fully assembled or 3D printed from modular design files. The robot is particularly useful for photography as it can be taken on any terrain, from land to underwater. More

3D printed syllables helping Houston students learn Spanish

Jun.1, 2017 - An elementary school in Houston has shown how 3D printing can be used as an educational tool, helping kids to learn to speak Spanish through visual aids. Javier Montiel, a bilingual education teacher at the Velasco Elementary School, came up with the clever idea thanks to the school's in-house LulzBot Mini 3D printer. More

Pro surfer Mick Fanning hits the waves on first ever 3D printed surfboard

Jun.1, 2017 - Mick Fanning, the professional Australian surfer also known as 'White Lightning,' recently hit the waves on the first ever 3D printed surfboard. Developed by Red Bull High Performance engineer Brandon Larson, the 3D printed surfboard could mark a significant technological breakthrough in the sport of surfing. More

Dubai woman receives Gulf region's first fully 3D printed prosthetic leg

Jun.1, 2017 - A woman living in Dubai has had a new prosthetic leg fitted, which was made using 3D printing technology. She has used several prosthetics throughout her life, but this latest one is the most advanced—and at a fraction of the cost. It's the first prosthetic of its kind to be fitted in the Gulf region. More

UC San Diego unveils amazing VR tactile glove made using soft robotics and 3D printing

May.31, 2017 - A team of researchers from UC San Diego is using 3D printing and soft robotics to develop smart gloves that give tactile feedback to users from virtual reality environments. Still in their prototyping stage, the innovative robotic gloves have been successfully used to simulate the feeling of playing a virtual piano. More

Australian Department of Defence using 3D printing to repair military aircraft

May.31, 2017 - The Defence Science and Technology Group (DST Group), part of Australia's Department of Defence, is using 3D printing to repair military aircraft. Local businesses and researchers have been involved in developing the 3D printing process. More

Multi-material Stratasys 3D printer used to manufacture NIDEK surgical eye equipment

May.31, 2017 - Additive manufacturing heavyweight Stratasys has announced that its multi-material colour 3D printer, the Stratasys Objet500 Connex3, is now being used by NIDEK Technologies, an Italian producer of surgical eye equipment. More

3D printed food could soon help dysphagia sufferers

May.31, 2017 - Australian researcher Dr. Aarti Tobin, Team Leader for the Meat Science team at the Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Brisbane, Australia, is looking into the medical benefits of 3D printed food for dysphagia sufferers. More

CRP Technology uses SLS 3D printing to create innovative front air inlet for Moto3 customer

May.30, 2017 - CRP has developed a new air inlet for a Moto3 client's racing motorcycle. The part was made using SLS 3D printing technology and CRP's own range of carbon fiber and composite materials, one of which has a flexibility that proved crucial in solving an engineering problem. More

3Dynamic Systems' crosslinking 3D bioprinting method could one day be used to treat Microtia

May.30, 2017 - Researchers from 3Dynamic Systems have developed a 3D bioprinting method that could be used to treat Microtia, a congenital deformity of the external ear. The bioprinting method uses a dual in-situ crosslinking process and polymer bioinks to create high-res tissue structures. More

TU Darmstadt engineers build 3D printed race car for Formula Student 2017

May.30, 2017 - Engineering students from Germany's TU Darmstadt have built an electric race car to compete in the 2017 Formula Student competition. This year's DART race car contains five ultralight 3D printed components, most notably a steering shaft made from a special aluminum alloy that's 50% lighter than last year's model. More

Golden Google? Dutch artist creates gold-plated 3D printed models of 10 most valuable web domains

May.30, 2017 - Dutch artist Jip de Beer is using 3D printing to create 3D printed visual models of web pages. His project, titled Web Spaces, consists of metal-plated 3D printed models that represent the hierarchy of 10 popular website home pages, including those of Google and Facebook. More

Modern Dental to co-manufacture Oventus' 3D printed O2Vent for sleep apnea

May.30, 2017 - Oventus Medical Ltd., an Australian medical device company best known for its 3D printed sleep apnea device, has announced a new manufacturing partnership with Hong Kong based Modern Dental Group. The agreement will see Modern Dental co-manufacture Oventus' O2Vent sleep apnea products. More

KXIV and Adidas collaborate on 3D printed UltraBOOST Nest custom sneakers

May.30, 2017 - Envisioned by architect-turned-designer KXIV, the new Adidas UltraBOOST Nest custom sneaker draws inspiration from the Beijing National Stadium, and features an advanced 3D printed locking system. Made from abrasive-resistant polyurethane, the upper lace layer utilizes two continuous laces which wrap around the entire shoe, and are held in place by an intense baking process set at 300 degrees. More

ISS Bigelow Expandable Activity Module gets 3D printed radiation shields after passing space debris tests

May.29, 2017 - The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), a modular habitat attached to the International Space Station, has passed a first round of tests concerning its resistance to space debris. 3D printed radiation shields will now be added to the module for extra protection against cosmic rays. More

IIT Delhi's 3D bioprinted knee cartilage is India's first lab-grown printed tissue

May.29, 2017 - A team of scientists from the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi has made a breakthrough in the development of 3D bioprinted cartilage. The research team, led by Professor Sourabh Ghosh from the Department of Textile Technology at IIT, has successfully developed a bioink that can be used to print structures like the cartilage found in human knees. More

3D printed conch shells could be basis of stronger helmets & body armor, MIT study finds

May.29, 2017 - Researchers at MIT have taken a close look at conch shells to discover how they are so resistant to impact, recreating the complex organic structures using a 3D printer. The researchers say that artificial conch-like structures could be used to create stronger helmets and body armor. More

Volkswagen launches pilot project for 3D printing spare parts

May.28, 2017 - In an attempt to broaden their 3D printing applications beyond prototyping an equipment construction, the Volkswagen Group has announced a new pilot project in collaboration with the Department of Development and Technological Planning at Volkswagen AG: the goal is to produce the first sellable spare Volkswagen part exclusively using 3D printing. More

Gamer 3D prints replica of laser pistol from Fallout 3, complete with storage case and extra energy cells

May.27, 2017 - A 3D printing enthusiast and gamer has made an accurate replica of the laser pistol from Fallout 3. Andrew Sink's Youtube channel shows several examples of other 3D printed props from various games and movies and his latest work, based on a model from Thingiverse, is one of the most impressive yet. More

Polish design studio Pillcrow uses 3D printing to create nearly 100 new fonts in an hour

May.26, 2017 - Maciej Kodzis and Grzegorz Owczarek, of Polish design studio Pillcrow, have been helping budding designers create new fonts with the help of 3D printed guides. The duo used a ZMorph 3D printer to make 3D printed grips for their typographical tools. More

MIT researchers 3D print shape-shifting noodles in bizarre culinary research project

May.26, 2017 - Researchers at MIT's Tangible Media Group have devised a method for 3D printing food that changes shape before you eat it. They say the weird shape-shifting food is also easier to store and transport. More

3D printed ‘Cycloptic Mustard Monster’ combines best elements of 3 high-end cameras

May.26, 2017 - A photographer has successfully built his own wide-format camera using 3D printing technology. Unable to afford the $5,000 price tag for the technology that he wanted, Paul Kohlhaussen reverse engineered 3 high-end cameras and made a CAD model bringing together their best features. More

Thero: a 3D printed desktop device that lets you manage online encryption and privacy

May.25, 2017 - Spanish designers Roman Torre and Angeles Angulo have 3D printed a prototype of an innovative new product called Thero. The small device, equipped with a Raspberry Pi 3, allows users to easily control their encryption status online. More

3D printed finger helps British teen take exams following grisly cycling accident

May.25, 2017 - A British teen who almost died in a freak cycling accident is using a 3D printed plastic finger to get through his GCSEs. Oliver Smith, 15, severed a main artery and two nerves, causing him to lose most function in his right arm. More

Living cells allow MIT's spectacular 'bioLogic' workout gear to breathe, glow, and even deodorize

May.25, 2017 - MIT researchers have used a novel cell printing method to design breathable workout garments with ventilating flaps that move as the wearer's body produces heat and sweat. The project, called 'bioLogic,' integrates moisture-sensitive microbial cells in the garment's material. More

3D printed model of Samsung Galaxy Note 8 gives Android fans a taste of what's to come

May.23, 2017 - An unofficial 3D printed mockup of the latest Samsung flagship portable device, the Galaxy Note 8, has been posted online. A video on a microblogging site shows one Android lover's attempt to create the new phablet, which will boast a dual primary camera. More

European Space Agency begins testing 3D printed PEEK CubeSats

May.23, 2017 - The European Space Agency has launched a new initiative 3D printing CubeSat bodies in hard, electrically conductive plastic. With the first test run underway, ESA aims to get these 3D printed miniature satellites ready for future use, complete with internal electrical lines. Instruments, circuit boards, and solar panels would simply need to be slotted in. More

C919, first China-built commercial airliner with 3D printed parts, takes maiden flight

May.23, 2017 - In a momentous occasion for East Asian 3D printing, the first Chinese-built commercial airliner with 3D printed parts took its maiden flight on May 5, 2017. The C919 was developed by COMAC, and features 3D printed titanium alloys. More

Thai designer Anon Pairot uses 3D printed concrete to create evocative garden furniture collection

May.23, 2017 - Thai artist and designer Anon Pairot has designed an outdoor terrace consisting of 3D printed concrete furniture and decorations. Thailand's Siam Cement Group provided its 3D printable SCG cement formula for the project. More

Swedish police uncover 3D printed handguns in Malmo

May.22, 2017 - Swedish police are seeing an increase in 3D printed hand guns, with a recent spike in the city of Malmo. On two separate occasions in the past year, local authorities have seized 3D printed handguns in the Scania capital. One incident saw a gun uncovered during a city-wide criminal sweep, while the second was found in a Malmo parking garage. More

EDA’s new tactical airlift center in Spain to explore 3D printing for defense operations

May.22, 2017 - The European Defense Agency is set to establish a new tactical airlift center in Zaragoza, Spain. In the run-up to its opening, a multinational training course will be carried out that will demonstrate the benefits of 3D printing in operations, and test the feasibility of its application. More

Air Force says next 'Mother of All Bombs' could be 3D printed

May.22, 2017 - Engineers at the Air Force Research Laboratory are using 3D printing to develop what could be the next 'Mother of All Bombs.' They say a 3D printed casing for the weapon could produce a larger blast with less debris. More

Giuseppe Finizia unveils latest update for 3D printed PCB workstation with low-cost needle probes

May.21, 2017 - Giuseppe Finizia, the Italian maker who brought us an innovative 3D printed PCB workstation with articulated arms, has just posted an updated version of his design. The new 3D files for the project'which is called PCB Workstation with Needle Probes'are available on his Thingiverse page. More

3D printed UNYQ Align back brace to be displayed at Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum

May.19, 2017 - 3D printed prosthetics company UNYQ will soon have its 3D printed Align scoliosis brace on permanent display at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, where it will stand alongside other innovative and historic pieces of architecture, sculpture, painting, costume, and design. More

Dublin's new Irish Manufacturing Research center opens up 40 jobs in 3D printing, robotics, more

May.19, 2017 - Around 40 new technology jobs, including positions related to additive manufacturing, are to open up in Dublin, where a €15 million advanced manufacturing center has just opened. Irish Manufacturing Research will create roles in robotics, mathematics, 3D printing, and other areas. More

Listen to ViolinoDigitale, a 3D printed replica of a Stradivarius violin made with wood filament

May.19, 2017 - Harris Matzaridis of ViolinoDigitale has unveiled an incredible 3D printed violin that quite literally brings music to our ears. The project, which took over two years to complete, was realized through a combination of 3D printing and more traditional luthier handcrafting techniques. More

Use 3D printing to customize your new favorite musical instrument: the Hyve Touch Synth

May.18, 2017 - A Kickstarter campaign has been successfully completed for a new, easy-to-use musical instrument, the Hyve Touch Synth. The miniature synthesizer was designed to be hackable and customizable, and users have the option to 3D print their own back for it using one of the free designs that are available. More

Impressive 3D printed replica of antique rifle to go on display at Polish National Museum

May.17, 2017 - The Polish National Museum in Poznan has reached out to 3D printing agency Get Models Now to faithfully replicate an antique rifle that it is exhibiting. The model will be interactive, allowing visitors to get a feel for what the rifle is like to hold, without causing any damage to the incredibly valuable and fragile original. More

3D printing company RCS2 preserving Sri Lanka's cultural heritage with drones and 3D scanning

May.17, 2017 - RCS2, a 3D printing company based in Sri Lanka, has teamed up with Sri Lanka's University of Moratuwa and Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) to 3D scan a number Sri Lankan cultural heritage sites using LIDAR-equipped drones. More

UCSD's 3D printed soft robot could carry out search & rescue missions over rough terrain

May.17, 2017 - Engineers at the University of California San Diego have used 3D printing to make a soft robot that can walk on rough surfaces such as sand. The 3D printed robot could be used to capture sensor readings in dangerous environments or for search and rescue missions. More

