3d hubs

3D Hubs Trend Report For September

3D Hubs has issued its latest trends report on their view of 3D printer use. We noticed some interesting patterns. 

gartner

More On Gartner’s 3D Printing Predictions

Gartner 3D printing analyst Pete Basiliere pointed us at their company’s latest detailed report on 3D printing and it shows some interesting predictions. 

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MIT’s 3D Glass Printer Raises Questions

Researchers at MIT unveiled an incredible new 3D printing process that uses glass as the print material. We’re asking some questions about its capabilities. 

@madeinspace

Made In Space’s New In-Vacuum 3D Printer

You’ve probably heard of Made In Space, the company that recently installed a real 3D printer on the International Space Station. Now they’ve developed a new method of 3D printing in a vacuum!

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Hydrographic 3D Print Painting?

Wired reports on a potential method of coloring complex 3D prints: hydrographic painting. But is it really feasible? 

materials

Researchers Create New Class Of 3D Printed Aerogels

Using a 3D printing technique called direct ink writing, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers created graphene aerogel micro lattices with an engineered architecture. 

metal

3D Printed Metal Pricing Analysis

A reader recently asked us how much it would cost to print an item in metal. We said, “Lots”, but there’s more to the story. 

3d hubs

3D Hubs’ April Trends

Each month 3D Hubs deploys an analysis of trends they observe in their 3D printer network. It’s always an interesting read. 

@carbon3d

More On Carbon3D’s New 3D Printing Process

If you are anywhere close to the world of 3D printing, you no doubt saw the blockbuster announcement last week of Carbon3D’s new speedy process. We took a bit deeper look at it. 

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3D Printing Bested by “Pop Up” Fabrication?

Researchers at Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a simple new fabrication technique to create beautiful and complex 3-D micro- and nanostructures with many advantages over 3-D printing.

composite

Impossible Objects Receives Funding

The scientists at Impossible Objects have developed a unique 3D printing process, and it appears the market like it: they were just awarded USD$2.8M. 

nasa

Space 3D Printer Is Installed

A few short weeks ago a SpaceX cargo craft carried a unique experiment: A 3D printer designed for space. Now it’s being installed.

softtware

New 3D Printing Preparation Algorithms

Researchers at Purdue University have developed new 3D printing preparation software that could make 3D printing a lot more efficient.

metal

ORNL Reveals the Unique Capabilities of 3-D Printing

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have demonstrated an additive manufacturing method to control the structure and properties of metal components with precision unmatched by conventional manufacturing processes.

printing

The Road Ahead for 3D Printing

The technology for 3-D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, has existed in some form since the 1980s. 

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3D Hubs’ October Report Analyzes Crowdfunding

We always watch for 3D Hubs monthly report as it provides insight into use of 3D printing. But this month’s report includes some very interesting analyses. 

clay

The Minibuilders 3D Construction Robots

The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) of Barcelona has developed a set of experimental robots capable of building clay structures. 

smartmatter

Smart Matter Update

What’s been happening in the world of smart matter lately? And what is “Smart Matter”, anyway?

MIT

3D Design By Example

Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab have developed a new twist on 3D design by creating “Fab By Example”. 

retail

The Da Vinci 3D Printer is Leading?

Something interesting showed up in 3D Hubs’ monthly trends report: XYZ Printing’s Da Vinci 3D printer is trending.

metal

Researchers Develop Method for 3D Printing Gradient Alloys

Industrial 3D printers have long been able to print metal objects, using a variety of techniques, but now researchers from NASA, California Institute of Technology and Penn State are working on printing “gradient alloys”.

bioprinting

Major Breakthrough in 3D Printed Living Tissue

Researchers have been struggling to develop techniques to 3D print living tissue for some years now, but researchers at Brigham Women’s Hospital in Boston seem to have made big steps. 

printing

3D Printing With Micro-Robots?

We’re watching a video from SRI International, who have apparently been developing micro-robots that can assemble things. 

biology

Shark Material Produced by 3D Printing

Shark skin is quite rough yet allows rapid swimming, for those of you who haven’t been up close with the notorious fish, but now the nature of the skin has been duplicated with 3D printing. 

experiment

Overhangs? What Overhangs?

