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

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

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

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

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

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

Kwambio unveils Ceramo One binder jetting based industrial ceramic 3D printer

Dec.29, 2017 - Kwambio, a ceramic production company based in the Ukrainian city of Odessa, has developed an industrial ceramic 3D printer which it says is more precise than existing desktop ceramic 3D printers. The machine, called the Ceramo One, will be available for pre-order as soon as January 2018. More

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

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

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

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

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

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

CTC patents 3D printing concept that uses gaseous metals to build thin-walled parts

Dec.28, 2017 - Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC) announced it has been granted a patent for its 'Additive Manufacturing Using Metals from the Gaseous State' process. The Pennsylvania-based company says the innovative 3D printing concept could enable the manufacturing of thin-walled metal parts. More

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

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

StoneFlower's $535 Ceramic 3D Printing KIT turns FDM 3D printers into clay-depositing machines

Dec.27, 2017 - Munich-based 3D printing startup StoneFlower has developed a Ceramic 3D Printing KIT that enables ordinary FDM 3D printers to print objects in clay, porcelain, and other materials. The startup will launch a Kickstarter campaign for the kit in the coming weeks. More

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

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

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

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

GE to increase stake in Sweden's Arcam to 95 percent by buying shares from hedge funds

Dec.27, 2017 - General Electric Co said on Wednesday it will raise its stake in Swedish 3D printer maker Arcam AB to more than 90 percent after having entered into a trade with both Elliott Management and Polygon Investment Group to purchase their outstanding Arcam shares at SEK 345 ($41.44) per share. More

MINI to offer customized 3D printed car accessories in 2018

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

Purdue researchers 3D print explosive materials with custom inkjet printer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3D Printing News Roundup: Titomic, Materialise, Arcam, K2M, Bremen Castings, Eaton, Neri Oxman, more

Dec.21, 2017 - Christmas is just around the corner, but not everyone in the 3D printing industry has given up on work just yet. Today brings news from Titomic, Materialise, Arcam, and several other additive manufacturing companies. More

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

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

Japanese engineers create tactile 3D printed surface patterns using clever technique

Dec.21, 2017 - Japanese engineers Haruki Takahashi and Homei Miyashita have devised a 3D printing technique that controls printing thickness by increasing and decreasing the amount of material extruded during printing. The technique enables the 3D printing of tactile surfaces on standard FDM 3D printers. More

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

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

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

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

Exception in Copyright Office rule could threaten ability to unlock 3D printers

Dec.20, 2017 - Michael Weinberg is calling on the 3D printing community to help amend a rule renewed by the US Patent and Trademark Office. The rule, which is meant to allow people to unlock a 3D printer to use nonproprietary filament, contains an exception which could override the rule. More

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

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

E3D releases Titan Aqua water-cooled HotEnd and extruder for high-temperature 3D printing

Dec.20, 2017 - UK start-up E3D will soon release a new range of extruders and hot ends for FDM 3D printers. They are specifically designed to be lightweight and compact, and have a special water cooling system that will allow for better performance at high temperatures. More

GE at work on developing more powerful laser beams for faster 3D printing systems

Dec.20, 2017 - A team of researchers is currently in the process of developing more advanced, powerful lasers in order to speed up the 3D printing process. The increase in speed is becoming necessary as 3D printing applications are scaled up across the industry, and the team is experimenting with different laser patterns in order to cover a larger powder bed area. More

Carbon announces $200M in Series D funding to scale 3D printing for manufacturing

Dec.20, 2017 - Silicon Valley-based Carbon, a start-up that makes super fast 3D printers for manufacturing and design, today announced the first closing in a total raise of $200 million in Series D funding. More

Twin cold spray robots allow GE to 3D print metal parts on unprecedented scale

Dec.20, 2017 - GE is using a supersonic cold spray 3D printing system to fabricate large metal parts such as jet engine airfoils. The system consists of two robotic arms, one of which holds the part while the other sprays it with a barrage of metal powder. More

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

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

Major BRICS innovation award for software developed to analyze 3D scans of urban infrastructure

Dec.19, 2017 - A team of researchers from Russia, India and China have worked together to develop software that can analyze 3D scanning data in order to provide useful information about urban infrastructure. The project was recently awarded a major innovation award by a BRICS consortium. More

