USPTO approves Authentise secure streaming and monitoring patent for digital manufacturing

Feb.28, 2019 - Utah-based 3D printing software company Authentise today announced that the USPTO has approved its patent: 'System, method and Program Product for Digital Production Management. More

E3D releases Pathio, a brand new slicer for FFF/FDM 3D printers

Feb.18, 2019 - E3D spinoff Pathio has released its brand new slicer Pathio for FDM/FFF 3D printers. More

Simplify3D V 4.1 adds new capabilities for multi-material 3D printers

Nov.7, 2018 - Simplify3D announced the release of Version 4.1 of its 3D printing software. 'The new version includes extended capabilities for multi-material 3D printers, intelligent toolpaths for improved print quality, and expanded customization options for greater control over the printing process. More

SHINING 3D and AGE Solutions team up to accelerate digital dental solution

Aug.1, 2018 - Chinese company SHINING 3D, a leading supplier of consumer-class 3D scanning and 3D printing systems, today announced a partnership with AGE Solutions, a professional dental design software solution provider, to integrate their orthodontics design software, Maestro 3D Ortho Studio, into its own digital dental solution. More

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

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

Materialise makes medical 3D printing history with FDA software approval

Mar.26, 2018 - 3D printing software company Materialise has become the first company to receive FDA clearance for 3D printed anatomical model software intended for diagnostic use. 16 of the top 20 hospitals in the U.S. use Materialise's Mimics software. More

Sketchfab Download API links huge 3D model database to tons of AR/VR creation apps

Mar.20, 2018 - 3D content platform Sketchfab has released a new Download API, letting app makers pull Sketchfab content directly into their 3D, VR, and AR software without asking users to leave their app environment. Sketchfab says it wants to become the 'search bar for 3D.' More

PTC's Creo 5.0 lets users order metal 3D prints directly from Materialise

Mar.20, 2018 - Software company PTC has released the latest version of its Creo 3D modeling software. The new CAD program, Creo 5.0, introduces a range of new tools and features including topology optimization, additive and subtractive manufacturing capabilities, and more. More

PlastiSketch: browser-based software uses vector graphics to design 3D models

Mar.19, 2018 - Developer Marcel Urbanek has created a new browser-based 3D modeling software called PlastiSketch. The modeling platform provides an alternative approach to 3D modeling that uses vector graphic layers to create a 3D object rather than sculpting tools. More

Senvol developing 3D printing machine learning software for US Navy

Mar.16, 2018 - Senvol, a 3D printing data specialist based in New York City, is developing data-driven machine learning additive manufacturing (AM) software for the U.S. Navy's Office of Naval Research (ONR). The software will help the Navy cut out the process of trial and error during material development. More

Ultimaker Cura integrates HP 3D scanning software to simplify 3D printing process

Mar.16, 2018 - A new partnership between Dutch 3D printer manufacturer Ultimaker and HP will make it easier for Ultimaker users to 3D print models directly from 3D scans. The integration brings new possibilities for consumers and professionals. More

New software lets you transform 3D models into stuffed knitted toys

Mar.11, 2018 - Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed a software that turns digital 3D models into knitted objects. The program, which requires a computer-controlled knitting machine, could be used to create all types of customized 3D printed stuffed toys. More

Atlas 3D Sunata: new DMLS 3D printing software uses 'Thermal Circuit Network' for optimal orientation & supports

Feb.26, 2018 - Metal 3D printing software company Atlas 3D has released Sunata, its new software for Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) 3D printers. The software provides automatic orientation and support structures. More

New SMARTTECH 3D scanning software promises one-click triangle meshes

Feb.26, 2018 - Polish metrology and 3D scanning company SMARTTECH has released the latest version of its 3D data editing software: SMARTTECH3Dmeasure v. 2018. The company will make a live presentation of the software at TCT Asia 2018. More

FATHOM releases Crystallon, lattice 3D printing plugin for Rhino & Grasshopper

Feb.23, 2018 - FATHOM, a rapid prototyping company based in Oakland, CA and Seattle, has developed Crystallon, an open source 3D printing plugin for creating lattice structures in Rhino and Grasshopper. More

3D CAD simulation platform SimScale integrates Parasolid, HOOPS Exchange

Feb.19, 2018 - Cloud engineering platform SimScale is collaborating with Siemens PLM Software and Tech Soft 3D to optimize simulation workflow with better CAD model handling. The new SimScale integrates both Parasolid and HOOPS Exchange. More

2 new software tools for Carbon M Series 3D printers: Advanced Auto Supports, Part Serialization

Feb.15, 2018 - 3D printing pioneer Carbon has introduced two new software tools for its Digital Light Synthesis technology: Advanced Auto Supports and Part Serialization. The tools are designed for Carbon's M Series printers and materials. More

Marlin 3D printer firmware developer 'thinkyhead' seeking support

Feb.14, 2018 - One of the most active developers of 3D printer firmware Marlin has set up a Patreon account in order to continue coding. Marlin firmware is used in both RepRap and commercial printers, and is fully open source. More

Materialise and PTC team up to improve 3D printing integration in Creo CAD software

Feb.13, 2018 - Materialise and software firm PTC have announced a partnership to expand upon the latter's Creo computer-aided design (CAD) software suite. Together, the companies are hoping to improve and simplify the 3D printing adoption process for businesses and manufacturers. More

STYLY: cloud-based VR dev tool integrates Google Poly API

Feb.11, 2018 - STYLY, a cloud and browser-based virtual reality (VR) development service made by Japan's Psychic VR Lab, has integrated the Google Poly API, massively increasing its 3D model library. STYLY users can also select models from 3D modeling applications like Blender, Maya, and Sketchup. More

Grafter: remixing 3D printed machines by extracting their mechanisms

Feb.9, 2018 - Researchers from the Hasso Plattner Institute in Germany have created Grafter, a software system for 'remixing' 3D printed machines. The tool allows users to combine mechanisms from multiple 3D printing projects while maintaining the functionality of each mechanism. More

3D Systems releases 3DXpert for SOLIDWORKS, promises easy lattice generation

Feb.7, 2018 - 3D Systems has released a new version of its 3DXpert 3D printing tool for use within Dassault Systèmes' SOLIDWORKS CAD platform. The tool lets SOLIDWORKS users prepare and optimize designs for both plastic and metal additive manufacturing. More

Altair introduces new simulation-driven Inspire 2018 design software

Feb.7, 2018 - Michigan-based Altair has released Inspire 2018, the latest version of its simulation-driven design software. Inspire 2018 is aimed at designers and engineers who require a program that includes generative design & optimization tools and simulation capabilities. More

Desktop Metal, Dassault Systèmes partnership results in Live Parts generative design tool for SOLIDWORKS

Feb.7, 2018 - Metal 3D printing specialist Desktop Metal has partnered with additive manufacturing software company Dassault Systèmes for education and generative design projects. The partnership was announced at SOLIDWORKS World 2018. More

Forté: user-driven generative design tool for easy optimization of 3D printed objects

Feb.6, 2018 - Anthony Chen, a researcher from Carnegie Mellon University, has created an interactive sketch tool called 'Forte' that lets users create generative designs for 3D printing. The tool has been used to make 3D printed furniture, shoes, robot legs, and other items. More

New software from MIT generates 3D printable microstructures with custom mechanical properties

Feb.5, 2018 - Researchers from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory are at the forefront of new materials design and, according to a recent study, have just made a significant breakthrough that could have an impact on 3D printing. More

New SOLIDWORKS add-in for Nano Dimension's DragonFly 2020 Pro simplifies 3D printed electronics design

Feb.5, 2018 - Israeli additive manufacturing company Nano Dimension Ltd. has partnered with French software company Dassault Systemes to implement a new SOLIDWORKS add-in for its DragonFly 2020 Pro 3D printer. More

ParaMatters introduces CogniCAD cognitive design platform for aerospace and automotive lightweighting

Jan.8, 2018 - ParaMatters, a team of specialists in topology optimization, computational mechanics, CAD and artificial intelligence, today announced the immediate availability of its CogniCAD platform at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada, January 9-12, 2018. More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sculpteo launches Fabpilot cloud 3D printing software for print factory management

Nov.15, 2017 - 3D printing service provider Sculpteo has launched Fabpilot, its new cloud-based 3D printing software that allows users to manage a 3D printing factory or lab in a more efficient way. The software works with 'most professional 3D printers.' More

Authentise adds ProtoTech's watermarking technology to 3Diax 3D printing platform

Nov.6, 2017 - It will soon become a whole lot easier for businesses and individuals to add watermarks and serial codes to their 3D prints thanks to a partnership between Utah-based 3D printing software company Authentise and Indian 3D software development company ProtoTech Solutions. More

Industrial 3D printing software firm 3YOURMIND secures $12M investment, opens NYC office

Nov.2, 2017 - 3YOURMIND, a Berlin-based industrial 3D printing software solutions company, has announced that it has raised $12 million through a Series A funding round. The company also announced it will be opening its first east coast office in New York City. More

Ultimaker focuses on 3D printing software with new Ultimaker Cura and Cura Connect

Sep.27, 2017 - 3D printing company Ultimaker has announced that it is launching a whole new software strategy for its 3D printing systems. The strategy will initially consist of an updated version of slicing software Ultimaker Cura and Cura Connect. More

New AI algorithm can transform any 2D image of a face into a 3D model

Sep.19, 2017 - A team of researchers from the University of Nottingham and Kingston University in the UK have developed a new algorithm that can transform a 2D photo of a face into a pretty accurate 3D image. More

Introducing Mammoth, MakePrintable's new mesh repair tech for prepping 3D printable models

Sep.6, 2017 - Mixed Dimensions, a San Fransisco-based startup that specializes in 3D printing cloud technology and model repair software, has released its newest software tool for analyzing and preparing 3D models for printing. The program, called 'Mammoth,' is being added to the company's MakePrintable platform. More

Dassault Systemes develops new online marketplace for manufacturers using 3D printing

Sep.1, 2017 - Dassault Systemes has announced that it will be making all of its 3D design software products available to use for free. This is part of a new platform-based economic model, which will see the company facilitating production orders and charging a commission on the transaction to the 3D printing provider. More

Berkeley AI team generates high-res 3D models from 2D images by focusing on surfaces

Aug.24, 2017 - Researchers from the Berkeley Artificial Intelligence Research lab have developed a way to create 3D objects from a single 2D color image. The technique uses something called 'hierarchical surface prediction' to identify free space, occupied space, and boundaries. More

Prusa software update makes 3D printing water-soluble supports easier than ever

Aug.21, 2017 - Prusa Research has released the latest version (1.36.2) of its Slic3r Prusa Edition 3D printing software. Its main new feature? Improved settings for 3D printing with water-soluble supports on the Prusa i3 MK2 MultiMaterial 3D printer. More

Chris Korda's new 'PotterDraw' app lets you generate full-color 3D printable pottery

Aug.15, 2017 - Software developer Chris Korda has just released a new open-source software application for designing and visualizing 3D printable pottery. Called PotterDraw, the new software app is hosted on Sourceforge and can export models for 3D printing. More

Will Apple's ARKit fuel the next generation of Pokémon Go-inspired augmented reality apps?

