On The Loose: 3DPrintler’s 3D Print Service Chatbots

Growing 3D print conglomerate 3DPrintler is working on a strange chatbot interface to their 3D print service pricing comparison engine.

Projection Micro-Stereo-Lithography: A New Way To Create Precision Components

Researchers at Northwestern University have used a 3D printing technique called “projection micro-stereo-lithography” to create incredibly complex lenses. 

You Know What We Need? A Universal Knob Generator!

Long ago, we all heard promise of using a personal 3D printer to fix stuff around home. But how real did it turn out? 

The Short But Instructive Life of CLAWZ, A 3D Printing Startup, Part 2

This is part 2 of a two-part series exploring the fate of a 3D printing startup. You can find part 1 here. 

More Thoughts On the Carbon Vs. UNIZ Question

I’ve noticed several comments and queries about our recent post comparing Carbon’s M1 to UNIZ’s SLASH and thought I’d clarify some aspects. 

Mystery Solved: Pinshape’s Secret Buyer Revealed

I’ve been pondering who was behind the rescue of 3D model repository Pinshape, and now we know who it is. 

RetroFab: 3D Printed Parasitic Interfaces For Ancient Appliances

A bizarre project from Autodesk Labs investigates whether one can generate new physical interfaces for old appliances: They Can! 

The Short But Instructive Life of CLAWZ, A 3D Printing Startup, Part 1

This is part 1 of a two-part series exploring the fate of a 3D printing startup.  

Can ENOMOTO’s Experimental 5-Axis 3D Printer Hybrid Do The Impossible?

I’m viewing a very curious video from Tokyo-based ENOMOTO, who seem to have developed a 3D printer that can print in many directions. 

You Can Now Request Prints From That Orbiting 3D Printer

The commercial 3D printer that recently arrived on the International Space Station is now operating! 

Design of the Week: Project Porygon

This week’s selection is artist Nick Clark’s Project Porygon collection. 

SmarTech Believes Consumer 3D Printing Isn’t Dead. Or Is It?

Industry consultant SmarTech has produced a report focusing on low-cost 3D printers and makes claims about the desktop 3D printer market. 

3D Systems’ New CEO’s Compensation Hints At The Company’s Strategy

Readers may recall that 3D printing giant recently installed a brand new CEO. Now we know his motivations. 

Fictiv: 3D Print Services Are Getting Very Specialized

I’m looking today at an interesting 3D print service startup called Fictiv. 

Stratasys’ Backdoor Path Into Metal 3D Printing?

With the huge increase of interest in metal 3D printing, you’d wonder why Stratasys, perhaps the largest 3D printing company in the world, doesn’t yet offer metal 3D printers.

WASP’s 3D Printing Vision Continues to Inspire

Today there are hundreds, if not thousands, of companies operating across the 3D printing industry, all motivated by the potential of additive technologies and/or the commercial opportunities that they offer. 

MIT Team 3D Prints Functioning Robot in a Single Step

Though the field of robotics is evolving at a rapid pace, there is a good deal of progress to be made on almost every front. 

Those Aren’t 3D Printers! They’re Material Vending Machines!

You’d think you’re buying a 3D printer to produce objects, be they prototypes or otherwise. But there’s another way to look at the machine: as a vending machine. 

Beyond Thingiverse, My Ten Favorite 3D Model Repositories

Everyone knows Thingiverse, it’s the largest printable 3D model repository around. But what are some other ones to consider? 

UNIZ’s Kickstarter Explodes, But Is It Enough?

UNIZ’s first product launch, the SLASH resin-based 3D printer concludes today, and they blew the doors off their goals. But is there more to the story? 

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