Now You Can Get a 3D Printed Mini-You in British Supermarkets

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If you have quite a bit of spare change and some time, you can get a 3D printed figurine of yourself at select UK supermarkets. While still in the beta stage, 3D scanning pods are being set up in grocery stores to facilitate DIY figurine self-portraits. The process is simple. Users go online to set up an appointment and find their nearest pod. They then get into the booth and in 12 seconds, have a 3D scan of themselves.

Additively ist strategischer Partner der Additive Manufacturing Expo

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Additively ist strategischer Partner der AM Expo, der Additive Manufacturing Expo Schweiz 2016

printrbot GO – suitcase belts and signature panel


Since before I even owned the GO! v.1), I had a vision in my mind about turning it into a steampunk steamer trunk kinda thing, and critical to that vision were suitcase belts. I can’t imagine a single feature (well, in addition to darkly stained wood) that says “olde timey” like leather belts up the sides of a piece of a luggage, so I knew I needed to get something like that working for me at some point. 1920s suitcase.

Autodesk releasing HSMWorks 2016 for SOLIDWORKS


Time to strengthen up your CNC toolkit. SOLIDWORKS 2016 is here for the design. To make it better, here is HSMWorks 2016 for manufacturing. The standard for CAM companies is one major release a year. But, the Autodesk CAM development team sends updates out all the time; One of my favorite things. Making technology available when ready for users, and not some big one-year marketing release. To see the long list and version history, go here: [link].

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11 Experts Share Their Top 3D Printing Beginner Tips

3D Printing for Beginners

Let's be honest, 3D printing can be quite tricky. Home 3D printing technology is still immature and 3D printing beginners who just bought their first machine are faced with a multitude of challenges when it comes to getting reliable and repeatable 3D print results. [.]. Beginners Corner

Underwriters Laboratories offers a resource for 3D printing info needs

Leslie's Blog

Underwriters Laboratories is working to address the short-term and long-term performance and safety concerns of 3D printers and additive manufacturing systems. Recently, UL initiated a number of initiatives that will help designers confidently harness the benefits of 3D printing in a way that’s relevant to their business needs. I had a conversation with Simin Zhou, Vice President of UL’s Digital Manufacturing Technologies, about these developments that you can listen to here.

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LitePlacer DIY pick and place machine with camera guidance

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Juha Kuusama developed a DIY pick-and-place machine inspired by Shapeoko CNC router. It is fully functional with computer vision / camera effector guidance, BOM import and precise enough to place 0402 parts with the vacuum head. It is still not rough enough to take full production quantities but is more suited for small series of PCBs at 200-400 components per hour. The accuracy is limited and it can not yet do 0201s.

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A breath of fresh air in a crowded 3dprinting market

Philip Cotton

I first saw this printer at the 2013 3dprintshow in London and it caught my eye immediately. This was different from other printers. This actually had good design as the core feature. Many times when looking at 3dprinters you see a strange attempt at a cross between a microwave and some space age structure. But in this case you simply see good design.

Presentation slides from 3DP-RDM Scoping Workshop

Capturing the Value

We’re sharing our presentation slides at the request of those that joined the scoping workshop on 30th January. The slides: Introduce the 3DP-RDM project. Provide an overview of 3D printing/additive manufacturing. Describe some of the challenges of re-distributed manufacturing. Detail the structured discussion activities followed on the afternoon. List the highest priority research topics identified by participants. Introduce the feasibility study competition process.


3D Printing Review

The concession stand at the Midwest Rep Rap Festival did not disappoint when it came to the expected fare: hot dogs, walking tacos, and bananas for scale. But the yummiest things there could not be bought—the Nutella prints coming off the Ultimaker² at the structur3D booth. Flexible gasket printed in silicone atop a rigid 3D printed engine block. Hey, what?

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Doctor in Gaza Uses 3D Printing to Design Stethoscopes that Costs Just $.30

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In the Gaza Strip, medical supplies are not only at a premium, they are sometimes non-existent due to restrictions and blockades. So looking to improve the lives of those around him, one doctor worked with other medical professionals to do something about it. “I I had to hold my ear to the chests of victims because there were no good stethoscopes, and that was a tragedy, a travesty, and unacceptable,” Tarek Loubani explained to the Chaos Communications Camp in Zehdenick, Germany. “We

ADDit Concept Tool – Innovation based on Additive Manufacturing (ETH Zürich)

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ADDit Concept Tool – Innovation based on Additive Manufacturing The Concept Tool, a hammer drill, was developed by students in an ETH Focus-Project in the field of mechanical engineering, in collaboration with the electrical engineering faculty and the Zurich University of the Arts (ZhdK). The main goal is to show the potentials of Additive Manufacturing and its benefit for industrial application

Israel Military Now 3D Printing Drones

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The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have started 3D printing drones using American-made printers. The IDF has been testing 3D printers capable of making pieces for drones. While not working on printing the electronic components just yet, this 3D printing capability combined with widely available traditionally made electronic components paves the way for making affordable drones on-site and in large quantities.

