TitanCraft is now out of beta, as of today.
Hexagon Accelerates Additive Manufacturing With New Platform
Hexagon released an interesting new platform that may be of interest to companies using additive manufacturing.
What is the Mystery Project from Markforged’s Founders?
There could be something very interesting brewing from the folks behind Markforged.
Western vs. Asian 3D Printers: When AI Changes the Equation
AI will shake up the 3D printing industry in more ways than you might realize.
Rapidly Design Lightweight Parts with Metafold’s 3D Modeling Tool
Metafold is a powerful tool to generate and process highly complex 3D models.
NVIDIA’s Magic3D System: Generating High-Resolution 3D Models from Text Prompts
NVIDIA Researchers have developed an improved technique for automatically generating 3D models from text input.
The Biggest Breakthrough in 3D Printing: Automatic 3D Models from Luma AI
This could be the biggest breakthrough in 3D printing in decades: automatic 3D models.
AI Tools Will Change 3D Printing in a Way You Don’t Expect
After looking at several AI tools recently, I’ve realized there is another fundamentally important way AI will affect the 3D printing world.
Did a Little French Startup Finally Get How to Optimize Designs for 3D Printing?
Cognitive Design Systems understands that lightest does not equal optimum and not all 3D prints are manufacturable.
Book of the Week: Advanced 3D Printing with Grasshopper
This week’s selection is “Advanced 3D Printing with Grasshopper” by Diego Garcia Cuevas and Gianluca Pugliese.
Hyperganic’s New Simulation Tech
Hyperganic announced a new and very speedy 3D simulation technology.
nTopology Blows Up Lightweighting. Again.
Generative design applications are famous for making strange looking, often unpractical parts.
DreamFusion: AI-Generated 3D Models Reaches Research Stage
A new paper describes how AI tools can be used to generate printable 3D models with only a text prompt.
Book of the Week: Create Stunning AI Art
This week’s selection is “Create Stunning AI Art” by Antonis Tsagaris and Andreas Pampoukkas.
An Easy Way To Start Non-Planar 3D Printing
I found a very easy way to start non-planar 3D printing.
Adidas and Carbon Create 3D Printed “Supershoe”
The new 4DFWD running shoe from Adidas demonstrates what is possible with advanced software driving 3D printing.
Carbon Acquires Advanced Generative Software System
Carbon announced today their first corporate acquisition, and it’s a big deal.
Beyond Generative Design: Where 3D Modeling May Go
I caught a glimpse of a potential future for 3D modeling tools, and it’s breathtaking.
Book of the Week: Generative Design
The Most Complex 3D Printed Part Ever?
Hyperganic may have produced the most complex model ever 3D printed, a revolutionary aerospace engine.
What’s Super About SuperSlicer?
A fork of PrusaSlicer adds some extremely interesting features.
Book of the Week: Neri Oxman Material Ecology
This week’s selection is “Neri Oxman Material Ecology” by Paola Antonelli, Anna Burckhardt, Hadas A. Steiner, and of course, Neri Oxman.
Looking Back at 3D Print Trends in 2021
The year 2021 has ended, and it’s time to look back to see what happened in 3D printing and Additive Manufacturing.
Blender Upgraded to 3.0, But Is It Good For 3D Printing?
Blender has been upgraded to 3.0 by the Blender Foundation.
PLA Stronger Than Steel? New Script Generates 3D Printable Beams
The folks at RepRap Ltd have released a new script that generates very strong 3D printable beams.
Book of the Week: Advanced 3D Printing with Grasshopper
This week’s selection is “Advanced 3D Printing with Grasshopper” by D. Diego Garcia Cuevas and D. Gianluca Pugliese.
Can You Use Generative Design for Internal Fluid Flow?
You can optimize internal fluid flow with an integrated generative design application.
Custom 3D Printed Shoe Lasts At The Touch Of A Button
A collaboration between multiple providers has created a way for shoemakers to quickly produce customized shoe lasts.
Book of the Week: Artificial Intelligence Revolution
This week’s selection is “Artificial Intelligence Revolution: how AI Will Change Our Society, Economy and Culture” by Robin Li.
Autodesk Opens Up About Generative Design
Thousands of Autodesk users, employees, and partners converged this week for the annual Autodesk University conference.
MSC Joins the Generative Design Parade
We catch up with Dr. Thomas Reiher, cofounder of AMendate, who is now director of Hexagon’s generative design division.
