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MakerBot Opens Innovation Centre at U.S. University

The challenge for 3D printing companies is to get their technique - which is often perceived as difficult and futuristic by many - to the masses. But how does one do such a thing? 3D printing giant MakerBot thinks the way to go is to put 3D printers in libraries and universities. These are the places innovators and great thinkers go to. Johan-Till Broer, Public Relations Manager of MakerBot estimates the number of libraries in the U.S. with 3D printers and scanners to be 500. In order to bring … [Read more...]

Fast Bioprinting of Human Cartilage Implants

Nose cartilage implant 3d printed on a bioprinter tray from human cells and hydrogel (Picture credits: Cartilage Engineering and Regeneration Group)

At ETH Zürich's Cartilage Engineering and Regeneration laboratory they have made some notable speed advancements in 3D printing of human cartilage which should lead to implantable replacements for trauma victims. Team of researchers led by Professor Marcy Zenobi-Wong's and Matti Kesti developed a process that would enable hospitals to make a full size nose implant under 20 minutes. Any cartilage implant could be produced with nose, ear and knee implants being the ones most used in surgeries … [Read more...]

3D Printing Speeds Up The Construction of The Sagrada Família

3D printing has proven te be a useful technology for architects. In China, they are building the world's first 3D printed houses, and all over the world architectural artists are using the technique to create fine art pieces. Back in 2013, I did a piece on Contour Crafting, a Californian project aiming to create 3D printed houses in less than a day. In that article, I playfully mentioned that such a technique would be good news for the Sagrada Família team - the team working on a cathedral in … [Read more...]

BoXZY Brings Additive and Subtractive Manufacturing Hybrid to Your Desktop

BoXZY desktop multitool machine

Home 3d printers are incredible machines but they have some limitations. Sometimes you just need some extra tools and capabilities to finish your project. You may want to expand your tool options and experiment with wood carving, making your own milled PCBs for electronics projects or do some metal machining. BoXZY may be the type of machine you will need since it is a multitool with easily replaceable CNC mill, 3D printer and laser engraver / cutter tool heads. Additionally to the tool changing … [Read more...]

3D Printed Melodica Sounds Better Than Original Version

Many musicians have been 3D printing instruments and we've seen 3D printed guitars, trumpets and even MIDI controllers. However, the overall problem with 3D printed instruments so far has been that the quality of their sound hasn't reached a level a high level yet. Even a manufacturer of 3D printed ukuleles was sure that "nothing beats the beauty of a hand-made instrument". However, a London-based composer did something no-one would have expected. He 3D printed a melodica and managed to make it … [Read more...]

This 3D Printed Air Conditioner Costs Over 6,000 Dollars

During last week's Appliance World Expo 2015 in Shanghai, a 3D printed air conditioner stole the show. This remarkable product was designed by Haier, but Haier seems to want you to design it yourself. The first one of its kind was sold by a man for the sum of 6,395 dollars. What made someone pay over 6,000 dollars for an air conditioning system? And what are the benefits of 3D printing such a system? The guy buying the air conditioner seems to have been a tech-savvy enthousiast, so we … [Read more...]

Is the Wakati One Going to Solve Food Problems in Africa?

When we - people in Western countries - throw vegetables or fruits in the trash can, most of us undergo feelings of guilt. Even though your banana turned black and therefore became uneatable, you can't help but feel like you shouldn't throw it away. Well, let's hold on to that feeling and try to eat products while they're fresh, I would say. However, to put things in perspective, we should also take a look at what is currently happening in Africa. According to an investigation by the UN, 45 … [Read more...]

World’s First Commercial Conductive Graphene Filaments for 3D Printing

GRAPHENE 3D LAB INC. - Commercial Sale of Conductive Graphene Fi

Graphene 3D Lab, American developer and manufacturer of graphene-enhanced materials for 3D printing, launched the commercial sale of the world’s first conductive graphene filament for 3D printing. These filaments incorporate highly conductive carbon materials to enhance the properties of PLA thermoplastic, are compatible with most commercially available 3D printers and can be used to print conductive traces within 3D printed parts for electronics. The filaments will be distributed through the … [Read more...]

Carbon3D Reaches Incredible 3D Printing Speeds with CLIP!

3d printer based on CLIP technology

Carbon3D, a company unknown until now, just came out with groundbreaking 3D printing technology which is 25 to 100 times faster than currently available commercial PolyJet or SLA machines. It is a true quantum leap forward for 3D printing speed! Here is a TED talk by Joseph DeSimone showing this revolutionary process live on stage and explaining the technology:   The company uses new 3D printing process they named "Continuous Liquid Interface Production" or CLIP. This new process … [Read more...]

Boeing wants to patent 3d printing of aircraft parts!

boeing Patent 1

Boeing applied for a patent and the documentation was recently published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) showing it is patent application for 3d printing of aircraft parts and that they are already massively using this technology in active aircraft! Besides Boeing trying to patent the 3d printing of aircraft parts it is also trying to patent the entire system around it including: “a parts library, a database, a parts management system, and a three dimensional printing … [Read more...]