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International Maker Faire Report

Thornburg Thoughts

On September 19-20 Norma and I attended the World Maker Faire at the New York Hall of Science. The Faire itself had everything from exhibits of new tools for makers to hands’-on areas where you could learn to solder, or build thngs of your own.

The Top 10 Stratasys Blog Posts from 2014: Cars, Monsters and Manufacturing

Stratasys Blog for a 3D World

As we wrap up 2014, it''s time to take a look back at some of the amazing 3D printing stories and videos we''ve had the privilege to feature here on the Stratasys 3D Printing Blog. And the top post for 2014… drum roll please….

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BuildTak Review – The Ideal 3D Printing Surface?

3D Printing for Beginners

Crafty makers and 3D printing enthusiasts have developed a whole host of remedies such as using hair spray or Elmer’s glue to make prints stick. According the the manufacturer, BuildTak is: a thin, durable plastic sheet that adheres to the print bed of FFF 3D printers.

HP could disrupt 3D printing industry with 3D printed glass

3D Printing Review

At the same time, the consumer-based maker movement was gaining significant media attention, with over 100,000 makers showing up to Maker Faires around the world. Filament options now include wood, various metals, recyclable materials, and of course PLA and ABS plastics.

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3D printing: the shape of things to come?

Capturing the Value

Stories about 3D printed Stradivariuses, undetectable plastic guns, novel building designs, personal miniatures, medical devices and a variety of other 3D printing objects, have become an almost daily occurrence in the mainstream press. During the course of the project, the team also hopes to welcome a number of visiting researchers to the IfM.

Honda Team Awarded a 3D Printed Trophy as Champions of the Inaugural FabCafe Mini 4WD Cup


Mini 4WD to Drive Japanese Maker Community. These battery-powered plastic miniature race cars are a lot like slot cars , yet they run on the track without a remote control. Organized by FabCafe Shibuya, a Mini 4WD Cup was held on Sunday, August 31 in Tokyo.

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DIMENSIONEXT: 3D Prints From 2D Photos Of A Moving Subject


It’s worth noting at this point that camera’s can of course be hired, not simply invested in as a bulk expenditure, which would of course otherwise limit this process to the affluent, photography professionals and businesses. Thursday, April 10, 2014. Pages.

Quick comparison: pro versus low cost FDM 3D printers


Also, because of the beautiful packaging and plastic housings of the "pro" printers, it takes both time and energy just to cleanup the mess around the print head. This is just ridiculous for such a price, since I finally had to recommend reverting to makers'' efficient techniques (eg.

DIMENSIONEXT: Toy Time Turns Tech Terrific As 3D Systems Team.


Industry insiders and investors may wish to read the first half of this article, before the first illustration; makers, general interest readers and consumers may wish to concentrate on the second half. This is far from the only application of course. Sunday, February 16, 2014.

Dremel’s 3D Idea Builder


Dremel is, of course, famous for their incredibly versatile handheld tool, capable of accommodating multiple types of add-ons. There’s likely one (or more) Dremel tools in every maker’s toolbox.

Plotting the Future of 3D Printing

Design 2 Part News

Right now heavy attention is being given to the promise AM offers to toy and fanciful trinkets makers or to heavy-weights in the aerospace industry. Of course we are all impressed by the tremendous advances that AM has ushered for orthodontics, hearing aids and prosthetics.

LulzBot Sneaks out a 3D Printer Kit


Of course, they’ll have to provide instructions and support for kit makers, but that’s certainly doable. If you’re up to building the machine yourself, you can buy a lot of plastic for that amount.

DIMENSIONEXT: Analysis: 3D Systems Acquires Robtec


Anyone following 3D printing stocks will know that 3D Systems has lost a third of its value in 2014. It was plastic. Plastic things made by 3D printing are not as cheap. And that is an issue I leave to makers and manufacturers to decide. Friday, April 18, 2014.

What A Customer Wants, A Customer Gets

Design 2 Part News

Makers and 3D printing are the usual headliners for the transformation that’s taking place with the future of manufacturing. Go ahead and take your pick of monikers for this era underway—“Manufacturing 3.0,” the “Third Industrial Revolution,” or the “Maker Movement.”.

Launching Fairphone 3D-printed cases with 3D Hubs | Fairphone


Jul 07, 2014. Depending on the printer, your final product can be made from plastic, metal or even chocolate! But for Fairphone cases, we recommend using biodegradable plastics. Biodegradable plastics, called PLA, are in a spool ready for printing in the Ultimaker.

Christmas Advent 3D Printing 2017 Day #4 Faberdashery Translucent PLA's


Yummy – don’t eat the filament… I printed the vase (above) back in 2014 with Faberdashery and other translucent colours, they can look really amazing. Translucent plastic is my favourite type of 3D Printing filament. PLA is an eco-friendly Bio-plastic.

3D Metal Printing Improves Craniomaxillofacial Surgery

Additive Manufacturing

A surgeon today essentially decides between three types of craniomaxillofacial implants: plastic implants, for example made of polyether ether ketone (PEEK), deep-drawn metal sheets, titanium mesh, titanium solid and now also additively manufactured titanium implants. By Concept Laser GmbH.

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RepRap: Blog: Announcing AMRI: Advanced Manufacturing.

RepRap Blog

The goal is to provide breakthrough mentorship, infrastructure, and research funding for promising young makers to pursue their interests using the scientific method. Anderson Ta - "Digital light projection (DLP) photolithography of plastics and hydrogels". RepRap: Blog.

How companies will convince you to buy a 3D printer

3D Printing Review

compound annual growth rate over the past three years — the machines have yet to find a place beside the coffee maker on the counter. Of course, that hasn’t happened… yet. to an estimated 139,584 units in 2014.

RepRap: Blog: New Extruder Design

RepRap Blog

Wing-nut drive to spread the torque loading on the plastic gears. Looking at other extruders like the Up, Ultimaker, E-Makers extruders they are also using shorter parts. Machined parts can take higher temperatures, of course. RepRap: Blog.

What cannot be 3D printed? Time to debunk some myths!


update Jan 2014:) This article from Howard Smith is worth a read as it asks the broader and excellent question in the first place: do consumer really want to 3D print? Beyond some low-temperature melting plastics, you have a few pastes.

U.S. Manufacturing is Building up a Head of Steam

Design 2 Part News

Made in America certainly means quality, reliability, it means jobs in North America,” said Stephen Vairo, president and CEO of Calumet Electronics , a maker of printed circuit boards in Calumet, Michigan, a town of about 3,000 people in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. “It’s