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

3D printed Einstein book unveiled at commemorative gala in Montreal

Sep.12, 2017 - The world's first 3D printed book was recently unveiled at a commemorative gala in Montreal, Canada. The book, which readers may already know about, is called 'Genius: 100 Visions of the Future,' and was created to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein's relativity theory. More

Monash University and Amaero engineers 3D print and test-fire 'Project X' rocket engine in just 4 months

Sep.11, 2017 - Engineers from Amaero and Monash University in Australia have successfully designed, 3D printed, assembled, and test-fired a rocket engine in just four months. The rocket engine, called Project X, is based on an 'aerospike' design which inverts the structure of traditional rocket engines. More

Virginia student uses 3D printed models to demonstrate mathematical concept of topology

Sep.11, 2017 - Jonathan Gerhard, a student from James Madison University in Virginia, has 3D printed a series of objects that physically demonstrate the mathematical concepts of topology and homotopy. More

Chromatose: NZ designer writes & mutates ‘DNA' of synthetic 3D printed Venus flytrap

Sep.11, 2017 - Mark Wilson, a designer from Wellington in New Zealand, has 3D printed a synthetic Venus flytrap that responds to touch just like the real thing. The design, called 'Chromatose,' is a finalist at the Design Awards of the Designers Institute of New Zealand. More

PupilScreen: 3D printed smartphone tool could help football coaches diagnose concussions

Sep.11, 2017 - Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a 3D printed deep learning device called 'PupilScreen' that can determine whether a person requires medical attention for concussion or other traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). More

Dutch designer Rein van der Mast 3D prints bronze Pjotr fountain pen with an Ultimaker

Sep.10, 2017 - Dutch designer Rein van der Mast (also known as Pjotr) is at it again with a new 3D printed fountain pen, but this time he's taking the technology into his own hands. The new, exquisite writing instrument was printed using a bronze filament from ColorFabb, and posted just recently on van der Mast's website. More

3D printed concrete dome structure is officially opened in Aarhus Harbour, Denmark

Sep.9, 2017 - Denmark recently saw the unveiling of one of its first major 3D printed concrete structures, in Aarhus harbour. It's a large dome, used as urban furniture. The project was a collaborative effort aimed at investigating the possibilities of 3D printing in the construction industry. More

Thales Group launches new metal 3D printing research and development center in Morocco

Sep.8, 2017 - Thales Group has recently opened a new center in the capital of Morocco, Casablanca, to advance its metal 3D printing capabilities. The North African region is hoping to develop a strong innovative technological eco-system, with aerospace a particular focus, and this major new investment should help it on its way. More

MIT Printflatables project creates functional inflatable 3D objects by printing folds into fabric

Sep.8, 2017 - A new 3D printing-based system developed by a team at MIT has been developed, making use of inflatables. It uses a hot iron to seal specific folds into layers of fabric, which upon inflation transforms into a functional 3D object. More

7-year-old girl with 3D printed hand wants to make first pitch at every Major League Baseball park

Sep.8, 2017 - A seven-year-old girl is being invited by Major League Baseball teams from around the United States to give the first pitch using her specially made 3D printed prosthetic hand. More

World-first 3D printed shin transplant stops Australian man from losing leg

Sep.8, 2017 - Surgeons at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane have performed world-first surgery by implanting a 3D printed shinbone scaffold into the leg of Reuben Lichter, a patient suffering from a severe bone infection. More

Massive 3D printed bicycle bridge is delivered to Gemert, Netherlands by truck

Sep.7, 2017 - Exciting news for the people of Gemert in the Netherlands: the first part of a 3D printed bicycle bridge has been delivered to the Dutch town. The bike bridge is being constructed through a collaboration between Dutch construction firm BAM and the Technical University of Eindhoven. More

Korean researchers develop 3D printable hybrid bio-ink for treating ischemic vascular conditions