Aug.10, 2017 - Tech giant Apple is preparing for the public release of its ARKit augmented reality SDK in the Fall, and staff at DottyAR have put a beta version of the tool to the test, lining it up against Vuforia, an established AR SDK. More

New MakeVR Pro app integrates precision tools for 3D modeling in VR with HTC Vive

Aug.8, 2017 - HTC VIVE's virtual reality content developer Vive Studios has just released its latest app: MakeVR Pro. Developed in collaboration with motion tracking and VR company Sixense, MakeVR Pro enables users to create 3D content, including 3D printable models, within a virtual reality environment. More

MIT researchers develop software to optimize 3D printing by simulating physical properties of printed objects

Aug.8, 2017 - A team of researchers at MIT has recently published a paper outlined a clever way that the physical properties of an object can be determined before it is 3D printed. It makes use of clusters of tiny cubes, which can be used as building blocks for particular objects, and enables their material properties to be optimized. More

Microsoft Remix 3D update makes remixing and attributing 3D models easier

Aug.7, 2017 - Microsoft has gradually been edging its way into the world of 3D with new programs such as Paint 3D and Remix 3D. It recently announced an upgrade to Remix 3D through the addition of 'Parts and Remixes,' two features that let users experience 3D models in new ways. More

FlowRep software identifies 'curve networks' to sketch 3D shapes as 2D line drawings

Aug.2, 2017 - Alla Sheffer, a computer scientist at Canada's University of British Columbia, has developed software called 'FlowRep' that can extract the 'descriptive compact 3D curve networks' from manmade 3D shapes and use them to create visually informative 2D sketches. 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

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

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

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

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

Baby Slice O by Tomovision converts 3D ultrasound scans into STL format files for 3D printing

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

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

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

MakerBot launches My MakerBot 3D printing platform for Chromebook classrooms

Jun.26, 2017 - MakerBot has set its sights squarely on the education sector with the launch of My MakerBot, a new cloud-enabled, browser-based printer monitoring platform compatible with Google Chomebooks and Autodesk's Tinkercad 3D design software. Students will be able to start and monitor 3D printing from a Chromebook. More

New software by IST Austria allows users to adjust 3D-printable mechanisms to fit new shapes

Jun.23, 2017 - Thanks to software developed at IST Austria, even novice users will be able to easily adjust a 3D-printable mechanism to fit a new shape. More

New EOSTATE Exposure OT tool from EOS offers real-time monitoring for metal 3D printing

Jun.19, 2017 - EOS has announced the release of EOSTATE Exposure OT, the latest tool in its EOSTATE monitoring suite. Reportedly the first commercial system for optical tomography, EOSTATE Exposure OT offers users real-time camera monitoring of metal prints on the EOS M 290 system. More

SLS 3D printing becomes more accessible as Autodesk Netfabb adds support for Sinterit Lisa

Jun.1, 2017 - Autodesk's popular Netfabb 3D printing software has recently added support for the Sinterit Lisa SLS 3D printer. This will make the Lisa a more viable alternative for many amateur 3D printer users and small businesses, as will the new upgrades and features Sinterit has added to the machine. 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

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

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

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

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

EOS & 3YOURMIND's AMPI tool automatically identifies parts suitable for 3D printing

Apr.26, 2017 - 3D printing company EOS has partnered with 3D model analysis company 3YOURMIND to launch its new AM Part Identifier. Also known as AMPI, the new tool allows companies to scan their existing part inventories to find out which of their existing components are best suited for 3D printing. More

New SAP Distributed Manufacturing application connects engineers with 3D printing service providers

Apr.24, 2017 - SAP SE, a market leader in enterprise application software headquartered in Walldorf, Germany, has today launched SAP Distributed Manufacturing, a new application that will 'make 3D printing a seamless part of digital manufacturing,' at Hannover Messe 2017. More

Siemens integrates Materialise 3D printing tech into NX software

Apr.11, 2017 - Siemens has teamed up with Materialise to integrate 3D printing technology into its NX software, streamlining the process between initial design and final product manufacturing with a focus on powder bed fusion and material jetting 3D printing. More

Fraunhofer launches new simulation software with diverse applications in 3D printing

Mar.31, 2017 - This week, German research group The Fraunhofer Society announced the launch of a new simulation software that will help test computer-assisted designs, catch flaws, and guide the user toward potential solutions. Fraunhofer researchers will be displaying a prototype of their simulation solution at the upcoming Hannover Messe 2017. More

Frustum offers optimized generative design for 3D printed parts through Siemens NX software

Mar.28, 2017 - Colorado-based Frustum, a developer of functional generative design and topology optimization software, has announced that, as part of the Siemens' PLM Solution Partner Program, it will be offering its innovative design generator tools through Siemens' NX software. More

Prusa adds 'Smooth Variable Layer Height' to Slic3r, enabling mid-print layer height adjustment

Mar.14, 2017 - Open-source 3D printer company Prusa Research has added a Smooth Variable Layer Height (SVLH) feature to its Slic3r Prusa Edition G-code generator. The feature enables users to print certain areas of a print with specific layer heights, allowing for perfect, ridge-free sloping surfaces. More

With Me app lets you take selfies with realistic 3D avatars of just about anyone, even the dead

Mar.3, 2017 - A new app lets you take selfies with AI avatars based on people you know. The app, called 'With Me,' was developed by ELROIS, a South Korean firm that specializes in realistic 3D avatars. The app was developed to let people share moments with people who are absent or even deceased. More

FABtotum launches FABUI COLIBRI 3D printing OS for Personal Fabricator 3D printer

Feb.27, 2017 - Milan-based 3D printing company FABtotum has launched FABUI COLIBRI, an operating system for FABtotum 3D printers. The OS will be in beta for around 40 days, after which it will automatically update with improvements and fixes. More

Reify 3D introduces new Contour software for Solus DLP 3D printer

Feb.23, 2017 - Reify 3D, the Taiwan-based company behind the Solus 3D printer, has released Contour, a new software platform designed exclusively for its 3D printer. If you are already the owner of a Solus 3D printer, you can upgrade your existing software to Contour for $99 per license. More

Polish 3D printer company Verashape licenses Siemens PLM Parasolid Communicator software

Feb.9, 2017 - Polish 3D printer and software company Verashape has announced it has licensed Siemens' Parasolid Communicator, part of the company's PLM Software. The licensing agreement will help Verashape's R&D department to further its support and development of FFF 3D printing technology through a new software program. More

3D software pioneer Autodesk announces resignations of CEO Carl Bass and two board members

Feb.8, 2017 - Personnel changes are happening at the top of California-based 3D software company Autodesk, which announced yesterday that CEO Carl Bass would be stepping down, along with two members of the board. More

Stratasys, Dassault Systèmes develop design tools to optimize FDM 3D printed production parts

Feb.8, 2017 - Stratasys has announced a new partnership with French multinational software company Dassault Systèmes through which they will develop next-gen design tools that will increase the functionality, efficiency, and weight ratio of FDM 3D printed parts. More

Sculpteo's new Agile Metal Technology software helps optimize metal 3D printing

Jan.5, 2017 - French 3D printing company Sculpteo has launched its new Agile Metal Technology software suite, an online system that offers designers and manufacturers advanced evaluative and reparative tools for metal 3D printing projects. The software was debuted at CES 2017. More

3D Systems releases 3D Sprint 2.0, new 3D print management and optimization software

Dec.19, 2016 - 3D Systems has launched 3D Sprint 2.0, a new software solution for accelerating additive manufacturing workflows for 3D Systems' plastic 3D printers. The 3D printing software reduces the need for users to divide projects among multiple software programs, resulting in a simplified printing process. More

Korean government announces affordable 3D video capture technology for smartphones

Dec.15, 2016 - Korea's Ministry of Science, ICT, and Future Planning has announced the finalization of a smartphone 3D video technology that has been under development since 2013. The affordable stereoscopic video capture technology could have applications in augmented and virtual reality. More

Researchers turn 2D photos into eerily lifelike 3D face models using neural networks

Dec.8, 2016 - A team of researchers from USC have used a complex neural network system to transform simple 2D photographs into highly detailed, eerily accurate 3D facial models. More

Microsoft 3D Builder upgrade features support for Windows 10 Mobile and XBox

Dec.5, 2016 - Microsoft has just unveiled some exciting new upgrades for its Windows 10 integrated 3D design and printing app, 3D Builder. Among them are compatibility with Windows 10 Mobile and Xbox One consoles. More

MatterHackers releases MatterControl 1.6, latest version of 3D printer controller software with Print Recovery feature

Nov.28, 2016 - MatterHackers has released MatterControl 1.6, the most advanced version of the free, open-source 3D printer controller to date. Version 1.6 utilizes an innovative Print Recovery system, expanded cloud control, and multiple UI enhancements. More

Autodesk releases major update for Netfabb 3D printing software

Nov.17, 2016 - 3D printing software company Autodesk has added a raft of major updates to its recently released Netfabb 2017. The new features and updates will boost the software's capabilities and provide a complete end-to-end solution that will help commercial customers test, prepare and 3D print new products. More

D3CRYPT3D launches accessible 3D printable file encryption to fight 3D asset theft

Nov.2, 2016 - In an attempt to fight the rampant theft of 3D printable designs and assets, new startup D3CRYPT3D has launched an accessible file encryption system that secures files without changing their file type or making them incompatible with their native software. More

Simplify3D slicing & 3D printing software goes global with new multi-language support

Oct.26, 2016 - Simplify3D is upping its international appeal with the launch of its recent update for its V3.1 software. The update, which was announced earlier today, introduces multi-language support for 5 new languages, including Japanese, French, Italian, Spanish, and German. More

Microsoft Paint goes 3D, new app will let you 3D print from 'Minecraft'

Oct.26, 2016 - Microsoft has officially announced Paint 3D, a new and improved version of its classic drawing application that now features exciting new tools and capabilities like 3D drawing. More

MakerOS raises $530K, announces new features and services

Oct.20, 2016 - All-in-one 3D printing business management tool MakerOS has now been expanded with several new features, including production tracking, lead acquisition and business management options, that will enable users to stay focused on making. More

Top 35 3D printing software programs: 3D modeling & 3D slicing software tools

Oct.20, 2016 - Behind every great 3D print is a great maker. But, what would a 3D print actually be without the modeling tools at the maker's hands? We've put together a comprehensive (but not exhaustive) list of our top choices for 3D modeling and 3D printing software. More

Gravity Sketch's virtual reality 3D modeling software will let you design in mid-air

