As another year closes, it’s time to reflect on what’s happened in 3D printing.
3D print network 3D Hubs announced an impressive milestone: they’ve not produced over one million 3D prints.
I realized something utterly fascinating about the 3D Face Reconstruction project we wrote on this week.
We were directed to a 3D model of the soon-to-be famous Solarimpulse.
A project by Poland’s Fucco Design created replicas of large church figurines in wood.
Whoopass is a bobble head manufacturer. You’d think they could make great use of 3D printing technology, but it didn’t work out for them.
We’ve been writing Fabbaloo for quite a few years now. So long that it’s time to take a look back to examine the prehistoric world of 3D printing of five years ago.
An exhibition at London’s Sir John Soane Museum demonstrates a new capability enabled by 3D printing.
- The ongoing acquisitions of smaller 3D print-related companies by the giants, Stratasys (who acquired MakerBot) and 3D Systems, who acquired companies too numerous to mention in 2013, most recently Village Plastics.
- The ongoing controversy of 3D printed weapons as triggered by Defense Distributed. Most recently the US government extended the ban on such weapons.
- The explosion of 3D printing into the retail space, including new stores for MakerBot, a dedicated 3D printing store (iMakr) in London, sales at Staples, Harrods, Tesco and more.
- Stratasys’ lawsuit against Afinia, in what could be the beginning of a series of legal actions that could fundamentally reshape the personal 3D printing industry.
- The beginning of a release for intricate 3D scans previously held privately by major institutions.
- New personal 3D scanning equipment, such as MakerBot’s digitizer and 3D Systems’ Sense handheld scanner.
- The explosion of attendance at 3D printing conferences, including London’s 3D Printshow.
- The new focus on unusual 3D print materials, by both small hobby equipment makers and the big guys.
- The massive success of Kickstarter-based 3D printing companies, including Formlabs, who just raised USD$19M, Pirate 3D and the world’s first USD$100 3D printer.
- The rise of crowdsourced 3D print services from companies such as MakeXYZ and 3D Hubs.
- The incredible public interest and awareness of 3D printing, which even reached presidential levels.
Festo intends to use the iFab project to come closer to realising the future vision of personalised production. The success story of the PC is to be repeated with the iFab for individualised fabrication. Festo intends to play a leading role in attaining this technological leap brimming with unimagined opportunities.
Boy, it will be really interesting to see how scientists take this now and apply it in the future.
I switched out the lower for my printed version and double checked the operation. Would it hold up? Again, one round in the magazine, cock the gun, squeeze the trigger, and… Wouldn’t you know it, I shot my eye out. Just kidding – it functioned perfectly. Testing again with 2 rounds, then 3 rounds, then a full magazine. Everything ran just as it should, magazine after magazine. To be honest, it was acting more reliably than a number of other .22 pistols I’ve shot. I ran close to 100 rounds through the gun before getting annoyed with not actually being able to aim at anything, and decided to call the experiment an overwhelming success.
The Engineering department would then take those scans and use a 3D printer to create 1/10 scale models of the most important bones. But, he reported, that wouldn't be the end of it: they intended, he said, to use those scale polymer "printouts" to model and then engineer fully working limbs, complete with musculature — to create, in effect, a fully accurate robotic dinosaur leg or arm, and eventually, a complete dinosaur.