Infertile mice successfully give birth after receiving 3D bioprinted ovary implant

May.17, 2017 - A team of researchers from Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine and the McCormick School of Engineering has implanted 3D bioprinted prosthetic ovaries into a number of infertile mice. Amazingly, the mice have now given birth to healthy litters. More

Damen Shipyards Group to develop WAAMpeller, world's first class approved 3D printed ship's propeller

May.17, 2017 - Earlier today, Damen Shipyards Group recently announced its newest venture: the development of a 3D printed, class approved propellor for its Damen Stan Tug 1606 model. The first class approved 3D printed ship propellor in the world, the WAAMpeller (as it's been dubbed) is the outcome of a new partnership between Damen, RAMLAB, Promarin, Autodesk and Bureau Veritas (BV). More

Thales Alenia Space to send largest 3D printed satellite parts yet into orbit

May.16, 2017 - Thales Alenia Space has been building 3D printed parts for satellites for a range of different applications, and it is soon to send its largest parts yet. Following on from a huge range of metallic and polymer satellite components that it successfully launched, the next parts will be 2 huge antenna supports for a telecommunications satellite. More

Aerojet Rocketdyne successfully tests 3D printed Bantam rocket with 30,000 lbf thrust

May.16, 2017 - Aerojet Rocketdyne, a California-based rocket and missile propulsion manufacturer, has successfully hot-fire tested a 30,000 lbf thrust-class Bantam liquid-fueled rocket that was manufactured using 3D printing technology. More

German rail operator DB expands use of 3D printing

May.15, 2017 - The German rail operator Deutsche Bahn (DB) is ramping up its use of 3D printing in manufacturing train parts. According to company representatives, 15,000 3D printed components will be manufactured by the end of 2018. More

UK-based Sutrue develops new suturing and heart stabilizing tools using Concept Laser 3D printing tech

May.15, 2017 - Sutrue, a UK-based medical technology company, has been using metal 3D printing technology to develop tools aimed at radically improving surgical procedures. The company used German company Concept Laser’s MLab Cusing additive manufacturing system to create a suturing tool and a cardiac stabilizer. More

WinSun founder says company could 3D print Trump's wall for 60% of projected cost

May.15, 2017 - WinSun founder Ma Yihe has been quoted as saying his company could build Donald Trump's infamous border wall both cheaply and quickly using its construction 3D printing technology. Whether he was making a serious proposition or not, it's clear that Ma Yihe thinks his company's 3D printing tech would be up to the task. More

3D printed carbon fiber helps 18-year-old Indian student make lightest satellite ever

May.15, 2017 - An 18-year-old student from Tamil Nadu in India has used 3D printing to create what could be the world's lightest satellite. The 3D printed carbon fiber device weighs just 64 grams, and will be launched on a NASA sounding rocket on June 21. More

Researchers recreate popular Utah climbing route using 3D modeling and 3D printing

May.15, 2017 - An assistant professor from the University of Utah has put his 3D design and printing chops towards a particularly ambitious project: recreating a full-scale replica of a popular outdoor climbing route. The project has involved 3D scanning, extensive 3D modeling, and 3D printing. More

3D printed airplane engine unveiled at Romanian university

May.14, 2017 - Valentin Stamate, a leading researcher at the Transilvania University in Brasov, Romania, has officially unveiled his latest innovation: a 3D printed two-stroke airplane engine prototype. The first two-stroke engine to be almost entirely 3D printed, Stamate's work constitutes a landmark in what can be achieved by additive manufacturing in the aerospace industry. More

Olivier van Herpt teams with Fashion label COS for limited-edition 3D printed clay vases

May.13, 2017 - Fashion label COS and Dutch designer Olivier van Herpt have teamed up on a new collection of 3D printed clay vases. Set to be released in a limited number of COS stores, the innovative new designs were largely inspired by the label's Spring and Summer collection. More

LittleBot: Slant Robotics' 3D printed STEM learning tool for kids hits Kickstarter

May.12, 2017 - Slant Robotics has launched a Kickstarter campaign for its latest toy: a 3D printed Arduino robot geared towards promoting STEM education. Called LittleBot, the cute 3D printed device is focused on teaching kids engineering, programming, and robotics. More

Local Motors' Knoxville facility 3D prints first self-driving Olli shuttle bus

May.11, 2017 - Local Motors, the maker of the world's first road-ready 3D printed car, has successfully 3D printed the first self-driving shuttle, Olli, at its Knoxville, Tennessee micro-factory. More

Oily microgels key to Florida researchers' new 3D printed silicone medical devices

May.11, 2017 - Researchers at the University of Florida have developed a new silicone microgel 3D printing method that could result in much-improved medical devices such as implantable bands, balloons, soft catheters, slings, and meshes. More

Polly wants a prosthesis: parrot getting 3D printed foot following vicious fox attack

May.11, 2017 - A parrot named Pete is being fitted with a 3D printed prosthetic foot after losing his natural one in a nasty fox attack. The procedure is being orchestrated by Dr. Jonathan Wood, Staff Veterinarian in Neurology and Neurosurgery at the University of Pennsylvania's Ryan Hospital in Philadelphia. More

Livrea and Autodesk collaborate on fully 3D printed racing yacht

May.10, 2017 - Italian boat building company Livrea is developing a fully 3D printed racing yacht in collaboration with Autodesk. The two companies have just completed their largest component yet, which will be on display this week in Hannover. More

Peak Sport unveils 'Future,' China's first commercial 3D printed sneaker

May.10, 2017 - Chinese sportswear equipment company Peak Sport has launched its very first pair of commercial 3D printed sneakers, called Future. Not only are the 3D printed kicks a first for the company, but the 1299 CNY ($188 USD) shoes are the first 3D printed running shoes to hit the Chinese market. More

Electrick: a low-cost technique for turning 3D printed objects into touch-sensitive devices

May.10, 2017 - Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed Electrick, a new sensing technology that brings touch input to a huge range of surfaces and objects using electric field tomography. Users can use Electrick to add touch sensors to 3D printed objects. More

Minnesota researchers looking to create bionic humans by 3D printing sensors directly onto fingertips

May.8, 2017 - Researchers at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis have developed a silicone pressure sensor that can be 3D printed directly on your hand. In the future, the device could be used to enhance one's sense of touch. More

Aerojet Rocketdyne conducts hot-fire tests on 3D printed AR1 preburner, keeps up pressure on Blue Origin

May.8, 2017 - Aerojet Rocketdyne has conducted hot-fire tests on the preburner for its AR1 rocket engine, designed to replace the Russian-made RD-180 engine. The company says the engine, built using 3D printing technology, is on track for flight readiness in 2019. More

UK's largest 3D printed master plan showcases East London's 10,800-home Barking Riverside development

May.8, 2017 - Hobs Studio, a UK-based company that provides 3D solutions for clients in architecture, engineering, and construction, has created a huge SLA 3D printed model of a planned housing development in East London. The Barking Riverside mock-up becomes the UK's largest 3D printed master plan model. More

Mind-bending 3D printed grotto, made from 7 tons of sandstone, premieres at Centre Pompidou

May.8, 2017 - Architects Benjamin Dillenburger and Michael Hansmeyer, who brought us the Arabesque Wall, have 3D printed a highly intricate grotto from seven tons of sandstone. Commissioned by the Centre Pompidou in Paris, 'Digital Grotesque II' stands as the stunning centrepiece of the new 'Imprimer le monde' exhibition, where it premiered last month. More

3D Printing News ICYMI: First 3D printed home, 3D Systems, Konica Minolta, Tripodmaker’s 3D printed rocket, NTU, more

May.6, 2017 - Lots of news in the 3D printing world recently, as America's first 3D printed home won a Design Award and 3D Systems released their financial results for the first quarter of 2017. Here's a round-up of those and other stories that you might have missed. More

Redesign Sport uses 3D scanning for reverse engineering of 1952 Ferrari

May.5, 2017 - Not just any restorer, Dafyd Richards and his bespoke RSL studio have been breathing new life into historic and discontinued vehicles that would otherwise be relegated to collections and museums, where they would remain unused. Richards' secret? As the RSL founder will readily tell you, 3D scanning technology has proved unprecedentedly key to his work. More

Japan preserves Buddhist statues and cultural artifacts with 3D scanning and 3D printing

May.5, 2017 - In Japan, researchers from Chiba University have been using 3D scanning to capture 3D models of Buddhist statues and other cultural artifacts. The effort, which is being done primarily to preserve the objects in case of deterioration or theft, is also serving a touristic purpose. More

Duke undergrads work with doctors to 3D print titanium biomedical devices

May.5, 2017 - Two groups of undergraduate students from Duke University have been given the chance to explore the benefits of metal 3D printing through the creation of biomedical devices. Working closely with doctors and professionals, the teams have created a titanium vertebrae spacer and titanium scaffolds. More

Trend Micro hacks drone-making robotic 3D printer to demonstrate security risks

May.4, 2017 - A recent demonstration by Trend Micro showed how easy it can be to hack industrial processes. It showed that a robotic arm used to design a 3D printed rotor for a drone was vulnerable to remote attacks, changing its function with potentially dangerous consequences. More

ESA researchers are 3D printing Moon habitat bricks using concentrated sunlight

May.4, 2017 - European Space Agency (ESA) researchers at the DLR German Aerospace Center facility in Cologne have used concentrated sunlight to 3D print bricks made of simulated moondust. They say that astronauts could use the same technique to print settlements on the Moon. More

Vector successfully tests Vector-R launch vehicle with 3D printed injector component

May.4, 2017 - Vector, a Tucson, Arizona-based space startup, has successfully launched a prototype of its Vector-R launch vehicle, which features 3D printed parts. The test was completed on May 3 near Mohave, California. More

3D printed tactile chess set helps visually impaired children in Argentina learn the game

May.3, 2017 - A group of innovative young people from Argentina have designed and 3D printed a chess board that is catered to people with visual impairments. The tactile 3D printed chess set, which has braille embedded on its board and pieces, has been given to the Elizalde Institute for the blind. More

3D Printing News ICYMI: Rebranding for Arcam, EOS joins 3MF Consortium, more

May.2, 2017 - There were several 3D printing developments that may have passed you by this week, including a technological partnership between Russia and Germany, and a rebranding for Swedish manufacturer Arcam. Here's a roundup of these and other stories. More

3D printed replica of destroyed Palmyra Tetrapylon showcased at Creative Commons Summit

May.2, 2017 - A two-meter-tall 3D printed replica of Palmyra's Tetrapylon structure made by #NEWPALMYRA was recently unveiled at the Creative Commons Summit, which took place from April 28-30 in downtown Toronto. More

Sea turtle that survived shark attack could swim again with 3D printed prosthetic flipper

May.2, 2017 - Sally, a Loggerhead turtle that was found off of Ireland's Atlantic coast with a missing flipper caused by a shark bite, could soon be swimming again thanks to the dedication of a team from the Dingle Ocean World Aquarium and 3D printing. The team plans to 3D print a titanium and polymer flipper prosthetic for the turtle. More

CAPTIVE: a 3D printed 6DoF controller that can manipulate virtual 3D objects 2x faster than competing tech

May.2, 2017 - Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a user-friendly 3D printed 6DoF controller called CAPTIVE that can be used to manipulate virtual 3D objects in a computer program. The device allows users to manipulate objects with less lag time than existing technology. More

Swedish researchers create 3D bioprinted human cartilage without animal testing

May.2, 2017 - Researchers at Sahlgrenska Academy and the Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden have used 3D bioprinting to create human cartilage in a test tube'without the use of animal testing. They say that the 3D bioprinted structures look 'extremely similar' to human cartilage. More

‘The Drop’ to become New Zealand’s first 3D printed electric car

May.1, 2017 - New Zealand is about to get its first ever 3D printed electric car. Currently in development by Ira Munn, an entrepreneur working out of local tech charity Accelerating Aotearoa, 'The Drop' is a three wheeled electric car designed for commuters. The vehicle will be motorway legal and have a battery range of up to 300 kilometres. More

‘The Drop’ to become New Zealand’s first 3D printed electric car

May.1, 2017 - New Zealand is about to get its first ever 3D printed electric car. Currently in development by Ira Munn, an entrepreneur working out of local tech charity Accelerating Aotearoa, 'The Drop' is a three wheeled electric car designed for commuters. The vehicle will be motorway legal and have a battery range of up to 300 kilometres. More

Stratasys 3D printing tech makes Podfo foot orthotics tougher & lighter

May.1, 2017 - Stratasys Direct Manufacturing is collaborating with Peacocks Medical Group, a leading medical equipment supplier and creator of Podfo orthotics, for the large-scale production of 3D printed orthotics that can reduce pain and improve mobility. More

Organovo & UVA to explore 3D bioprinted tissues for volumetric muscle loss treatments

May.1, 2017 - 3D bioprinting company Organovo Holdings, Inc. has announced a new collaboration with the University of Virginia through which it will seek to develop 3D bioprinted tissues for treating volumetric muscle loss (VML) injuries. More

