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Researchers Create 3D Printed Model to Better Understand a Binary Star System Explosion3dprintA team of researchers from the Palermo Astronomical Observatory, the University of Palermo, and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics wanted to get a better understanding of what happens between two stars in a close orbit, or binary star system, when there’s an explosion. So, they turned to 3D printing technology.Sarah Saunders September 20, 2017
Everything You Always Wanted To Know About PolyethylenefabbalooPolyethylene is not the most popular 3D printing material, but with the growing interest in more standard engineering materials over the ABS and PLA thermoplastics that initially fueled the 3D printer boom, “PE” should take its place in the 3D printing workshops of the world, as it has in the non-3D printing world. September 14, 2017
Britt Michelsen's 3D printed double pendulum fidget spinner is chaotic and addictive3Ders.orgGermany-based chemical engineer Britt Michelsen has made a 3D printed double pendulum fidget spinner that she says is extremely addictive to play with. The 3D printed spinner was a Runner Up in the Instructables Fidget Spinner Design Contest.BenedictSeptember 13, 2017
3D Printed Food: Easy as Pie?3DPrintIt’s almost impossible to discuss advances in 3D printing today, particularly in Boston, without mention of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), as the school not only produces well-educated engineers but also delves deep itself into additive manufacturing research.Sarah Anderson GoehrkeSeptember 8, 2017
OBJ File Format – Simply Explained for CAD and 3D PrintingAll3DPThe OBJ file format is one of the most important file formats in 3D printing and 3D graphics applications. It is the preferred format for multicolor 3D printing and is widely used as a neutral interchange format for non-animated 3D models in graphics applications.Dibya ChakravortySeptember 8, 2017
3D Printing: Inside MIT3DPrint3D printed food has caught chefs’, journalists’ and the general public’s attention for a number of years now. There is however a lot of disinformation around the subject as well as confusion. To help clear that up a bit we’re going to be looking at overview post detailing the broad strokes possibilities in 3D printed food.Joris PeelsSeptember 7, 2017
Researchers Use 3D Printed End Plates and Paper Origami Mechanisms to Create Flexible, Inching Robots3DPrintA team of students and professors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been working on innovative research that illustrates how they used bio-inspired design and origami structures to make small, crawling robots.Sarah SaundersSeptember 7, 2017
Hybrid 3D Printing Technique Creates Stretchable Wearable Electronics3DPrintJennifer Lewis, Sc.D. of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) is an expert in advanced materials and 3D printing, having worked on everything from ceramic foam material to bioprinted kidney subunits. She and her lab partnered with J. Daniel Berrigan, Ph.D. and Michael Durstock, Ph.D. at the US Air Force Research Laboratory to develop a new 3D printing technique for soft electronics, called hybrid 3D printing. The technique combines soft, electrically conductive inks and matrix materials with rigid electronic components into one stretchable device.Clare ScottSeptember 6, 2017
3D Print Lego: Bricks, Heads, Pieces, and MoreAll3DPAre you ever just missing that one Lego piece to complete your creation? Sadly, that’s sometimes the case. But anyone with a 3D printer is in luck because 3D printed Lego bricks are easy to fabricate. They might not be the best fitting pieces in the world, but they will do the trick at least until that missing piece under the couch is found.Franklin HouserSeptember 5, 2017
Doodle3D Announces Version 1.0 for its Online Transform 3D Design App3DPrintIn 2013, the co-founders of the Netherlands-based software company Doodle3D, Nico van Dijk and Rick Companje, launched a successful Kickstarter campaign for the Doodle3D WiFi-Box, a small device that lets users draw on a tablet and wirelessly send the artwork to a 3D printer. Three years later, the company introduced a new app, called Doodle3D Transform, a splitscreen 2D-to-3D design platform that allows users to easily create their own 3D drawings with a computer, laptop, or tablet; the WiFi-Box connects the app to open source 3D printers, so 3D designing is easier than ever.Sarah SaundersAugust 24, 2017
MIT CSAIL's Interactive Robogami System Makes it Easy to Design and 3D Print Your Own Origami-Inspired Robots3DPrintFor years, researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have been working with 3D printing and robotics, making robots 3D printed in one step and 3D printed robots that can put themselves together. Now, they’ve come up with a unique system for non-experts to design custom 3D printable robots in one sitting. It’s called Interactive Robogami, and simplifies the process, letting users design origami-inspired robots from 2D designs in minutes, and 3D print and assemble the robots in as little as four hours.Sarah SaundersAugust 23, 2017
Four Fierce Female Designers Using Coding to Create3DPrintFourwomen are creating groundbreaking work that is both beautiful and computationally complex. Angela LinnemanAugust 22, 2017
Microsoft Documentary Series Chronicles Young Engineer's Work Toward Affordable 3D Printed Robotic Prosthetics3DPrint We first heard about young self-taught engineer Easton LaChappelle back in 2014, a year after he had the chance to demonstrate his 3D printed robotic prosthetic to then-President Barack Obama at the White House Science Fair.
This post catches up with LaChappelle, now 21.
Sarah Saunders August 21, 2017
3D Print Your Own Levitation Device Courtesy of the University of Bristol3DPrintTinyLev is a 3D printed acoustic levitator capable of suspending small bits of matter like water and paper in mid-air, and the scientists have published instructions so that anyone can make their own.Clare ScottAugust 21, 2017
Telescoping 3D Prints?FabbalooResearchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a computational technique that could solve issues in 3D printing and enable entirely new classes of printed parts. August 8, 2017
DIVERSITY IN MAKER EDUCATIONDesign Make TeachJosh shares stories of Makers of Color.Josh AjimaAugust 4, 2017
At Apple's new summer camp, high school kids can build the next big thingThe VergeIn a nondescript Apple office building in Cupertino, California, a group of engineers has spent the past four weeks working feverishly on the next big thing in consumer hardware, prototyping a water-saving shower head, a new version of the Apple Watch, and a “smart” water bottle.Lauren GoodeAugust 4, 2017
Disney’s Compliant Mechanism SystemfabbalooEntertainment giant Disney has published an interesting study on a system they’ve developed to assist in the design of “compliant objects”, which could be very useful in 3D printing.August 4, 2017
FABLEARN: ENTREPRENEURSHIP & SUSTAINABLE MAKERSPACESDesign Make TeachThis Round Table presentation reflects on experiences of winner of US Department of Education’s CTE Makeover Challenge to create a sustainable makerspace through entrepreneurship. Virginia Career and Technical Educations competencies include an Entrepreneurship Infusion Unit that empowered CTE classes to explore using the makerspace to make products for sale. Through this process students and staff identified multiple opportunities to insource the production of items in the makerspace. The revenue from these activities creates a sustainable source of income for makerspace supplies while providing discounted costs to school organizations.Josh AjimaAugust 3, 2017
FABLEARN: 0 THINGS SUBMISSIONDesign Make Teach This Ignite Talk is intended as a call to action for students and educators to design and share 3D models that celebrate diversity, social justice and equality. The talk focuses on author’s personal experiences searching 3D repositories for models to use in an instructional settings. These experiences led to a classroom project with a small group of ELL students to publish models related to National Hispanic Heritage Month. The most important lesson for educators is that the lack of diversity in models and content in maker communities is an opportunity for students to research, design, make and share valuable public products for the world.Josh AjimaAugust 3, 2017
3D Printing Educator Spotlight On: Joshua Pearce, PhD, Associate Professor, Michigan Tech3DPrintDr. Pearce, Associate Professor, Materials Science & Engineering and Electrical & Computer Engineering, works at Michigan Technological University (Michigan Tech) and is a strong figure standing at the crossroads of 3D printing and education.Sarah Anderson GoehrkeJuly 27, 2017
3D Printing Educator Spotlight On: Megan Finesilver, 2nd Grade Teacher, Speaker and Curriculum Developer, Colorado3DPrint In addition to teaching second grade at Challenge to Excellence Charter School, Megan Finesilver also finds time to speak about 3D printing, help animals in need, and create curriculum so that as many students as possible can learn about 3D printing.Clare Scott July 27, 2017
Penn State and the University of Maryland Offer 3D Printing DegreesAll3DPPenn State and the University of Maryland are offering 3D printing degrees including hands-on approaches to learning about the technologyHanna WatkinJuly 24, 2017
3D Printing Education: Learn to Incorporate 3D Printing in the ClassPinshapeWith 3D printing emerging in schools, there are many teachers left wondering how to integrate 3D printing in their classroom material. We will hear from Jerry Shaw, a lead engineering teacher and curriculum developer at a technical high school on how to approach 3D printing in the classroom.July 17, 2017
University of Georgia uses 3D printing to create arm brace for running back Sony Michel3D Printing IndustryIn a short feature video UGA’s Director of Sports Medicine Ron Courson explains how the brace enabled Michel to return to the field following an injury. The segment documents the production of the device at UGA’s College of Engineering which involved both 3D scanning and 3D printing.Corey ClarkeJuly 13, 2017
5-minute 3D printed bioreactor offers better way to make drugs, booze33ders.orgAlshakim Nelson and fellow chemists at Seattle’s University of Washington have developed a 3D printed, yeast-based bioreactor that can keep on fermenting for months at a time. Nelson’s team built a 3D printer specifically for the purpose of fabricating such bioreactors.Corey ClarkeJuly 7, 2017
3D Printing Educator Spotlight On: Jacek Kawalek, High School Teacher and 3D Printing Expert, Poland3DPrintWhile Poland is home to several successful 3D printing companies, the country’s school system has no official 3D printing curriculum at the high school level, and that’s what Kawałek, an IT teacher at Henryk Sienkiewicz Technical High School in Kołobrzeg, Poland, is striving to change.Clare Scott July 7, 2017
3D Printed “Third Thumb” Extends Natural AbilitiesAll3DPRoyal College of Art graduate Dani Clode creates 3D printed wearable third thumb to extend the natural abilities of users. Tyler KoslowJuly 5, 2017
Teenage Girls Invent Solar-Powered Tent for Homeless with 3D Printing

