E3D announces new 2-in-1 Titan Aero 3D printing extruder & hotend combo

Mar 24 5:33pm 3ders.org
British start-up E3D-Online has today announced their new 2-in-1 Titan Aero 3D printing extruder and hotend combo.
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Bondtech releases lightweight, cost & time-saving extruder for optimum 3D printing

Mar 24 5:03pm 3ders.org
Swedish startup Bondtech has today launched their newest product, a lightweight, cost and time-saving extruder for 3D printers. Leveraging the company’s Dual-Drive technology, the BMG extruder combines low weight with high feeding capacity, and ensures maximum performance without grinding and slipping.
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Doctors have Successful Surgery with 3D Printed Hip Replacement

Mar 24 3:54pm NeoMetrix
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3D printed robo-fruit packed with sensors can test for freshness

Mar 24 2:24pm 3ders.org
The freshness of future fruit could soon be fundamentally improved, with the help of a fun and fascinating new development from researchers in Switzerland. They have used 3D printing technology to produce a range of replica fruits, fitted with temperature sensors.
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3D Printed Bacteria Could Soon Become Graphene Substitute

Mar 24 11:47am NeoMetrix
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Printing the Impossible: Evolution of a Fidget Cube

Mar 24 11:33am The Shapeways Blog
Today’s How I Made It post explores a journey to 3D printing a fidget toy. Fidget toys have been trending since October, and it’s amazing to see our community come up with ever-more-brilliant ways to keep those hands busy during deep thoughts, Netflix binges, meetings…. I usually start my designs by prototyping at home with a desktop […] The post Printing the Impossible: Evolution of a Fidget Cube appeared first on The Shapeways Blog.
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Stratasys & the VA Teaming Up to Create 3D Printing Network in Hospitals

Mar 24 10:41am NeoMetrix
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3Ders interview with John Robertson, 3D printed jewelry extraordinaire & creative director of VerticesEdge

Mar 24 9:54am 3ders.org
With over 20 years of experience in digital 3D design, John Robertson is one of the most qualified individuals in the business. Having started his professional career working in the creative arts, Robertson developed a passion for CAD and 3D modeling back in the 1990s, and has gone on to take part in a huge number of creative and technical projects within the industry.
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Supreme Court ruling on cheerleader uniform copyright case could pose challenges for 3D printing community

Mar 24 9:10am 3ders.org
A new U.S. Supreme Court decision surrounding copyright laws that could impact the 3D printing industry has come from a seemingly unlikely case. The case, which started gaining attention a couple years ago, had to do with whether cheerleader uniform designs should be copyright protected.
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The First 3D Prints of the HP Jet Fusion 4200 Are Here

Mar 24 8:23am i.materialise
The surface of Materialise engineer Giovanni Vleminckx’s desk is covered in stone-grey 3D prints. Gears, hinges, interlocking links. Meet the first test prints of the widely anticipated HP Jet Fusion 3D printer! Announced last autumn, the news of the HP Multi Jet Fusion technology quickly spread waves of excitement throughout the 3D printing world — and Materialise, the mother company of online 3D printing service i.materialise, is privileged with early access to the new technology. Giovanni, as a researcher and engineer in our production unit, got the opportunity to run frequent tests on the machine. Here’s what he thinks and what the first test prints look like. “When I saw the machine first at formnext, in November 2016, I was quite impressed already because of its compactness and neatness. I’m used to large-scale industrial printers that don’t really prioritize a tidy look, so it was a nice surprise,” says Giovanni. “Now that I’ve had the chance to work together with HP on testing, I’m excited to have early access to the technology and help identify areas of future development. The machine scores high on usability and reliability. It’s only been a few weeks of testing but I feel confident leaving the machine to its own devices. It doesn’t need constant monitoring once the build is in progress.” HP Multi Jet Fusion Technology: How Does It Work? HP Multi Jet Fusion, as a 3D printing technology, is powder-based and does not use lasers. The powder bed, housed in a large chamber, is heated uniformly at the outset. A fusing agent is jetted where particles need to be selectively molten, and a detailing agent is jetted around the contours to improve part resolution. While lamps pass over the surface of the powder bed, the jetted material captures the heat and helps distribute it evenly. Since the powder bed is already heated and melting is not based on laser movement, each printing layer takes the same time, leading to foreseeable build times. At present, the material used by the machine is PA 12, a polyamide. “The material has a very fine powder grain, enabling the production of very thin layers of 80 microns,” explains Giovanni. “That means the same material leads to high-density parts with lower porosity than it would with thicker layers. The fine grain of the powder would be especially suitable for detailed features an...
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Color-changing 3D printed robot skin developed at MIT

