INDMATEC has developed a method of 3D printing PEEK plastic, and they could be the only one that can, at least as a commercial product.
This week’s selection is a 3D printed bicycle kit by Stephan Schürmann / ColorFabb.
Desktop 3D printer manufacturer took a big step today by announcing a new “Tough” resin.
For years hobbyists have been smoothing their ABS plastic 3D prints with acetone vapor, but PLA has had no solution. A video shows a potentially useful method using PVC pipe cleaner.
A report on PhysOrg describes how researchers developed an ingenious method of 3D printing with cellulose.
Formfutura, a Netherlands-based manufacturer of 3D printer filaments, announced today some very interesting new wood filaments.
Korea-based BNK has announced an antibacterial 3D printer filament. Why?
If you’re a vendor of 3D printer filament, you’d better watch out for Verbatim.
Stratasys announced that its long-term collaborator, architect and designer Neri Oxman, has revealed the world’s first 3D printed photosynthetic wearable, “embedded with living matter.”
Japanese plastics company Polysis unveiled a peculiar plastic that we think could be of interest to 3D printing.
A European company has produced a hybrid nylon-carbon fiber filament that could shake things up.
Sometimes it’s tempting to buy the cheapest possible 3D printer filament, but that’s not always the best idea.
Plastics manufacturer SABIC is taking a very serious interest in 3D printing technology.
In the increasingly crowded 3D printer plastic filament market, it’s harder for companies to distinguish themselves. Czech-based Eco 3D Filament may have just done that.
Amsterdam-based 3D printer filament provider Formfutura has developed a new filament based on PET plastic.
We were approached by a representative from HangZhou Hongkai New Material of China who wanted us to try out their 3D printer filaments.
Our friends at Gateway Group have decided to move into the world of 3D printing by producing a new line of 3D printer filaments.
A new venture is purchasing scrap plastic for eventual use in 3D printers.
We’ve noticed MakerGeeks sells spools of tungsten infused filament. Is this something you could use?
Color 3D printing has long been a challenge and few manufacturers produce color capable gear. Stratasys has taken a step towards full color 3D printing by demonstrating a 3D printed color gradient.
A new company hopes to begin production of an extensive line of 3D printer filaments.
The long awaited Conductive Graphene Filament from Graphene 3D Lab Inc. (GGG) hit the market today.
A new project hopes to produce high-quality, color-changing wood filament for personal 3D printers.
A small project has launched to provide a new kind of metal filament for personal 3D printers that is specially designed for use by artists.
3D Systems teamed with a team from UC Berkeley to 3D print an intricate architectural structure, perhaps the largest cement structure ever 3D printed.
Metal 3D printing materials supplier Nanosteel has developed a method of 3D printing a gradient of metals in a single part.
Stratasys has made significant improvements to their recycling program.
Some folks in the Netherlands have developed a new system that performs “Flexible Hybrid Slicing”.
A partnership between Bruil and 3Dealise has produced a unique method of 3D printing concrete.
Spain-based MyMat Solutions is working on a new type of nylon specifically for 3D printing.
FormFutura has introduced a new ABS plastic variant that apparently has no scent during printing.
Many people rave about the properties of PET, but it’s often too expensive. Or is it?
A startup company has developed a way to produce high quality recycled 3D printer filament.
Netherlands-based colorFabb introduced an incredibly powerful new 3D printer filament today, based on carbon fiber.
Stratasys, makers of the Objet and Fortus industrial 3D printer lines, announced some very interesting new materials this week.
There have been many attempts at casting using conventional 3D printers, but now filament-wizard Kai Parthy has developed a an easy-to-use solution: MOLDLAY.
We got a closer look at ProtoPasta’s unusual filaments at CES.
One of Airwolf 3D’s claims to fame is their ability to print with many materials.
We managed to get a close look at Spectrom’s intriguing filament-coloring system.
MakerBot did not announce any new machines this week, but they did announce some rather unusual filaments.
Squid, what is it good for? You can eat it and you can make ink or dye from it, and now a Penn State team of researchers is using it to make a thermoplastic that can be used in 3-D printing.
We noticed several rather unusual 3D printing filaments are now available for you to try out.
Until now, the world of 3D printing gear has been relatively untouched by standards for safety and usage. But that could change.
FormFutura announced a new line of 3D printer filaments that could prove very useful to personal 3D printer operators.
One 3D printer owner has devised a simple method of solving the “wet filament” problem.
A project by Poland’s Fucco Design created replicas of large church figurines in wood.
With many people wondering whether MakerBot is moving towards a proprietary filament solution, we went to the top to get answers.
The ingenious chemists at colorFabb have developed yet another metal-infused 3D printing filament: brassFill.
Your Wild World, a curiously named 3D printing startup, hopes to deliver multicolor 3D prints on your existing personal 3D printer.
In a recent announcement voxeljet has debuted a newly developed Phenolic-Direct-Binding method. This new binding method not only offers key advantages for sand printing but also allows for the production of ceramic molds.
3DDC’s “Metalise It” process could provide relatively strong parts for a lot less expense than printing in metal.
Tanaka Holdings has announced that it has succeed in the development and formation of platinum-based metallic glass powder supporting selective laser sintering 3D printers.
A new project promises to deliver “ultra conductive” 3D printer filament.
Remember we performed some tests on the FoxSmart filament? We did one more test afterwards and found something very interesting.
Does FoxSmart’s ultra-inexpensive 3D printer filament make the grade? Apparently, it does!
3D printing giant Stratasys must have left their press release machine on overnight, as they released a dozen announcements yesterday.