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

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

UNIZ to debut 5 new 3D printers with UDP technology, incl. fastest SLA printer ever

Dec.19, 2017 - San Diego 3D printer company UNIZ will launch a new 3D printing technology called uni-directional peel (UDP) as well as five new 3D printers at CES 2018. The company says its new SLTV23 3D printer is the fastest SLA machine ever. More

Logigram turntable introduces 3D printing to analog listening

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Desktop Metal ships first Studio System metal 3D printer to Google's ATAP group

Dec.18, 2017 - Just eight months after its initial introduction, Desktop Metal today announced it has begun shipping its first Studio System metal 3D printer to early pioneer customers including Google's Advanced Technology and Products (ATAP) group as part of the Studio System rollout. More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

$5K Vitae Industries AutoCompounder can 3D print personalized drugs in 10 minutes

Dec.15, 2017 - Rhode Island startup Vitae Industries has developed a 3D printer that can print pharmaceutical pills and gummies. The 'AutoCompounder' 3D printer can make these drugs in a third of the time it takes to fill capsules by hand. More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

News Roundup: 3D printed building, ActivArmor receives major grant, 3D printed razors from Gillette, ESA, Siemens, more

Dec.14, 2017 - 3D printing news can be hard to keep up with sometimes, but at 3ders we're always one step ahead of the game, so here's another round-up to catch'you up on things you might have missed. Stories include the biggest 3D printed building in America, and 3D printed razor blades from Gillette. More

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

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

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

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

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

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

China unveils ambitious Action Plan: annual 3D printing sales revenue to reach USD 3 billion by 2020

Dec.14, 2017 - The Chinese government has unveiled an ambitious new Action Plan for the rapid, healthy, and sustainable development of the Additive Manufacturing industry in China. By 2020, the nation expects to boast an annual sales revenue of over 20 billion yuan ($3 billion USD) in the 3D printing industry, with an average annual growth rate of at least 30%. More

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

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

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

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

Gartner Predicts 2018: 3D printing changes business models, 75% of aircraft will use 3D printed parts by 2021

Dec.13, 2017 - American research firm Gartner has forecast further adoption of 3D printing technologies amongst manufacturers of medical devices, aircraft, consumer goods, and elsewhere. As part of its Predicts 2018 report, the firm says 75 per cent of commercial aircraft will use 3D printed parts by 2021. More

Create it REAL teams with Green Ship of the Future to launch onboard 3D printing pilot project

Dec.13, 2017 - Create it REAL is collaborating with Green Ship of the Future, a Danish maritime consortium, to launch a 3D printing pilot project. The initiative will explore the potentials of using 3D printing technologies for onboard production of replacement and spare parts. More

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

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

GE Additive reveals prototype of new binder jet additive manufacturing machine

Dec.13, 2017 - GE Additive has released the first image of a prototype of a brand new additive machine (project name H1) based on binder jet technology that will eventually challenge the need for castings. Further iterations of this machine will be made in early 2018 with the first production machines being shipped mid-2018. More

RealityConvert: transforming molecular structures into 3D models for 3D printing, augmented and virtual reality

Dec.13, 2017 - An assistant professor of chemistry at NC State has developed an open access platform that enables users to easily convert molecular objects into 3D printable and AR/VR friendly models. The software, called RealityConvert, is aimed at making drug discovery processes more accessible. More

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

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

News Roundup: 3D printed robot, TPU, Shapr3D, Indaero, 3D-printed orphan drugs

Dec.12, 2017 - Here's another round-up of recent events you might have missed, from the world of 3D printing. The latest stories include a 3D printed heart model, new 3D CAD software from Shapr Pro, and many more besides. More

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

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

TU Delft's origami technique for creating 3D lattices could displace standard 3D printers

Dec.12, 2017 - Researchers from TU Delft have developed a new method for creating 3D lattice structures, which relies on complex folding techniques rather than 3D printing. The team says its innovative method could offer 3D lattice structures many more functionalities. More

CGTrader secures €2M investment to expand 3D model marketplace

Dec.12, 2017 - CGTrader, a 3D model marketplace based out of Lithuania, has announced it has successfully raised €2 million ($2.36M) in investments. The new funding will be put towards expanding the company's business and scaling up its 3D model offering. More