Mar 24 6:26am 3ders.org
MIT researchers are developing 3D printed “skin” for robots that changes color upon receiving physical stimuli. The technology was inspired by the golden tortoise beetle, or “goldbug,” an insect whose golden exterior turns red when prodded. While we don’t fully know what robots of the future will look like, nor what roles they will play, many experts agree that complex systems of embedded sensors will be an important feature of such machines. Some sensor-driven tech, like the touch-sensitive surfaces on smartphones, is already ubiquitous, but more complex sensor arrays could someday be used to allow robots to fully interact with their environment.
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Promising start for Wiivv 3D printed sandal Kickstarter

Mar 24 5:35am 3ders.org
3D printed shoe brand Wiivv is gearing up for warmer weather with the launch of a Kickstarter campaign for its innovative custom-fit sandals, made using 3D scanning and 3D printing technologies. Backers can get their hands on a pair of bespoke flip flops starting at $70.
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Creating Ultra-Detailed Bricks in 1:220 Scale

Mar 23 6:30pm The Shapeways Blog
Walter Smith of Walt’s Trains and Things recently shared some incredible scale models in the Model Train Thread in the Shapeways forums. Beginning with simple block forms like those shown below (courtesy Stony Smith), Walter evolved his design, achieving some amazing results. Starting point: Walter started with simple structures like those pictured above. He then cut out […] The post Creating Ultra-Detailed Bricks in 1:220 Scale appeared first on The Shapeways Blog.
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The Intersection of STEM Education and 3D Printing

Mar 23 5:30pm The Shapeways Blog
Today’s guest blog comes to us from Kyle Martin of Florida Polytechnic University. Cars, fighter jets, human stem cells – all made possible with a 3D printer? They’re just a few ways that 3D printing is already leaving its mark on different industries such as automotive, aerospace, and health care. Created by Charles Hull in […] The post The Intersection of STEM Education and 3D Printing appeared first on The Shapeways Blog.
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The Best of the New: RC Car Shops

Mar 23 1:20pm The Shapeways Blog
Our RC community gets bigger every day. Soon, you’ll be able to find almost any replacement part on Shapeways. Check out two awesome new RC Car shops that are setting the standard — and providing parts you won’t find anywhere else: MC3 — Mini-Car Club of Canada The 1/28th scale Mini-z racers have been a popular class […] The post The Best of the New: RC Car Shops appeared first on The Shapeways Blog.
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UK cancer patient receives new jaw thanks to 3D printing

Mar 23 1:13pm 3ders.org
3D printing techniques are being adopted with increasing regularity in surgery of all kinds, and more and more patients are seeing a hugely improved quality of life thanks to the unique benefits of the technology. The most recent success story took place in the UK, where a patient’s jawbone was entirely reconstructed using bone from his leg. The pioneering surgical procedure made use of 3D printing at various different stages.
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3D printed MAT(T)ISSE bio-prosthesis could revolutionize breast reconstruction surgery

Mar 23 11:43am 3ders.org
An innovative method for using 3D printed tissue-like lattice structures to reconstruct breast tissue for breast cancer survivors has been awarded the Théophile-Legrand first prize in France. The project, called MAT(T)ISSE, was pioneered by Julien Payen, a doctorate at the National School of Arts and Textile Industries in Lille, and Pierre-Marie Danze, who holds a PhD in Life and Health Sciences at Lille 1 University.
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Jamiroquais Jay Kay dons light-up 3D printed headpiece in Automaton music video