New videos from acclaimed Dutch animation studio Job, Joris & Marieke feature 3D printed models in action

May.1, 2017 - Dutch animation studio Job, Joris & Marieke who you might know from their Oscar-nominated short film A Single Life has released a new series of looped videos featuring 3D printed models. Created for 'Go Home' and 'Easy Way Out,' the new songs from Dutch pop band Happy Camper, the clever stop motion loops are full of character and symbolism. More

Watch Thai artist's 3D printed zoetrope 'Pieces of Happiness' come to life

May.1, 2017 - Thai artist O Witaya Junma has created a dizzying 3D printed zoetrope, serving as a postmodern homage to the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Housed in Bangkok's new maker hotspot FabCafe, 'Pieces of Happiness' cleverly presents a digital re-incarnation of the zoetrope, but with a decidedly 3D printed flair. More

This cute 3D printed dancing teapot could be your new best friend

Apr.30, 2017 - For anyone who's ever watched Beauty and the Beast and longed for some dancing kitchenware of their own, now's your chance to make that dream a reality. A French computer scientist named Paul-Louis Ageneau has created a 3D printed dancing teapot. Full of personality and quirky dance moves, the teapot's entire set of instructions are available for download on Ageneau's GitHub page. More

Neri Oxman's 3D printed glass steals the show at Milan Design Week 2017

Apr.30, 2017 - This year's Milan Design Week placed 3D printing front and centre. While several pieces on display incorporated 3D printing, the work everyone's talking about is by avant-garde designer and 3D printing pioneer Neri Oxman. 'YET' is the title of Oxman's surreal installation, which combines 3D printed glass with architectural light patterns to create an immersive pavilion unlike anything you've ever seen before. More

3D Printing News ICYMI: 3D Systems, 3DExperience Center, 333D shares rise, 3D printed guns, more

Apr.29, 2017 - Here's a roundup of some stories that may have passed you by recently. Another busy week in the non-stop world of 3D printing technology has seen a new 3D printing research center being set up for Airbus in Wichita, an Australian lobby group responding to the rising threat of 3D printed guns, and much more besides More

Boston University students take on 3D bioprinted pancreas research for type 1 diabetes

Apr.28, 2017 - A team of student researchers from Boston University, including biomedical engineering student Thomas Hays, has been working on a way to 3D bioprint an artificial pancreas out of stem cells. More

Georgia Tech's swinging 3D printed Tarzan robot could help farmers monitor crops

Apr.28, 2017 - Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology have used 3D printing to create a Tarzan-inspired swinging robot. The unusual bot uses 3D printed claws to swing itself along the length of a wire, and could be used by farmers to monitor crops. More

McKinsey's Digital Capability Center opened in Beijing to keep China up-to-date with 3D printing and Industry 4.0

Apr.28, 2017 - McKinsey has established a new Digital Capability Center in Beijing, in collaboration with a local university. After a report indicated a lack of readiness for Industry 4.0 in the country, research into the latest technological developments such as 3D printing and artificial intelligence is planned, in order to keep China's manufacturing industry competitive. More

Swiss scientists combine 3D printing and electroplating to create molecular beam-splitter

Apr.28, 2017 - A team of scientists from the Ecole polytechnique federale de Lausanne (EPFL) has developed a novel device that combines 3D printing and electroplating to split beams of molecules. The device uses high-voltage electrodes to control the motion of the molecules inside a vacuum. More

UK couple seeks 3D printed prosthesis for adopted dog who was shot and brutalized

Apr.28, 2017 - The owners of a dog who was found bleeding to death after being shot several times in Hammamet, Tunisia are asking the 3D printing community to help give their pup a second chance at life with the help of 3D printed prosthetics. More

MIT Rocket Team successfully tests nylon 3D printed rocket motor

Apr.27, 2017 - The MIT Rocket Team, an independent student group focused on rocket-related projects, has successfully tested a fully 3D printed rocket motor. The motor was 3D printed in nylon using a Markforged Mark Two 3D printer before being tested twice on April 21. More

UK hospital saves £20,000 per surgery with the help of Stratasys 3D printing technology

Apr.27, 2017 - Stratasys has released details of the benefits that its 3D printing technology is bringing to one hospital in Birmingham, UK. Queen Elizabeth Hospital uses an Objet Eden 350V 3D printer to make facial prosthetics, plates, and pre-surgical guides, mostly for maxillofacial procedures. More

Inspiring 10-year-old girl plays violin with help of a 3D printed prosthetic arm

Apr.27, 2017 - A group of students from George Mason University in Virginia have given 10-year-old Isabella Nicola Cabrera a chance at realizing her dream of becoming a violinist with the help of a specially designed 3D printed prosthetic. More

3D WASH: empowering developing communities with solar-powered 3D printing & recycled plastic

Apr.27, 2017 - Researchers from the Deakin University School of Engineering in Australia are developing a solar-powered 3D printing system that could be used in developing regions to additively manufacture plumbing and sanitation supplies out of plastic waste. More

3D printed liver tissue helps University of Tokyo researchers test new drugs

Apr.27, 2017 - Researchers in Japan have used 3D bioprinting methods to create replica liver tissue. This model is the first of its kind to maintain metabolic functions over a long period of time, and it can be used to simulate diseases and test various new drugs for enzyme production. More

Siemens joins Adidas SPEEDFACTORIES project for custom 3D printed sportswear

Apr.26, 2017 - Sportswear giant Adidas is collaborating with manufacturing and technology company Siemens to improve the Adidas SPEEDFACTORY, a new production system that makes use of 3D printing and other modern technologies to produce high-quality sporting goods. More

Port of Rotterdam's RAMLAB unveils its first 3D printed ship component in partnership with Autodesk

Apr.26, 2017 - The Port of Rotterdam's Additive Manufacturing Fieldlab (RAMLAB) has successfully produced its first 3D printed pilot component'a ship's propeller'in partnership with Autodesk. The RAMLAB was established just over a year ago and has been pioneering the use of 3D printing in the maritime industry. More

Zeus the whippet learns to walk with 3D printed prosthetic paw

Apr.25, 2017 - A plastic 3D printed prosthetic paw has been made for a proud puppy after the original was lost in a fight. Brazillian veterinary surgeons took a CT scan of Zeus the whippet's remanining legs, and were able to 3D print a replica paw that will allow the dog to walk a lot more comfortably. More

New TrussFab software uses 3D printing to make boats, furniture & buildings out of plastic bottles

Apr.25, 2017 - Researchers at the Hasso Plattner Institute in Germany have created TrussFab, a new piece of software that turns digital 3D models into structures made from ordinary plastic bottles and 3D printed trusses. More

3D printing and Hollywood special effects help realize ultra-realistic neurosurgical training model

Apr.25, 2017 - An interdisciplinary team of neurosurgeons, simulation engineers, and special effects experts have created a 3D printed neurosurgical model that looks and feels like a real human. The 3D printed model combines special effects materials and 3D printed parts. More

Apple hires Steven Keating, MIT grad who 3D printed his own brain tumour

Apr.25, 2017 - Apple has hired Steven Keating, the MIT student who 3D printed his own brain tumor. Back in 2015, Keating made headlines with his innovative, data-centric approach to studying his cancer. The researcher gathered around 75 GB of information on his condition, which he leveraged to create digital and 3D printed models of his tumor, brain, and surgically-repaired skull. More

Stratasys 3D printer helps Siemens Mobility go full steam ahead with low-volume production of rail parts

Apr.24, 2017 - The Mobility Division of global engineering and technology company Siemens has announced it is using Stratasys FDM 3D printers to fabricate low-volume production parts for rail companies, including Stadtwerke Ulm/Neu Ulm (SWU) Verkehr GmbH, a German transport services provider. More

20-year-old receives 3D printed skull implant after removal of extremely rare tumor

Apr.24, 2017 - Tiffany Cullern, a 20-year-old from Swindon, Wiltshire in the U.K., has had her skull rebuilt thanks to a 3D printed skull implant. The young woman had been suffering from an incredibly rare tumor, about the size of a golf ball, that was growing on her brain. More

3D printed beekeeping device keeps out parasites, could send Spanish student scientists to Sydney

Apr.23, 2017 - A team of Spanish students aged between 14 and 16 is looking to raise '5,000 to take its 3D printed beekeeping solution to the FIRST LEGO League Asia Pacific Open in Sydney, Australia. The Valencia-based team, named 'Invictus Lego,' has created a 3D printed anti-parasite tool for beehives. More

Mat Collishaw's bew room-sized 3D printed zoetrope blends 19th-century ideas with 21st-century tech

Apr.22, 2017 - Renowned UK artist Mat Collishaw is broadening his horizons with a new 3D printed zoetrope. 'The Centrifugal Soul' is a room-size piece covered in 3D printed birds and flowers, currently on display at Blain|Southern in London. Cut into 18 frames and spinning at 60 rotations per minute, the one-second loop appears to come magically to life. More

Adafruit 3D prints amazing flexible Lego strips that stick to any glass surface

Apr.22, 2017 - Adafuit has used 3D printing to make bases for building with Lego bricks. The flexible strips are printed using heated Ninjaflex filament, which gives them a smooth bottom that will cling tightly to glass surfaces, and the upper part of the strip allows for strong connection to any type of Lego brick More

Korean government to incentivize 3D printing, robotics, AI in healthcare

Apr.21, 2017 - The South Korean government has announced the establishment of a new evaluations system for the use of medical devices. It is taking measures to ensure that newer, innovative technologies like 3D printing or robotics will be particularly incentivized. More

3D printing could help 27-year-old Chinese woman grow a new face

Apr.21, 2017 - A 27-year-old woman from Shanghai is set to undergo a one-year facial reconstruction process after losing much of her face to infection as a child, according to sources in China. 3D printing will be used to create guides for the new facial features. More

3D printed Cora Ball aims to stop water pollution caused by laundry microfibers

Apr.21, 2017 - The Rozalia Project has launched a Kickstarter campaign for a remarkably simple product that could have a real impact on the state of our oceans. Made with the help of 3D printing, the Cora Ball is designed to catch microfibers that are shed from our clothes in the washing machine. More

Johnson and Johnson introduces new surgical tools including 3D printed bone technology from TRS

Apr.20, 2017 - De Puy Synthes, which is part of the Johnson and Johnson family, has acquired 3D printed bone technology from Tissue Regeneration Systems. This will complement of a new range of medical devices and solutions that Johnson and Johnson will be introducing to the market, including surgical guides and implants. More

MAN Diesel & Turbo 3D prints serial production gas turbine components

Apr.20, 2017 - German engine provider MAN Diesel & Turbo has announced it is now 3D printing metal components for its gas turbines. The company claims it is the first manufacturer in the world to integrate metal 3D printed parts 'not only for test runs, but also for serial production.' More

This stunning stained glass window was made using 3D printing technology

Apr.20, 2017 - Last year, Toronto-based 3D printing and rapid prototyping service Custom Prototypes amazed us with a stunning 3D printed replica of Vincent van Gogh's The Starry Night. Now, it has come through yet again with an equally impressive artistic project: a 3D printed, 100% plastic stained glass window. More

Renault's RS 2027 Vision F1 concept car has a 3D printed cockpit

Apr.20, 2017 - French automaker Renault has used this week's Auto Shanghai event in China to showcase the R.S. 2027 Vision, a concept for a future Formula 1 car. The entire cockpit of the car is 3D printed. More

Oracle uses Carbon's CLIP technology to 3D print thousands of end-use server brackets in days

Apr.20, 2017 - Oracle Labs, the R&D unit of computer tech corporation Oracle, has enlisted the help of 3D printing company Carbon to help it design and 3D print a high volume of an end-use bracket for its new research server. According to Oracle, only Carbon's CLIP technology was suited for the task. More

Gulliver's Gate: a mini 3D printed world opens in NYC Times Square

Apr.19, 2017 - On May 9, New York City's Times Square will officially open the doors of its newest attraction. Called Gulliver's Gate, the new exhibition consists of a $40 million miniature model of many of the world's landmarks and countries. The amazing model combines traditional model making with technologies such as 3D printing. More

MUSC researchers 3D print model of intracranial artery to standardize vessel-wall MRI scans

Apr.19, 2017 - Medical researchers have 3D printed a highly accurate replica of an intracranial artery. This 'phantom' model can help to standardize global protocols for high-resolution MRI scanning, which will further research and treatment of ICAD, the leading cause of strokes worldwide. More

NASA develops 3D printed 'space fabrics' for spacesuits, shields, more

Apr.19, 2017 - NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has unveiled its latest 3D printing development: metallic 'space fabrics.' The 3D printed metal fabrics, which are strong, foldable, reflective, and highly heat resistant, could be used to create astronaut spacesuits or shields and insulation for spacecraft. More

Etihad & Diehl Aerosystems cut costs by 30% with serial-produced 3D printed cabin part

Apr.19, 2017 - Etihad Airways Engineering has signed an agreement with Diehl Aerosystems to design, manufacture, and install an inflight entertainment (IFE) cover plate, its first serial-produced 3D printed plastic part for an aircraft cabin. More

