Highlights of the 3DP Europe in Brussels

3D Printing for Beginners

We have just returned from our visit to the 3DP Europe , Belgium's first 3D printing fair.

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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.

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Automatic Design of 3D Printable Robots by Disney

DIY 3D Printing

Disney Research released their software demonstration which shows how it is possible to automatically design 3d printable robots that can move with different cinematic and motion systems. You basically just input what you want a robot to do and algorithms calculate the 3d printable design.

3D-Printed Buildings

Wohlers Talk

Earlier this year, 3DPrint.com reported on Shanghai-based WinSun and its 3D printing of buildings. Stories of the Chinese printing entire homes and other structures have been reported in the past, although most have been met with uncertainty.

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.

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Scientists Made A 3D-Printed Wheelchair For A Puppy With Only Two Legs

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Scientists have managed to give a six-week-old puppy a new lease on life. Tumbles the terrier mix puppy was the runt of the litter and wasn’t able to get the milk he needed to grow properly.

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3D printing is gaining speed with the new CLIP technology developed by 40 million $ backed startup Carbon3D

Additively Blog

Carbon3D presents with CLIP — Continuous Liquid Interface Production – a new 3D printing technology, which is 25 - 100 times faster than others. The 40 million $ backed startup is definitively one of the key player to watch. Read more about the CLIP technology here

Material advances in metal 3D printing

Leslie's Blog

Materials have always been key to 3D printing success. But metal materials are enabling new designs as well as new mechanical properties. Leslie Langnau, Managing Editor. Every year 3D printing seems to have a new hot subject. This year, it was materials.

Learn how to low poly model with these easy steps.

Philip Cotton

Ever wondered how to create amazing low poly models? The answer is simple, you can easily create low poly designs using Autodesk meshmixer. I have written a tutorial on how to do it and posted it here.This is a great hack for altering models quickly and requires almost no CAD modelling experience.

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

Better CAD for CAM from Autodesk University


Last week I got to do two presentation at Autodesk University. It was a blast! Here is one of the tips from the “Better CAD for CAM” Presentation. If you want to watch both presentations (about 1 hour a piece) check out these links from Autodesk University: Better CAD for CAM.

5axismaker is next generation of desktop manufacturing machines

DIY 3D Printing

I really dig this concept of five axis multi-tool! It gives you 5 axis CNC machine that includes milling and 3d printing heads, touch probe, hot wire-cutter and a special mount for custom tools. This is probably a dawn of low cost multi-axis and multi-tool digital fabrication devices.

Last Week’s Euromold 2015

Wohlers Talk

The 22nd annual Euromold was held last week in Düsseldorf, Germany. Other than a few companies missing from the exhibition floor, it could not have gone better. More than 450 exhibitors from 33 countries showed their latest products and services.

Printrbot Paste Extruder

DIY 3D Printing

Brook Drumm of Printrbot posted on his G+ about Printrbot Paste Extruder. He announced some possible interesting future implementations of this type of extruder: Heated syringe (chocolate and human cells??)

LitePlacer DIY pick and place machine with camera guidance

DIY 3D Printing

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.

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Big 3D Printing Firm Plans Major Retreat

3D Printing Review

3D Systems will stop selling its desktop 3D printer, the Cube, effectively exiting the consumer 3D printing market. 3D Systems is cutting the fat after a difficult year.

The World’s First 3D-Printed Drone Reaches 150 Miles per Hour

3D Printer

3D printing technology has vastly improved in the world of aeronautics and drones. Aurora Flight Sciences, an aerospace company, has been working hard to develop a new 3D printed drone that is capable of traveling upwards of 150 miles per hour.

Automated customization powered by 3D printing: Showcase Schunk eGRIP

Additively Blog

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

Does 3D printing need its own operating system?

Leslie's Blog

Whether you use professional 3D printing machines or more commercial desktop units, every user has some issues with getting the designed part to print correctly. Part of the problem is the software used to convert a design into 3D printable slices.

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SmartCore low cost wooden box 3d printer

DIY 3D Printing

SmartCore is a new 3d printer developed by SmartFriendz who gave us SmartRap. It should be VERY affordable, cheap and easy to make since the frame is a simple wooden box made from any available wood sheet.

What Material Should I Use For 3D Printing? – Advanced Materials Review #2 – Taulman 618 and Taulman 645 Nylon

3D Printing for Beginners

Welcome to another post in our Advanced 3D printing materials review series. This time, we’ll take a closer look at some more exciting 3D printer filament types and their inherent properties: Taulman Nylon 645 and Taulman Nylon 618.

CAD Tip: What you need to know about IGES and STEP files


Two CAD Tips this week! One might be the best tip I ever share; Round tripping your CAD files for better import! Also sharing some background information on IGES and STEP files I think you will totally love. Let me know what you think. Love your feedback!

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Rise of 3D Printing Factories and a Future without Work

DIY 3D Printing

CloudDDM is a company that operates like most 3D printing services where you can order parts through a web interface, but they're able to produce any part at high volumes and speed.

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.

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

DIY 3D Printing

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.

You-SLS open source desktop SLS 3d printer

DIY 3D Printing

German student Lukas Hoppe wants do develop cheapest SLS 3D printer which should be very affordable since it would be open sourced. Since it should use widely available parts it would cost under 2000 USD!

How To Control Thermite Pyrotechnics with 3D Printing

3D Printing Review

Thermites are a class of materials known for producing dazzling pyrotechnic displays in high school chemistry classes, and they’re used in all kinds of real-world applications. But these reactions are very unpredictable, releasing a lot of energy all willy-nilly.

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3D Printing Used to Make First Real Handheld Railgun, Which Fires Plasma Projectiles at 560 Mph

3D Printer

The future is fast approaching. An unknown civilian produced the first ever 3D printed railgun. What is a railgun you are asking? A railgun is a futuristic type of weapon that is currently being developed by the U.S. military and NASA.

How to smooth your PLA prints with domestic pipe cleaner

DIY 3D Printing

3D Print Tips YT channel posted a video on how to use PVC pipe cleaner that is commercially available to vapor smooth PLA. The cleaner fluid is probably rich with THF (tetrahydrofuran) so it has a similar effect as acetone on ABS plastic.

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Paper and color–a natural for 3D printing

Leslie's Blog

Additively making parts using ordinary paper as the build material is a bit deceptive. On the one hand, you think such a 3D printed object can’t possibly handle the potential wear and tear you might expose it too.

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?

Chimera DLP 3D Printer You Can Build for Under 60$

DIY 3D Printing

Here is one of the cheapest DIY 3d printers you can make, with cost at around 60 USD, and it is DLP SLA machine! It also comes with very detailed construction guide made by the developer "matstermind". How can the price be so low? Mostly by using used or scraped parts.

CAD Tip: Model with All Features!


Great tip from @robcohee from twitter: Model the same part using different techniques. Extrude, Revolve, Sweep and Loft. Let me know what you think. Love your feedback! Design and Manufacturing 3D Autodesk CAD CATIA PTC Siemens Solidworks Tips

No cost RepStrap 3d printer made from scrap parts

DIY 3D Printing

Reddit user 5ilver posted his no cost 3d printer project. He made it from parts and scrap from his workshop. It uses hot glue pistol sticks.