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Advanced Manufacturing is On Top at Autodesk University Next Week


We are one week away from one of the biggest design and manufacturing events of the year. Autodesk are inviting all its customers to come and network, deepen their knowledge and sharpen their skills. This event has a long list of manufacturing roundtables discussion, labs, and presentations. Here is everything for any manufacturing junkie: • Integrated CAM inside Inventor and Fusion 360. Delcam’s high-end PowerMill, FeatureCAM and ArtCAM. Composite solution with TruNest and TruLaser.

3D Medical Applications

Held in Baltimore, Maryland, this event will bring together thought leaders, experts, engineers, doctors, researchers, and regulators in the many medical methods for 3D technology.The 3D Medical Applications conference is the most comprehensive, game-changing, meeting of minds for the future of 3D in healthcare.

13 Tools to Help You Become a 3D Printing Pro

3D Printing for Beginners

Over time I have compiled a set of tools that I use to make my life easier when 3D printing. No matter whether it is to fix a 3D printer, to remove support material or to improve 3D print adhesion, these tools have come in handy time and time again. I thought it might be a good idea to share the list of the tools and accessories I use most frequently such that you get an idea of what belongs in the 3D printer owner''s toolkit. [.]. Beginners Corner

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Additive manufacturing moves beyond the “cool” phase

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The next trend you’ll find with Additive Manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, is the growth of additive services. Part of this growth is driven by customer need, part by the frequent acquisitions made by the larger vendors. Customer need turns out to be an interesting driver. SMS Research Advisors conducted a survey on additive manufacturing.

Not for Everyone

Wohlers Talk

Contrary to what some would like you to believe, owning and operating a 3D printer is not for most consumers. It may be easy to buy one, but it’s definitely not easy to create the 3D model data needed to produce a unique design. Also, getting a satisfactory result from a 3D printer is not fast or straightforward. I’ve owned a pair of downhill (alpine) ski poles that I cannot easily replace. They have molded grips that the ski industry stopped producing more than 10 years ago.

Robert Cicetti claims he made first hemp based 3d printing filament

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Robert Cicetti claims he made worlds first hemp based 3d printing filament. His pictures look cool but there are no details about the material or how its made. It is still cool, hemp could be very cost effective and environmentally sustainable filament source. Since I have not found any additional information, the filament could be type of plastic polymer derived form hemp or some standard plastic like PLA with hemp fibre added. Both could have uses for 3d printing.

The ‘Google’ of 3dprinting files? 3dfilemarket interviews 3Dshap.es CEO Seena Rejal

Philip Cotton

The ‘Google’ of 3dprinting files? When we search for a website we usually head for Google, but where do you go when you want to search for a STL file for 3dprinting? With model repositories growing in number every day, actually finding what you want can be a hard task and you might even have to search many different sites before get to discover the model you want. 3Dshap.es aims to solve this and become the number one platform on the internet for searching 3dprinting files. 3Dshap.es

3DP-RDM Feasibility Studies – Call for proposals

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Background. Defining the research agenda for 3D printing-enabled re-distributed manufacturing” (3DP-RDM) is a new 2-year project that contributes to the EPSRC’s “Manufacturing the Future” theme, and which is being funded through the EPSRC/ESRC’s recent “Re-distributed Manufacturing Call for Networks“. The project is led by Dr Tim Minshall (PI) at the Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge, and by Prof. Phill Dickens (Co-I) at the University of Nottingham.

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5 Ways 3D Printing Could Change the World

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For most people, 3D printing feels like a technological phenomenon that doesn’t yet have a practical application. However, there is a real push to utilize industrial robotics in a variety of accessible mediums. We explore five of them. 3D printing could be the next game-changing technology that impacts our lives much in the same way the Internet and high-speed capabilities reinvented the way people could access and share information across the globe. But what does it really do?