Sep.30, 2016 - You can sketch your three-dimensional design in the air in front of your face with the magic of Virtual Reality and a simple $60 app for your phone. Welcome to a new world of artistic expression with Gravity Sketch. More

Encode Ring converts your voice into a stylish 3D printed ring right before your eyes

Sep.28, 2016 - 3D printing possess the unique ability to easily produce hyper-customizable objects on the fly. A Japanese company is taking that idea to heart with the release of its automated sound wave to 3D printed ring sure to make the perfect gift for your loved ones. More

Doodle3D Transform easy-to-use 3D design app launches on Kickstarter

Sep.20, 2016 - Dutch tech company Doodle3D has just launched its latest design tool, Doodle3D Transform, through a Kickstarter campaign. The app allows users to easily transform 2D drawings or images into 3D printable models. More

Scientists reconstruct life-size 3D model of 120 million year old Psittacosaurus with its real color patterns

Sep.20, 2016 - Researchers from the University of Bristol have built a scientifically accurate 3D model of a 120 million year old Psittacosaurus, complete with an unexpected camouflage pattern, by reverse engineering an unusually complete Chinese fossil through 3D imaging. More

ScratchyCAD, new block based 3D modeling software for beginners, to launch on Kickstarter

Sep.13, 2016 - ScratchyCAD, a new parametric 3D modeling software designed to be accessible to entry-level makers, will be launching on Kickstarter as of October 1st, 2016. The new software offers an easy to use drag and drop style interface. More

Yamaha's My Garage App lets you customize your dream bike in 3D all the way to the dealership

Aug.25, 2016 - Hyper customization is something that 3D printing excels at. Digital forms of technology like Yamaha's new My Garage App lets you make your dream car right from your tablet then send it off to the dealership to be built. More

Flying Colors 3D's free 3D modeling tool makes 3D design as easy as drawing with pencils

Aug.19, 2016 - A team of Swedish developers is giving kids a running start on the path towards STEM careers with Flying Colors 3D, a new and highly accessible free 3D modeling tool that makes 3D design as easy as drawing with pencils. More

PITT researchers receive $350K to develop fast computational modeling for metal 3D printing

Aug.17, 2016 - A team of researchers from the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering and from Pittsburgh-based motion-control manufacturer Aerotech has recently been awarded a grant of $350,000 to pursue their research and development of fast computational systems for metal 3D printing. More

Autodesk offers free 3D design software to 1000+ Fab Labs globally

Aug.12, 2016 - In an expansion of its support for the community and makers around the world, Autodesk announces that it is now granting access to its full Autodesk Product Design Collection to 1000+ registered Fab Labs globally. The news comes as the Fab 12 conference is underway in Shenzhen, China. More

Airwolf 3D launches beta version of new APEX 3D printing software, test it now

Aug.11, 2016 - Airwolf 3D has announced the launch of its new 3D printing software, APEX, through an open beta version. The new slicing software marks another step forwards for Airwolf 3D's growing ecosystem of integrated additive manufacturing products. More

Metal additive manufacturing software 'Amphyon' uses simulations to offset printing distortions

Aug.8, 2016 - German startup Additive Works is developing a simulation-based preprocessing software for metal additive manufacturing. The 'Amphyon' software package, currently in beta, uses a four-step approach which enables manufacturers to predict and avoid potential deformations in their printed parts. More

Sketchfab launches new VR features to make viewing 3D models better than ever

Aug.3, 2016 - 3D model sharing platform Sketchfab has just launched three new virtual reality features to improve user experiences. The features include VR browsing, VR Teleportation, and Intuitive Tools for Artists. More

North Dakota researchers fight 3D print errors and cyberhacking with image analysis software

Aug.2, 2016 - Researchers from the University of North Dakota are working on an image analysis software solution that can be used to detect and identify errors in the 3D printing process, making 3D printing more reliable and less susceptible to hacking. More

3DPrinterOS web-to-printer 3D printing platform now integrated with SolidWorks, Fusion 360, more

Jul.26, 2016 - 3DPrinterOS, the Silicon Valley company behind the 'virtual 3D printing factory' of the same name, has announced partnerships and integrations with Siemens, Dassault Syst'mes, Autodesk, and Onshape, enabling a new group of users to 3D print directly from their CAD software. More

New Disney computer model predicts how people perceive softness of 3D printed objects

Jul.22, 2016 - Disney researchers are paving the way for 3D printed toys with a new computer model that predicts how people perceive the softness of various 3D printed objects, even when made with different materials and 3D printed objects. More

Avante Technology's Emendo 1.1 software can fix your 3D files 10x faster than before

Jul.11, 2016 - Avante Technology, LLC. has just announced the release of its latest product: Emendo Automated STL File Repair and Validation Software 1.1. The latest version of the company's repair software not only offers makers a both rapid and accurate way of fixing their STL files before printing, but is also now equipped to support Windows 10. More

Materialise launches latest version of Mimics Innovation Suite for 3D medical image printing

Jun.22, 2016 - Materialise has launched Mimics Innovation Suite 19, the latest edition of its popular medical 3D imaging software package. The updated software offers faster segmentation, easier FEA meshing, improved usability, and other new features. More

Simplify3D releases Version 3.1 of popular 3D printing software, adds support for 30+ 3D printers

Jun.7, 2016 - Simplify3D has released Version 3.1 of its 3D printing software package. Version 3.1 introduces a number of user-requested new features, as well as compatibility with over 30 new 3D printers, including models from XYZprinting, Lulzbot, FlashForge, and PowerSpec. More

AstroPrint v0.9 features live video streaming of 3D printers and Raspberry Pi 3 supprt

Jun.6, 2016 - AstroPrint, the free cloud-based platform and marketplace that lets you splice, store, and 3D print wirelessly through your smartphone or tablet has just released its latest version, v0.9(0). The new version of AstroPrint includes some exciting new features, among them are a Live Video Streaming feature, and support for Raspberry Pi 3. More

Onshape's FeatureScript lets 3D CAD users create their own built-in parametric features

May.31, 2016 - Onshape, the collaborative, cloud-based 3D CAD system, has released FeatureScript, a new open programming language that lets users create and modify parametric features. The language can be used to create 3D printing-specific functions, such as internal geometry modifiers. More

Open source wifi enabled 3D printer controller Franklin speeds up with new release

May.27, 2016 - The increasing accessibility of 3D printing has much to do with open-source strides. Michigan researchers have developed a cutting edge open-source wireless controller worth checking out. More

REALview introduces augmented reality into 3D modeling for optimal prints

May.26, 2016 - Danish 3D printing company Create it REAL has just announced the launch of their new product, REALview, a feature which integrates augmented reality into the company's 3D printing platform. The innovative slicer program was unveiled earlier today in Paris at the Inside 3D Printing exhibition and is receiving much buzz. More

Exoskin lets you 3D print jewelry directly onto your skin

May.23, 2016 - A team of researchers from Autodesk Research and Carnegie Mellon University have developed Exoskin, a hybrid technology capable of 3D printing skin-safe clay directly onto skin. The technology could have applications in 3D printing jewelry, wearables, smart eyewear, and even medical devices such as braces or casts. More

Microsoft adds network 3D printing support with Windows 10 IoT Core app for Raspberry Pi 3

May.23, 2016 - Microsoft has just added very accessible network 3D printing support options to their expanding plug-and-play 3D printing platform, through the Network 3D Printer app for Windows 10 IoT Core devices. More

Type A Machines redefines 3D printing infill with Absolute Dimensions and 3D Internal Structures

May.18, 2016 - All makers are well acquainted with the infill setting, which could quite literally make or break your 3D printed model. To improve on internal structures, 3D printing solutions company Type A Machines announced the launch of new system that will effectively redefine settings for the functional internal geometry of 3D printed parts. More

Stratasys streamlines 3D Print workflow with its multi-printer compatible GrabCAD Print

May.17, 2016 - The process of turning a 3D model file into a 3D print can be cumbersome at the best of times. The upcoming release of GrabCAD Print by Stratasys hopes to streamline things in a very convincing way. More

Dremel releases 3D printing app to round out Dremel 3D Education program

May.11, 2016 - 3D printer manufacturer Dremel has been at the fore of STEM promotion through its development of a series of kid-friendly products. In an effort to further integrate 3D printing technologies into the classroom for children, the manufacturing company has released its newest product, the Dremel 3D mobile app. More

Autodesk's ChronoFab creates the illusion of motion to 3D printing

May.10, 2016 - Inspired by movement based lines found in 2D comic books, Autodesk Research has developed way to create motion-based patterns onto your 3D prints using a novel, dynamic coding approach. More

New Disney software lets users create responsive 3D printed toys and game controllers

May.9, 2016 - Disney Research and ETH Zurich have developed a software tool that lets users of all skill levels design and create flexible 3D printed toys with embedded piezoresistive wires that can sense when they are being bent or deformed. More

AutoCAD 2017 now fully integrated into 3D printing ecosystem with Print Studio

May.5, 2016 - Autodesk's AutoCAD 2017 showcases the company's commitment to 3D printing thanks to one-click 3D print service provider integration and direct printing via Print Studio. More

OctoPrint loses funding, starts a Patreon to help fund OctoPrint web interface for 3D printing

Apr.21, 2016 - Gina Häußge, the creator and main developer of popular open-source 3D printing software OctoPrint, has launched a call for funding through crowdfunding platform Patreon. More

3D Digital sculpting suite Geomagic Freeform gets a big upgrade with newly announced 2016 edition

Mar.25, 2016 - The 2016 version of Geomagic Freeform by 3D Systems hopes to further merge 3D organic sculpting techniques with the import of more traditional CAD and 3D scan data. More

Quickly transform 3D doodles into 3D prints with GravitySketch iPad 3D modelling app

Mar.24, 2016 - Gravity Sketch, a new 3D design and 3D printing app developed by a British startup of the same name, was launched today on the App Store. The app allows users to sketch simple 3D designs which can be sent immediately to Shapeways for 3D printing. More

Cloud based SLA Slicing app SLAcer lets you make 3D print files right from your browser

Mar.24, 2016 - With more and more people relying on cloud based devices for their computing needs, there was a vacuum when it came to preparing SLA 3D print files without installing external software. open-source advocate S'bastien Mischler hopes to change that with SLAcer, a browser based SLA slicer. More

Top 10 best free 3D modeling software tools for 3D printing

Mar.9, 2016 - 3D modeling is the key to creating great 3D prints. Whether you are an absolute beginner or a 3D modeling pro, here are 10 of the most popular and reliable free 3D modeling software tools for successful 3D printing. More

Monolith, Autodesk-acquired voxel modeling 3D design suite, gets major update

Feb.24, 2016 - Monolith, an Autodesk-acquired voxel modeling software for 3D printable designs, has released a major update. New features include a volumetric ray casting algorithm, UVW texture mapping, and plugin for Grasshopper. More

SolidWorks announces Apps for Kids to get young children interested in 3D design and STEM