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A group of teenage girls from San Fernando are learning about engineering while developing a solar-powered tent for homeless people.Hanna WatkinJuly 5, 2017
This 3D printed hexapod robot can handle all types of uneven terrain3ders.orgA Norwegian engineer by the name of Kåre Halvorsen (also known by his alias “Zenta”), is pioneering a 3D printed hexapod robot that can crawl over remarkably uneven ground. Featuring a unique spider-inspired design, the MX-Phoenix relies on 6 legs and a whopping 18 different motors.JuliaJuly 5, 2017
3D Printing Educator Spotlight On: Jayda Pugliese, 5th Grade Teacher with a STEAM-Focused Classroom, Philadelphia3DPrintJayda Pugliese is a young—and already award-winning—teacher who can serve not only as an inspiration to the fifth-graders she is teaching, but also to the rest of the world. The learning in Ms. Pugliese’s class is top-notch, with math students progressing impressively, and many working above their grade levels overall. Bridget Butler MillsapsJuly 5, 2017
3D printed heart valve could improve heart surgeries of the future3D Printing IndustryGeorgia Institute of Technology researchers, together with the Piedmont Heart Institute, have created a patient-specific heart valve model using a 3D printer.Corey ClarkeJuly 5, 2017
Georgia Tech's 3D printed heart valve models could help cardiologists perform valve replacements3ders.orgResearchers at Georgia Institute of Technology and the Piedmont Heart Institute are using patient-specific 3D printed heart valve models to improve the success rate of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedures. Their aim is to avoid the problem of paravalvular leakageBenedictJuly 4, 2017
Types of Heating Enclosures for 3D Printers To Prevent Warping3D PrintingOne of the difficulties of FDM printing is retaining the heating factors that allow for a successful print. While high-end printers are precise in this regard, not everyone can be quite as lucky. Thus, many enterprising users resort to the use of heating enclosures.July 4, 2017
Designer creates eye-catching metallic Egyptian figurines using simple 3D printed plastic molds3ders.orgD printing hobbyists are increasingly finding themselves spoilt for choice when it comes to affordable, good quality FDM printers, but 3D printing with metallic materials is still something that is prohibitively expensive. One designer recently came up with a neat solution to this problem, by 3D printing PVA molds that could then be used to cast objects with a metallic fluid. Her method achieved some great results, creating a range of impressively detailed figurines with an antique metallic look and feel.DavidJuly 4, 2017
Henry Segerman 3D prints elaborate sculptures with weird symmetries as a way to visualize the 4th dimension3ders.orgA mathematician at Oklahoma State University has been expanding 3D printing technology itself into a whole new dimension. He published a paper on the different kinds of symmetry of physical objects, explaining the ‘quaternion’ group as a particular symmetry group. He goes on to explain how 3D printed objects can be used to demonstrate the symmetrical possibilities of so-called ‘four-dimensional’ objects.DavidJuly 4 , 2017
Mexican students use 3D printer to create synthetic bone implant3D Printing IndustryStudents from Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP) in Puebla, Mexico have used a 3D printer to create scaffolds for synthetic bone material. The synthetic material promotes bone growth and the team used computer algorithms to develop the 3D printed scaffolds.Corey ClarkeJuly 4, 2017

