Fathers and sons are 3D printing arms for each other

Feb.23, 2018 - In Missouri, a teenager has 3D printed a custom prosthetic arm for his veteran amputee father, while across the pond in the UK, a father has 3D printed a prosthesis for his 10-year-old son, born without a left hand. It's a lovely snapshot of 3D printing in 2018. More

Another giant leap for Made In Space: Guinness World Record for longest 3D printed object

Feb.23, 2018 - Made In Space, the Silicon Valley company that sent the first 3D printer into space, has announced its latest additive manufacturing feat: it has received the Guinness World Record for the world's longest 3D printed object. More

TU Eindhoven's 3D printed Noah car showcases future of sustainable automotive design

Feb.23, 2018 - A team of students from the Eindhoven University of Technology's TU/ecomotive group has designed a 3D printed concept car called Noah. The car showcases the potential of automotive evolution and, importantly, sustainable mobility. More

Winter Olympics: 3D printing helps France's greatest Olympian scoop biathlon gold

Feb.22, 2018 - Frenchman Martin Fourcade, winner of the men's biathlon 12.5 km pursuit at the Winter Olympics, shot his way to victory using a rifle made with 3D printing technology. The rifle was developed by Athletics 3D ' Olympics & Fitting, and prototyped on a Zortrax 3D printer. More

Star Trek Online captains can now 3D print their starships

Feb.22, 2018 - Star Trek Online, the massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), now lets gamers 3D print their starships. The cool 3D printing feature comes thanks to a partnership between software company Perfect World, developer Cryptic Studios, and cloud 3D printing company Mixed Dimensions. More

3D printed terracotta pavilion by HKU on show in Shenzhen, China

Feb.22, 2018 - A team from the University of Hong Kong's robotic fabrication LAB is exhibiting a three-square-meter pavilion made from 3D printed terracotta bricks. It is being displayed at the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture (UABB) in Shenzhen, China. More

Johns Hopkins cleaning up 3D printed surgical models with new PostProcess Technologies gear

Feb.21, 2018 - PostProcess Technologies, a 3D printing company based in Buffalo, New York, is working with Johns Hopkins University to automate post-printing technologies for 3D printed surgical models. More

SLM Solutions 3D printing rare parts for Audi W12 engine

Feb.21, 2018 - German metal 3D printing company SLM Solutions is working with automaker Audi to make prototypes and spare parts. Components like the water adapter of the little-used Audi W12 engine are being 3D printed on the SLM 280 3D printer. More

Digitize your 35 mm photos with this free 3D printable film scanner

Feb.21, 2018 - Alexander Gee, a photographer and Thingiverse user from New Zealand, has designed a 3D printable 35 mm film digitizer that works with a Sony E-mount camera to capture film negatives in full detail. The tool is essentially a 1:1 'enlarger.' More

Google Arts and Culture presents 3D printed vases at Indian museum

Feb.20, 2018 - Google Arts and Culture has unveiled a series of 10 3D printed vases at Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya museum. The 3D printed pieces are part of the 'Future Relics' project. More

Check out this incredible 3D printed topographical map of the USA

Feb.20, 2018 - Reddit user [rittmafat] has created an incredible 3D printed map of the USA, complete with exaggerated topography. The 3D printed model shows the extreme difference in landscape between the East and West. More

Voxeljet sending half a million liters of 3D printed sand to Michigan

Feb.20, 2018 - German large-format 3D printer company voxeljet AG will supply more than 500,000 liters of 3D printed sand to Tooling and Equipment International (TEI) over the next three years. TEI is the largest user of 3D printed sand in the USA. More

Stelia Aerospace uses WAAM 3D printer for aluminum fuselage panel

Feb.20, 2018 - Stelia Aerospace, a French company that makes aerostructures and aircraft seats, has used 3D printing for its latest fuselage panel. The self-reinforcing panel, developed with Constellium, Centrale Nantes, and the CT Ingénierie group, is cheap and lightweight. More

3D printed smartphone microscope could help diagnose malaria

Feb.20, 2018 - Researchers from the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) have developed a 3D printed add-on clip that turns smartphones into fully functional microscopes. The clip is free to download. More

Dubai to unveil first 3D printed villa by April

Feb.20, 2018 - Dubai is trying to make good on its plan to have 25 percent of all buildings in the city 3D printed by the year 2030, and has taken another step towards realizing that goal. The city plans to unveil its first 3D printed villa in the next two months. More

Into the great un-gnome: 3D printed anti-communism gnome blasted into space

Feb.19, 2018 - A 3D printed model of a Polish 'krasnal' gnome, a symbol of the city of Wroclaw and of peaceful resistance against the communist regime of the 1980s, has been launched into the stratosphere. It celebrates 100 years of Polish independence. More

3D printable 'Epic Sci-Fi Tiles' for tabletop RPGs now on Kickstarter

Feb.19, 2018 - Epic Dungeon Tiles, a company that creates 3D printable tabletop sets for RPGs like Dungeons and Dragons, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for its latest RPG tile collection: Epic Sci-Fi Tiles. More

3D printed chest prosthesis aids recovery of Welsh man with massive tumor

Feb.19, 2018 - A grandfather in Wales has become the country's first man to have his chest wall rebuilt with a 3D printed prosthesis. The man, Peter Maggs, had three ribs and half his breastbone removed to get rid of a large tumor. More

Missouri students 3D print prosthetic paw for Tucker the Australian shepherd

Feb.18, 2018 - Tucker, an adorable Australian shepherd born with an underdeveloped hind paw, was recently fitted with a 3D printed prosthetic. The prosthetic, which could help the five-year-old dog walk more evenly, was 3D printed by a dedicated team from the University of Missouri. More

3D print your own DIY thermal camera

Feb.18, 2018 - Well, the Ruiz Brothers from over at Adafruit have done it again: made another awesome and fully reproducible project that combines 3D printing and electronics. The make, a 3D printed thermal camera, is the perfect DIY project for this winter weekend. More

French startup Octobre71 sells colorful 3D printed eyewear

Feb.15, 2018 - Octobre71, a French eyewear startup, is leveraging 3D printing technologies to design and produce customized sunglasses that are 100 percent made in France. The stylish sunnies are 3D printed in partnership with French 3D printing service Sculpteo. More

Top 10 useful 3D printed accessories for any maker

Feb.15, 2018 - While 3D printing can be used to create almost any type of object, sometimes the handiest things to 3D print are for 3D printing itself. Check out some of the best 3D models for improving, organizing, or spiffing up your 3D printing work station. More

NASA: 3D printed medical tools could help astronauts stay healthy on eventual Mars mission

Feb.15, 2018 - A new NASA microbiology project aims to develop 3D printable tools that can handle liquids such as blood samples without spilling in microgravity. The 3D printed instruments will be tested on the International Space Station (ISS), and could be used to keep astronauts healthy. More

3D4E at UCLA giving 3D printed ukuleles to nearby orphanage

Feb.14, 2018 - 3D4E at UCLA, a 3D printing student organization and part of 3D4E National, is using 3D printing to make musical instruments such as ukuleles and shakers. The group is passing its 3D printed instruments on to the nearby Maryvale orphanage. More

UnisBrands: Penn State student startup 3D prints customized shoes

Feb.14, 2018 - Nicholas Unis, a young entrepreneur and student at Penn State, has transformed his passion for footwear into a unique business idea. The finance and accounting student is the founder of UnisBrands, a fashion label that designs, produces, and sells 3D printed shoes. More

Rotterdam's The Chocolate Factory increases production, cuts costs thanks to 3D printing

Feb.14, 2018 - The Chocolate Factory, a Rotterdam-based chocolate company, recently integrated 3D printed components into its chocolate packaging machines. Since the transition, and with the ability to 3D print replacement parts on demand, the company has reported reduced machine downtimes. More

Team USA aims to win gold with 3D printed sleds at Olympic luge competition

Feb.14, 2018 - With the XXIII Winter Olympic Games in well under way, it was only a matter of time before 3D printing was revealed to be involved. 3D printing giant Stratasys worked with the US Olympic Luge Team to 3D print specialized components for its sleds with the hope of snatching up a gold medal. More

3D printed skulls to accompany Dippy the dinosaur on UK tour

Feb.14, 2018 - The UK's most famous dinosaur, Dippy the Diplodocus, is embarking on a nationwide tour. The dinosaur skeleton, which has been on display at London's Natural History Museum since 1979, will be accompanied by a couple of 3D printed skulls on its journey. More

How to start your own biomedical 3D printing laboratory at university

Feb.13, 2018 - The co-founder of MUN MED 3D, a 3D printing biomedical laboratory in Canada, has offered a series of tips for those looking to start a biomedical 3D printing laboratory on a college or university campus. More

3D printed nanotech device could provide answers in brain cancer, Alzheimers research

Feb.13, 2018 - Researchers at Genoa's Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia in Italy have used nanoscale 3D printing to develop a hybrid nanotech device that could help develop treatments for brain diseases and tumors. The 3D printed device mimics the blood-brain barrier. More

Adidas' 3D printed AlphaEDGE 4D LTD sneakers coming sooner than expected

Feb.13, 2018 - Exciting news for those patiently awaiting the release of Adidas' new AlphaEDGE 4D LTD sneaker. The 3D printed shoes, made using the sportswear giant's FUTURECRAFT technology, will be released on February 17 instead of their expected May release date. More

Hailey Dawson, young sports fan with 3D printed hand, drops puck at Vegas Golden Knights hockey game

Feb.13, 2018 - Hailey Dawson, a young girl with a 3D printed prosthetic arm, was invited to drop the puck at an NHL hockey game this past Sunday. Hailey had previously been invited by many professional baseball teams to throw the first ceremonial pitch using her 3D printed prosthetic. More

3D printing helps Porsche produce extremely rare car parts for its classic models

Feb.13, 2018 - German sports car manufacturer Porsche has turned to 3D printing for the production of limited spare parts for its Classic range. Additive manufacturing will enable the auto manufacturer to create spare parts on demand for owners of classic Porsche models. More

S-Squared plans to 3D print affordable eco-friendly housing on Long Island

Feb.12, 2018 - S-Squared 3D printers, a 3D printer manufacturer based in Long Island, New York, says it has developed a new additive manufacturing system capable of printing concrete homes and buildings. The mobile 3D printing system can reportedly 3D print a house in roughly 72 hours. More

Dubai 3D printing company kits out Toyota GT86 with 3D printed parts

Feb.12, 2018 - Immensa Technology Labs, a 3D printing company based in Dubai, has 3D printed parts for a Toyota GT86 race car. The vehicle, driven by Mohammed Abdulghaffar Hussain, raced to victory at the Yas Marina Circuit earlier this month. More

Ford using 3D printing on Navigator, Expedition SUVs to meet increased demand

Feb.12, 2018 - American automaker Ford is using 3D printing, 400 new robots, and enhanced data analytics to increase production of its new Lincoln Navigator and Ford Expedition SUVs. $25 million has been invested to meet production targets. More

Skyrora: Scotland joins space race with 3D printed suborbital launch vehicle

Feb.12, 2018 - Edinburgh-based Skyrora, a company with partners in Ukraine, will launch a partially 3D printed suborbital vehicle from the north of Scotland later this year. Skyrora's rocket engines run on hydrogen peroxide and kerosene. More

Black Panther's Queen Ramonda dons amazing 3D printed shoulder piece

Feb.9, 2018 - Marvel's upcoming superhero film 'Black Panther' has some serious talent behind it. Costume designer Ruth E Carter, one of the people who helped make the film one of the most anticipated of the year, dishes on how 3D printing was used for a special costume prop. More

MakerBot 3D printers help KUKA develop 'smart factory' robotic arms

Feb.9, 2018 - German robotics and automation company KUKA is using MakerBot 3D printers to make customized end-use 'hands' and other parts for its six-axis robotic arm systems. KUKA says 3D printing is helping the company achieve its smart factory targets. More

Indian doctors move ahead with implantable 3D printed ears

Feb.9, 2018 - Doctors and medical scientists in Chennai, India are developing a method for 3D printing implantable ears. The research, which has been underway for two years but is moving ahead steadily, could one day be used to produce 3D printed ears for children with ear-related birth defects. More

Kit out your gaming room with awesome DOTA 2 3D printed map from WhiteClouds

Feb.8, 2018 - 3D modeling and printing specialist WhiteClouds has unveiled its DOTA 2 3D Map Model, an expansive and finely detailed 3D printed terrain based on the popular multi-player online battle arena game. Three versions of the 3D printed map model can be purchased starting at $699. More

Resin 3D printing used to make Brainwavz B400 audiophile earphones

Feb.8, 2018 - Brainwavz, a high-end earphone company owned by GPGS, has used resin 3D printing to make the B400, its latest audiophile-grade earphones. The earphones make use of four balanced armature drivers and a 3D printed housing. More

Shark-inspired 3D printed structures pave way for next-gen drones, planes & wind turbines

Feb.7, 2018 - Researchers from Harvard University have turned to the fiercest underwater predators, sharks, for inspiration in designing next-generation planes, drones, wind turbines, and cars. According to the researchers, shark skin can provide valuable insights into creating more aerodynamic structures. More

3D printed reconstruction of 10,000-year-old man's face sparks revelation about ancient Brits

Feb.7, 2018 - Thanks to advanced DNA research and 3D printing technologies, we now know what one of the earliest British people looked like. A team from London's Natural History Museum and University College London has just unveiled a highly realistic 3D model of the famous 'Cheddar Man.' More

Creator of Liberator 3D printed gun talks state of DIY handguns in new video

Feb.7, 2018 - Cody Wilson, director of divisive open-source weapons organization Defense Distributed, has spoken about homemade firearms in a new video from ReasonTV. Wilson shot to fame in 2013 when his organization created the 'Liberator,' a 3D printed one-shot pistol. More

333D to sell official 3D printed player figurines for Football Federation Australia

Feb.7, 2018 - 333D, an Australian 3D printing company, has signed an official licensing agreement with the Football Federation Australia (FFA). As per the agreement, 333D will 3D print, distribute, and sell official FFA soccer player figurines. More

World first: 3D printed camper with 100-year life expectancy to be printed in Saskatoon, Canada

Feb.6, 2018 - Saskatoon-based Wave of the Future 3D has partnered with Saskatchewan Polytechnic and local 3D printing & coffee shop Create Cafe to build 'The Wave,' which could very well be the world's first 3D printed camper trailer. More

Could 3D printing be used to provide wireless power in space?

Feb.6, 2018 - Researchers from the Clemson Nanomaterials Institute (CNI) in South Carolina have used 3D printing to create a wireless triboelectric nanogenerator that generates electricity from motion and vibrations. More

Capita's 3D printed snowboards ready to carve up the slopes

Feb.6, 2018 - Capita, a snowboard maker with distributors all around the world, is using FDM 3D printers to make stronger snowboard sidewalls. FUS3D, its new manufacturing tech, uses a strong recyclable thermoplastic which connects to the wooden core of the board. More

3D printed phantom models from Russia could improve cancer radiation therapy

Feb.5, 2018 - A team of scientists from Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) in Russia is developing a use for 3D printing which could help doctors verify and even improve radiotherapy treatment plans for cancer patients. More

This DIY 3D printed lamp shows real-time weather with amazing LED light display

Feb.4, 2018 - Maker 'Gosse Adema' has uploaded an Instructables tutorial for an awesome 3D printed 'Weather/Matrix Lamp,' which is not only colorful and bright but can also keep you updated about the weather outside in real time. More

Metro Block: 3D printed models of Dallas skyline bring residents closer to their city

Feb.3, 2018 - Two Texas-based IT specialists have founded Metro Block, a company that aims to foster city pride using miniature 3D printed models of neighborhoods. At present, Metro Block is only operating in Dallas, but plans to expand to other cities. More

Deakin University experiments with customized 3D printed food for people with swallowing disorders

Feb.2, 2018 - A team of researchers has used 3D printing to help out people who suffer from swallowing disorders, known as dysphagia. The technology allows for different food textures and shapes to be printed, introducing greater taste and visual variety into sufferer's modified meals, which are often found to be unappealing. More

Hiro Creations makes huge 3D printed Star Wars model with budget Monoprice printer

Feb.2, 2018 - Yasu Tano of'Hiro Creations spent a whole year using Monoprice Delta 3D printers to print various props, cosplay outfits, and other geeky bits and bobs. Highlights include a life-size'K-2SO droid from Star Wars spinoff'Rogue One. More

De Rigueur Designs introduces custom 3D printed jewelry line and BEZEL mobile app

Feb.2, 2018 - De Rigueur Designs has unveiled its 3D printed metal jewelry line available on the company's newly launched BEZEL app, a live hand tracking augmented reality e-commerce platform. More

Tokyo University of Technology student 3D prints ice structures with a modified desktop 3D printer

Feb.2, 2018 - A graduate student from the Tokyo University of Technology in Japan has modified a desktop 3D printer to print small structures and shapes from ice. The technology uses a liquid hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) gas to instantly freeze water that is extruded simultaneously. More

Argentinian researchers develop new 3D bio-printed wound dressings for diabetes sufferers

Feb.2, 2018 - A team of researchers based in Buenos Aires have pioneered a new technique for fabricating wound dressings, which is designed specifically to help diabetics. The improved fit of their bio-based 3D printed dressings, along with the integrated antibiotics delivery system, should reduce the chance of infection and improve the healing process. More

€7.9M awarded to FollowKnee for development of 3D printed prosthetic knee joints

Feb.2, 2018 - A collaborative effort between different companies and organizations in France should improve the treatment of knee conditions in the near future. FollowKnee is making use of 3D printing and scanning to produce better prosthetic knee joints, as well as developing sensors and AR technology to improve surgery and the recovery process. More

Noumena's Robotic Habitats with 3D printed robots explores the evolution of artificial intelligence

Feb.1, 2018 - Noumena, an innovative Barcelona-based group of engineers, designers, and architects, is investigating how artificial intelligence and robots might evolve and survive in our world through a recent (partially 3D printed) installation called 'Robotic Habitats.' More

Scientists successfully 3D printed living cells using 'in-air microfluidics' technique

Feb.1, 2018 - Using a new technique they call "in-air microfluidics," University of Twente scientists succeed in printing 3D structures with living cells. This special technique enable the fast and 'on-the-fly' production of micro building blocks that are viable and can be used for repairing damaged tissue, for example. The work is presented in Science Advances. More

Cycle Pharmaceuticals: 3D printed orphan drugs to hit market in 2-3 years

Feb.1, 2018 - Cambridge-based Cycle Pharmaceuticals has just announced its strategy to harness 3D printing technology as a chief means of producing prescription drugs by way of a new partnership with Aprecia Pharmaceuticals. The partnership will see Cycle develop and commercialise 3D printed drugs for rare diseases, also known as 'orphan drugs.' More

Esma & Special Platings to 3D print customized titanium eyewear with 135K CrossRoads2 subsidy

Feb.1, 2018 - Flemish metal 3D printing company Esma and Dutch company Special Platings have announced they will be partnering with the goal of manufacturing customized titanium glasses frames using 3D printing technologies. The companies are supported by a 135K subsidy. More

ZER debuts 3D printed 'CONNECT3D' collection with Samsung at Madrid Fashion Week

Feb.1, 2018 - ZER, a Spain-based design studio, has unveiled its latest collection, CONNECT3D, on the runway at Madrid Fashion Week. The innovative collection, which was the winner of the Samsung Ego Innovation Project, features a number of 3D printed garments and seamlessly combines fashion and tech. More

IDC Japan report: 3D printing mainly used for production, transport, electrical machinery

Jan.31, 2018 - The Japanese arm of research giant IDC has released the results of its domestic 3D printing user survey. Amongst other findings, the survey revealed that 85.7 per cent of responding companies are using 3D printers to make prototypes. More

Rutgers University 4D prints smart hydrogel structures that change shape and size

Jan.31, 2018 - Engineers from Rutgers University have 4D printed structures from a smart hydrogel. The process, capable of 3D printing hydrogel structures that change shape when exposed to different temperatures, could be used for tissue engineering, soft robots, and drug delivery applications. More

GE Additive prototypes jet engine part in just 12 weeks using new binder jet metal 3D printing system

