Skylar Tibbits is shaping the next development, which he calls 4D printing, where the fourth dimension is time. This emerging technology will allow us to print objects that then reshape themselves or self-assemble over time. Think: a printed cube that folds before your eyes, or a printed pipe able to sense the need to expand […]
This tool allows you to design and print at the same time. Shown this week at the 3D Printing Conference
3D printing is getting hyped right now, with a front page story in The Economist and a long article in the Times, but we actually think it is underhyped. Even if it fails to meet some of the expectations of its boosters (and that’s not a foregone conclusion), 3D printing will still probably become an […]
For the first time, Rice University and the people from RepRap established a summer fellowship program that took place this August. The program, initiated by RepRap developer Jordan Miller, is called the Advanced Manufacturing Research Institute (AMRI), enabling a select few students the opportunity to get their hands on RepRap’s 3D printing technology, as a […]
We can soon expect a “working prototype with limited efficiency” of 3D-printed pizza from the N.C. State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and an engineering company from Texas. Having a 3D printer able to 3D print hot food in zero-gravity will reduce waste and optimize storage. The challenge engineers are facing now is making […]
How Bioprinting Can Help Wounded Veterans Returning Home Researchers at the Wake Forest Institute of Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) have been working to implement bioprinting to aid soldiers returning home with significant injuries. They helped form the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine (AFIRM), an $85 million dollar project focusing primarily on those wounded defending our […]
This was printed in an hour. A single print from a single file. Look at how complex and integrated this object is. It has many layers and was done quickly for a client’s demand
Imagine a world where any product you buy (as an end-consumer or as a business) can be 3D-printed on the spot and in your hands or your warehouse in hours, 3D-printed before your eyes. Oh, wait, that is our world! Does that mean consumers and orderers of things can say goodbye to shipping? Well, in […]
This chain was printed in a single print. It took about an hour, and it came out of the 3D Printer already linked! It shows how 3D Printing can really save time and money while producing quality products. This chain is plastic, but 3D Printers can do glass, metal, food, wood, even human tissue!
It’s no surprise that the 3D printing market is growing – to people who have never heard of it before, it sounds like magic! But where is it growing? It turns out that the cheaper, made-for-consumer end of the spectrum only accounts for 5% of this growing market. The rest is a mix of business-to-business […]
Although far from reaching it’s full potential, the 3D printing industry has evolved by leaps and bounds in its young existence, quickly turning doubters into believers as chalkboard material is now turning into a reality. 3D printing has risen from a technology of interest for hobbyists and forward-thinking businessmen, to a technology that has garnered […]
LUXeXceL recently 3D printed two pairs of eyeglasses for the Dutch king and queen. They were printed out in one go, including the frame and lenses and wholely skipping the dusting and cleaning process afterwards, thanks to Dutch LUXeXceL’s innovations in laser sintering. The lenses can be colored and textured or left blank and smooth. […]
This device from AIO Robotics will be one big 3D printer, 3D scanner, 3D copier, and 3D fax-machine. It will begin the crowdfunding process through KickStarter next week on September 4th. The machine will even have a color touch screen! Now, what kind of money are we going to have to spend on this thing? […]
Printing with liquid metal is nothing new, but now there are more 3D printable metals being added into the mix. “3D printer supplier ExOne has added iron infiltrated with bronze, and bonded tungsten” to its list of usable materials with one of its 3D printer product lines. Currently, the available materials are “silica sand, ceramic […]
Japanese police forces have been using 3D printing for about 3 years mostly to recreate crime scenes and weapons in 3D-printed, interactive models. Recently, they found a new use for the technology: sketch artistry aided by 3D printing! The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department took a sketch of a wanted criminal, used a 3D printer to […]
In his State of the Union address in January, the president proposed that the government should create 15 new “innovation institutes,” modeled on a public-private partnership that he helped start in Youngstown, Ohio, that is devoted to developing 3-D printers. There was more in this vein in his administration’s 2014 budget, offered in April. And […]
3D printing technology has completely taken the world by storm. Though it is new to some ears, architects and engineers have actually been been using it for more than a decade. It’s popularity over the last couple of years has been fanned by the fact that it offers industries an inexpensive way of creating prototypes […]
While the name “”lasto Plastic” sounds like an 80’s punk band, it is, in fact, a new material from 3D printing company Shapeways. The plastic is elastic to a certain degree yet maintains its shape after stretching or squeezing. It will break when pulled too hard and is still in the experimental stage on the […]
We look forward to sharing content and opinions with the founders of Sols… the first 3D printed orthotic.
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A man who wanted a 1961 Aston Martin DB4 is on his way to owning one – after 3D printing it off in his garage. Ivan Sentch decided to build the iconic car – the precursor to James Bond’s DB5 – after getting a £500 3D printer for Christmas. Mr Sentch is using a Solidoodle […]
Welcome to the future. The 3D Printing Podcast wants this be your resource to hear podcasts about the 3D Printing Industry. We will keep them light, informative and entertaining. Will people be patient enough to use a 3D printer to print what they need? Is 3D printing too technical? Will 3D printers replace the assembly […]