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

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

Stage One invests £1M to launch creative 3D printing startup Fluxaxis

May.31, 2017 - Stage One, a UK-based creative services company, has announced the launch of Fluxaxis, a £1 million ($1.29M) startup dedicated to digital manufacturing platforms such as 3D printing, 3D scanning, CNC machining, and more. More

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

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

Build your own 3D printed walking or wheeled robot with new Carnegie Mellon design tool

May.31, 2017 - Tech wizards at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute have developed an interactive design tool that allows roboticists of any ability to build customized legged or wheeled robots using 3D printed components and off-the-shelf actuators. More

'Addimadour' metal 3D printing facility opens in Bayonne, France

May.31, 2017 - A new metal 3D printing center has opened in the French city of Bayonne. The facility, called Addimadour, will be geared towards helping companies adopt and optimize metal 3D printing for various projects. More

Empa researchers develop cellulose-based 3D printing ink for implants & prostheses

May.31, 2017 - Researchers from the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) have developed an environmentally friendly ink for 3D printing made up of cellulose nanocrystals. The material can be used to make biomedical devices with outstanding mechanical properties. More

GE to deliver 3D printers to over 400 schools as part of Additive Education Program

May.31, 2017 - As part of GE's commitment to investing $10 million into additive manufacturing education, the American company will be delivering desktop 3D printers to over 400 primary and secondary schools across the globe, as well as metal 3D printers to eight colleges and universities. More

EU-funded BARBARA project will turn food waste into 3D printable biopolymers

May.31, 2017 - 11 organizations from across Europe have joined forces for BARBARA, a three-year 3D printing research project. With a budget of 2.7 million euros ($3.02m), the project will seek to develop 'Biopolymers with advanced functionalities for building and automotive parts processed through additive manufacturing.' More

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

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

3D scanning experts Thor 3D and Dream T&S enter international partnership

May.31, 2017 - A partnership has been announced between Russian company Thor 3D and Korean company Dream T&S. Both are experts in the field of 3D scanning, and the partnership will see a further streamlining and simplification of the 3D scanning process. Industrial product inspection will be a particular focus. More

3D printed food could soon help dysphagia sufferers

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

Online platform 3D Orchard lets makers share and edit open source 3D printable models

May.30, 2017 - A new online platform for crowdsourcing 3D models and designs has been launched. Called Orchard, the new platform was built to enable people from all over the world to design, create, and crowdsource innovative products using personal fabrication processes such as 3D printing. More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3D printed fuel pioneer Gilmour Space raises $3.7M in funding round led by Blackbird Ventures

May.30, 2017 - Gilmour Space Technologies, an aerospace company based in Queensland, Australia, has raised $3.7 million (5 million AUD) in a Series A funding round led by Australian venture capital company Blackbird Ventures. Gilmour Space's rockets use solid, 3D printed fuel. More

Z-SUITE update: Zortrax 3D printers support external print materials

May.30, 2017 - Polish 3D printing company Zortrax has unveiled the newest update to its Z-SUITE 3D printing software. The platform, already available for update, now supports external printing material profiles. More

ESA and MTC establish 'Additive Manufacturing Benchmarking Centre' for space exploration

May.30, 2017 - The European Space Agency has partnered with the Manufacturing Technology Centre to establish a 'one-stop' 3D printing center for space-related applications. The Additive Manufacturing Benchmarking Centre will enable ESA and other space exploration firms to explore the potential of 3D printing. More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dental 3D printing company Arfona takes top prize at Propelify Startup Competition

May.29, 2017 - Arfona, a Brooklyn-based dental 3D printing startup, has just been named winner of the 2017 Propelify Startup Competition. The company, which has developed an innovative 3D printer for manufacturing partial dentures, is hoping to make dental care more accessible to patients. More

Russian 3D printing company Anisoprint showcases continuous fiber 3D printer in Moscow

May.29, 2017 - Anisoprint, a Russian 3D printing company, is using its continuous fiber 3D printing technique to create reinforced plastic parts that are '15-20 times stronger and stiffer' than FDM printed parts. The company will host a conference in Moscow this week with a consortium of business partners. More

Riddell's Precision Fit football helmets could prevent concussions with 3D scanning

May.29, 2017 - Riddell, a football equipment manufacturer based in Illinois, is developing a line of customized football helmets with the help of 3D scanning. The personalized headgear, part of Riddell's Precision Fit line, will reportedly help to prevent football injuries related to poorly fitting helmets. More

Volkswagen launches pilot project for 3D printing spare parts

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

Cadac Group to open new 3D printing and CAM fabrication lab in Heerlen, NL

May.28, 2017 - Cadac Group has announced a new joint venture with Netherlands-based CAM specialist CNC Machineworks. Together, the companies will establish Cadac Group Digital Fabrication, which will consist of a new 3D printing fablab in Heerlen, NL called the Cadac Lab. More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Canada's UNB opens $5M research facility for metal 3D printing in marine and defense

May.26, 2017 - Canada has launched its very first metal 3D printing research center geared towards the marine and defense industries. Dubbed the Marine Additive Manufacturing Centre of Excellence, the new facility is being established at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. More