Jan.31, 2018 - Moving ahead with its groundbreaking H1 AM technology, GE says it was able to 3D print and test 30 prototypes of a football-sized jet engine part and realize the final version in just 12 weeks. The company says that the same feat would have taken years using traditional casting methods. More

You can now 3D print Einstein's favorite childhood toy courtesy of LEGO and IKEA

Jan.31, 2018 - Kids can now play with Albert Einstein's childhood toys thanks to the 'Open Einstein''3D scanning and printing initiative led by the Real Play Coalition. More

Sanitary fittings giant Grohe implements 3D printing for new line of advanced bathroom fittings

Jan.30, 2018 - Sanitary appliance giant Grohe is to adopt 3D printing technology in the manufacturing of its latest range of ceramic fittings. This is part of the company's commitment to innovation and creating a more sustainable industry, following on last year's release of smart bathroom systems. More

GlassesUSA and Janne Kyttanen team up to let you 3D print your own glasses at home

Jan.30, 2018 - GlassesUSA, a major online retailer of prescription eyewear, announces the launch of 3D printable glasses. The files, which were designed by renown digital sculptor, Janne Kyttanen, can be 3D printed at home. More

Scientists uses 3D printing to grow new ears for children with microtia

Jan.30, 2018 - Scientists in China have used 3D printing to grow new ears for five children born with an ear'defect called microtia. Chondrocytes'were taken from the children's ears and used to grow new ear-shaped cartilage. More

Maker 3D prints & animates sneakiest, most mischievous Tiny Rick from 'Rick and Morty'

Jan.29, 2018 - 3D Print Guy, a popular online maker known for his colorful, cartoon-inspired designs, has created a 3D model of a personalized Tiny Rick, which he has not only 3D printed but has also featured in a short animation. More

Hamburg invests EUR 30 million in research for 3D printing and nanotechnology

Jan.29, 2018 - The Fraunhofer Society, a'German'research organization with 70'institutes spread throughout Germany, has signed an agreement with Katharina Fegebank, Deputy Mayor of Hamburg, to jointly explore 3D printing and nanotechnology over the next five years. More

French alternative energy commission, CEA, partners with HP to advance industrial 3D printing

Jan.28, 2018 - CEA, the French atomic and alternative energy commission, will be entering into a collaboration with HP that makes use of its Jet Fusion 3D printing system. The goal is to develop new FDM 3D printing solutions in a way that will target specific needs of industrial manufacturing, around 80 percent of which are currently met. More

This 3D printed Joy Con grip lets you handle your smartphone and Nintendo Switch simultaneously

Jan.27, 2018 - A new 3D printed accessory for the Nintendo Switch has taken the Internet by storm. Check out Thingiverse maker Nathan Becker's Nintendo Switch Phone Joy Con Grip, a clever setup that makes the Switch compatible with a whole range of smartphones, effectively bypassing Nintendo's shotty online chat system. More

Cold spray 3D printing leads to new design possibilities in electric motor magnets

Jan.26, 2018 - Researchers from the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) have'developed'a cold-spray additive manufacturing process for fabricating permanent magnets for electric motors. The process could lead to cost reductions and new design possibilities. More

CSU Sacramento's Hornet Racing Formula SAE team uses 3D printing to improved engine performance

Jan.26, 2018 - Hornet Racing, a team of student automotive engineers based in Sacramento, made use of Carbon's 3D printing technology to improve the engine design for their vehicle. The racing car's new engine had an improved air intake, which led to placing higher than ever before in a major international competition. More

3D printing experiment sheds light on mosquito behavior & biting patterns

Jan.26, 2018 - While swatting away mosquitoes might seem futile, scientists now believe it could actually deter mosquitoes from biting you. A recent study published by the University of Washington suggests that mosquitoes can learn what types of odors to avoid through associations with shocks. More

Inauguration of £21M NIHR biomedical center in Bristol to feature 3D printed heart model installation

Jan.26, 2018 - February 1 will mark the launch of the new '21 million National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) at the Bristol Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) in the UK. The center, which will develop and test new surgical practices, will be equipped with 3D printing technologies for producing heart models. More

Hackrod: futuristic car company using 3D printing, VR, generative design wants your investment

Jan.26, 2018 - Hackrod, a California-based automotive startup working in partnership with Autodesk, is developing a new platform for vehicle development that uses generative design, virtual reality, 3D printing, and a cloud-based supply chain. The company will develop 50 new cars for the movie Autonomo. More

Australian 'micro-factories' turn e-waste into high-value 3D printer filament

Jan.25, 2018 - The Australian Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology is developing a new system for turning our trash into treasure. The centre's so-called "micro-factories" convert electronic waste into valuable metal alloys, composites, ceramics, and micromaterials at higher temperatures, and 3D printing filament at lower temperatures. More

Ghent University: 3D printed preclinical tumor model can improve cancer therapy research

Jan.25, 2018 - A team from Ghent University in Belgium has developed a preclinical model of peritoneal metastasis using 3D printing technologies. The tumor model can reportedly be used to advance and improve chemotherapy treatments. More

RECHARGE: $2.9M Air Force program will use 3D printed molds to produce legacy aircraft parts

Jan.25, 2018 - Renaissance Services, an Ohio-based enterprise systems integrator for aerospace and defense companies, has received a $2.9M Air Force contract to support production of gearboxes and housings for out-of-production aircraft and engines using 3D printed ceramic molds. More

Ariane Group successfully tests new Vulcan 2.1 rocket engine, with 3D printed gas generator

Jan.24, 2018 - Ariane Group has used 3D printing technology to reduce costs in the production of the latest Ariane 6 launch vehicle. Its Vulcan 2.1 engine has a 3D printed gas generator, making the rocket much more affordable for the European Space Agency, which is competing with cheaper projects by Space X and other companies. More

Fraunhofer IOF uses SLM 3D printing to make 75% lighter metal mirrors for scanners & telescopes

Jan.24, 2018 - The 'Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering'(IOF) has used SLM 3D printing to reduce the weight of scanner mirrors and space-borne telescope mirrors by 75 per cent. The mirrors will be shown as part of the Photonics West exhibition in San Francisco next week. More

France's Gecko Biomedical granted €6M to develop 3D printed biopolymers for tissue reconstruction

Jan.24, 2018 - French medical device company Gecko Biomedical recently secured '6 million which will primarily be put towards advancing the development and industrialization of specialized 3D printed biopolymers to be used for tissue reconstruction and peripheral nerve treatment. More

New 3D bioprinting technique produces accurately pigmented skin with complex pore structures

Jan.24, 2018 - Researchers in Singapore have devised a new method for controlling pigmentation in 3D bioprinted human skin. The research could lead to more lifelike fabricated skin for grafting, toxicology, and chemical testing. More

Iris van Herpen combines 3D printing & textile in new 'Ludi Naturae' fashion collection

Jan.24, 2018 - Dutch designer Iris van Herpen has once again wowed her audiences with her latest fashion collection 'Ludi Naturae.' A golden 3D printed dress, made in collaboration with TU Delft, was the undeniable standout. More

Testing for 3D printed Curve Appeal house moves ahead, WATG plans to break ground in 2018

Jan.23, 2018 - Architecture firm WATG Chicago is moving ahead with its freeform 3D printed house project in partnership with Branch Technology. The companies confirmed that R&D testing for the 3D printed construction project are underway and they are preparing to break ground on the house this year. More

Mixing PDMS elastomers produces strong 3D printed parts with superior cell adhesion

Jan.23, 2018 - Researchers from Pennsylvania State University have successfully 3D printed shapes with complex geometries using a mix of PDMS elastomers, varieties of a common silicon-based'organic'polymer. The 3D printed PDMS registered a superior tensile strength to molded or cast PDMS. More

UT Austin students 3D print custom six-string electric violin

Jan.23, 2018 - Violinist Sean Riley needed a six-string violin to play a particular piece of music. Rather than spend thousands of dollars buying one, the innovative music student at the University of Texas decided to 3D print it. More

Inverse-design and 3D printing combine to create groundbreaking metadevices

Jan.23, 2018 - Researchers from Northwestern University have combined inverse-design and 3D printing to create highly creating highly efficient, non-resonant, broadband metadevices that operate at millimeter-wave frequencies. The innovation could prove revolutionary for defense, consumer products, and telecommunications, experts say. More

Sinterit & designer Bartlomiej Gaczorek 3D print anti-pollution mask just for kids

Jan.23, 2018 - 3D designer Bartlomiej Gaczorek has teamed up with Polish 3D printer company Sinterit to design and 3D print anti-pollution masks for children. The masks, named 'brifo,' are intended to protect children from breathing in pollution in big cities. More

Study shows how 3D printed titanium-mesh implants can be optimized for better bone regeneration

Jan.22, 2018 - A collaborative research team has come together to study the benefits of 3D printed titanium-mesh scaffolds in implants. The preclinical study reports that 3D printed scaffolds do indeed help to optimize bone regeneration in patients. More

Bugatti develops world's largest 3D printed titanium Brake Caliper, just 6.4 pounds

Jan.22, 2018 - Luxury sports car manufacturer Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S has made use of 3D printing to create the brake calipers for the latest model of the Chiron. Collaborating with Laser Zentrum Nord, the company was able to reduce the weight of the component significantly, using a new architecture and titanium instead of aluminum. More

3D printing helps scientists recreate face of Neolithic girl who lived 9,000 years ago

Jan.22, 2018 - An interdisciplinary team of medical and archeological specialists recently collaborated to reconstruct the face of a teenage girl who lived roughly 9,000 years ago. The reconstruction relied on 3D scanning and 3D printing technologies. More

3Ders interview with ceramic 3D printing artist Emre Can

Jan.22, 2018 - Emre Can, a research assistant at Anadolu University in Turkey, has created a range of 3D printed artworks as part of his doctoral thesis. Can told 3Ders about getting to grips with 3D printing, being inspired by Middle Eastern motifs, and understanding the 'language of the machine.' More

First in Belfast: surgeons take on complex kidney transplant with help of 3D printed model

Jan.22, 2018 - A 3D printed surgical model of a kidney proved to be a critical tool in helping a team of Belfast surgeons complete an extremely complex surgery. The operation, which was an overall success, has changed the life of a young mother from the Northern Irish city. More

World first as Rocket Lab launches 3D printed Electron rocket from private NZ base

Jan.22, 2018 - Aerospace manufacturer Rocket Lab has launched its Electron rocket, complete with 3D printed engines, from its private New Zealand launch pad. The rocket reached orbit on Sunday, delivering three small satellites on behalf of Planet and Spire Global. More

Watch this 3D printed piano-playing robot jam with its violinist creator

Jan.21, 2018 - Watch out Chopin: a Polish university student has programmed a robot to play the piano. The musical robot, which pushes piano keys using pronged 3D printed fingers, was developed specifically to accompany its creator while he plays the violin. More

Texas hobbyist's 3D printed crystal radio works without a battery or external power source

Jan.20, 2018 - A 3D printing and radio technology enthusiast has put together a 3D printed crystal radio. This easy-to-make radio works without a battery or external power source, taking its power from the transmitted AM signal, and a tutorial has been posted online for fellow hobbyists to learn a bit about how radios work, More

New Zealand research project explores new design directions for future 3D printed prosthetics

Jan.19, 2018 - A collaborative project carried out by the New Zealand Artificial Limb Project and the University of Wellington has explored the potential for 3D printing technology to advance prosthetics in the future. New design directions for long and short term include improved functionality as well as multi-density printing. More

Finland's Patria completes maiden flight of Hornet fighter aircraft with 3D printed engine part

Jan.19, 2018 - Patria, a Finnish aerospace and defense solutions company, has announced that it has successfully completed the maiden flight of an F/A-18 Hornet fighter aircraft equipped with a 3D printed engine part. The event marks a 3D printing first for Finland. More

3D printed reactionware brings us closer to print-at-home drugs

Jan.19, 2018 - Researchers from Scotland's University of Glasgow have devised a method for 3D printing interconnected reaction vessels that carry out separate chemical reactions. The 3D printed reactionware could be used to make print-at-home pharmaceuticals and chemicals. More

3D printing helps French aircraft maker Latécoère cut lead times by 95% and reduce costs by 40%

Jan.18, 2018 - Earlier today Latécoère, a French aircraft design and manufacturing group, announced that it has begun deploying Stratasys' FDM additive manufacturing throughout its design and production process, in a move which is expected to vastly accelerate development times and improve business performance overall. More

RUN2RAIL exploring 3D printing & carbon fiber composites for lighter, more comfortable trains

Jan.18, 2018 - The University of Huddersfield has received '300K to develop lighter and more comfortable 'rolling stock' for trains. The project will investigate the use of 3D printing and carbon fiber composites for the improvement of train bogie construction. More

Sculptors use 3D printed skulls to reconstruct faces of unidentified US-Mexico border victims

Jan.18, 2018 - Students at the'New York Academy of Art have attempted to reconstruct the faces of eight unidentified men found dead on the US-Mexico border. The artists hope their reconstructions, made with clay using 3D printed replicas of the victims' skulls, will help identify the victims. More

World's first 3D printed toilets by Hamilton Labs could wipe out India's sanitation problems

Jan.18, 2018 - Singapore-based Hamilton Labs is developing 3D printable toilets to help improve poor sanitary conditions in India. The toilets, which will be made with Hamilton's robotic HamilBot Mark 1 3D printer using a recycled cement mix, will be used in the Madhubani and Darbhanga districts in Bihar. More

Swiss team pioneers compact low-power laser 3D printing technique, with potential for surgical use

Jan.17, 2018 - A group of researchers in Switzerland has developed a new 3D printing approach that makes use of low-power lasers and an ultra-fine optical fiber. This affordable technique could be integrated into existing surgical endoscopy equipment, to allow for the targeted creation of micro-structures, in order to fix damaged tissue More

Arconic & Vader Systems 3D printing projects receive DOE HPC4 funding

Jan.17, 2018 - A metal additive manufacturing project organized by Arconic, LLNL, and ORNL has received $300,000 in funding, split evenly between the Office of Fossil Energy's HPC4Mtls program and the Advanced Manufacturing Office's HPC4Mfg'program. More

AeroJet Rocketdyne & NASA successfully test-fire RS-25 engine with 3D printed components

Jan.17, 2018 - NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne have announced the successful test-firing of a RS-25 rocket engine with 3D printed components. The innovative engine is being built to power NASA's Space Launch System (SLS), which is expected to send a team of astronauts 'to an area near the Moon' as soon as 2020. More

South African maker Tom van den Bon successfully completes 365-day 3D printing challenge

Jan.17, 2018 - A South African maker by the name of Tom van den Bon has completed what could very well be the country's first 365-day 3D printing challenge. The maker says he 3D printed at least one part or object using an FDM 3D printer every day for the past year. More

KCE: 3D printed implants are not better or cheaper than traditional ones

Jan.16, 2018 - While 3D printed implants are often hailed as the future of healthcare solutions, the Belgian Federal Knowledge Center for Healthcare (KCE) has reported that the supposed benefits of using 3D printed implants are perhaps not as effective or convincing as we may have thought. More

Scaffold-free 3D bioprinted tracheas successfully transplanted into rats

Jan.16, 2018 - Researchers from Saga University and Nagasaki University in Japan have used a Cyfuse Biomedical Regenova 3D bioprinter for scaffold-free trachea regeneration. Tracheal transplantation was successfully performed in nine rats. More

Rotational 3D printing lets Harvard researchers control fiber orientation for ultra-strong parts

Jan.16, 2018 - Researchers from Harvard's John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have developed a 3D printing method that allows unprecedented control of short fibers embedded in polymer matrices. They call their method 'rotational 3D printing.' More

Budmen Industries 3D prints 100 unique lamps in new 'All of the Lights' installation

Jan.15, 2018 - Budmen Industries, a Philadelphia-based design studio, is hoping to make the world seem a little bit less divided with its enlightening 3D printed lamp installation. Lyrically named 'All of the Lights,' the installation consists of 100 unique 3D printed pendant lights. More

Michigan Tech's open-source parametric 3D printed slot die system is 17,000% cheaper than commercial ones

Jan.15, 2018 - Researchers from Michigan Technological University have developed an open-source parametric 3D printed slot die system for thin film semiconductor processing. By using the 3D printed system over a commercial one, users could make cost savings of over 17,000 per cent. More

Now you can 3D print the skull of a 200-million-years-old Massospondylus dinosaur at your home

Jan.15, 2018 - A researcher from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, has turned to 3D scanning and 3D printing technologies to digitally recreate and study the skull of the country's most famous dinosaur: Massospondylus. More

Five fun DIY 3D Printing Projects: modified Nintendo Switch controller, Nuclear Button, weather forecasting wave lamp, more

Jan.14, 2018 - Here's another round-up of some fun DIY 3D printing projects that have been shared online recently, as a new year for the 3D printing world starts to kick into gear. Our selection of five impressive hobbyist 3D printing efforts includes a modified Nintendo Switch controller, and a wave lamp that can forecast the weather, amongst others. More

3D printed mandala at center of Arthur Mamou-Mani's 2018 Burning Man Temple

Jan.13, 2018 - French architect Arthur Mamou-Mani is using robotic machinery, including 3D printers, laser cutters, and robotic drill arms, to build the 2018 Burning Man Temple. Burning Man is an annual gathering in Nevada in which a large effigy of a man is burnt in promotion of peace and understanding. More

TU Delft's 3D printed hip implant makes use of innovative hybrid bio-metamaterials with unique properties

Jan.13, 2018 - A team of researchers at TU Delft have recently combined new bio-metamaterials in a way that shows serious promise for future hip implants. Their 3D printed hybrid implant is able to respond better to forces exerted on it, in a way that should allow more bone growth and thus a more secure fit for hip implants. More

AstroReality's 3D printed LUNAR model lets you explore the moon's surface in detail with AR

Jan.12, 2018 - AstroReality has launched a new project which could very well be the next big fad in augmented reality apps. Called LUNAR, the project consists of an amazingly detailed 3D printed model of the moon and a companion app that lets users explore the model moon's surface. More

Researchers use aerosol jet 3D printing to develop strain gauges with unprecedented sensitivity

Jan.12, 2018 - A collaborative project between three institutions has made use of 3D printing, to develop highly sensitive measuring equipment. The team created strain gauges that performed better in high temperatures and were more sensitive than previously thought possible, with the help of the aerosol jet 3D printing technique. More

Five-year-old boy with deformed fingers and toes designs 44 3D printed hands for disabled kids

Jan.12, 2018 - After receiving a prosthetic hand to help with his own disability, a young North Carolina boy and his mother started to 3D print their own prosthetic hands for others. With his courage, hard work, and design skills, Cameron Haight has now helped out a total of 44 people with similar disabilities More

3D printed frog feet: the unlikely mechanism for improved soft-tissue grip

Jan.12, 2018 - Tim van Broekhoven is a recent graduate of the Delt University of Technology and the bright mind behind an innovative new answer to soft tissue grip. For his Master's thesis in engineering, van Broekhoven sought to overcome the current problems in manipulating soft tissue by way of 3D printing the toe pads of tree frogs and geckos. More

AMADEE-18: Austrian astronauts to simulate 3D printing on Mars during Oman desert mission

Jan.12, 2018 - Six astronauts from the Austrian Space Forum are going to Oman's Dhofar desert for four weeks to stay in isolation and carry out experiments, simulating a mission to Mars. 3D printing will play an important role in the experiments. More

3D printed customized orthotic swimming fin helps 16-year-old stroke victim swim again

Jan.11, 2018 - A young swimmer in Barcelona has bounced back from a serious stroke which left his right hand incapacitated due to spasticity. After a successful collaboration with local graduate students at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, the athlete now sports a 3D printed swimming fin, which facilitates strong stroke motions and improved musculature. More

Modla showcases Reebok's new Flexweave material with 3D printed training mask

Jan.11, 2018 - To celebrate and promote its new and innovative Flexweave material, sports brand Reebok invited some of the world's top designers to create useful objects from it. The end results include a smart glove, a 3D printed training mask, and an active chair. More

3D printed 'Age Suit' lets young people feel what it's like to be old

Jan.11, 2018 - Get Models Now, a modern design studio based in Poznan, Poland, has designed a 3D printed 'Age Suit' that lets wearers experience what it feels like to be elderly. The suit, made from PLA and other materials, restricts movement to replicate the feeling of age. More

