3D printed handguns pose serious threat, an Australian police force says

Jan 4 3:41pm 3ders.org
Police in New South Wales (NSW), Australia are cracking down on 3D printed guns like never before. Hot on the heels of local raid in which police stumbled upon an underground lab 3D printing submachine guns, NSW Police Chief Wayne Hoffman has announced a new focus on 3D printed guns as part of his team’s ongoing ballistics research.
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A Breakthrough in Better Anatomical Models

Jan 4 3:01pm Blog – Stratasys Direct Manufacturing
Preoperative planning and training often rely on anatomical models that deliver results as accurately and close to reality as possible. Traditional anatomical models made from foam or cadavers are expensive to obtain and not always an accurate representation of the patient’s anatomical part being studied. A strong solution for development of anatomical models is 3D […] The post A Breakthrough in Better Anatomical Models appeared first on Stratasys Direct Manufacturing.
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3D printed stretchable electronics may be here to stay

Jan 4 3:00pm 3ders.org
Researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) are stretching the capabilities of 3D printed electronics – but this time, we mean literally.
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3D printing helps NASA experts develop incredible Ice Dome for Mars

Jan 4 11:36am 3ders.org
A group of designers, architects, and NASA experts has unveiled the Mars Ice Dome, a concept for an ice-based habitat that could be used on Mars. The concept is an evolution of the Mars Ice House, winner of NASA’s 2015 3D Printed Habitat Challenge.
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XYZprinting announces impressive CES 2017 lineup, including new da Vinci Nano priced at $230

Jan 4 11:30am 3ders.org
3D printing heavyweight XYZprinting is ramping up for one of the biggest Consumer Electronics Shows (CES) ever. Yesterday the additive manufacturing giant announced that it will be debuting several highly anticipated demos and products at this year’s CES, running January 5-8 in Las Vegas.
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Calling all Entrepreneurs!

Jan 4 10:31am 3DVision Technologies
Have you recently started a small business but are not ready to, or cannot make the full investment in your CAD system yet?  SOLIDWORKS understands this is a question that more and more people are answering with “yes.”  What you may not know is that SOLIDWORKS has already been addressing this issue with the SOLIDWORKS for Entrepreneurs program.  For those of you that are unaware of this program, it is a great way for makers to start utilizing the power of SOLIDWORKS early in the design process before having to make that investment in a CAD system.  With this program, y...
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Polaroid announces new affordable 3D printers and 3D pens at CES 2017

Jan 4 7:15am 3ders.org
Consumer electronics company Polaroid, best known for its iconic instant cameras, is hoping to establish itself in the world of 3D technologies with the introduction of its new range of affordable 3D printers and 3D pens. Presented at CES 2017, Polaroid’s new 3D printing products are set to hit the U.S. and Canada markets in March and July of this year.
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HP new Sprout Pro G2 3D scanning computer geared towards 3D printing, VR

Jan 4 4:53am 3ders.org
HP has unveiled the Sprout Pro G2 at CES 2017. The maker-friendly computer, an upgrade on the original Sprout from 2014, is equipped with a 3D scanning module, projector, cameras, and Touch Mat with stylus.
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3D print your very own portable acoustic tractor beam

Jan 4 3:54am 3ders.org
You could be one step closer to your dream of becoming an evil mastermind with this 3D printed tractor beam you can build yourself. Of course, you won’t be pulling in asteroids with it so much as small particles and tiny insects, but it is still an undeniably cool project.
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This new 3D printed bone implant features hundreds of tiny claws, increased durability & longer lifetime

Jan 3 4:50pm 3ders.org
Researchers from the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway) have partnered with UK-based additive manufacturing company 3T RPD to develop a highly innovative 3D printed bone implant.
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A Visionary Artist Takes on the Smart Home

Jan 3 2:58pm The Shapeways Blog
This year’s Amsterdam Light Festival is putting artist and Shapeways designer Anouk Wipprecht’s designs in the spotlight. Her Living Pods exhibit asks us to rethink the smart home as something more than purely functional, with interactive clothing and flower-inspired pods that welcome visitors “home” by reacting to their presence. Mechatronic “LIVING PODS” – Anouk Wipprecht […]...
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CONTEXT: Desktop 3D printer market rises +27% in 2016 while industrial market stalls

Jan 3 1:02pm 3ders.org
Worldwide shipments of 3D printers rose +25\% year-to-date (YTD) through the first three quarters of 2016 thanks again to shipments of low priced desktop 3D printers, according to figures released today by CONTEXT, the IT market research company.
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This January, Make 100 With Kickstarter

Jan 3 12:30pm The Shapeways Blog
Ready to start making your 3D printing New Year’s resolutions come true? Shapeways is all about making your ideas a reality, and we’ve got the perfect opportunity to jumpstart your newest project. Our friends at Kickstarter are running a new series of mini-campaigns called Make 100. They’ll be featuring artists and creators who want to […]...
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Additive manufacturing: A new twist for stretchable electronics?