3D printers will change manufacturing

The EconomistSceptics doubt the technology can be used for mass production. Just waitJun 29th 2017
DARPA to push limits of CAD design with multimillion dollar research program3D Printing IndustrySiemens, the Georgia Institute of Technology, Michigan State University (MSU) and PARC have been chosen to work on DARPA’s TRAansformative DESign (TRADES) research program.

The goal of TRADES is to develop a new digital modeling program that expands the limits of current computer aided design (CAD). TRADES technology will facilitate the creation of more complex objects, optimized for rapid “design-to-manufacturing” through 3D printing and other digital techniques.

Beau JacksonJune 29, 2017
Autodesk integrates Project Dreamcatcher into Netfabb 2018 with generative design3D Printing IndustryStarting later this year Autodesk’s Netfabb will incorporate generative design technology that was previously part of Project Dreamcatcher.Corey ClarkeJune 28, 2017
Student creates physical interface for 3D modelling: TAC.TILES3D Printing IndustryBelgian product design student Simon Van Pottelbergh has designed a physical interface for 3D modelling and 3D printing called ‘TAC.TILES’.Corey ClarkeJune 28, 2017
The curve of 3D printing: Austrian researchers pioneering self-actuating objects3ders.orgA group of Austrian computer scientists associated with of the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST) are pioneering the development of self-actuating free-form objects: flat 2D templates that, upon release, transform themselves into a 3D version.JuliaJune 28, 2017
Is 3D printing safe? UL publishes Safety Science of 3D Printing3D Printing IndustryPublished as the proceedings of the Safety Science of 3D Printing Summit held in Atlanta, Georgia earlier this year, the authors “hope this exchange of information will enable more collaborative discussions, research, innovation, informed policy advancement, and science based initiatives leading to the safe of use 3D printers.”

The short answer to the question, Is 3D printing safe?

Yes.

Michael PetchJune 27, 2017
How MIT’s ultimate origami algorithm is unlocking the potential of 3D printers3D Printing IndustryThe algorithm is the result of 20 years of work. By applying this theory to sheets of other materials, e.g. PLA, ABS and Nylon, the algorithm may have potential to enhance the possibilities of 3D printed objects, including self-assembling 4D printing.Beau JacksonJune 27, 2017
New 3D printing software for designing functional mechanical objects3D Printing IndustryResearchers at the Institute of Science and Technology (IST) Austria have developed a software system to design functional, mechanical objects for 3D printing. The software allows users to create and redesign fully 3D printed objects with the use of mechanical templates and desired shapes.