Dry ice helps Imperial researchers 3D print super soft biological structures for artificial organs

Jan.11, 2018 - Researchers at Imperial College London have developed a new freezing and 3D printing technique that can be used to create biological structures for tissue regeneration and replica organs. The printed structures can mimic the properties of organs like the brain and lungs. More

IDC forecasts global 3D printing spending to increase by nearly 20% in 2018 to $12 billion

Jan.11, 2018 - According to a recent update to the International Data Corporation's (IDC) Worldwide Semiannual 3D Printing Spending Guide, global spending on 3D printing technologies is expected to reach up to $12 billion in 2018, which would mark a 19.9% increase over spending in 2017. More

Schaffen Watches launches new Reference 65 range of timepieces with customized 3D printed rotors

Jan.10, 2018 - Singapore-based manufacturer Schaffen Watches is offering customers the opportunity to get their own bespoke watch, at a much lower cost than would usually be expected. 3D printing will be used to create a customized stainless steel rotor for the personalized timepiece, which is made with Swiss precision and quality materials. More

Defense Distributed calls on Supreme Court to lift ban of sharing 3D printed gun files

Jan.10, 2018 - Defense Distributed, a controversial online organization dedicated to designing and proliferating downloadable and 3D printable ghost guns, has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. State Department to challenge the latter's efforts to regulate 3D printed guns and limit how they are distributed. More

Wang & Söderström uses algorithms and 3D printing to create colorful 'Excavation' vases

Jan.10, 2018 - Wang & Söderström, a Danish art and design studio, has turned to 3D printing for its latest collection of vases. The series, named 'Excavation,' was realized in partnership with New York company Unique Board, a marketplace that specializes in 3D printing for the arts. More

Cellink and CTI Biotech sign deal to 3D print customized cancer cells

Jan.9, 2018 - Swedish bioprinting company Cellink has joined forces with CTI Biotech, a medical tech firm based in Lyon, France, that focuses in cancer treatment via tissue production. The new partnership will see the production of patient-specific cancer tumor replicas, which will be 3D printed by combining CTI's bioink with a sample of patients' cancer cells. More

Metal 3D printing enables first-of-its-kind luxury faucet for KALLISTA

Jan.9, 2018 - Luxury kitchen and bath brand KALLISTA has teamed up with Indiana-based metal 3D printing specialist 3rd Dimension to deliver the sleek new Grid faucet. Inspired by a hallow cubic geometry, this state-of-the-art appliance was 3D printed using 3D Systems' acclaimed ProX'DMP 320 high-performance metal additive manufacturing system. More

Canada's RCMP announces plans to 3D print crime scene models for use in court

Jan.9, 2018 - In Canada, the British Columbia Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has announced its plans to acquire its first 3D printer, which it will use to recreate models of vehicular-based crime scenes to be used in court. More

Realistic 3D printed masks encourage families to donate loved ones' faces for transplantation

Jan.9, 2018 - A team of medical professionals from NYU's Langone Medical Center are 3D printing highly realistic masks based on dead people's faces. The team hopes that these 3D printed masks will make it easier for families of the deceased to agree to face transplants. More

Incase to offer protective mobile cases made with Carbon's M2 3D printing technology

Jan.8, 2018 - 3D printing company Carbon has announced a new collaboration with device protection company Incase at CES 2018. Together, the companies will combine Incase's design savvy with Carbon's 3D printing technology to produce protective cases and skins for mobile devices. More

VormVrij takes just 6 weeks to make 1,200 ceramic 3D printed cups for Belgian studio Unfold

Jan.8, 2018 - Dutch company VormVrij, a creator of clay 3D printers, has 3D printed 1,200 identical cups for Unfold, a studio based in Antwerp, Belgium. The printing, glazing, and shipping of the cups took place over just six weeks. More

Five fun DIY 3D Printing Projects: programmable coffee grinder, ergonomic keyboard, more

Jan.7, 2018 - Here's another round-up of some of the best 3D printing projects that have come out of the ever-growing hobbyist community in recent weeks. We've got five DIY 3D printing efforts for you, including an ergonomic keyboard and a programmable coffee grinder. More

3D printed TuneFast harp can produce whole octave of notes with just a single string

Jan.6, 2018 - A team of hobbyists and musicians have used 3D printing to put together a simple but impressive version of the harp. Their TuneFast harp consists of just a single string weaved around a series of bearings, and it produces 9 different notes which can easily be tuned up and down using attatched guitar tuning pegs. More

France's GIAA launches library of 3D printed anatomical models to help blind students of massage & physiotherapy

Jan.5, 2018 - A new 3D printing project has been launched by France's GIAA, an organization dedicated to helping blind and partially-sighted people. With the help of Dassault Systemes, it will be establishing a library of anatomical parts, to be used as educational tools for visually disabled students of massage and physiotherapy. More

Wyoming's Ramaco Carbon will use Carbon 3D printers to make cars from coal

Jan.5, 2018 - Ramaco Carbon, a coal producer based in Sheridan, Wyoming, has partnered with Silicon Valley 3D printing company Carbon, formerly Carbon 3D. As part of the deal, Ramaco will produce products and parts for third parties using high-speed Carbon 3D printers. More

Peg the duck waddles again thanks to a 3D printed prosthetic leg created by Arkansas teens

Jan.5, 2018 - A duck in Arkansas who had his foot chewed off by a turtle was recently saved by a group of eighth-graders. They used the 3D printer in the lab at their high school to put together a prosthetic leg for the bird, eventually getting the right fit after many tries. More

Scientists create 3D printed wearable sensors for plants, enabling measurements of water use in crops

Jan.5, 2018 - Scientists at Iowa State University are using 3D printing to make graphene-based sensors-on-tape that can be used to collect data about water use in crops. The sensors could also be used in biomedical diagnostics, architecture, and other fields. More

3D printed heat exchangers made in New Zealand could enable smaller, more efficient electronics

Jan.5, 2018 - Two researchers from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand have used 3D printing to develop 'high-performance heat exchangers' which could impact the design, production, and efficiency of electronic devices, vehicles, and more. More

Luxexcel to 3D print optical prescription lenses for Vuzix AR headsets

Jan.5, 2018 - Luxexcel, a Dutch company that specializes in the production of 3D printed lenses, has announced a new partnership with augmented reality company Vuzix through which it will manufacture and supply 3D printed prescription lenses for the new Vuzix Blade AR headset. More

InvestEGGator: Paso Pacifico's 3D printed turtle eggs use IoT to track poachers

Jan.4, 2018 - Paso Pacifico, a conservation organization that uses fake 3D printed turtle eggs to track illegal poachers, believes Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity can help improve its environmental mission, which is now named 'InvestEGGator.' More

Amazon awarded patent for innovative new on-demand 3D printing retail service

Jan.3, 2018 - Amazon has received a patent for a new 3D printing service, after filing back in 2013. The service will offer retail customers the opportunity to get replacement parts or custom-made items delivered to their address, or made available for pick-up. More

3D printing helps ARIA Ultimate design the perfect ultimate frisbee

Jan.3, 2018 - ARIA Ultimate, a company specializing in the production of discs for the sport of ultimate frisbee, has used 3D printing to create its flagship disc. After two years and 67 prototypes, the disc is now available for $12. More

12-meter, 800-kilo 3D printed sculpture inspired by Maori art to be installed in New Zealand this year

Jan.3, 2018 - The New Zealand city of Rotorua will soon be the site of a massive 3D printed sculpture honoring the region's native history. The impressive piece, designed by a team from the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, will be 3D printed in partnership with local company Kilwell Fibretube. More

UNESCO turns to 3D printing to restore Lion of Al-lat monument destroyed by ISIS in Syria

Jan.3, 2018 - UNESCO has led a project to restore the ancient Lion of al-Lāt monument destroyed by ISIS in 2015. The initiative, which has relied on 3D scanning and 3D printing technologies, has recently provoked ire from a rabbi in Israel. More

Could a custom 3D printed card reader thwart fraudulent credit card skimmers?

Jan.3, 2018 - ATM operators are using 3D printed card readers to stop fraudsters fitting credit card 'skimmers' to cash machines. Hackaday author Tom Nardi recently happened upon one of the 3D printed devices, initially thinking it was a skimmer. More

This mind-bending 3D printed optical illusion will make you question the 3rd dimension

Jan.2, 2018 - Amidst all the 3D printing hype, one maker is keen to show that sometimes, what constitutes the '3rd dimension' is in the eye of the beholder. Sage Hansen is a Texas-based 3D animator whose newest creation is going viral: a 3D printed cube that, upon closer inspection, is not in fact a cube at all, but a flat object with disjointed lines and angles. More

Invincible x adidas' 3D printed Futurecraft 4D sneaker returning in March 2018

Jan.2, 2018 - Rumours are a-buzz'that Adidas will be bringing back its much coveted Futurecraft 4D kicks in March of this year. While the new release will be very limited, with 100,000 pairs to be shipped only to friends, family, and Consortium stores, the specs are bright: these Primeknit sneakers will be 3D printed using Adidas' Digital Light Synthesis process. More

3D printed personalized lipstick a go, study finds

Jan.2, 2018 - 3D printed lipstick may soon be here, according to the authors behind a new research investigation from the London College of Fashion. As published yesterday in the Journal of Dermatology and Cosmetology, the study makes a convincing case that 3D printing presents a viable makeup source for a future of personalized cosmetics. More

Researchers use nano 3D printing to investigate peacock spider's impressive rainbow display

Jan.1, 2018 - A team of researchers led by a PhD from San Diego has used nano 3D printing to determine how the rainbow peacock spider generates its iridescent coloring. The rainbow is produced by special scales on the abdomen, and this mechanism could go on to influence light and color technology for various engineering applications. More

Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts uses 3D printing and scanning to recreate ancient academic ceremony

Dec.29, 2017 - A team of sculptors at Guangzhou Academy has made use of 3D technology in order to recreate the appointment of a new principal at Luijang Academy. To pay tribute to this ancient traditio, the team dressed up and posed as the original attendees, and then made 3D printed models based on detailed scans. More

Handi Life Sport explores use of 3D printing for producing boccia balls for paralympic athletes

Dec.29, 2017 - Denmark-based Handi Life Sport, the company that has supplied the boccia balls for the Paralympic Games since 1988, says it is exploring the potentials of using 3D printing to produce boccia equipment in the future. More

Bioengineers hack cells to make folding 3D printed shapes from living tissue

Dec.29, 2017 - Bioengineers from UC San Francisco are using a 3D cell-patterning technology called DNA-programmed assembly of cells (DPAC) to 3D print complex folding shapes out of living tissue. The research could help scientists create complex and functional synthetic tissues. More

Hebei University team 3D prints highly accurate, patient-specific liver model for under $90

Dec.28, 2017 - A team from the Affiliated Hospital of Hebei University in China has demonstrated the ability to 3D print a complex 1:1 liver model for surgical planning purposes for less that $90. The team claims the patient-specific 3D printed liver models will help to improve hepatic surgery planning. More

World's first 3D printed bus shelter installed in Shanghai, China

Dec.28, 2017 - Users of the number 4 bus service in the town of Fengjing in the Jinshan District, Shanghai, China were recently surprised to find that a new bus shelter had sprung up overnight. It was produced off-site using 3D printing technology and then quickly installed. It's the first bus shelter of its kind in the world, and its part of the local governments commitment to technology innovation. More

Taiwan's ITRI to launch 3D printed bionic bone implants for ethnically Chinese people in 2018

Dec.28, 2017 - The Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) of Taiwan has developed a range of 3D printed bionic bone structures specifically designed for Chinese people. The 3D printed bones, made from metal and composite materials, are expected to launch on the Chinese market in late 2018. More

GE Aviation's 3D printed Advanced Turboprop engine passes first test in Prague

Dec.28, 2017 - GE has successfully tested its Advanced Turboprop (ATP) engine, which contains several titanium 3D printed parts. Additive manufacturing has enabled GE to combine 855 separate parts of the engine into just 12. More

Osaka researchers pioneer new approach to bio-ink adhesion in 3D bio-printing technology

Dec.27, 2017 - A group of researchers from the University of Osaka has successfully demonstrated a new way that bio-ink droplets can be made to stick together. Their approach could greatly improve 3D bio-printing technology, as it avoids sodium alginate in order to expand the range of compatible cell types and potential tissue structures that could be made. More

Astrocyte: Philip Beesley combines 3D printing and AI for interactive 'living architecture'

Dec.27, 2017 - Architecture firm Philip Beesley, known for its innovative 'living architecture,' has unveiled its latest creation: 'Astrocyte.' The piece combines 3D printed lighting components, sensors, glasswork, chemistry, and artificial intelligence for an ethereal and immersive architectural experience. More

MINI to offer customized 3D printed car accessories in 2018

Dec.27, 2017 - British automotive company MINI has announced it will be launching a new customization service to its clients in 2018. The program, called MINI Yours Customised, will allow consumers to personalize their MINI vehicles using 3D printing and laser etching technologies. More

Purdue researchers 3D print explosive materials with custom inkjet printer

Dec.27, 2017 - Researchers at Purdue University have developed a way to 3D print energetic materials using inkjet printing technology. The project allows energetic materials to be deposited with unprecedented precision and safety. More

Lithuania gave Pope Francis a nanoscale 3D printed nativity scene for Christmas

Dec.27, 2017 - A team of Lithuanian researchers have 3D printed what could very well be the world's smallest nativity scene. Smaller than a human eyelash, the 3D printed creche was given to Pope Francis as a Christmas gift. More

University of Graz uses 3D printed steel reactor to convert greenhouse gas into sleeping sickness drug

Dec.26, 2017 - Researchers from the University of Graz in Austria are using a 3D printed reactor system to transform fluoroform, a harmful greenhouse gas, into eflornithine, a drug used to treat African trypanosomiasis (better known as sleeping sickness). More

Dinara Kasko's geometric cakes combine algorithms, 3D printing, and gourmet ingredients

Dec.26, 2017 - Ukrainian pastry chef Dinara Kasko is making waves - both figuratively and literally - with a new cake baking technique that combines traditional confectioner craftsmanship with mathematical algorithms and 3D printing. A collaborative undertaking from start to finish, Kasko works together with artists, engineers, and other pastry chefs. More

Medical industry advances towards more efficient, customized 3D printed vaccinations

Dec.25, 2017 - At a recent health conference in Bilbao, Spain about advancements in vaccinations, a number of professionals cited the potentials of 3D printing for advancing the efficiency of administering as well as customizing vaccines. More

Ready to Crawl: These 3D printed bio-inspired robots that move like animals were 3D printed in one go

Dec.25, 2017 - Japanese designer Hiroshi Sugihara has created something truly extraordinary using 3D printing technologies: a series of animal-inspired robots that can walk like real creatures. Impressively, the robots have been printed in a single-go and run using a single DC motor. More

Fumio Matsumoto's 3D printed mega model brings 35 world famous buildings together

Dec.24, 2017 - Fumio Matsumoto, an architect and a professor at the University of Tokyo in Japan has designed and 3D printed a complex homage to architectural history which includes building details dating back to the 18th century BC. More

Purdue student Matt Schmotzer 3D prints impressive, fully functional replica of Invertigo rollercoaster

Dec.23, 2017 - A hobbyist based in Ohio has created a 3D printed replica of the Invertigo rollercoaster at local theme park King's Island. The scale model version is incredibly detailed and fully functional, and was made using a range of different 3D printers and design programs. More

Italian researchers' 3D printed microfluidics model of blood-brain barrier is most accurate so far

Dec.22, 2017 - A team of researchers based in Italy have succeeded in recreating the structure of the neurovascular system more accurately than ever before. Their model is composed of 3D printed microfluidics and endothelial cells, and it could be crucial for the development of pharmaceutical treatment of brain conditions. More

Students use 3D printing to develop stylish walking aid prototype for eldery, the Lio

Dec.22, 2017 - A team of designers from an L.A art college have created a protoype for a new version of the walker, the physical aid used by the elderly. The Lio has a 3D printed suspension system, an electrical brake, and other improved features. More

Air Force Research Lab development integrates Internet of Things on to a wearable 3D printed chip

Dec.22, 2017 - A team of researchers from the Air Force Research Laboratory, in collaboration with American Semiconductor, recently produced one of the most advanced flexible circuits ever. The 3D printed network-on-a-chip can be integrated into wearables and won a 2017 IDTechEx award for innovation. More

IFW Dresden fighting cervical cancer with 3D printed bull semen 'spermbots'

Dec.22, 2017 - Researchers from Germany's Institute for Integrative Nanosciences in Dresden have developed 3D printed robots powered by bull sperm cells. The bots can be loaded with a cervical cancer drug called doxorubicin hydrochloride and could one day be used to treat human patients. More

Dutch physician Lars Brouwers driving to Africa to deliver 3D printed hands

Dec.22, 2017 - A physician from the Netherlands is attempting to drive to Sierra Leone in order to set up a program for 3D printing hand prostheses. Dutch 3D printer manufacturer Ultimaker is supplying an FDM 3D printer for the project. More

Gift of independence: Two 9-year-old boys receive 3D printed prosthetic hands just in time for Christmas

Dec.22, 2017 - This Christmas is sure to be a happy one for nine-year-olds Josh Daly and Olly Mancini who have both received customized 3D printed prosthetic hands this year. More

3D printed 'No-Snow Globes' are stark reminder of climate change during Christmas holidays

Dec.22, 2017 - UK-based activist group Plan B is hoping to remind people of the importance of battling climate change with its festive 3D printed 'No-Snow Globes.' The campaign was realized in collaboration with the Martin London advertising agency. More

University of Tokyo team’s 3D printed humanoid robots can sweat, do pushups and play badminton

Dec.21, 2017 - Researchers from the University of Tokyo have built what could very well be the most human-like robots ever created. The humanoid bots, named Kenshiro and Kengoro, were developed with the help of 3D printing technologies and can perform such human activities as sit-ups, pushups, and stretches. More

3D printed ceramic implant fuses with natural bone, relacing broken parts over time

Dec.21, 2017 - A team of researchers from the University of Sydney are pioneering a new type of 3D printed bone implant that could flip orthopaedic medicine on its head. Professor Hala Zreiqat and her colleagues have developed a 3D printed ceramic implant that not only helps mend broken bones, but actually fuses with them, replacing the broken bits over time. More

New molecular 3D printing tech capable of recreating complex chemical environments of the human body

Dec.21, 2017 - 3DEAL, referring to to 3D electrophoresis-assisted lithography, is a new fabrication method capable of generating complex molecular patterns within soft matter such as hydrogels. Granting scientists complete spatial control over the chemical composition, 3DEAL opens up new opportunitoes to recreate natural scenarios found in the human body. More

Siam Cement 3D prints 3m-tall 'Triple S' concrete building with new surface, structure & shelter concept

Dec.20, 2017 - Siam Cement Group, the largest cement and building materials company in Southeast Asia, has announced its latest construction 3D printing project, called 'Triple S.' The Thailand-based company says the new project marks a 'new evolution in 3D printing. More

Farmshelf uses cost-effective, custom 3D printed parts for an urban farming system

Dec.20, 2017 - Some of you may have already heard about Farmshelf, the New York startup that builds automated hydroponic systems to grow fresh greens almost anywhere. What you may not know is that the company has relied on 3D printing for the design and prototyping of its innovative system. More

ConforMIS' custom 3D printed knee implants help 61-year-old woman regain mobility

Dec.19, 2017 - A 61-year-old woman from Memphis, Tennessee has received a customized 3D printed knee implant to treat a bad case of osteoarthritis. The 3D printed implant was created by ConforMIS, a Massachusetts-based medical tech company. More

Logigram turntable introduces 3D printing to analog listening

Dec.19, 2017 - Meet the Logigram Turntable, the newest release from Italian designers Defoss. As a high-performance, fully analog turntable that features a 30mm plinth, trademark anti-vibration tech, and a 3D printed tonearm, the Logigram returns to the classic turntable design, combining tasteful aesthetics with the latest technological advancements. More

X-Plorer 1: student group JetX Engineering 3D prints ultra-realistic jet engine model