Sep.7, 2017 - A team of researchers in South Korea have successfully demonstrated the potential of a new hybrid 3D printable bio-ink they developed. It was used to create bio-blood vessels that were able to graft on to damaged vascular tissue as well as encourage the proliferation of cell growth in an otherwise hostile environment More

3D printed concrete office-hotel coming to Copenhagen

Sep.7, 2017 - Danish 3D printing company 3D Printhuset has embarked on the exciting new initiative of 3D printing a Building on Demand (BOD) in Copenhagen. Measuring up at just under 50 square metres, the small 'office hotel' is made of 3D printed concrete, and counts itself as one of the first 3D printed buildings in Europe that meets official regulations. More

HP announces launch of new FitStation platform for customized 3D printed footwear

Sep.7, 2017 - HP will be piloting a new hardware and software system known as FitStation in selected retail outlets. It makes use of 3D scanning and printing technology to create personalized insoles for customers, as well as gathering the data necessary for designing custom-made shoes or giving personalized product recommendations. More

3D scanning & printing used to make weird soft robotic masks that display your emotions in colorful bubbles

Sep.6, 2017 - Masters students at London's Bartlett School of Architecture have used 3D scanning and 3D printing to create weird soft robotic silicone masks that respond to facial expressions with bubbling colorful fluids. More

Lloyd's Register certifies first 3D printed part for oil and gas industry

Sep.6, 2017 - Global tech company Lloyd's Register has announced the certification of a 3D printed titanium gateway manifold for pipelines. The part is reportedly the first additively manufactured part to be certified by the company for the oil and gas industry. More

Lloyd's Register certifies first 3D printed part for oil and gas industry

Sep.6, 2017 - Global tech company Lloyd's Register has announced the certification of a 3D printed titanium gateway manifold for pipelines. The part is reportedly the first additively manufactured part to be certified by the company for the oil and gas industry. More

FabRx and UCL team produces personalised 3D printed pills for first time using SLS technique

Sep.5, 2017 - A collaboration between FabRx and the School of Pharmacy at UCL has successfully 3D printed paracetamol tablets using the SLS technique. Drugs have been made at UCL before using extrusion and stereolithography methods, but this is the first time that SLS has been tried. More

LimbForge improves 3D printed elbow prosthesis with natural arm swing

Sep.5, 2017 - LimbForge, an offshoot of 3D printed prosthetics community e-NABLE, has developed a 3D printed prosthetic elbow that incorporates features suggested by both patients and prosthetists. The nonprofit will now test the device on patients. More

WR Yuma makes recycled 3D printed sunglasses that are eco-friendly and stylish

Sep.5, 2017 - Belgian startup W.R. Yuma is using 3D printing to make sunglasses made from plastic waste. The stylish 3D printed sunglasses are made from car dashboards, soda bottles, and even refrigerators. More

Doctors in Gaza are 3D printing stethoscopes and other much-needed medical supplies

Sep.5, 2017 - A team of innovative and resourceful doctors in Gaza are using 3D printers to produce simple medical supplies, such as stethoscopes and tourniquets, which are not easily accessible and are in high demand in the war-torn region. More

3D printed 'Anchor' implant earns Dublin researcher $178,500 grant from European Research Council

Sep.5, 2017 - Professor Daniel Kelly, a researcher at Trinity College in Dublin, has received €150,000 ($178,500) in funding to develop a 3D printed implant for treating cartilage damage. The 'Anchor' implant could help those who have suffered sports-related injuries. More

3D printed prosthetic beak helps Karl the Abyssinian ground hornbill tuck into his lunch

Sep.4, 2017 - Karl, an Abyssinian ground hornbill at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington D.C., has been fitted with a 3D printed prosthetic beak to help him eat. More

Artist Jack Elliott highlights human-nature relationship by 3D printing a tree out of paper

Sep.4, 2017 - Humans and trees have a connection that goes beyond our reliance on them for wood and paper. Artist Jack Elliott may have a stronger connection to trees than most, as many of his art pieces are based on the leafy giants. His recent project involves 3D scanning and printing. More

