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Five Ways to Enjoy 3D Printing


NASA Fires Up with 3D Printing


The Amazing Things 3D Printers can Produce


The Role of 3D Printers in Military Functions


Has Disney Finally Captured Realistic-Looking Hair Using 3D Scanners?


MIT Students Create 3D Printed Ice Cream


ZMorph Introduces Basically an Uber-Maker


Delving into the Future of 3D Printers


15 Things You Can Create with a 3D Printer


Army Uses of 3D Printing


Space Missions Use of a 3D Printer


3D Printing And The Manufacturing Revolution


Doodling with 3D Pens! Which is Best


Hasbro Announces Early Adoption of 3D Printing


3D printing and medicine


3D printing Final Fantasy VII


A hot new download to keep you cool


3D printable watch


How 3D printing is changing the world of manufacturing


3D Printing and the food of the future


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3D Printing Fab Protheses
by Rudolfo Lentejas Jr.
In 2013, Natasha was met with a hit-and-run accident, in which she lost the lower half of her left leg. Surprisingly, she was able to look past that maiming incident instantly, and later decided to develop her own customized leg, and have her life settled again. In a stroke of serendipity, when Natasha was addressing at Nova Scotia College of Art and more
Microsoft Moves to Support 3D with 3D Builder
by R. Mehren

In terms of software, the current landscape of 3D printing is a palimpsest, among its contrasts: different control electronics, firmwares, modeling and print preparation software, and printer controllers. But MS hopes to enable developers to change that so that users, benefiting from behind-the-scenes streamlining, can get building faster.

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What do Mario and American Gothic have in common?
by rkm

Mario, originally an 8-bit sprite, and the now-kitsch American Gothic belong to the same club now: they're both subjects that 3d enthusiasts are re-shaping into three-dimensional art with the help of additive manufacturing.

Mario

Mario, Nintendo's iconic plumber-based solution for rescuing princesses (as opposed to its hybrid more

3D At Your Service
by R. Mehren
A primer for what a 3D printing service can deliver and how you benefit

With equipment, expertise, and experience handy, 3D printing services are quickly turning traditional manufacturing upside down: instead of the supply and consumer more

Five Major Industries that 3D Printing will Transform
3D printing is an advanced method to to literally print pretty much any three-dimensional object, which you can touch, feel, see, and even operate! 3D printing has brought back excitement in people lives and for some hope for a better future. The world first got the glimpse of 3D printing when Chuck Hall of 3D Systems developed it in 1983. Since then, more
Five Ways to Enjoy 3D Printing
by Rodolfo Lentejas Jr.

The consumer market of 3D printing technology has now grown to include individual users who want to produce things on their own, either for plain fun, entrepreneurial reasons, artistic expression or development of associated skills. With 3D printers becoming increasingly within reach for personal printing, more and more people are game to try the more

NASA Fires Up with 3D Printing
by J Clark

While 3D printing has been labeled by some as an extremely progressive and futuristic technology, it seems that every day, more and more individuals, organizations, and business experimentwith its ability to meet contemporary challenges.

The medical sector, for example, more

The Amazing Things 3D Printers can Produce
The future of 3D printers is bright, as they are expected to do a lot more than they can now. They are a revolutionary technology that has changed the course of time. People may no longer need to buy multiple items from stores, as 3D printer can replicate hundreds of items within a few days. Soon the products produced by the invention will be there more
The Role of 3D Printers in Military Functions
The advent of 3D printers has greatly benefited the U.S. military, as they are now able to integrate this new technology into various projects. As of now, they have experimented using 3D printers on a multitude of different projects, some of which they are not permitted to disclose. The U.S. army continues to work on the following, below:

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Has Disney Finally Captured Realistic-Looking Hair Using 3D Scanners?