Jan 3 12:29pm Nanowerk 3D-Printing News
A 3-D printing-like approach to manufacturing may help make stretchable electronics more prevalent.
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How to 3-D print your own sonic tractor beam

Jan 3 11:55am Nanowerk 3D-Printing News
After demonstrating the first acoustically driven tractor beam platform, researchers develop a simpler, cheaper version using 3-D printable parts and open-source electronic components for the maker community.
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Fuji Xerox plans to expand 3D printing & cloud services to China in 2017

Jan 3 11:08am 3ders.org
As 2017 kicks off, we at 3Ders are more than eager to see what exciting advancements in additive manufacturing are realized. Already, within the first few days of 2017, there are stirrings from the 3D printing industry indicating that this will be a good year for the technology.
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3DRap to introduce Poly, a biodegradable, battery operated desktop 3D printer

Jan 3 9:06am 3ders.org
As desktop 3D printing becomes more commonplace, with offices and households installing them, the question of eco-friendly, biodegradable 3D printing materials has become increasingly important.
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Canon introduces entry-level Marv desktop 3D printer to Chinese market

Jan 3 8:27am 3ders.org
Canon, the Japanese manufacturer of cameras, printers, and photocopiers, has introduced its ‘Marv' FDM 3D printer to the Chinese market. The Marv, short for ‘marvelous,’ was first launched in 2015 in countries such as South Korea, Germany, and Poland.
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U.S. Army researchers can build mission-specific 3D printed drones in just 24 hours

Jan 3 4:44am 3ders.org
Engineers at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory have performed flight tests on 3D printed drones that could be used to assist soldiers. Using mission planning software, the engineers can fabricate and deliver a mission-specific 3D printed UAV in just 24 hours.
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3D printed skull helps baby born with craniosynostosis enjoy his first Christmas

Jan 3 4:24am 3ders.org
A New York family has had a happy 2016 holiday largely in part to a team of dedicated doctors and their innovative use of 3D printing technologies.
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Team Unlimbited outfits kids around the world with colourful 3D printed prosthetics, free of charge

Jan 2 8:16am 3ders.org
Stephen Davies and Drew Murray aren’t your regular garden workers. In a backyard like any other in Swansea, UK, the duo works evenings and weekends in an unassuming small green shed, surrounded by bushes. It’s what goes on inside the shed that’s remarkable: meet Team Unlimbited, a self-funded project that gives children with disabilities around the world 3D printed arms and hands – completely free of charge.
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Lukes Toy Factory brings local manufacturing back with made in USA, 3D printed toy trucks

Jan 2 8:01am 3ders.org
In an effort to bring local and sustainable manufacturing back into the toy making industry, one father-son team has founded Luke’s Toy Factory. Based in Danbury, Connecticut, the new toy brand is putting a new spin on classic toys, and is doing so using entirely U.S. based resources. So far, the company has released 4 toy truck models, each made from plastic wood composites, which it has developed with the help of 3D printing.
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3D printing helps in the discovery that spiders can actually hear sounds

Jan 2 7:46am 3ders.org
What has eight legs, many eyes, and can hear you coming? Apparently a jumping spider! Researchers from Cornell University have discovered that jumping spiders, long thought to have no hearing faculties, can actually sense sounds through the hairs on their legs called trichobothria. The discovery was made in part thanks to a 3D printed contraption that held the spider in place for experiments.
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New gDraw software lets you make your own 3D printed greeting cards

Jan 1 12:56pm 3ders.org
Berlin-based maker Niklas Roy has released a free software package that creates 3D printed greeting cards. Consisting of a 2D drawing program which creates a 3D printable G-Code file, the aptly named gDraw lets you print out your 2D greeting card drawing on your home 3D printer. Roy released the software via his website a few days before Christmas, but the nifty code package can be used for crafting all year round.
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3D print your own modular medieval castle play-set

Jan 1 11:34am 3ders.org
If you’re looking for an especially elaborate project for the first day of January, we might suggest checking out this awesome modular 3D printed castle play set. Designed by maker Tim Wahlström in partnership with Sweden-based CreativeTools, the 3D printed castle play-set would make an awesome gift for medieval era enthusiasts.
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Our Community in 2016