Feb.9, 2016 - In an attempt to get children as young as 4 interested in 3D design and the STEM fields, SolidWorks announced the Apps for Kids software at the SolidWorks World convention, which will provide a fun and educational 3D design platform for kids. More

Cloud based KIRI:MOTO slicer makes 3D printing easy straight from your web browser

Feb.5, 2016 - Slicing, the process of converting a 3D model file into a format a 3D printer can read is mandatory step before any 3D printing can take place. KIRI:MOTO is a web based slicing plaform that is feature rich, and easy to use. More

Introducing 3D Slash 2.0, powerful and easy-to-use 3D modeling software

Feb.3, 2016 - As the first edition proved to be very popular, the second version of fun entry-level 3D Slash 3D modeling software is now available with more options, but without sacrificing that playful and open nature. More

SolidWorks to integrate material selection and 3D printing into SolidWorks 3D CAD design software

Feb.2, 2016 - SolidWorks is known as an excellent and complex difficult 3D design option, but they are now trying to better integrate material selection and 3D printing into their software, in part through a partnership with Korean 3D printer manufacturers Sindoh. More

3DPrinterOS extensively used at Duke University's 3D print lab

Jan.29, 2016 - 3DPrinterOS's cloud-based 3D printing operating system is now also becoming increasingly popular with larger organizations, and Duke University's 3D print lab revealed that they have been extensively using it with over 4800 3D printing hours already recorded. More

Easily create complex 3D printing models with VECTARY online 3D design tool

Jan.27, 2016 - VECTARY is a soon-to-be-launched, browser-based tool for 3D modeling that seeks to make even complex 3D printable models achievable for beginner designers by combining standard mesh modeling techniques with parametric plug-ins. More

Autodesk releases Meshmixer 3.0 with new features for multi-material 3D printing

Jan.26, 2016 - Autodesk has released the latest version of its Meshmixer 3D mesh software. Meshmixer 3.0 introduces a new 'complex objects' feature, making it easy to prepare 3D models for multi-material 3D printing. More

Room2Room from Microsoft uses augmented reality to beam a life-size person into your room for a video call

Jan.22, 2016 - Microsoft's research department is trying to use augmented reality to change the way we communicate through Room2Room, a 3D holographic projection tool that creates 3D images of your conversation partner in the chair opposite you and vice versa. More

Talented maker creates multi-colored '3D printed aviary' using single-extruder 3D printer and Simplify3D

Jan.20, 2016 - Vicky Somma, a Virginia programmer, has created a range of stunning 3D printed ornaments using Simplify3D design software and a single-extruder MakerGear M2 3D printer. More

Katjes' Magic Candy Factory teams with Sur 3D to launch software for making 3D printed gummies

Jan.12, 2016 - German candy brand Katjes has recently announced it will be launching a new easy-to-use software for its 3D printed gummy candies in partnership with Uruguayan 3D printing software company Sur 3D. More

Pixologic & Formlabs to develop integration plugin for 3D printing ZBrush models on Formlabs 3D printer

Jan.8, 2016 - Pixologic has joined forces with Formlabs to create a software integration between Pixologic's ZBrush 3D design suite and Formlabs' dedicated Preform 3D printing software. An upgraded 3D printing plugin will allow users to quickly and easily turn their ZBrush creations into 3D printable models. More

Control your DLP 3D printer with just a Raspberri Pi through new nanoDLP software

Jan.5, 2016 - If you're looking for a portable, accessible or affordable software solution for your DLP 3D printer, be sure to check out nanoDLP, which gives you full control over your DLP machine using nothing more than Raspberry Pi as its host. More

Dutch 3D printing startup Printr introduces Katana, a free 3D slicing app

Dec.21, 2015 - Amsterdam based 3D printing software company Printr has recently announced the launch of their new application Katana, a free slicing engine that allows makers to easily turn their 3D models into coded instructions for their 3D printer. More

Manchester University team helps dinosaur fans 3D print their own mini T-Rex

Dec.21, 2015 - Researchers at the University of Manchester have developed software in which users can control a realistic 3D dinosaur via physical movements captured on webcam. The 3D models can also be 3D printed for an easy Christmas present. More

Onshape CAD software launches commercial release and app store, adds Materialise and Pinshape apps

Dec.16, 2015 - Cloud-based 3D design platform Onshape has concluded its beta testing period and is ready for a full commercial release. The release will coincide will the beta launch of the Onshape App Store. More

3D models of Tom Hanks reconstructed from online images thanks to new 3D facial imaging tool

Dec.9, 2015 - While 3D scans rely on countless photos taken in a controlled environment, a new facial imaging tool by researchers from the University of Washington is able to generate high quality faces with the help of diverse existing photos from celebrities and theoretically even from dead people. More

ReallyMake seeks to connect 3D printer buyers and sellers through 3D pottery app

Dec.7, 2015 - The team behind the ReallyMake 3D printable pottery app is looking to work with 3D printer manufacturers, distributors and resellers who can help promote the Android software. In exchange, ReallyMake will prioritize those cooperating 3D printing companies on its in-app directory. More

'Really Make' your own 3D printed ceramic artwork with ReallyMake Pottery App

Nov.16, 2015 - ReallyMake's new Pottery app for Android smartphones and tablets lets users create unique ceramic, porcelain or stoneware pieces, and then send them to a 3D printer or certified artisan to bring the physical models to life. More

3D modeling comes to Raspberry Pi with 3D Slash and Pi-Top

Nov.13, 2015 - 3D Slash, in collaboration with Pi-Top, is launching a free version of their app for Raspberry Pi, introducing ultra user-friendly 3D modelling to the low-cost computing platform. More

3D printing objects as thin as a hair with new MIT tool Cilllia

Nov.11, 2015 - With the 3D printing quality of industrial level machines reaching new heights, a team of MIT researchers have now developed the Cilllia software tool that can be used to easily generate hair structures that can actually be 3D printed as well. More

Body Labs receives $8M in Series A funding to expand 3D human modeling space

Nov.3, 2015 - Body Labs, which captures the most sophisticated and advanced 3D body models through their software, hardware and APIs, today announced that they have received $8 million in Series A funding led by Intel Capital. More

Scientists develop Makers’ Marks to make functional 3D printable designs without CAD

Oct.30, 2015 - With the help of Makers’ Marks, unexperienced makers can avoid CAD software all together by instead making physical objects from modeling clay and stickers. After 3D scanning, Makers' Mark turns the object into a hollow 3D printable rendering with plenty of room for electronics. More

Ambitious CAD software Onshape raises $80 million led by Andreessen Horowitz

Oct.1, 2015 - CAD innovators Onshape has just raised $80 million in new equity financing led by Andreessen Horowitz with participation from existing investors New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Commonwealth Capital Ventures and North Bridge Venture Partners. To date, Onshape has raised $144 million in total funding. More

Materialise's Mimics 3D imaging software aids investigation into 430000-year-old murder

Sep.28, 2015 - The discovery of a 430,000 year old skull in Spain and use of 3D imaging technology has provided researchers with fascinating new insight into prehistoric murder. More

3D printing for schools just got easier: 3DPrinterOS releases educational and premium licenses

Sep.28, 2015 - 3DPrinterOS has just announced that they will release two new custom licences: one for educational purposes, as well as a premium option featuring more and improves options. More

Aleph Objects to unveil new Cura LulzBot Edition v17 Software at Maker Faire NY

Sep.25, 2015 - Aleph Objects, maker of the LulzBot open source desktop 3D printer line and the free open source software Libre Innovation, today announced that it will release its latest software, Cura LulzBot Edition v17, at this weekend’s World Maker Faire in New York. More

New to 3D modeling and design? Have no fear, 3D Slash is here

Sep.14, 2015 - Released just this week, 3D Slash is a new software solution that is designed for specifically for non-designers of all ages and skill levels, in order to introduce 3D modeling concepts in a fun, easy-to-use, and game-like platform. More

Estonian startup brings its accessible & free 3D modelling app Creationist to iOS & Android

Sep.11, 2015 - 3D Creationist 3D modeling app is fun, fast and very easy to use, and the only option that supports iOS and Android on both phones and tables. 3D Creationist is actually of Estonian origin, having been developed by CEO Kristjan Järvan, CTO Eerik Kivistik and designer Jaak Kaevats. More

Free and open source online 3D modeling tool CraftML launches beta version

Sep.3, 2015 - A brand new, free and open source online 3D modeling tool has just launched a beta version; called CraftML, it is especially interesting for being accessible through common web technologies including html, css and Javascript. More

Materialise launches 3DPrintCloud, a free cloud-based 3D printing toolbox

Jul.16, 2015 - Materialise unveiled their latest 3D printing innovation in the form of a user-friendly online toolbox which is designed to help anyone quickly and efficiently improve their 3D model in preparation for printing; Materialise 3DPrintCloud. More

Ultimaker releases the latest version of their free Cura software

Jul.2, 2015 - Ultimaker has just announced a completely reengineered (and free) version of their Cura software that aims to make preparing 3D files for 3D printing easier and more intuitive than ever before. More

New G-Code Reverser aims to help with the 3D modeling and printing workflow

May.20, 2015 - A new tool by MakePrintable, G-Code Reverser, is capable of collecting details and data needed from G-Code commands and then uses that data to regenerate the 3D model, which ultimately represents the outcome of the printing process... More

UNTITLED Creator is a fun app for making 3D printable Minecraft-esque designs

Apr.4, 2015 - A new free 3D design app has just gone into its beta phase that indisputably adds a fun and useful dimension to the world of digital design: the Minecraft-esque UNTITLED Creator app. More

Autodesk's free Tinkerplay app lets you design, customize & 3D print your own characters

Mar.17, 2015 - Autodesk announced today the launch of Tinkerplay, a free app designed for kids of all ages that introduces creative play through 3D design and 3D printing. More

Lumi Industries releases free 'Text to 3D Braille Converter' to support communication with blind

Mar.11, 2015 - Italian 3D printer manufacturer Lumi Industries has just launched a new free and useful tool to support communication with blind people and their interaction with the world around them: a text to braille converter. More

Onshape raises $65 million for CAD software, public beta goes live

Mar.10, 2015 - A very exciting and promising new program has just launched: Onshape. Designed by the main team behind SolidWorks, it is shaping up to every bit as functional as that ever-popular piece of software. More

SPATA tools put a tangible spin on digital 3D design

Jan.30, 2015 - Lancaster University researchers Christian Weichel and his colleagues have put a new twist on conventional measurement tools for digital modeling and fabrication. More

Free voxel modelling software Monolith is perfect for multi-material 3D printing

Jan.29, 2015 - Monolith is a volume modelling software, a type of hybrid of 3D CAD software and a regular 3D image editing program, that focusses on voxel manipulation. For the uninitiated, a voxel is basically a 3D pixel. More

