After yesterday’s blockbuster announcement of the long-awaited Original Prusa MK4 3D printer, I have some thoughts.
Critical Video Published About Prusa Research: “Dear Prusa Research… We Need To Talk.”
A very controversial video has emerged directing strong criticism at Prusa Research.
Don’t Make the Same Mistake: What Went Wrong with the Plybot 3D Printer Kickstarter
The Plybot project has been silent for months and its backers are angry, seeking refunds that may never come.
What Happens After We Reach The Bottom of Desktop 3D Printers?
There’s often said to be a “race to the bottom” with desktop 3D printers. What happens when we get there?
Formnext Announces Winners of Startup-Up Challenge
Formnext announced the winners of its annual AM startup competition in advance of the November event.
New 3D Printed Food Application: Custom Designed Plating
A chef has realized another way to apply 3D print technology: plating.
The Boeing-Airbus Truce And 3D Printing
Charles R. Goulding considers potential 3D printing-related implications of a major aerospace competitive truce.
Regeneron ISEF 2021: Behind the Scenes with Two Winners
The award-winning students discuss project applications, inspirations, challenges and insights about the future of STEM events.
The China Challenge
Charles Goulding, Jr. considers how 3D printing might help the U.S. both compete and cooperate with Chinese manufacturing.
Liven Up Quarantine With A SelfCAD x MyMiniFactory 3D Design Competition
SelfCAD and MyMiniFactory have teamed up to host a friendly 3D design competition awarding 3D printers to the winners.
Creality Drops Ender 3 Price to US$170
Creality has notably dropped the price of their very popular desktop 3D printer, the Ender 3.
SpaceX Triggers Increased Use Of 3D Printing?
I’m seeing another reason companies will increase their adoption of 3D printing, and this time it’s at the top end of a rocket.
Get Ready for the China versus U.S. Tech Wars
Charles R. Goulding and Preeti Sulibhavi examine the competitive tech landscape in two leading economies.
Is Stratasys Feeling The Pressure From Below?
Stratasys launched an unusual marketing campaign that for the first time targets users of low-cost alternative 3D printing equipment. Why did they do this?
Winners: 2019 3D Pioneers Challenge
The prestigious 3D Pioneers Challenge has announced winners for the 2019 contest, awarding more than €40,000 to innovative projects.
Winners: 2019 3D Hubs Student Grant
Winners have been announced in 3D Hubs’ Student Grant design contest highlighting student work in product design, transportation, sustainability, robotics, and healthcare.
NASA Announces Finalists for 3D Printed Mars Habitat
NASA announced three finalists for their ongoing “3D-Printed Habitat Challenge”.
Question of the Week: 3D Systems Futures
This week’s question is an interesting corporate enquiry.
Manufacturing Competition in Additive Manufacturing
Competition is heating up in additive manufacturing; how does that make you feel?
$19M Investment the Next Building Block in Evolve’s Evolution
Evolve Additive Solutions is evolving with a significant equity investment round: company execs fill us in on the implications.
NASA’s 3D Printed Habitat Challenge Now in Third Phase
The long-running NASA challenge to create a 3D printed space habitat is now launching the third phase of the competition.
EnvisionTEC Celebrates 15th Anniversary, But Big Challenges Ahead
EnvisionTEC is one of the premier vendors of high-resolution 3D printing equipment, having done so since 2002.
University Students: Enter the Print the Future Competition Today!
A very interesting competition has been announced by a consortium of technology organizations that might result in your design being 3D printed in space!
Can You Design a 3D Printed Off-World Habitat?
NASA and America Makes are sponsoring a new challenge for designers to create concepts for a space habitat made with 3D printing technology.
The 2015 Boston Printathon
In March 3D printers will be busy in Boston’s Brandeis University at the annual Printathon 3D Printing Competition.
Oxfam Partners with MyMiniFactory
3D printing is powerful and can, like atomic power, be used for good and evil. Today we’re learning about one of the good uses.
