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

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

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

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

3D printed ceramic microsystems for organ-on-a-chip biomedical research offer hope for end of animal testing

Jul.31, 2017 - A joint team of researchers from the Autonomous University of Madrid and ceramic 3D printing company Lithoz GmbH have developed complex 3D printed ceramic microsystems which could advance labs-on-chips and organs-on-chips. More

Ilios says its Thermal Masking 3D printing tech results in 90% cheaper SLA printing

Jul.31, 2017 - Cypriot 3D printer manufacturer Ilios has lifted the lid on its Thermal Masking technology, which can purportedly be used to 3D print SLA models at 1/10 the normal cost. The technology has been incorporated into the forthcoming €250 ($294) Ilios Nano SLA 3D printer. More

TTP introduces FormaJet, a multi-color 3D bioprinting platform

Jul.31, 2017 - UK-based company TTP has unveiled its new FormaJet liquid handling platform which reportedly enables high throughput and multi-color digital 3D bioprinting. The company is currently seeking partners for the platform's development and go-to-market strategy. More

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

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

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

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

GE additive expert tells 3Ders about Syracuse University's multi-metal DMLM 3D printing breakthrough

Jul.31, 2017 - Mechanical and aerospace engineering students at Syracuse University have developed a DMLM powder deposition system for multi-material 3D printing. GE's Joseph Vinciquerra, who worked with the students on the project, explained to 3Ders what the metal 3D printing system is all about. More

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

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

Shining 3D to launch AutoScan-DS-EX dental 3D scanner in September 2017

Jul.31, 2017 - Shining 3D, one of China's leading 3D printing companies, is preparing to launch its latest product. Geared towards the dentistry market, the new AutoScan-DS-EX 3D dental scanner will be launched on September 1, 2017. More

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

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

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

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

Airwolf 3D's materials strength test: What is the strongest 3D printer filament?

Jul.29, 2017 - To determine which desktop 3D printing filament was the strongest, Airwolf 3D carried out tests with a 3D printed hook. They used the hook, which was printed on the AXIOM 3D printer, to lift weight until it snapped. Polycarbonate proved to be the strongest. More

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

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

3D Printing News Roundup: BASF, 3D Bio Pen, metal 3D printing market, 3Dmate design mat, Dassault Systemes

Jul.28, 2017 - For those of you who don't want to miss a single 3D printing development, here's another quick roundup of recent stories. There have been plenty of goings-on in the industry, with IDTechEx publishing a report analyzing market trends in metal 3D printing, a handheld 3D bio-printer being nominated for a major award in Australia, and much more besides. More

3D printing brings 1940s Curta calculator back to life

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

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

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

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

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

Purdue scientists developing 'SurfNet' AI system that turns 2D images into 3D models

Jul.28, 2017 - A team of scientists from Purdue University in Indiana has developed a novel process which uses artificial intelligence (AI) to transform 2D images into 3D models. The technology, called SurfNet, could have applications in the advancement of self-driving vehicles, as well as AR/VR. More

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

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

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

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

3D Printing News Roundup: Proto Labs, Group Gorgé, Renishaw, 4WEB Medical, Dubai's 3D printing lab

Jul.27, 2017 - 3D printing developments show no sign of stopping, so here's another roundup of recent events to keep you up to speed. We have stories on the world's first 3D printed lab, which is due to be completed in Dubai, and some financial results from a number of key players in the 3D printing world. More

SparkMaker launches $129 desktop SLA 3D printer on Kickstarter, triples fundraising goal in hours

Jul.27, 2017 - Hong Kong-based SparkMaker has launched a Kickstarter campaign for the SparkMaker, an LCD based SLA 3D printer that prints in high-resolution yet has a price that makes it affordable for everyone. With a $99 starting price on the Kickstarter run, the company aims to bring the quality of SLA printing to the masses. More

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

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

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

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

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

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

Future Fruit Simulator: A fun customization interface for 3D food printing

Jul.27, 2017 - A team of Australian researchers have developed an interface for 3D food customization. Called 'Future Fruit,' the project allows users to design their own futuristic fruit and 3D print it. More

3D printing News Roundup: Boeing extends partnership with Dassault Systemes, GROW gets patent for 3D printing software solution, more