Microsoft's new HoloLens AR/VR computer will let you 3D print your Holograms

Jan.22, 2015 - Windows HoloLens is a Occulus Rift-type virtual reality device that will be completely integrated into Windows 10. It should be a perfect tool for 3D design and 3D printing. More

Autodesk releases updated 123D Sculpt+ free mobile 3D modeling app

Jan.13, 2015 - Today, Autodesk announced that they have released an update to their popular 123D Sculpt app in the form of 123D Sculpt+. The update, which is available today for both iOS and Android devices, is free. More

Leopoly expands its browser-based 3D modeling app to businesses and schools at CES 2015

Jan.6, 2015 - Along with other exciting 3D printing-related announcements that have been coming out of Press Day at CES 2015 in Las Vegas is the announcement of Leonar3Do’s new Business Solutions on their Leopoly platform... More

3D printing and LEGO X bring your Lego creations to life

Dec.29, 2014 - Recently, an independent company has found a way to connect Lego to high-tech sensors, enabling the plastic constructions to come to life via 3D printing. More

Mid-Air Haptic Holograms Create ‘Invisible’ Interactive 3D Objects

Dec.10, 2014 - Recently, researchers at Bristol University have combined the haptic feedback technology with 3D holograms to create ‘invisible’ 3D objects that, while there is no physical object... More

Expanded All-in-one Simplify3D includes support for 19 new 3D printers and more features

Dec.9, 2014 - Simplify3D, a software company committed to a universal software platform for 3D printing, has today announced the release of their expanded version of all-in-one Simplify3D software suite. More

Optimize your STL designs for 3D printing using this new browser-based software

Dec.9, 2014 - Prof. Krishnan Suresh’s team at the University of Wisconsin ( has now shared a very useful piece of software that will significantly reduce printing time and expenses: Cloud Topology Optimization. More

Body Labs set to aid military with 3D models for custom body armor

Dec.8, 2014 - Manhattan-based Body Labs has built an easy-to-use platform for referencing the human body in the design of, among other applications, manufacturable goods. More

New Microsoft update integrates Kinect scanning software into their 3D printing app

Oct.23, 2014 - But now, Windows have taken 3D printing convenience to a whole new level with the latest Kinect SDK (or Software Development Kit). Their Windows SDK 2.0 offers a number of new functions... More

New software algorithms reduce 3D printing time and waste

Oct.23, 2014 - Now, researchers from Purdue University have demonstrated two approaches that significantly reduce the time and material needed to produce objects with 3D printers. More

MakerBot adds new Vase Maker tool to its PrintShop free iPad app

Oct.16, 2014 - MakerBot announces today an enhanced and updated version of this iPad app, MakerBot PrintShop version 1.0.5, which includes the new Vase Maker tool and is available now from the iTunes App Store. More

Autodesk's PipeDreams helps you easily integrate tubes for electronics into your 3D prints

Oct.10, 2014 - Developed by Autodesk Research, PipeDream consists of various algorithms and software that will allow you to easily insert a series of pipes in your 3D printed creations that can house electronics. More

The Formide cloud-based 3D print platform seeks to make 3D printing easier than ever before

Oct.10, 2014 - Enschede, the Netherlands Printr seeks to make 3D modelling and printing accessible and let people get creative without technical limitations. Printr's Formide cloud-based 3D printing platform... More

Adobe unveils new 3D printing features for Photoshop CC

Oct.9, 2014 - This week Adobe released their 3D-friendly Photoshop CC 2014.2 at the Adobe MAX 2014: The Creativity Conference in Los Angeles. Most appealing about this massive update for 3D printing enthusiasts. More

ZMorph's open source Voxelizer software now supports low-cost medical 3D printing

Oct.1, 2014 - ZMorph, the Polish company behind the low cost multifunctional Zmorph 2.0 3D printer, today launched an updated version of its advanced Voxelizer software, which allows creators to model using 3D pixels rather than triangles. More

Pango app transforms your 2D sketches into 3D models & augmented reality

Sep.26, 2014 - Pango intends to offer additive manufacturing services to those lacking the skill, experience or time for CAD design and 3D modelling. Aimed at inexperienced hobbyists... More

First successful total knee surgery preplanned with Materialise’s tech that turns X-Rays into 3D prints

Sep.23, 2014 - 3D printing company Materialise announced that orthopedic surgeon Roger Jaeken has successfully performed the first total knee surgery that was preplanned by means of the Materialise X-ray knee guide solution. More

Autodesk's 123D Catch released for Android, turning photos into 3D models

Sep.20, 2014 - Formerly 123D Catch is available for iOS, Mac, and PC, now this software has come to your Adroid. It's free, and it doesn't require any additional hardware besides the camera already built in. More

Introducing WirePrint: 3D printed wireframe previews speeds up prototyping by 10x

Sep.17, 2014 - And this is what WirePrint is in a nutshell: this software is capable of generating and 3D printing low fidelity wireframe previews of your designs. More

Free photo editing tool lets you manipulate 3D objects in 2D photos

Aug.7, 2014 - Researchers are adding an extra dimension to photo editing by enabling editors to turn or flip objects any way they want, even exposing surfaces not visible in the original photograph. More

Adobe adds new 3D printing features to Photoshop CC

Aug.7, 2014 - Adobe just added some more advanced 3D printing features to Photoshop CC to make it easier to create 3D printed designs and give you more printing options. More

3DPrintTech releases free app for 3D printing objects larger than build volume

Jul.28, 2014 - 3DPrintTech is a free app and works as CAD plugin with Autodesk Inventor 2014, AutoCAD 2014 and SolidWorks 2014. 3DPrintTech is designed to print larger objects on small 3D printer quickly. More

All-in-One 3D printing software Simplify3D

Jul.9, 2014 - Simplify3D Software is commercial 3D printing software that has been in the market almost 2 years. Simplify3D replaces the Repetier-Host and Slic3r packages and allows importing of different files. More

Free online 3D model converter

Jun.27, 2014 - Alexander Gessler wrote a small handy tool that converts 40+ 3D file formats to OBJ, STL and others. Supported input file formats include 3DS, FBX, Blender, OBJ, DXF, LWO, STL, PLY and more than 25 others. More

New MakerBot Mobile app lets you control 3D printing from anywhere

Jun.11, 2014 - MakerBot just announced the availability of MakerBot Mobile, a mobile app that gives you the power to monitor and control a MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer from a mobile phone. More

Dutch 3D printer maker Builder announces new color mixing feature

Jun.4, 2014 - Dutch 3D printer manufacturer Builder announces today a new and unique feature: color mixing for its Builder 3D Printers. The Builder 3D Printers (small and Big Builders) are equipped with Dual-Feed extruder. More

Meet Morphi, the intuitive 3D design app for iPad & iPad mini

May.29, 2014 - NY start-up Inventery has announced the release of Morphi, its intuitive 3D modeling and design app for the iPad and iPad mini. More

Japanese company DNP working on security program to control 3D printing

May.29, 2014 - Earlier this month, a Japanese man who lives in Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture was arrested on suspicion of illegally possessing handguns created by a 3D printer. More

AstroPrint launches on Kickstarter, now you can slice, store and 3D print from smartphone

May.20, 2014 - 3Dagogo just launched a Kickstarter campaign today for their new product 'AstroPrint'. The AstroPrint platform allows you to use any smartphone or tablet as an effective interface to control your 3D printers. More

Modio, new app for iPad enables anyone build, 3D print amazing toys

May.19, 2014 - Modio Inc. announces last weekend the launch of Modio for iPad at Maker Faire Bay Area. Modio is an intuitive, easy to use app that enables anyone to build, modify amazing custom 3D printed models. More

Text-to-3D lets you create 3D images by typing simple text commands

May.5, 2014 - BrainDistrict GmbH today released Text-to-3D, an innovative new technology that allows anyone to create 3D models, scenes and environments easily and quickly by typing text commands. More

3D modeling company SpaceClaim acquired by ANSYS for $85 million

May.1, 2014 - ANSYS announced today that it has acquired SpaceClaim, a leading provider of 3D modeling software for engineers, for a purchase price of $85 million in cash. More

Sigma Labs announces partnership with Materialise

Apr.22, 2014 - Sigma Labs, a developer of in-process, real-time quality inspection systems for 3D metal printing announced it has signed a Technology Cooperation Agreement with Materialise NV. More

Google’s Project Tango to bring 3D mapping smarts to NASA robots in space

Apr.18, 2014 - In a partnership between NASA and the ATAP group at Google, a project Tango development phone will be used with the SPHERES satellites inside the International Space Station (ISS). More

Mixed Dimensions launches easier 3D design tools, raises $1M funding

Apr.15, 2014 - Jordanian startup Mixed Dimensions emerged Tuesday with a little under $1 million in funding announces it has begun beta-testing software that lets anybody create and edit a 3D model simply by drawing on a screen. More

LazeeEye wants to turn any smartphone into a 3D Camera

Apr.13, 2014 - The LazeeEye upgrades your smartphone for use as a 3D camera, using a laser illuminator hardware add-on and a stereo vision processing app. More

PrintToPeer is building one API to cover all 3D printers

Apr.11, 2014 - 3D printing is still immature. There are a lot 'easy to use' and low cost 3D printers on the market, but you still have to use various software just to deliver the file to the printer. More

Tiles lets anyone build their own 3D models with Lego-like bricks

Apr.3, 2014 - The only reason 3D Printing is cool is because it creates customized physical objects. In order for 3D Printers to achieve mass market adoption, CAD software must be useable by everyone. More

Preview your print in 3D with STL Viewer by Neo3Do

Mar.6, 2014 - 3D Print Preview is an STL viewer mobile app that allows you to visualize and engage with 3D objects. You can choose the color, orientation, size and on some devices you can view it in real 3D. More

Create pixelated, 3D printable miniatures with new app Leblox

Feb.21, 2014 - Created by Paris-based Mathieu Lecoupeur and Soy Phompraseuth, LEBLOX is a new app that allows you to digitally build a pixelized version of almost anything that are then 3D-printed and delivered to your door. More

MatterHackers to launch first Android tablet-based 3D Printer control

Feb.18, 2014 - The upcoming “MatterControl for Android” Desktop 3D Printer control tablet version will now make 3D printers stand-alone as well as networkable. More

Create 3D models with hand gestures: MakeVR launches on Kickstarter

Feb.5, 2014 - MakeVR includes the STEM System (with two controllers) as the input device, so non-designer civilians can just use natural hand gestures to build complex 3D models and manipulate objects. More

Google and Lego develop 3D modeling app for your browser

Feb.2, 2014 - In collaboration with the well-known Danish toy manufacturer Lego search engine giant Google has built a web app that allows online users to build 3D models using Lego bricks. More

Addicted to monsters? Free app lets you 3D print monsters on your iPhoneJan.30, 2014 -  Monstermatic is a free iPhone and iPad app and it provides a quick, fun and easy way to design monsters and unleash them into the world through 3D printing technology.  More 