University of Illinois researchers 3D print origami-inspired crawling robot

Sep.4, 2017 - Researchers at the University of Illinois have 3D printed an origami-inspired crawling robot. While bio-inspired robots are nothing new, the U of Illinois gadget approaches this field from an entirely new vantage point: the team drew inspiration from often overlooked life-forms such as earthworms, bacteria, and Venus Flytraps. More

This magical 3D printed dish reveals an image when you pour soy sauce into it

Sep.2, 2017 - A Japanese programmer who goes by the Twitter handle 'nue' has created a 3D printed dish that reveals a stunning image when soy sauce is poured into it. More

3D printing poised to explode in wind turbine industry

Sep.1, 2017 - As the wind turbine industry picks up speed, one CEO is bracing himself for a bright future the likes of which we've never seen before. According to Philip Totaro of Totaro & Associates, the rapid advance of 3D printing technology means that hybrid-material wind turbines are no longer the stuff of imagination. More

UK scientist developing 3D printed optical fibers for better data transmission systems

Sep.1, 2017 - Angeles Camacho Rosales, a postgraduate research student at the University of Southampton's Optoelectronics Research Centre in the UK, is developing ways to 3D print glass for optical fibers that could lead to improved data transmission systems. More

China's Smartee Denti-Technology raises over $7M to make invisible 3D printed braces

Sep.1, 2017 - Smartee Denti-Technology, a Shanghai-based company that specializes in 3D printed orthodontic solutions, has successfully raised 50 million yuan (USD $7.6M) through a B round of financing. More

This tiny 3D printed robot can move through sand thanks to its rotating helical tail

Sep.1, 2017 - Researcher Baptiste Darbois Texier and his team from the University of Santiago in Chile have been developing a 3D printed robot that is suited for moving through sand and other granular materials. More

3D printing used to solve mystery of how the prehistoric Pleiosaur was able to swim with just flippers

Sep.1, 2017 - Researchers in the UK have used 3D printing technology to figure out how the prehistoric Pleiosaur swam. The large marine reptile's four-flipper system was replicated and attatched to a robot, and tests were conducted on a water tank to solve the mystery. More

Materialise teams with Tailored Fits to launch digital supply chain for custom-fit 3D printed ski boots

Aug.31, 2017 - Materialise has partnered with winter sports gear and tailored footwear specialist Tailored Fits to launch an end-to-end digital supply chain for custom-fit 3d printed ski boots. More

PEAK unveils first ever pair of 3D printed basketball shoes in collab with NBA star Dwight Howard

Aug.31, 2017 - Chinese sportswear brand PEAK has unveiled what could be the first ever pair of 3D printed basketball sneakers. The 3D printed sports shoes were presented just days ago at the 2017 PEAK China Tour and Dwight Howard III Press Conference. More

Mini uses 3D printing in production of its all-electric Mini concept

Aug.31, 2017 - British car icon Mini has unveiled its latest concept car, the Mini Electric Concept. It's a preview of the company's first all-electric production model, to be released in 2019. 3D printing technology was used extensively in the production of the car's wheels, whose design varies from the classic Mini Cooper's in a number of interesting ways. More

Siemens to assist Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority in 3D printing parts for metro system

Aug.30, 2017 - Industrial manufacturing company Siemens has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) to develop 3D printed parts for the latter's transport subsystems. More

Plantoids: the smart 3D printed robots that will help keep your plants alive

Aug.30, 2017 - Citizen Scientific Workshop (CSW) has launched a Kickstarter campaign for Plantoids, 3D printable robots that put your plants on wheels. Each 3D printed device seeks out sunlight and fresh air to give its green passenger the best chance of good health. More

Expandable bone screw 3D printed in titanium could improve spinal surgery recovery

Aug.30, 2017 - Researchers from Curtin University in Australia have teamed up with surgeons from the Royal Perth Hospital and the St John of God Subiaco Hospital to develop a 3D printed bone screw. The device can help patients suffering from severe bone fractures or osteoporosis recover from spinal surgery. More