Jul.26, 2017 - Here's another roundup of some recent 3D printing news, for those of you who might not be able to keep up with the pace of developments that have been happening in the 3D printing world. More

Archimedes' principle helps researchers create water 3D scanning technique that beats laser scanning

Jul.26, 2017 - A team of computer scientists and engineers from around the world has used Archimedes' ancient principle of water displacement to develop a new 3D scanning technique. The method can reconstruct hidden parts of an object that 3D laser scanners cannot capture. More

Stratasys cleared of fraud charges over comments about Makerbot Replicator 3D printers

Jul.26, 2017 - An appeals court has affirmed a ruling made last year regarding statements made by Stratasys. Investors were claiming that the company had committed securities fraud after exaggerating the quality of MakerBot's troubled replicator 3D printers. The appeals court upheld the Minnesota court's decison that hyperbole was not the same as fraud. More

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

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

University of Wollongong researchers use 3D printing to create brain-like tissue from stem cells

Jul.26, 2017 - Researchers at Australia's University of Wollongong have found a way to 3D print human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) using a special bioink. The technique could be used to print 'any type' of bodily tissue, including brain tissue. More

Iglidur I150 Tribo filament by Igus approved for 3D printing food

Jul.26, 2017 - German 3D printed plastics manufacturer Igus has officially forayed into the world of food printing. The Cologne-based motion plastics company has just announced the official certification of their iglidur I150 Tribo filament for use in the food printing industry, according to EU regulations. More

3D printing news Roundup: 3D printed submarine wins award, Creaform gets ISO accreditation, more

Jul.26, 2017 - Another 3D printing news summary for you, just in case anything has passed you by recently. Latest developments include Creaform's lab getting ISO accreditation, a major award for a 3D printed submarine, and more besides. More

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

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

Simplify3D announces version 4.0 of professional 3D printing software

Jul.25, 2017 - Simplify3D launches today Version 4.0 of its popular 3D printing software as the company enters its fifth year. Known for innovative features such as the Dual Extrusion Wizard, interactive print simulations, customizable supports, and a lightning-fast slicer, Simplify3D continues to work hard to deliver the best 3D printing software available.' More

How liquids flow in microgravity? Toronto students to study effects of microgravity on 3D printing process

Jul.25, 2017 - A group of undergrads from the University of Toronto have been given the chance to carry out an experiment in low-gravity, on board a Falcon 20 aircraft. They will be hoping to find out more about the liquid coil effect, a phenomenon that describes how 3D printer filament behaves when extruded. More

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

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

MIT, Columbia researchers develop InstantCAD plug-in for rapidly optimizing 3D printable designs

Jul.25, 2017 - Researchers at MIT and Columbia University have developed 'InstantCAD,' a tool for interactively editing, improving, and optimizing CAD models with an intuitive workflow. The tool takes the form of a plug-in, and can be used with existing CAD software. More

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

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

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

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

3D Printing News Roundup: Proto Labs, Michelin Thailand, Daniel Defense, GE, Flam 3D & 'Family of the Future' project

Jul.25, 2017 - Here's another round-up of what's been happening recently in the 3D printing world, including news about Proto Labs announcing its biggest investment yet to keep up with demand for 3D printing, Daniel Defense launching its first 3D printed standalone suppressor, and other things you might have missed. More

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

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

Fall Creators Update to Windows 10 will replace 3D Builder app with Paint 3D and Print 3D

Jul.24, 2017 - An announcement about the Fall Creators Update to Windows 10 from Microsoft suggests that 3D app 3D Builder is being replaced. Paint add-on Paint 3D will be a standalone app, with Print 3D also available for Windows users' 3D printing needs. More

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

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

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

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

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

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

Introducing Geeetech's new cloud connected GiantArm D200 3D printer

Jul.24, 2017 - Geeetech's has just launched its new GiantArm D200 cloud 3D printer on the market. Boasting versatility and agility, the new GiantArm brand is engineered with the vision of embracing the bold ideation and creative passion of all 3D printing users. More

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

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

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

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

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

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

3D Printing News Roundup: Sigma Labs, Perfected3D, Dremel, Airwolf 3D, CP Glass, China XD Plastics