The researchers collaborated with Adobe Research to develop the software system which is set to be presented this summer at the SIGGRAPH conference in Los Angeles. American software company Adobe has already made steps into 3D software and recently launched its cloud based software platform, Project Felix to combine 2D and 3D images.

Corey ClarkeJune 23, 2017
Gender fluidity meets 3D printing with ingenious motorized bathroom sign3ders.orgWhen it comes to LGBT issues and ideas of gender fluidity, 3D printing technology has traditionally had, at best, a neutral stance. As useful as additive manufacturing processes can be for various industries, they’re definitely not the first thing you think of as agents of social progress. However, a politically motivated project recently posted on Instructables by a hobbyist could be about to change all that, hopefully for the better. It’s a 3D printed bathroom sign, that switches back and forth between the male ‘Gentlemen’ symbol and the female ‘Ladies’ symbol every 15 seconds.DavidJune 18, 2017
MIT Produces 4D Shapeshifting Printed Pasta3D Printing4D printing and food printing are about to collide. MIT’s Tangible Media Group has developed pasta that reacts folds into various shapes when in contact with heat and water. While all pasta does this to some extent, this particular type reacts with a pre-designed and “programmed” design. The pasta is flat but takes wild shapes when boiled.AuthorJune 1, 2017
3D Printing The Next Five Years by René Gurka CEO and co-founder of BigRep3D Printing IndustryThe future of 3D printing is a series of thought leadership articles written by additive manufacturing experts and 3D printing industry insiders.René GurkaMay 31, 2017
State University of New York offers first of its kind Summer Additive Manufacturing Institute3D Printing IndustrySUNY New Paltz, NY, is to a hold a Summer Additive Manufacturing Institute for professionals July 31 – August 4 2017. Beau JacksonMay 30, 2017
3D printed food could soon help dysphagia suffererswww.3ders.orgAs 3D printed food looms ever larger on the horizon, an Australian researcher is looking into the medical benefits of the phenomenon—and she’s already come up with some unexpected findings. Dr. Aarti Tobin is Team Leader for the Meat Science team at the Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) in Brisbane, Australia, where her research focuses on the role of 3D printed food for dysphagia sufferers.JuliaMay 30, 2017
3D Printing Architecture Models for Beginners: A Guide

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3D printing has become an interesting alternative when it comes to building architecture models. Learn how to easily 3D print architectural models.Max GicklhornMay 30, 2017
Open Bionics Samantha Payne Helps Disabled Kids Become Superheroe

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sWe talk to Open Bionics co-founder Samantha Payne about 3D printed prosthetics, turning kids into superheroes, and the value of open source.Tyler KoslowMay 30, 2017
High School Students Make Robot Subs with 3D Printing

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The robotics team at Carl Hayden High School — otherwise known as Falcon Robotics — are using 3D printing to make super awesome robot subs.Bulent YusufMay 30, 2017
Researchers Print Conch Shells To Examine ToughnessAll3DPMIT researchers are using 3D printing technology to explore the secret behind the toughness of conch shellsTyler KoslowMay 29, 2017
Additive Manufacturing: Complete Overview & IntroductionAll3DPWant to learn more about using industrial additive manufacturing? Here's a breakdown of the different technologies, applications, companies, and services.Tyler KoslowMay 29, 2017
MIT researchers 3D print shape-shifting noodles in bizarre culinary research projectwww.3ders.orgResearchers at MIT’s Tangible Media Group have devised a method for 3D printing food that changes shape before you eat it. They say the weird shape-shifting food is also easier to store and transport.BenedictMay 26,2017
Canada's University of Waterloo building one of world's largest academic 3D printing facilitieswww.3ders.orgThe University of Waterloo, a “top innovation university” in Ontario, Canada, has just been given 8.9 million CAD in federal funding to develop its additive manufacturing lab. The facility will focus on improving metal 3D printing with sensors, quality assurance software, and machine intelligence.BenedictMay 25,2017
3D printed fashion gets a helping hand with ShareCloth design software3D Printing IndustryShareCloth, a computer software company headquartered in Moscow, has announced the forthcoming release of an app to help designers create 3D printed garments. The ShareCloth app has been developed by the company in a bid to provide “an easy fix” for 3D garment design and encourage more fashion designers to make the most of the technology.Beau JacksonMay 25, 2017
3D printed running suit keeps athletes cool with programmed smart bacteria3D Printing IndustryA collaboration between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the National University of Singapore and New Balance Athletics has developed a self-cooling running suit and shoes with the use of 3D printing.Beau JacksonMay 25, 2017
Intentional defects could save your 3D printing files from cyber theft, NYU researchers saywww.3ders.orgA group of researchers at NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering has found a way to prevent 3D printing hacks and cyber theft. By deliberately embedding flaws in CAD files, the researchers say they can combat intellectual property theft.BenedictMay 24,2017
Best Fidget Spinner Bearings: What to Know & Which to BuyAll3DPLooking for the best fidget spinner bearings? Check out our guide to the best bearings and how to make your spinner spin the longest.Matthew MensleyMay 18, 2017
G-Code Tutorial for Beginners: Improve Your 3D Printing Skills