Mesh Modeling, Part 2: Siemens Convergent Modeling for Meshes and NURBS-based Geometry
Developers of Siemens NX are working to integrate mesh data for everyday CAD users.
Book of the Week: Generative Design
This week’s selection is “Generative Design” by Benedikt Groß, Hartmut Bohnacker, Julia Laub, and Claudius Lazzeroni.
Porsche’s 3D Printed Pistons Demonstrate High Efficiency
An interesting experiment in metal 3D printing has resulted in some rather efficient pistons for Porsche sports cars.
GE’s Additive Manufacturing Project for the U.S. Air Force Takes off
The great promise of 3D printing combined with innovative 3D design (such as generative design) is to reduce parts and material waste while creating geometry that surpasses the capability of traditional subtractive machining.
Another Generative 3D CAD Alternative: Gen3D
I’m taking a quick look at Gen3D, a CAD tool for generating complex structures that can then be 3D printed.
Dassault Systèmes Introduces Flow-Driven Design System
Dassault Systèmes introduced a new workflow to optimize generative design that is 10x faster than previous methods.
Creo 7.0 Adds Generative Design and More
PTC has revealed details of the latest Creo release, Creo 7.0, available on April 14.
Design of the Week: Puzzle Cell Complex
This week’s selection is the Puzzle Cell Complex by Nervous System.
An Interesting 3D Printed Lithophane Service
LithophaneMaker is a fascinating free service that allows you to generate all imaginable types of 3D printed lithophane models.
AREVO Puts All The 3D Pieces Together
A manufacturing-as-a-service company has developed a way to 3D print continuous carbon fiber in a production setting.
More 3D Print Workflow Automation Coming from Additive Flow
Additive Flow has unveiled a new generative design tool for additive manufacturing that has the unique ability to handle solutions for materials and mechanical design simultaneously.
Crazy Idea: AI-Based 3D Model Generation For Consumers
A new AI-based system can generate incredibly realistic human faces. What if the same technology was turned towards 3D printing?
When Generative Design Backfires – VW’s New Wheels
What looked like twigs proved to be generatively-designed shapes, the output of generative design algorithms available in Autodesk’s Fusion 360, then cast in metal.
ParaMatters’s CogniCAD “Lightweights” Experimental EV
EV maker Archimoto leveraged ParaMatters’ CogniCAD generative CAD tool to optimize the weight of several key metal components.
A Great Way To Learn Grasshopper
A new book explains how to use McNeel’s Grasshopper plug-in for Rhino 3D in a very simple and easy-to-learn manner.
nTopology Releases nTop Platform 2.0
nTopology released the latest version of their nTop Platform software, 2.0, and it seems to include some incredibly powerful built-in toolkits.
What Every 3D Printing Company Should Be Doing
Trinckle has developed a powerful new system, Paramate, that can automatically generate custom 3D models to vastly simplify the process of producing unique low volume parts for production.
Robiot Can Automatically Design Handy Household Machines
Researchers have developed an incredible system to automatically design 3D printable parts to implement mechanical systems from only a video.
This Epic Racing Drone Was Made Using Fusion 360 and Generative Design
It wasn’t too long ago when the concept of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and the capabilities of generative design seemed like some far off sci-fi future.
Realizing 3D Printing’s Opportunities In The Face Of Trade Wars
Global trade and increasing tariffs are major topics of discussion these days — and 3D printing is increasingly a part of that conversation.
Matters At ParaMatters
Generative design is advancing toward more automated design solutions for additive manufacturing. ParaMatters’ CTO provides a look into what’s new with CogniCAD’s cloud-based generative design software.
Book of the Week: 3D Printing Design
Need inspiration for 3D design? Designer and now author Francis Bitonti’s new book offers a peek into the mind of an additive manufacturing designer, whose 3D prints continue to amaze all.
Nervous System’s Generative Software Helped New Balance Design
How did New Balance design the complex midsole for their TripleCell custom 3D printed shoe? Nervous System supplied the powerful generative 3D design tools.
nTopology’s New nTop Platform Offers High Speed Complex Design
Have a gigantic 3D model? nTopology’s nTop Platform can easily handle it, and also provide super-complex analyses, simulations and generative design.
Could Adobe Create the 3D Product Dev App to Rival all Others?
Adobe Fresco in 3D?
Mountain Biking Gets a Boost from Generative Design
Mechanical engineer PJ Tolentino loves biking on the many mountainous trails in his native Philippines.
