3D Scanning Technology is a Useful Tool For Art Research

One of the great things about new technology is that it can be used to reveil hidden parts in art pieces. There are many interesting running projects, such as the the Bosch Research and Conservation Project and one called Insidde. They use X-ray or 3D scanning technologies to find out details about paintings, which you normally couldn't discover without damaging them. In Den Bosch, The Netherlands, a team of experts is currently using X-ray scans to reveil what is beneath the painting of … [Read more...]

First Object 3D Printed in Space

For the first time in history an object has been 3D printed in space. The space 3D printer is located at the International Space Station (ISS) and the first thing it made was a part for the printer itself: a faceplate for the extruder printhead. The object was printed on November 24 and Made in Space is the company that produced the 3D printer for NASA. The printer arrived on September 17 at the ISS. The 3D printer functions on zero gravity. It was installed so astronauts could print … [Read more...]

‘3D Printing Technology Could End Houselessness’

One of the most urgent problems in the world is the rising number of 'houseless' people. Currently 1,5 people around the globe don't own a house, and it is expected that by 2030 about 4 million people will have to live without it. 'Houselessness' does not mean that someone is homeless, but that the person lives in - for instance - a favela. In Brazil about 10 million people live in such kind of homes, which often don't have access to clean water, good sanitation and are overcrowded. A Brazilian … [Read more...]

‘Insurance Companies Should Use 3D Printers’

Insurance companies could soon all be using 3D printers to repair broken windows or ornaments. A company aiming to make this possible is CED, which works for several insurance parties. This company is currently working on a so-called damage printer. The Dutch version of international newspaper Metro reports that the printer is expected to be used by February 2015. The benefit of using 3D printing technology is that - CED believes - it can shorten the delivery time of certain items that … [Read more...]

This Urn Has a 3D Printed Imitation of Your Loved One’s Face

While most of the 3D printing projects we discuss on 3dprinting.com are innovating, we have also reported about a variety of odd projects. What to think of this Chinese project that turns peoples's ashes into sculptures? Or a company called 3D Babies, which 3D prints the fetus of a yet unborn child and delivers the object in some sort of a 'baby coffin'? Can it get any weirder than that? Oh, bloody hell, of course it can! Meet 3D printing company Cremation Solutions, which 3D prints urns in the … [Read more...]

This Eye-Catching Installation Was 3D Printed

Sometimes 3D printing and art go hand in hand, and a perfect example of this is the project by Polish 3D printer manufacturer Zortrax in conjunction with Piloci Studio Co. For the opening of Zortrax's first 3D printing store in Krakow, Poland, they created a multimedia installation, which they call a Mappingwall. When it lights up, this installation will certainly rock any discotheque. What it basically is, is a LED-illuminated display. Piloci Studio Co. had the plan to create this … [Read more...]

New Platform Connects 3D Printers to the Cloud

It seems like 3D printers connecting website 3D Hubs has a new competitor: 3DPrinterOS. This San Francisco-based platform is an open cloud system, which calls itself the world's first open 3D printing operator. Aaron Roy, who has been writing several articles for our website, is one of the people working at 3DPrinterOS, and he told us about this interesting project. What 3DPrinterOS basically does is that connects your 3D printer to the cloud and enables you as a user to connect both your … [Read more...]

Adrian Gögl Steps Into the World of 3D Printed Eyewear

3D printing has definitely entered the eyewear market; we've seen the technique hitting the spectacles market before when it was used by companies such as CAS Design and Soda Concept to create better sunglasses. The benefits of this way of producing spectacles is that it enables users to buy personalized glasses. New in the game is Adrian Gögl, a Swiss industrial designer who recently started his Oak and Dust 3D printed eyewear. He noticed some problems in the way most glasses are … [Read more...]

FLUX: This 3D Printer Is a 3D Scanner As Well

Lots of 3D printers have been passing our radar, but the printers we've been writing about were all just 3D printers. If you wanted to scan something or use laser, you had to use a different kind of equipment. The FLUX project therefore is interesting, because the new FLUX printer is a 3D printer, but a scanner and a laser engraver as well.  The 3D printer is currently on Kickstarter and it has already been funded for more than 500,000 dollars, while it's initial goal was to raise 100,000 … [Read more...]

HP Receives Over €21 Million From Spain

The Spanish government funds Hewlett-Packard (HP) with 21,25 million euros for its research and development of new 3D printing technologies. In April this year, HP CEO Meg Whitman announced that the company wants to locate a 3D printing centre in Barcelona, and aims to invest as much as 50 million euros into this project. It will receive a direct subsidy of 5,3 million euros as well as an additional funding of 15,9 million euros in loans from Spain's industrial ministry. HP Barcelona will … [Read more...]