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

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

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

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

Fracktal Works raises funds from Hyderabad Angels for all-in-one 'Fractory' 3D printing service

Dec.12, 2017 - Indian 3D printing startup Fracktal Works has received funding from investment firm Hyderabad Angels in a pre-Series A financing round. The money will go towards 3D printer R&D and a new automated online 3D printing service called 'Fractory.' More

News Roundup: Hoganas acquires Metasphere, Immensa 3D Printing Institute in Dubai, HP to sell 3D printers in India, more

Dec.11, 2017 - Here's another round-up of some recent 3D printing events you might have missed. We've got stories including Emerging Implant Technologies partnering with HCA, a new 3D printing institute being launched in Dubai, and more besides. More

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

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

University of Wollongong's PICT 3D bioprinter could revolutionize Type 1 diabetes treatment

Dec.11, 2017 - Australia's University of Wollongong (UOW) is quickly becoming a pioneer in 3D bioprinting technologies. Recently, the university unveiled a new customized 3D bioprinter which has the potential to drastically improve treatment for patients with Type 1 diabetes. More

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

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

New SLM 3D printing technique can produce strong, ductile stainless steel parts

Dec.11, 2017 - A joint research team from the UK, Sweden, and China has developed a new stainless steel SLM 3D printing technique that results in high levels of strength and ductility. The process could be used to make heavy-duty parts for the aerospace and automotive sectors. More

LLNL's holography-based volumetric 3D printing makes 3D objects in seconds, no layering required

Dec.11, 2017 - With the help of academic collaborators, researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) are using hologram-like 3D images projected into photosensitive resin to 3D print complex parts in a very short time. The volumetric 3D printing process prints objects all at once, rather than layer by layer. More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A simplified process for 3D printing topographical maps

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

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

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

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

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

Spanish university leads MASTRO research project to develop innovative 'smart' materials for 3D printing

Dec.7, 2017 - A team of researchers from the University of Alicante in Spain, as well as from private companies and institutions all across Europe, will be collaborating on a new research project. They intend to develop new intelligent materials, which can be used for 3D printing and a range of other applications in various industries. More

BAAM manufacturer Cincinnati Inc. acquires Boston-based 3D printing startup NVBOTS

Dec.7, 2017 - Cincinnati Incorporated, the company behind the large-scale BAAM 3D printing system, has announced the acquisition of Boston-based 3D printing company New Valence Robotics Corporation (NVBOTS). Terms of the acquisition have not been disclosed. More

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

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

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

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

3D Printing News: STANLEY+Techstars AM Accelerator, Clariant launches 3D printing materials business, Schaeffler, DMG Mori

Dec.7, 2017 - This 3D printing news roundup is all about industry: Fortune 500 company Stanley Black'& Decker has established the STANLEY+Techstars AM Accelerator in collaboration with Techstars, Clariant has launched a 3D printing business, and Schaeffler is working with DMG Mori equipment on AM research. More

Kickstarter for MakeX's Migo 3D printer, with a new 'printing while walking' feature, has 7 days left

Dec.7, 2017 - MakeX's Migo 3D printer, which was launched on Kickstarter last month, now comes with a battery-equipped backpack that carries the machine so it can be used on-the-move. There are 7 days left on the crowdfunding campaign for this impressive new product, from the established Chinese manufacturer. More

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

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

Princeton researchers' spaghetti-like hydrogel could make 3D bioprinted wound treatments

Dec.6, 2017 - Researchers at Princeton University have developed a hydrogel that forms when fibers slide against each other as they are forced through a syringe. The chemical-free shearing method could be used in wound treatment and other areas. More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MIT 3D prints programmed bacterial cells into 'living tattoo' that responds to its surroundings

Dec.6, 2017 - A team of MIT engineers have demonstrated the ability to 3D print what it calls a 'living tattoo' from a bioink consisting of living cells and hydrogel. When adhered to human skin and exposed to certain chemicals, the tree-shaped 'tattoo' lights up in response. More

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

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

GE Additive opens new $15M Customer Experience Center in Munich

Dec.5, 2017 - GE Additive today announced the opening of its first international Customer Experience Center in Munich. The new 2,700 square meter center, co-located with GE's European Technology Center, is designed to help customers understand the additive process from design to prototyping to operations. Customers can benefit from hands-on training and instruction at the facility, covering additive design, machine operations and support.' More