Dec.19, 2017 - A group of students at the University of Glasgow in Scotland by the name of JetX Engineering, have created a 3D printed jet engine called the X-Plorer 1. And while the 3D printed engine doesn't actually burn fuel, it does have a number of functionalities. More

US Army teams with Marine Corps to develop battlefield drones that can be 3D printed on-demand

Dec.19, 2017 - U.S. Army researchers are working with the Marines'to develop 3D printed drones that can be fabricated in just 24 hours. The researchers say the Marines, who expected the printing process to take days or weeks,'have been universally impressed with the drones. More

DNV GL issues first certification guideline for 3D printing in maritime, oil & gas industries

Dec.19, 2017 - DNV GL, a Norway-based business assurance company, has published and released a 'classification guideline' for adopting and using 3D printing technologies in the maritime and oil & gas industries. More

ArianeGroup signs €75M contract with ESA for next phase of 3D printed Prometheus demonstrator engine

Dec.18, 2017 - The most recent phase of a deal between Ariane Group and the ESA has just been completed. The new 75 million Euro contract will see Ariane Group continue to develop the new Prometheus demonstrator engine, hoping to cut costs by making use of 3D printing technology as well as an innovative new fuel combination. More

Auckland team spent 2000 hours building three large-scale 3D printed lava cave

Dec.18, 2017 - A New Zealand team has created a large-scale 3D printed model of Auckland's subterranean lava caves. The impressive models are being showcased as part of the 'Underworld' exhibition at the Wynyard Quarter in Auckland. More

China completes 3D printed replica of Yungang Grottoes' largest cave - 17.9m long, 842 parts, over two years

Dec.18, 2017 - A collaborative effort between researchers in China has succeeded in reconstructing the largest part of Yungang Grottoes, one of the country's most famous heritage sites. The project took a total of two years, and 3D printing was used to build replicas both of the cave structure and the ancient statues that are inside, based on detailed 3D modelling. More

Interview: Sandhelden creates unique, custom 3D printed bathtubs & washbasins from sand

Dec.18, 2017 - Sandhelden, a creator of bespoke bathroom items from Gersthofen, Germany, is using additive manufacturing to create unique 3D printed washbasins, soap dishes, and even bathtubs made from sand. Founder and CEO Peter Schiffner told 3ders.org about the company's process. More

Japanese startup iSpace raises $90M to put billboards on moon

Dec.18, 2017 - Japanese startup iSpace has successfully raised $90M through a Series A financing round. The company says the funding will enable it to launch a spacecraft into lunar orbit by 2019, and eventually to offer a 'projection mapping service' to advertise on the moon's surface. More

'Little Miracles' initiative raising money for muscular dystrophy with 3D printed Christmas ornaments

Dec.18, 2017 - In Australia, a collaboration between Monash University, the Muscular Dystrophy Australia organization, and creative agency AKQA is combining 3D printing and Christmas ornaments to raise money for children suffering from muscular dystrophy. More

Students in Israel build 40m2 suspended bamboo pavilion with 3D printed joints

Dec.18, 2017 - Architecture students from Israel's Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem have built a suspended bamboo pavilion using 3D printed joints. The structure can be reconfigured by rearranging the joints, ropes, and bamboo struts. More

Three Fun DIY 3D Printing Projects: Nod Bang modified headphones, EasyKu ukulele aid, Speculoos cookie molds

Dec.17, 2017 - With the festive season rapidly approaching, what better way to celebrate than to read about four fun DIY 3D printing projects that have been shared recently? Some 3D printed cookie molds for the perfect holiday treat and EasyKu ukulele playing aid are just the tip of the iceberg, and your ship is heading right for it. More

You can now top your Christmas tree with a 3D-printed Beyonce, Hillary or Serena

Dec.16, 2017 - UK nonprofit Women To Look Up To Limited offers a series of 3D printed tree toppers that pay tribute to strong women. You could top your tree with a 3D-printed angelic version of pop star Beyonc', politician Hillary Clinton or tennis hero Serena Williams. More

1,200-year-old Peruvian queen's head reconstructed using 3D printing, with uncanny results

Dec.15, 2017 - Archaeologists have made use of 3D printing to recreate the head of a Peruvian noblewoman who died over 1,200 years ago. The incredibly lifelike model is based on a 3D printed replica of the skull remnants, with the flesh and muscle and hair created based on estimates from detailed datasets. More

CyBe and Dura Vermeer gift concrete 3D printed bench to Dutch city of Haarlem

Dec.15, 2017 - The Netherlands is now home to two concrete 3D printed benches: one in Amsterdam and a newer one in Haarlem. The latter was realized through a collaboration between Dutch engineering company Dura Vermeer, architectural firm Inbo, and Dutch construction company CyBe. More

Architect Margot Krasojevic's 3D printed seismic LED light is made from recycled polymer

Dec.15, 2017 - Margot Krasojevic, a London-born architect who has worked with the likes of Zaha Hadid, has designed a 3D printed LED light made from recycled polymer. The unusual spiral light can stretch, reform, and charge itself in response to tremors and environmental changes. More

Fraunhofer's hybrid LightFlex system can produce 3D printed parts with load-bearing strength

Dec.15, 2017 - Engineers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology (IPT) in Aachen, Germany are developing an innovative method for providing 3D printed parts with the load-bearing strength of injection molded components. The project is called 'LightFlex.' More

MIT's rapid liquid printing technology 3D prints bags and lamp shades in minutes

Dec.15, 2017 - At Design Miami, a four-day long event hosted as part of Miami's annual art week, a team from MIT's Self-Assembly Lab demonstrated its innovative rapid liquid 3D printing technique by manufacturing tote bags and lamp shades on the spot. More

NASA & Aerojet Rocketdyne: largest 3D printed part survives latest hot-fire test of RS-25 engine

Dec.15, 2017 - Aerojet Rocketdyne'and'NASA'have completed hot-fire testing of the RS-25 rocket engine, which contains a 3D printed vibration dampening device called a pogo accumulator assembly. The assembly, the largest 3D printed part on the RS-25, was made with an SLM 3D printer. More

MorphoSource archive will contain over 20,000 free 3D printable vertebrate models

Dec.14, 2017 - As part of the oVert project, funded by the National Science Foundation, MorphoSource, a huge online archive of 3D anatomy models is to be created. These images will be CT scans of vertebrate specimens collected from 16 different institutions, and they will be available for studying or 3D printing, to researchers and the general public. More

Zurich experts developing drug-coated 3D printed airway stents in $2.37M project

Dec.14, 2017 - Researchers from the University Hospital Zurich, ETH Zurich, and the University of Zurich have joined forces to make patient-specific, drug-coated stents with a 3D printer. The project has received more than $2.37 million in funding. More

Organismal engineering: new field combines tissue engineering & robotics for biohybrid robots

Dec.14, 2017 - Researcher Vickie Webster-Wood and her team from the Case Western Reserve University have published a paper proposing a comprehensive lexicon and taxonomy for the blossoming field of 'organismal engineering.' More

Smart 3D printed window panels use a liquid layer to switch from clear to reflective

Dec.14, 2017 - A team from the University of Delaware is developing smart window panels which can switch between being reflective and transparent. The windows, which are being developed with the help of 3D printing, could be an affordable solution for improving heating and cooling efficiency for homes and cars. More

3D printed electric eel organs could power tomorrow's implantables for human and robots

Dec.14, 2017 - A team of researchers have turned to an unlikely yet ingenious source of electric power that runs on only salt and water: the common electric eel. In recreating this natural power source by way of 3D bioprinting, scientists could harness these artificial eel organs for a wide range of applications'anything from pacemakers to future cyborgs. More

UC student Logan Williams 3D prints Polar Optics contact lenses for treatment of photosensitive epilepsy

Dec.13, 2017 - A student in New Zealand has used 3D printing to create polarizing lenses that can prevent some of the effects of photosensitive epilepsy. His project is known as Polar Optics, and could be used as an alternative to some medication courses, which can be inconvenient for sufferers in many ways. More

Russian scientists seek patent for drone-ready 3D printed brushless motor

Dec.13, 2017 - Scientists and engineers from'the Polytechnic Institute of'South Ural State University have used 3D printing to develop a reliable brushless electric motor for'aerospace equipment. The motor could be used in drones and quadcopters. More

Penn State researchers 3D print microfiber scaffolds for tissue growth using off-the-shelf system

Dec.13, 2017 - Scientists from Penn State University are developing a method for 3D printing the 'structural framework' of artificially grown living tissue using a commercial 3D printer. The process consists of reinforcing cell-infused hydrogel materials with supportive 3D printed fiber networks. More

NASA awards Tethers Unlimited massive grant for in-orbit 3D printing on FabLab

Dec.12, 2017 - In development by Tethers Unlimited since 2015, the Refabricator has made headlines repeatedly over the last 2 years, as Tethers' bid for NASA's forthcoming FabLab station. Now, the ingenious 3D printer-recycler unit is in the news again; this time, as the winner of NASA's massive prototyping grant that will catapult the Refabricator onto the ISS. More

3D LifePrints uses 3D printed land mines to enhance mine risk education

Dec.12, 2017 - 3D LifePrints, a UK-based 3D technology company with a focus on medical solutions, has designed a range of 3D printed Mine Risk Education products. The 3D printed replicas of land mines and explosives can be used as potentially live-saving educational tools. More

Yale journal explores environmental and health impact of 3D printing technologies

Dec.12, 2017 - A new special issue of Yale's 'Journal of Industrial Ecology' explores whether or not 3D printing technologies have the environmental benefits companies claim and what the environmental and health implications of the technology are. More

$1,500 3D printed FieldLab lets medical workers run blood tests in remote areas of Africa

Dec.11, 2017 - Two graduate students at South Africa's Rhodes University have developed a 3D printed, solar-powered lab-in-a-box that costs under $1,500. The 'FieldLab' is a portable medical diagnostics tool that can detect viruses and bacteria even in harsh conditions. More

3D printed shell brace helps injured sea turtle at San Diego's Birch Aquarium

Dec.11, 2017 - A skilled team of scientists from the Birch Aquarium at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego have 3D printed a customized brace for an injured sea turtle. The team claims it is the first 3D printed device of its kind. More

Watch Relativity Space test fire its 3D printed Aeon 1 rocket engine, it's amazing!

Dec.11, 2017 - Relativity Space, a Los Angeles orbital launch startup, has just released a short video showing its innovative Aeon SN005 3D printed rocket engine in action. The impressive piece of equipment consists of just three 3D printed parts and is capable of reaching full thrust force in milliseconds. More

Chinese superstar Fan Bingbing rocks a stunning 3D printed gown by Iris Van Herpen

Dec.10, 2017 - Beloved Chinese actress Fan Bingbing set the stage last week at the iQiYi Scream Night in Beijing, wearing an absolutely stunning 3D printed dress by Dutch designer Iris van Herpen. Presented as a massive gala and all out media party, the high-profile event was held by Chinese video streaming service iQiYi. More

Toshiba launches 3D printed 'Open Nail' project to offer custom-made false nails

Dec.9, 2017 - Electronics manufacturer Toshiba has launched a surprising new venture in the world of beauty products: the company's new Open Nail project seeks to provide custom-made false nails perfectly contoured to your nail shape via 3D image recognition and 3D printing. 'Think Cinderella's glass slippers, but on your fingertips,' note company reps. More

3D-FeSy: 3D printed furniture suspension systems for comfy, tailor-made sofas

Dec.8, 2017 - Germany's Institut f'r Holztechnologie Dresden (IHD) has launched '3D-FeSy,' a research project that aims to develop a 3D printed integral suspension system for upholstered furniture. IHD researchers say 3D printing can provide a range of adapted seat structures. More

GPhone is a 3D printed smartphone case that offers blood glucose monitoring on the go

Dec.8, 2017 - A team of researchers have used 3D printing technology to create a system that will allow users of mobile devices to easily check their blood sugar levels. The affordable technology is integrated into a smartphone to negate the need for any extra equipment, and it comes with a proprietary app. More

Researchers using 3D printing to explore evolution of the jaw, in ancient vertebrate fossils

Dec.8, 2017 - A collaborative effort between paleontology researchers in China and Australia has explored the origins of the jaw in vertebrate animals. They used 3D printing to produce a replica of a delicate fossil from 400 million years ago, of a fish that may have eventually evolved into humans and all other jawed vertebrates today. More

Nature-Inspired 3D printed gyroid composites much tougher than base materials, Masdar Institute finds

Dec.8, 2017 - Researchers at Abu Dhabi's Masdar Institute of Science and Technology have demonstrated the ability to 3D print nature-inspired composite materials with gyroid structures. The researchers used an Objet260 Connex 3D printer to fabricate the ultra-tough materials. More

A simplified process for 3D printing topographical maps

Dec.8, 2017 - WOOF3D, the 3D printing club of the University of Washington, has put together a streamlined process for 3D printing topographical maps. The project came about after instructor Steve Weidner wanted to print a 3D map of his family's farm. More

EU Parliament hesitant to implement IP & civil liability regulations for 3D printing technologies

Dec.8, 2017 - Despite the fact that the EU has a lot on its plate right now, it still found time recently to discuss whether or not to implement regulations for 3D printing technologies. The topic was brought to the table in Brussels by members of the Justice Committee (JURI) of the European parliament. More

This record-breaking 33x33x33 Rubik's Cube features a whopping 6,153 3D printed parts

Dec.7, 2017 - Introducing the 33 x 33 x 33 Puzzle, a gargantuan, world record-breaking rubik's cube designed by French mechanical engineer Gregoire Pfennig, and 3D printed by 3D Fabriek in Holland. Featuring 6,153 3D printed pieces, 6,534 stickers, and zillions of possible combinations, it's the perfect gift for that hard-to-shop for geek on your list. More

Four fun DIY 3D printing projects: wrist-mounted flame thrower, RC LEGO Go-Kart, low-cost PCB machine, antenna tracker

Dec.7, 2017 - We've got four pretty superb DIY 3D printing projects for you to check out this week, including flame throwers, RC LEGO cars, low-cost 3D printer mods, and antenna trackers. More

Pioneering Russian scientists create PEF 3D printing material with water, CO2 & photosynthesis

Dec.7, 2017 - Scientists in Russia have used water, carbon dioxide, and photosynthesis to create a carbon-neutral PEF 3D printing material. The polymer, made from synthesized cellulose, is stable, resistant to oxidation and chemical solvents, and durable. More

Carbon's tunable 3D printed lattices offer disruptive benefits over foam in sneakers, helmets

Dec.7, 2017 - 3D printing company Carbon says that its ability to 3D print complex and varied lattice structures from a range of elastomeric materials will enable it to impact and even disrupt the slowly evolving foam industry in a variety of applications. More

Researchers 3D print most life-like artificial organs seen so far, for use as surgical guides

Dec.6, 2017 - A team of researchers at the University of Minnesota, as part of the McAlpine Research Group, have developed a new process for 3D printing organs. The incredibly life-like artificial organs can be used as accurate surgical guides, and they are equipped with sensors to provide real-time feedback for procedures. More

Bottoms up! 3D printed 'Vocktail' glass lets you virtually customize the flavor of plain water

Dec.6, 2017 - Students from the National University of Singapore have designed a 3D printed virtual cocktail glass that is capable of simulating different beverage flavours without needing sugar or other additives. More

Amazon report sees 3D printed feasts, VR and AI wish lists in Christmas' future

Dec.6, 2017 - According to a recently published report by Amazon, Christmas celebrations of the future will be chock-full of high tech advancements, from 3D printed Christmas dinners to AI wish lists. The report, entitled 'Christmas of the Future,' was led by William Higham and Dr. Morgaine Gaye. More

University of Copenhagen develops 3D printed meals tailored to hospital patients

Dec.6, 2017 - As additively manufactured food looms ever present, one university is keen to show that that 3D printed meals can be just as healthy and tasty as regular food. The Department of Food Science at the University of Copenhagen has launched a new research study that uses 3D printing technology to tailor food to hospital patients' individual needs. More

These 3D printed plastic objects can connect to WiFi without batteries or electronics

Dec.6, 2017 - University of Washington researchers have developed 3D printed plastic objects and sensors that collect data and communicate with WiFi-connected devices without electronics. The researchers have published the objects as free-to-download CAD models. More

3D printed PEKK implants have superior antibacterial properties for orthopedic applications

Dec.5, 2017 - Connecticut's Oxford Performance Materials (OPM) today revealed that an independent scientific study has shown the antibacterial benefits of OPM's 3D printed PEKK implants. More

GE Power breaks energy efficiency records with new gas turbine, made using 3D printing technology

Dec.5, 2017 - GE Power has announced that the latest version of its HA gas turbine was able to achieve 64 percent efficiency in tests, which is a record-breaking figure for the industry. Innovative 3D printed components were the key to achieving this impressive level of performance. More

News Roundup: 3D printed Forbidden City model, Katjes candy selfies, Bottletop 3D printed store

Dec.5, 2017 - Today's 3D printing roundup has some pretty fun news, especially for people in Beijing and the UK. First, we'll look at a mini 3D printed model of the Forbidden City Palace in China, and then move on to 3D printed selfie candies, and a new 3D printed luxury design shop in London. More

Starbucks opens largest store in Shanghai, featuring 3D printed tea bar and AR platform

Dec.5, 2017 - Starbucks Coffee Company is set to open its new Starbucks Reserve Roastery on December 6 in Shanghai. Marketed as the first fully immersive coffee experience in Asia, the Roastery is Starbucks' most ambitious project ever, with a two-story copper cask, three different coffee bars, an augmented reality platform, and a 3D printed tea bar. More

IRNAS researchers 3D print ear-shaped vasculature using open source Vitaprint 3D bioprinter

Dec.5, 2017 - Researchers from the Symbiolab at the Institute IRNAS in Slovenia have demonstrated their ability to bioprint 'freeform perfusable vessel systems in biocompatible hydrogels' using the Vitaprint 3D bioprinter. More

FDA publishes guidance on 3D printing of medical products

Dec.5, 2017 - The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has published its long-awaited guidance for 3D printed medical devices. The technical document represents the FDA's 'initial thoughts' on additive manufacturing, and is part of the administration's effort to build a regulatory framework for AM. More

3D printed mask helps 4 month-old puppy make a full recovery after a brutal attack that crushed her jaw

Dec.4, 2017 - A team of UC Davis veterinarians recently enlisted the help of bio-medical engineers and 3D printing, to fix the jaw of a dog that had suffered some serious injuries. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier needed a 3D printed surgical mask, in order to help its jaw recover following a brutal attack. More

TU Munich experiments with selective binding to 3D print intricate bionic structures out of concrete

Dec.4, 2017 - A team of researchers based at the Technical University of Munich have made some serious advances in concrete 3D printing research, which should prove indispensable for the construction industry. They experimented with the selective binding approach, as well as adding wood chips to concrete mixes. More

CEC awards $1.25M grant to RCAM Technologies for 3D printed concrete wind turbines

Dec.4, 2017 - A Californian start-up, RCAM Technologies, has been given funding by the Energy Commission to develop an innovative method for constructing wind turbines. Its new concrete AM process will allow for much larger turbines, which should prove to be more efficient and cost-effective. More

Melissa Ng 3D prints amazing custom Ironheart costume for cosplayer Lexi Momo

Dec.4, 2017 - Artist Melissa Ng (aka Lumecluster) has unveiled her latest 3D printed creation and Marvel universe fans are sure to love it. The project, which was actually commissioned by Marvel, is a 3D printed Ironheart costume designed specifically for cosplayer Lexi Momo. More

ETH Zurich's 'Flink' bacterial 3D printing ink can print new skin for burns victims

Dec.4, 2017 - Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich) have developed a biocompatible ink for 3D printing with living bacteria. The breakthrough makes it possible to produce high-purity biomedical cellulose or biological materials that can break down toxic substances. More

'Heartbits' project uses 3D printed models & VR to show patients their heart defects

Dec.3, 2017 - Students from three Dutch universities have developed 'Heartbits,' a 3D printing and virtual reality (VR) tool for visually explaining heart defects to patients. Heartbits was initially a VR project developed with a Microsoft Hololens headset, but now also includes 3D printed models. More