Australian engineer Daniel Brown has been experimenting with overhangs, the bane of 3D printer operators worldwide. It looks like he’s managed to overcome them. 

nanotech

A Microscale 3D Printing Breakthrough

Harvard’s Jennifer Lewis has developed a technique for 3D printing a wide variety of materials at micro-scale dimensions. 

metal

ECN Develops A DLP Metal Printing Technique

Researchers at the Energy Research Center of the Netherlands (ECN) have developed a new technique for 3D printing that can create metal parts without melting its mineral material.

patent

An Examination of 3D Printing Patents

A new report from patent researchers Patent Insight Pro investigates the state of 3DP patents. We found some very interesting tidbits. 

recycling

3D Printer Filament Recycling is Super Green

In a study recently released by the Michigan Technological University (MTU), Joshua Pierce and his group have found that recycling commonplace plastics into 3D printing filament consumes less energy than traditional recycling.

color

A “Full Color 3D Printer”? Not So Much

A report in GigaOm touts a “a sub-$100 device that upgrades desktop 3D printers to print in a full rainbow of colors”. But is this actually true? 

wood

4 AXYZ’s 3D Potential

4 AXYZ CEO Samir Shah provided us with several incredible examples produced by their new process. When you see them and read his explanations, you’ll understand why we think this technology is so important. 

medical

3D Printed Heart Membrane

Researchers have developed a way to use 3D printing to create an implantable custom-fit heart membrane.

manufacturing

Uncovered: 4 AXYZ’s Secret 3D Wood Machine

For some time now we’ve been hearing rumors of a mysterious “wood machine” from a mysterious company called “4 AXYZ”. Now we know a lot more about it. 

robot

The MX3D: A Robotic 3D Printer

On the heels of its debut in May 2013, the MX3D-resin printer has already evolved from a machine only capable of building in plastic to one that can print in a variety of metals.

manufacturing

Ultra-Fast 3D Printing?

A surprise announcement from ORNL and Cincinnati Incorporated hopes to revolutionize 3D printed manufacturing. But how? 

metal

NASA’s 3D Printed Instruments

NASA is experimenting with 3D printing techniques to develop not one, but at least three different solutions to space instrument manufacturing issues. 

clothing

Can You 3D Print Cotton?

Probably you can’t 3D print cotton, but a new project hopes to find a way to do so. 

food

Developments in 3D Food Printing

We’re looking at a video from TNO, who have been developing various forms of 3D food printing. 3D printed food seems to be a topic

building

Contour Crafting Update

Many years ago we wrote a brief story on Contour Crafting, who, if you don’t know, are developing the technologies necessary to 3D print entire

fabric

3D Printed Underwear?

A UK firm has revealed plans to produce a line of apparently 3D printed underwear. Tamicare has developed a new process that is said to

metal

Miniature DMLS Prints Tiny Metal Parts

A joint venture between 3D-Micromac AG and EOS Gmbh has created a new micro-laser sintering technology (MLS) that can be used to create miniature metal

printing

A Virtual 3D Printer in Minecraft

Ingenious YouTube user and Minecraft Designer ItsJustJumby has created a kind of virtual 3D printer in the world of Minecraft.    Minecraft, if you’re not

electronics

Cornell 3D Prints a Working Audio Speaker

Researchers at Cornell University have developed a method that is capable of 3D printing an entire, working audio speaker.    The process involves two different

medical

3D Printed Skulls Help Teach Future Brain Surgeons

Brain surgery is notoriously difficult with surgeons spending years honing their craft. Given the need for more hands-on practice performing surgical operations, researchers at the

bioprinting

A New Approach to 3D Printed Skin

The University of Liverpool has developed a different approach to 3D printed skin, which had been previously accomplished. The problem with prior techniques is the

patent

3D Printing Patents Sky Rocket in Number

In a recently released report, the UK’s Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has stated that the amount of patent filing related to 3D printing has increased

electronics

3D Printed Batteries?

Harvard materials scientist Jennifer Lewis has produced a new liquid material that could be used to 3D print lithium-ion batteries.    The “ink” is intended

archaeology

New Ways to Resurrect Dinosaurs with 3D Printing

A paper published in the journal Radiology explores new techniques used to capture 3D information from dinosaur fossils. The new approach overcomes the problem of

multimaterial

USC Investigating Multi-Material 3D Printing

Researchers at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering led by Professor Yong Chen have demonstrated a new method of 3D printing multiple materials. By “multiple”

tips

Making Prints Stick: Some Tips

The folks at ProtoParadigm have produced a terrific list of tips on how to reduce or eliminate the deadly warping effect that plagues personal 3D

printing

How to Print Everything on a Single Machine

Modern 3D printers are built for one thing: reproducing 3D designs in a printer’s native material. If you want your design in a different material,

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