Hands on with MakerBot’s Tough PLA System

I had the opportunity to give MakerBot’s new Tough PLA system a try, and was impressed. 

A 3D Model Repair Tool? Trying Out CUR3D

We’ve just done a quick test of a new 3D model repair tool, CUR3D Maker Edition.

Which 3D Printing Companies Can You Actually Invest In?

There are tons of 3D print-related companies in existence, but relatively few that you can easily invest in. But should you? 

The HP Garage: Symbol of Innovation and Entrepreneurial Spirit. 

Checking out the famous HP Garage

Checking out the famous HP Garage

Located on a quiet, tree-lined residential street near Stanford University, the HP garage is a symbol of innovation and entrepreneurial spirit.

In this very garage college friends Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard built their dream. which eventually became the giant we know today as "HP". Their company was founded in 1939 and named "HP", rather than "PH", with a coin toss.

HP Garage

HP Garage

The HP Garage is a private museum where the company Hewlett-Packard (HP) was founded. It is located at 367 Addison Avenue in Palo Alto, California. It is considered to be the "Birthplace of Silicon Valley." In the 1930s, Stanford University and its Dean of Engineering Frederick Terman began encouraging faculty and graduates to stay in the area instead of leaving California, and develop a high-tech region. HP founders William Hewlett and David Packard are considered the first Stanford students who took Terman's advice (Source: Wikipedia).


Model 200A Audio Oscillator

Model 200A Audio Oscillator

The garage was their research lab, development workshop and Manufacturing facility for early products, including the Model 200A audio oscillator. An interesting name and marketing tactic. The audio oscillator was the first and rather than naming it version 1 it was named the 200A.

While the action that took place in this historic garage occurred over 75 years ago, the same activities take place today. 

It takes place in the workshops around the world where innovative people continue to invent and improve 3D printers, all continually pushing the envelope of the technology forward. Be they large or small, the work is essentially the same. 

The HP Garage is an old building, but from it and similar workshops new worlds emerge. Keep it coming! 


Know What You’re Doing Before You Get Into 3D Printing, Please!

Sometimes there are people that simply should not be 3D printing. 

Dialing In a 3D Printer? What’s That All About?

Often you’ll hear someone talking about “dialing in” their 3D print. What does this mean? 

VSHAPER’s “Custom” 3D Printer

VSHAPER offers a type of 3D printer almost no one else produces: a custom machine. 

SimScale Offers Free Engineering Analyses

One of the critical aspects of developing a component design is to ensure it will actually perform in real life situations. 

Alice Caboste – “3D printing gave me a new freedom as a designer”

After studying product & furniture design in London, Alice went to work in Paris for two great designers – Andrée Putman and Pascal Mourgue – on many projects for the home & luxury industry.

Meshmixer Version 3.3 Is Now Available

You might not have noticed that Meshmixer has been updated and there’s a very interesting new feature.

NASA’s 3D Printed Habitat Challenge Now in Third Phase

The long-running NASA challenge to create a 3D printed space habitat is now launching the third phase of the competition. 

Philament’s New Glass 3D Printer Filament

This is interesting: a reinforced PLA material using glass fiber. 

More Developments From Authentise

Authentise has announced a deal with SLM Solutions to integrate real time data. 

Find Us At FormNext!

Would you happen to be in Frankfurt this week? So are we!

Designing for production parts

How do we get to tomorrow, to use 3D Printing for true Manufacturing applications through to production?

Design of the Week: 3D Printed Models of London

This week’s selection is the highly detailed 3D Printed Models of London by Michal Konicek.

3D Hubs and colorFabb Call It Done

The romance between 3D Hubs and colorFabb seems to be dimming, with an announcement that the filament manufacturer has pulled out of 3D Hubs’ perks program. 

The ProtoPro Air Scrubber Solution

We’re looking at a very interesting air safety system for desktop 3D printing today.

How to Compare the Various Metal 3D Printing Processes

Just about everyone interested in metal 3D printing finds it difficult to stay on top of all the advances with the technology.

The Increasingly Popular Creality CR-10S Desktop 3D Printer

I’ve been hearing more buzz about the Creality CR-10S desktop 3D printer, so I decided to look into it.