LLNL researchers adapt NIF tech for 'faster-than-ever' DiAM metal 3D printing

May.25, 2017 - A team from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory says it has developed a new and faster method for 3D printing metal objects. Called Diode-based Additive Manufacturing (DiAM), the process is reportedly capable of printing 'faster than ever' thanks to a technology originally developed for the National Ignition Facility. More

Canada's University of Waterloo building one of world's largest academic 3D printing facilities

May.25, 2017 - The University of Waterloo, a 'top innovation university' in Ontario, Canada, has been given 8.9 million CAD in federal funding to develop its additive manufacturing lab. The facility will focus on improving metal 3D printing with sensors, quality assurance software, and machine intelligence. More

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

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

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

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

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

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

Robotic Industries' BuildOne 3D printer offers auto bed leveling & WiFi connectivity for just $99

May.25, 2017 - Washington-based Robotic Industries LLC has launched a Kickstarter campaign for the BuildOne, a $99 3D printer with WiFi and automatic bed leveling. The campaign has raised almost $40,000 of its $100,000 goal. More

3D cell-printing 'Biopen' successfully tested on sheep could be 'game changer' in preventing osteoarthritis

May.25, 2017 - A team from the Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery at St Vincent's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia has successfully tested its innovative 'Biopen.' The 3D bioprinting pen, which can be filled with stem cell hydrogel ink cartridges, was used to repair a sheep's knee. More

3DFuel releases Hydro-Support, new water-soluble 3D printing filament for supports

May.24, 2017 - A new filament available now from 3DFuel can be completely dissolved in water. Known as Hydro-Support, the material is comparable to PLA, but its solubility makes it perfect for building support structures, which can be easily removed without having to use harmful chemicals. More

Sculpteo's newly released State of 3D Printing 2017 report shows a maturing market

May.24, 2017 - French 3D printing company Sculpteo has just released the third edition of its 'State of 3D printing' report. The recent edition (which is for 2017) expands on and updates the company's original State of 3D Printing report, which was released in 2015. More

Share Cloth's fashion design software to bring 3D printing to retail industry

May.24, 2017 - Share Cloth, a new application made for 3D printed fashion design, is scheduled for release in September of this year. A whitepaper just released by the company who designed the software highlights the potential of 3D printing technology to make the fashion industry more sustainable and competitive More

3D printing news ICYMI: ViscoTec expands AM department, Nano Dimension working with solar energy company, more

May.24, 2017 - With most additive manufacturing businesses using up their energy at RAPID + TCT earlier this month, this hasn't been the busiest week for 3D printing. Nonetheless, here are a few of the smaller announcements that caught our eye over the last few days. ViscoTec, Nano Dimension, and Onshape all feature. More

MakerOS launches Public Autoquoter, customizable tool for 3D printing price quotes

May.24, 2017 - Detroit-based software company MakerOS has announced the release of Public Autoquoter, its latest product for the 3D printing industry. Described as 'more than just a quoter,' the new tool lets businesses generate quick and accurate price quotes directly through their websites. More

Giant bird nest made from 3D printed wood & natural fibers on display at UC Botanical Garden

May.24, 2017 - Visitors to the UC Botanical Garden will be able to see something truly remarkable: a large-scale reproduction of a weaver bird's nest. The intricate piece, which was realized by a team of students from UC Berkeley and professor Paz Gutierrez, was made using 3D scanning, 3D printing, and robotic weaving processes. More

Intentional defects could save your 3D printing files from cyber theft, NYU researchers say

May.24, 2017 - A group of researchers at NYU's Tandon School of Engineering has found a way to prevent 3D printing hacks and cyber theft. By deliberately embedding flaws in CAD files, the researchers say they can combat intellectual property theft. More

UC Santa Barbara researcher awarded $3M to develop 3D printing tech for 'extreme-use' materials

May.24, 2017 - Tresa Pollock, a scientist at UC Santa Barbara, has been awarded a $3 million grant which will go towards funding her advanced materials research project. The project is seeking to develop a 3D printing platform that will enable the discovery of advanced materials for extreme conditions. More

Dagoma's easy-to-use NEVA 3D printer can be yours for $299 via Kickstarter

May.24, 2017 - California-based 3D printing company Dagoma has launched a Kickstarter campaign for its new NEVA delta 3D printer. The campaign has already raised over $95,000, more than double its $50,000 campaign goal. More

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

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

European Space Agency begins testing 3D printed PEEK CubeSats

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

MakerBot co-founder Bre Pettis acquires rapid prototype tooling company Other Machine Co.