Fast 3d printing using Lego bricks and faBrickator 

jan.22, 2014 -  Anyone who has seen a 3D printer in action may have experienced the following sensations – exhilaration and then... a significant amount of waiting. A recent article in The Atlantic features a unique solution to a common problem: the speed 3D printing. More 

MIT startup offers customized 3D printed love for Valentine's Day 

jan.21, 2014 -  Valentine's Day is a perfect opportunity to woo a loved one with customized, 3D printed jewelry. A new platform called dyo – short for "design your own" – makes this easy. The service is offered by More 

CimatronE to Support AMF file format for 3D printing

jan.21, 2014 -   Cimatron announced today that its next software CimatronE version 12, will support the Additive Manufacturing File (AMF) format - the new standard for converting 3D models into digital files for 3D printing and additive manufacturing. More

Stratasys 3D printing added to popular dental implant software 

Jan.20, 2014 -  Stratasys announced that optimized manufacturing pre-settings for its Objet30 OrthoDesk and Objet Eden 3D Printers have been added to the latest release of 3Shape Implant Studio Implant Planning and Surgical Guides Design software.  More 

Adobe adds 3D printing to Photoshop, partners with MakerBot and Shapeways

Jan.16, 2014 -   Adobe is adding new functions to Photoshop Creative Cloud software that let users create and edit designs for 3D printing. More

Print in 3D from your Windows Phone 8 with RepRap Phone Host

Jan.14, 2014 -   Gerhard de Clercq and Pieter Scholz from Bananna3D in South Africa has released RepRap Phone Host app this week. More

Leap Motion's "Free Form" app lets you sculpt 3D objects like Play-Doh 

Dec.10, 2013 -  The creators of Leap Motion has recently launched a brand new and free creation software tool called Freeform that allows users to create digital sculptures and 3D printable objects. More 

Honeycomb: Free, parametric CAD, right in your browser 

Dec.9, 2013 -  Kenan O'Keefe has developed Honeycomb, a free, parametric CAD that let you instantly create robust 3D models.More 

Hacking into other's living room - 3D-printers in the cloud

Nov.30, 2013 -   But has anyone thought about network security? How easy would it be for someone to find a hole in those cloud-based solutions and connect to those boxes and control your printers? More

Kinematics turns any 3D shape into a foldable form for 3D printing

Nov.26, 2013 -   Kinematics is a system for 4D printing that creates complex, foldable forms composed of articulated modules. More

Microsoft releases First 3D Printing App '3D Builder' for Windows 8.1

Nov.15, 2013 -   A new Windows 8.1 app released by Microsoft this morning aims to introduce 3D printing to mass market. More

3D printing from Android devices with GCode Simulator & Printer Android App 

Nov.13, 2013 -  Mathias Dietz has developed an Android App 'GCode Simulator & Printer' that allows you to control 3D printers and visualize the 3D print from Android devices. More 

15-year old students 3D print a Lumia 820 case from a Lumia smartphone

Nov.6, 2013 -   Two 15 year old South Africans, Gerhard de Clercq and Pieter Sholtz, has written a Windows mobile phone app to print from a mobile phone to a home-built RepRap 3D printer. More

Free 3D-printing 'Encryption' tool for your STL mesh files 

Nov.4, 2013 -  Plummer-Fernandez released 'Disarming Corruptor' (DC), a tool for making reversible damage to your STL mesh file. More 

3D Systems launches advanced modeling tool: Cubify Design

Oct.28, 2013 -   3D Systems has launched today Cubify Design, a parametric CAD tool for advanced 3D modeling projects. Cubify Design is built on the same foundational skills mastered in entry-level Cubify Invent. More

Windows 8.1 arrives: Microsoft to partner with more 3D printer makers 

Oct.17, 2013 -  At its Taipei launch yesterday evening, Microsoft said it plans to collaborate with 3D printer makers, including Taiwan's New Kinpo Group. More 

Autodesk Project Miller offers 3D printing previews

Oct.13, 2013 -   Project Miller is a free software developed by Autodesk Labs that allows you to preview, Optimize and validate your design before you print it. More

Blokify: Simplified block-based 3D modeling iOS app for everyone 

Oct.12, 2013 -  Jenny Kortina and Brett Cupta demonstrated their Blokify, a simplified 3d modeling iOS application that allows everyone, including children, to easily build custom and 3d print anything they can imagine.  More 

Browsing text with 3D visualization on Wikipedia

Oct.4, 2013 -   Bryan Russell at Intel Labs and colleagues at the University of Washington in Seattle have developed a computer program that could automatically create annotated 3D reconstructions of tourist sites. More opening beta for MatterRemix, a browser-based 3D modeler 

Sep.28, 2013 -, a startup founded by Dylan Reid and his friends at MIT Media Lab is opening up Beta for MatterRemix, a new browser-based 3D modeler + editor and looking for beta testers.  More 

Design 3D printable objects with MakeVR and handheld controllers

Sep.24, 2013 -   MakeVR is an impressive user-friendly computer aided design program that allows everyone to easily create, manipulate, and sculpt 3D objects. More

Meshmixer 2.0 is out, with new support material system for 3D printing 

Sep.24, 2013 -  Autodesk has released a new version of Meshmixer, a mesh editing program with a strong focus on 3D printing. Meshmixer is a free and powerful prototype design tool for working with 3D mesh files. More 

Monstermatic Game App: Create and 3D print custom monsters 

Sep.19, 2013 -  Los Angeles, California based gaming startup Mico Studio has recently launched Monstermatic, the first free mobile game app that allows users to create and 3D print custom designed monsters. More 

New Free-to-download CAD tool to bring 3D design to everyone 

Sep.13, 2013 -  Allied Electronics (Allied) and RS Components (RS), the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc has introduced DesignSpark Mechanical, a new 3D solid modelling and assembly tool that is available to all -- totally free of charge. More 

From CT Image to 3D Model: 3D Systems launches Bespoke Modeling 

Sep.12, 2013 -  3D Systems introduces today Bespoke Modeling, a cloud-based service that allows medical professionals to quickly create, upload, view, share and 3D print full-color 3D anatomical models directly from any size CT, MRI scan or any DICOM data.  More 

'3-Sweep' software can create 3D models from a single photo (video) 

Sep.10, 2013 -  With just a few mouse clicks, 3-Sweep software can extract an 3D object out of a photograph and turns it into a 3D, editable creation.  More 

Authentise to offer one-time print software for copy protection 

Aug.27, 2013 -  Some startups have already been developing software to protect designs distributed on 3-D printing sites. More 

Apple granted patent for 3D gesture control for touchscreens

Aug.23, 2013 -   An very interesting news in this week is about Apple, which received a new patent for an advanced version of its operating software which can allow users to design 3D objects. More

Microsoft explained 3D Printing Support in Windows 8.1

Aug.23, 2013 -   Today Microsoft gives a lot more information about how 3D printing support in Windows 8.1 works. More

Formlabs announcing PreForm for Mac OS X

Aug.21, 2013 -   On Tuesday Formlabs released a Macintosh-compatible version of PreForm software. The PreForm 0.8.4 on Mac OS X is released with complete feature parity with the Windows version. More

3D Systems launches Cubify Sculpt for 3D creation 

Aug.14, 2013 -  3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) launched today Cubify Sculpt, a powerful virtual clay sculpting tool for 3D creation.  More 

Mixee Labs launches customizable 3d printed Slim Wallet 

Aug.2, 2013 -  Mixee Labs have launched custom figurine, jewelry and cufflink creator, and now another one: a thin and customizable 3d printed wallet.  More 

The 3D Scan-to-Print web app raising funds for developer 

Aug.1, 2013 -  Kinect@Home spinoff Volumental is creating a 3D Scan-to-Print web app that could create amazing 3D models for printing. More 

Microsoft shows making 3D objects will be as easy as printing a Word doc 

Jul.30, 2013 -  Today, in its new episode of "On the Whiteboard" series Microsoft talks about this Windows 8.1 update, and some of the reasons why Microsoft is supporting 3D printing in its latest OS. More 

Disney's new image algorithm turns 2D photos into a 3D model

Jul.29, 2013 -   Disney Research, Zürich has developed a new program that can build 3D models from 2D photographs. More

Make It Stand: balancing shapes for 3D printing 

Jul.25, 2013 -  With the advent of 3D printing technologies, it becomes very simple to produce 3D physical models. The authors of Make It Stand want to assist users in modifying existing 3D models to create novel, balanced designs. More 

MIT Develops New Ways to Streamline, Simplify 3D Printing

Jul.24, 2013 -  A team of researchers from the MIT developed OpenFab, a programmable "pipeline" architecture that allows for the production of complex structures with varying material properties. More 

Make a Custom 3D printed cookie cutter in a minute

Jul.13, 2013 -  MakerBot has just released a custom software tool called the Cookie Cutter Customizer that allows you to customize and build your own cookie cutter. More 

Just-released Fedora 19 adds native support for 3D printers 

Jul.3, 2013 -  The Red Hat-sponsored Fedora project team has announced the launch of Fedora 19, aka Schrödinger's Cat beta, which includes creativity tools like Developer's Assistant for pushing code to GitHub and 3D Printing. More 

3D sculpting tool Leopoly turns everyone into 3D modellers

Jul.2, 2013 -   Leopoly is a web-based, 3D modelling tool that turns everyone into 3D designers. Developed by Leonar3Do, each of the created and saved models are available for the entire Leopoly community for shaping them further. More

Autodesk and GrabCAD team up to launch 2D & 3D CAD editing on GrabCAD 

Jun.28, 2013 -  Autodesk and Boston start-up GrabCAD announced today the integration of AutoCAD 360 (2D) and Fusion 360 (3D) into GrabCAD's cloud collaboration app Workbench. More 

Microsoft adds 3D printing support to Windows 8.1, 3D printers soon in MS stores 

Jun.26, 2013 -  Microsoft is adding in native 3D printer support to Windows 8.1. That means you can 3D print an item directly from third-party applications. More 

Danish company says its software will stop you from 3D-printing guns 

Jun.26, 2013 -  A company in Denmark, Create It Real announced it has created software that could prevent a 3D printer from printing gun parts. More 

An Interview with Cura developer David Braam 

Jun.20, 2013 -  David Braam, developer of the Cura open source software for Ultimaker is interviewed by Andrew Mazzotta. Cura is an excellent project which aims to be a single solution for personal 3D printing with RepRap based machines. More 

Create easy 3D models with Pirate 3D's Smart Objects 

Jun.17, 2013 -  Pirate3D have released a demo version of their Smart Objects app. Smart Objects allows users to simply click and drag points on a stock object to modify its shape. More 

3D imaging market growing at 26.7% CAGR & to reach $9.82 billion by 2018  

Jun.2, 2013 -  According to a new market research report, the 3D imaging market, including 3D modeling; 3D scanning etc, is growing at a CAGR of 26.7% and is expected to reach $9.82 billion by 2018.  More 