We managed to get our hands on some new Amphora filament from colorFabb and performed a few tests.
Owners of Formlabs personal 3D printing gear rejoice! The company has announced two new materials with powerful properties.
We’ve found a rather inexpensive source for 3D printer filament: FoxSmart.
Made from plant starches, Biome3D is a biodegradable plastic that combines easy processing and a superior print finish, while offering much higher print speeds.
They come from the same country, but that’s not the only thing going on between 3D Hubs and ColorFabb.
ColorFabb announced a new experimental material: copperFill.
With the announcement this week of a personal 3D metal printer, we thought we’d mention a new option for metal material from NanoSteel.
It’s true. You can now order filament made from coconuts. And a lot more, too.
At the end of July, The Silver Institute released a report called The Outlook for New Electrical and Electronic Uses of Silver. Prepared by Metals Focus, it looks at three potential areas of growth for the white metal: flexible electronics, light-emitting diodes and interposers.
At this year’s 3D Printshow in London the most important item seen, in our opinion, was the launch of ColorFabb’s Amphora line of plastic filament.
Industrial 3D printer manufacturer Optomec will be delivering an Aerosol Jet Quad Print Engine to the Factory Automation and Production Systems (FAPS) Institute at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg to print artificial muscles.
MakerBot announced the availability of “natural” colored filament. A minor announcement perhaps, but there’s more to the story.
Who knew? The venerable analog media giant now markets their own 3D printer filament.
An Irish company hopes to overcome the bane of 3D printer material purchasing: Shipping Costs.
Germany’s Diamond Plastics GmbH, has introduced a new, reusable plastic powder of laser sintering.
Extraordinary 3D printing experimenter Cosmo Wenman has come up with a feasible technique for producing metal objects using a personal 3D printer.
We’re looking at a new proprietary 3D printer filament from Avante Technology that could qualify as “Green”. And we’re not talking about the color.
MadeSolid announced a new material, the “Tough Resin” for 3D printers using resin technology.
People have been experimenting with a filament made from solanyl. It’s a biopolymer that’s made from potato skin?
A startup hopes to develop not only graphene materials for 3D printers, but a 3D printer designed for graphene printing. But we’re not so sure.
One makes planes, the other designs race cars. It would seem that on face value Boeing and Lotus Racing have little in common aside from a need for speed. However, just beneath the surface both companies rely on different permutations of the same physical processes to achieve success.
Have you ever wondered how 3D printing of silver or other precious metals is done? i.Materialise explains how they do it.
3D printer material supplier ColorFabb is selling something new: plastic pellets.
In wind farms across North America and Europe, sleek turbines equipped with state-of-the-art technology convert wind energy into electric power. But tucked inside the blades of these feats of modern engineering is a decidedly low-tech core material: balsa wood.
Graphene 3D Labs is developing a new family of 3D printer filaments, the first being one made from graphene.
ColorFabb has made a habit of introducing new and unusual plastic filaments for personal 3D printers, and now they’ve made a breakthrough with a metal filament: bronzeFill.
igus announced trials of “tribo-filament”, which apparently is substantially more wear-resistant than other 3D printer filaments.
IBM announced the discovery of two new classes of polymers, the first discovered in decades. We’re wondering if they have any applicability to 3D printing.
A Kickstarter project hopes to launch not one, but three new filaments with properties we’ve never seen before.
In a completely new twist for the world of 3D printing, two researchers are working to create a new bioprinting methodology that would see clumps of cells spawn custom engineered, non-living biomaterials.
PLA plastic, a commonly used 3D printing material, could be on the verge of becoming more versatile thanks to research conducted by Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI).
UK-based Jonathan Keep has been experimenting with chocolate 3D printing, with rather delicious results.
Metal producer Metalysis has invented a much more efficient method to make fine metal powder. Currently the price of titanium powder ranges from USD$200-400 per kg as it is made through a complex multi-step process. Metalysis’ new process involves a single step and should reduce the price accordingly. While this is quite important for… Continue reading Metal Powder Gets Cheaper
MakerBot is making a big deal out of their plastic selection, and they should. It’s a far cry from their initial selection of plain old colors years ago. Today you’ll find it includes a really terrific set of colors that they’ve grouped into: true colors, translucents and specialties. They offer ABS, PLA, dissolvable and flexible… Continue reading MakerBot’s Colorful Plastics
Most personal 3D printers use PLA or ABS plastic, but how much do you actually know about these materials? Aside from the fact that ABS’s melting temperature is somewhat higher than PLA, and that ABS is somewhat stronger than PLA, most 3D printer owners could be challenged to say more. Don’t fear: there is… Continue reading The Scoop on ABS and PLA
We happened to score some ColorFabb filament and gave it a test in our lab. This material, as we’ve written before, is not actually pure PLA plastic. It’s a hybrid mix of PLA and PHA, intended to provide a bit better flex and durability. We found the filament to have a rather different unboxing… Continue reading Hands on with ColorFabb’s PLA Filament
As the market for personal 3D printers expands, so do your options for plastic filaments. Along with the standard ABS and PLA filaments that have been available for many years, we’ve seen a number of fascinating experiments with different filaments, including some involving wood and ceramics. Now Taulman offers another unique filament: t-glase. What makes… Continue reading t-glase: A Clear Plastic for your 3D Printer
Another filament innovation has emerged from Recreus: Filaflex, a flexible filament. Using this material, your personal 3D printer might be able to 3D objects that are quite flexible, yet durable at the same time. How durable? Well, it seems that Recreus believes you can print usable footwear with this material as shown above. There’s… Continue reading FilaFlex is indeed Flexible