Jul.21, 2017 - Here's another quick round-up of all the most recent happenings in 3D printing technology, because we know it's getting harder and harder to keep up with everything. Just recently the 3D printing world saw Sigma Labs patenting a new 3D printing quality control process, Airwolf 3D launching a new membership program, and much more besides. More

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

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

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

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

Bodycote's new Powdermet technologies combine metal additive manufacturing with near net shape

Jul.21, 2017 - Bodycote, a British provider of heat treatment and specialist thermal processing services, has released Powdermet, a group of additive manufacturing processes for the production of complex components using powder metallurgy. More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NDSU makes progress towards fully self-replicating 3D printer for space exploration

Jul.20, 2017 - A team of researchers at North Dakota State University has successfully tested a 3D printed 3D printer. Their work will contribute to the advancement of self-replicating robotics technology, which could eventually be used in unmanned space exploration. More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New mobile app Qlone turns your smartphone or tablet into a high-resolution 3D scanner

Jul.20, 2017 - A new app will enable the high-resolution 3D scanning of objects using your smartphone or tablet. Qlone will be available for iOS and later for Android, and it makes use of an Augmented Reality mat to create a 3D image from 2 photos of an object, taken from different angles. A variety of editing tools and sharing options are integrated in the app. More

3D Printing News Roundup: Spirit AeroSystems, Norsk Titanium, Emerging Implant Technologies, Sodick, NoMatterWhat, more

Jul.19, 2017 - Here's a quick roundup of recent 3D printing news, to let you catch up on what you might have missed. A lot has been going on, with Techniplas opening a new 3D printing center in California, EIT getting FDA approval for its 3D printed spinal products, and more besides. More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Survive the heat with Kitronic's 3D printed USB desk fan

Jul.19, 2017 - Educational electronics specialist Kitronic has released its latest educational electronics kit: a 3D printable USB desk fan, perfect for students who will have to face the dying embers of summer heat when school returns. More

New Wave3D Pro SLA 3D printer promises industrial printing with 'simplicity of a desktop'

Jul.19, 2017 - WAVE3D, a Toronto-based 3D printer manufacturer, has just unveiled its first commercial SLA 3D printer: the Wave3D Pro. The new printer was specifically developed for professional applications such as rapid prototyping and design. More

3D printing and Baby Slice O by Tomovision turn 3D fetal ultrasound scans into take-home statues

Jul.19, 2017 - A software solution from Canadian company Tomovision enables expectant parents to get a uniquely hands-on preview of their baby. Baby Slice O converts 3D ultrasound scans into STL files, which can then be sent to a 3D printer to produce a 3D printed fetus sculpture. More

3D Printing News Roundup: Stratasys to 3D print aircraft parts for Airbus, Techniplas opens AM center, more

Jul.18, 2017 - Before packing up for your summer vacation, be sure to check out these updates from the 3D printing world. From company partnerships to new initiatives, this hot July week is shaping up to be a good one for the industry. More

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mid-range $3k - $25k 3D printers seeing popularity surge, says market research firm CONTEXT

Jul.18, 2017 - Market research firm CONTEXT says worldwide shipments and revenues in the 3D printing industry increased during the first three months of 2017. CONTEXT notes a rise in the popularity of mid-range 3D printers situated between desktop and industrial models. More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Even slight powder contamination can ruin a metal 3D print, says LPW Technology

Jul.17, 2017 - LPW Technology recently conducted an investigation into a cracked 3D printed part and found that the defect was caused by powder contamination. The case study shows the 'complexity of the AM process' and the importance of following strict procedures for powder maintenance. More

Much-hyped 3D printing company Desktop Metal raises $115M from Google, GE, others

Jul.17, 2017 - Metal 3D printing company Desktop Metal has raised $115 million in a Series D investment round, attracting funding from GV (Google Ventures), GE Ventures, and others. The 3D printing company's total equity investments now add up to over $210 million. More

New CSIRO project explores 3D printing food with customized nutrition

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

$313k grant helps Australia's Charles Darwin University acquire LIGHTSPEE3D metal 3D printer