World’s First 3D Printed Titanium Sternum Implanted Successfully in Patient With Giant Tumor

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A woman in China just received the world’s first 3D printed titanium sternum implant thanks to a team of innovative doctors at the Tang Du Hospital, Fourth Military Medical University. Gu was having chest pains and was diagnosed with a massive tumor growing on her sternum. The doctors decided that they must remove the sternum, but that would place Ms. Gu in serious risk for the rest of her life. “If

Automated customization powered by 3D printing: Showcase Schunk eGRIP

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Read in this blogpost about a great showcase of automated customization powered by 3D printing: Schunk eGRIP

Bioprinted Valves That Grow: How 3D Printing is Transforming Heart Surgery

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Technology is transforming the field of cardiac surgery. At Henry Ford Innovation Institute, physicians are using 3D printing to model exact replicas of hearts to allow surgeons to explore a patient’s specific anatomy before planning out treatment and surgery based on each person’s individualized needs and risks.

Is CAD in the cloud helpful or painful?


Is new software technology helpful or painful? What does Windows 10 do that Windows XP didn’t? Any notable differences with your email? Back in the day you might have had a custom “Biiing…” for new messages; today I only check email twice daily. Email overload — that has changed, the tool in itself, not so much. CAD software is just another tool. Today’s CAD Developers need to look beyond the latest technology and more at how people are using it.

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How to Store 3D Printing Filament – A Simple, Quick and Cheap Way to Keep Your Filament Dry

3D Printing for Beginners

Did you know that some of your 3D prints may have partially or completely failed just because of humidity contained in the filament you used? This sort of humidity is invisible to the naked eye, so you probably blamed your print settings, your 3D printer or even doubted your abilities, but all of that may actually not have been the cause of your problem: it was the humid filament.

A wake up call for consumer based 3D printing?

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The news that MakerBot missed its financial targets (only 7% revenue growth in 2014 versus the projected 25%) and had to lay off about one-fifth (120) of its employees may be big news within the media. But here at the 2015 Additive Manufacturers Users Group (AMUG) conference, it is not even discussed. More than 800 engineering users of 3D printers and Additive Manufacturing systems are not all concerned about the probably temporary troubles of one company.

Jobs from 3D Printing

Wohlers Talk

Government officials have been asking how 3D printing will create jobs in their part of the world. The subject came up again last week in Melbourne, Australia when meeting with people at the state government of Victoria. We explained that some companies and businesses would not exist if it wasn’t for 3D printing. An example is Align Technology, makers of the Invisalign plastic aligners that replace metal brackets and wire to straighten teeth.

Making induction heated extruder

DIY 3D Printing

Standard extruders are heated by simple resistive heaters and you basically need to push enough 12 or 24 V DC electric current trough a resistor and simple MOSFET. Induction heated extruders would have many advantages over them: faster heating up, no high temperature insulation is needed and less thermal mass. All of this could make induction heaters light and fast.

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Helping to grow 3dprinting, DesignBox3D leads the way.

Philip Cotton

Ever needed an unbiased view of a 3dprinter? Want to steer clear from the mainstream brands and try an alternative? I often look at different printers that come onto the market and I have tested many smaller branded printers. The outcomes and results from going with a relatively unknown can sometimes be more reliable then the market leaders. There has to be life beyond makerbot right? This philosophy is exactly what Preet Jesrani, CEO of Designbox3D is adopting.

RECODE Network Launch Event – 3rd June, London

Capturing the Value

Transforming the consumer goods industry through the use of big data and re-distributed models of manufacture poses entirely new challenges inherent to the capture, storage, analysis, visualisation and interpretation of big data.

The Future of 3D Printing – Invented in Israel

3D Printing Review

Learn how Israel is revolutionizing large-scale 3D printing, in technology that may one day rapidly print airplane parts. The field of 3D printing has taken the world by storm but is still relatively new, and perhaps unsurprisingly Israelis are leading the way in pioneering the future of this exciting technology.

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Some Mad Genius Hacked an IKEA Side Table into a Cheap 3D Printer Enclosure

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Ingenuity and an empty wallet can be the mother of some great hacks. Now one maker dubbed ‘phatima’ has figured out how to make a 3D enclosure using IKEA furniture and very little cash that just so happens to solve some common 3D printing woes. It also starts with two of those $9.99 Lack side tables.

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ALPA realizes customized lens shades for high-end cameras with 3D printing

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ALPA, a high end camera manufacturer, realizes customized lens shades through 3D printing. Read in this blog, how ALPA created an innovative 3D printed product with the support of Additively, which can be customized for each customer