MIT developing 3D printed Mach 0.8 'Firefly' rocket drone for Air Force

Dec.2, 2017 - A team from MIT's AeroAstro labs is developing a small 3D printed drone for the U.S. Air Force which could be deployed from a fighter jet and fly at top speeds to collect valuable date and divert enemy weapons. More

News Roundup: EOS teams with Under Armour, Concept Laser, Kratzer, SelfCAD, UK government's investment

Dec.1, 2017 - Missed out any 3D printing developments recently? Not to worry, we've got another round-up to keep you up to speed with all the latest stories, including EOS partnering with Under Armour, the UK government investing in aerospace research, and much more besides. More

Merging molecular science and engineering to make 3D printing faster, cheaper and more consistent

Dec.1, 2017 - A briefing paper today published by members of the Institute for Molecular Science and Engineering (IMSE) at Imperial College London outlined their predictions about future opportunities for 3D printing technology, particularly related to Imperial's work. More

Jewlr 3D prints replica of Meghan Markle's engagement ring for just $99 - and the style is already a bestseller

Dec.1, 2017 - A Toronto-based online jewellery retailer is offering a replica of the engagement ring given to Meghan Markle by Prince Harry, and it is the company's best-seller. Jewlr made the ring using 3D printing technology as well as conventional techniques, and it's available for $99. More

Advanced 3D printed middle-ear prosthetics improve treatment for hearing loss

Dec.1, 2017 - A team of radiology researchers from the University of Maryland have shown how 3D printing technology could be used to make middle-ear prosthetics. CT scans and an SLA 3D printer would enable the production of prosthetics with a much better fit, increasing the chanced of a successful operation to restore hearing in patients. More

BCN3D Sigma 3D printer knocks $2K+ off each customized BORN Motor motorcycle

Dec.1, 2017 - BORN Motor Co., a Barcelona-based motorcycle company, is using a 3D printer from BCN3D Technologies to 3D print parts for its highly customized and limited edition motorcycles. 3D printing saves BORN around 2,000 euros ($2,380) for each motorcycle modified. More

University of Memphis to open $2M metal 3D printing lab in 2018

Dec.1, 2017 - The University of Memphis (U of M) has announced it will be investing $2 million to open a facility dedicated to metal 3D printing. The additive manufacturing lab, which is expected to launch by April 2018, will be used for research in the aerospace and medical fields. More

BMW's all-new i8 Roadster features tons of 3D printed metal

Nov.30, 2017 - BMW has just unveiled their brand new BMW i8 Roadster at the LA Auto Show, and it's already turning heads. Designed as a follow up to the manufacturer's successful i8 hybrid supercar, the new two-seat, soft-top i8 Roadster features an upgraded design, more power, and improved battery and tons of 3D printed metal. More

WAAMpeller, world’s first class-approved 3D printed ship’s propeller completed in Netherlands

Nov.30, 2017 - A collaboration between five different companies saw the completion and successful testing of the world's first 3D printed ship propeller. The part was made using WAAM 3D printing techniques and was unveiled at the headquarters of Damen Group, in the Netherlands. More

Fraunhofer leads new collaborative futureAM research project to advance industrial metal 3D printing

Nov.30, 2017 - Germany's Fraunhofer Society will be leading a new research project, known as futureAM, as a collaborative effort between six of its institutes. This should see the development of innovative new metal 3D printing techniques, with better scalability, improved process chains and more automation. More

First 3D printed TuPOD satellite successfully completes launch mission from ISS

Nov.30, 2017 - The first ever fully 3D printed satellite to be launched from the ISS has successfully completed its mission. The satellite, called Tubesat-POD (or TuPOD, for short), was developed through a collaboration between GAUSS, Teton Aerospace (Tetonsys), CRP USA, and JAXA. More

Cosmetics giant AmorePacific trialling first 3D printed customized facial masks in South Korea

Nov.30, 2017 - South Korea-based AmorePacific is breaking ground in the cosmetics industry with the unveiling of the world's first customized facial mask product. The new product, named the 'Tailored Mask,' is created using 3D printing and IoT technologies. More

SHINING 3D helps ZJUT engineering students build 3D printed racecar

Nov.30, 2017 - Chinese 3D printing and scanning company SHINING 3D has joined forces with the Zhejiang University of Technology (ZJUT) to develop 3D printed parts for a racing car. The project is part of an 'Alumni Mentor Program,' with SHINING 3D sharing its expertise with engineering students. More

3D printed microfluidics helps OIST research on vortices in moving liquids, potentially saving millions for oil industry

Nov.29, 2017 - A team of researchers based in Okinawa, in collaboration with a team from Liverpool, have shed some light on the behaviour of fluids at high-speeds or around curves. Their 3D printed micro-fluidics device allowed them to study the vortices that form in detail, and how they are affected by the addition of polymer molecules. More

11-year-old Gitanjali Rao wins $25K for inventing 3D printed device that detects lead levels in water

Nov.29, 2017 - An ambitious seventh grader from Colorado has just been named 'America's top young scientist' for having invented a low-cost 3D printed device that can detect lead in drinking water. The youngster in question, 11-year-old Gitanjali Rao, was also awarded a $25,000 prize. More

Open-source 3D printed smartphone microscope can detect waterborne pathogens

Nov.29, 2017 - Researchers from the University of Houston have released an open-source dataset for turning a smartphone into a 3D printed microscope. Such a microscope can be used'to detect waterborne pathogens and carry out other helpful diagnostic functions. More

ORNL scientists 3D print the world's smallest fidget spinner, the width of a human hair

Nov.28, 2017 - Researchers from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)'not your typical toy factory'have created the world's smallest fidget spinner using Nanoscribe's micro-scale additive manufacturing technology. More

Donhou Bicycles launches new steel DSS3 CX / Gravel bike that features 3D printed steel lug

Nov.28, 2017 - East London bike makers Donhou Bicycles have just unveiled a bold new custom build, and a manufacturing milestone: the DSS3 CX/Gravel steel frameset features a gorgeous steel frame that effectively pushes cycling into the modern era. The new build, which features a 3D printed steel seat lug, is already generating buzz among cycling fanatics. More

Spanish researchers 3D print protective pieces to improve radiotherapy treatment for skin cancer

Nov.28, 2017 - A group of doctors and medical researchers in Spain have pioneered a new 3D printing technique that will improve the treatment of skin cancer. It makes use of a scan of a patient's face to 3D print a protective piece that prevents applied radiation affecting the healthy skin surrounding tumors. More

Bkav uses $200 3D printed 'evil twin' mask to defeat iPhone X Face ID again, upgrades warning level

Nov.28, 2017 - Vietnamese cybersecurity firm Bkav has once again beaten Apple's Face ID iPhone security feature, this time using a 3D printed mask and printed infrared images of eyes. Because the hack was so easy, Bkav strongly recommends avoiding Face ID as a means of protecting sensitive data. More

America Makes and AFRL launches Phase 3 of MAMLS program for 3D printed aircraft solutions

Nov.28, 2017 - America Makes has announced the launch of its Call for Phase 3 for its Maturation of Advanced Manufacturing for Low-Cost Sustainment (MAMLS) program. The MAMLS program is geared towards improving the efficiency of rapid part replacement for legacy and other aircraft through 3D printing. More

Stratasys debuts BioMimics - ultra-realistic, multi-material anatomical models for surgical training

Nov.27, 2017 - 3D printing giant Stratasys has just released BioMimics, a new system through which users can 3D print highly accurate and multi-material medical models. Stratasys says its BioMimics anatomical models will have applications in surgical planning, medical training, and device testing. More

3D printed steel reactor turns Teflon waste product into useful synthetic building block

Nov.27, 2017 - Researchers from the CC FLOW consortium in Graz, Austria have developed a custom flow reactor 3D printed from stainless steel which is capable of transforming an environmentally harmful Teflon waste product into a synthetic building block. More

Tractus3D printer cuts Hans Boodt's mannequin production time from 8 weeks to 2 days

Nov.27, 2017 - Dutch mannequin specialist Hans Boodt is using large-scale FDM 3D printers from fellow Dutch company Tractus3D, enabling it to cut mannequin production time from eight weeks to just two days. The Tractus3D T3500 has a build height of 210 cm, ideal for mannequins. More

84 year old Chinese man receives porous 3D printed tantalum knee implant in world first

Nov.27, 2017 - A man in China recently became the first patient in the world to receive a 3D printed tantalum knee joint implant during knee surgery. The procedure was carried out at First Hospital Affiliated to Southwest Hospital, a hospital in Chongqing municipality in southwest China. More

Real Madrid star Sergio Ramos shows off 3D printed face mask after breaking nose

Nov.26, 2017 - Sergio Ramos, captain of Real Madrid and the Spanish national soccer team, will wear a 3D printed mask after breaking his nose during a match. The ultra-lightweight mask is made from a 3D printable material also used in Formula 1 cars and aerospace components. More

Israeli design grad creates '3D Lace' couture lingerie collection using a 3Doodler 3D pen

Nov.25, 2017 - Meet Eden Saadon, the Haifa-born textile designer who's pioneering new possibilities for creating with a 3D printing pen. Once the tool of amateur at-home crafters, 3D printing pens such as the 3Doodler are now being elevated to the high-fashion realm, providing designers of all backgrounds a new way to think'or draw'outside the box. More

Euthanasia campaigner Dr Philip Nitschke invents Sarco suicide capsule with 3D printer

Nov.24, 2017 - A former doctor from the Netherlands has developed a new machine that will assist people who want to commit suicide. The founder of the Exit International euthanasia campaign wanted to provide a solution for people looking to end their own lives more easily and comfortably. More

Amazing 3D printed design: Jef Montes 'Tormenta' shoe, Klemens Schillinger 'Offline' lamp, Mathias Bengtsson 'Growth' furniture

Nov.24, 2017 - 3D printing continues its role as a tool for creative empowerment, as evidenced by new 3D printed fashion, 3D printed design, and 3D printed furniture offerings from Jef Montes, Klemens Schillinger, and Mathias Bengtsson. More

Footwear Polytechnic's FFLab boosts Italian shoemaking industry with 3D printing

Nov.24, 2017 - Renowned Italian shoe institute The Footwear Polytechnic of Riviera del Brenta is ploughing ahead with its recent partnership with German 3D printer manufacturer RepRap. First announced in September 2016, the collaboration saw the launch of the FFLab, a digital lab specializing in new 3D scanning and 3D printing technologies by RepRap. More

UVic engineers awarded C$100K to 3D print braces for children suffering from scoliosis and clubfoot

Nov.24, 2017 - A team of researchers based at Canada's University of Victoria are developing 3D printed devices to treat clubfoot and scoliosis in children in the developing world. The team recently received a grant which they will use to test out the technology in Nepal. More

Youbionic's $2100 3D printed double-handed glove is first step on road to 'augmented humans'

Nov.24, 2017 - Italy's Youbionic has used 3D printing to create a bionic 'Double Hand,' a robotic device worn on the wrist that doubles the wearer's manual capacities. A fully assembled version of the device costs $2,100. More

UAE opens exhibition at UN HQ which highlights 3D printed replica of statue of Athena destroyed by ISIL

Nov.23, 2017 - A new exhibition known as 'The Spirit in the Stone' was recently opened at the U.N headquarters. It displays some 3D printed replicas of ancient monuments, including important ones from the Syrian city of Palmyra that were infamously destroyed by Islamic State in 2015 More

Swedish customs authorities raise fears about undetectable 3D printed firearms

Nov.23, 2017 - Swedish customs officials have been voicing their concerns recently about the potential increase in 3D printed firearms. A gun made with a 3D printer can fire live rounds and would be probably undetectable by security checks, making it particularly useful for terrorists wanting to carry out violent acts. More

IGUANEYE to launch ultra-minimal 'Jungle' sandal on Indiegogo this December

Nov.23, 2017 - IGUANEYE, a French startup based out of Porto, Portugal, has developed a new style of customizable sandal which will allow people's feet to breathe without hindering their mobility. The product, called the 'IGUANEYE Jungle,' will soon be featured on Indiegogo. More

3D printed virtual cocktail glass turns water into wine

Nov.23, 2017 - Just in time for the season to drink and be merry, a group of researchers out of the National University of Singapore's Connective Ubiquitous Technology for Embodiment Centre have developed the 'Vocktail': a virtual cocktail glass that can turn water into wine ' at least, as far as your senses are concerned. More

3D printed 'Ghostbuster' catches cars driving the wrong way, alerts other drivers & police

Nov.23, 2017 - Three engineers from Germany's Saarland University have used 3D printing to develop the 'Ghostbuster,' a sensor system that alerts drivers if a vehicle is driving into oncoming traffic. The system can also automatically alert the authorities, leading to safer roads. More

Lockheed Martin Space Systems using 3D printing to stay ahead of the curve in 'NewSpace' industry

Nov.23, 2017 - Rick Ambrose, the executive vice president of space systems at Lockheed Martin, recently dished on how the company is looking to and adopting 3D printing technologies to stay current and relevant in the space exploration field. More

Teeth straightening startup Candid raises $15M to bring 3D printed dental aligners to more customers

Nov.22, 2017 - New York-based teeth straightening startup Candid has raised $15 million in a Series A financing round. The round was led by Greycroft, Bessemer, and e.ventures, and the funds will be used to expand operations and find new customers for the company's customized 3D printed aligners. More

XRobots' James Bruton shows off giant 3D printed Hotwheels Drone Racerz at London parade

Nov.21, 2017 - James Bruton, known for his XRobots creations, has done a special project for his day job at Bladez Toyz. To celebrate a licensing agreement, the maker has 3D printed a giant replica of a Hotwheels Drone Racerz toy. The make was recently shown off in a London toy parade. More

Archaeologists 3D print and reconstruct skull of Denmark's first Viking king Gorm the Old

Nov.21, 2017 - A team of Danish archaeologists have used 3D printing technology to reconstruct the skull of Gorm the Old, the first historically recognized Viking king of Denmark. The famous king reigned over the Scandinavian country from the year 936 to his death in 958 CE. More

£55 GENERICS' custom 3D printed earphones launches on Kickstarter, '75% cheaper' than rival products

Nov.21, 2017 - GENERICS, a Lebanese startup backed by the UK government, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for its 3D printed earphone solution. Users take a smartphone video of their ears, upload it to the GENERICS app, and then receive a custom pair of 3D printed earphones fitted to their ears. More

SA architect Handre de la Rey's 3D printed concrete sunglasses now commercially available

Nov.20, 2017 - An architect based in South Africa recently won an award for his innovative approach to eyewear design, making use of concrete to produce a unique pair of sunglasses. Known as CS Project, the glasses are now available to order, with a limited run of 1000 pairs. More

Four unmissable pieces of 3D printed jewelry and interior design

Nov.20, 2017 - These four new 3D printed designs by Alessandro Zambelli, hintlab, Maison 203, and Rick Tegelaar should not be missed. They include 3D printed vases for the house, 3D printed rings and other jewelry, and more. More

A$347K grant to help University of Wollongong open state-of-the-art 3D bioprinting facility

Nov.20, 2017 - Australia's University of Wollongong has been given a AUD 347,000 ($262,358) grant from the Australian Research Council (ARC) to establish a 3D bioprinting facility. The money brings the university one 'step closer' to launching the bioprinting facility. More

Dutch non-profit develops waterproof 3D printed VR headset to let disabled 'swim' with dolphins

Nov.20, 2017 - Netherlands-based non-profit The Dolphin Swim Club is making it possible to swim with dolphins in VR. Now, thanks to 3D printed waterproof VR goggles, the technology can even be used in water as therapy for disabled people. More

Five fun 3D printing projects & life hacks: 3D printed baby monitor, BalloonVase, MNT Reform laptop, more

Nov.19, 2017 - Putting together a 3D printing project is a surprisingly great way to relax, so print away the stresses of school or work with these five cool 3D printing projects, each of which can make your day-to-day life a little easier or simply more enjoyable. More

3D printed Octinion strawberry picking robot can pick one berry every three seconds

Nov.18, 2017 - A Belgian engineering company is looking to digitize the way we harvest produce, one strawberry at a time. Heverlee-based startup Octinion has developed a strawberry-picking robot equipped with machine vision and a 3D printed 'hand.' The prototype can determine when a strawberry is ready to be picked, then harvest damage-free produce at a rate similar to human workers. More

Framlab proposes 3D printed vertical housing modules to give shelter to New York's homeless

Nov.18, 2017 - A New York design agency is looking to tackle the city's homelessness crisis one 3D printed module at a time. Conceived as a series of 3D printed micro-neighbourhoods, the Homed project features an array of dense vertical units designed to attach to pre-existing buildings via a scaffold structure, thereby creating an active layer of living modules. More

Abu Dhabi Police unveils plans to create 3D printed patrol cars & police stations on Mars by 2057

Nov.17, 2017 - The Abu Dhabi police force in the UAE has outlined its vision of policing on Mars. The UAE plans to establish a colony on Mars by the year 2117, and the Abu Dhabi police sees itself driving 3D printed patrol cars around the planet to ensure order is maintained. More

Trumpf launches triple-laser TruPrint 5000 laser metal fusion (LMF) 3D printer

Nov.17, 2017 - Geman 3D printer manufacturer Trumpf is demonstrating its latest machine, the TruPrint 5000, at this year's Formnext expo. The medium-format TruPrint 5000 3D printer features a triple-laser system and increased automation, which will speed up printing in order to enable series production. More

Porous 3D printed ‘schwarzites’ are strong & lightweight, could form entire buildings

Nov.17, 2017 - Engineers at Rice University and Brazil's University of Campinas have created 3D printed schwarzites'mathematical structures named after their creator Hermann Schwarz'with complex curved geometries. The researchers envision buildings being made with the 3D printed structures. More

5% of all spare parts could be digitalized & 3D printed, reports VTT Finland & Aalto University

Nov.17, 2017 - Finland's VTT Technical Research Centre and Aalto University have released findings from their two-year industry research project that investigates how businesses can use digital, 3D printable spare parts to their advantage. The project is valued at around 1.4 million euros ($1.65M). More

Canada's Dalhousie University pioneers 3D printed devices to improve radiation therapy

Nov.17, 2017 - A team of medical professionals and students at Dalhousie University in Canada have created a set of 3D printed 'bolus' devices that will improve the treatment of cancer patients. They are specifically tailored to a patients anatomy, so they will fit more comfortably and optimize the radiation dosage that is adminstered. More

Singapore's LTA leverages 3D printing, robotics and VR to improve rail reliability

Nov.17, 2017 - Singapore's Land Transport Authority and private rail operators will soon be making use of 3D printing, as well as AR, VR and robotics, to improve the way the rail network functions. Maintenance, logistics and training of staff will all be made much faster and cheaper with the use of Industry 4.0 innovations. More

SpaceIL hopes lunar lander's 3D printed legs could help it scoop $20M Google Lunar XPRIZE

Nov.16, 2017 - Israeli nonprofit startup SpaceIL is using 3D printed legs on its unmanned space lander, a spacecraft competing for more than $20 million in prize money as part of the Google Lunar XPRIZE initiative. The 3D printed legs are being supplied by Zurich's RUAG Space. More

3D printed 'Family of the Future' debuts at formnext, the joint effort of Flam3D and 30 Flemish partners

Nov.16, 2017 - Some 30 3D printing companies have joined forces to create the 'Family of the Future,' a conceptual project featuring a 3D printed mother, father, and child. Just unveiled at formnext, the Family of the Future serves to demonstrate the power of collaboration and co-creation, as well as sparking the public's imagination as to what 3D printing can do. More

Cambridge's 3D printed nanoscale magnetic circuits could improve future electronic devices

Nov.16, 2017 - A team from the University of Cambridge has developed a nanoscale magnetic circuit using 3D nano-printing which is capable of moving information in three-dimensions. This innovation has the potential to increase the processing and storage capabilities of next-gen electronic devices. More

Fluorescent 3D printed microstructures could thwart counterfeit money

Nov.16, 2017 - Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and optical company ZEISS are using fluorescent 3D printed microstructures to improve counterfeit protection. The innovation could prevent the forgery of bank notes, documents, and branded products. More

Watch how Dubai's Emirates is 3D printing aircraft cabin parts using SLS technology

Nov.16, 2017 - Emirates, the Dubai-based airline, is using selective laser sintering (SLS) 3D printing to make cabin parts for its aircraft. The 3D printed parts, printed by 3D Systems, include video monitor shrouds and cabin air vent grills. More