This 3D Print Entrepreneur Needs Your Help Today
Chris Thorpe, the person behind “I Can Make”, needs your assistance TODAY. Thorpe is one of only ten finalists selected from hundreds of entries vying for an opportunity to pitch their innovative idea to Sir Richard Branson and a panel of distinguished and successful entrepreneurs this May. It’s part of Virgin Media Pioneers’ Pitch to… Continue reading This 3D Print Entrepreneur Needs Your Help Today
CGTrader’s Massive 3D Print Competition
There’s a lot of 3D print competitions lately, but this one seems to involve more prizes than we’ve seen before. CGTrader’s “3D Printing Competition” seeks fully 3D printable models to be uploaded before June 30th, when they will be judged by CGTrader staff. What makes this competition different is the quantity and quality of… Continue reading CGTrader’s Massive 3D Print Competition
Making It Real at OCAD U
Canada’s OCAD University is sponsoring a juried exhibition of digitally fabricated objects between May 14-28 during the Toronto International Jewelry Festival. Specifically they’re concerned with the fuzzy boundary between prototype and finished product. They say: Virtual objects occupy a grey area between representation and realization. How do we define the point at which a… Continue reading Making It Real at OCAD U
CGTrader’s Model Competition
3D model site CGTrader is running a contest for, obviously, the best 3D model uploaded to their site by March 15th. There is an extensive list of prizes available to the winner and two runners-up. If you haven’t checked out CGTrader, it’s one of several large 3D sites that served 3D rendering models. This… Continue reading CGTrader’s Model Competition
3D4D Challenge Claimed By WOOF
The 3D4D challenge winner was announced and it’s the University of Washington Open Object Fabricators, a.k.a. “WOOF”. They received the prize of USD$100,000 during the recent 3D Printshow in London. Their winning entry was a method to “enable waste plastic to be used as filament for 3D printing machines, to create new products”, and… Continue reading 3D4D Challenge Claimed By WOOF
The 2013 Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge
Each year Stratasys sponsors an excellent competition between students to determine the most interesting and useful 3D printable designs. This year they’re launching the 2013 edition of the Extreme Redesign Challenge. The rules are very similar to previous years: submitted designs compete for scholarships and an opportunity to print out their design. Nine winners… Continue reading The 2013 Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge
Here’s a new challenge specific to a particular 3D Printer: the Freedom of Creations (FOC) Talents design brief Quarter 4 2010 requests “end product application and design for Paper Rapid Prototyping (PRP)“. In other words, “what’s a commercially interesting object to print on the MCOR Matrix 300 paper 3D printer?” FOC has been running… Continue reading MCOR’s Talents
The Gada Prize
We’ve seen tremendous achievements in recent years through the excitement generated by a series of startling X-prize challenges. Now there’s one addressing 3D printing, specifically the RepRap project. The Gada prize, to be awarded to a winning team on January 1st, 2013, intends on dramatically improving the capability of open source 3D printing. Some USD$20,000… Continue reading The Gada Prize
FabLab Ignites [email protected]
The [email protected] guys at Cornell have won a major contest in the education sector, as they were recently named one of eight winners in the third annual Digital Media and Learning competition. The competition attempts to dramatically change how education works in the 21st century: President Obama has called for a renewed focus on… Continue reading FabLab Ignites [email protected]
Enter The Shapeways Student Contest
Shapeways 3D print service announced a brand new contest, this one for students only. Named the “2010 Shapeways Full Color 3D Print Student Contest”, it would appear this is an annual affair. It’s called a “Color” contest because the idea is to print your model with Shapeways new color material, “Full Color Sandstone”. One major… Continue reading Enter The Shapeways Student Contest
Win $20,000 in a Design Contest
We know you like to design things, so why not try to win a large prize with your best ideas? Consider entering the “Create the Future” Design contest. Your entry can compete in any of several design categories: Consumer Products – Products that increase quality of life in the workplace, at home, during… Continue reading Win $20,000 in a Design Contest
Finalists Announced in 3D Printing Contest
The annual Dimension 3D Extreme Redesign Contest has announced nine finalists in three categories. High School Category Finalists: Robby Ridzy, Medina County Career Center, Brunswick, Ohio: Gutter Guide Maxwell Krist, Eckstein Middle School, Seattle, Wash.: Electricity Usage Meter Korrina Reed, Milford H.S., Milford, Ohio: Fragrance Bracelet University Category Finalists: Donald Nicholson, Columbus State… Continue reading Finalists Announced in 3D Printing Contest
SpaceNavigators Are Free!
