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Three Business Revelations During COVID-19

Anna Zevelyov, the CEO of 3D scanner company Thor3D, examines three revelations when it comes to conducting business during and beyond the time of COVID-19.

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Lean Manufacturing, Automation and Distancing

Charles R. Goulding and Preeti Sulibhavi examine the principles of Lean Manufacturing together with rising trends in automation and required social distancing.

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A Few Considerations For Virtual Events

We’ve been discussing a lot about virtual 3D printing events lately, as current global circumstance is keeping us physically separated.

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Analyzing Trade Show ROI Metrics

Charles R. Goulding and Preeti Sulibhavi dig into the metrics of return on investment from trade shows.

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2020: The Year Of The 3D Printing Webinar

Yes, we’ll primarily remember 2020 as the Year of Pandemic, but it’s quickly taking on another face: the Year of the 3D Printing Webinar.

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Why We Cover Large and Small 3D Printers

Some may wonder why this publication covers both small-scale DIY 3D printing and at the same time large-scale industrial production additive manufacturing. We explain our thinking.

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The Regionality Of Major 3D Print Events

Every 3D printing / additive manufacturing trade show attracts a certain crowd, and it seems to differ by region. Why is this important?

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Hasbro beseitigt Kunststoffverpackungen

Charles Goulding und Peter Favata von R & D Tax Savers, untersuchen die möglichen Auswirkungen von Hasbros Maßnahme auf die 3D-Druckindustrie.

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How Has 3D Printing Changed?

How has the 3D printing industry changed over the last decade? Perhaps more importantly — what changes still need to happen? A workforce perspective.

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Hasbro To Eliminate Plastic Packaging

Charles Goulding and Peter Favata of R&D Tax Savers examine the potential impact of Hasbro’s move to eliminate plastic packaging on the 3D printing industry.

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Reducing the Hype in 3D Printing

3D printing has been subject to plenty of hype, including from marketers. We take a look at three solid ways to reduce the hype around 3D printing.

$3D Printing In Education

How Universities Can Accelerate Our Next Generation of Innovators

As with other leaps forward in science, technology, industry and culture, universities will play a central role in driving the Industry 4.0 disruption by transforming the entire culture of design and creating a new breed of 3D innovators.

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Innovators Need Guidance

 When additive manufacturing advisory services companies seamlessly partner with manufacturers and vendors (resellers), we will see mass corporate adoption of 3D printing on both the desktop and the factory floor.

$TAZ 6 In The Military

Is The TAZ 6 Bombproof?

We learned something very interesting about the LulzBot TAZ 6.

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A Change Of Heart At Sindoh?

After a discussion with Sindoh representatives, it seems the company may be changing their strategy regarding materials.

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Empowering Diversity in Digital Manufacturing

This International Women’s Day, I am excited by the promise of this technology transformation to tackle problems in new ways, powered by a more diverse and inclusive workforce.

3D Printing Nerd

A Non-Linear 3D Printing Career

Non-linear, nontraditional career paths are becoming more of a norm. Let’s take a look at content creation in 3D printing.

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How Will 3D Printing Benefit Manufacturing-as-a-Service (MaaS)?

We can expect manufacturing to change in many ways over the coming years, and 3D printing is at the heart of some of the most exciting of these developments. In particular, manufacturing-as-a-service, or MaaS, is coming into its own thanks to advances in 3D printing.

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Advanced 3D Printed Fiber Concept

A paper from the University of Surrey details a new materials concept, but perhaps this could be done with advanced 3D printers.

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Could Self-Healing Plastic Be 3D Printed?

A curious new plastic can heal itself in water, but could this be used in a 3D printer?  Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania examined

3D Printing Experimentation with Replibot

There are many inventive hobbyists who are making very good use of the 3D printing knowledgesphere. That knowledge includes hardware, software, electronics, design, tools, models,

MakerBot Hall of Fame

The MakerBot guys are not just hardware and software geniuses. They are marketing genuises, too. They’ve set up a “Hall of Fame” for MakerBot users,

Let’s Download Some Hardware!