3D printed patient-specific vascular models help University of Mainz hospital take on complex surgeries

Nov.15, 2017 - Surgeons from the University of Mainz Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery Department in Germany have turned to 3D printing technology to help advance and improve surgical planning processes for complex vascular operations. More

Dubai's RTA announces plans for 3D printed bus stop, pedestrian bridge & marine transport station

Nov.15, 2017 - Dubai should be seeing a number of new 3D printed civil structures within the next few years. The Roads and Transport Authority recently announced plans for a 3D printed bus stop, pedestrian bridge, marine transport station, as well as the Hatta Gate which doubles as a public art project. More

3D printing helps surgeons separate conjoined twins at Rome's Bambino Gesu pediatric hospital

Nov.15, 2017 - 3D printed models have been used to help separate conjoined twins in Rome. The pair, who are of Algerian nationality, were separated during a 10-hour surgery in which surgeons made use of the 3D printed models. More

3D printing resurrects ancient Egyptian Tomb in Switzerland

Nov.15, 2017 - An ancient Egyptian tomb has been 'resurrected' in Switzerland thanks to advancements in 3D 'scanning and 3D printing technology. Once belonging to Pharaoh Seti I, one of the most important royals in Egypt's Valley of the Kings, the 3,300-year-old sarcophagus now sits in 3D printed form in the Antikenmuseum Basel in northwestern Switzerland. More

1,300 sq ft 'World of Warcraft' diorama featuring over 10,000 3D printed characters breaks Guinness World Record

Nov.15, 2017 - Video game developer Blizzard Entertainment has been awarded a Guinness World Record for the largest video game diorama ever produced. The massive diorama spans 1,300 square feet and includes over 10,000 miniature 3D printed characters. More

Swiss researchers develop innovative origami-inspired drone using 3D printing

Nov.13, 2017 - A team of researchers from a major Swiss university has made some serious advances in the field of drone technology. Its newest development is a drone with a lightweight, foldable cage that can wrap itself around a package. This means that the relatively small drone can safely dcarry up to 50 kg. More

How 3D printing helped create Hela's stunning headdress in 'Thor: Ragnarok'

Nov.13, 2017 - Fans of 'Thor: Ragnarok' will be excited to learn that Hela's menacing headdress (worn by actress Cate Blanchett) was made with the help of 3D printing. Ironhead Studio's Jose Fernandez dishes on how the prop was created for the Marvel franchise. More

3D printed skull model saves Australian baby whose nose was blocked with bone

Nov.13, 2017 - A 3D printed skull has helped an Australian infant survive a birth complication. Baby Sophia, from Perth, was born with bone fused over her nasal cavity, and could not breathe without a ventilator. Surgeons used a 3D printed model to get a better look at the skull before operating. More

German company Amtopus 3D prints packaging from apricot cores and other raw bio-materials

Nov.13, 2017 - Amtopus, a company based in Chemnitz, Germany, has recently won an environmental award for its pioneering 3D printing work. It makes use of raw bio-degradable materials, such as apricot cores or wood flour, and processes them into eco-friendly 3D printable materials for making packaging containers. More

Vietnamese Firm Bkav claims to have beaten iPhone X's Face ID using a $150 3D printed mask

Nov.13, 2017 - 3D printing has been used to bypass Apple's new Face ID security system on the iPhone X. Vietnamese security firm Bkav made a 3D printed mask with silicone features in order to trick Face ID into unlocking an iPhone. More

4 Fun DIY 3D Printing Projects - 3D printed portable rail-gun, duplicate keys, aquatic car tires, customized doors

Nov.12, 2017 - Here's another round-up of some fun DIY projects that have been shared around the hobbyist 3D printing world recently, hopefully giving you inspiration to get involved yourself, or at least providing some comfort in these turbulent times as summer curdles into the sour light of autumn. There's a set of 3D printed tires that let you drive on water, a 3D printed semi-automatic railgun, and more besides. More

Gabrielle Keaton, Miss Multiverse Australia to wear 3D printed dress to world finals

Nov.11, 2017 - 3D printed fashion has officially soared to national heights: fans of the Miss Multiverse Beauty Pageant and Modelling Competition will get to glimpse the first ever 3D printed national costume on Australian finalist Gabrielle Keaton this November in the Dominican Republic. More

Scientists develop a 3D printable fiber for clothes that can cool you down

Nov.10, 2017 - Researchers at the University of Maryland College Park have developed a new textile that could, one day, don as our own personal cooling unit, in place of air conditioning. Recently published in the journal ACS Nano, the study investigates the potential of 3D printing in manufacturing high-tech fabrics designed to keep you cool. More

Australia's TGA may amend regulations on personalized 3D printed medical devices

Nov.10, 2017 - Australia's Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) is looking at changing regulations on personalized 3D printed medical devices. A consultation was launched on Thursday, with some believing Australia could be off the pace in terms of 3D printing innovation. More

Open-source 3D printed kit transforms $500 wheelchair into $2500 electronic wheelchair

Nov.10, 2017 - A team of around 30 high school roboticists from Ra'anana in Israel has developed a 3D printed Electric Wheelchair Kit that transforms an ordinary wheelchair into a motorized one. The 3D printed tool could save wheelchair users around $2,000. More

3D printing presents cyber security risks for aircraft manufacturers, says Atlantic Council report

Nov.10, 2017 - The Atlantic Council, a Washington, D.C. think-tank has released a new report which outlines the benefits and risks of 3D printing within the aviation sector. The report is entitled 'Aviation Security: Finding Lift, Minimizing Drag.' More

Design students 3D print incredible pleated costumes for Beijing Opera performance

Nov.10, 2017 - At an upcoming performance of Farewell My Concubine by the Beijing Opera, the actors will be dressed in amazingly detailed 3D printed costumes designed by Mingjing Lin and Tsai-Chun Huang, two Fashion and Textile PhD students at the Royal College of Art, London. More

Singapore's Sembcorp Marine to develop use of 3D printing, drone to boost offshore & marine sector

Nov.9, 2017 - Sembcorp Marine, a Singapore-based marine and offshore engineering company, recently signed an MOU through which it will aim to collaboratively develop 3D printing, drone, and digital twin technologies which could impact the offshore and marine (O&M) industry More

3D printed self-balancing scooter is German students' attempt to 'think additively'

Nov.9, 2017 - Students from the University of Applied Sciences Ravensburg-Weingarten in Germany'have designed a first-of-its-kind 3D printed self-balancing scooter. The project is being supported by Stratasys, whose Fortus 900mc 3D printer was used for the larger components. More

UK researchers pioneer breakthrough method to 3D print fully functional electronic circuits

Nov.9, 2017 - Researchers at the UK's University of Nottingham have developed a way to 3D print functional electric circuits using inkjet printing and UV curing. The circuits contain both electrically conductive metallic inks and insulating polymeric inks. More

Amsterdam unveils two 3D printed sofas, each made up of 3,000 plastic bags

Nov.8, 2017 - The city of Amsterdam has unveiled two 3D printed sofas, each made up of 3,000 plastic bags, as part of its new 'Circulaire Expositie' ( 'Recycling Exhibition'). On display at the Stadhuis until October 26th, this exhibition serves to showcase Amsterdam's commitment towards building a sustainable city, and the role 3D printing plays in that effort. More

Dartmouth's WiPrint tech uses low-cost 3D printed reflectors to custom improve WiFi signals

Nov.8, 2017 - A team of researchers from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire has devised a remarkably simple and affordable way to improve WiFi signals within an indoor space and even strengthen wireless security: 3D printed structures covered in aluminum foil. More

Xuberance & Farsoon 3D print beautiful handbag collections from TPU

Nov.8, 2017 - Shanghai-based design studio Xuberance never ceases to impress us with its stunning 3D printed fashion pieces and accessories. Now, the studio has partnered with Chinese 3D printing company Farsoon to realize two collections of 3D printed handbags. More

Mulindi Japan One Love to bring 3D printed prosthetics to Rwanda

Nov.7, 2017 - Mulindi Japan One Love is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing mobility and independence to East Africans with disabilities. Since 1996, the project has supplied prosthetic limbs and medical devices to more than 6,000 Rwandans and 2,000 Burundians free of charge. Now, the NGO is launcing a new program for 3D printed prosthetics. More

World's largest lens, 3D printed by Formlabs, coming to Times Square

Nov.7, 2017 - Starting February 1st, Times Square will be even more bedazzled thanks to a new public art installation by Aranda\Lasch and Marcelo Coehlo. 'Window to the Heart' will see the world's largest lens, 3D printed by Formlabs, installed at Father Duffy Square, between 46th and 47th Streets, in a glimmering celebration of love in Times Square. More

3D printed MakerSat-0 CubeSat to launch into space this Friday to assist in Made In Space material research

Nov.7, 2017 - A group of students from the Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) and the Caldwell High School in Idaho will have the chance to see a 3D printed satellite it made launched into space this month, thanks to a partnership with Made in Space. More

Pjotr introduces first solid gold 3D printed luxury fountain pen for €14K

Nov.7, 2017 - Rein van der Mast, the Dutch designer perhaps better known for his brand name Pjotr, has unveiled his latest 3D printed luxury writing instrument. Named Spica Virginis, the new and extra opulent pen is made from solid 18K gold. More

BAM, TU Clausthal and German Aerospace Center (DLR) participate in micro-gravity 3D printing tests

Nov.6, 2017 - In a major German research collaboration, several 3D printing experiments have been carried out in micro-gravity conditions on board a series of parabolic flights. Researchers successfully tested a suction system that can stabilize the powder bed used for 3D printing, in the absence of gravity. More

3D printed bioceramic stents inspired by lotus root structure improve vascularization and bone growth

Nov.6, 2017 - A team of researchers from the Shanghai Institute of Ceramics and the Chinese Academy of Sciences has developed a novel design for 3D printed stent made from a biomedical ceramic material and which has a structure inspired by the lotus root. More

Six 3D printed coral reefs installed on Monaco's ocean floor

Nov.6, 2017 - Last week, the Monaco government installed six 3D printed reef units, each measuring 1.2 x 2 metres and weighing 2,500 kilograms. Manufactured by Dutch maritime company Boskalis and supported by Monaco's Prince Albert II Foundation, the reefs could be an important step forward in mitigating marine destruction caused by climate change. More

Blizzident introduces 3D printed flossing device that lets users floss 'with just one bite'

Nov.6, 2017 - Blizzident, a dental 3D printing company, says it has developed a device that could revolutionize the task of flossing. Called the '3D-Flosser,' this new 3D printed device reportedly enables users to floss all their teeth 'with just one bite.' More

3D printed steering wheel helps Bloodhound supersonic car hit 210 mph in 8 seconds

Nov.6, 2017 - The Bloodhound SSC supersonic car has made its first public runs, hitting 210 mph in 8 seconds at Cornwall Airport Newquay in the UK. The car, which has a 3D printed steering wheel tailored to driver Andy Green's specifications, is targeting a world record land speed of 1,000 mph. More

Amsterdam's 3D printed steel bridge fitted with huge sensor network for real-time 'health' monitoring

Nov.6, 2017 - Researchers from the UK's Alan Turing Institute and Imperial College London are adding a large sensor network to MX3D's 3D printed steel bridge, currently under development in Amsterdam and set for 2018 completion. The sensors will monitor the 'health' of the 3D printed bridge in real time. More

3D printed prototype wearable brain scanner four times as sensitive as current MEG systems

Nov.5, 2017 - A team of researchers from the University of Nottingham and UCL are developing a more effective form of an advanced brain imaging technique. They have used a 3D printed protoype helmet in early tests of their new magnetoencephalography system, which could be at least four times as sensitive as current systems. More

3D printed wearable designed to prevent motorists falling asleep at the wheel

Nov.5, 2017 - An innovative French startup, Ellcie-Healthy, has developed a 3D printed mount that can be worn on the eyes to prevent motorists falling asleep at the wheel. It can be hooked up to a smartphone, and activates a buzzer or flashing LED when warning signs are detected. It will be distributed by eyewear company Optic 2000. More

UK grad student's 'Metamorphosis' project introduces tactile 3D printed tattoos

Nov.4, 2017 - Julien Nikolov, a graduate student from the University of Lincoln in the UK, is rethinking the concept of tattoos in his 'Metamorphosis' design project. Using 3D printing rather than ink and needles, the designer has created three-dimensional, tactile tattoos that wearers can easily wear and remove. More

With 90 3D printers at its 26 factories, Volkswagen counts on metal 3D printing for exclusive car series & replacement parts

Nov.3, 2017 - Volkswagen AG uses both polymer and metal-based 3D printing in its car manufacturing, but how does it see the current applications and future potentials for metal 3D printing in the industry? More

U.S. military's 3DMAC 3D prints custom assistive devices and prosthetics for war veterans

Nov.2, 2017 - 3D printing in the military is really taking off, but it's not all 3D printed drones and weaponry: the technology is also serving an important rehabilitative purpose for soldiers who are injured and lose limbs on the battlefield. More

Google AI sees 3D printed turtle as a rifle, MIT researchers explain why

Nov.2, 2017 - Researchers at MIT have carried out an investigation into 'adversarial examples,' objects that can fool AI vision into thinking an object is something completely different. The researchers made a 3D printed turtle that fooled Google's Inception-v3 into thinking it was a gun, even from multiple angles. More

Hoversurf Formula: a 3D printed flying car that costs under $100K

Nov.2, 2017 - Hoversurf, a futuristic vehicle company based in San Francisco and Moscow, has unveiled 'Formula,' a revolutionary flying car made with 3D printed carbon fiber and metal. The vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicle seats five, and could be in the air by 2018. More

Westinghouse to install first 3D printed nuclear reactor fuel part by 2018

Nov.2, 2017 - Westinghouse is intending to install the first 3D printed fuel component in a nuclear reactor, and it should be done by Fall 2018. Supported by the Department of Energy, the company is currently researching various AM processes, as well as trying to speed up the standardization of materials so AM implementation can become more widespread. More

TU Delft researchers fabricate shape-shifting objects with hobbyist 3D printers and origami techniques

Nov.2, 2017 - A research team at TU Delft, which is responsible for the impressive 3D printed automated origami structures that could be used for medical implants and other applications, have made some updates to this process. Their new structures can incorporate sequential, time-delay folding, and this has been achieved with cheaper materials and equipment. More

Vancouver-based LifeTec to build homes faster with Framecad steel beam 3D printing tech

Nov.1, 2017 - LifeTec Construction Group Inc., a Vancouver-based construction firm is aiming to bring 3D printed housing structures to the Canadian city in an effort to provide a faster, more efficient home-building process. More

Sandia National Lab team 3D prints 20% more efficient solar power receivers

Nov.1, 2017 - A team from Sandia National Laboratories, one of three National Nuclear Security Administration research and development laboratories, says it has developed fractal-like concentrating solar power receivers that are more effective at absorbing sunlight that existing systems.' More

Architect Vincent Callebaut envisions rebuilding liberated Mosul with 3D printed 'farming bridges'

Nov.1, 2017 - Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut has won the Rifat Chadirji Prize for his proposal to build five farming bridges made from modular 3D printed housing units. The prize was awarded to the best idea for rebuilding the liberated and heavily destroyed parts of Mosul, Iraq. More

Stranger Things' monstrous Demogorgon came from a 3D printer, not the Upside Down

Nov.1, 2017 - The visual effects team behind Netflix sensation Stranger Things has revealed how it used 3D printing during the development of the show's monsters, including the nightmarish 'Demogorgon.' Studio models were 3D printed on a Formlabs SLA 3D printer. More

Researchers develop 3D printed orthopaedic casts with improved thermal comfort

Nov.1, 2017 - A team of researchers from TU Delft and Boston University have collaborated on development of new 3D printed orthopaedic casts. It's the first time that the thermal comfort of a patient's skin has been taken into account in the production of casts.The 3D printed structure incorporates air holes in specific places to optimize airflow. More

3D printed small intestine helps Cornell scientists understand gut bacteria

Oct.31, 2017 - Biologists at Cornell University in New York have 3D printed a microscopic artificial small intestine. The synthetic gut could help researchers better understand bacteria and the human immune system. More

Breakthrough: LLNL's 3D printed marine grade stainless steel now three times stronger

Oct.31, 2017 - Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have made a breakthrough in 3D printing 316L, a 'marine grade' stainless steel. Marine grade steels, used in places like oil pipelines, engine parts, and kitchen equipment, typically have a low corrosiveness and high ductility. More

Ohio researchers use 3D printing to develop 'Hovering' millimeter wave antenna arrays with improved signal strength

Oct.31, 2017 - Researchers at Ohio State's ESL will be making use of 3D printing technology as part of a project to make antenna arrays. These arrays will use higher frequencies and innovative lenses, and can 'float' in the air, in order to improve signal strength and provide continuous bandwidth. More

MIT's new 3D printed nozzle device could make versatile nanofiber meshes at much lower cost

Oct.30, 2017 - Researchers at MIT have developed a 3D printed nozzle device for producing nanofiber meshes. The device, made with a DLP 3D printer, matches the speed and power of its MIT-made predecessor, but produces more uniform fiber diameters at a much lower cost. More

Kyushu University scientists successfully transplant 3D bioprinted liver buds into rats

Oct.30, 2017 - Scientists from the Kyushu University in Japan have recently demonstrated the ability to implant their 3D bioprinted liver tissue into rats. The breakthrough could mark a step in the right direction for the development of implantable 3D printed liver tissue in humans. More

$9.3M 'Just in time' 3D printed bone implant project in Australia set to transform tumour surgery

Oct.30, 2017 - A recent collaboration between the Australian government, Melbourne's RMIT University, the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), St. Vincent's Hospital Melbourne, and medical tech company Stryker is aiming to solidify the country's prominent place within the 3D printed implant industry. More

Industrial Digitalisation Review: UK can create $600bn & 175,000 manufacturing jobs via Industry 4.0, 3D printing

Oct.30, 2017 - The 'Industrial Digitalisation Review,' a UK government-commissioned review on industrial digitalization, has suggested that the UK could create '455 billion ($600 billion) and 175,000 new jobs by embracing Industry 4.0 technology like 3D printing. More

5 Fun DIY Projects - 3D printed Rubik’s cube robot, Art Deco speaker, stamp mold, LED eye, retro computer Raspberry Pi case

Oct.29, 2017 - Here's another fun round-up of fun DIY 3D printing projects from a bunch of fun people making their own way in the hobbyist world. This time we've got a 3D printed robot that can solve Rubik's Cubes, an ornate 3D printed speaker, and much more besides. More

Belgian artist Cédric Van Parys re-imagines Shanghai architecture in 25 3D printed models

Oct.28, 2017 - Cédric Van Parys' acclaimed 'Monuments for Progress' project, exhibited earlier this year at the Venice Biennale, pays homage to the stunning architectures that dot the Shanghai skyline, taking them to new heights in the form of 25 tiny 3D printed models, all created to scale. More

UK Brunel scientists develop flexible, wearable 3D printed battery

Oct.27, 2017 - A team of researchers at London's Brunel University have made a significant 3D printing breakthrough in the field of wearable electronics. They have used the technology to develop a wristband that can also recharge a battery. This is the first time a single, continuous extrusion-based 3D printing process has been used for this purpose. More

The US Marines have started 3D printing explosives

Oct.26, 2017 - A division of the US marines has officially begun to 3D print and test small explosives, a U.S. Defense Department blog reported yesterday. While only in its initial testing phase, the results have been successful so far. More

3D printed gas-absorbing MOF-plastic sensors could help fuel hydrogen-powered cars

Oct.26, 2017 - Scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology have found that 3D printed ABS plastic has the potential to integrate MOF substances that can store and detect gases in the environment. More

XON's 3D printed IoT ORBITREC bike available to buy soon

Oct.26, 2017 - ORBITREC, a customizable 3D printed bike with metal parts made using generative design and lattice structures, is almost ready for commercialization. XON's IoT-connected bicycle gathers data from its environment to improve performance, and was first seen at CES 2016. More

Saudi researchers propose 3D printed braces with LEDs and batteries for faster teeth alignment