Polish students design eco-friendly 3D printed shoes & customization app

Apr.19, 2017 - Two design students from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw have designed and crafted a line of customizable 3D printed shoes. The shoes, which are made from eco-friendly materials and can be customized by the wearer through an app, were prototyped and 3D printed using ZMorph's Multitool 3D printer. More

Solar Turbines improves 3D printed gas turbines with Sigma Labs quality assurance software

Apr.19, 2017 - 3D printing just got a little greener upon the signing of a new contract between Sigma Labs and California turbine producer Solar Turbines. The deal will see Sigma Labs, a leading player in 3D printing quality assurance software under the PrintRite3D brand, help in the production of Solar Turbines' gas turbines. More

Giant 3D printed '(Ultra) Light Network' installation dazzles iLight festival-goers in Singapore

Apr.18, 2017 - Felix Raspall and Carlos Banon, architecture professors from the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), have premiered a new 3D printed light installation at the iLight Marina Bay festival in Singapore. Spanning 10 meters, '(Ultra) Light Network' stands as a tetrahedral mesh sculpture unlike any architecture you've ever seen before. More

3D printed vagina artist Megumi Igarashi fined ¥400K after ‘obscenity’ charges upheld by Tokyo High Court

Apr.18, 2017 - The case of Japanese artist Megumi Igarashi, aka Rokdenashi-ko (Good-for-nothing-girl), has had a recent update as the Tokyo High Court upheld a lower court's decision to charge her with obscenity for the distribution of 3D scanned models of her vagina. The controversial artist has been ordered to pay a fine of ¥400K. More

GE Healthcare could soon turn CT scans into 3D printed medical models with 'click of a button'

Apr.18, 2017 - Engineers at GE Healthcare are working towards a future in which 3D printed medical models can be made 'with the click of a button.' The company is currently exploring whether it could send CT scan data straight to a 3D printer, cutting out several intermediate conversion stages. More

Cedars-Sinai team 3D prints heel models to test effectiveness of CMT surgical treatments

Apr.18, 2017 - A team of investigators from the Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles have used a series of 3D printed models to prove that existing procedures for treating Charcot-Marie-Tooth heel deformities are in need of improvement, as they do not sufficiently correct the problem. More

Femtosatellite launcher 3D printed in space after winning ISS Design Challenge

Apr.18, 2017 - A 3D printable satellite launcher, the winner of last year's International Space Station (ISS) Design Challenge, has been 3D printed in space. The device was designed by California engineer Andy Filo and selected for the top prize by Mouser Electronics Inc. and MythBusters' Grant Imahara. More

Swansea University researchers wrapped up in wound-monitoring 3D printed 'smart bandages'

Apr.17, 2017 - Researchers at Swansea University in the UK are developing 3D printed 'smart bandages' that can precisely monitor the healing of a wound. The bandages would use 5G data to transfer information about a wound to computers or other smart devices. More

Could skyscrapers of the future 3D print their own apartments?

Apr.17, 2017 - Malaysian architecture student Haseef Rafiei has come up with a radical idea for futuristic housing: a 'vending machine' skyscraper that 3D prints its own dwellings. Rafiei's Pod Skyscraper design received an honorable mention at the 2017 eVolo Skyscraper Competition. More

University of Minnesota's 3D bioprinted tissue patch could help repair damaged heart cells

Apr.17, 2017 - A team of biomedical researchers from the University of Minnesota have developed a 3D bioprinted patch that could help to heal heart tissue after a heart attack. The breakthrough process was recently published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation Research. More

Instructable for a 3D printed Deadpool Bubble Breezer that will blow you away

Apr.16, 2017 - A 3D printing hobbyist and comics enthusiast has come up with a new project combining his two passions. Having already produced items such as a Deadpool themed knife block, Britt Michelsen has now released the instructions for making his Deadpool Bubble Breezer. The Instructable page for the novelty bubble toy will teach you a thing or two about amateur 3D printing, and hopefully make you laugh at the same time More

University of Helsinki researchers 3D print microreactor to speed up chemical analyses

Apr.14, 2017 - A team of researchers from the University of Helsinki in Finland have created a 3D printed microreactor device that has helped them to study chemical reactions more efficiently and to improve their research process. More

Liebherr-Aerospace has first 3D printed aircraft component flown on Airbus A380

Apr.14, 2017 - Airbus has successfully flown a 3D printed spoiler actuator valve block made by Liebherr-Aerospace. Liebherr says the part, flown on an Airbus A380 passenger airliner test flight, is the first 3D printed primary flight control hydraulic component flown on an Airbus aircraft. More

Belgium's Miam Factory is making flawless 3D printed chocolates

Apr.14, 2017 - Belgium-based startup Miam Factory, a spinoff of the University of Liege's Smart Gastronomy Lab, has been turning out some spectacular 3D printed chocolates. From making traditional Easter prints, to edible beer bottles, Miam Factory is at the forefront of chocolate 3D printing. More

OhmniLabs' new 3D printed Ohmni robot helps families stay connected

Apr.13, 2017 - Robotics startup company OhmniLabs has launched an Indiegogo campaign for Ohmni, a new 3D printed robot. It is designed to be an easy-to-use telepresence solution, allowing people in different parts of the world to stay connected with their loved ones and participate in household tasks together More

isodo3D 3D prints replicas of Falcon Trophy for Abu Dhabi Pro-Am golf tournament

Apr.13, 2017 - IMG Golf and the Abu Dhabi Sports Council recently enlisted the help of UK-based 3D printing solutions supplier isodo3D to 3D print replica trophies for its Pro-Am tournament. The 3D printed trophies were based on the iconic Falcon Trophy designed by Edward Asprey. More

Hochscule Coburg's 3D printed 'TOXIC' racer is powered by a single drill

Apr.13, 2017 - A team of students from a German university have built a single-person racing vehicle using 3D printing technologies. The impressive racer, called 'TOXIC,' is powered by a single cordless, electric drill—the kind you might find in your own tool kit. More

BeeHex partners with Cali'flour for 3D printed vegan pizza crust

Apr.13, 2017 - BeeHex, a 3D printed pizza specialist that was once affiliated with NASA, is collaborating with cauliflower pizza crust company Cali'Flour to develop a 3D printed vegan pizza crust. The companies recently demonstrated the 3D printing process at a sold-out event in Columbus, Ohio. More

3D printing news ICYMI: Organovo's new CEO, Wiivv's breaks record, Protolabs settles with Ico Products, more

Apr.12, 2017 - Here's another summary of some smaller 3D printing news items that may have passed you by recently. Organovo has announced a new CEO, Wiiv Wearables has broken a 3D printing record on Kickstarter, and much more besides, in a typically busy week for the 3D printing industry. More

Cambodian startup ARC Hub PNH 3D prints prosthetic hands for landmine victims

Apr.12, 2017 - ARC Hub PNH, Cambodia's first and only 3D printing company has partnered with the Victoria Hand Project (a Canadian 3D printed prosthetic NGO) to create and deploy twenty-five 3D printed prosthetics, each of which has gone to a survivor of a landmine explosion. More

Realistic 'Mikoto' 3D printed medical training robot developed in Tottori, Japan

Apr.12, 2017 - Tmsuk R&D Inc., a medical venture firm based in Tottori Prefecture, Japan, has teamed up with the Tottori University Hospital to create what could very well be the future of medical simulations: a 3D printed robot named Mikoto. More

Indian jewelry brand Isharya unveils ‘Infinite Petals’ 3D printed jewelry collection

Apr.12, 2017 - Indian fashion jewelry brand Isharya has announced its first foray into 3D printed jewelry with the launch of its latest collection: Infinite Petals. The additively manufactured accessories are being unveiled today at the brand’s Summer Edit event in Mumbai. More

University of Michigan medical residents use 3D printed surgical models to practice reconstructive cartilage grafting

Apr.12, 2017 - Residents from the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor have been using 3D printed surgical models and training tools to practice and hone their surgical skills in a hands-on way. The practice has reduced the need for human cadavers. More

Sperm cells fitted with 3D printed tubes to fight gynaecological cancer

Apr.11, 2017 - A team of researchers in Germany have devised an ingenious new way to deliver anti-cancer drugs into the female reproductive system. Fitting sperm cells with 3D printed tubes, which are then coated with metal, allows the sperm to be magnetically guided to the correct cells. More

HELIOS Klinikum's 3D printed titanium hip implant ends 40 years of pain for dysplasia patient

Apr.11, 2017 - Orthopedic surgeons at the HELIOS Klinikum Hildesheim in Germany have made a 3D printed hip implant for a 40-year-old Cypriot woman whose congenital malformation of the hips had given her constant pain throughout her life. More

Alexis Walsh's new APEX COAT merges 3D printed design with handcrafting techniques

Apr.11, 2017 - Up-and-coming fashion designer Alexis Walsh, who specializes in 3D printed fashion, has unveiled her latest garment: the APEX COAT. Made in collaboration with designer Justin Hattendorf, the garment features beautiful 3D printed embellishments. More

Norsk Titanium 3D prints first FAA-approved structural titanium components for Boeing Dreamliner

Apr.10, 2017 - Norsk Titanium 3D prints first FAA-approved structural titanium components for Boeing Dreamliner. Boeing 787 Dreamliner will be First Commercial Airplane to Fly with Certified Additive-Manufactured Titanium Parts in Structural Applications. More

3-year-old secretary bird sports e-NABLE's first 3D printed prosthetic bird leg

Apr.10, 2017 - One very lucky bird in Northwestern Germany is the owner of a new 3D printed prosthetic limb thanks to e-NABLE associate Lars Thalmann. Sockchen is a three-year-old Secretary bird, an African species with a crane-like shape, who resides in the Walsrode sanctuary. More

Apples vs arthritis: Spanish researchers fight diseases with 3D bioprinting material made from food waste

Apr.10, 2017 - Researchers from the Centre for Biomedical Technology at Universidad Polit'cnica de Madrid (CTB-UPM) and the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) have turned apple waste into a biocompatible, 3D printable material that could be used to combat osteoporosis, arthritis, and osteoarthritis. More

3D printed device turns your phone into sperm testing kit for male infertility

Apr.10, 2017 - Researchers have designed a new portable device that can be used to test sperm samples. People with fertility issues can simply attach the 3D printed device to their smartphone and download an app, which will analyse a video of the sperm and determine several important factors to a high degree of accuracy. More

Look inside PassivDom's $32K mobile house that can be 3D printed in 8 hours

Apr.10, 2017 - Ukrainian 3D printing construction company PassivDom is now taking preorders for its self-powered home that can be 3D printed in just eight hours. The compact house, which costs $32,000 and can be built anywhere, relies on solar energy. More

Huggable 3D printed soft robots could transform Disney theme parks, new patent suggests

Apr.10, 2017 - Disney has filed a patent for a 3D printed soft body robot that is suitable for 'physical interaction with humans.' The patent says that Disney has already built a small, human-like prototype based on a popular Disney character. More

European Defence Agency study will explore impact of 3D printing for defense

Apr.10, 2017 - The EDA is launching a project to explore the potential impact of 3D printing in the defense industry. Entitled 'Additive Manufacturing Feasibility Study & Technology Demonstration,' the project is being undertaken in partnership with Fundacion Prodintec and MBDA FR. More

3D printed bot burns every Trump tweet, gets away with it

Apr.9, 2017 - Meet the 3D printed robot that's anonymously doing everyone's bidding. Known solely through its Twitter account 'Burned Your Tweet,' this feisty little bot has one job: printing President Donald Trump's tweets, burning them, and tweeting photographic evidence back to the president with the message '@RealDonaldTrump I burned your tweet.' More

Zero Terminal Raspberry Pi device is a DIY handheld Linux PC in a 3D printed case

Apr.9, 2017 - A new Raspberry device has been built with a specially designed 3D printed case. Known as the Zero Terminal, the portable computer was made by a hobbyist looking to create the perfect handheld Linux device. It has a number of useful features, including easy wi-fi connection and a HDMI out port More

2017 OZY Genius Award granted to maker of 3D printed prosthetic socket

Apr.8, 2017 - A 2017 OZY Genius Award has been granted to Claudine Humure of Wheaton College, for her 3D printed adjustable prosthetic socket. The prestigious award, funded by OZY Media, aims to support and celebrate the next Albert Einstein, Oprah Winfrey, or Mark Zuckerberg, granting up to $10,000 for the outstanding innovations of 10 college students. More

UC San Diego Students 3D print satellite for lunar orbit via NASA's Cube Quest Challenge

Apr.7, 2017 - We may soon see the first satellite built by students to orbit the moon. An ambitious team of undergraduates from Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) at University of California San Diego (UCSD) have officially set their sights on NASA's Cube Quest Challenge. And in what should come as no surprise to some, 3D printing featured heavily in the construction of this underdog satellite. More

McLaren adds 3D printed parts to MCL32 2017 F1 car, trials Stratasys 'pit stop 3D printer'