We’re a big fan of SpaceNavigators, those pleasant-feeling 3D controllers that are most often found in your not-the-regular-mouse hand. The SpaceNav is compatible with a long list of 3D software, ranging from most modelling tools to 3D games. There’s several types of SpaceNavs available from maker 3DConnexion, including more advanced models with many buttons,… Continue reading SpaceNavigators Are Free!
i.Materialise has launched a design challenge on Blender designers at the BlenderArtists site: “BlenderArtists.org is the most popular community site dedicated to the free, open-source 3D animation program Blender. On the site, users of the program can discuss their artwork, ask questions and find resources such as textures and tutorials.” The competition closes on February… Continue reading BlenderArtists Competition
$100K For a Better 3D Printer!
The Foresight institute has announced their version of the X-Prize, the Kartik M. Gada Humanitarian Innovation Prize. The idea is to award a hardworking team who can develop a drastically improved RepRap 3D printer design. There will be an interim award of USD$20,000 on December 31st, 2012 and a grand prize of USD$80,000 on December… Continue reading $100K For a Better 3D Printer!
Material of the Year!
Last month blog Material ConneXion announcement the winners in their new MEDIUM Award for Material of the Year. This is the first annual presentation of this award, and it was given to Concrete Canvas’s Concrete Cloth material. This innovative material mixes fabric with concrete that “allows it to be quickly and easily molded and… Continue reading Material of the Year!
Extreme Redesign 2009
Dimension Printing has announced their annual “Extreme Redesign” competition for 2009-10. The annual event highlights innovative designs created by students. As usual, there are several categories of entries: High School College Engineering Art & Architecture This year Dimension have added a new feature: a US$250 Green Bonus, awarded to a student “whose design best displays… Continue reading Extreme Redesign 2009
(Un)Limited Design Contest!
The Dutch FabLabs have organized a design contest that may be of interest to Fabbaloo readers. According to Bas van Abel, Creative Director of the Waag Society: Why put up with existing products when you can make your own? Today, powerful digital fabrication technology lets you design and build almost anything, and we want… Continue reading (Un)Limited Design Contest!
From 3D, Comes Infinium!
The University of Michigan has spent more than USD$1M to produce the above pictured Infinium solar car, which is to take part in the World Solar Challenge race across Australia. Yes, “solar” means the sun will be the only fuel for this bad boy during the 1,800 mile six day race. Why are we… Continue reading From 3D, Comes Infinium!
CATIA Design Visualization Contest
A post at 3D Perspectives shows some of the great entries into their recent Design Visualization Contest. While some of the visualizations were well beyond the capability of 3D printers alone today, others might well be attempted on current technology, such as Dominik Wolm’s second place winning entry above. Via 3D Perspectives and YouTube
3D Printing Up For Award
Could a 3D Printing company win the prestigious World Technology Award? MCOR technologies, whom we’ve written on several times in past months, is nominated in the IT Hardware (Corporate) category for their amazing plain paper-based 3D printer. The World Technology Awards are an annual event featuring numerous awards in many categories: … nominees are… Continue reading 3D Printing Up For Award
Extreme Redesign Winners Announced!