May.23, 2017 - Bre Pettis, the co-founder and former CEO of 3D printing company MakerBot, has reportedly acquired Other Machine Co., a manufacturer of rapid tooling and milling machines based in Berkeley, California. More

M3D launches $749 Pro and $299 Micro+ 3D printers

May.23, 2017 - M3D, the company behind the world's most successful 3D printer crowdfunding campaign, has today announced the commercial launch of a pair of new FDM 3D printers, the M3D Pro and Micro+. The M3D Pro was the subject of a successful ($487K) Kickstarter last year. More

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

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

Kickstarter for Kudo3D's Bean SLA 3D printer launching May 30 (with huge discounts)

May.23, 2017 - Kudo3D, the California-based company behind the Titan line of SLA 3D printers, is preparing a Kickstarter campaign for its latest 3D printer, the Bean. Billed as 'the ultimate consumer SLA 3D printer,' the Bean will be available from just $199 (Super Early Bird). More

3D Systems to integrate PTC ThingWorx platform for smart & connected 3D printers

May.23, 2017 - 3D printing giant 3D Systems has announced plans to integrate PTC's ThingWorx Platform into its 3D printing systems. The new tool will enable users to closely and smartly monitor their 3D printers, as well access remote service and maintenance. More

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

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

Ford's appointment of new CEO Jim Hackett could signal more 3D printing, AI, etc.

May.23, 2017 - American automaker Ford has announced the appointment of Jim Hackett as CEO. Hackett will lead Ford through a number of transformations aimed at accelerating its use of beneficial technologies such as 3D printing, artificial intelligence, advanced robotics, big data, and more. More

Swedish police uncover 3D printed handguns in Malmo

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

This 3D printed Mass Effect replica unfolds and refolds with the click of a button

May.22, 2017 - Fans of the Mass Effect gaming franchise can now take home a bit of the action I.R.L., thanks to one maker's open-source 3D printing project. A gamer going by the moniker of 'Optimistic Geometry' has 3D printed his own M3 Predator Pistol replica, and the results are impressive to say the least. More

French startup TriDInnov 3D prints functional circuits using new 'Eoprom' solution

May.22, 2017 - TriDInnov, a 3D printing startup based in Metz, France, has developed a metallization solution called 'Eoprom' that can be used to turn plastics and composites, including 3D printed ones, into functional electronic devices. More

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

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

3D bioprinting startup CELLINK opens new office in Cambridge, MA

May.22, 2017 - Swedish startup CELLINK, known for its low-cost and accessible 3D bioprinting technology, has announced the opening of a new office in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The opening demonstrates CELLINK's growth and growing relevance within the emerging bioprinting field. More

Meet the female engineer behind UAE company Strata's 3D printed aircraft parts

May.22, 2017 - A 25-year-old woman from Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates has become central to an effort to develop the Middle Eastern country's first 3D printed aircraft interior components. Maryam Al-Kuwaiti, the forward-thinking engineer in question, is being recognized as a pioneer in the UAE's additive manufacturing aerospace initiative. More

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

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

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

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

3D Printing News ICYMI: Organovo's 3D bioprinting data, Metalysis, RP Platform, CPRIT grant, more

May.20, 2017 - In another busy week for 3D printing we saw Organovo present data from its most recent research into 3D bioprinted liver tissue, Metalysis start research into producing a cost-effective 3D printable aluminum-scandium alloy, and much more besides. Here's a summary of everything that might have passed you by recently: More

Advanced manufacturer Fathom to offer affordable metal 3D printing with new Desktop Metal 3D printers

May.19, 2017 - California-based advanced manufacturing company Fathom has partnered with Massachusetts-based 3D printing company Desktop Metal. Fathom will use Desktop Metal's recently released Studio and Production 3D printers to offer more affordable metal 3D printing services to customers. More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bartlett designers 3D print intricate 'Voxel Chair' using continuous line design software

May.18, 2017 - A team from the Bartlett School of Architecture in London has unveiled its latest creation: a robotically 3D printed chair, designed using an innovative 3D printing software that models structures using a continuous line. The so-called Voxel Chair was realized by members of Bartlett's Design Computational Lab (DCL). More

Oxford Performance Materials' nickel-plated OXFAB-Ni 3D printing material 'as strong as aluminum alloys'

May.18, 2017 - Oxford Performance Materials, an advanced materials and 3D printing company based in Connecticut, has launched a new 3D printing material. The nickel-plated OXFAB-Ni material can be used to make 3D printed PEKK-based parts for aerospace and industrial applications. More

3D Metalforge opens Singapore's first end-to-end metal 3D printing facility

May.18, 2017 - Metal 3D printing company 3D Metalforge has opened Singapore's first end-to-end Metal Additive Manufacturing Center (AMC). The S$2.5M facility, which offers a range of metal 3D printing solutions and services, was inaugurated on May 17. More

Control your 3D printer from anywhere with $65 Waggle remote control

May.18, 2017 - A Kickstarter is underway for Waggle, a remote control that lets you monitor and control your 3D printer from anywhere, even if the printer is an older model. Early bird backers can secure the smartphone-compatible 3D printer remote for $65. More

3D printing company Nano Dimension raises $4M through private placement, releases Q1 results

May.18, 2017 - Nano Dimension Ltd., an Israeli company that specializes in 3D printed electronics, has raised a total of NIS $4 million through a private placement agreement with Israeli institutional investor Ayalim Trust Funds. The company has also released its 2017 Q1 financial results. More

Sculpteo introduces CarbonMide, a carbon fiber reinforced polyamide suitable for aerodynamic components

May.18, 2017 - Online 3D printing company Sculpteo has introduced a new 3D printing material. CarbonMide, a fine black plastic polyamide powder (PA12) reinforced with carbon fiber, reportedly provides excellent stiffness, strength, and resistance. More