Jul.17, 2017 - Australia's Charles Darwin University (CDU) has used a 400,000 AUD ($313,000) government grant to acquire a LIGHTSPEE3D metal 3D printer from Australian additive manufacturing specialist SPEE3D. The printer can purportedly print 100 to 1,000 times faster than other printers. More

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

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

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

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

Duane Hanson's 'Supermarket Lady' sculpture gets the 3D scanning treatment in Aachem

Jul.15, 2017 - In 1971, American artist Duane Hanson stunned the art world with his sculpture, the Supermarket Lady. Now, thanks to an effort by computer scientist Leif Kobbelt and the Ludwig Forum for International Art in Aachen, Germany, it has been 3D scanned and will soon be 3D printed. More

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

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

3D printed silicone metamaterials with shape memory could make better protective padding

Jul.14, 2017 - Researchers from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have used direct ink writing (DIW) to 3D print silicone metamaterials with tuned behavioral properties. The materials have shown promise thanks to their shape memory behavior. More

Hoberman-inspired 3D Copypod is the adjustable 3D scanning booth you've been waiting for

Jul.14, 2017 - The People's Industrial Design Office, a branch of the Beijing-based People's Architecture Office, has designed and created something called the 3D Copypod. Inspired by the Hoberman Sphere, the 3D Copypod is essentially a retractable structure that can be expanded into a 3D scanning booth. More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3D printing helps ETH Zurich scientists create beating silicone heart

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mitsubishi Corporation to invest in layout for Zhuhai's 3D printing industry

Jul.12, 2017 - The Mitsubishi Corporation, Japan's largest trading company, recently signed two cooperation agreements that will see it invest in the city of Zhuhai's metal 3D printing industry. More

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

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

Kirchhoff-Plateau Surfaces: 3D printing on fabric to create complex 3D structures

Jul.12, 2017 - A team of computer science researchers from Disney Research and the University Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid have developed a design tool software that makes it possible to 3D print smooth curved surfaces in a fast and cost-efficient manner. More

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

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

ISS 3D printer now printing with strong & heat-resistant PEI PC

Jul.12, 2017 - Made In Space has begun using a PEI/PC 3D printing material on the International Space Station's Additive Manufacturing Facility (AMF) 3D printer. The material, frequently used in aerospace applications, is strong and resistant to heat. More

3D Printing News Roundup: Roboze teams up with Inovsys SAS, Midwest Prototyping receives ISO 9001 certification, more

Jul.12, 2017 - There's been a lot happening in the 3D printing world recently, so it's easy to miss out on something important. Here's a round-up of recent developments that might have flown under your radar, including Roboze partnering with Inovsys SAS and Midwest Prototyping getting ISO 9001 certification. More

French chemical producer Arkema dives into UV-curable 3D printing with new production line in China

Jul.12, 2017 - French chemical and advanced materials company Arkema is upgrading its Sartomer subsidiary. Based in Nansha, China, the Sartomer facility will see the launch of a new production line for UV, LED, and EB (Electronic Beam) photocure resins, with the plant's overall production capacity set to expand 30%. More

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

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

Spatial Corp's new 3D model viewer lets users see models from any browser-enabled device

Jul.11, 2017 - Spatial Corp, a Colorado-based developer of 3D software development toolkits (SDKs), has launched its latest product: a universal 3D modeling web viewer tool that enables users to easily view 3D models (in a wide variety of formats) from any browser-compatible devices. More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New European Additive Manufacturing Strategy urges for more funding and increased standardization of 3D printing in the EU

Jul.10, 2017 - As part of its third annual Additive Manufacturing European Conference this past weekend in Brussels, the European Association of Machine Tool Industries (CECIMO) has released The "European Additive Manufacturing Strategy,' a 20-page document pushing EU policy makers to see the bigger picture of 3D printing in Europe. More

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

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

Best 3D printing deals to look out for this Amazon Prime Day

Jul.10, 2017 - As of tonight, Amazon will be launching the third instalment of its Prime Day summer shopping event. The sale, which will run through to Tuesday July 11, is offering customers loads of hot deals, including many for 3D printing products. More

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

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

ORNL team combines 3D printing and casting to make stronger, damage-tolerant composite parts