Siemens donates $440 million to prepare students at YSU for advanced manufacturing 

May.30, 2013 -  This morning, the Siemens Corporation announced their donation of a $440 million grant to Youngstown State University (YSU).  More 

Free Cubify Draw app turns your fingers into an instant 3D drawing tool 

May.22, 2013 -  3D Systems launched today Cubify Draw, a free mobile 3D printing app that allows anyone with an iPhone, iPad or iPad Mini device to create 3D printable content with their fingertips. More 

Tinkercad reopens, Autodesk agrees to acquire Tinkercad 

May.19, 2013 -  Design software maker Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) Saturday revealed that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Tinkercad, an easy-to-use browser-based 3D design tool. More 

Shape-It-Up lets designers manipulate 3D shapes using hand gestures 

May.15, 2013 -  A new design tool that specialised computer algorithms and a depth-sensing camera could enable designers and artists to create and modify 3D shapes using hand gestures instead of keyboard and mouse. More 

3D Systems can turn you into a Star Trek figure for $70 

May.7, 2013 -  3D Systems launched today the first 3D printing-based Star Trek app to create customized 3D printed products and collectibles based on the iconic Star Trek series through Cubify. More 

Mecube: easy-to-learn 3D design app for iPhone and iPad

May.7, 2013 -   Mecube is an easy-to-learn 3D design mobile app to design and 3D print your own stuff. It is a voxel based 3D modeling tool that lets users create their own 3D model. More

Blender 2.67 RC1 and DVD Training Blender for 3D Printing Released 

Apr.28, 2013 -  Open-source 3D creation suite Blender has released the first Release Candidate of Blender 2.67. Major improvements are the inclusion of FreeStyle and the new 3D printing toolkit. More 

Printcraft latest version released, teaming up with Makerbot 

Apr.28, 2013 -  Printcraft is the world's first 3D printing multi-player Minecraft server that lets Minecraft players convert their Minecraft creations into stl for 3D printing. More 

Try glasses online using 3D Modeling and an iPad 

Apr.25, 2013 -  Instead of just seeing the glasses online, you can now find a right glass using a 3D model of your face.  More 

Mcor Technologies introduces ColourIT software 

Apr.22, 2013 -  Mcor Technologies Ltd today introduced new software that prepares 3D data files for full-color 3D printing on the Mcor IRIS 3D printer. More 

Autodesk Inforgraphic: The future of 3D printing at home

Apr.20, 2013 -   3D printing is a phenomenon. It's taken 20-plus years for it to really develop, but the acceleration of the technology in the last few years has been incredible. More

3D modeling startup Handprint moving into the Feld Fiberhouse 

Apr.18, 2013 -  Brad Feld, an investor, entrepreneur and author, announced yesterday on his blog that 3D modeling startup Handprint has won his KC Fiberhouse competition. More 

Doodle3D sketching tool for 3D printing launched on Kickstarter 

Apr.17, 2013 -  Doodle3D, created by Rick Companje is a very innovative, but simple and intuitive sketching software enabling everyone to make his own drawing come to life with a 3D printer. More 

Cubize: a YouTube-like virtual showroom of 3D models 

Apr.15, 2013 -  Cubize, designed by Giorgio Pagliara, is a sharing and display platform where anyone from everywhere can share and view three-dimensional models. More 

New CGTrader aiming to be an eBay-like 3D model marketplace 

Apr.14, 2013 -  3D model marketplace has redesigned its system and added some extra features for users to buy and sell 3D models for 3D print and design projects. More 

yeggi: search engine for printable 3D models

Apr.7, 2013 -   In order to save users valuable time when searching for 3D printable models, Sebastian Karpp developed yeggi, a search engine for printable 3D models based in Leipzig, Germany. More

3D launches 3D search engine for industrial parts 

Mar.27, 2013 -  A startup that aims to revolutionize both manufacturing and internet search created, geometric shape-based 3D search engine. More 

Announcing the closure of Tinkercad, new Airstone under development 

Mar.26, 2013 -  Tinkercad team announced today that they will be discontinuing development of Tinkercad. Instead they are working on an innovative new environment called Airstone.  More 

Kinect for Windows SDK gets update tomorrow, includes hand-recognition and 3D-modeling

Mar.17, 2013 -   Yesterday at Engadget Expand, Microsoft announced that they will release a big update, version 1.7, to the Kinect SDK for Windows on Monday March 18th. More

Customization at reach: Sandboxr's 3D Design-to-Print on Kickstarter 

Mar.12, 2013 -  At present, the software is ready for commercialization, a kickstarter campaign is just launched.  More 

Cimatron names Terry Wohlers as first member of 3D Printing Advisory Board 

Mar.6, 2013 -  Cimatron Limited announced today that its Board of Directors has approved the establishment of a 3D Printing Advisory Board, and named industry expert Terry Wohlers as its first member. More 

MakieLab's 3D-printed dolls now available on iPad 

Mar.5, 2013 -  Makielab today released their Makie-making app for iPad, Makies Doll Factory, a significant step towards the mass market. More 

Tutorial: How to use Autodesk 123D Design (video) 

Mar.4, 2013 -  In the video below Ben does an overview of 123D design and shows you how to design and print 3D objects with AutoDesk 123D Design. More 

12 free apps to easily make unique 3D printable creations 

Feb.14, 2013 -  If you want to make something unique, the best way is to make it yourself. Here are some free apps you can start with for making your first creations. More 

123D Creature: Design and 3D print your own 3D monsters from your iPad

Feb.13, 2013 -   Right before Vanlentine's day, Autodesk's 123D releases 123D Creature, a tool that you can create fantastic 3D monsters like a pro. More

Tutorial: how to create models for 3D printing with Shapeways in Blender (video) 

Feb.6, 2013 -  Jonathan Williamson at Blender Cookie explains in the video below how to create your models for 3D printing at Shapeways in Blender.  More 

Geomagic Releases Freeform 2013, CEO Ping Fu on BBC: 3D printing is 'as big as the internet' 

Jan.30, 2013 -  Geomagic released yesterday its newest version of Geomagic Freeform 3D modeling software. Geomagic Freeform is a unique, touch-enabled solution that facilitates fast 3D modeling of highly detailed, organic shapes.More 

CARTIS to Showcase Benefits of Digital Design and Additive Fabrication in Maxillofacial Surgery

Jan.25, 2013 -   CARTIS will present its best practices for the production of custom medical devices using digital technologies and additive manufacturing fabrication methods. More

New apps transform your Facebook profile into 3D printable art 

Jan.16, 2013 -  The Creators Project is launching a series of three new apps that transform your Facebook persona into 3D printable art. More 

CNC Simulator to introduce 3D printer simulator 

Jan.11, 2013 -  CNC Simulator announced recently it will introduce new machines, among them a 3D Printer. More 

PuzzleCut lets you cut object into smaller pieces for 3d printing 

Jan.11, 2013 -  Nothing Labs (Rich Olson) put together an OpenSCAD Library - PuzzleCut which lets you easily cut objects into 2 or 4 interlocking pieces for 3d printing or laser cutting. More 

3D Systems launches Cubify development tools: AppCreate and Cubify API

Jan.10, 2013 -   3D Systems announced today two powerful tools for artists, modelers and app developers to easily bring their designs to life with 3D Printing: AppCreate and Cubify API. More

Cubify Capture Beta turns your images into 3D models 

Jan.9, 2013 -  3D Systems announced today Cubify Capture, a new portal service that allows users to upload photos and automatically transform the images into 3D models. More 

Leonar3Do Virtual Reality Kit brings 3D modeling into the mainstream

Jan.9, 2013 -   One awesome product at CES 2013 is a virtual reality system created by Hungarian startup Leonar3Do. Leonar3Do's technology opens a new dimension in human – computer interaction. More

Makerbot releases MakerWare 1.1 and Firmware 7.0

Jan.7, 2013 -   Makerbot releases today MakerWare 1.1 and MakerBot Firmware 7.0. What's New In MakerBot Firmware 7.0? More

Tutorial: Designing a ring for 3D printing with Blender (video) 

Jan.6, 2013 -  Mikee Rice created a video tutorial on how to Designing a ring for 3D printing with Blender. More 

GitHub releasing Make Me tools & an API for easy 3D printing 

Jan.3, 2013 -  GitHub, the most popular open source code repository site, released today make-me for easy 3D printing. Make-me allows users to request a print on the MakerBot via HTTP. More 

Organovo partners with Autodesk to develop 3D bioprinting software 

Dec.18, 2012 -  Organovo, a creator and manufacturer of 3D human tissues for medical research and therapeutic applications, is working together with researchers at Autodesk, Inc. to create the first 3D design software for bioprinting. More 

Bend, Not Break: Life story of Ping Fu, Geomagic CEO

Dec.18, 2012 -  Bend, Not Break tells the incredible personal story of Ping Fu, Geomagic CEO, and her journey from imprisonment to freedom, and from the dogmatic anti-capitalism of Mao's China to the high-stakes, take-no-prisoners world of technology startups in the USA. More 

Meet Slic3r developer Alessandro Ranellucci (video) 

Dec.10, 2012 -  Slic3r, the G-code generator for 3D printers, is developed by Alessandro Ranellucci (aka. Sound) in Italy. The software converts a digital 3D model into printing instructions for your 3D printer.  More 

3D print a chair, piece by piece

Dec.3, 2012 -   3D printing technology is becoming cheaper and simpler to use, and has been used in wide applications, but still, one of the remaining obstacles to wide-scale adoption is that the object to be printed must fit into the working volume of the 3D printer. More

Get real-time analysis of your 3D model: Willit 3D Print

Nov.26, 2012 -   When you create a 3D model you certainly want to know: Is it printable? What kind of support does it need? Willit 3D Print, a 3d printing build analysis website allows users to test if a 3D model has features that can be 3D printed or not. More

Innovative Doodle3D empowers anyone to create personal 3D prints 

Nov.23, 2012 -  Doodle3D, created by Rick Companje at FabLab Amersfoort, The Netherlands, is a very innovative, but simple and intuitive sketching tool enabling everyone to sketch out a 2D doodle. More 

New 3D Repo Android app for viewing, annotating 3D models

Nov.20, 2012 -   London based announced the release of its 3D Repo Android app, a light-weight open source client that enables you to view, share and annotate 3D models. More

Sculpteo adds background option to 3DPCase app

Nov.18, 2012 -   3DPCase mobile application developed by French 3D-printing company Sculpteo lets users design or customize their unique iPhone case. More

Introduction to Mineways (video) 

Nov.18, 2012 -  Eric Haines, the creator of Mineways, made an introductory video of the program. The free Mineways program allows you to select a model from your Minecraft world and trim it up, then render/send it to a 3D printer. More 