3D printing company Prodways raises over €50M with IPO launch on Euronext Paris

May.17, 2017 - Prodways Group (PWG), the France-based industrial 3D printing company, has announced that its recent IPO listing was a huge success. The company, which recently went public on the Euronext Paris securities exchange, reportedly raised €50.7 million after the full exercise of the Extension Clause and before the exercise of the Over-allotment Option. More

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

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

Montreal hair salon installs stunning 11 x 5 ft 3D printed light fixture

May.17, 2017 - Sometimes, some of the most awesome 3D printing projects pop up in the unlikeliest of places. Recently, for instance, a hair salon in a suburb of Montreal was kitted out with a stunning (not to mention massive) 3D printed light fixture. More

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

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

Evezor: open source robotic manufacturing platform with 3D printing capabilities hits Kickstarter

May.17, 2017 - A Kickstarter has just been launched for the Evezor, an open source robotic arm manufacturing platform that is capable of 3D printing, welding, milling, cutting, engraving, and much more. Described as the 'most hackable robotic arm there is,' the Evezor manufacturing tool is available starting at $3,162. More

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sigma Labs posts Q1 2017 financial results, hypes potential Morf3D merger

May.17, 2017 - Sigma Labs, the New Mexico-based quality assurance company behind PrintRite3D, has posted its financial results for the first quarter of 2017. Total revenue was $150,203, down on the same period last year. CEO Mark Cola says he is 'pleased with the progress' of the company. More

EdiPulse lets you monitor your workout data with 3D printed chocolate treats

May.16, 2017 - Rhot Ashok Khot, a postdoctoral fellow in the Centre for Game Design Research at RMIT University, Australia, has devised a system that translates self-monitored data from physical activity into small 3D printed chocolate treats. More

Made In Space reveals more info about Archinaut in-orbit robotic 3D printer

May.16, 2017 - Made In Space has released two new videos that demonstrate how its Archinaut additive manufacturing system will work. The project, which has been in development for some time now, is aimed at making in-space construction and maintenance possible with the help of 3D printing. More

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

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

This 3D printed 'Specdrums' ring lets you play music by tapping colors

May.16, 2017 - Steven Dourmashkin, an aerospace engineering graduate student at CU Boulder, has developed a fun and innovative product that lets users play notes and musical rhythms by simply touching different colors with a 3D printed, app-connected ring. Called 'Specdrums,' the musical accessory is expected to hit Kickstarter soon. More

Collider's Orchid 3D printer combines AM & injection molding in radical new process

May.16, 2017 - Collider, a 3D printing startup based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, is developing a multi-material 3D printer that combines 3D printing and injection molding. The Orchid 3D printer, soon to be in BETA, prints the outer shell of an object before filling it with a mix of metal powders and liquid binder. More

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

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

German rail operator DB expands use of 3D printing

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

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

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

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

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

Russian group claims to have developed an electron beam metal 3D printer that can print in space

May.15, 2017 - A group of Russian organizations that includes the Roscosmos-associated Energiya Rocket and Space Corporation and Tomsk-based electron beam specialist TETA has developed a prototype of an electron beam metal 3D printer. The group says the 3D printer could be used in space. More

70% of India's automobile sales to be influenced by social media, 3D printing, IoT by 2020

May.15, 2017 - A new report suggests that 70% of India's automobile sales (which accounts for $40 billion) will be influenced by digital media and technologies by the year 2020. The report addresses how 3D printing, smart sensors, and the Internet of Things will impact India's automotive industry. More

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

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

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

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

3D printed airplane engine unveiled at Romanian university

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

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

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

3D Printing News ICYMI: CollPlant, Paxis LLC's new WAV 3D printing system, ADAPT, Magicfirm's ZYYX Pro 3D printer, more

May.12, 2017 - 3D printing developments continue to happen almost as fast as we can report them, and recently we'saw CollPlant establish a new 3D bioprinting division, research agency ADAPT acquire significant funding from the Department of Defense, and many other events besides. Here's a round-up of everything that might have passed you by:' More

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

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

BASF & Essentium to develop high-strength FDM 3D printing materials using FlashFuse electric welding tech

May.12, 2017 - Chemicals company BASF and materials company Essentium have joined forces to develop new 3D printing polymers for FDM 3D printers. The two parties say their efforts will lead to stronger plastic parts suitable for mass production. More

3D print your own Guardian Sword from Zelda: Breath of the Wild, courtesy of Adafruit

May.12, 2017 - Adafruit's Ruiz Brothers have made an incredible 3D printed version of the Guardian Sword from Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The prop is made from PLA and uses over 90 NeoPixel LEDs. More

Whispering Gibbon prepares to launch 3D printing software RenderFab with investment from Creative England

May.12, 2017 - Whispering Gibbon, a 3D software development company based in Newcastle, UK, has received a six-figure investment from Creative England. The funding will help Whispering Gibbon to launch 3D printing software, RenderFab, which allows users to automatically transform digital content into 3D printable models. More

Spool party: 5 new 3D printing filaments launched this week (incl. Formfutura, Extrudr, BigRep)