Dimension Printing’s annual contest for imaginative designers has concluded for 2008-9 with the winners being announced. They are: University category: Chris Triska & Alexander Soloviev of Toronto for their imaginative light switch cover High School: Jordan Berger of New York for her fun Alphabet Blocks (we liked that one a lot) Art and Architecture:… Continue reading Extreme Redesign Winners Announced!
Extreme Redesign Finalists Announced
Dimension Printing holds an annual contest to find amazing 3D designs by students. Winners receive scholarships in various amounts. Entrants were in three categories, as usual: High School, University and Art & Architecture. We’ve taken a quick look at the finalists, and all projects are quite interesting. However, those that caught our eye included:… Continue reading Extreme Redesign Finalists Announced
Sean Langford is a “lead artist at Green Grass Studios”, where he works on “modeling, texturing, animation, lighting, compositing, and editing”, but his “focus has always been on character creation”. Recently he entered a model into 3DTotal’s periodic Sculpting Challenge and came in second place. With this amazing magical staff model shown above. Here’s the… Continue reading Langford’s Prints
Extreme Redesign Repeats
For the fifth year Stratasys’ Dimension 3D Printing Group is running their annual Extreme Redesign: The Ultimate 3D Printing Challenge. According to the press release, it’s: a global design and 3D printing contest for high school and college students that awards scholarships to the winners. Over the past four years, more than 2,500 entries have… Continue reading Extreme Redesign Repeats
3D Printing Challenge: The Winners
Dimension has announced the winners of their annual 3D printing challenge. A few weeks ago we reported on this competition. The challenge is open to students in three categories, and we even selected the entries we liked the best. Did they win? Nope. Well, one of our three choices turned out to be correct, but… Continue reading 3D Printing Challenge: The Winners
Finalists in the Ultimate 3D Printing Challenge
Dimension is a well-known name in the 3D industry, and one reason why this might be is that they hold an annual 3D Printing Challenge. This year’s Challenge involves three categories: a high school level engineering challenge a college-level engineering challenge an art & architectural challenge open to students of all grade levels Dimension… Continue reading Finalists in the Ultimate 3D Printing Challenge
Ponoko Contest Winners
The lads at Ponoko (a New Zealand-based prosumer-oriented fabbing service) have announced the results for the Invitation Round of their Jewelry Design Challenge. Truly amazing designs were devised by Ponoko’s customers. Steven from Ponoko said: There were a spectacular number of creative and interesting designs, and it was VERY hard for all involved to choose… Continue reading Ponoko Contest Winners
3D Modeling Contest
GraphicsCompetitions.com points out an “International Modeling Contest”. No, it’s not a runway in Milan – it’s a 3D design competition. Specifically, the contest seeks new designs for a scooter’s body and body parts. The contest is held by the SDT Institute Sezana, with major sponsors being Rhinoceros, Z Corp and Materialise. Oh, note that entries… Continue reading 3D Modeling Contest
NASA Seeks 3D Printing
NASA’s Langley Research Center has posted an invitation for solicitations for a “high resolution 3D printer”. At first we thought this device might be headed to outer space, ready to rapidly produce any missing spacecraft parts during deep space missions. However, we then saw the specs: 110 VAC power requirement. Of course, we all know… Continue reading NASA Seeks 3D Printing
Generator X 2.0 Revisited
Remember back to early December? We posted about the GeneratorX 2.0 workshop, an exhibition of designer works who used various digital fabrication techniques to produce amazing items. ArtDaily reports on a presentation entitled “Beyond the Screen”, where participants from the GeneratorX 2.0 workshop will show their works. As we’ve suggested many times before: there are… Continue reading Generator X 2.0 Revisited
Generator.X 2.0 is a “a workshop and exhibition about digital fabrication and generative systems” in which 15 designers will be selected to participate. Using modern digital fabrication techniques, including 3D printing and laser cutting, the artists will explore the possibilities of these new manufacturing mediums from an artistic and architectural point of view. Applications close… Continue reading Generator.X 2.0