Bryan Bishop and Ben Lipkowitz talk about their new open source venture: SKDB. What is it? It’s a open source hardware distribution framework that takes

3D Printers Should Not Be Banned

Last week we posted our thoughts on Gartner’s Nick Jones’ article suggesting that 3D printers might be banned in the future as they might overflow

Robots!

Timothy Mayer tips us to an example of a robot built by the Cornell Computational Synthesis Laboratory. The robot’s structure was fabbed with a Fab@Home

Moléculaire: The 3D Molecular Food Printer

Electrolux Design Lab is an annual competition where some truly amazing designs emerge. This year a 3D printer showed up among the various science fiction

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Printing the NanoSeeker

Once in a while we read another piece about 3D printing and it causes us to step back and take stock of what’s really going

The Weather Bracelet … and More

In another unique way of transforming an aspect of reality into 3D objects, fabricator, Flickr user mtchl has prepared an unusual bracelet, formed from the

RedEye’s iTunes

  RedEye On Demand (Stratsys’s 3D print service bureau) compares 3D print services with the iTunes store in their recent newsletter. While one service delivers

The 3D Package

  Interesting article at Packaging Digest that explains how several packaging companies are using 3D printing tech to prototype various types of intricate packages and

Is It What I Want?

Mateusz Pozar of Monocultured poses an interesting question: what happens when 3D printing technology advances sufficiently such that the printed objects are just as good

From Hands to Model

ZCorp, one of the leading 3D Printer manufacturers, also makes and markets 3D Scanners, such as the ZScanner 800 shown above. In a recent article

Yet Another Kind of Repository?

With all the chatter about 3D model repositories lately, we thought we’d add another twist to the puzzle. Could a virtual world act as a

Simple Wins. Every Time

A brief post on the Daily PLM Think Tank Blog resonated with us. The topic was the complexity of interfaces to PLM/PDM systems (Product Lifecycle

Designer Power

  An interesting concept got stuck in our heads, as you can see above. It’s from the Power Of 8 project in London, UK. What

Busted!

  In amongst last week’s torrent of posts from Shapeways, there was one describing a cool HP Lovecraft bust printed on their 3D print service.

Designers: Needed or Not?

We’re written on this topic before, where the proposition goes something like this: 3D printing devices and technology become widespread; either they’re installed in homes

A Different Input

  The process seems straightforward: Design a model with 3D Modeling software Tweak the 3D model for printing suitability Send the 3D model to a

A 3D Collision

  There’s a sweet spot somewhere in the middle of the 3D printer market being pursued from two directions. That sweet spot could be described

DIY Car Manufacturing?

  Bob McCarty predicts that:  within the next 10 years, begin designing and manufacturing their very own vehicles using in-home three-dimensional printing systems, services and

NanoPixies?

  Years ago Eric Drexler proposed the concept of Nanotechnology in his breakthrough book, “Engines of Creation”. The book envisioned titanic swarms of microscopic machines

Shapeways Take on Mass Customization

We read a very interesting take on the future of mass customization from the Shapeways blog, in which they propose a future vision of 3D

Shapeways Enters the Bronze Age

An interesting announcement from Shapeways this week says they are offering bronze prints of their popular Ringpoem model for the first time ever. The catch?

Better Than Cheap

  Intent Design, a UK-based design firm specializing in retail environments recently acquired a Z Corp ZPrinter 450. As readers will recall, the 450 is

Are 3D Skills Mandatory?

Fabbaloo readers are likely quite familiar with 3D concepts, including the idea of a digital representation of an object stored as a model, printing of

Gateway to the Fourth Dimension

No, it’s not another Stargate, but Richard Jin postulates on the manner of depicting the elusive Fourth Dimension in a thought-provoking article, and his ideas

Do We Really Need 3D Printing?

Of course we do! We at Fabbaloo would have little to write about otherwise. However, there are those who may think otherwise. We’ve been looking

The Sarrus Linkage

Forest Higgs posts an interesting approach to a key problem in building a self-replicating 3D printer. This of course, is the main objective of the

Dreaming of 3D Food

We’ve written on the concept of a chocolate printer, and others have produced candy objects, and perhaps even eaten them. But blogger Andy Skeleton goes

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