AZL Architects modernizes rural Chinese stone house with 3D printed pavilion

Apr.30, 2018 - Chinese architecture firm AZL Architects has used 3D printing as part of a new house built in a rural Chinese village. The LEI House in Shanyinwu has a main building built from stone using traditional methods, which contrasts with an outer pavilion that was put together from 400 3D printed plastic blocks. More

Vader Systems unveils three new Magnet-o-Jet liquid metal AM systems

Apr.30, 2018 - Vader Systems has unveiled three new 3D printing systems at this year's Rapid + TCT show. The company's new Polaris 3D printer offers high-speed metal printing, while the Magnet-o-Jet subsystems will enable the technology to be integrated into existing manufacturing systems, and the Ares system produces Vaderite metal microspheres for powder. More

3D printed heart helps Rice students develop cutting-edge wireless pacemaker

Apr.30, 2018 - A team of engineers at Rice University has developed a design for a new pacemaker device, and used a 3D printed heart for a demonstration. Their device would embed tiny sensor chips within the heart, which communicate wirelessly with a base station and deliver energy when problems are detected. More

Lex 3D printed camera combines classic 35mm film with modern Sony lenses

Apr.30, 2018 - A new project by a Texas-based engineer has combined classic 35mm film photography with modern lenses. The 3D printed Lex camera body enables lenses from high-end digital cameras to be mounted on a camera that shoots on 35mm. More

Sandia's first 3D printed wind turbine blade mold wins national Technology Focus Award

Apr.27, 2018 - Sandia National Laboratories has won a Technology Focus Award for its first 3D printed wind turbine blade mold. Sandia teamed up with ORNL and TPI Composites to develop the new fabrication method, which uses 3D printing to create a mold and cuts total production time down by over a year. More

New design for 3D printed surgical needle inspired by honeybees' stingers

Apr.27, 2018 - Researchers at Temple University have developed a design for a new nature-inspired surgical needle, using 3D printing technology. The needle is based on the stinger of the honeybee, with barbs carved into it in order to minimize tissue damage. More

Nervous System creates impressive self-forming structures by 3D printing on pre-stretched fabric

Apr.27, 2018 - Innovative design studio Nervous System has experimented with 3D printing on fabric to create self-forming shapes. The project makes use of an algorithm to translate a 3D model into a flat pattern, and this is printed in plastic on to stretched fabric, which then curves itself into the desired 3D shape upon release. More

Arigin Medical gets Series A funding for personalized orthopedic 3D printing solutions

Apr.27, 2018 - Medical 3D printing company Arigin Medical has completed its series A funding round. The Shanghai-based firm uses 3D printing technology to create advanced surgical guides for orthopedics procedures, as well as personalized orthopedic implants. More

New study shows 3D printing helps avoid paravalvular leak from TAVR heart surgery

Apr.27, 2018 - A team of researchers have made use of 3D printing to reduce the risks involved with TAVR heart surgery. They took CT scans of patient's hearts, which were 3D printed and successfully used as guides to test out the size and fit of the replacement valves, in order to prevent paravalvular leak. More

Fluid gel discovery offers breakthrough in 3D bio-printing of softer human tissues

Apr.26, 2018 - A team of researchers at the UK's University of Huddersfield have developed a new fluid gel material that will help with the 3D bio-printing of soft tissue. Polymer bio-printing material can be suspended in this gel so that it will retain its shape and stability at the start of the printing process, and the gel can then be washed away once the bio-printed structure is complete. More

Neri Oxman's final 3D printed Vesper death masks explore concept of rebirth

Apr.26, 2018 - Neri Oxman's Mediated Matter Group has unveiled the final five "death masks" in the Vesper trilogy. This new collection is intended to explore themes of rebirth, and the masks were 3D printed using bioactive materials in order to release chemical substances, suggesting the future of bio-engineering and smart objects. More

$500k awarded to Arkansas' Michelle Bernhardt-Barry to develop 3D printed soil for construction

Apr.26, 2018 - A researcher at the University of Arkansas has been awarded a major grant for her research on soil. She is exploring natural hierarchical structures and how they can be integrated in soil to optimize its strength, in order to eventually use it as an effective 3D printing material for construction projects. More