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G-code is the language used by computers to communicate with 3D printers. In this short tutorial, you’ll learn to understand all its commands.Dibya ChakravortyApril 28,  2017
Using 3D Printed Bolus for Effective Cancer Treatment

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Cancer patients at Banner Health’s NCMC Oncology Department will receive 3D printed precise molds, called bolus, for radiation treatment. Hanna WatkinApril 28,  2017
MIT’s Autonomous Construction Rig 3D Prints Affordable Homes

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MIT researchers are developing an autonomous construction rig that uses 3D printing and robotics to quickly create structures.Hanna WatkinApril 27,  2017
MIT’s Autonomous Construction Rig 3D Prints Affordable Homes

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MIT researchers are developing an autonomous construction rig that uses 3D printing and robotics to quickly create structures.Hanna WatkinApril 27,  2017
Scientists Develop Erasable Ink for 3D Printing Nanostructures

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Scientists from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) are developing a process that uses direct laser writing to create tiny prints using erasable ink.Hanna WatkinApril 26,  2017
Furniture of the Future Made with Rapid Liquid Printing and Drawn in Gel

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Steelcase, MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab and designer Christophe Guberan have developed a speedy and scalable rapid liquid printing method. Hanna WatkinApril 25,  2017
Students Develop 3D Printed Eco-Sneakers You Can Customize

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Polish students developed eco-friendly shoes for their graduation project using a 3D printer and now hope to start a dedicated business. Hanna WatkinApril 21,  2017
Duke University Develops 3D Printable Hydrogel for Menisci Implants

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Duke University researchers have developed a hydrogel which can be used for printing meniscus implants, perfect for easing aching knees.Hanna WatkinApril 20,  2017
Kickstart a 3D Printed Cora Ball and Help Save the Oceans

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Prototyped with 3D printing on an Ultimaker 2+, the Cora Ball is designed to stop microfibres from your laundry leeching into the ocean.Bulent YusufApril 20,  2017
NASA Develops Functional “Space Fabric” With Metal 3D Printing

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NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is developing 3D printed woven metal fabrics to use within astronaut suits and large antennas.Tyler KoslowApril 19,  2017
Preserving the Endangered Lemur with 3D Scanning and X-Rays

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The Duke Lemur Center is using 3D scanning and micro-computed tomography to preserve lemurs. And the files may soon be publicly accessible.Hanna WatkinApril 18,  2017
These Shape-Shifting 4D Objects Transform with Heat

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Researchers from several institutions have developed shape-shifting 4D prints which can permanently transform when heated up.Hanna WatkinApril 18,  2017
Scientists Print Artificial Coral to Rescue Great Barrier Reef

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Scientists at the University of Sydney are developing virtual 3D maps of the Great Barrier Reef to print artificial replacements.Tyler KoslowMarch 31,  2017
New MakeVR Modeling App Allows for 3D Printing VR Designs

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Bringing powerful design tools to your fingertips, MakeVR has launched on HTC’s Viveport app store. Best of all, you can export your designs for 3D printing.Matthew MensleyMarch 27,  2017
3D printed 'OpenScope' is your ticket to affordable digital night vision

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Instructables user MattGyver92, an architecture visualization specialist, has designed a 3D printed monocular night vision device. The device, dubbed OpenScope, features an adjustable camera, LED, and 3D printed enclosure.BenedictMarch 11, 2017
Devin Montes tells us how to Make Anything3P Printing IndustryDevin Montes is gathering a huge following on YouTube with his Make Anything account, posting DIY 3D printing videos and with one of his projects amassing over 3 million views.Corey ClarkeMarch 10, 2017
MIT Researchers Create New Cellulose 3D Printing Process and Print Antimicrobial Surgical Tool3DPrintNew 3D printing materials are constantly being developed, as scientists strive to come up with material that’s stronger, more versatile, more sustainable, etc. Materials development isn’t a simple process, but it helps when you’re working with a resource that’s as readily attainable as cellulose – the “most abundant organic polymer in the world,” says MIT postdoc Sebastian Pattinson.Claire ScottMarch 6, 2017
As 3D printing grows, so does need to reclaim plastic wasteBerkeley NewsPanditi and Silva, who work for the Student Environmental Resource Center, and Ph.D. student Mickey Clemon are leading the 3D Printer Filament Reclamation Project to decrease the amount of plastic waste made by 3D printers on campus. They’re creating a campuswide system that takes used 3D printer plastic, grinds it up, melts it down and produces a new spool of plastic that can be used again in the campus’s 3D printers.Anne BriceFebruary 15, 2017
TANNER'S STORY: 3D PRINTING FOR GOODMatterHackersPaul Yanzick, our February Hacker of the Month, reminds us that 3D printing can be used to impact the lives of others, including his son, Tanner.Paul YanzickFebruary 10, 2017
3D printed robotic fish unlocks secrets of the brain3DPrintingIndustryA collaborative research team from the Tandon School of Engineering in New York and the Politecnico di Torino in Turin have 3D printed a multi-material robotic zebrafish. The robo-fish mimics the behavior of its natural counterparts, blending in with the aim of discovering more about the complex lives of fish which in turn has implications for the non-aquatic realm.Beau JacksonFebruary 8, 2017
WIP 004: GETTING THINGS DONEDesignMakeTeach

Josh describes a number of ideas for articles and designs that he was able to publish before uploading this post.