Jul.10, 2017 - Researchers from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Rice University in Houston, Texas have developed a novel process for creating 'damage-tolerant components' made from multiple materials. The innovative process combines 3D printing with traditional casting methods. More

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

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

3D printed heart models help UAE surgeons save infant lives

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

Australia's AML Technologies pockets half a million to develop WAM metal 3D printing process

Jul.10, 2017 - AML Technologies (Additive Metal Layering Technologies), a metal 3D printing startup based in Adelaide, Australia, has been awarded a 500,000 AUD ($380,000) grant from the Australian government to develop its Wire-Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAM) process. More

HyVision System invests 1B won for 81.6% stake in 3D printer subsidiary Cubicon

Jul.10, 2017 - HyVision System Inc., a South Korean manufacturer of digital convergence products and vision system technologies, has announced it will be establishing a 3D printing subsidiary called Cubicon. HyVision will use Cubicon to strengthen and expand its 3D printing business. More

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

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

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

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

3D Printing News roundup: Avio Aero, Massivit 3D, Nano Dimension, Safran, Stratasys, Trinseo, Sigma Labs, more

Jul.8, 2017 - The 3D printing indusry continues to evolve on a near-daily basis, as does the technology itself. Here's a brief summary of some recent developments you might have missed, including Nano Dimension completing recruitment for its 3D printing beta program, and Safran getting the first EASA certification for a major gas turbine engine part made using 3D printing. More

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

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

Google launches free 3D modelling tool 'Blocks' to allow users to make 3D models in AR, VR

Jul.7, 2017 - Google has unveiled its new 3D-modelling tool, named 'Blocks', to simplify the process to create compelling virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) experiences. More

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

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

Autodesk patent seeks to improve flexural strength of 3D printed objects with support posts

Jul.7, 2017 - Autodesk has had a patent approved for a 'support posts' technique for improving the flexural strength of 3D printed objects. Originally filed in 2014, the newly approved patent gives Autodesk ownership of a different approach to support structures. More

3D scans reveal similar growth patterns between plants and human brains

Jul.7, 2017 - 3D scanning has helped a team of researchers from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies uncover some interesting things about how plants grow. Specifically, the technology enabled them to discover that plants grow in a very similar manner to human brain cells. More

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

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

NIST examines laser melting process with custom-made 3D printer - the Additive Manufacturing Metrology Testbed

Jul.7, 2017 - Researchers from the NIST are developing new ways to optimize the metal 3D printing process. Quality control for this kind of additive manufacturing is increasingly important, so the team is making use of a custom-made 3D printer, the Additive Manufacturing Metrology Bed, to study the printing process in detail. More

Pioneering new NIR laser 3D printing technique uses gold nanorods to give more control over bio-printing

Jul.7, 2017 - A research project carried out at the National University of Singapore suggests that an innovative new approach to 3D bio-printing could soon be adopted. Instead of using a scaffold, lasers can be used to direct the growth of tissues, and this new research shows that a relatively low-powered laser can be used just as successfully. More

Caterpillar invests $2 Million in bricklaying 3D printer company Fastbrick Robotics

Jul.6, 2017 - Fastbrick Robotics, an Australian construction company that has built a bricklaying 3D printing robot, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with construction giant Caterpillar. The two companies will work together to develop Fastbrick's robotic bricklaying technology. More

MIT Media Lab researchers use $150 Microsoft Kinect to 3D scan 5-ft-long T. rex skull

Jul.6, 2017 - The Camera Culture group from MIT's Media Lab has been able to successfully capture a high-res 3D scan of a 5-ft-long T. rex skull using a Microsoft Kinect. The MIT group came on board for the project after a team of forensic dentists was unable to capture a digital scan of the skull with its own scanners. More

Hot nanotubes help strengthen 3D printed thermoplastics in novel welding process

Jul.6, 2017 - A team of researchers from Texas A&M University has developed a novel method for improving the strength of 3D printed thermoplastic parts. By coating filaments with multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) the team found that it was able to improve a printed part's strength by as much as 275%. More

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

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

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

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

Hampton Creek announces plan to offer lab-grown meat by 2018, 3D printing under consideration

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

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

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

Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) creates 3D printed Chinese skin for cosmetics testing