Minnesota researchers 3D print electronics and biological cells directly on skin

Apr.26, 2018 - A team of engineers at the University of Minnesota have succeeded in 3D printing electronics directly on to human skin for the first time. They made use of a desktop 3D printer, motion-sensing software, and a specialized ink, to print electronics on a subject's hand, and they were also able to print biological cells on a mouse's skin. More

Researchers develop 3D printed dentures filled with anti-fungal medication to treat infections

Apr.26, 2018 - A team of researchers from NY's University at Buffalo have made use of 3D printing to create an innovative set of dentures. They are implanted with an anti-fungal medication, which is gradually released over time to fight infections in the user's mouth. More

German BAM institute 3D prints a metal tool for the first time in zero-gravity

Apr.25, 2018 - German researchers have succeeded in using metal 3D printing to produce a tool in zero-gravity. Following up on previous efforts with ceramics, the BAM institute was able to stabilize the powder bed in order to 3D print a metal wrench for the first time. More

News Roundup: Robo 3D supports MOD-t users, LulzBot Mini 2, 3YOURMIND, Identify3D, CollPlant, Ultimaker

Apr.25, 2018 - In case you missed out any of the most recent 3D printing developments in what has been another busy week or so, here's the latest roundup to get you back up to speed. Stories this time around include Robo 3D providing support for users of New Matter's MOD-t 3D printer, Aleph Objects demonstrating the latest LulzBot machine at the Rapid + TCT conference, and many more besides. More

CMU scientists create self-folding materials using cheap desktop 3D printer

Apr.25, 2018 - A team of researchers at CMU have developed a technique known as Thermorph, which 3D prints self-folding objects. Taking advantage of post-printing warpage in thermoplastics, the team used cheap desktop 3D printers to speed up the printing process by programming folds into flat objects, which then assumed their final shape upon heating. More

3D Currax's high-speed LCD 3D printing with REACT1 technology creates buzz at Rapid + TCT

Apr.25, 2018 - A keynote speech at this year's Rapid + TCT conference has identified 3D Currax Solutions as one of the companies to look out for over the next few years. The pioneering Canada-based firm has developed LCD 3D printing technology that enables improved speeds and more efficient scaling, and it is targeting the plastics manufacturing market. More

South Korean researchers working on 3D printed food for personalized nutrition

Apr.25, 2018 - A team of researchers in South Korea have developed a 3D printing platform for creating customized food items. The technology can be precisely control the structure of food at a microscopic level, which could be used to optimize and personalize its nutritional properties. More

GE Additive unveils new Arcam EBM Spectra H metal AM system for faster, larger parts

Apr.25, 2018 - GE Additive today unveiled a brand new additive manufacturing system, the Arcam EBM Spectra H designed to handle high heat and crack prone materials. With an extended build volume, Spectra H will be capable of producing larger parts at temperatures exceeding 1000'C. More

Vietnamese pilot receives 3D printed bionic hand after aircraft crash

Apr.24, 2018 - A Vietnamese military pilot who suffered serious injuries in an air crash has recently received a 3D printed bionic hand. The hand was printed by 3D Master Company using a Zortrax M200 3D printer, and it is capable of being controlled by the pilot's own thoughts. More

Platelet-rich bio-ink could boost healing of 3D printed tissue implants and skin grafts

Apr.24, 2018 - A team of researchers has carried out tests on a new bio-ink that is made with platelet-rich plasma. The bio-ink shows potential for hugely improved healing of wounds and other tissue damage, and was capable of being 3D printed into a number of different structures. More

Researchers combine 3D printing and microfluidics in cost-effective method for preparing bio-chips

Apr.24, 2018 - A team of researchers at CUNY have succeeded in developing an advanced new technique for creating bio-chips. Using beam-pen lithography and microfluidics, they were capable of using nano-printing to print multiple molecules on to the surface of the same bio-chip, making the process much more efficient and versatile. More