Apr.7, 2017 - After partnering with 3D Printing giant Stratasys in January, Formula 1 car manufacturer McLaren Racing has announced that its 2017 MCL32 race car features 3D printed components, including a hydraulic line bracket, brake cooling ducts, and a rear wing flap made with a 3D printed mold. More

New Adidas Futurecraft 4D shoe developed in collab with 3D printing innovator Carbon

Apr.7, 2017 - California 3D printer manufacturer Carbon (Carbon3D) has teamed with German sportswear giant Adidas to create a new 3D printed shoe. The companies will use Carbon's Digital Light Synthesis technique to create more than 100,000 pairs of Adidas' Futurecraft 4D shoe before 2019. More

UK steel company William Cook saves 200 local jobs by investing £6M in 3D printing & precision foundry

Apr.6, 2017 - William Cook Cast Products, a casting company based in Sheffield, UK, has invested £6 million ($7.5M) in new technology, including a huge 3D printer, in an effort to keep its business alive. The company says it is the 'last throw of the dice' following a decline in demand for British steel. More

Australian raises $33K to ship 3D printed 'Kinetic Finger' & other prosthetics to kids worldwide

Apr.6, 2017 - Mat Bowtell, an engineer and father from Melbourne, has been 3D printing prosthetic hands and fingers for children around the world, all for no cost. Bowtell, who has been making 3D printed assistive devices for over two years now, even designed his own 3D printable 'Kinetic Finger,' a functional prosthetic for partial finger amputees. More

Arlington bioengineer awarded $211K NIH grant to develop 3D printed blood vessels for children

Apr.6, 2017 - The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a a $211,000 R21 grant to an engineer at the University of Texas at Arlington. The money will allow Yi Hong and his partner Guohao Dai to develop 3D printable materials for creating new blood vessels for children with vascular defects. More

Northwell Health's amphibious 3D printed leg prosthesis 'The Fin' helps veteran swim again

Apr.6, 2017 - New York-based healthcare provider Northwell Health has provided Marine Corps veteran Dan Lasko with what could be the world's first 3D printed amphibious prosthetic leg. 'The Fin' allows amputees like Lasko to both walk and swim without switching prostheses. More

Zaha Hadid Architects display stunning 3D printed 'Thallus' structure at Milan Design Week 2017

Apr.6, 2017 - Milan Design Week 2017, an event that highlights the newest and best in international design, kicked off this week in the Italian city. One piece that has grabbed our attention is a stunning installation, designed and 3D printed by one of our favorite architecture firms: Zaha Hadid Architects. More

Cleveland Indians baseball star Corey Kluber dons 3D printed New Balance cleats in MLB first

Apr.5, 2017 - Sportswear company New Balance recently used 3D printing to design a new pair of cleats for Cleveland Indians pitcher Corey Kluber. The shoes had special plates installed in them that were 3D printed based on data gathered about the player's pitching stance. More

Italian drone company Soleon uses 3D printing to improve battery life of crop dusting UAV

Apr.5, 2017 - Italian drone company Soleon has been using 3D printing to reduce the weight of drone components, improving the efficiency of its unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). One of its latest products, SoleonAgro, is an agricultural pest control drone with a laser sintered polyamide body. More

Is Chowbotics' $30K salad-making robot the future of food prep?

Apr.5, 2017 - Not sure what to have for lunch? How about a salad, expertly assembled and tossed by a robot named Sally? The food-making robot, developed by 'robots for restaurants' startup Chowbotics, is the latest in automated cuisine coming out of Silicon Valley. More

Aerojet Rocketdyne tests largest 3D printed rocket engine part made of copper

Apr.4, 2017 - Aerojet Rocketdyne's engineering team has completed the hot-fire testing of what it says is the largest 3D printed copper part for a rocket engine. The part was made from a copper alloy using laser sintering, and offers many benefits over the aluminum part that it is replacing. More

Lockheed Martin embraces 3D printing & VR to boost Air Force missile contract chances

Apr.4, 2017 - Defense company Lockheed Martin is planning to use 3D printing and virtual reality (VR) to lower the cost of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) which it could soon supply to the U.S. Air Force. The company says parts like tubing, routings, bottles, and attachments could all be 3D printed. More

French initiative will 3D print 95 sq m social housing building near Nantes

Apr.4, 2017 - As part of Nantes' CityLab initiative, the University of Nantes will be 3D printing a 95m2 social housing structure in the La Bottiere district. The 3D printed building will be constructed using the university's patented BatiPrint3D technology. More

3D printed MucoJet device could make vaccinations needle free in next 5-10 yrs

Apr.4, 2017 - A team of researchers from UC Berkeley has developed a potentially game-changing vaccine administering device called MucoJet. The tiny device, which is made with the help of 3D printing, allows users to easily administer a vaccination without the need for needles. More

Injured pet guinea pig gets moving with tiny 3D printed wheelchair

Apr.3, 2017 - A touching story has come out of Ohio, where Luna, an injured pet guinea pig, was given a tiny 3D printed wheelchair to help it get around. The wheelchair was 3D printed by a teacher and students from the Lorain County Joint Vocational School. More

Santa Monica restaurant Mélisse reinvents classic French onion soup with 3D printed twist

Apr.3, 2017 - Santa Monica based restaurant Melisse has started serving an updated French Onion soup that features a tasty-looking 3D printed crouton. The crouton is 3D printed in a perforated cubic structure and is made out of an onion-flavored powder. More

3D printed steering wheel could guide University of Alberta eco-cars to victory at Shell Eco-Marathon

Apr.3, 2017 - Students from Canada's University of Alberta will drive two partially 3D printed eco-cars at the Shell Eco-Marathon Americas competition in Detroit later this month. The cars, named Alice and Sofie, both have 3D printed steering wheels with touch screens. More

3D printed 'coral prosthetics' could save Great Barrier Reef

Apr.3, 2017 - Researchers at the University of Sydney are using 3D printing to create 'coral prosthetics,' artificial structures that can support unhealthy sections of the Great Barrier Reef. Overheated and acidic seawater has damaged and bleached large sections of the huge coral reef system. More

3D printed Sentinel robot could increase traffic safety for police officers

Apr.2, 2017 - Two students at Duke University have designed a 3D printed robot to help police officers carry out routine traffic stops. 'Sentinel,' as the robot has been named, was created by Chris Reyes and Vaibhav Tadepalli in response to several violent altercations between police and motorists. More

Make your own 'super satisfying' 3D printed twist containers with Make Anything's Devin Montes

Apr.1, 2017 - Devin Montes, the 3D designer behind the Make Anything YouTube channel, has designed a set of 3D printed 'Super Satisfying Twist Containers' that can be downloaded for free and used to store small objects. Montes has also published a video tutorial covering how to make your own containers. More

UAE's Strata to build new 'Factory of the Future' for 3D printed aircraft parts

Mar.31, 2017 - Strata Manufacturing has announced plans to establish a second manufacturing facility at the Nibras Al Ain Aerospace Park in Abu Dhabi. The new facility, called Strata 2.0, will be built as a 'Factory of the Future' and will feature many advanced manufacturing technologies and solutions, including 3D printing. More

'Ring Stacking Method' fights heart disease: 3D printed guides used to make customized blood vessels

Mar.31, 2017 - Researchers at Wayne State University in Detroit have developed a 3D printing method for creating customizable blood vessels. The Ring Stacking Method could lead to new and improved ways of treating coronary artery disease. More

Australian woman smiles again thanks to 3D printed jawbone implant

Mar.30, 2017 - A team of Australian surgeons has successfully implanted a 3D printed maxilla jaw bone into a patient. The patient in question, Susie Robinson, suffered severe injuries to her face after a car accident, and only now, after many years of operations and treatments, can she smile again as she once did. More

3D printing helps blind Brazilian couple to feel their unborn child

Mar.29, 2017 - A visually impaired couple from Sao Paulo in Brazil have been given the opportunity to see their unborn child thanks to 3D printing technologies and a high-tech ultrasound imaging system. More

3D printed Italian Volt 'Lacama' motorcycle goes from 0 to 62 mph in 4.2 seconds

Mar.29, 2017 - Milan-based motorcycle company Italian Volt has developed a customizable electric motorcycle with 3D printed bodywork, frame, and swing arm. The Lacama goes from zero to 62 mph in 4.2 seconds, uses Brembo brakes and Ohlins suspension, and can be charged in just 40 minutes. More

BMW combines 3D printing & virtual reality to streamline vehicle design

Mar.29, 2017 - German auto manufacturer BMW, no stranger to 3D printing technologies, has announced its intention to combine additive manufacturing and virtual reality to help streamline and reduce the costs of its design processes. More

Nikita Replyanski's musical 3D printed prosthetic arms turn heads at Moscow fashion week

Mar.29, 2017 - Earlier this month, Moscow's Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week showcased some spectacular 3D printed prosthetic arms made by designer Nikita Replyanski and Russian prosthesis manufacturer Motorica. The 3D printed prostheses, inspired by robots and butterflies, were made using Autodesk Fusion 360. More

Siemens, UAE's Strata and Etihad Airways unveil first ever 3D printed aircraft interior part

Mar.28, 2017 - Siemens, Strata, and Etihad Airways Engineering are moving briskly along with their plans for the first ever 3D printed aircraft interior. The three-way partnership has unveiled its first major accomplishment in the project: a 3D printed plastic frame surrounding the media screens on Etihad Airways aircrafts. More

Mecuris NexStep: the world's first CE-certified 3D printed foot prosthetic

Mar.28, 2017 - Mecuris, a Munich-based manufacturer of bespoke 3D printed prosthetics, announced that it has shipped and delivered the world's first CE-certified 3D printed prosthetic feet. The prosthetic in question, called 'NexStep,' has been in development for some time, and with the CE mark it is now ready for market. More

3D printing used to restore world's only 1914 Delage Type-S grand prix car

Mar.27, 2017 - Grant Cowie, an engineer and pre-war motorcar specialist from Australia, has used 3D printing to restore a 103-year-old grand prix car. The vehicle, whose engine was recreated using a 3D printed sand mold, is the only surviving 1914 Delage Type-S in the world. More

BAE Systems speeding up aircraft with falcon-inspired 3D printed feathers

Mar.27, 2017 - Inspired by the physiology of the peregrine falcon, researchers at British defense company BAE Systems and City, University of London have developed 3D printed 'sensory feathers' and other new aircraft technologies that could be applied to real aircraft within the next 20 years. More

NASA's tiny 3D printed PUFFER robot could be the ultimate Mars rover sidekick

Mar.27, 2017 - NASA is developing a tiny 3D printed robot inspired by origami that is destined to accompany rovers in space. PUFFER (Pop-Up Flat Folding Explorer Robot) is capable of climbing and crawling over many types of terrain, as it can flatten itself, tuck its wheels in, and even lift itself up with its tail. More

Rave like Iron Man with the 3D printed Arc Reactor Orbit

Mar.27, 2017 - A group of enterprising young ravers from San Francisco have 3D printed a Tony Stark-inspired Arc Reactor Orbit. Perfect for creating your own light show on the dance floor, this one-of-a-kind orbit houses up to 8 LED lights, and can also be worn around your neck so you can 'walk the floor as Iron Man.' More

Adam Savage investigates the 3D printed robot skeleton of Ghost in the Shell in new web episode

Mar.26, 2017 - Ex-Mythbusters TV personality Adam Savage has gone behind the scenes of the highly anticipated blockbuster Ghost in the Shell, adapted from the original Japanese manga and the 1995 anime film. In the newest installment of Savage's web series Tested, the designer paid a visit to New Zealand's Weta Workshop, the practical effects studio behind Ghost in the Shell, where he got an exclusive sneak peak of the film's acclaimed props, models, and effects. More

Fisher Price uses 3D printing to help design newly released Batman BatBot Xtreme toy

Mar.26, 2017 - Fisher Price's toy design process uses 3D printed prototypes to explore various physical features of the toy before manufacturing. Its latest Batman-themed product, the Batbot Xtreme, was perfected using virtual reality- uploading the 3D design into a virtual environment for designers to test out More

3D printing news ICYMI: 2017 Hackaday Prize, Formlabs Form 1+ discontinued, Formide cloud solution, more

Mar.25, 2017 - In a week that saw a large number of dental 3D printing innovations showcased at IDS 2017, there was also additive manufacturing news from the U.S. Navy, SLA pioneer Formlabs, beloved tech website Hackaday, and others. Here's a quick roundup. More

LPW case study: The effects of gaseous corruption on 3D printed metal objects

Mar.25, 2017 - LPW Technology has released the results of an investigation it conducted into gaseous corruption of 3D printed metal objects. It suggests that, regardless of the method used, oxygen impurities in the final product can build up with repeated uses of a 3D printer, leading to imperfections in the material qualities. More

3D printed robo-fruit packed with sensors can test for freshness

Mar.24, 2017 - A new project by researchers in Switzerland will enable the freshness of large amounts of fruit to be determined more easily. Their 3D printed robo-fruits mimic the average physical characteristics of a particular fruit and are fitted with a temperature sensor, to give a more accurate reading than would otherwise be available More