Oct.25, 2017 - A team of researchers from the King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia are developing 'smart 3D printed braces' which could help straighten and align teeth faster thanks to embedded LED lights and non-toxic batteries. More

BASF & Poietis renew partnership to develop 3D bioprinted skin models for cosmetics testing

Oct.25, 2017 - German chemicals company BASF has signed an agreement with French biotech firm Poietis to continue developing services and products in the 3D bioprinting field. More

Volkswagen 3D prints $23.5K Kinazo ENDURO e1 electric bicycle in Slovakia

Oct.25, 2017 - Slovakian company Kinazo Design has 3D printed an electric bicycle with the help of Volskwagen. The vehicle, printed on a Concept Laser X Line 2000R 3D printer, is available to buy for €20,000 ($23,500). More

XRobots' James Bruton aims to break Guinness world record with 3.6 m tall 3D printed statue of himself

Oct.25, 2017 - UK-based maker James Bruton, known primarily for his XRobots Youtube 3D printing projects, recently unveiled a gigantic 3D printed sculpture of himself at the Winchester Discovery Centre in Hampshire, England. More

Air Force researchers examine 3D printing composites with National Synchrotron Light Source II beamline

Oct.25, 2017 - Air Force Research Laboratory researchers have joined forces with beamline scientists at the National Synchrotron Light Source II at Brookhaven National Laboratory, using extremely bright X-rays to examine 3D printing materials and processes. More

AMT-SPECAVIA builds Europe's first habitable 3D printed building

Oct.24, 2017 - AMT-SPECAVIA, a Moscow-based group of machining and 3D printing companies, says it has built Europe's first habitable 3D printed house. The residence, located in Yaroslavl and reportedly spanning almost 300 square meters, may also be Europe's largest 3D printed building. More

Meet the Welsh woman with the first 3D printed jaw in the world

Oct.24, 2017 - Retail worker Debbie Hawkins of Swansea is now the first person in the world with a 3D printed jaw. After developing a severe tumour in her lower jawbone, Hawkins turned to the surgical team at Morriston Hospital, who developed an ingenious method of reconstructing Hawkins' jaw with 3D printed titanium. More

First flexible 'wristband' supercapacitors 3D printed using single continuous extrusion method

Oct.24, 2017 - A team of researchers at London's Brunel University has made a 3D printing breakthrough in the field of wearable electronics, using the technology to develop a wristband that can also recharge a battery. It is the first time a single, continuous extrusion-based 3D printing process has been used for this purpose. More

Dutch architecture company Aectual to install incredible 3D printed flooring at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport

Oct.24, 2017 - Aectual, a sustainable architecture company based in Amsterdam, Netherlands, is showcasing its custom 3D printed floor designs at Dutch Design Week, October 21-29. A floor with terrazzo finish will be installed at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport in November. More

Microsoft HoloLens Mixed Reality headset helps Spanish doctors cut surgery time in half

Oct.23, 2017 - Spanish medical tech company Exovite has joined forces with Gregorio Mara''n Hospital in Madrid. The collaboration has resulted Microsoft Mixed Reality headsets being used by surgeons, allowing them to quickly see CT scan data, ultrasound data, and more through Microsoft HoloLens goggles. More

Italian jewelry designer Paola Valentini wins Franceclat award for bracelet 3D printed from gold powder

Oct.23, 2017 - Paola Valentini, an Italian jewelry designer based in Paris, has been awarded the top design prize for a 3D printed jewelry contest organized by the Comite Franceclat. Valentini received the distinction for a cuff bracelet 3D printed from rose gold. More

FAA's 8-year 'Additive Manufacturing Strategic Roadmap' lays groundwork for 3D printed aircraft development

Oct.23, 2017 - The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is reviewing a draft version of its Additive Manufacturing Strategic Roadmap. The document explains how the FAA can regulate and certify 3D printed aircraft parts over the next seven to eight years. More

Virginia museum uses 3D printed tactile artefacts in 'touch tours' for visually impaired

Oct.23, 2017 - The Virginia Historical Society (VHS), a Richmond-based museum dedicated to Virginia's history, has recently embraced 3D scanning and 3D printing technologies to give their visually impaired visitors a more dynamic and thorough experience. More

Obayashi Corporation's 3D printed curved bridge first of its kind in Japan

Oct.22, 2017 - A 3D printing system created by Obayashi Corporation could increase the implementation of the technology in Japanese construction projects. It's the country's first concrete 3D printing system, and was tested out by building a curved bridge. More

UK startup Plumen wants to light your home with new 'Ruche' 3D printed lampshades

Oct.21, 2017 - Plumen, a UK-based lamp and lighting company, has teamed up with designer and engineer Hook Phanthasuporn to develop a series of 3D printed hanging lampshades. Called 'Ruche,' the 3D printed lampshade collection was inspired by forms and shapes found in nature. More

Thermwood & collaborators 3D print PSU helicopter mold using LSAM technology

Oct.20, 2017 - A joint team from Purdue University's Composites Manufacturing and Simulation Center, Thermwood Corporation, Applied Composite Engineering (ACE), and Techmer PM has produced a composite helicopter part using a mold that was 3D printed out of polysulfone (PSU). More

3D printed robotic lab allows Imperial College London scientists to examine multiple insects at once

Oct.20, 2017 - A 3D printed robotic device developed at the UK's Imperial College London'allows scientists to monitor many insects at once. The Raspberry Pi-powered device allows neuroscientists to closely examine fruit flies, which are surprisingly similar to humans in many ways. More

3D printed cell-opening mechanism opens new possibilities in camouflage, drug delivery

Oct.20, 2017 - Researchers at the University of New Hampshire have used 3D printing to design a unique sequential cell-opening mechanism that could be used for drug delivery and color-changing camouflage materials. More

New design for more efficient solar cells takes inspiration from black butterfly wings and 3D printing

Oct.19, 2017 - A team of researchers from Caltech and a German university have taken inspiration from butterflies and 3D printing for their latest project. They have developed a design for more efficient solar cells, based on the scaly structure of a black butterfly's wings. More

Zoo Knoxville turtle wears tiny 3D printed mask to protect face injury

Oct.19, 2017 - Patches, a small black-breasted leaf turtle and resident at Zoo Knoxville in Tennessee, has been fitted with a 3D printed mask to help protect a facial injury she obtained last year. More

Stargate 3D printer could help Relativity Space build rockets on Mars

Oct.19, 2017 - Orbital launch company Relativity Space plans to use 'Stargate,' which it says is the largest metal 3D printer in the world, to fabricate rockets on Mars. The 3D printer uses multiple print heads to process strong proprietary alloys. More

Cosmetics brand Lush to explore 3D printed molds and products at new $17M UK facility

Oct.19, 2017 - Cosmetics brand Lush will be investing in 3D printing technologies to manufacture molds for its products and perhaps even cosmetics, according to Mark Constantine, co-founder of the UK-based company. More

3D Printing News Roundup: 3D printed sternum, Ultimaker Cura 3.0, Safilo 3D printed sunglasses, 3D Lab

Oct.18, 2017 - To mark the halfway point of the 3D printing week, here's a roundup of some more additive tidbits: Ultimaker launches its Cura 3.0 slicing software, an Anatomics 3D printed sternum implant is successfully implanted into a patient, and more. More

Mantis Hacks' latest make is a giant 3D printed LEGO Forklift

Oct.18, 2017 - Matt Denton, a maker known on Youtube for his Mantis Hacks videos, has wowed us once again with his latest project: a giant 3D printed LEGO forklift. The make is a scaled up replica of LEGO's technic Forklift [Kit 850] from 1977. More

Cicada-inspired 3D printed PEKK implants could reduce bacterial infections without antibiotics

Oct.18, 2017 - A team of researchers from Northeastern University in Boston and the Wenzhou Medical University in China have taken inspiration from cicada wings to develop infection-resistant 3D printed orthopedic implants from PEKK plastic. More

World's first 3D printed bicycle bridge opens to cyclists in Netherlands

Oct.18, 2017 - Officials in the Netherlands have announced the opening of the world's first concrete 3D printed bridge for cyclists. The bridge, that will serve two-wheeled commuters in the southeastern town of Gemert, is eight meters long and crosses a water-filled ditch. More

Millie the greyhound becomes first dog in Australia to receive 3D printed prosthetic leg

Oct.18, 2017 - Millie, a Greyhound pup with a missing paw from Australia, has been fitted with a custom 3D printed prosthetic leg. The 3D printed prosthetic, designed by Millie’s owner, has allowed the dog to walk and even run normally again. More

DOE awards University of Pittsburgh's Minking Chyu $600K to improve gas turbines with 3D printing

Oct.17, 2017 - Dr. Minking Chyu, a Distinguished Professor in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Pittsburgh, has impressed the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) with his 3D printed turbine research, earning $600,000 in the process. More

Iowa State researchers develop ultra-quiet turbine blades using 3D printing, owl wings

Oct.17, 2017 - Researchers at Iowa State University are using 3D printing to develop propellor blades inspired by owl wings. The innovative designs could lead to quieter aircraft, wind turbines, and other machines. More

3D printable Necroplex terrain-building kit set to take over tabletops

Oct.16, 2017 - A Kickstarter for a new fantasy role-playing kit called Necroplex has been launched. The kit comes with a broad range of different 3D printable pieces for hobbyists and model makers, and is compatible with everyday terrain craft materials. More

Syqe Medical, Israeli developer of 3D printed marijuana inhaler, targeting US market

Oct.16, 2017 - Syqe Medical, a drug delivery company based in Israel, is continuing to enjoy huge success with its 3D printed cannabis inhaler, designed to allow those with chronic pain to inhale a precise dosage. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will trial the device next year. More

Feetz & Project Runway designer Seth Aaron take $175 3D printed shoes to FashionNXT runway

Oct.16, 2017 - Fashion designer Seth Aaron has debuted his latest fashion collection at Portland fashion event FashionNXT. Inspired by Japanese looks from the 60s, the collection consists of minimalist dresses, tops, trousers, and, most notably, eye-grabbing 3D printed shoes. More

3D printed MOF monoliths help Missouri scientists capture CO2 for fire extinguishers, spacecraft

Oct.16, 2017 - Researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology have 3D printed two types of metal-organic framework (MOF) monoliths, from MOF-74(Ni) and UTSA-16(Co). The 3D printed monoliths can be used to capture carbon dioxide, which can then be used in practical applications. More

5 fun DIY 3D printing projects - elephant shot dispenser, emergency button, cable 3D printer, LED lamp, water droplet automaton

Oct.15, 2017 - Here's a round-up of some recent DIY 3D printing projects, posted on various hobbyist and maker sites. They're all fun, cheap to make, and can be incredibly practical or at least enjoyable to make and use. More

Adafruit and Hackaday founders 'upgrade' $20 bill with 3D printed Harriet Tubman stamp

Oct.14, 2017 - Phillip Torrone and Limor Fried are taking currency into their own hands, stamping Harriet Tubman's face onto $20 bills. The makers were compelled to do the project after hearing the good news that the US Treasury would be putting the civil rights hero on the $20 bill, followed by the less-than-good news that the change would be postponed. More

Siemens uses Gefertec's 3DMP metal 3D printing technology in electric motor factory

Oct.13, 2017 - GTarc, the machining system that has been developed by Gefertec, has been put to use at Siemens' Additive Manufacturing Center. It is much more cost-effective and fast than conventional CNC milling methods, and complements Siemens' impressive Smart Factory set-up. More

Design In The Digital Age: Experimental Dutch designer Joris Laarman's 3D printed creations debut in NYC

Oct.13, 2017 - Joris Laarman has made his U.S. debut with a new 3D printed design exhibition and accompanying book. Featuring furniture generated by algorithms, a 3D printed steel bridge, and downloadable chairs, 'Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age,' aims to bring a futurist perspective to the Smithsonian Design Museum's Cooper Hewitt space. More

Sinterit Lisa 3D printer used to create factory-ready AR 'data glasses'

Oct.12, 2017 - 3D printer company Sinterit and German AR researcher Rigo Herold have collaborated on a pair of SLS 3D printed 'data glasses.' The augmented reality eyewear, optimized for industrial engineering work, can also be used by deaf people. More

UC San Diego engineers developing smart & soft 3D printed gripper that can figure out what it's holding

Oct.11, 2017 - Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a partially 3D printed soft robotic gripper capable of 3D scanning the object it is gripping. 3D printing was used to make the gripper's actuators. More

98HT works with Chinese students to design convertible 3D printed high-heeled shoes

Oct.11, 2017 - Students from three Chinese universities have teamed up with footwear brand 98HT to rethink the architecture of the high-heeled shoe. By using 3D printing, the collaborative team is developing modular shoes with switchable heels of varying heights. More

3D printed parts help Airbus-built EUTELSAT 172B break electric orbit record

Oct.11, 2017 - The EUTELSAT 172B satellite, built by Airbus for French satellite operator Eutelsat, has reached geostationary orbit, breaking the record for the fastest satellite electric orbit raising. The satellite contains 3D printed parts. More

One-legged parrot named Pete is supported by 3D printed prosthetic foot

Oct.11, 2017 - A 34-year-old parrot named Pete can stand and waddle again thanks to a 3D printed prosthetic boot. The blue-crowned mealy Amazon parrot lost his left foot after being attacked in his cage by a fox. More

GE Aviation's 3D printed T901 engine increases Black Hawk helicopter range by 161%

Oct.11, 2017 - GE Aviation has completed testing on its T901-GE-900 turboshaft engine prototype, made for the US Army's Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP) for Apache and Black Hawk helicopters. 3D printing was used to make components of the T901-GE-900 with 'advanced aerodynamic shapes.' More

Check out this 3D printed electric Iron Man skateboard made by James Bruton of XRobots

Oct.11, 2017 - James Bruton of XRobots has created an Iron Man-inspired electric skateboard as a follow-up to his original electric skateboard made from large-scale 3D printed lego pieces. The skateboard was 3D printed over the course of two UK 3D printing events. More

Queensland State Library to 3D print replica of rare braille globe

Oct.11, 2017 - The State Library of Queensland and the Queensland Library Foundation are making a 3D printed replica of a rare 1950s braille globe. Created by "godfather of blind children" Richard Frank Tunley, the heritage globe will be restored, replicated, and placed on display in an upcoming Library exhibition, thanks to a $10,000 funding package. More

French surgeons use robot & 3D printed model to fix 6-year-old's spine in world-first surgery

Oct.10, 2017 - A team of surgeons from the Amiens-Picardie University Hospital in France has successfully performed a complex spinal surgery on a six-year-old boy with the help of a robot and a patient-specific 3D printed model. The procedure was the first of its kind. More

re:3D Gigabot 3D printer provides clever RFID tag solution for Texas firefighters

Oct.10, 2017 - Texas-based 3D printing company re:3D has installed a Gigabot 3D printer at the Fire Department of Magnolia, Texas. The 3D printer has been used to print some fire hydrant-shaped signage, as well as other functional bits and pieces. More

ASRC tests 3D printed propellant injector for RD-180 rocket engine successor

Oct.10, 2017 - The ASRC (Arctic Slope Regional Corporation) Federal Technical Services division, part of the ASRC Alaska Native Corporation, has test-fired a 3D printed subscale propellant injector that could be used on United Launch Alliance's replacement for the Russian-built RD-180 rocket engine. More

Wake Forest's 3D bioprinted 'body on a chip' shows how breakthrough cancer drugs affect our organs

Oct.9, 2017 - Scientists at Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) in North Carolina have used 3D printing to develop a 'body-on-a-chip' drug testing system. The system consists of micro 'organoid' versions of the heart, lung, and liver. More

Japanese firm MSYS offering 3D printed fetus service to expecting parents

Oct.9, 2017 - Japanese tech company Marubeni Information Systems Co. (MSYS) has broken into the niche market of 3D printed fetus models in its most recent endeavour. The company is offering a service through which it will create 3D printed models based on people's unborn babies. More

Wearable & orbiting 3D printed antennae can improve India's military and space operations

Oct.9, 2017 - Two Indian research labs have developed new 3D printed antennae. One, developed at the Indian Space Research Organisation, has been sent to space; the other, made at the National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, can be worn by soldiers on their military uniforms. More

Austrian manufacturer Overtec completes some of the first 3D printed concrete curves

Oct.6, 2017 - Austrian manufacturing company Overtec is breaking new ground 3D printing concrete in virtually any shape, even the most elaborate curves and twists. As companies such as Cazza Construction Technologies in Dubai increasingly invest in the possibilities of 3D printing houses ' and maybe entire cities one day ' Overtec is sending a clear message that it wants to play an important role in that forward-thinking vision. More

3D printed 'watt-r' cart uses solar power to make water collection easier

Oct.6, 2017 - A solar-powered cart called 'watt-r' could revolutionize the way people collect water in places like rural Africa. Made with 3D printed components, the low-cost transportation device uses solar energy to power a small motor, allowing users to carry water in a more effective way. More

iMedTech launches project to 3D print prostheses for 1000 breast cancer survivors

Oct.6, 2017 - Just in time for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, South African prosthetics company iMedTech has launched a new initiative for low-income breast cancer survivors. Spearheaded by iMedTech founder and acclaimed mechanical engineer Nneile Nkholise, the new project will 3D print 1000 prosthetic breasts for 1000 mastectomy patients in need. More

3D printed vertebrae helping Nottingham spinal surgeons practice 'very delicate' procedures

Oct.5, 2017 - Researchers at the UK's Nottingham Trent University are 3D printing replica human vertebrae to help train spinal surgeons. The 3D printed vertebrae look, behave, and feel like the real thing, and could aid surgeons looking to perform procedures such as laminectomies. More

Spain's FLM and Vodafone launch 3D printing training initiative for people with spinal injuries

Oct.5, 2017 - The Spanish foundation for medullary injury (FLM) has teamed up with the Vodafone Spain foundation to develop and launch an initiative which will offer people with spinal cord injuries technological training. The program will feature 3D design and 3D printing courses. More

Medical 3D Printing Roundup: Slovenia's Symbiolab develops open source Vitaprint bioprinter, two 3D printed spine implants approved

Oct.4, 2017 - Symbiolab, an open source biolab at the IRNAS Institute in Slovenia, has developed a new 3D bioprinter. The Vitaprint platform uses 2 extruders and sterile syringes to fabricate woodpile structures, scaffolds, and more. Elsewhere, the FDA has approved 2 new 3D printed spine implants. More

WASP's 3D printed set pieces ready to take center stage at 'Fra Diavolo' opera

Oct.4, 2017 - Italian 3D printing company WASP has been working hard over the past few months to help realize the set design for the upcoming performances of Fra Diavolo at the Opera Theater in Rome. With just days until opening night, the stunning 3D printed set pieces are ready for the spotlight. More

U.S. Marines test adaptable 3D printed SUAS drones

Oct.4, 2017 - Marines from the 2nd Marine Division are using 3D printing to manufacture small unmanned aerial systems (SUAS). This particular drone project is taking place at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. More

3D printing, composite materials help GKN develop next-gen vehicles at new UK facility

Oct.4, 2017 - British automotive and aerospace company GKN has officially opened a new Innovation Centre in Oxfordshire. The facility will be dedicated to the development of next-gen technologies for the company's automotive business, including custom 3D printed parts, composite materials, and more. More

Think sharing phones is a bad call? 3D printed 3-in-1 'lending' smartphone could be the answer

Oct.4, 2017 - Researchers in Canada and New Hampshire have used 3D printing to develop a modular 3-in-1 smartphone, ideal for lending to strangers. The prototype consists of three smartphones in a 3D printed case, giving the owner total control over how much access the borrower is permitted. More

Safran Helicopter Engines' new Aneto engines contain 3D printed components

Oct.3, 2017 - Safran Helicopter Engines has launched Aneto, a new family of high-power engines. The Aneto-1K, which is being used in aerospace company Leonardo's AW189K helicopter, has 3D printed components in its combustion chamber, as well as 3D printed inlet guide vanes. More

European Federation of Chemical Engineering commends French company Air Liquide for 3D printed reactor

Oct.3, 2017 - The European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE) has given awards to some innovative chemical engineering projects at the 10th World Congress of Chemical Engineering. One of the awards went to Air Liquide for a 3D printed reactor used to improve hydrogen production. More