Researchers at Disney Research in Zurich have finally managed to 3D scan realistic representations of hair. In fact, they were trying to capture the look of hair for a while. However, they were unable to do it until now. After experimenting with many different methods, they adapted an existing 3D scanning method with the addition of a few steps. more

MIT Students Create 3D Printed Ice Cream
by Jill Clark

Technology today has given us the ability to do things we never thought possible. Now, 3D printers allow us to create things with plastics, metals, and more! While 3D printer filament is still the predominant resource when it comes to 3D printing, it seems that new more

ZMorph Introduces Basically an Uber-Maker
by rkm
ZMorph 3D Printer

This is a triangular prism of hot makey goodness that will outlast your other relationships. The ZMorph “3D Printer” sports a seriously underpowered more

Delving into the Future of 3D Printers
by Paul Words

3D printing technology is a fantastic addition to the world. Since its inception, the growth of the technology has been phenomenal thanks to its novelty and potential. Although the main use of 3D printers lies in the industrial sector (and hobbyist community) currently, at the rate the technology is expanding to new markets and uses, we might well more

15 Things You Can Create with a 3D Printer
by Rodolfo Lentejas Jr.

A few decades ago, the sight of a particular object assembled from raw materials, layer by layer, could only be supposed in science fiction. Today, science has turned a fiction into reality: 3D printers are capable of producing a wide variety of items from simple building materials. You probably have an idea of what these new tools can bring to the more

Army Uses of 3D Printing
by J. Walrack

Imagine yourself in the shoes of a soldier who exerted himself physically and mentally all day long. Now imagine coming back to a meal-ready-to-eat, or MRE, the same he's eaten periodically for months. With that in mind, think about how much better it would be if the food were more nutritious and tastier. Food that would support your nutrient necessities more

Space Missions Use of a 3D Printer
by J. Walrack
Back in June of 2014, NASA announced their plan to launch the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo rocket plane into space. 'Virgin Galactic Space Ship Two. 'Virgin Galactic Space Ship Two

However, this launch plans to bring more than more

3D Printing And The Manufacturing Revolution
by Paul Words
Ever since the advent of 3D printing, manufacturers are looking for ways to make their shift from mechanical production to 3D printing –which is more consistent, cost-effective, and allows way more creative freedom! 3D Printing has enabled manufacturers to instantly take out prototypes for their original products and put them at trial right after, without more
Doodling with 3D Pens! Which is Best
by Simone Blaauw
Ever since February 2013, when the 3Doodler hit Kickstarter, the development of 3D pens has increased, and it doesn't look to be over soon! The 3Doodler was the first 3D printing pen in the world, raising $2.3 million in thirty-four days, and pioneered the world of 3D pens. The Lix pen followed in April 2014, reaching its funding goal in less than two more
Hasbro Announces Early Adoption of 3D Printing
by Jill Clark
3D printing seems to be on everyone’s mind these days, as the new technology is seemingly revolutionizing the world of consumerism. In fact, in the next several years, 3D printers could allow the average consumer to create an entirely new wardrobe, furniture, food, and even organs with high quality 3D printer filament like ABS filament, PLA filament more
3D printing and medicine
by Matt Rew
By now you have heard at least something about 3D printing, and I’m sure had (if you don’t still have) a measure of skepticism. And who can blame you for being skeptical? With so many new technologies being introduced and disappearing almost as quick as they showed up, people are leery to believe that 3D printers are going to be around for the long more
3D printing Final Fantasy VII
by Johnny Thai
Remember that time you really wished you could just make that little piece you needed to fix something? How about when you were younger and all you wanted was an action figure or doll of your favorite character, or your hero, but no one ever made it? Now with the advent of 3D printing, those days are fast becoming a distant memory. With new 3D printing more
A hot new download to keep you cool
This brilliant little printable design will have you forgetting about those coffee collars in to time flat. Brought to you by My Mini Factory we think that all of you coffee drinkers will love it. Just click the link below to download the design and start printing your very own hot beverage caddy.
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3D printable watch
An awesome holiday printable design will make you the best gift giver of the season. Brought to you by MakerBot's Thingiverse we think that your friends and family will be not only impressed, but also truely enjoy this unique gift that YOU made just for them. Just click the link below to download the design more
How 3D printing is changing the world of manufacturing
by Matt Rew
From the giants we know and love like Disney, to the new kids on the block like Shapeways, 3D printing is changing how consumers and manufactures think about products. The days of mass production are far from ending, but this new technology is putting a whole new face on the industry. And that face is yours, literally.

Across the globe, companies more

3D Printing and the food of the future
by Matt Rew
“To boldly go where no one has gone before” is one of the most well-known lines from Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek, a show that inspired many of the technological advances we use every day. From cell phones and video conferencing to stun guns and hypospray, and now with 3D printers we are seeing what could well be the early stages of the iconic replicator. more

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