3D Printing News Roundup: Airbus, China Aviation Materials, Daimler Trucks, Saint-Gobain, Rocket Crafters, RIVA

Dec.5, 2017 - Here's another round-up of all the latest developments from the world of 3D printing, to keep you up to speed. Stories you might have missed recently include Rocket Crafters patenting 3D printed rocket fuel, Daimler trucks adopting 3D printing for the first time, and many more besides. More

Treatstock introduces Watermark 3D for IP protection of 3D printable files, responds to criticism

Dec.5, 2017 - Treatstock has introduced a free tool for protecting 3D printable models from IP theft. The new technology, Watermark 3D, aims to tackle the widespread problem of copyright violation in the 3D model marketplace. More

Ultimaker introduces 0.25 mm print core and new support material Ultimaker Breakaway

Dec.5, 2017 - 3D printer company Ultimaker has released two new products: a 0.25 mm print core; and Breakaway, a new 3D printable support material that, as its name suggests, easily breaks away from a printed part. More

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

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

San Draw rolls out FAM silicone 3D printer upgrades and improved 3D printed silicone airway

Dec.5, 2017 - Following the success of their FAM 3D printed silicone technology, San Draw has unveiled some key upgrades to their 3D printing system, announced just last week. Among the highlights are a new solution engineered for 3D printing silicone airways, one of the company's most popular medical models, and several upgrades to San Draw's 3D printer. More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Playdough-like particles could self-assemble into functional architectures, may change the face of 3D printing

Dec.5, 2017 - Chemists at New York University are reconfiguring the 'building blocks' of life with a new particle that combines Playdough and Lego traits. These so-called patchy particles are 1/200th the width of a human hair, and can self-assemble into an endless array of unique architectures. According to their creators, there's no limit on potential applications. More

FDA publishes guidance on 3D printing of medical products

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

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

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

Dutch designers are making eco-friendly 3D printing filament from dried algae and seaweed

Dec.4, 2017 - Dutch design duo Eric Klarenbeek and Maartje Dros have created a 3D printable biomaterial made from algae. The new filament could offer an eco-friendly alternative to fossil and oil-based plastics. More

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

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

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

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

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

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

FabRx transforms Magic Candy Factory 3D printer into $10,500 personalized medicine maker for children

Dec.4, 2017 - London-based biotechnology company FabRx is repurposing a Magic Candy Factory 3D printer to dispense child-friendly medicines. The company will run a $67,500 Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the 3D printing project. More

4D printed hydrogel leaf brings University of Alberta researchers one step closer to bioprinting organs

Dec.4, 2017 - A team of scientists from the University of Alberta's Ingenuity Lab have used 4D printing to create a leaf structure made from natural proteins and a printable hydrogel material. The project marks a step towards creating an implantable 3D bioprinted organ. More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DiCoMi project: Kordsa, Sabanci University to develop 3D printing composites with $3.55M EU funding

Dec.1, 2017 - Composites company Kordsa and Sabanci University, both from Turkey, have established the Directional Composites Through Manufacturing Innovation (DiCoMi) project to develop composites for 3D printing. The European Union has provided 3 million euros ($3.55M) in funding. More

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

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

nTopology raises $7.6M to improve Element generative design software for 3D printing

Dec.1, 2017 - New York City-based CAD company nTopology has received $7.6 million in a Series A funding round. The company's Element design software is a generative, physics-based tool for 3D printing and other manufacturing processes that combines CAD, CAM, and simulation. More

Zortrax releases Z-ULTRAT Plus, Z-SEMIFLEX, and Z-SUPPORT Plus filaments for Inventure 3D printer

Dec.1, 2017 - Polish 3D printer company Zortrax has announced the release of three new 3D printing materials for its Inventure 3D printing platform: Z-ULTRAT Plus, Z-SEMIFLEX, and Z-SUPPORT Plus. More

SHINING 3D partners with Rhinoceros 3D and Mesh2Surface to expand 3D modeling software offering

Dec.1, 2017 - Chinese 3D printing company SHINING 3D has announced two new partnerships Rhinoceros 3D and Mesh2Surface. Through the strategic agreements, SHINING 3D customers will now be able to purchase both 3D modeling programs through the SHINING 3D Strong Global distribution network. More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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