May.12, 2017 - Lots of 3D printing materials came out this week, with some popping up at the RAPID + TCT 3D printing show in Pittsburgh, PA. Here are five of them, including new 3D printing filaments from Formfutura, Extrudr, and BigRep. More

Clay XYZ launches Kickstarter campaign for user-friendly clay 3D printer

May.11, 2017 - A new clay 3D printer is being crowdfunded by Clay XYZ on Kickstarter. All kinds of ceramic objects will be available for hobbyists to produce with the incredibly user-friendly desktop FDM machine. The head can extrude any widely available modelling clay, and printing with clay is particularly good for the environment compared to regular filament More

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

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

Sintavia to quadruple metal additive manufacturing production with new 55,000 sq ft facility

May.11, 2017 - Sintavia, LLC, a global metal additive manufacturing company, has unveiled plans to construct a 55,000 square foot 3D printing facility in Florida. Once established, the new AM plant will serve as the company's new headquarters and is expected to quadruple Sintavia's production capacity. More

University of Florida's liquid silicone 3D printing process could make medical implants in hours

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

IFind3D, 3D Ninja's new search engine for 3D printable models, now in beta

May.11, 2017 - Netherlands-based 3D printer reseller 3D Ninja has officially launched the beta version of its new and expansive search engine for 3D printable models. Called IFind3D, the new online search tool allows makers to search and browse through hundreds of thousands of 3D printable models. More

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

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

Polaroid's professional 'Design 3D Pen' now available on Indiegogo for $130

May.11, 2017 - Polaroid has announced it is expanding its line of 3D printing products in the United States and Canada with the release of the Polaroid Design 3D Pen. Marketed as the company's 'most advanced 3D pen,' the new product is geared towards professional designers, artists, and engineers. More

3D printing news ICYMI: Stratasys and Desktop Metal partnership, new Ultimaker software, more

May.10, 2017 - RAPID + TCT dominates the 3D printing headlines this week, and there has been lots of additive activity both in Pittsburgh and elsewhere. Stratasys and Desktop Metal are collaborating, Ultimaker is releasing new print cluster management software, and Materialise has posted fresh financial results. More

ALDI Australia to once again sell Cocoon Create desktop 3D printer for $499 AUD

May.10, 2017 - Listen up Aussie makers: we suggest you get to your local ALDI supermarket this weekend, as the grocery chain will once again be selling the Cocoon Create desktop 3D printer for the low cost of $499 AUD. The printer will go on sale at Australian ALDIs on May 13, 2017. More

Become a sculptor with Chizzle, a 3D scanner & smart sculpting surface now on Indiegogo

May.10, 2017 - Israeli startup Formme has just launched its latest product, 'Chizzle,' on Indiegogo. Chizzle is a 3D scanner / smart sculpting surface that guides and helps users sculpt specific objects with their hands. More

Livrea and Autodesk collaborate on fully 3D printed racing yacht

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

Impossible Objects lifts lid on much-hyped Model One CBAM 3D printer, promises early 2018 release

May.10, 2017 - 3D printer company Impossible Objects has unveiled the Model One, its highly anticipated composite-based additive manufacturing method (CBAM) 3D printer that can print with carbon fiber, Kevlar, and fiberglass, as well as PEEK and other high performance polymers. More

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

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

Stratasys' new Continuous Build 3D Demonstrator uses cloud-controlled 3D print cells for continuous fabrication

May.10, 2017 - 3D printing company Stratasys has unveiled its latest 'under development' product: the Stratasys Continuous Build 3D Demonstrator. Presented at RAPID + TCT 2017 in Pittsburgh, PA, the upcoming 3D printing system is designed to enable low volume production and mass customization. More

AstroBox Touch: $125 wireless 3D printer touchscreen crushes Kickstarter goal in 3 hours

May.10, 2017 - San Diego-based tech company AstroPrint has introduced the AstroBox Touch, a wireless, cloud-connected touchscreen for 3D printers. A Kickstarter for the 3D printer screen surpassed its $10,000 goal in just three hours. More

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

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

ITEAM online evaluation system helps manufacturers determine if a part should be 3D printed

May.9, 2017 - General Motors and non-profit SME have partnered with the Florida Institute of Technology to develop an online evaluation system that will enable manufacturers to determine whether to 3D print or not, as well as what manufacturing technology and materials to use. More

Kodama to launch sub-$100 Obsidian FDM 3D printer on Kickstarter this June

May.9, 2017 - San Francisco-based startup Kodama has announced its latest 3D printer, the Obsidian, which will be one of the most affordable machines ever released. After the success of the Trinus last year, Kodama is hoping to allow even more people access to high-quality 3D printing, with its Obsidian machine available for as little as $99. More

INTAMSYS launches improved, cheaper FUNMAT HT 3D printer at RAPID + TCT

May.9, 2017 - In more news from this week's RAPID + TCT 2017 event, the Shanghai-based INTAMSYS company has announced a major price drop for their FUNMAT HT 3D printer. The high-definition 3D printer for PEEK materials will now be just under $5,000, in a strategic pricing move that the 3D printer manufacturer hopes will increase product accessibility. More