Mar 23 10:55am 3ders.org
Jamiroquai fans will already be familiar with the British band’s latest track, Automaton, which dropped in January. What fans might not know is that the light-up headpiece worn by frontman Jay Kay in the song's music video was actually 3D printed. Virtual insanity? Hardly.
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3-D bioprinted human cartilage cells can be implanted

Mar 23 9:39am Nanowerk 3D-Printing News
Researchers have successfully induced human cartilage cells to live and grow in an animal model, using 3D bioprinting. The results will move development closer to a potential future in which it will be possible to help patients by giving them new body parts through 3D bioprinting.
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NASAs new in situ 3D printing inspection tech uses IR & visual cameras to spot flaws

Mar 23 9:03am 3ders.org
Researchers at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center have developed a new method for interim, in situ dimensional inspection of 3D printed parts. The technique uses infrared and visual cameras to allow users to monitor the 3D printing process in real time and correct it as needed. Quality control throughout the additive manufacturing process is incredibly important. Having your 3D printed Yoda head fall apart can be a harrowing experience; having, say, a 3D printed chair fall to pieces would be even worse. But one area of 3D printing that requires perhaps more scrutiny and quality control than any other is in aerospace and aeronautics.
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Researchers in Sweden induce 3D bioprinted human cartilage cells to live and grow inside mice

Mar 23 8:21am 3ders.org
Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology and Sahlgrenska Academy, both located in Gothenburg, Sweden, have used 3D bioprinting to induce living human cartilage cells to develop and grow in an animal. The breakthrough could be a step towards 3D printed body parts. Earlier this year, Swedish bioprinting company CELLINK released its latest 3D bioprinter, the Bio X, capable of printing in a range of biomaterials, including heart, skin, cartilage, and bone, and which offers the latest in CELLINK’s bioprinting technology, hardware, and software.
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Dubai-based Renca develops green 3D printing cement made from industrial waste

Mar 23 7:17am 3ders.org
Renca, a Dubai-based startup, has created a 'green' cement compound that is made from industrial waste and which only uses a fraction of the amount of energy needed to produce traditional Portland cement. The new material is primed for use in construction 3D printing.
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Dartmouth scientists create 3D printed rotaxane smart material that can lift 15x its own weight

Mar 23 6:39am 3ders.org
The lab of Chenfeng Ke, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Dartmouth College, has used 3D printing to create create a smart material capable of lifting 15 times its own weight. The material works by turning mechanically interlocked molecules called rotaxanes into nanoscale machines. Rotaxanes, dumbbell-shaped molecules that can convert energy into movement, are sometimes referred to as “nanomachines” thanks to their ability to perform tasks in response to stimuli. Making them work like real machines, however, has proved tricky.
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ESA successfully 3D prints test structures made from simulated Mars dust

Mar 23 5:00am 3ders.org
An Austrian research team has successfully completed a test wherein it 3D printed structural samples out of simulated Mars dust. Though the prints are small in scale, the research project marks a significant step towards realizing the goal of 3D printing structures and even compounds on Mars using the planet’s local materials.
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DigiFabCon Explores how tools like 3DPrinting are changing the world!

Mar 22 9:50pm 3D Printer
For the 5th year, Fab Lab Hub is bringing together people from around the world who are using tools like lasers and 3D Printers to change their world. From a mobile Humanitarian Fab Lab in...
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3D Printed Engine Runs on Air

Mar 22 4:51pm NeoMetrix
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And Our Top-Selling Product Is

Mar 22 4:11pm The Shapeways Blog
A lot of interesting products gain popularity in the Shapeways marketplace. Stress-busting Fidget Toys have been having a major moment since October (I wonder why?), while tech accessories like this GoPro Hero helmet mount or the Levitating Google Home Wall Mount usually hang out near the top of the best-seller list. Top-selling products are not always the most beautiful […] The post And Our Top-Selling Product Is… appeared first on The Shapeways Blog.
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Engineer at NeoMetrix Reverse Engineers AR-10 Rifle from Scan Data

Mar 22 3:54pm NeoMetrix
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3D printed orthoses could help out children with cerebral palsy