Local Motors' self-driving 'Olli' shuttle helped along by Makerbot 3D printers

Aug.30, 2017 - Local Motors offered a glimpse into its manufacturing facility to see how it has been using the Makerbot Replicator+, a $2,500 high-performance desktop 3D printer, to quickly and efficiently produce parts for the IBM Watson-powered 'Olli' vehicle. More

Printable Scenery launches Kickstarter for new Rampage Gothic 3D printable scenery-building systems

Aug.30, 2017 - After the success of various other crowdfunding campaigns in the past, New Zealand-based Printable Scenery has launched a Kickstarter for its new Rampage Gothic line. These 3D printable scenery models are inspired by gothic architecture and will be a great addition to any fantasy role-player's collection. More

BiliScreen: a 3D printed smartphone device that detects pancreatic cancer by looking at your eyes

Aug.29, 2017 - Researchers at the University of Washington have developed BiliScreen, a new smartphone app and 3D printed attachment that can detect jaundice in an adult's eye. This could in turn allow users to detect early signs of pancreatic cancer and other diseases. More

UW-Madison engineers get $2.1M to develop 3D printed heat exchangers for refrigerators

Aug.29, 2017 - Engineers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison have received $2.1 million in funding to continue their development of 3D printed heat exchangers. The project is being supported by the U.S. Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-e). More

Foster + Partners, Branch Technology capture top prize in Phase 2 of NASA's 3D printing competition

Aug.29, 2017 - NASA has announced the winner of Phase 2: Level 3 of its 3D Printed Habitat Challenge, a multi-phase competition which is seeking to find new and innovative methods for building 3D printed habitats and livable structures in space. More

3D printing accident leads to discovery of bio-active 'tissue paper' for organ regeneration

Aug.29, 2017 - A new bio-active material has been discovered after an accidental spillage of ink used for 3D bio-printing. The material, which resembles tissue paper and has specific properties from the organ it is made from, can be used to stimulate the growth of tissues and hormone production More

UK's Royal Navy could develop mysterious 3D printed submarines that look like stingrays

Aug.28, 2017 - Engineers have proposed a number of futuristic concepts for new Royal Navy vehicles and weapons. Their designs include a 3D printed stingray-like submarine and swarms of fish-shaped torpedoes. More

How to cast metal parts directly using a 3D printed 'High Temp' resin mold

Aug.28, 2017 - 3D printing company Formlabs has introduced a new method for casting metal parts using 3D printed molds. Using its High Temp Resin material, makers can easily 3D print molds for direct pewter casting. More

Brazil's Embrapa lab adopts 3D bioprinting tech to advance agricultural research

Aug.28, 2017 - Embrapa Genetic Resources and Biotechnology's Laboratory of Nanobiotechnology (LNANO) in Brasilia, Brazil has announced the recent adoption of 3D bioprinting technologies. 3D bioprinting will enable them to create complex and realistic biological structures for agricultural research. More

Lobster shells inspire 'electrified' 3D printed body armor that could prevent sports injuries

Aug.28, 2017 - Engineers from the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering are using 3D printed armor inspired by lobsters to prevent sports injuries. The lobster-like printed armor could be particularly useful for preventing chronic traumatic encephalopathy. More

This giant LEGO Go-Kart was made entirely with 3D printed building blocks

Aug.28, 2017 - YouTuber Matt Denton, known for his Mantis Hacks maker videos, has built a large-scale replica of the classic 1972 LEGO Go-Kart kit. Made from 3D printed building blocks, the LEGO Go-Kart is five times larger than the original and was made for under $130. More

Humble Velocipede, a 3D printed version of Theo Janssen's famous Strandbeest sculptures

Aug.27, 2017 - A guide published on Adafruit shows how to build the Humble Velocipede- a neat 3D printed walking toy. The design is based on the Strandbeest creations of Theo Janssen- machines designed to walk along beaches powered by the wind. More