Dec 31 12:07pm The Shapeways Blog
The year ends tonight, and what a year it was. While the world got a little crazy in 2016, the Shapeways community grew and thrived. Here’s a look back on some of the ways you, our community, made 2016 our best year yet. We made amazing projects! Lumecluster created the Dreamer Regalia Armor for Felicia […]...
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Gartner: 3D printing to be increasingly adopted by manufacturing industries in 2017

Dec 31 10:14am 3ders.org
While 2016 might have been a trying year in many ways, one of the major silver linings has been the amazing advancements in technology, perhaps most notably in additive manufacturing. As necessary as it is to look back on the past year, however, it is also important—not to mention exciting—to look forward to 2017...
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Designer Spotlight: Ethan Chodos Piece of Mind Design

Dec 30 5:39pm The Shapeways Blog
Closing out 2016, we’re thrilled to be featuring Ethan Chodos as our last Designer Spotlight of the year. In his own words, “With so much negativity going on in the world, creating something unique and beautiful brings light into the world. I want to be part of that.” With this year having been so chaotic, […]...
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3D printing in 2016: year in review

Dec 30 10:12am 3ders.org
Most people agree that 2016 was a terrible year in virtually every respect: the conflict in Syria worsened, all of your favorite celebrities died, and Britain voted to leave the European Union. In the 3D printing world, however, things were moderately better: companies like XJet, Nano Dimension, Carbon, and Rize did exciting things; printing giant HP entered the additive manufacturing market; and specific 3D printing technologies like 3D bioprinting reached new levels of sophistication. Here are the most important 3D printing stories of the year 2016:...
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Fabbaloo's Annual Survey Still Needs Your Input

Dec 30 9:00am Fabbaloo
Our annual reader survey is STILL going and we need your input today!...
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1,200 3D printed Youbionic hand can replace or supplement a limb

Dec 30 7:51am 3ders.org
Federico Ciccarese, an engineer from Italy, has announced the availability of Youbionic, a 3D printed robotic hand that can be controlled with muscle movement. The device can be used to replace a missing hand or as a supplemental second hand to increase the physical capabilities of the wearer.
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DAO-like Open3D Club lets you trade 3D printable content for bitcoins

Dec 30 4:37am 3ders.org
Open3D Club, a new platform for uploading 3D printable models, is hoping to transform the way that 3D content is created, shared, and used. The service, which uses bitcoins as currency, will be almost entirely decentralized, and will use an automatic payment system to provide royalties.
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Mercedes partners with FATHOM 3D printing studio on intelligent cargo space management system

Dec 29 4:52pm 3ders.org
Mercedes-Benz has teamed up with the Oakland, CA-based 3D printing studio FATHOM to engineer a sophisticated cargo delivery management system. Using electromechanical tiles embedded with sensors, cargo delivery companies can now actively track packages from inside the delivery vehicle.
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New study asks: will people actually eat 3D printed foods?

Dec 29 2:57pm 3ders.org
While 3D printing food technology is moving swiftly ahead, with 3D chocolate, candy, and even 3D printed pizza available for eating, the question does remain: will people actually be interested in eating 3D printed foods? To help address the question, a team of researchers from the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research at the University of Canberra...
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3DVerkstan new Olsson Ruby 3D printer nozzle is ideal for printing in hard materials

Dec 29 9:59am 3ders.org
Someone should tell Dorothy to pack up her ruby slippers because there’s a new ruby extruder in town. European 3D printer distribution company 3DVerkstan has just launched the new Olsson Ruby 3D printer nozzle, capable of printing new abrasive materials. The new 3D printer part, which was unveiled today is available for purchase in the United States and across Europe at certain resellers.
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Russian scientist says 3D printed satellite entering orbit in 2017

Dec 29 9:33am 3ders.org
Alexey Yakovlev, head of the Institute of High Technologies at Tomsk Polytechnic University in Russia, has just given an update on the groundbreaking Tomsk-TPU-120, a fully 3D printed CubeSat that will be placed into orbit in 2017.
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3D Printing in 2017 ZMorphs Predictions

Dec 29 5:47am 3D Printing Blog – ZMorph Blog – articles, case studies and news on 3D printing
Check the upcoming trends and innovations to look forward in 3D printing in 2017. Artykuł 3D Printing in 2017 – ZMorph’s Predictions pochodzi z serwisu ZMorph Blog - articles, case studies and news on 3D printing.
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Iranian artist challenges gender norms with awesome 3D printed Middle Eastern Goddesses