Pioneer Josh AjimaJanuary 14, 2017
Technique enables adaptable 3-D printing

Once fabricated, objects can be altered by adding new polymers

MIT NewsMIT chemists have now developed a 3-D printing technique that allows them to print objects and then go back and add new polymers that alter the materials’ chemical composition and mechanical properties. These new polymers can be reactivated by light.Anne TraftonJanuary 13, 2017
30 Types of 3D Printer Filament – Guide & Comparison ChartAll3DP

Guide to 30 great 3D printer filament types and a handy comparison chart. Learn about PLA, ABS, PETG, Nylon, Flexible, and 25 more types of 3D filament.

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How to keep your filament feeding for a successful 2017!!!ProtoPastaDoes your printer stop extruding on the first layer or maybe later in a print? Does your machine print inconsistently with missing cross-sections?  Does it fail on intricate cross-sections?  If your extruder gear ever grinds or slips or your filament, you’ll want to read this post.Alex DickJanuary 1, 2017
Design Company HUSH Creates Web-Based Tool 'TopoTopo,' Users Can Create and Print 3D Topographical Puzzles3D PrintDesign company HUSH has a new web-based tool, TopoTopo, that lets you enter a location and create a 3D topographical model of the place that can be turned into a puzzle and 3D printed!Sarah SaundersDecember 16, 2016
University of Glasgow Receives £2.8 Million to Develop 3D Printed Bone for Landmine Survivors3D PrintFind a Better Way, a foundation set up by football legend Sir Bobby Charlton to aid landmine survivors and reduce casualties, granted the £2.8 million to the university for the purpose of developing 3D printed bone for survivors of landmine blasts. Landmines, though responsible for thousands of deaths, are designed specifically to maim, leaving victims often missing limbs or parts of limbs and requiring reconstructive surgery. Clare Scott   December 16, 2016
America Makes and ANSI Release Preliminary Final Draft of Additive Manufacturing Standardization Roadmap for Public Feedback3D PrintAMSC’s focus is on developing a roadmap to identify the standards needed in the Additive Manufacturing industry and on coordinating a clear approach to the development process. This week, it released the preliminary final draft of the AMSC Standardization Roadmap for Additive Manufacturing (Version 1.0) to the public for review and comment. Clare Scott   December 16, 2016
Free 3D Modeling Tool and Platform VECTARY Launches First Public Beta3D PrintVECTARY, founded in 2014, with a goal of democratizing 3D modeling and supporting its makers and designers while helping them reach their full potential in the vast world of 3D modeling and printing, releases public beta.Sarah Saunders December 15, 2016
Spanish Surgeons Use Patient-Specific 3D Printed Surgical Instruments3D PrintCardiovascular surgeons are now employing 3D printed surgical instruments during extracorporeal surgery interventions thanks to work created by cardiovascular surgeon Ignacio Díaz de Tuesta.Bridget Butler MillsapsDecember 9, 2016
How a 3D Printed Robot Can Teach Kids to Code3D PrintAt Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, computing engineer Zivthan Dubrovsky and his team have observed that formative experiences known as sparks help to determine whether students will become interested in coding as a lifetime endeavor. To help grade schools provide this spark, the Wyss team created a 3D printed robot that presents coding in a fun way that makes students eager to learn.Patricia Dimick December 8, 2016
3D Printing and Forensic Reconstruction Put to Work in Ohio Cold Case3D PrintDetectives turned to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI), after all other leads, even DNA, turned cold seven months after the woman was found. The BCI, in turn, teamed up with The Ohio State University, to use a 3D printer to craft a model of the woman’s skull.Sarah SaundersDecember 9, 2016
Pasta Gets Smart! Barilla Launches Second 3D Design Contest for 3D Printable Pasta Shapes3D PrintIf you missed your chance to come up with your own pasta designs in 2014, now you have another chance!Clare Scott December 8, 2016
Pupils design products at the Create Education Forrest Hills STEM eventCREATE EducationIn November 2016, the Create Education Project hosted a STEM event at the stunning Forrest Hills venue at Lancaster University. The morning session was attended by 120 Year 5 and 6 pupils from 4 local primary schools.Sonya HortonDecember 7, 2016
A Parrotlet in 3D Printed Goggles Just Proved Researchers Wrong About the Aerodynamics of Bird Flight3D PrintSometimes science can be really, really adorable – while teaching us important things, as well. While putting tiny goggles on a small parrot may seem to be good for nothing more than creating the next viral YouTube hit – a worthy goal in itself – researchers at Stanford University had a much bigger objective in mind when they trained a parrotlet named Obi to fly around while wearing a pair of miniature goggles.Clare Scott December 6, 2016
Object of the Week: Mug Christmas Cookie Cutters by FaberdasheryCREATE Education“Object of the Week” is a fully resourced open-ended classroom project developed by the Create Education Project to provide regular opportunities throughout the year for students to explore the world of 3D printing. This week features some fun Christmas themed objects.Create Education Project, created by Sonya HortonDecember 5, 2016
Create a Snowman Christmas Decoration in 123DesignCREATE EducationAs Christmas approaches now is the time to start thinking about the festive season. Why not develop and test out your 3D design skills to create some festive 3D printed decorations, such as this cute snowman decoration.Contributed by Alastair Jennings, created by Sonya HortonDecember 1, 2016
3D printing at University of Richmond’s tribute to World War II veterans3D Printing IndustryThis December Virginia Commonwealth University’s Virtual Curation Laboratory (VCL) will demonstrate its 3D scanning techniques, and display 3D printed WWII facsimiles at the University of Richmond’s tribute to World War II veterans on December 8.Beau JacksonNovember 29, 2016
Around the World in 80 Models: MontesaSketchfabHop on board as we continue our journey Around the World in 80 Models! We began our itinerary at Sketchfab headquarters in New York and are working our way through Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania, South America, and North America. To catch up on past destinations, check out the rest of the Around the World in 80 Models series.Cultural HeritageNovember 28, 2016
