Engineers at MTU Create 3 New Open Source Tools To Aid In Battling COVID – 19

3 New Open Source Tools To Aid In Battling COVID-19

During times of uncertainty, Michigan Tech’s Open Sustainability Technology (MOST) Lab doles out three new open source tools in response to the ongoing pandemic. The


Patenting Pandemic Designs?

3D printing has really stepped up to the plate in pandemic response — but what happens with those designs post-pandemic?

Rendering of the VentCore open source ventilator system [Source: VentCore]

The VentCore Open Source Ventilator Project

A new design for an open source ventilator that can be partially 3D printed has surfaced, but there are many cautions required before building it.

Ultimaker Releases Ultimaker Cura 4.5

Ultimaker has released a new version of Ultimaker Cura 4.5, and as usual there are a couple of very interesting new features.


Book of the Week: Build Your Own Mini Metal Maker

Did you ever want to try 3D printing in metal but did not have a million dollar budget to do so? If so, this book explains step-by-step how to build an inexpensive 3D printer that can actually 3D print metal objects.


The LumiBEE Open Source 3D Printer

There is a new option for those wishing to build their own 3D printer: Lumi Industries released open source plans for a resin 3D printer, the LumiBEE.

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Thoughts on LulzBot’s Near-Demise

With the near-demise of LulzBot 3D printers, I am now wondering about the future of open source 3D printer companies. Can they ever succeed again?


Wikifactory Launches

A new online service has launched to provide collaboration services for product development: Wikifactory.


3D Printing: Should You Go Open Source?

Although it’s possible that patents have existed since the time of the Ancient Greeks, the Venetian Patent Statute is more widely recognized as the first official patent system.

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The 3D Printing Patent Backlash Begins

It was inevitable, but the personal 3D printing community is not reacting well to the announcement by Stratasys that it was suing Afinia for patent

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Open Hardware: Defined?

The results of a March 17th workshop on open hardware have been released. The event, termed “A workshop on legal tools for open source hardware”,

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The Social Engineering-Knowledge Database

Bryan Bishop provides a great overview of the Social Engineering-Knowledge Database (SKDB) project in an article at HPlus Magazine. The premise of the project is


Replacing .STL

We wrote on the problems with the prehistoric .STL format the other week, and bumped into a potential replacement: GTS. It’s an open source project:



Tips flowed in this week regarding “Contraptor”, the webchild of Vitaly Mankevich and Riley Porter. According to their About: Contraptor is a DIY open source

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MakerBeam Makes Beams!

And a lot more, it turns out. The MakerBeam project intends on providing a massive library of open source hardware connectors, all reusable and designed


Open Manufacturing

  Reader Bryan Bishop points us to a new initiative: “Open Manufacturing”, which at the moment appears to be a watering hole for discussions about

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OpenMoko, Open Case

Popular Mechanics and The Globe and Mail report on the possibility of using 3D print technology to custom build cases for the OpenMoko Linux touchscreen.

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The Fabaroni

Ok, we’ve heard of expensive media for 3D printers, paper, sugar and other wacky stuff going in “raw” and coming out as usable 3D objects.


OGLE 3D Model Extractor Available

The folks at Eyebeam OpenLab have produced (and released as open source software) OGLE, a very interesting package that: allows for the capture and re-use

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