Mar 22 3:08pm 3ders.org
A new method has been developed to make body braces for children suffering from cerebral palsy, thanks to the work of parents whose son succumbed to the disease. Making use of 3D printing and 3D scanning, their method provides braces that are a much better fit, and will drastically cut wait times.
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Light used to remotely control curvature of plastics

Mar 22 2:31pm 3-D Printing News -- ScienceDaily
Researchers have developed a technique that uses light to get flat, plastic sheets to curve into spheres, tubes or bowls.
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Canada Makes, FusiA, MDA partner to 3D print metal satellite parts

Mar 22 2:17pm 3ders.org
Additive manufacturing promotion network Canada Makes has teamed up with Quebec-based FusiA Impression 3D Métal Inc. and communications and information company MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) to 3D print a part that will be launched into space this year. Canada Makes provided much of the funding for the project through its Metal Additive Demonstration program, while MDA designed the part and FusiA took charge of 3D printing it.
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DWS releases new SLA 3D printer that makes dental restorations in 20 minutes

Mar 22 1:32pm 3ders.org
DFAB, the latest 3D printer unveiled by DWS, is specifically designed for dental care. It has a number of advanced features that will allow patients to get replacement bridges or other dental prostheses fabricated in a single visit.
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3-D printing turns nanomachines into life-size workers

Mar 22 1:21pm 3-D Printing News -- ScienceDaily
Researchers have unlocked the key to transforming microscopic nanorings into smart materials that perform work at human-scale.
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BREAKING: Decision in the Cheerleader Uniform Case and a New Test for Copyright

Mar 22 1:11pm The Shapeways Blog
Today the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision in the cheerleader uniform case we have been tracking for the past few years. The decision clarifies the test used to determine how copyright applies to many 3D printed objects. While it is too early to say for sure, it likely also greatly expands the scope […] The post BREAKING: Decision in the Cheerleader Uniform Case and a New Test for Copyright appeared first on The Shapeways Blog.
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3D Printing in Color: The Power of a Realistic Concept Model, Fast

Mar 22 12:00pm Blog – Stratasys Direct Manufacturing
The biggest challenges designers and engineers face when creating realistic concept models are usually compounded in the seemingly polar needs of an accurate, aesthetic model delivered quickly. Getting designs conceptualized and formed early in the production cycle can be critical to success, and precise prototypes delivered quickly are key to getting to market faster. The […] The post 3D Printing in Color: The Power of a Realistic Concept Model, Fast appeared first on Stratasys Direct Manufacturing.
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3D printed robot hands could gain sense of touch with biomimetic forebrains

Mar 22 11:30am 3ders.org
A team of researchers from the University of Bristol in the UK is working on the development of a biomimetic forebrain that can be installed in 3D printed robot hands to increase their manipulation skills and applications. The project has received £1 million in funding from the Leverhulme Trust under the Research Leadership Award scheme.
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WASP launches 3 new 3D printers and 2 new extruders at MECSPE 2017

Mar 22 10:05am 3ders.org
Italian 3D printing company WASP will debut three new 3D printers and two new extruders at this week’s MECSPE manufacturing exhibition in Parma, Italy. The new 3D printers include the DeltaWASP 2040 Turbo2, DeltaWASP 4070 Industrial, and DeltaWASP 3MT Industrial.
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3D printed rocket launch startup Rocket Lab raises $75M in Series D round

Mar 22 8:36am 3ders.org
Rocket Lab, a startup based in Los Angeles and New Zealand whose rocket boosters use 3D printed engines, has raised $75 million in a Series D financing round. The money will be used to expand manufacturing facilities for the Electron launch vehicle. There’s something a bit special about Electron, Rocket Lab’s small launch vehicle. The vehicle, which completed flight qualification in 2016, will be able to launch 330-pound satellites into orbit a few hundred miles above Earth. It is designed to be manufactured at a rate of one per week, and will sell for about $5 million per flight. Most eye-catching, however, is the vehicle’s booster, which features battery-operated electric motors and 3D printed Rutherford engines.
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SHEYN, a 3D Printing Jewelry Brand That Highlights the Beauty of Unconventional Geometries