A hands-on approach to chemistry with 3D printed molecules3D Printing IndustryDr. Anthony Williams of the National Center of Computational Toxicology and the Environmental Protection Agency in the US, has developed a JMol searchable database of over 30,000 3D printable crystal models for use in education.Beau JacksonNovember 28, 2016
Robotic construction project wins innovation prize for 3D printing building3D Printing IndustrySwiss researchers working at the “Swiss MIT” have created a new technique for concrete construction using robotics and metal mesh.Corey ClarkeNovember 25, 2016
3D-Fuel Turns Trash into Treasure with New Landfillament 3D Printing Filament3D PrintMore and more companies are emerging with new methods for transforming plastic waste into 3D printer filament. One of the original, and still one of the most creative, eco-friendly material manufacturing companies is 3DomFuel (more commonly called 3D-Fuel), which earlier this year merged into a conglomerate of the original 3D-Fuel and the former 3Dom.Clare ScottNovember 22, 2016
Create Your Own Custom 3D Printed StampPinshapeIn this tutorial, we’ll be making a simple stamp that you can customize with your name or logo. We’ll be using the 3D design software Onshape, which is free for hobbyist use. PinshapeNovember 22, 2016
The Critical Importance of Cooling During Plastic 3D PrintingFabalooThere’s often much discussion of heating issues in 3D printing, but there’s another thermal dimension to consider: cooling. General FabbNovember 22, 2016
A Combination of Tools to Fix BAD STL 3D Print FilesFabalooHave you ever had a “bad” STL file? I certainly have. Fixing them is often a tricky business.  General FabbNovember 21, 2016
3D Printing: Shape, Check! Function, Not So MuchFabalooWhat happens when you can actually produce any arbitrary shape on demand?   General FabbNovember 18, 2016
iPad 3D scanning puts modeling and design in the hands of the masses3D Printing IndustryColorado based startup Occipital Inc. have just unveiled a new iPad app, Canvas, that will enable an iPad to be transformed into a fully functioning 3D scanner.Corey ClarkeNovember 18, 2016
Northeastern University’s 3D printer unlocks secrets of the heart3D Printing IndustryUnder the direction of new associate professor Guohao Dai, the Department of Bioengineering at Northeastern University Mass. is one step closer to The 3D Printed Heart.Beau JacksonNovember 18, 2016
Onshape Switches Up Subscription Options, Unlimited Docs, Pushes for ProFabalooAs of this week, Onshape is offering a new 21-day Pro plan trial with no storage limits, unlimited private Documents and full CAD-crafting features.  SOLIDSMACK.COMNovember 17, 2016
Visualizing physical activity through 3D printing to get children moving more and sitting lessCREATE EducationRead about a multidisciplinary research team using 3D printing and working with Sport, Exercise and Health Scientists, Computer Scientists, Arts and Humanities academics to help aid children’s understanding and interpretations of the importantance of physical activity. The research is titled 3D Printing Children’s Physical Activity.CREATE Education  November 16 2016
3D printed filters bring more drinking water to Mexico3D Printing IndustryResearchers from the Sonora Institute of Technology have decided to do something about it by performing reverse-osmosis with the help of 3D printed filters.Beau JacksonNovember 16, 2016
Visualizing physical activity through 3D printing to get children moving more and sitting lessCREATESwansea University has put together a multidisciplinary research team involving Sport, Exercise and Health Scientists, Computer Scientists and Arts and Humanities academics. As a team they are collectively working on a novel concept involving 3D printing, to help aid children’s understanding and interpretations of how important physical activity is for staying healthy. The research is titled 3D Printing Children’s Physical Activity.CREATE EducationNovember 16, 2016
3D Modelling with Purple Mash 2Design & MakeCREATEPurple Mash is a very popular software solution used in many Early Years and Primary School settings across the UK and internationally. This online software suite includes a 3D modeling tool called 2Design and Make. Sonya Horton,content contributed by2simple.comNovember 15, 2016
Accessible 3D modelling software for the very youngCREATEA collection of software and apps that the Create Education team have become aware of that may be worth exploring with younger children. Sonya HortonNovember 15, 2016
Students Code & Create Wearable Technology at Corelli CollegeCreateStudents taking part in the project developed a range of practical skills including creating custom circuits using Arduino LilyPads, programming LEDs and sensors through Arduino IDE microprocessors, and developing and printing 3D models.Sonya HortonNovember 10, 2016
Teaching Blind Students with 3-D PrintsScientific AmericanThe technology turns abstract ideas into tactile teaching aids for the visually impairedJoan Horvath and Rich CameronNovember 9, 2016
How to Decide Which 3D Printer To BuyPinshapeThis guide will give you some of the top things to keep in mind when deciding on a 3D printer. We’ll go through details like resolution, material capability, and cost so you can find the machine that’s right for you.PinshapeNovember 9, 2016
The Essential Guide to 3D Printing: 101 Questions AnsweredAll3DPEverything you ever wanted to ask on 3D printing, 3D printers, 3D modeling, slicing software, 3D printer filaments and much more.Franklin HouserNovember 8, 2016
NASA PUTS ITS 3D MODELS UP ON GITHUBHackadayNASA has a bunch of its 3D models up on GitHub, and if you didn’t know about it before, you do now. It’s a ridiculously large download, at over one and a half jiggabytes, but it’s full of textures and high-resolution models of spacecraft, landing sites, and other random NASA ephemera.Elliot WilliamsNovember 8, 2016  
FAIL OF THE WEEK: UPCYCLING FAILED 3D PRINTSHackadayIs it possible to recycle failed 3D prints? As it turns out, it is — as long as your definition of “recycle” is somewhat flexible. After all, the world only needs so many coasters.Dan MaloneyNovember 8, 2016  
Protoprint Tackles Poverty & Pollution with Recycled Plastic FilamentAll3DPSustainability