Jul.6, 2017 - Researchers at Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) have used 3D printing to create Chinese skin. The synthetic skin could be used to test cosmetics, drugs, and medical equipment for the Chinese market. More

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

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

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

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

Lockheed Martin gives $1M for aerospace 3D printing lab at Denver's MSU

Jul.5, 2017 - Lockheed Martin, the American global aerospace and defense company, will be investing $1 million to establish an additive manufacturing facility at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. The lab will be the first of its kind in Colorado. More

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

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

GE Aviation, ATI announce joint venture to develop meltless titanium alloy powder manufacturing technology for 3D printing

Jul.5, 2017 - Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (ATI) today announced a joint venture (JV) with GE Aviation for the development of a new meltless titanium alloy powder manufacturing technology for 3D printing. More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Airwolf 3D to broadcast fun-packed strength test for 3 of its popular 3D printing filaments

Jul.4, 2017 - Californian multi-material 3D printing company Airwolf 3D has conducted a series of improvised strength tests on three of its most popular 3D printing filaments. The tests involved 3D printing hooks made from the three materials, before using each hook to suspend an increasingly heavy load until it breaks. More

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

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

Mister Screamer: a 3D printer filament alarm for replacing filament mid-print

Jul.4, 2017 - Maker Donald Papp has designed a 3D printer filament alarm that alerts users when their printer is out of filament. The device, dubbed 'Mister Screamer,' is designed to loosely hang over the filament; when the spool runs out, Mister Screamer will drop to the ground, causing it to emit a loud sound. More

3D scanning helps preserve one of world's oldest ships in New Zealand

Jul.4, 2017 - 3D Scans, an initiative that is seeking to preserve New Zealand's history through digital modeling, has undertaken a big project: using 3D scanning technology, the team is digitally preserving what could very well be the oldest merchant ship still in existence, the Edwin Fox. More

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kodama smashes Kickstarter goal for $99 Obsidian 3D printer

Jul.3, 2017 - After the success of its affordable Trinus machine, Kodama has launched a Kickstarter for the Obsidian 3D printer,. one of the first professional-quality 3D printers on the market for under $100. Upgraded versions with even more impressive features are also available for less than $250. More

I3D Innovation to launch new FDM 3D printer extrusion system on Kickstarter this month

Jul.3, 2017 - I3D Innovation, a 3D printer manufacturer based in Le Hezo, France, has announced it will soon be launching a new 3D printer extruder and 1.75 mm filament head. The new extruder system will be available through a Kickstarter campaign. More

Metal 3D printing helps Olaf Diegel create tiny distillery

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

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

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

Germany's Neotech AMT improving 3D printed electronics with new plastic, ceramic AM projects

Jul.3, 2017 - German 3D printed electronics specialist Neotech AMT has announced two new projects: Hyb-Man, an 11-member German-Dutch project for developing hybrid 3D manufacturing methods for smart systems, and AMPECS, a German-Spanish project aiming to create ceramic substrates for 3D printed electronics. More

New Printrbelt 3D printer by Printrbot lets you print with 'Infinite Z'

Jul.3, 2017 - The trend for desktop 3D printers with conveyor belt build platforms seems to be taking off, with California-based 3D printer company Printrbot introducing its latest offering: the Printrbelt 3D printer. More

Potent Rope: the cannabis 3D printing filament for making fixed-dosage weed edibles

Jul.3, 2017 - Cannabis industry experts Ashley Herr and Paige Colen have created 'Potent Rope,' an edible cannabis 3D printing filament that combines a water-soluble thermoplastic polymer with different cannabinoids and terpenes tailored to the user's needs. More

EnvisionTEC's new E-Denture 3D printing material gets FDA approval

Jul.3, 2017 - EnvisionTEC, a 3D printer manufacturer with expertise in dental 3D printing technologies, has received FDA approval for its E-Denture 3D printing material. The new material was developed for the production of realistic removable dentures. More

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

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

Carnegie Mellon research project combines 3D printing with embedded textiles

Jul.3, 2017 - Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and the Rochester Institute of Technology have developed a set of techniques for combining 3D printing with embedded textiles. The techniques can create 'rigid objects with embedded flexibility' and 'soft materials imbued with additional functionality.' More

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

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

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

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

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