Mar 22 8:27am i.materialise
SHEYN, a jewelry company based in Vienna, creates outstanding wearable 3D-printed design pieces that highlight the beauty of unconventional geometries. Meet Nicolas Gold, the “wild” part of SHEYN, an architect with an incredible passion for jewelry design, and Markus Schaffer, the “down-to-earth” manager and CEO, who helped turn SHEYN into a 3D printing success story. Nicolas Gold, an Israeli designer and the co-founder of SHEYN, had already developed a strong passion for complex geometries and digital design during his architecture studies at the Tel Aviv University. Later, he deepened his knowledge in this area when he did his master’s degree at the studio of the internationally renowned architect Zaha Hadid in Vienna. He noticed quite early that he was the most passionate about geometrical representations of architecture and therefore he found himself applying all his well-established design techniques to a field where the esthetic of the shape is its most important quality: jewelry design. And that is where it all started. In 2016, Nicolas decided it was time to challenge himself and start his own jewelry company. He knew he needed a strong partner to do this and found an Austrian entrepreneur, Markus Schaffer, to complete the team as SHEYN’s CEO and manager. As Nicolas told us: “While I am the “wild” part of SHEYN, Markus is more thoughtful, maintains everything and brings me back down to earth.” The success of SHEYN is based on this incredible combination of two guys that have a completely different perspective on life. But, how did SHEYN come to life? They strongly believed that the name of their company needed to evoke the description of their designs, as well as the connection between the both of them. “SHEYN” is the Yiddish word for “schön”, which means “beautiful” in German. Also, every single piece in their collections receives a unique Yiddish name such as “Eidel”, “Gitel” or “Sender”. But, why Yiddish? Yiddish is a language that blends together Hebrew and German and it perfectly resembles the connection between the Israeli designer, Nicolas, and the Austrian manager, Markus. This blend represents what SHEYN is all about: a small but dedicated design studio that merges different worlds. They couldn’t have come up with a more suitable name for a jewelry brand. Nicolas’s inspiration for his designs...
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Under Armour $300 3D printed Futurist sneakers available March 30

Mar 22 7:54am 3ders.org
American sportswear company Under Armour recently debuted its newest shoe model at its FW17 collection fashion show. Dubbed the “Under Armour Futurist,” the new kicks can be thought of as an upgraded version of the brand’s UA Architech shoes, Under Armour’s first 3D printed shoe model.
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Better than 3D bioprinting? Wisconsin researchers turn vanilla husks into biomedical implants

Mar 22 6:09am 3ders.org
A team of researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison has turned the decellularized husks of plants, such as parsley, vanilla, and orchids, into 3D scaffolds seeded with human stem cells. According to the researchers, the technique offers an alternative to 3D bioprinting biomedical implants. In a study that has been published in Advanced Healthcare Materials, a team of biomed experts led by William Murphy, Ph.D., a professor of biomedical engineering and co-director of the UW–Madison Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Center, has created a selection of novel biomedical implants. Their resources? Plants, including parsley, vanilla, and orchids.
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Design Reuse in SOLIDWORKS Electrical (Part 3)

Mar 22 6:08am 3DVision Technologies
Previously I went over the ways that we have used macros for the last couple years, creating a user library of circuits that allow you to quickly finish your system designs by utilizing the work you put in on previous projects. Macros are a very powerful tool, especially when combined with the intelligence that SOLIDWORKS Electrical brings, renumbering components and wires, in a way that can’t be accomplished with simple drawing blocks that engineers have traditionally used to try to accomplish the same thing. SOLIDWORKS introduced a new feature in 2017, though, that takes these macros even further. We now have the ability to specify in an excel spreadsheet which macros should be used on which page, and by importing that...
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3D printing inspires UC Davis prof to tackle tricky moving sofa problem

Mar 22 5:21am 3ders.org
The moving sofa problem is something many of us may not have formally heard of, but most of us will have encountered at some point in our lives. Turns out, the issue of how to move a large sofa around a tight corner has not only been on movers’ minds, but also on those of mathematicians. And with the help of 3D printing, one mathematician is well on his way to figuring out an alternate solution to the tricky mathematical problem.
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Designer Spotlight: Sonia Verdu