Dec 29 3:57am 3ders.org
In stark contrast to the Westernized corporate culture so often seen in the additive manufacturing industry, Iranian-American artist Morehshin Allahyari creates 3D printed pieces of forgotten goddesses, or jinns, from Middle Eastern mythology.
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The Year of 2016 in 3D Printing: 12 Months, 12 Highlights

Dec 29 3:00am i.materialise
2016 was an incredible year for 3D printing enthusiasts. Let’s look back at what happened during the last 12 months here at i.materialise. Join us for our year in review! January: Hollow 3D Printed Ceramics Lamps We’re no strangers to ceramic 3D prints, but these eight 3D prints left us stunned once again. In January New York-based designer Christo Logan launched his ‘two.parts’ series of hollow pendant lights built with our 3D printed ceramics and managed to incorporate some really intriguing elements into his designs. Read more. February: A Geometric Jewelry Challenge In February we...
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Russian space agency Roscosmos to 3D print living tissue on ISS

Dec 29 2:26am 3ders.org
Russian scientists are planning to install and operate a 3D bioprinter aboard the International Space Station, according to an official source. They believe that microgravity conditions could actually improve the bioprinting process.
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Want to Print a Metal Part? Why Not Start with Plastic!?

Dec 28 1:40pm 3DVision Technologies
There has been a lot of hype surrounding the use of metal 3D printers over the last few years.  With GE's recent aquisitions of metal printer manufacturers and investment into metal printing, this hype has accelerated.  Questions around metal printing come up all the time at trade shows.  I'm sure Stratasys will be a player in metal printing eventually, but we're not there yet.  For the moment, we have a wide assortment of thermoplastics and thermoset resins at our disposal. DMLS (Direct Metal Laser Sintering) is good for very complex metal parts, parts that couldn't be mac...
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Car fanatic makes incredible 3D printed model of Chevrolet Camaro V8 LS3 engine

Dec 28 1:40pm 3ders.org
Maker Eric Harrell has made a working 3D printed model of a Chevrolet Camaro V8 LS3 engine. The car lover used a combination of 3D files from the internet and his own models based on images, repair manuals, and diagrams.
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RooBee One SLA 3D printer is stunning latest from RepRap guru Aldric Negrier

Dec 28 11:48am 3ders.org
Aldric Negrier, a Portuguese 3D printer builder and owner of RepRap Algarve, has just unveiled his latest model: the RooBee One, an SLA/DLP 3D printer with an aluminum frame. The maker has put together an Instructables tutorial which shows how to build the 3D printer from scratch.
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Scientists are one step closer to 3D printing hearts with bioprinted beating heart cells

Dec 28 8:18am 3ders.org
While the goal of 3D printing healthy implantable organs is still quite far off, we at 3Ders know that every small advancement in the field of 3D bioprinting is one step closer to it becoming a reality. In Australia, for instance, the Sydney-based Heart Research Institute (HRI) has developed a bioprinter that is capable of 3D printing human cells that could be used to repair damaged heart tissues.
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3D printed breathalyzer can diagnose 17 different diseases with 86% accuracy

Dec 28 6:55am 3ders.org
A 3D printed breathalyzer that costs as little as $29 to make has been used to “sniff out” 17 different diseases, including Parkinson’s and eight types of cancer. The device uses gold nanoparticles that react to certain exhaled chemicals, and is claimed to be 86\% accurate.
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3D Printed Baroque Frame To Make You Feel Like Royalty

Dec 28 5:28am 3D Printing Blog – ZMorph Blog – articles, case studies and news on 3D printing
Post-production can also be art. This 3D printed baroque frame proves it. Artykuł 3D Printed Baroque Frame To Make You Feel Like Royalty pochodzi z serwisu ZMorph Blog - articles, case studies and news on 3D printing.
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Wolfprint 3D raises $500K from investors for 3D scanning pods

Dec 28 3:48am 3ders.org
Estonian 3D scanning startup Wolfprint 3D, the maker of these innovative 3D scanning pods, has just announced that it has successfully raised $500,000 through a successful Seedinvest crowdfunding investment campaign.
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200 3D printed toys to be hidden around San Francisco for a city-wide scavenger hunt