Formalloy and Xact Metal to introduce new metal 3D printers at RAPID + TCT 2018

Apr.24, 2018 - The Rapid + TCT show being held in Fort Worth, TX, from April 24-26, is an occasion for all kinds of innovative 3D printing developments to be demonstrated, and Formalloy and Xact Metal will both be debuting their new metal 3D printers at this year's event. Formalloy's new X-Series machine will be on display, as will two new metal 3D printers from Xact Metal - the XM200C and XM200S. More

Rapid + TCT 2018: MakerGear unveils M3-ID Rev.1, Titan Robotics demos faster Atlas 3D printer

Apr.24, 2018 - This year's Rapid + TCT show is a veritable smorgasbord of delights from around the 3D printing world, with some of the biggest names in attendance. Two smaller homegrown 3D printing success stories, Titan Robotics and MakerGear, are showcasing their latest developments in Fort Worth, TX until April 26. MakerGear has a new machine and software to demonstrate, while Titan Robotics has an upgraded custom version of its Titan 3D printer on show. More

Boeing's HorizonX fund invests in 3D printing startup Morf3D

Apr.24, 2018 - Boeing on Monday said its venture arm HorizonX has invested in Morf3D, an El Segundo, California-based additive engineering and manufacturing firm which makes lighter and stronger 3D-printed parts for aerospace applications. More

Rapid + TCT 2018: EOS introduces P 810 3D printer, Stratasys' updates, 3D Systems showcases Figure 4 system

Apr.23, 2018 - This year's Rapid + TCT conference in Fort Worth, Texas, which runs from April 23-26, is a showcase for a lot of the major players in the 3D printing world, as well as the smaller start-ups and organizations that are pointing the way forward for the industry. In case you're not able to make it there in person, here's a round-up of what three of the biggest names have to offer. More

EnvisionTEC unveils new bio-materials for 3D-Bioplotter, offers XY resolution of 25 microns for 3SP 3D printers

Apr.23, 2018 - EnvisionTEC has announced some new additions and upgrades to its 3D printing systems and materials portfolio. The company is launching two new medical grade materials for bio-printing, as well as a new high-resolution hardware upgrade for two of its large-frame 3SP 3D printers. More

Formlabs raises another $30 million in Series C funding

Apr.23, 2018 - Formlabs announced today that it has raised another $30 million in Series C funding led by Tyche Partners. This latest round includes participation from Shenzhen Capital Group and UpNorth Investment Limited, as well as existing investors DFJ, Pitango and Foundry Group. More

M3D launches Crane Quad full-color palette desktop 3D printer for $399

Apr.23, 2018 - M3D has announced the release of a new range of 3D printers, one of which is the first to offer full-color palette 3D printing for under $500. The Crane Quad will be released alongside the Crane Bowden and the Crane Dual, and it starts from just $399. More

BioNEEK knee brace exploits INTAMSYS 3D printing and ultra-light PEEK material for improved endurance and mobility

Apr.23, 2018 - An advanced new medical device has been developed using INTAMSYS' PEEK materials and 3D printing technology. The BioNEEK knee brace provides support and protection to people with knee problems, and INTAMSYS' products have made it extra-lightweight as well as strong and durable. More

Ultimaker launches Ultimaker S5 professional desktop 3D printer with larger build volume

Apr.23, 2018 - Ultimaker has unveiled its follow up to the Ultimaker 3: the Ultimaker S5. This desktop FDM 3D printer has a larger build volume than its predecessor, and offers improved reliability and a number of smart monitoring features, to give professional users a more advanced 3D printing experiance and a more streamlined workflow. More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shapeways raises $30 million to expand 3D printing marketplace

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

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

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

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

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

Peak Sport releases first 3D printed volleyball shoes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3D printing and machine learning turn smartphone cameras into microscopes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Olaf Diegel 3D prints eye-catching BLING3D aluminium bracelets

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shining 3D opens new office in San Francisco

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

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

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

MTC develops new simulation app to revolutionize additive manufacturing workflows

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BigRep launches new PRO FLEX flexible filament for 3D printing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Navy boosts investment in metal 3D printing for battleships

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Carnegie Mellon researchers develop innovative 3D printed knitwear process

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

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

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

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