Mar 22 3:00am The Shapeways Blog
Shapeways designer Sonia Verdu hails from Madrid, Spain – and she embodies the creativity of the city she calls home. “I was born in a very creative and not too conventional-minded family,” Sonia told us, adding, “I think this helped me follow heart rather than my head.” Her Shapeways shop captures that spirit, with designs […] The post Designer Spotlight: Sonia Verdu appeared first on The Shapeways Blog.
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Prodways unveils new ProMaker LD 3D printer series for dental industry at IDS 2017

Mar 21 5:32pm 3ders.org
Prodways, a subsidiary of French tech company Group Gorge, has announced the launch of its new ProMaker LD 3D printers at the International Dental Show (IDS) 2017 this week in Cologne, Germany.
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Going to AdeptiCon this week? Come say Hi!

Mar 21 4:58pm The Shapeways Blog
Shapeways may be an online platform, but we love to go out and meet our Community in person. For those of you who are into wargaming and scale miniatures, Shapeways will be in Schaumburg, Illinois (just outside Chicago) for AdeptiCon from March 23 to 26. AdeptiCon is an annual tabletop gaming convention with tournaments, workshops, and […] The post Going to AdeptiCon this week? Come say Hi! appeared first on The Shapeways Blog.
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Hong Kong 3D printing startup Peopoly launches $1,250 Moai SLA 3D printer

Mar 21 4:07pm 3ders.org
Hong Kong-based 3D printing startup Peopoly has launched the Moai stereolithography (SLA) 3D printer. The printer will be available as a build-it-youself kit for $1,250, but its Kickstarter campaign (target: $30,000) allows customers to get it for much less. With over 15 years of combined experience in developing and marketing tech hardware, Peopoly founders Mark Peng and Richard Li seem well positioned to make their mark on the 3D printing industry—something they plan to do with their brand new Moai SLA 3D printer. Having hit Kickstarter today, the Moai promises to be a flexible and dependable resin 3D printer available at an affordable price.
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3D Systems launches new 3D printing materials, ProJet CJP 260Plus full color 3D printer and software updates

Mar 21 2:31pm 3ders.org
3D Systems has today announced a range of new 3D printing materials, software updates and upgraded 3D printers to accelerate additive manufacturing in the growing investment casting, jewelry and dental markets.
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DuPont Performance Materials breaks into 3D printing with 3 new high-performance filaments

Mar 21 2:05pm 3ders.org
Polymer science company DuPont Performance Materials has introduced a new range of 3D printing filaments based on some of its existing polymers. The new filaments, which were presented at the Additive Manufacturing Users Group Conference in Chicago, include Dupont Hytrel thermoplastic elastomers, DuPont Zytel nylons, and DuPont Surlyn ionomers.
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TU Delft researchers using 3D printed bacteria to make graphene-like materials

Mar 21 11:17am 3ders.org
Researchers at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands are using 3D printed bacteria to create bespoke, graphene-like materials. They say that bacteria 3D printed in precise lines can ‘pull’ oxygen atoms off graphene oxide, turning it into a material that is more like graphene. Graphene is a thin layer of pure carbon atoms, and is both the lightest material and strongest compound known to man. The material is therefore highly desirable, but obtaining it is extremely difficult. Traditionally, making quality graphene has been an expensive and slow process involving the use of toxic chemicals.
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Tutorial Tuesday 9: Help!

Mar 21 10:48am The Shapeways Blog
Photo credit: gruntzooki via Visual Hunt / CC BY-SA Where can you go when you need help with a model or mesh? If you’re like Lise, you can ask your colleagues at Shapeways. But, what’s the next best thing? The Shapeways Forums! They’re a great place to ask for advice, check out what community members are […] The post Tutorial Tuesday 9: Help! appeared first on The Shapeways Blog.
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3D Printlife launches new BioPETG 3D printing filament via Kickstarter

Mar 21 10:09am 3ders.org
Los Angeles-based 3D printing filament manufacturer 3D Printlife has launched a Kickstarter campaign for its new eco-friendly PETG filament. The company, which already offers eco-friendly ABS and PLA filaments, is hoping to bring its innovative bio-degradable BioPETG filament to market in 12 to 18 different colors. Launched earlier today, 3D Printlife’s Kickstarter campaign is seeking to raise $20,000 for the high quality, environmentally friendly PETG filament.
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Chinese 3D printing construction company WinSun & Saudi Arabias Al Mobty Contracting Co agree 10 billion RMB deal