Dec 27 1:14pm 3ders.org
San Francisco is being invaded! By 3D printed toys, that is. 25-year-old software developer Ben Baltes is launching a city-wide scavenger hunt for 3D printed toys across San Francisco. The game, which was initiated through Reddit, is inviting anyone and everyone to participate in the hunt for over 200 individual 3D printed toys.
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South Korean government to invest further in 3D printing, AI, 5G service, and more

Dec 27 10:42am 3ders.org
South Korea has been at the forefront of adopting 3D printing technologies in many fields. Within the medical sector, for instance, it has explored fast-track approval for 3D printed devices, and the South Korean government has also forged ahead with tax exemption policies for companies pursuing research and development for 3D printing technologies.
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Beating Tech Obsolescence With 3D Printing

Dec 27 10:00am The Shapeways Blog
One of the most exciting — and practical — ways our community is using 3D printing is in the creation of replacement parts for household electronics. Australian designer MichaelAtOz of Matter Haus is a perfect example of a maker who starts with existing tech (in Michael’s case, Dyson vacuums), and creates a range of parts to extend the life […]...
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Concrete 3D printing startup Cazza Construction to create 3D printed buildings in Dubai

Dec 27 8:08am 3ders.org
Architectural 3D printing startup Cazza Construction is working with the Dubai Government to implement concrete 3D printing systems in the UAE city.
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Dutch artist Paco Raphael creates large-scale 3D printed Bambi deer sculptures

Dec 27 5:42am 3ders.org
If you happen upon a large 3D printed sculpture of a deer sometime in the near future, it will likely be the work of Amsterdam-based artist Paco Raphael. Paco, who is known for pushing media boundaries within the art world, has recently ventured into the world of 3D, having designed and 3D printed a series of large-scale sculptures of deer.
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Chinese farmer builds his own construction 3D printer to make greenhouses

Dec 27 3:09am 3ders.org
While many companies around the globe are doing their best to push forward and advance construction 3D printing, a fruit farmer from China has taken it upon himself to create his very own construction 3D printer, which—as it turns out—actually works quite well.
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Could 3D printed Michelin tires help Tesla win Le Mans 2030?

Dec 26 2:45pm 3ders.org
Jeroen Claus and Fabian Brees, two concept car designers from Belgium, have imagined what a Tesla entry into the 2030 24 Hours of Le Mans race might look like. The futuristic vehicle design features 3D printed Michelin tires and an augmented reality windshield.
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Create your own 3D printed Mutoscope flip book machine

Dec 26 2:39pm 3ders.org
John Croucher, the 3D printing enthusiast behind the Fail Try Again blog, has used 3D printing to create a DIY flip book machine, otherwise known as a Mutoscope.
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How to Get Your Perfect Sterling Silver 3D Print

Dec 26 9:29am i.materialise
Are you thinking about 3D printing in Sterling silver? Do you wonder how we create a real physical Sterling silver object from your 3D design? Would you like some tips and tricks for your next silver 3D print? In this case, this blog post is for you. The Material: 3D Printed & Casted Sterling Silver A question that we get often is whether ‘our’ silver is comparable to silver items that you can find at jewelry stores. The answer is, yes. Models made in Sterling silver are made from an alloy based on 92.5\% pure silver and 7.5\% other metals (usually copper). This Sterling silver alloy is...
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Overwatch fans will love this 3D printed Bastion PC case

Dec 25 12:40pm 3ders.org
Bastion, the lovable robot from the immensely popular Overwatch video game, has been turned into a 3D printed desktop computer, complete with an Intel Core i5 6200U CPU and HD Graphics 520—ample power for playing Overwatch.
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3Ders top 15 3D printed Christmas ornaments and decorations

Dec 24 4:47am 3ders.org
Whether it’s the festive songs on the radio, your dwindling advent calendar, or the lineups in shops that have tipped you off, it is unmistakably Christmas-time. If you are still looking for ways to make your holiday season more festive, we’ve got a couple of suggestions that, in case you were wondering, won’t break, or even dent the bank!...
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Smartphone and 3D printed parts combine to create cheap and easy live cell imaging

Dec 23 3:10pm 3ders.org
Live cell imaging is no longer the stuff of high-end hospitals and research labs. A powerful tool for studying cells, as well as how they respond to different treatments such as drugs or toxins, live cell imaging technology can cost tens of thousands of dollars.
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Ghanaian 3D printing startup Klaks 3D makes printers for schools using e-waste

Dec 23 1:26pm 3ders.org
A group of students in Ghana is using recycled e-waste to build 3D printers. The group, which calls itself Klaks 3D, consists of students from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and the University of Mines and Technology (UMAT).
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