3D Systems launches Cubify Pics 

Nov.15, 2012 -  3D Systems announced today its first customizable photo app, Cubify(R) Pics, that turns any 2D picture directly into Cube 3D printable art.  More 

Using ScanBooth to prepare your raw 3D scan for 3D printing 

Nov.15, 2012 -  To solve the problem Jeremy wrote a program ScanBooth. ScanBooth is a collection of software for running a 3D photo booth. More 

Mixee Me: Model your own 3D character in minutes 

Nov.13, 2012 -  Startup Mixee Me wants to make 3D printing accessible to everybody. Founded in 2012, Mixee Me enables you to design your own Mixee figurines with their online Mixee editor. More 

Creating unique lithophanes on a 3D printer 

Nov.12, 2012 -  Jamie at 3DPrinterGear made a few very nice cylindrical lithophanes using Photo to Mesh V3 and an UP! 3D printer. More 

Autodesk bringing 3D modeling to the masses with 123D Design 

Nov.8, 2012 -  Autodesk, Inc. introduced Autodesk 123D Design, a free 3D modeling tool that allows users to create a digital model and then 3D print or fabricate their idea whether on the iPad, Mac, PC or via their web browser.  More 

3D Repo: open source Revision Control Framework for large 3D models

Nov.5, 2012 -   Jozef Doboš at University College London has created an interesting project: 3D Repo. 3D Repo is an open source 3D Revision Control Framework which is targeted at CAD and general 3D modelling. More

Turning your thoughts into actual 3D objects 

Nov.4, 2012 -  Bryan Salt of Thinker Thing in Santiago Chile took one step further: he is creating a software that allows the user to evolve 3d models with the power of thought.  More 

Tutorial: Designing Jewelry ring for a 3D printer with Blender and Netfabb

Nov.2, 2012 -  In this tutorial below Mikee Rice shows you how to build jewelry ring ready for 3D printing from scratch.More 

Axon 3 available on RapMan 3.2 & 3DTouch

Oct.29, 2012 -   RapMan 3.2 owners can now also use Axon 3 on their machines, announced Bits From Bytes today. More

Uformia launches modelling software Meshup on Kickstarter 

Oct.27, 2012 -  Uformia AS, a 3D software developing company in Norway launched a Kickstarter project called MeshUp. Based on volume modeling, MeshUp is set to overcome... More 

Printcraft: convert your Minecraft creations into STL 3D model files 

Oct.25, 2012 -  Paul Harter showed up at the recent 3D Print Show London 2012 event with his family and Printcraft, a online world that lets Minecraft players convert their Minecraft creations into stl for 3D printing.More 

360-degree visualisation tool released at 3D Printshow London 

Oct.20, 2012 -  Stirling-based software developer Linknode has unveiled its augmented reality mobile app at the 3D Printshow London 2012.More 

TransMagic Releases MagicCheck for 3D Geometry Comparison 

Oct.5, 2012 -  TransMagic, developer of 3D CAD software, announces the release of MagicCheck, a new product for comparison of 3D geometric data including: validation of translated models, analysis of quality inspection results and review of design changes. More 

Design a case for iPhone 5 with Tinkercad 

Oct.4, 2012 -  How to design an iPhone case in Tinkercad for 3D printing? The team at TinkerCad has made a handy tutorial video for you. More 

Turning 8-bit sprites into 3D models ready for 3D printing 

Sep.24, 2012 -  How to turn a collection of 2D images into a 3D model? One process is called "multiview stereo reconstruction" which has been using famous device "the Stanford spherical gantry" to take photos of an object from points on a spherical shell surrounding to build 3D model. More 

Try hacking MakerWare to support old Makerbots

Sep.22, 2012 -   Along with the new Replicator 2, MakerBot also announced new Makerware software for the new 3D printer. Makerware is designed to perform the same function as ReplicatorG, but with faster slicing, print bed management. More

Computer program automatically improves structural strength of 3D printable objects 

Sep.19, 2012 -  Researchers at Purdue and Adobe's Advanced Technology Labs have jointly developed a new piece of software that automatically scans 3D models and correct the problematic cases before they are printed.More 

Sculpteo's new app lets you create your own 3D printed iPhone case 

Sep.8, 2012 -  French 3D-printing company Sculpteo developed an app that lets users design or customize their unique iPhone case. This app is called "3DPCase" and is free to download at Apple App Store. More 

Visual versioning for 3D printable models on CubeHero

Sep.6, 2012 -   Would you find version control for 3D models useful? A new tool developed by Wil Chung allows users to view a 3D printable model, see what changed about the design over time. More

Visualize your 3D models in real size with Augment 

Sep.5, 2012 -  Wanna know what your 3D models look like for real before printing? You might want to have a look at Augment, it is a program which uses augmented reality technology to allow users to visualize 3D models on your Android, iPad and iPhone. More 

Handy Potter: create 3D objects with your hands and Kinect

Aug.29, 2012 -   Using a Kinect camera and advanced software algorithms, Purdue University has developed an interactive system "Handy Potter" that allows users to create virtual three-dimensional objects through natural hand and arm motions. More

File2Part 3D Software fixes your 3D model with one click 

Aug.24, 2012 -  File2Part is a powerful software that allows you to load, fix, orient and scale 3D model files. This easy-to-use program works with any 3D printer that uses g-codes (Printrbot, Makerbot, Mendel etc).More 

New system auto-detects & corrects structure problem of your model for 3D Printing 

Aug.22, 2012 -  Ondrej Stava and his team have developed a system that addresses the printability issues by providing automatic detection and correction of the problematic cases. More 

New 3D modeling saves Chrysler engine and transmission production costs 

Aug.8, 2012 -  Chrysler Group LLC will employ a new manufacturing process developed using three-dimensional techniques to make transmissions at its Indiana plant, a move that will save costs and be replicated in its other plants, the company said.More 

Software developed at Harvard turns video game characters into 3D printable models 

Aug.1, 2012 -  Ever imagine that you could turn any imaginary creature in video games to a physical model with a 3D printer? However often there can be a problem - "In animation you're not necessarily trying to model the physical world perfectly; the model only has to be good enough to convince your eye". More 

NASA's 3D app lets you experience robotic space travel 

Jul.16, 2012 -  An app called Spacecraft 3D, a NASA-created app that brings some of the agency's robotic spacecraft to life in 3D, is now available for free on the iPhone and iPad.More 

Able Software announces new reseller in France 

Jul.13, 2012 -  Able Software Corporation, a global leader in 3D medical imaging and modeling software and the developer of the US FDA 510k cleared 3D-DOCTOR software, announced today a reseller partnership with Multistation SAS with offices in France and North Africa. More 

3D Model-to-Print converts 3D architectural designs into printable 3D models 

Jul.12, 2012 -  3D Model-To-Print (3DMTP) announced first cloud-based processing service available in North America that can make architectural 3D CAD, BIM, or SketchUp design a scaled printable model. More 

OmNomNom Creator converts 2D images to 3D for 3D printing

Jul.4, 2012 -   An awesome app for the Mac that allows you to automatically generate 2D drawings into 3D objects was released recently by Thingiverse user Jetty. This new app called OmNomNom Creator is designed for people who don't have much CAD experiences but want to create 3D printable file from 2D images. More

Qumarion 3D modeling mannequin offers real-time 3D manipulation

May.10, 2012 -   Japan's SoftEther from University of Tsukuba, and ViVienne from The University of Electro-Communications come up with a new solution. They developed Qumarion, a tiny 30-centimeter posable mannequin that can simplify the manipulation and posing of human-like 3D CG models on the screen. More

Create 3d-printable jewelry and sculpture with Cell Cycle WebGL design app 

Mar.12, 2012 -  Do you still remember this stunning beautiful Hyphae lamp, an organic table lamps based on how veins form in leaves. The lamp is designed and 3D-printed in nylon plastic by Nervous System.  More 

PotteryPrint designing app aims to introduce kids to 3D printing 

Mar.9, 2012 -  While 3D printing has moved from the industrial world to hobbyist circles, 3D printers are still complex and expensive machines hard to operate, especially for kids. More 

Create and print 3D models from Android interface 

Mar.3, 2012 -  House 4 Hack group in Johannesburg have been working on an Android app called Paint3D that promises to let you create and print your own 3D designs straight from Adroid-powered device.  More 

Slic3r new version 0.7.0 is released

Feb.27, 2012 -   Alessandro Ranellucci, developer of Slic3r has just released the new version of Slic3r, version 0.7.0. He develops Slic3r very quickly and this time there are some important updates. More

Free 3DBuzz Blender tutorials for download 

Feb.26, 2012 - is a site offering great tips and tutorials on modeling and texturing. The folks at 3DBuzz has posted a set of basic video tutorials which focuses mainly on the Blender (2.58) interface. There are totally 63 videos for Blender available for download.  More 

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Testing ReconstructMe - how to use Kinect to capture 3D models in real-time

Feb.24, 2012 -   techknight (Derek Quenneville) is one of the testers joining in the beta program for ReconstructMe, a real-time 3D scanning using the Microsoft Kinect. More

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Learning how to use software for Sumpod 3D printer with Mike's tutorials 

Feb.16, 2012 -   Mike is a model engineer and has recently discovered 3D printing. He owns a Sumpod 3D printer and has printed quite a amount of stuff guided by his principle - learning by printing. More 

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Tinkercad intergrates with Ponoko's 3D printing service

Jan.31, 2012 -   Tinkercad who runs an easy to use and powerful browser based CAD aimed at designing physical things for 3D printing annouced on Monday a new release of their 3D modeling software. More

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mineways_minecraft_shapewaysMineways makes Minecraft world objects 3D printing-ready 

Dec.30, 2011 -  How many of you are crazy about playing Minecraft? Have you ever thought of bringing a structure in Minecraft to life? Eric Haines from Autodesk made something for you. More 

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Tinkercad Raises $1M in Seed Funding from True Ventures and Angel Investors      Nov.9, 2011

Tinkercad, the first to bring a browser based 3D printing CAD to the masses, today announced it has received one million dollars in seed funding led by True Ventures with angel investment from Eghosa Omoigui, Taher Haveliwala, Jyri Engestrom, and Joshua Schachter. More

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3d software autodeskAutodesk Apps Make Everyone A Designer      Nov.4, 2011

Autodesk announced Thursday at a press event at its innovation center that it is planning on releasing Autodesk 123D Catch and 123D Make next week. The two programs will allow users to easily be a 3D modeler.  More 

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Luxion Releases KeyShot Plugin for PTC® Creo™ 1.0      Nov.3, 2011

Luxion, a leading developer of advanced rendering and lighting technology and makers of KeyShot®, the first real time ray tracing and global illumination program, yesterday announced the release of its free KeyShot plugin for Creo™ 1.0.   More 

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List of 3D Software

When choosing any 3d software, you need to find one that is easy to learn and use, especially if you're  beginner. And you should choose one that is going to perform the task you want to and at the level of quality you want to reach.  More 

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