3Ders interview with John Robertson, 3D printed jewelry extraordinaire & creative director of VerticesEdge

Mar.24, 2017 - With over 20 years of experience in digital 3D design, John Robertson is one of the most qualified individuals in the business. The multidisciplinary designer recently spoke with 3Ders about the state of 3D printing, 3D design, and his exciting new jewelry brand, VerticesEdge. More

Supreme Court ruling on cheerleader uniform copyright case could pose challenges for 3D printing community

Mar.24, 2017 - A new U.S. Supreme Court decision surrounding copyright laws that could impact the 3D printing industry has come from a seemingly unlikely case. The case, which started gaining attention a couple years ago, had to do with whether cheerleader uniform designs should be copyright protected. More

Color-changing 3D printed robot skin developed at MIT

Mar.24, 2017 - MIT researchers are developing 3D printed 'skin' for robots that changes color upon receiving physical stimuli. The technology was inspired by the golden tortoise beetle, or 'goldbug,' an insect whose golden exterior turns red when prodded. More

Promising start for Wiivv's 3D printed sandal Kickstarter

Mar.24, 2017 - 3D printed shoe brand Wiivv is gearing up for warmer weather with the launch of a Kickstarter campaign for its innovative custom-fit sandals, made using 3D scanning and 3D printing technologies. Backers can get their hands on a pair of bespoke flip flops starting at $70. More

UK cancer patient receives new jaw thanks to 3D printing

Mar.23, 2017 - A British man's jaw has been completely reconstructed with the help of 3D printing. The radiotherapy that was used to treat his throat cancer caused his jawbone to disintegrate. A 3D printed mold was made, and the missing jawbone was successfully replaced with bone from his leg. More

3D printed MAT(T)ISSE bio-prosthesis could revolutionize breast reconstruction surgery

Mar.23, 2017 - An innovative method for using 3D printed tissue-like lattice structures to reconstruct breast tissue for breast cancer survivors has been awarded the Theophile-Legrand first prize in France. The project, called MAT(T)ISSE, was pioneered by Julien Payen and Pierre-Marie Danze. More

Jamiroquai's Jay Kay dons light-up 3D printed headpiece in Automaton music video

Mar.23, 2017 - Jamiroquai fans will already be familiar with the British band's latest track, Automaton, which dropped in January. What fans might not know is that the light-up headpiece worn by frontman Jay Kay in the song's impressive music video was actually 3D printed. More

Researchers in Sweden induce 3D bioprinted human cartilage cells to live and grow inside mice

Mar.23, 2017 - Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology and Sahlgrenska Academy, both located in Gothenburg, Sweden, have used 3D bioprinting to induce living human cartilage cells to develop and grow in an animal. The breakthrough could be a step towards 3D printed body parts. More

3D printed orthoses could help out children with cerebral palsy

Mar.22, 2017 - A new method has been developed to make body braces for children suffering from cerebral palsy, thanks to the work of parents whose son succumbed to the disease. Making use of 3D printing and 3D scanning, their method provides braces that are a much better fit, and will drastically cut wait times. More

Canada Makes, FusiA, MDA partner to 3D print metal satellite parts

Mar.22, 2017 - Canada Makes has teamed up with FusiA Impression 3D Metal Inc., and MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) to 3D print a part that will be launched into space this year. Canada Makes provided much of the funding for the project through its Metal Additive Demonstration program, while MDA designed the part and FusiA took charge of 3D printing it. More

3D printed robot hands could gain sense of touch with biomimetic forebrains

Mar.22, 2017 - A team of researchers from the University of Bristol in the UK are working on the development of a biomimetic forebrain that can be installed in 3D printed robot hands to increase their manipulation skills and applications. More

3D printed rocket launch startup Rocket Lab raises $75M in Series D round

Mar.22, 2017 - Rocket Lab, a Los Angeles- and New Zealand-based startup whose rocket boosters use 3D printed engines, has raised $75 million in a Series D financing round. The money will be used to expand manufacturing facilities for the Electron launch vehicle. More

Under Armour's $300 3D printed Futurist sneakers available March 30

Mar.22, 2017 - Under Armour has previewed its newest 3D printed shoes, dubbed the 'Under Armour Futurist.' The shoes, which will retail for $300 a pair, are expected to hit the market on March 30, 2017 in a very limited release. More

3D printing inspires UC Davis prof to tackle tricky 'moving sofa problem'

Mar.22, 2017 - Dan Romik, a UC Davis mathematics professor, has turned to 3D printing to help advance the problem of the moving sofa, which has stumped researchers for over half a century. More

Meet Firefly: the world's first 3D printed, tablet-powered smart mirror

Mar.21, 2017 - A group of University of California San Diego (UC San Diego) students and alumni have created the world's first tablet-powered smart mirror. The Firefly Smart Mirror, chiefly comprised of a 3D printed backing which fits an Android or iOS tablet, comes equipped with voice and gesture control, facial recognition, push notifications, and tons of apps. More

Divergent 3D and SLM Solutions partner to scale up Divergent Manufacturing Platform for 3D printed cars

Mar.21, 2017 - Divergent 3D, the company behind the amazing Blade 3D printed supercar, has signed a Strategic Development Partnership with German metal 3D printer manufacturer SLM Solutions Group. More

'Envision the Future' challenge invites makers to design 3D printed tools for the visually impaired

Mar.20, 2017 - MatterHackers and Enablingthefuture.org have teamed up again to launch their latest design competition, this time for 3D printed assistive devices and learning tools for the visually impaired. 'Envision the Future' is inviting makers of all ages to put their design and 3D printing chops towards a good cause. More

Natural Dental Implants presents cost-cutting 3D printed REPLICATE Tooth at IDS 2017

Mar.20, 2017 - Natural Dental Implants AG has unveiled a 3D printed version of its REPLICATE Tooth system at the International Dental Show in Cologne, Germany. The company currently has a prototype of the 3D printed tooth implant and plans to begin extensive testing on it this year. More

3D printed liquid battery could power (and cool) future computers

Mar.20, 2017 - Scientists at IBM Research Zurich and ETH Zurich in Switzerland have used 3D printing to build a tiny redox flow battery that can power computer chips while cooling them at the same time. The 3D printed liquid battery is just 1.5 millimeters thick. More

DuBox to showcase UAE's first 3D printed concrete structure at GMIS 2017

Mar.20, 2017 - The United Arab Emirates, which is aiming to become a world leader in the field of 3D printed construction, has announced an exciting step in realizing that goal: UAE-based construction company DuBox has unveiled the country's first locally 3D printed concrete element. More

E3D makes 3D printed molds for composite parts using its new soluble filament

Mar.19, 2017 - E3D has developed a filament, Scaffold, that can be completely dissolved in water. It has been experimenting with Scaffold, 3D printed molds, and composite materials, to produce all sorts of impressive parts. More

3D printed single cylinder engine runs on balloon power

Mar.19, 2017 - A hobbyist has 3D produced an engine that can be powered by an inflated balloon, or even by directly blowing into a valve. He used an Ultimaker 3 to print the device, and his designs, which were created on AutoDesk Fusion 360, are available for free download. More

Watch Michael Fassbender get 3D printed in new Alien: Covenant teaser

Mar.18, 2017 - AI corporation Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has taken a leading role in the next installment of the Alien franchise. In a stroke of brilliant marketing, the new Meet Walter teaser for the upcoming Alien: Covenant film highlights both Michael Fassbender's leading role and AMD's growing stakes in the 3D printing industry. More

3D printed modifications for Oculus Rift Touch controller are now possible

Mar.17, 2017 - Oculus has published the 3D designs for its Touch controllers online. This will allow users with the expertise to 3D print their own modifications for the controllers, as well as potentially create their own devices and accessories, with a wide range of different uses More

Materialise 3D prints detailed scale model of New Albert Heijn distribution center

Mar.17, 2017 - Materialise has successfully 3D printed a highly detailed scale model of a warehouse run by Dutch logistics company Vanderlande. The building is the national distribution center for supermarket chain Albert Heijn in the Netherlands, and Vanderlande will be using the 3D model to demonstrate its new automated layout More

CeramicSpeed launches $1,700 3D printed hollow Titanium Oversized Pulley Wheels

Mar.17, 2017 - Danish bike company CeramicSpeed has just gone public with its newest luxury bike part. Created in collaboration with custom frame builder Mosaic Cycles and high-end wheel manufacturer ENVE, the new 3D printed hollow Titanium Oversized Pulley Wheels left cycling fans salivating at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show this weekend. More

Arizona State 3D prints Psyche asteroid model in preparation for NASA mission

Mar.16, 2017 - Researchers at Arizona State University's School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) have made a 3D printed model of Psyche, an asteroid roughly the size of Massachusetts. NASA will send a spacecraft to the asteroid in 2023, and SESE has received funding to carry out essential research. More

Amazing 3D printed butterfly dress sure to wow Vancouver Fashion Week attendees

Mar.16, 2017 - Vancouver Fashion Week is coming up and attendees can expect to see at least one piece of 3D printed fashion there. Up-and-coming Australian designer Charne Esterhuizen will debut her stunning 3D printed butterfly dress, made up of nearly 150 rubber 3D printed butterflies. More

French optician now offering customized 3D printed frames by Glass'yourself

Mar.16, 2017 - French optician Optique du Ferrain has joined the ranks of several eyewear shops around the globe that are offering customized 3D printed frames. The Neuville-en-Ferrain-based shop is the first optician to collaborate with Glass'yourself, a Mouvaux-based 3D printed glasses startup. More

Deutsche Bahn calls on suppliers to get on board with 3D printing

Mar.15, 2017 - Deutsche Bahn (DB), a German railway company that generates yearly revenue of almost 40 billion euros, used the Additive Manufacturing Forum Berlin 2017 to encourage suppliers to adopt additive manufacturing technology, which can reduce delivery times and inventory costs for spare parts. More

PERK: 3D printed pour over coffee machine launches on Kickstarter

Mar.15, 2017 - Maker Jakub Svec is launching PERK, a fully automated pour over coffee machine, via a Kickstarter campaign launching today. Made with the help of 3D printing, the coffee machine is said to rival some of the top 'third wave' coffee shops in the U.S. More

Toronto-based Revo Toys launches new 3D printed fidget spinner on Kickstarter

Mar.14, 2017 - A Toronto-based startup known as Revo Toys has launched a new line of 3D printed fidget spinners. The Revo Spinner is now backable on crowd-funding site Kickstarter, with early bird specials starting at $29 CAD. The hand-held toys are designed to help focus attention, increase creativity and keep fidgeting fingers busy. More

V-MODA launches new 'Remix' 3D printed Bluetooth Speaker and Headphone Amplifier

Mar.14, 2017 - V-MODA, an Italian audio device manufacturer has released its newest product 'Remix', a bluetooth connected speaker and headphone amplifier that can be customized with 3D printed casings and details. The audio device is retailing for $300, with added customization parts ranging from $40 to $370K. More

SXSW features Akinori Goto's stunning 3D printed light sculptures

Mar.14, 2017 - Japanese artist Akinori Goto, who is known for his stunning 3D printed and light-based art installations, has been given a platform at this year's SXSW to display his innovative work. There, Goto will be showcasing an installation called Toki. More

China's funeral parlors are going high tech with 3D printing and robots

Mar.14, 2017 - China's funeral industry has started adopting some high-tech elements, such as 3D printing and robots. 3D printing is being used to manufacture accurate facial reconstructions for corpses, and the robots are being used to decontaminate funeral parlors. More

Rize One 3D printer lets Boston Engineering print prototypes in the office

Mar.13, 2017 - Using a Rize One 3D printer, Massachusetts-based company Boston Engineering has been able to speed up its prototyping process. The company used the Rize 3D printer in its office, rather than a dedicated lab, since the printer requires no post-processing equipment or chemicals. More

Oxford Performance Materials gains European patent for 3D printed bone implants

Mar.13, 2017 - Oxford Performance Materials Inc. (OPM), a leader in high-performance additive manufacturing or HPAM, has made headlines again with a new European patent for its osteo-implants. Privately held OPM announced today that it has officially received a Notice of Decision to Grant a Patent from the European Patent Office. More

Stylish 3D printed T3TRA speakers now on Kickstarter

Mar.13, 2017 - Los Angeles startup Alienology Audio is aiming to bridge the gap between good quality and stylish speakers with its new 3D printed T3TRA speakers. The colorful and compact speakers are being featured in a Kickstarter campaign, which launched last week. More

Is Goodyear's 'Eagle 360 Urban' 3D printed concept tire the future of autonomous driving?

