Several crowdfunded 3D printer startups have failed, leaving their backers high and dry. What should you do before buying to avoid the same fate?Read More
Another 3D printing network has emerged: Print a Thing.Read More
A unique 3D design and print delivery process has been created by the folks at 52shapes.Read More
MakerBot recently let go a large number of staff. Does this mean the 3D printing industry is in trouble? We think not.Read More
Tired of manually adjusting your 3D printer’s build plate level? Now there’s a way to do this automatically on printers that don’t have the feature.Read More
A report on New Scientist describes how one company is bioprinting rhinoceros horns to save the troubled beast from extinction. Or are they?
Rhino horns are a highly desired product in some regions, as ground-up horn is considered a powerful aphrodisiac. Demand for rhino horn material has generated a culture of poachers in rhino-populated areas, who kill the animals solely for their horn. This has left the species in some difficulty.
Enter 3D bioprinting. A startup in Seattle called Pembient is attempting to produce “Bioengineered Wildlife Products”, such as rhino horns and elephant ivory. They explain:
Our goal is to replace the illegal wildlife trade, a $20B black market, the fourth largest after drug, arms, and human trafficking, with sustainable commerce.
The pseudo-horn will sell for apparently 10x less than true rhino horn, and should be available in the fall. The idea is that the demand will be satisfied with an artificial product.
Sounds good, doesn’t it? But New Scientist reports the scheme may backfire as the line between faux and real may become blurred, particularly in the marketplace.
Those currently charged with rectifying the situation are focusing instead on changing people’s needs through education. They hope to lower demand rather than satisfying the demand.
It may be that demand for rhino horn actually increases if more people catch on to a lower-priced alternative. Good for Pembient, but probably bad for surviving rhinos.
Several key 3D print-related companies announced a new consortium focused on promoting a new, more powerful 3D model file format: 3MF.Read More
In the preliminary talk schedule for this year’s JuliaCon, there’s mention of a new 3D printing slicer, “Euclid”.Read More
This week’s selection is Doug Vitarelli’s collection of 3D printed emojis.Read More
Stratasys has announced the winners in their annual Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge.Read More
The government of Canada announced they’re pitching in CAD$5M to support a CAD$20M advanced digital manufacturing hub.Read More
Madrid-based 3D printer manufacturer BQ makes the WitBox 3D printer, but did you know they also make a tabletop 3D scanner?Read More
Shapeways announced the ability to resize 3D models for printing. Wait, they didn’t have that before?Read More
Using a 3D printing technique called direct ink writing, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers created graphene aerogel micro lattices with an engineered architecture.Read More
An interesting deal was announced today: 3DPrinterOS is to be bundled with Rapide 3D printers, providing a powerful way to manage the machines.Read More
Can’t afford a gigantic 3D printer? Well, maybe you can now.Read More
MakerBot announced the creation of eight “Authorized ServiceCenters” in Europe. How does this fit into their strategy?Read More
Autodesk have been making a big push into the 3D printing software space, mostly with free software like the fantastic Meshmixer.Read More
A company has developed a solution for children with chronically weak arms and shoulders using 3D printed components.Read More
The BBC reports on an unusual use of 3D printing technology: forensic crime analysis of a murder in the UK.Read More