3D Printing News Roundup: GE Garages, SMS Group, Merck, DiManEx, byFlow

Aug.26, 2017 - Don't worry if you've been too busy to keep up with recent 3D printing developments, we've got another quick round-up to fill you in on what you might have missed. Stories include Merck setting up a technology innovation lab in Israel, Saudi students getting 3D printing training from GE Garages, and more besides. More

Kinematics study uses 3D printed wand markers to improve foot motion tracking

Aug.25, 2017 - Researchers from Belgium have developed an in-shoe foot analysis tool that uses 3D printed markers, consisting of a baseplate and a wand marker, to track foot motion. The kinematics system could improve future footwear designs. More

Meet 'Scout,' the US Marines' new 3D printed drone that costs just $613 to build

Aug.25, 2017 - Rhet McNeal, a 26 year-old Corporal from Griffin, Georgia, has designed a 3D printed drone called 'Scout' that can be built for just $613, around 200 times cheaper than current drones used by the Marines. More

US army 3D prints 512-sq-ft barracks using concrete AM tech developed in collaboration with NASA

Aug.24, 2017 - The U.S. Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL) has constructed a 3D printed concrete barracks spanning an impressive 512 square-feet. The concrete structure was made possible by 3D printing technology developed by CERL in partnership with NASA. More

Researchers improve design of wine testing airlocks using Carbon 3D printing tech

Aug.23, 2017 - Winemakers are continually searching for new ways to improve the winemaking process in terms of cost and production time. Recently, a team from the University of Adelaide turned to 3D printing technologies for the creation of a redesigned airlock device for wine testing. More

MIT's Robogami lets you design custom 3D printed robots from standard, folding parts in minutes

Aug.23, 2017 - A group of researchers from MIT CSAIL has developed a new design system to make the building of simple robots more accessible to those without design expertise. Users put together a design using templates, which is 3D printed as flat two-dimensional faces connected by joints, before being folded to assemble the final 3D shape. More

17-year-old invents $35 3D printed device for diagnosing respiratory diseases

Aug.23, 2017 - 17-year-old Maya Varma, an engineering student and intern at Stanford University, has developed a low-cost 3D printed device that can analyze a patient's breath and help to diagnose pulmonary diseases. More

Ultra-rare 1954 Jaguar XK120 SE undergoes amazing restoration with help of 3D printing

Aug.23, 2017 - British auto shop Classic Motor Cars (CMC) has painstakingly restored and refurbished what is believed to be one of the rarest Jaguar models in existence, the one-of-a-kind Pininfarina-bodied 1954 Jaguar XK120 SE, with the help of 3D scanning and 3D printing. More

Airbus reduces 'mass, cost & time' of satellites with metal 3D printed radio frequency filters

Aug.23, 2017 - Airbus Defence and Space, a division of Airbus responsible for'defense'and'aerospace operations, has developed prototype 3D printed radio-frequency (RF) filters using metal 3D printing. RF waveguide filters are an important technology for space communications. More

NASA award spurs HRL's 3D printed ceramic research for rocket engine parts

Aug.22, 2017 - HRL Laboratories, a California-based research lab, has received an award from NASA's Space Technology Research, Development, Demonstration, and Infusion program. The funding will enable it to develop 3D printed rocket engine components made from ceramics. More

TetraShell 3D printing used to create four-meter-tall tree sculpture for Norwegian retirement home

Aug.22, 2017 - L+S, an artist duo from Germany and Noway, have created a four-meter-tall tree sculpture to commemorate Noway's most eco-friendly nursing home, Ullerntunet. The large-scale sculpture, which is made from bronze, was made using 3D scanning and 3D printing technologies. More

This functional 3D printed Warthog took a Halo fan 7 years to build

Aug.22, 2017 - It's been 10 years since Halo 3 was first released, and if you're like me, your memory of it may be a little bit foggy. Fortunately, maker Bryanthavercamp is here to jog our memory with this ultra impressive (and functional!) Warthog vehicle, made with the help of 3D printing. More