Mar.13, 2017 - The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, which has been making tires for over a century, has unveiled its newest concept tire for self-driving cars of the future: the 3D printed Eagle 360 Urban. More

Researchers put 3D printed cheese under the microscope

Mar.13, 2017 - Researchers at University College Cork in Ireland have conducted a series of experiments to understand what happens to cheese when it is 3D printed. They found that the 3D printed cheese turned out softer, darker, and less sticky than untreated cheese. More

Six 3D printed accessories to fix common Nintendo Switch problems

Mar.12, 2017 - Since its worldwide release last week, the Nintendo Switch has enjoyed strong sales but mixed reviews, many of which point out irritating design flaws in the console. Makers are already popping up with 3D printed Nintendo Switch accessories designed to solve these problems. More

3D printed 'OpenScope' is your ticket to affordable digital night vision

Mar.11, 2017 - Instructables user MattGyver92, an architecture visualization specialist, has designed a 3D printed monocular night vision device. The device, dubbed OpenScope, features an adjustable camera, LED, and 3D printed enclosure. More

3D printing news ICYMI: Leapfrog Bolt prints Polypropylene, new 3D printed spinal implants, more

Mar.11, 2017 - The 3D printing stories you might have missed this week: Leapfrog Bolt used to 3D print with Polypropylene, GE partners with global manufacturing summit, UCL tests 3D printed tablets, new spinal implants 3D printed for surgery by Stryker, and more. More

Amazing miniature 3D printed solar systems, moons and planets that fit on your desk

Mar.10, 2017 - An online store run by a 3D printing hobbyist and astronomy enthusiast has a scale model of the solar system available to purchase. Everything has been faithfully replicated using 3D printing techniques, and the set is available in a range of different sizes. More

Boeing issues patent allowing for on-demand 3D printing of aircraft parts

Mar.10, 2017 - Boeing is planning to establish a new system where the designs for its aircraft parts will be stored in a virtual library. This will enable any replacement to be 3D printed on-demand, drastically reducing wait times for aircraft manufacturers. More

Canadian 3D printed prosthetics non-profit is in the running to win $750K from Google

Mar.10, 2017 - The Victoria Hand Project, a Canadian non-profit that is helping to make 3D printed prosthetic hands more accessible in remote and developing parts of the world, is in the running for a $750,000 award through Google's Impact Challenge. More

DIY: 3D print your own custom Apple Watch band using Ninjaflex

Mar.9, 2017 - The Ruiz Brothers have come out with a new DIY 3D printing project that Apple enthusiasts are sure to enjoy: 3D printed wristbands for the Apple Watch. The tutorial shows makers how they can create their very own DIY wristwatch bands using only a few simple tools, Ninjaflex flexible filament, and of course a 3D printer. More

Siemens produces first 3D printed part for Krško nuclear power plant in Slovenia

Mar.9, 2017 - A nuclear power facility in Slovenia was able to continue operation thanks to 3D printing reproducing one of its older parts. A team of engineers from Siemens reverse engineered the part, creating a 3D model which was then printed. It was the first time a 3D printed part has passed the incredibly high safety standards required by the nuclear sector More

Texas engineering students develop 3D printed Braille labels for consumer goods

Mar.9, 2017 - Undergraduate engineering students in Texas have been directly involved in a project that will allow braille labels to be 3D printed for consumer goods. They hope to develop a new portable 3D printer as well as the software required to use it, in order to make their project more widely available to the visually impaired community More

Low-cost FDM 3D printing can help in fight against liver cancer, says medical expert

Mar.8, 2017 - A researcher in Poland has developed a new technique for 3D printing model organs to use as surgical guides, successfully demonstrating his process during a liver cancer operation. The process is significantly cheaper, giving it the potential to be implemented much more frequently in surgery. More

3DHEART trial will study effects of 3D printed models in pre-surgical planning

Mar.8, 2017 - 3D printing company Stratasys has announced that enrolment for its new 3DHEART investigative trial is open. The 3DHEART initiative, which stands for 3D Hearts Enabling a Randomized Trial, is a clinical study to see the effects of 3D printed heart models for pre-operative planning for pediatric heart surgery. More

Multiple 3D printing processes bring Additive Manufactured Excavator (AME) to life

Mar.8, 2017 - Visitors to this week's CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE 2017 construction expo have been able to witness Project AME (Additive Manufactured Excavator), the world's first 3D printed excavator, which was developed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Knoxville, Tennessee. More

Feetz makes world's largest 3D printed shoes for teen with size 28 feet

Mar.8, 2017 - 19-year-old Broc Brown has been given a pair of customized 3D printed shoes—probably the world's largest—made by Feetz. Brown, who has Sotos syndrome, currently has size 28 feet, making it very difficult and expensive to find shoes that fit. More

Florida Senator Bill Nelson pushes for 3D printed gun legislation

Mar.7, 2017 - A Florida Senator is pushing to ramp up legislation for 3D printed guns. Senator Bill Nelson announced this past Monday that he has filed legislation with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, which would make it tougher to get 3D printed plastic firearms through security screenings. More

This lightweight 3D printed Trabeculae Pavilion is inspired by internal bone structure

Mar.7, 2017 - The Politecnico di Milano, Italy's largest technical school, has announced a special preview of its new 3D printed Trabeculae Pavilion at the upcoming Made Expo 2017. This stunning and highly experimental architecture is particularly notable for its extreme lightness, and innovative combination of biomimetic research and 3D printing. More

3D printing helps design duo Drzach and Suchy realize incredible 'shadow clouds'

Mar.7, 2017 - Swiss design duo Drzach and Suchy have used 3D printing to create some spectacular 'shadow clouds,' 3D objects that cast different shadows depending on the direction of light. More

3D printing an increasing source of medical aid in earthquake-devastated Nepal

Mar.6, 2017 - 3D printing has become an increasing source of medical aid in earthquake-stricken Nepal. In the wake of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that devastated the country in April 2015, killing almost 9,000 people, Nepalese communities have been struggling to survive with under-resourced medical clinics. More

U.S. Army tests RAMBO, a 3D printed grenade launcher

Mar.6, 2017 - Researchers at the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center have test fired a 3D printed grenade launcher called RAMBO (Rapid Additively Manufactured Ballistics Ordnance). More

Madrid Hospital successfully simulates catheterization procedure in 3D printed heart

Mar.6, 2017 - Gregario Maranon Hospital in Madrid has made headlines by simulating a catheterization in a 3D printed heart. The demonstration took place as part of Gregario Maranon's ongoing Pediatric Cardiology Course, which held its 23rd edition on Saturday, March 4. More

3D printing aids reconstruction of Lorenz cipher machine used by Germans during WWII

Mar.6, 2017 - Engineers from the UK's Government Communications Centre (HMGCC) are using 3D printing to recreate the Lorenz SZ42, an 'unbreakable' cipher machine used by Hitler and the German Army during World War II. Only four of the machines still exist. More

3D printed baby skeletons could provide vital feedback for training doctors

Mar.6, 2017 - A PhD student from Eindhoven's University of Technology has created an extremely lifelike baby mannequin using 3D printing. The mannequin, which includes a 3D printed skeleton, a heart with functioning valves, and lungs that can inflate and deflate, is built to be used by doctors in training. More

These 3D printed flower lamps give a glimpse of summer

Mar.5, 2017 - If you simply can't wait for summer to get here, check out interior designer Paula Szarejko's new 3D printed flower lamps. These bright, LED-powered modular lights are inspired by hollyhock flowers, effectively creating an already-blooming home garden. More

Williams Martini Racing Formula 1 team turns to 3D printing for prototype design

Mar.5, 2017 - Williams Martini Racing F1 has released the details of their 2016 racing car, which incorporated 3D printing into the exterior components of the front wing assembly. The decision may come as a surprise, since the racing championships have always featured cars relying on carbon fiber composites. More

3D Printing News ICYMI: Aetrex footwear acquires SOLS, Sintavia awarded $15M finance deal, 3D printed metals continue to soar

Mar.4, 2017 - This past news week was an exciting one for the 3D printing industry. In case you missed it, here are 6 news stories that have been generating considerable buzz in the world of additive manufacturing. More

3D printed Phonak Virto B-Titanium is the smallest Phonak in-the-ear hearing aid ever

Mar.4, 2017 - Phonak, a major hearing aid brand, has once again partnered with EnvironTEC, the leading 3D printing company in audiology, to launch a competitive series of customized, 3D printed inner ear devices using state of the art materials. More

Miniature Rolls-Royce for hospitalized children incorporates 3D printing into luxury design

Mar.3, 2017 - The world's smallest Rolls-Royce has just been unveiled at St. Richard's Hospital in Chichester, West Sussex. Children slated for surgery will now be able to drive themselves to the operating theatre, in the hopes that young patients' anxiety ahead of operations will be reduced. More

Could Washington state be getting a full-scale 3D printed replica of Dracula's castle?

Mar.3, 2017 - Mike Draghici, a software engineer of Romanian origin, is hoping to build a full-scale replica of Romania's famous Bran Castle (often associated with Dracula) on his Washington estate. Draghici has teamed up with Minnesota-based engineer Andrey Rudenko, the man behind the Rudenko 3D concrete house printer, to bring the castle to life. More

UCSD researchers make 3D printed blood vessel networks with ultra-fast UV bioprinting system

Mar.3, 2017 - Researchers at the University of California San Diego have used 3D bioprinting to develop a functional blood vessel network. The researchers say their work could advance the creation of artificial organs and regenerative therapies. More

South Africa's giant Aeroswift 3D printer could be used by Airbus & Boeing for titanium aircraft parts

Mar.3, 2017 - Aerosud and the CSIR National Laser Centre, makers of South Africa's giant Aeroswift titanium SLM 3D printer, are in talks with Airbus and Boeing about the possibility of 3D printing aircraft parts. The Aeroswift research project is backed by the South African government, and will create local jobs. More

PassivDom's 3D printed houses are smart, modular & eco-friendly

Mar.2, 2017 - Ukrainian startup PassivDom is hoping to revolutionize the housing market with its concept for a stand-alone, energy-efficient 3D printed house, ideal for off-the-grid living. The PassivDom house is based on a modular principle that could allow for many units to be assembled together. More

Home appliance manufacturer Electrolux trials 3D printing its spare parts with Spare Parts 3D

Mar.2, 2017 - Swedish home appliance manufacturer Electrolux has partnered with Singapore-based startup Spare Parts 3D. As part of a new pilot program, Electrolux will commission Spare Parts 3D to create 3D printed versions of spare parts for Electrolux products that are no longer in production. More

Carpenter completes $35M acquisition of 3D printed metal powder company Puris LLC

Mar.2, 2017 - Carpenter Technology Corporation (NYSE: CRS) has announced that its acquisition of West Virginia-based additive manufacturing powder producer Puris LLC is complete. The acquisition saw Carpenter buy Puris' manufacturing assets, patents, and intellectual property for a total of $35 million. More

US Navy Fleet Readiness Center Southeast 3D prints its first aircraft component

Mar.2, 2017 - Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE), the largest tenant command aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville in Florida, has 3D printed its first aircraft component, a forearm-length piece of air duct tubing made from a composite material called Ultum 1085. More

Luxexcel's 3D printed ophthalmic lenses attain ISO standard

Mar.2, 2017 - Luxexcel's 3D printed ophthalmic quality lenses were found to be in accordance with the ISO 8980-1:2004 Focal Power standard. The 3D printed optics company will reportedly begin shipping its 3D printing platform to ophthalmic labs later this year. More

Custom self-lubricating linear axes 3D printed by igus within 48 hours

Mar.1, 2017 - Continuing its successes in the 3D printer manufacturing market, machine parts company Igus has released a new product, the SLTI3 linear axis and screw unit. Some of its components are themselves made using 3D printing, allowing for a high level of flexibility in design, as well as a highly durable material. More

Father 3D prints prosthetic arm for his infant son, hopes to help others with new startup Ambionics

Mar.1, 2017 - A Welsh father has made a custom 3D printed prosthetic arm for his infant son whose left arm was amputated just after birth. The father, one Ben Ryan from Anglesey, is the founder of Ambionics, a startup that is specifically dedicated to developing prosthetics for young children. More

Australian 'fanboy' charged for 3D printing and trying to sell imitation firearms

Mar.1, 2017 - A 27-year-old Australian man was picked up by authorities for trying to sell a 3D printed imitation gun online for $1 million. The man, Sicen Sun, had reportedly been manufacturing a number of imitation firearms using his own 3D printer.' More

Tramontana's ultra-rare, bespoke sports cars now available with 3D printed parts

Feb.28, 2017 - Barcelona-based automobile manufacturer AD Tramontana has teamed up with 3D printing bureau (and fellow Catalonian company) Eceleni to develop 3D printed components for its latest vehicles. The 3D printed car parts include dashboard components and wiper shafts. More

Hong Kong police use 3D printing to make detailed scale replicas of crime scenes

Feb.28, 2017 - A police unit in Hong Kong has purchased new 3D printers to help speed up the production of scale models of crime scenes. These painstakingly detailed recreations are used in criminal investigations as well as in court to test witnesses' testimony. More

How 3D printing helped create Ghost in the Shell's robot geisha masks

Feb.28, 2017 - Adam Savage and Richard Taylor from the Weta Workshop have given audiences a glimpse into how the special effects magic of the upcoming Ghost in the Shell film were realized. See how 3D printing played a part in making the film's stunning robot geisha masks. More