Blackbelt 3D unveils conveyor belt 3D printer for continuous FDM printing

May.9, 2017 - 3D printing startup Blackbelt 3D has provided a sneak peek of its new conveyer belt 3D printer, which is able to print objects of theoretically unlimited length. The 3D printer has a moving conveyer belt for a build surface, and prints at a 45-degree angle. A Kickstarter is imminent. More

IC3D, Aleph Objects introduce first Open Source Hardware 3D printing filament at RAPID + TCT

May.9, 2017 - Aleph Objects, Inc., the company behind LulzBot 3D printers, has announced the launch of the world's very first Certified Open Source Hardware 3D Printing Filament. The open source filament was developed by IC3D Industries, a premium 3D printing materials manufacturer. More

Japanese gas company TNSC to sell Optomec metal 3D printers as part of 'total AM solution'

May.9, 2017 - Optomec, an Albuquerque-based additive manufacturing systems manufacturer, has announced a strategic alliance with the Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation (TNSC), a Japanese global supplier of industrial, specialty, and electronic gases. More

Adam Savage goes behind the scenes at GE additive manufacturing facility for 'GE in the Wild' miniseries

May.9, 2017 - GE has launched GE in the Wild, an online miniseries that sheds some light on the people and facilities behind GE. In Episode 1, former Mythbusters host Adam Savage and Innovation Nation correspondent Alie Ward look at GE's Advanced Manufacturing Works in Greenville, SC. More

3D Systems announces new ProJet MJP 5600 3D printer, SLA materials, hybrid software at RAPID + TCT

May.9, 2017 - The latest from RAPID + TCT is from additive manufacturing giant 3D Systems, which has unveiled a range of new products, materials, and tools to accelerate its plastic 3D printing solutions. More

ETH Zurich scientists create load-bearing and predictable 4D printed objects, take '4D printing' a step further

May.9, 2017 - While 4D printed materials such as shape memory alloy and electroactive polymers have been paving the way for some time, a group of scientists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) have been pushing the envelope even further. Professor Kristina Shea, head of the Engineering Design and Computing Lab at ETH Zurich, has begun developing flat components that can be folded into three-dimensional objects later on, as well as load-bearing 4D printed objects. More

Formlabs debuts Form Wash and Form Cure, two new post-processing tools for SLA 3D printing

May.8, 2017 - Desktop SLA system manufacturer Formlabs has just launched its own solution for cleaning and curing parts. The first units of their kind, the Form Wash and Form Cure systems have been making serious waves at the RAPID + TCT 2017 event, where they were just unveiled. More

GE Additive secures $20 million 3D printing investment, establishes new Customer Experience Center in Pittsburgh

May.8, 2017 - GE has announced the conversion of its research center in Pittsburgh into a Customer Experience Center, similar to an existing facility in Munich. This will further the implementation of its more recently acquired 3D printing technology. More

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

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

HP launches global 3D printing reseller program, partners with Henkel for Open Materials Ecosystem, more

May.8, 2017 - Last year, printing company HP broke on to the 3D printing market with its highly anticipated Jet Fusion 3D Printing system. Now, at the RAPID + TCT 3D printing event in Pittsburgh, PA, the 3D printer manufacturer has made a series of exciting announcements. More

EnvisionTEC unveils new LED light system for P4 3D printer, new bioprinting materials, more

May.8, 2017 - 3D printer manufacturer EnvisionTEC has announced an exciting performance upgrade for its Perfactory 3D printer model which includes the addition of a custom LED light system. It has also unveiled seven new 3D printing materials which include its first ever line of bioprinting materials. More

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

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

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

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

NASA awards $100K to winners of 'Compression Test Competition' of 3D Printed Habitat Challenge

May.8, 2017 - NASA has named the top-scoring teams for Phase 2, Level 1 of its 3D Printed Habitat Challenge. The two top-scoring teams were Foster + Partners | Branch Technology, which was awarded $85,930, and the University of Alaska in Fairbanks, which received $14,070. More

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

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

Large-scale testing of biological 3D printing filament organized by BioFabNet

May.7, 2017 - The BioFabNet has been making efforts to make biological materials more widely used throughout the 3D printing world. A recent study involved over 100 different companies printing an object using their specially designed bio-filament. More

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

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

Growth under pressure: New 3D printable metamaterial designed with counterintuitive property

May.5, 2017 - A team of researchers have designed a new 3D printable 'meta-material' that exhibits unique, seemingly counter-intuitive behaviour. The structure of the composite material means that it apparently expands under pressure, instead of shrinking as expected. After being successfully tested virtually, the team is now starting to plan an actual 3D print of the material for the first time. More

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

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

3D Hybrid Solutions & Multiax to launch World's Largest Metal 3D Printer at Rapid

May.5, 2017 - 3D Hybrid Solutions Inc., a provider of metal printing tools for any CNC machine announced today a joint venture with Multiax to offer the world's largest metal 3D printer at RAPID + TCT on May 9th 2017. More

Conductive Electrifi filament helps Duke researchers make 3D printed electromagnetic metamaterials

May.5, 2017 - Researchers at Duke University have used an electrically conductive material to 3D print potent electromagnetic metamaterials. The research could be used to improve Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and wireless sensing devices. More