3D bioprinted living retina project awarded $90K by National Eye Institute

Oct.3, 2017 - The National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has awarded $90,000 to a team from the University of Maryland for its proposal to develop a living model of a human retina with the help of 3D printing. More

SPoE: a full-color multi-surface printer made with 3D printed parts

Oct.2, 2017 - SPoE, a printer which 'Simply Prints on Everything,' has just launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. The printer, which is being prototyped with 3D printing, is described as a 'free-standing printer' which can print (two-dimensionally) on virtually any surface. More

Army scientists could use urine to charge 3D printed drones that eat themselves

Oct.2, 2017 - Scientists at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory have discovered that a recently engineered aluminum nano-powder can rapidly produce hydrogen when mixed with urine. The powder could be used to make 3D printed robots that 'feed off their own structures' and self-destruct after missions. More

Australian university 3D prints scaled-up virus particles for tactile health education

Oct.2, 2017 - A team from the Central Queensland University in Australia is teaching students about micro-biology by 3D printing large-scale models of microscopic virus particles. The 3D printed learning aids offer a more dynamic and tactile way for students to learn about viruses. More

US Marines' 'Ripper Lab' used to manufacture 3D printed 'Nibbler' drones in Middle East

Oct.2, 2017 - A U.S. Marine Corps task force has set up a 3D printing lab on the ground in the Middle East, using it to 3D print quadcopter drones, tools, medical supplies, and more. Dubbed the 'Ripper Lab,' the facility is allowing the task force to print devices and replacement parts on-demand. More

Go Prosthetics: CU Boulder student develops $300 3D printed prosthetic limbs for amputees

Oct.2, 2017 - Peter 'Max' Armstrong, a mechanical engineering student at the University of Colorado Boulder, is developing functional and low-cost prosthetics made with the help of 3D printing technology. Each limb costs just $300 to fabricate. More

'Alien' arrangements: 3D printed art installation pairs unexplained satellite signals with choral accompaniment

Oct.1, 2017 - Ever wondered what extraterrestrial music sounds like? Wonder no more: visitors of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art got a taste of some 'alien' instrumentation last week, thanks to a sound installation by Berlin artists Kata Kov'cs and Tom O'Doherty that captures the unexplained signals emitted by the Lincoln Experimental Satellite. More

French woman suffering from gunshot wound receives 3D printed 'reverse shoulder prosthesis'

Sep.30, 2017 - One lucky patient in France has become one of the first to sport a 3D printed shoulder implant following an almost deadly accident. Nathalie Dufaut Danjon was shot with a hunting rifle a little over two years ago, a near-fatal accident that saw a bullet penetrate her shoulder joint through the front, and exit through the back of her shoulder blade. More

Modern Meadow reveals its pioneering 3D bio-printed leather, Zoa

Sep.29, 2017 - A New Jersey-based startup has produced a material that is almost indistinguishable from animal leather, using 3D bio-printing. Modern Meadow's technique vastly improves efficiency as well as environmental impact, and a prototype garment made from Zoa will soon be exhibited at MoMA. More

Formlabs prints 15-foot-wide FUSE Pavilion using Fuse 1 & Form 2 3D printers

Sep.29, 2017 - Massachusetts-based 3D printing company Formlabs has used its Fuse 1 SLS 3D printer and Form 2 SLA printer to fabricate the FUSE Pavilion, a nylon and fiberglass structure that spans 150 square feet and fits three people inside. More

3D printed heart valve models used in pre-surgical planning to improve TAVR surgery

Sep.29, 2017 - A joint team from the Piedmont Heart Institute and the Georgia Institute of Technology has created patient-specific 3D printed heart valve models to improve pre-surgical planning processes for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) surgery. More

Origami inspires development of 3D printed TWISTER robots at Case Western Reserve

Sep.28, 2017 - A team of researchers at Case Western Reserve University has been working on a soft robotics project that takes inspiration from origami. The novel tower structure is made up of layers of 3D printed polygons fitted together, and can deform in useful ways. More

Australia’s MCRI takes on kidney research with Organovo 3D bioprinter

Sep.28, 2017 - Melbourne's Murdoch Children's Research Institute has just installed a new 3D bioprinter, which is the first of its kind in Australia. The institute will be partnering with bioprinting company Organovo to develop techniques that will further research into kidney problems. More

3D printed drugs on breath strips could be future of medicine, according to University of Michigan study

Sep.28, 2017 - Researchers at the University of Michigan have devised a vapor-jet 3D printing technique'for depositing drug doses onto a variety of surfaces, including dissolvable Listerine tabs. The process could be employed in pharmacies, hospitals, and other locations. More

EPFL's 3D printed 'Envirobot' is a modular robot that swims like an eel & detects water pollution

Sep.28, 2017 - Researchers from Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland have used 3D printing to develop 'Envirobot,' a modular, eel-like swimming robot that can collect environmental data and deliver it to scientists in real time. More

Open source 3D printed weather station could improve farming in developing regions

Sep.28, 2017 - The Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond is now home to a fully functioning 3D printed weather station. The weather measuring and monitoring device cost only $400 to make and could help improve farming in developing regions of the world. More

Are Belarus and Russia's Novosibirsk medical technopark collaborating on 3D printed implants?

Sep.27, 2017 - The Belarus government will reportedly begin working in collaboration with Russia's Novosibirsk medical technopark to develop 3D printed implants and other medical devices. The cooperation was hinted at during a visit to the medical technology center by Belarus' Prime Minister Andrei Kobyakov. More

Paul Kohlhaussen's panoramic 3D printed K-Pan camera can now be snapped up on Kickstarter

Sep.27, 2017 - London-based photographer and designer Paul Kohlhaussen has launched a Kickstarter campaign for a 3D printed medium-format panoramic camera. The K-Pan, which shoots five 6 x 14 cm frames per roll of 120 film, is available for £270 ($360) in kit form. More

Amazing 3D printed cafe by MX3D and BBA opens tomorrow at Miami's Perez Art Museum

Sep.27, 2017 - As of tomorrow, visitors of the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) will be able to order their coffees and lunches from an actual 3D printed cafe. The new cafe, nestled on the Miami waterfront, is called Cucuyo. More

UAE's $137M Mars Science City will simulate life on Mars & contain a 3D printed space museum

Sep.27, 2017 - The United Arab Emirates will attempt to build a city that simulates living on Mars. The $137 million Mars Science City will span 1.9 million square feet, and will contain a space museum with walls 3D printed using sand from the desert. More

Powder & Heat makes 3D printed glasses easy on the eyes

Sep.26, 2017 - A German design label is keen to show the world that 3D printed eyewear is here to stay. Powder & Heat, the Munich-based company marketing its merchandise as the world's first high quality 3D printed glasses in a variety of colours, was recently awarded the German Design Award and the Red Dot Design Award 2017. More

3D printed blood vessels could be key to sustaining lab-grown tissue

Sep.25, 2017 - A Dutch scientist is researching how 3D printing could help sustain lab-grown tissue. Using advanced 3D printing techniques, University of Twente professor Jeroen Leijten can implement a network of blood vessels for releasing these nutrients into fresh skeletal tissue. According to him, it could ensure long-term survival, effectively changing how we engineer human tissue. More

MIO: Spiff up your dental care routine with luxury 3D printed metal toothbrush

Sep.25, 2017 - Italian manufacturer Zare has teamed up with Nussbaumer Design to design and manufacturing a stunning new dental tool: a 3D printed toothbrush made from either stainless steel or titanium. More

ESA targets 3D printed Moon Village by 2030, expects 'lunar children' shortly after

Sep.25, 2017 - The European Space Agency (ESA) has come up with a bold prediction regarding the future of the Moon, Earth's only natural satellite. It says a small number of settlers could start building a 3D printed village there by 2030, adding that there could be 1,000 moon citizens by 2050. More

Realistic 3D printed finger could make smartphone fingerprint scanners harder to hack

Sep.25, 2017 - A team of researchers from Michigan State University has developed a realistic fingerprint model with the help of 3D printing that will allow other researchers to test and improve fingerprint scanners. More

Woman fitted with 3D printed teeth by autonomous robot dentist

Sep.25, 2017 - A robot has carried out a dental operation all by itself. The one-hour surgery took place in Xi'an, Shaanxi province, China, and involved a robot following a pre-programmed set of commands to implant two 3D printed teeth into a woman's mouth. More

Michigan engineers design open source 3D printed rotating lab mixer

Sep.24, 2017 - Two Michigan researchers have developed a 3D printed an open source rotating mixer. Published in the academic journal Applied Sciences, the findings by Dhwani K. Trivedi and Joshua Pearce of Michigan Technical University, provide complete designs and instructions for 3D printing the state-of-the-art hardware at only a tenth of the regular cost. More

Conference in Tallinn addresses future effects of 3D printing on world of employment

Sep.24, 2017 - A group of politicians, business leaders, and E.U representatives recently gathered in Tallinn to discuss the future of the world of work. 3D printing and other digital technologies are revolutionizing the way industry operates, and social security measures will need to be adapted to maintain employment levels. More

3D-printed, remora-inspired robot can cling to shark skin underwater thanks to ultrastrong sucker

Sep.23, 2017 - A team of researchers has developed a new 3D printed robot that uses suction to cling tightly to surfaces underwater. Modelled after the Remora, the robot can withstand forces up to 340 times its own weight while clinging, and it could be used to track underwater animal behaviour. More

German scientists using ViscoTec print heads to 3D print multi-material electric motor parts

Sep.22, 2017 - Scientists from the Technical University of Chemnitz in Germany are using a novel multi-material additive manufacturing process to produce electric motors. The team has demonstrated how to manufacture ceramic and metal-based motor components that increase the overall efficiency of the device. More

3D printing a nova: scientists recreate binary star system explosion in 3D

Sep.22, 2017 - A group of scientists have used 3D modeling and 3D printing to physically recreate (on a tiny scale) the explosion pattern of a star located 25,000 light-years from Earth. More

3D Printing News Roundup: 3D printed wind turbine, SLM Solutions signs biggest contract, new stainless steel material by ExOne

Sep.21, 2017 - Time waits for no man, and neither does the 3D printing world. We're a little more patient at 3ders though, so here's another quick round-up of recent developments you might have missed. Stories include an award being granted for 3D printed wind turbine blades, SLM Solutions getting its biggest-ever contract, and more besides. More

Idaho National Lab's 'AMAFT' makes 3D printed nuclear fuel that reduces risk of meltdown

Sep.21, 2017 - Researchers at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) are using 3D printing in a new method for producing advanced nuclear fuels. Producing U3Si2'fuels with Additive Manufacturing as an Alternative Fabrication Technique (AMAFT) could improve both fuel cycle economics and safety. More

Low-cost 3D printed breast pump could improve breastfeeding for mothers in developing regions

Sep.21, 2017 - A team of students from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland has designed a low-cost 3D printed breast pump device that could ease the breastfeeding process for malnourished mothers in developing regions of the world.' More

Project Invincible: McLaren uses 3D scanning, 3D printing & F1 materials to develop medical body shield

Sep.21, 2017 - McLaren Applied Technologies, a high-performance technology and design company and part of the famous McLaren Group, has used 3D scanning on 'Project Invincible,' a personalized healthcare solution'that uses the same materials going into next season's McLaren Formula 1 car. More

4 Kickstarter 3D printing projects to check out: 3D printed robots, RPG terrain, maker's vise

Sep.20, 2017 - In recent years, Kickstarter has played a key role in the rise of many a 3D printer startup. But it's also a great place to find fun little 3D printed toys and gadgets. Here are four 3D printing projects live on the crowdfunding platform right now, from educative robots to fantasy gaming terrain. More

MX3D says 3D printed steel bridge in Amsterdam 'one-third printed,' expects June 2018 finish

Sep.20, 2017 - MX3D, a robotic additive manufacturing company based in Amsterdam, has offered an update on its long-mooted 3D printed steel bridge. The bridge, designed by Joris Laarman and funded by Autodesk, is one-third complete, and should be finished around June next year. More

Columbia researchers develop 3D printed soft robotic muscles that are 3x stronger than yours

Sep.19, 2017 - Researchers at Columbia Engineering, the engineering department of New York's Columbia University, have developed a 3D printed synthetic soft muscle with an 'intrinsic expansion ability.' The incredible actuator, which paves the way for fully soft robots, can lift 1,000 times its own weight. More

NASA test-fires first 3D printed rocket engine igniter made from 2 metal alloys

Sep.19, 2017 - NASA has successfully tested a prototype for a 3D printed rocket engine component made from two different metal alloys. The 3D printed rocket part underwent thorough tests over the summer at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. More

Finland's VTT developing 3D printed bandages that wirelessly send messages to doctors

Sep.19, 2017 - Researchers at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland are developing 3D printing materials for wound care in hospitals. The materials use cellulose nanofibrils, and have been paired with printed electronics for next-level healthcare. More

Modeclix's customizable 3D printed garments hit the runway at Aarhus Walks on Water

Sep.18, 2017 - Modeclix, an innovative process for creating wearable 3D printed textiles, took the runway by storm at Aarhus Walks on Water, a fashion and tech event held in the Danish city of Aarhus this past weekend. More

Invisalign producer Align Technology enjoys billion dollar sales in 2017 thanks to 3D printed dental products

Sep.18, 2017 - Align Technology, creator of Invisalign dental technology, is heading toward $1.3 billion in 2017 sales thanks to its 3D scanning and 3D printing method of creating custom-made dental aligners. The company operates between 50 and 60 3D printers at its factory. More

MIT's 'SEAL' 3D printing technique produces single injections that deliver multiples vaccines over time

Sep.18, 2017 - Engineers at MIT have developed a 3D printing method that could allow doctors to deliver several drug or vaccine doses over a period of time with just a single injection. The 'SEAL' technique works by 3D printing cup-like microparticles that can store and seal the drug doses. More

Artist with dwarfism 3D scans and prints sculptures of herself to raise questions about difference

Sep.18, 2017 - Australian artist Debra Keenahan is subverting a number of things with her new 3D printed artwork. The artist, who was born with achondroplasia dwarfism, has created a series of life-size 3D printed sculptures of herself which are arranged so that they are looking down on viewers. More

Anouk Wipprecht & 'bionic pop artist' Viktoria Modesta teams up to create 3D printed interactive sonic wearables

Sep.17, 2017 - Self-described 'bionic pop artist' Viktoria Modesta is taking the art world by storm via a new project with Dutch designer Anouk Wipprecht. Sponsored by Autodesk, "Sonifica" the duo's new set of custom-made prosthetics that go beyond form and function, catapulting into the realm of musical performance. More

VRread project: Fraunhofer IPA develops innovative 3D printed reading aid for visually impaired people

Sep.16, 2017 - Fraunhofer IPA has developed an innovative 3D printed reading aid for visually impaired people. This new 3D printed device will allow people with visual impairments to read books, newspapers, and anything else that they can upload on their smartphone. It has a frame that is strapped to the user's head, with adjustable lenses and a positional sensor. More

McGill University engineers use 3D printing to make impenetrable 'fish scale' gloves

Sep.15, 2017 - A team of mechanical engineers at McGill University in Montreal are drawing inspiration from the animal kingdom in their development of new 3D printed armours. At first glance, conch shells, fish scales, and spider silk have little to do with bullet-proof vests, sports helmets, and protective gloves. But according to McGill engineer Francois Barthelat, there's more than meets the eye in these natural structures. More

Dental startup Candid will send you affordable 3D printed dental aligners in the mail

Sep.15, 2017 - Candid, a New York City-based dental startup, is offering FDA-approved, 3D printed aligners for those needing mild orthodontic work. The aligners cost $1,900 upfront, around a quarter the cost of popular dental solutions like Invisalign. More

Hinckley's new fully electric 'Dasher' yacht features titanium 3D printed hardware and detailing

Sep.15, 2017 - Hinckley, a Rhode Island-based yacht manufacturer, recently unveiled what it is calling the world's first 'fully electric luxury yacht.' Called Dasher, the eco-friendly and innovative boat also integrates some specially designed metal 3D printed components. More

3D printed 'Techno tortoises' could save endangered South African tortoise species

Sep.15, 2017 - Last week Autodesk and South African zoologists unveiled a bold new undertaking to save South Africa's endangered tortoise population by way of 3D printed replicas. The 'techno tortoise' project, featuring 3D printed, hand-painted shells, could act as decoys for predators, effectively giving these endangered baby tortoises another stab at life. More

Sogeclair uses voxeljet 3D printer to realize new lightweight aircraft door design

Sep.14, 2017 - French aviation supplier Sogeclair is the latest aerospace manufacturer to turn to 3D printing technology in order to reduce weight, as well as saving money and materials. It used voxeljet's VX1000 3D printer to produce a precision mold based on a new design, which was then smelted and cast with aluminium. More

Canadian researcher's 3D bioprinted stem cell patch could 'revolutionize' heart disease treatment

Sep.14, 2017 - A researcher from the University of Saskatchewan is gaining attention for the development of a 3D bioprinted heart patch that could be used to re-grow and repair damaged heart tissue. More

Model whose skull was rebuilt with 3D printer says additive tech like something from James Bond

Sep.14, 2017 - Francesca Burr, a British artist and model, has had part of her skull rebuilt with a 3D printer after suffering a horrific injury that left her with a hole in the head. The then 27-year-old suffered memory loss, even forgetting her own middle name. More

Airbus installs first 3D printed titanium part on series production A350 aircraft

Sep.14, 2017 - European aeronautics leader Airbus has made yet another breakthrough in the fields of 3D printing and aviation: it has successfully installed a titanium 3D printed bracket on an in-series production A350 XWB aircraft. More

MIT's 3D printed 'peel-and-go' structures can fold themselves

Sep.13, 2017 - MIT researchers have developed a technique for 3D printing expanding polymers that self-fold without heating or water. The technique could be used for printed electronics and, someday, to make 3D printed robots. More

3D printed 'Yhnova' social housing project breaks ground near Nantes, France

Sep.13, 2017 - This past April, an initiative was introduced to 3D print a 95-square-meter social housing building using a technique called BatiPrint3D. The ambitious project, called Yhnova, is now preparing to go into full swing, as the construction job broke ground yesterday. More

RAMLAB unveils 'world's first class-approved' 3D printed ship propeller for Damen tug boat

Sep.13, 2017 - RAMLAB has unveiled a prototype for 'the world's first class-approved 3D printed propeller.' Measuring 1,350 mm in diameter, the 3D printed ship propeller was realized in partnership with Autodesk, Damen Shipyards Group, Promarin, and Bureau Veritas. More

3D printed electronics helping MA engineering firm Draper embrace IoT market

Sep.13, 2017 - Draper, an engineering firm based in Cambridge, MA, is 3D printing with a conductive metal-based multi-material ink. The company has used the process to embed electronic devices into industrial components. More

Ceramic Constellation Pavilion: New Hong Kong pavilion incorporates over 2,000 3D printed bricks

Sep.12, 2017 - A massive architecture pavilion in Hong Kong is reaching new heights in the possibilities of 3D printing and robotics. Spearheaded by the University of Hong Kong's Faculty of Architecture and Sino Group property developers, the 'Ceramic Constellation Pavilion' is made up of over 3D printed 2,000 bricks, the first of its kind in the world. More

Ricoh to replace metal tools with Stratasys 3D printed customized, lightweight equivalents

Sep.12, 2017 - Japanese office electronics supplier Ricoh is the latest manufacturer to take advantage of Stratasys' impressive range of 3D printing solutions. It has replaced all its traditionally machined jigs and fixtures for its assembly line with 3D printed equivalents, improving efficiency and precision. More

3D Printing News Roundup: Solvay, Verbatim, Robo 3D, Siemens

Sep.12, 2017 - Today's 3D printing roundup includes news from Belgium, where chemicals company Solvay has announced plans to produce PEKK polymers for 3D printing in the US. Elsewhere, Germany's Verbatim has a new TPEE material, while Robo 3D is raising money for a 3D printer pre-order pipeline. More

3D printing companies in Chongqing, China now have to register with local police to curb illegal prints

Sep.12, 2017 - Chinese authorities have announced that 3D printing companies based in the city of Chongqing will now be required to register their business with local police. The registration process is aimed at monitoring 3D printed output to reduce the risk of illegal or dangerous 3D prints. More