Lunewave's inexpensive 3D printed lenses could put Tesla-style 'autopilot' systems in everyday cars

Aug.22, 2017 - Researchers at the University of Arizona have developed inexpensive 3D printed Luneberg lenses that could be used in radar systems for the automotive industry. The researchers have formed a startup, Lunewave, that will commercialize the technology. More

MindKits awarded new Mercedes-Benz van to expand reach of its portable 3D printing workshops in New Zealand

Aug.22, 2017 - Based in New Zealand, MindKits is an educational company that has been offering 3D printing workshops in schools since 2008. It recently won Mercedes-Benz 'Hack My Van' competition, securing a new Vito van that it can use to expand its operations into less privileged areas of the country. More

New Congress-approved defense bill could mean more military contracts for 3D printing companies

Aug.21, 2017 - The U.S. Department of Defense Authorization Bill, which includes stipulations on 3D printing, has passed Congress. The bill requires that the Secretary of Defense brief the House Committee on Armed Services on its plans for additive manufacturing. More

Indian doctors implant 3D printed prosthetic ear made using CoEP's Osto3D modeling software

Aug.21, 2017 - A 32-year-old woman from India has received a prosthetic ear implant thanks in large part to 3D modeling software and 3D printing technologies. The procedure was enabled by the College of Engineering, Pune (CoEP) and the Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC). More

HUMM's 3D printed brain zapper gives video gamers competitive edge

Aug.21, 2017 - HUMM, a startup based in Perth, Australia, is developing a 3D printed headset that boosts brain performance by delivering electric shocks to wearers. The device uses four electrodes to measure brain waves, and stimulates the brain to improve short-term memory and mistake evasion. More

Coralise: 3D printed coral skeletons could save spectacular reefs from climate change

Aug.21, 2017 - Jessica Gregory, a 23-year-old nature lover from Newport, Wales, is attempting to save coral reefs by 3D printing replicas of coral skeletons. She hopes young corals will be encouraged to to grow around the 3D printed replicas. More

This beautiful 3D printed ceramic lamp is made from a single coil of clay

Aug.21, 2017 - Australian furniture designer Tom Fereday recently highlighted the interior design possibilities of 3D printing technologies with the unveiling of his classic yet eye-grabbing 3D printed Pelo light. The pendant light shade is made from a single coil of 3D printed clay. More

Chinese city of Nanjing gets first 3D printed bridge railings

Aug.21, 2017 - Dangerous bridge railings in Nanjing, China, were replaced by the country's first 3D printed railings. Nanjing Jia Yi Precision Instrument Manufacturing Company was in charge of the project, which was completed much more quickly and efficiently than with conventional techniques. More

3D print and assemble Anouk Wipprecht's illuminated High Tech Edelweiss necklace

Aug.20, 2017 - Dutch designer Anouk Wipprecht is hands down one of our favorite innovators within the fashion-tech field. Now, makers of all skills and ages have the chance to recreate one of the talented designer's 3D printed pieces: a 3D printed Edelweiss necklace. More

TinyLev: a 3D printed home acoustic levitator that is capable of holding liquid and insects in mid-air

Aug.20, 2017 - Engineers from the UK's University of Bristol have developed 'TinyLev,' a 3D printed acoustic levitator that can be used to suspend matter in mid-air. The device could be used for blood tests, inspection of insects, and more. More

Imagined Artefacts: Artist Anousha Payne uses 3D scanning and printing to appropriate artefacts

Aug.19, 2017 - London-based artist Anousha Payne has used 3D printing to create her latest art series 'Imagined Artefacts.' The project, which consists of a number of 3D printed abstract structures, explores several themes including replication and the significance of an artefact outside of its context. More

This easy-to-follow 3D printed chess set tutorial will have rookies printing rooks in no time

Aug.19, 2017 - Adafruit has published a tutorial for a 3D printed chess set with a 'Circuit Playground' theme. The detailed pieces are made from ColorFabb PLA-metal mix filaments, while the chess board can be printed in regular PLA. More