Poland's first major satellite plant announced, 3D printed prototypes underway

Feb.28, 2017 - The Polish company SatRevolution S.A. has just announced plans for the country's first satellite production facility that will collaborate with foreign industry players in the production of small spacecrafts. SatRevolution's Swiatowid will be the first commercial satellite produced in Poland, with two Rusalka PhoneSat nanosatellites soon to follow. More

UCLA researchers combine 3D printing with machine learning to develop medical sensors

Feb.28, 2017 - A team of researchers at UCLA have designed a new prototype for a plasmonic detector, used to pick up signs of diseases and infections. The device makes use of 3D printing and machine learning, giving it a wide scope for modification as well as allowing to be made more cheaply and efficiently. More

Porous 3D printed scaffolds could help athletes with ACL injuries recover faster

Feb.28, 2017 - Researchers at the Mayo Clinic's tissue engineering and biomaterials laboratory in Rochester, MN have created a porous 3D printed scaffold implant for patients undergoing ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) reconstruction. The 3D printed scaffold can facilitate bone regeneration. More

Thai startup Etran wants to put 3D printed electric scooter taxis on the streets of Bangkok

Feb.27, 2017 - Etran Group, a Thailand-based startup, is planning to launch a taxi service that uses 3D printed electric motorcycles. The company is hoping to raise 300 million Thai Baht ($8.6 million) to fund the venture, which could commence operations as early as September. More

Sound-shaping 3D printed metamaterials could be used to fight cancer and improve personal audio

Feb.27, 2017 - Researchers from the University of Sussex in the UK have used special 3D printed bricks to build sound-shaping metamaterials that can direct sound waves. The materials could be used to create audio hotspots or to destroy tumors using high-intensity ultrasound. More

French doctors successfully implant custom airway stent made with 3D printing

Feb.27, 2017 - A team of doctors from the CHU hospital in Toulouse have successfully implanted a 3D printed custom tracheobronchial prosthesis, marking a world first for the medical community. The implant was designed and manufactured in partnership with Anatomik Modeling, a Toulouse-based startup that specializes in custom-made 3D implants. More

CSIRO and Anatomics 3D print titanium and polymer sternum implant in medical world first

Feb.27, 2017 - CSIRO recently partnered with Melbourne-based medical implant company Anatomics and a team of UK doctors to implant a 3D printed titanium & polymer sternum into a 61-year-old patient. The operation marked the first time that a 3D printed sternum made from titanium and a synthetic polymer had been implanted. More

This year's Oscar statuettes 3D printed in upstate New York

Feb.26, 2017 - This year the iconic Oscar statuettes were 3D printed by Polich Tallix Fine Art Foundry in upper New York state. More

Kamp Studio's 3D printed espresso set combines elegance and sustainability

Feb.26, 2017 - The renowned design brand Kamp Studio has just released a new collection of sleek homeware and wearables including a stunning espresso set. While New Zealand-based designer Daniel Kamp has always been drawn to experimental ways of creating, his new Kemp Collection is particularly notable for combining 3D printing with traditional handcrafting. More

Malaysia's 3D printed mini-wonderland a whopping 17,000 square feet

Feb.25, 2017 - A team of ambitious young makers in Malaysia has completed a 17,000 square foot miniature wonderland, after 8 years of 3D printing. MinNature Malaysia can now officially count itself as Malaysia's largest miniature exhibition. More

Make your own 3D printed light-up Lego bricks

Feb.25, 2017 - DIY project site Adafruit has just released a new tutorial for 3D printing your own light-up Lego bricks. Made with tiny battery-powered LED lights, the Adafruit project is functional with any Lego-compatible brick, and offers several different colour options. More

3D bioprinted conduits can effectively promote nerve regeneration (now in rats, soon in humans)

Feb.24, 2017 - Researchers from Kyoto University in Japan have used 3D bioprinting to create tubular conduits that can regenerate damaged nerve cells. The group used a Regenova 3D bioprinter from Cyfuse Biomedical. More

Australian hospital adopts 3D printing to make patient-specific bone models for preoperative planning

Feb.24, 2017 - Surgeons from the Mackay Base Hospital in Queensland, Australia are using 3D printers to produce life-size, patient-specific bone models to help in the treatment of broken or fractured bones. It is the first hospital in the Queensland region to do so. More

3D printing helps Native Union design stylish 'Eclipse' charging hub

Feb.23, 2017 - Tech accessory design studio Native Union has developed a compact and sleek charging hub that keeps your USB cables and devices organized and accessible. The new product, called the Eclipse, was developed with the help of 3D printing. More

California prof says 3D printed Mars habitats should be made from Martian soil, not ice

Feb.23, 2017 - Behrokh Khoshnevis, an engineering professor at the University of Southern California, is working with NASA to develop a system for 3D printing habitats on Mars made of powder-like materials found on the planet. More

Polish researchers 3D print affordable preoperative liver model using FDM technology

Feb.22, 2017 - A team of researchers from the Jagiellonian University Medical College in Poland has successfully 3D printed a preoperative planning model of a human liver for only $150. The research project demonstrates that 3D printed, patient-specific surgical models can be made at an affordable cost using accessible 3D printing technologies. More

32-year-old undergoes successful face transplant thanks to 3D printing and the Mayo Clinic

Feb.22, 2017 - A medical team from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota has successfully completed a facial transplant for 32-year-old patient Andrew Sandness. The incredibly complex procedure, which required over 50 hours of surgery, was made possible in part thanks to 3D printing technologies, which were used to produce 3D models and surgical guides. More

3D printed modular satellites could help Boeing cut costs

Feb.22, 2017 - Aerospace company Boeing is planning to use 3D printing in an effort to produce cheaper satellites in a shorter timespan. The 3D printed modular satellites would also require fewer workers to build. More

Stratasys partners with Team Penske to bring 3D printing to NASCAR, IndyCar racing

Feb.22, 2017 - 3D printing giant Stratasys has entered into a technical partnership with Team Penske, an American professional stock car and open-wheel racing team. The partnership will see Stratasys support Team Penske by providing equipment and services across its NASCAR and IndyCar racing platforms. More

Ohio boy with heart in wrong place breathes freely for first time after 3D printing-assisted surgery

Feb.21, 2017 - Surgeons at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio have used 3D printing to operate on boy with Heterotaxy syndrome, a rare birth defect. Doctors said the boy's heart seemed to have 'two right sides' and no left, giving him serious breathing difficulties. More

Farsoon's 3D printed turbojet engine passes 100,000 rpm test

Feb.21, 2017 - Farsoon Technologies, a Chinese 3D printing company, has announced the successful testing of its 3D printed turbojet engine rotor pieces. The company says its 3D printed turbojet engine parts passed the 100,000-rotations-per-minute test. More

Open Bionics wins $1M prize from UAE for 3D printed bionic arms

Feb.21, 2017 - 3D printed prosthetic hand maker Open Bionics has taken home the International UAE Robotics for Good Award, a recognition that includes $1 million in funding. The award, which was presented to the UK-based startup this past Saturday, was given out as part of the UAE AI & Robotics Award for Good competition. More

Giuseppe Finizia's popular 3D printed PCB workstation gets 'crane arms' update

Feb.20, 2017 - Giuseppe Finizia, creator of a popular 3D printed PCB workstation released in 2015, has published an updated version of his project, complete with crane arms. The 3D printed workstation can be downloaded for free. More

VisLab's 3D printed VR headsets help students visualize the end of the world

Feb.19, 2017 - Matthew L Faerber, director of the Visual World Investigate Lab at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, has built a set of 3D printed virtual reality / augmented reality headsets that he uses to demonstrate the effects of climate change. More

Analogue Loaders is playful 3D printed stop-motion homage to the dreaded loading screen

Feb.18, 2017 - Raphael Vangelis has created a playful stop-motion homage to the dreaded loading screen. The London-based filmmaker, who spends long nights simply staring at his computer screen, decided to transform the symbols into something analogue and playful using 3D printed models. More

Preserving Syria’s heritage: 3D printing helps restore Palmyra busts destroyed by ISIS

Feb.17, 2017 - Restoration experts in Rome have used 3D printing to repair two damaged busts salvaged from the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria. A number of the city's buildings and artifacts have been damaged or destroyed by ISIS, who took control of the city in 2015 and then again in December 2016. More

Australians use 3D printing, VR to bring local dinosaur back to life

Feb.17, 2017 - After more than 200 Leaellynasaura bone fragments were found in New South Wales, Australia, scientists are using 3D printing and virtual reality (VR) technology to bring the dinosaur 'back to life' at the National Wool Museum in Geelong. More

3D printed custom-made motorcycle could break 250 mph world record

Feb.17, 2017 - Mike Eaton of Jessco Racing, a local motorcycle builder in Bellingham, Washington, is trying to break the world record for fastest land speed in the 3000 CC class ' and this summer he may finally be able to do it, thanks to 3D printed engine components. More

Researchers optimize 3D print infill structures by mimicking natural bone tissue

Feb.17, 2017 - A joint team of researchers has turned to the natural world for inspiration in creating incredibly strong yet low density parts that borrow heavily from patterns found in our bones. Their infill optimization process could help to 3D print stronger, more efficient parts. More

3D printed humanoid 'Roboy Junior' an AI breakthrough

Feb.17, 2017 - Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and Swiss robotics group Devanthro have 3D printed a four-foot robotic humanoid complete with tendons, muscles, and bones. Meet Roboy Junior, the first prototype of the Roboy initiative, which recently scored substantial funding from additive manufacturing heavyweight EOS. More

India: First 3D printed titanium vertebrae implant helps 32-year-old woman walk again

Feb.17, 2017 - Doctors in India have helped a 32-year-old woman back onto her feet by rebuilding part of her spine with 3D printed vertebrae in a first-of-its-kind procedure. The patient had been suffering from spinal tuberculosis. More

3D printed Bobby Tailor luxury vehicles let kids ride in style

Feb.16, 2017 - German company Bobby Tailor is taking the standard of children's toy vehicles up a few notches. The company's luxury (and customizable) Bobby cars, which cost over €3,000, are made with the help of 3D printing technologies. More

NASA launches first ever 3D printed space art into orbit

Feb.16, 2017 - A 3D printed 'laugh sculpture' has officially become the first major artwork to be made in space. Printed aboard the International Space Station's (ISS) famed zero-gravity 3D printer, the unique art project was born from the mind of Israeli artist Eyal Gever. More

Tiny 3D printed camera lens could give drones eagle-eye vision

Feb.16, 2017 - A team of researchers from the University of Stuttgart in Germany have developed 3D printed lenses that can be used for miniature camera surveillance systems. The lenses, which employ 'foveated imaging,' come close to mimicking natural vision by offering a super-sharp central focus and wider peripheral vision than other cameras. More

Poland's first supercar, Arrinera Hussarya, contains 3D printed parts from OMNI3D

Feb.15, 2017 - Polish sports car manufacturer Arrinera Technology has teamed up with local industrial 3D printer manufacturer OMNI3D to 3D print parts for Arrinera Hussarya, Poland's first supercar. OMNI3D, known for its industrial FFF 3D printing solutions, says it helped manufacture functional prototypes for the supercar, as well as final parts. More

Customize your own 3D printed diamond necklace, made in the heart of Antwerp's Diamond District

Feb.15, 2017 - Belgian diamond brand Baunat has teamed up with mass customization startip Twikit to launch the Twikit Tool for Baunat Customized: an online tool that lets shoppers design their own diamond name necklace. Using 3D printed molds and expertly handcrafted diamonds, customers can have their name cast in G VS2 diamonds, on their choice of 18 karat gold chain. More

Metal 3D printing company Intech DMLS develops India's first jet engine series

Feb.15, 2017 - Indian manufacturing company Intech DMLS, which specializes in metal 3D printing solutions, has announced it is developing India's first locally made jet engine series. The jet engines will be destined for small aircraft such as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and Remote Controlled Aircraft. More

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan announces plans for UK's largest 3D printing centre

Feb.15, 2017 - The Mayor of London has announced a new proposal to transform the Thames Estuary into a global creative hub. The UK's largest 3D printing centre, which will be established in a new facility for the production of large-scale artworks, forms a major part of his plans. More

DIY 3D printed Raspberry Pi laptop case integrates official Pi display

Feb.14, 2017 - Matthew Rose-Innes, a maker from South Africa, has built a Raspberry Pi 'laptop' using the Pi Foundation Display and a 3D printed casing that incorporates a keyboard and touchpad. The laptop is part of a wider trend for printing cool housings for the tiny Pi computer. More

Researchers reveal how to build 3D printed bio-bots

Feb.14, 2017 - Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign have spent the past few years working on the development of a new class of bio-bots, which use muscle cells, 3D printed scaffolds, and electrical and optical pulses to move. Now, the team has decided to share its research so that anyone can make their own 3D printed bio-bot. More

Skelmet introduces extremely lightweight, custom-fit 3D printed sports sunglasses

Feb.14, 2017 - Massachusetts-based sports eyewear startup Skelmet has launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for its innovative 3D printed custom-fit sports sunglasses. The company is using 3D scanning and 3D printing to make its bespoke frames. Mor