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

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

Steelmans' PLA-based MatteForge 3D printing filament available for $28 per kg via Kickstarter

May.5, 2017 - Steelmans, a UK-based precision industrial equipment company, has launched a Kickstarter for a new 3D printing filament. MatteForge, available at an early bird price of $28 per kilo, is an odorless, PLA-based 3D printing material that is suited to industrial and product design. More

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

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

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

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

Skanska's 6-axis 3D printing robot makes concrete cladding, attracts interest from UK companies

May.4, 2017 - Swedish construction company Skanska, alongside a group of partners that includes Foster + Partners, Tarmac, ABB, and Loughborough University, is using a six-axis robotic arm to 3D print concrete. It has received a grant from Innovate UK to industrialize the process. More

MakerGear to debut M3 and M3 Independent Dual desktop 3D printers at RAPID Pittsburgh

May.4, 2017 - 3D printer manufacturer MakerGear announced that it will be debuting a new generation of desktop 3D printers at RAPID Pittsburgh. The new 3D printing systems'the MakerGear M3 Single Extrusion and M3 Independent Dual 3D printers'are being geared towards applications in industry and education. More

Luxexcel raises $10M to accelerate ophthalmic lens 3D printing platform

May.4, 2017 - Luxexcel, a Dutch company that specializes in manufacturing 3D printed ophthalmic lenses, has announced that it has raised a whopping $10 million in equity financing from a group of financial and strategic investors. More

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

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

Hexastorm: a transparent polygon laser scanner that could have a big impact on 3D printing

May.4, 2017 - Netherlands-based 3D printing expert Rik Starmans, a former researcher at the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), is launching a Kickstarter for Hexastorm, an open-hardware laser scanner that is optimized for 3D printing. More

AMRC with Boeing develops hybrid 3D printing process that enables built-in electronics

May.4, 2017 - The Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing has unveiled a new 'game-changing' hybrid 3D printing process called THREAD. The AMRC says its new AM process allows for electrical, optical, and structural elements to be introduced into a 3D printed part while it is being built. More

Vector successfully tests Vector-R launch vehicle with 3D printed injector component

May.4, 2017 - Vector, a Tucson, Arizona-based space startup, has successfully launched a prototype of its Vector-R launch vehicle, which features 3D printed parts. The test was completed on May 3 near Mohave, California. More

Catalonia to open €28M Global 3D Printing Hub in 2020 with support from HP, Renishaw, Ricoh

May.3, 2017 - The government of Catalonia in Spain has said it will invest 28 million euros in the creation of a Global 3D Printing Hub. The new additive manufacturing facility will encourage the adoption of industry 4.0 technology and is supported by HP, Renishaw, Ricoh, and other companies. More

Aaron Louis Technology to launch first open-source 3D printer with closed loop motor on Kickstarter

May.3, 2017 - A Kickstarter campaign will soon be launched for an industry-first 3D printer: an open source machine that also offers a closed loop motor control system. The CL1720 offers a simple turn-key closed loop motor that enables the extruder head to right itself if it moves out of place. More

Optomec improves copper ink performance for Aerosol Jet 3D printed electronics

May.3, 2017 - Optomec, an Albuquerque-based supplier of 3D printing systems for printed electronics and laser metal deposition, says it has significantly improved its process for printing and finishing copper and copper/nickel inks using its Aerosol Jet additive manufacturing systems. More

LLNL's new glass 3D printing technique incorporates different refractive indices in a single flat optic

May.3, 2017 - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists have developed a new technique for 3D printing transparent glass. They say the research could change the way lasers and other optical devices are built. More

OTHR showcases unique 3D printed vessels made by emerging designers at NY Collective Design Fair

May.3, 2017 - New York's annual Collective Design Fair opens today, and will feature a number of limited edition 3D printed design items from OTHR, one of our favorite 3D printing design studios and online marketplaces. More

3D printed beef can create 'more value' for farmers, says Meat & Livestock Australia

May.3, 2017 - Meat & Livestock Australia, a not-for-profit red meat research organization, has unveiled a selection of 3D printed beef products that it says could be the future of red meat. The organization used a byFlow 3D printer from the Netherlands to create its intricately shaped morsels. More

3D printed tactile chess set helps visually impaired children in Argentina learn the game

May.3, 2017 - A group of innovative young people from Argentina have designed and 3D printed a chess board that is catered to people with visual impairments. The tactile 3D printed chess set, which has braille embedded on its board and pieces, has been given to the Elizalde Institute for the blind. More

Scientists in southwest Germany develop erasable 3D printing ink for direct laser writing

May.3, 2017 - Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology have developed an erasable 3D printing ink specifically for direct laser writing. According to KIT developers, small structures of up to 100 nanometres (with one nanometer corresponding to one millionth of a meter) can now be erased and rewritten repeatedly. More

3D Printing News ICYMI: Rebranding for Arcam, EOS joins 3MF Consortium, more

May.2, 2017 - There were several 3D printing developments that may have passed you by this week, including a technological partnership between Russia and Germany, and a rebranding for Swedish manufacturer Arcam. Here's a roundup of these and other stories. More