Belgian students create 3D printed robotic hand that interprets sign language for the deaf

Aug.18, 2017 - A group of engineers from the University of Antwerp in Belgium have put their skills towards good with the invention of a 3D printed humanoid robot that can translate speech into sign language. The inspirational bot is called 'Project Aslan.' More

Architecture firm Lorax Design Group uses 3D printed scale models for high-end landscape and pool design

Aug.18, 2017 - Kansas-based company Lorax Design Group has been making use of an Ultimaker 2 in order to create 3D models of its landscape designs. The team, led by Kurt Kraisinger, 3D prints models of swimming pools for clients so they can get a clearer picture of where their project is headed. More

3D printed pinhole projector shields bright eyes during total eclipse of the sun

Aug.18, 2017 - Many people across North America will be able to witness a solar eclipse on Monday, and 3D printed pinhole projectors are a cheap, safe way to view the phenomenon without damaging your eyes. More

UBC researcher's 3D printed bone grafts strike balance between porosity and strength

Aug.18, 2017 - A researcher from the University of British Columbia (UBC)'s Okanagan campus has been conducting tests to determine which 3D printable structure is best for creating artificial bone implants. Recently, he claimed to have found the most optimal design for both strength and bio integration. More

3D Printing News Roundup: Big Rep, Camber Spine Tech, Osseus, Shapeways, LPW, Sigma Labs

Aug.18, 2017 - The world of 3D printing technology continues to expand at a remarkable rate, but luckily we're here to keep you up to date on everything that's happening. Here's a round-up of recent events that might have passed you by, including some personnel changes at LPW and BigRep America, a 3D printed cervical implant getting FDA clearance, and more besides. More

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

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

Build your own coilgun with 3D printed winding rig

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Levi's experimenting with 3D printed denim

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

This 3D printed dancing spring robot can really groove

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

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

Aug.5, 2017 - The latest prototype of the CICADA, a miniature drone used by the U.S navy, was demonstrated recently. The fuselage for the tiny aircraft is 3D printed, which allows it to be produced very cheaply and in large quantities, and minimizes the amount of assembly required. More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gartner's 2017 3D printing Hype Cycle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UK researchers 3D print open source microscope prototype for only £30

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3D printing brings 1940s Curta calculator back to life

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3D printing helped make the adorable Photon learning robot a reality

Jul.26, 2017 - A key part of inspiring kids to get engaged with STEM learning is providing them with fun and hands-on ways to learn the material. 3D printing technologies have played an important role in this, but so have a number of other unique projects, including Photon, an adorable robot from outer space. More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New CSIRO project explores 3D printing food with customized nutrition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3D printing helps ETH Zurich scientists create beating silicone heart

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3D printed heart models help UAE surgeons save infant lives

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quebec to establish $2.31M medical 3D printing center

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AbilityMate 3D prints shoes for kids with cerebral palsy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gender fluidity meets 3D printing with ingenious motorized bathroom sign

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Michelin sees future for airless 3D printed tires

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3D printed Aura Pendant is customized to your love story

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

Bioprinting 3D cell structures in space could advance cancer research

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nike using Prodways’ TPU material to 3D print footwear

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3D printed syllables helping Houston students learn Spanish

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3D printed food could soon help dysphagia sufferers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Volkswagen launches pilot project for 3D printing spare parts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

European Space Agency begins testing 3D printed PEEK CubeSats

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

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

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

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

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

Swedish police uncover 3D printed handguns in Malmo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

German rail operator DB expands use of 3D printing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3D printed airplane engine unveiled at Romanian university

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Livrea and Autodesk collaborate on fully 3D printed racing yacht

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Swedish researchers create 3D bioprinted human cartilage without animal testing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MIT Rocket Team successfully tests nylon 3D printed rocket motor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Siemens joins Adidas SPEEDFACTORIES project for custom 3D printed sportswear

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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