Protoprint is a social enterprise empowering waste pickers in urban India and turning recycled plastic into filament for your 3D printer.

Hanna WatkinNovember 8, 2016
Optimize 3D printed layer thicknesses with Autodesk's free VariSlice open workflow3der.orgVariSlice™ is Autodesk's open workflow for automatically slicing STL files at variable layer heights. AlecNovember 7, 2016
Human ears and eagle beaks: 10 amazing items created by 3D printersPC WorldThe first thing printed on a 3D printer was rather boring—an eyewash cup printed by the inventor of 3D printing, Chuck Hull, in 1983. Since then, the process has been used to create prosthetics for humans and animals, unique candy designs, musical instruments and even human tissue, such as ears. Michelle DavidsonNovember 7, 2016
Troubleshooting Guide to 15 Common 3D Printing ProblemsAll3DP3D printing

Frustrated with Fused Filament Fabrication? Read the 3D printer troubleshooting guide to the most common 3D printing problems and their solutions.

Alastair JenningsNovember 7, 2016
THE MARS MEDICAL CHALLENGEFuture EngineersIf you are a K-12 student in the United States, your challenge is to create a digital 3D model of an object that could be used by an astronaut to maintain physical health on a 3-year mission to Mars. Your design must be intended to be 3D printed and could be used for a range of medical needs including diagnostic, preventative, first-aid, emergency, surgical, and/or dental purposes.Future EngineersEnds January 25, 2017
TONY THE PINBALL WIZARD 3D PRINTS FULL SIZED PINBALL MACHINEHackadayTony] has designed and 3D printed a full-sized pinball machine and it’s absolutely incredible. And by 3D-printed, we mean 3D-printed! Even the spring for the plunger printed plastic.Gerrit CoetzeeNovember 6, 2016
DTTO EXPLORER MODULAR ROBOT WINS 2016 HACKADAY PRIZEHackadayDtto, a modular robot designed with search and rescue in mind, has just been named the winner of the 2016 Hackaday Prize. In addition to the prestige of the award, Dtto will receive the grand prize of $150,000 and a residency at the Supplyframe Design Lab in Pasadena, CA.Mike SzczysNovember 5, 2016
Is Your 3D Print Model Watertight? Part 2: Solid InspectorMaster 3D visuals with DanielTal.comThe SketchUp Solid Inspector extension can solve front-back face problems, as well as other issues that prevent a model from being printer-ready.Bonnie RoskesNovember 4, 2016
You Can 3D Print Your Own Mini Universespace.comResearchers at the Imperial College London have created the blueprints for 3D printing the universe, and have provided the instructions online so anyone with access to a 3D printer can print their own miniature universe. Hanneke WeiteringNovember 1, 2016
Makers Guide to 30 Thrilling Types of 3D Printer FilamentAll3DPLearn about PLA, ABS, PETG, Nylon, Flexible, Wood, HIPS, PVA, Metals and 21 more great filament types.all3dpOct 28, 2016
HOW TO STOP FILAMENT WARPING IN 3D PRINTED PARTSMatterHackersWith these tips and tricks, warped parts will be a thing of the past. Here is a guide to eliminate warped parts by using a few learned secrets and diving into brims and footprints.Scott CahoonOctober 24, 2016
Design For Disability: 3D Imaging, Hands For Haiti, And The Enable Hand Build @ Comcast Collaboration StudioDESIGN ENLIGHTENED CLINICIANStudents explore a functional use for #D printing via a design/process that has been perfected in the thousands of iterations and prints by the Enable community.Rob PuglieseOctober 7, 2016

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