3D printed replica of destroyed Palmyra Tetrapylon showcased at Creative Commons Summit

May.2, 2017 - A two-meter-tall 3D printed replica of Palmyra's Tetrapylon structure made by #NEWPALMYRA was recently unveiled at the Creative Commons Summit, which took place from April 28-30 in downtown Toronto. More

Fraunhofer IOF researchers develop game-changing infrared 3D scanner

May.2, 2017 - Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF have developed an infrared 3D scanner with a combined precision rate that's powerful like nothing seen before. With a resolution of one million pixels and real-time data processing, this infrared 3D scanner is officially a game-changer. More

Sea turtle that survived shark attack could swim again with 3D printed prosthetic flipper

May.2, 2017 - Sally, a Loggerhead turtle that was found off of Ireland's Atlantic coast with a missing flipper caused by a shark bite, could soon be swimming again thanks to the dedication of a team from the Dingle Ocean World Aquarium and 3D printing. The team plans to 3D print a titanium and polymer flipper prosthetic for the turtle. More

CAPTIVE: a 3D printed 6DoF controller that can manipulate virtual 3D objects 2x faster than competing tech

May.2, 2017 - Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a user-friendly 3D printed 6DoF controller called CAPTIVE that can be used to manipulate virtual 3D objects in a computer program. The device allows users to manipulate objects with less lag time than existing technology. More

Swedish researchers create 3D bioprinted human cartilage without animal testing

May.2, 2017 - Researchers at Sahlgrenska Academy and the Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden have used 3D bioprinting to create human cartilage in a test tube'without the use of animal testing. They say that the 3D bioprinted structures look 'extremely similar' to human cartilage. More

Researchers print self-folding 3D origami structures using projector and PowerPoint

May.2, 2017 - Scientists from Peking University in China and Georgia Tech have developed a novel way to 3D print complex self-folding origami-like structures using a conventional light projector and PowerPoint slides. The remarkably simple method could have applications in the making of microelectronics, soft actuators, and more. More

'The Drop' to become New Zealand's first 3D printed electric car

May.1, 2017 - New Zealand is about to get its first ever 3D printed electric car. Currently in development by Ira Munn, an entrepreneur working out of local tech charity Accelerating Aotearoa, 'The Drop' is a three wheeled electric car designed for commuters. The vehicle will be motorway legal and have a battery range of up to 300 kilometres. More

Stratasys 3D printing tech makes Podfo foot orthotics tougher & lighter

May.1, 2017 - Stratasys Direct Manufacturing is collaborating with Peacocks Medical Group, a leading medical equipment supplier and creator of Podfo orthotics, for the large-scale production of 3D printed orthotics that can reduce pain and improve mobility. More

Organovo & UVA to explore 3D bioprinted tissues for volumetric muscle loss treatments

May.1, 2017 - 3D bioprinting company Organovo Holdings, Inc. has announced a new collaboration with the University of Virginia through which it will seek to develop 3D bioprinted tissues for treating volumetric muscle loss (VML) injuries. More

BeAM Machines' new Modulo 5-axis DED 3D printer to launch for pre-order at RAPID Pittsburgh

May.1, 2017 - US Directed Energy Deposition (DED) provider BeAM Machines Inc. is'gearing up for the launch of its'new 3D printer, the Modulo 5-axis DED machine. Established earlier this year as the American subsidiary of BeAM Machines SAS, the up-and-coming DED specialist will begin taking pre-orders for the new Modulo printer at this year's RAPID + TCT event in Pittsburgh. More

Russian scientists developing low-cost 3D printing polymer for drones, prostheses, robots

May.1, 2017 - Scientists at Russia's Kabardino-Balkarian State University say they have invented a new multifunctional polymer material that could be used for 3D printing drones, prostheses, and robots. Production costs would be low, making the polymers available for widespread 3D printing use. More

Mosaic Manufacturing launches CANVAS software for multi-color, multi-material 3D printing

May.1, 2017 - Mosaic Manufacturing has just launched a new software platform for multi-color, multi-material 3D printing. CANVAS is a free, cloud-based software package that will work with a range of 3D printers, including the BCN3D Sigma, the Ultimaker 3, the soon to be released Prusa i3 MK2 Multi-Material Upgrade, and Mosaic's own Palette solution. More

New videos from acclaimed Dutch animation studio Job, Joris & Marieke feature 3D printed models in action

May.1, 2017 - Dutch animation studio Job, Joris & Marieke who you might know from their Oscar-nominated short film A Single Life has released a new series of looped videos featuring 3D printed models. Created for 'Go Home' and 'Easy Way Out,' the new songs from Dutch pop band Happy Camper, the clever stop motion loops are full of character and symbolism. More

Watch Thai artist's 3D printed zoetrope 'Pieces of Happiness' come to life

May.1, 2017 - Thai artist O Witaya Junma has created a dizzying 3D printed zoetrope, serving as a postmodern homage to the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Housed in Bangkok's new maker hotspot FabCafe, 'Pieces of Happiness' cleverly presents a digital re-incarnation of the zoetrope, but with a decidedly 3D printed flair. More

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