Mar 21 8:58am 3ders.org
As part of his recent travels around Asia, the King of Saudi Arabia, Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud, has overseen a 10 billion RMB (1.5 billion USD) contract between Chinese 3D printed housing company WinSun and Saudi’s Al Mobty Contracting Co. The new agreement will see WinSun 3D print 30 million square meters of construction projects on Saudi Arabian land, addressing a national housing crisis that has escalated in the last several years.
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Meet Firefly: the worlds first 3D printed, tablet-powered smart mirror

Mar 21 8:18am 3ders.org
A group of University of California San Diego (UC San Diego) students and alumni have created the world’s first tablet-powered smart mirror. The Firefly Smart Mirror, chiefly comprised of a 3D printed backing which fits an Android or iOS tablet, comes equipped with voice and gesture control, facial recognition, push notifications, and tons of apps. Currently in its crowdfunding stage on Kickstarter, Firefly still has a while to go before it ships out at $150, but that’s not stopping its creators from hyping their new brainchild.
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Divergent 3D and SLM Solutions partner to scale up Divergent Manufacturing Platform for 3D printed cars

Mar 21 7:08am 3ders.org
Divergent 3D, the company behind the amazing Blade 3D printed supercar, has signed a Strategic Development Partnership with German metal 3D printer manufacturer SLM Solutions Group. The partnership will see SLM Solutions working with Divergent to develop hardware and software for the Divergent Manufacturing Platform, a process that could revolutionize the auto manufacturing industry with more cost-effective, high-volume production.
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MakerBots new Minfill 3D printing mode dynamically adjusts infill, makes printing 30% faster

Mar 21 6:23am 3ders.org
MakerBot has introduced Minfill, a new Print Mode for its 3D printers that determines the absolute minimum amount of support needed for the inside of a 3D print. MakerBot says Minfill typically prints 30\% faster using 30\% less filament. Of all the 3D printing parameters you’re likely to fiddle with on your 3D printer, infill can be the most beguiling. For starters, you can’t see its effect on a finished print, because it’s on the inside. But more importantly, it’s actually very difficult to estimate just how dense a print needs to be. Common sense would tell you that basic, visual prototypes would require low infill, while end-use parts designed to undergo constant stress will require a much higher level of infill. However, that’s far from the end of the matter.
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New Stratasys J700 Dental 3D printer for aligner molds debuts at IDS 2017

Mar 21 5:00am 3ders.org
3D printing company Stratasys has unveiled its new J700 Dental 3D Printing solution at the International Dental Show in Cologne, Germany. The dental 3D printer is being marketed as the “fastest PolyJet-based 3D printer for production of clear aligner molds" and will be made available for purchase later this year.
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Its Spring! Here Are 5 Ways to Celebrate

Mar 20 6:36pm The Shapeways Blog
Last week’s snow is still grey on the ground, but it’s official: Spring is here! Along with blooming trees and green grass, spring also brings the holiday that, for some reason, is all about eggs and rabbits — Easter. For many people, it’s a gift-giving holiday, for others, a religious observance; and for some, it’s […] The post It’s Spring! Here Are 5 Ways to Celebrate appeared first on The Shapeways Blog.
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HP unveils details on 3D printing Material Development Kit, 3D Open Materials and Applications Lab

Mar 20 5:13pm 3ders.org
In breaking news from the Additive Manufacturing User Group (AMUG) conference today, HP officially unveiled its next steps in the climb toward its highly anticipated additive manufacturing program.
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3D Systems launches its first scalable, super-fast Figure 4 3D printing production platform

Mar 20 1:28pm 3ders.org
3D Systems today unveiled its Figure 4 additive manufacturing platform, based on the company’s Figure 4 technology and NextDent materials. The Figure 4 production platform is scalable and modular, ranging from single-print engine machines to fully automated, high-volume production systems with 16 or more print engines.
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