3D Printing Your Own Voice, Or Someone Else’s
There’s an interesting service called 3DPrintedSound, and it does just that.
The Other Side of Generative Design
A report on Fast Company illustrates that there’s more than one way to do generative design.
Combining 3D Printing and Genetic Algorithms
I’m reading a fascinating press release from NYU that describes an unusual combination of 3D printing and what seems to be genetic algorithms.
The Generative Design Challenge: Build a Better Bicycle Frame
A road bike frame is a study in elegance and minimalism.
XponentialWorks and the Collaborative Road to Upgrading Additive Manufacturing
The companies in the XponentialWorks portfolio are looking to enhance performance in generative design and additive manufacturing.
Frustum Looking Toward Leadership in Generative Design, Acquired by PTC
Frustum has been busy with new releases — and today with a new parent company.
Frustum Releases GENERATE for Windows
3D software maker Frustum released a Windows version of their powerful GENERATE tool.
Finally: Functional Generative Design for 3D Printed Buildings, Almost
I’m reading a fascinating report by Joel Simon on his work to “generate” the design of a school.
Generating 3D Models with Frustum’s TrueSOLID
I’ve recently thought that the future of 3D design lies in an automated future, and Frustum is another option for doing so.
A Better Way to Generate 3D Models: ParaMatters
There’s a new generative 3D model solution available: ParaMatters.
Crystallon Make Lattices Easy
Crystallon is a new feature for Rhino3D / Grasshopper CAD design that automatically generates lattice structures.
Could This Be How 3D CAD is Done in the Future?
I saw something last week that shook me greatly: Live Parts from Desktop Metal.
A Brilliant Idea: Programmable 3D Printed Cases
Carbon announced a new production application that has a stunning application: programmable protective cases.
Trinckle Discovers a Wealth of 3D Printing Business Cases
When you look deeply, you find things.
Bitonti Technology’s New 3D Generative API
There are 3D print fashion designers, and there are fashion designers who go a bit farther. One of them is Francis Bitonti.
Another Autodesk Experimental 3D System Comes to Market
Autodesk made what could be a milestone announcement this week, as generative features are coming to Netfabb, “later this year”.
Cloud-Based Design Analysis: Frustum’s Generate
Optimizing mechanical designs is a complex process and now there’s another option for doing so.
Maix to Launch in January
A secretive project to enable consumers to “design” their own products is set to launch in a few weeks.
Autodesk’s PrintOne Enables Safe Generation of 3D Printed Musical Instruments
Designing a musical instrument just got a lot simpler thanks to an experiment by Autodesk.
Topology Optimization for 3D Printing Hits the Cloud with Generate
As a manufacturing technology, 3D printing is only as powerful as the designs that it is used to create.
Trinkcle’s B2B Product Generation System
I’ve always thought that generative approaches may be the way for consumers to get into 3D printing, but there’s actually another more important use.
This Insane Wood Chair Was Created Using Generative Design
While plenty of exciting developments are happening in the product design space, few are as revolutionary as advancements in generative design.
3D Printed Brackets Demonstrates a Powerful 3D Printing Capability
Netherlands-based Openplus has launched a very powerful 3D print-driven construction system for furniture.
3D Models, Created by an A.I.: Good or Bad Idea?
An experiment by researchers at the University of Copenhagen attempted to persuade an A.I. to create a 3D model from scratch. It did.
Branch’s Different Take On 3D Printed Construction
There have been multiple attempts to develop a feasible method of 3D printing buildings, and Branch Technology is trying another method.
MIT’s Fab Forms Pre-Tests 3D Model Variations
Researchers at MIT have developed “Fab Forms”, a system that pre-tests thousands of variations of a 3D model to simplify end user design.
Autodesk’s “Within” Could Generate Industrial Change
Autodesk introduced a new product called, “Within” that generates lattice structures within 3D models. It could change everything.
NVM Design Leverages 3D Printing
A New York City startup is leveraging 3D printing to develop unusual high-end jewelry.
Open Board Game Opens Up Gaming
A new framework permits easy creation of 3D printed items for board games.
Everyone Needs an Ancestro3D
Mexico-based Ideaz 3D is attempting to develop a very unique 3D print application, Ancestro3D.
Hands On With uformit’s Personalized 3D Print Service
We spent some time testing the new uformit generative 3D model service and found some amazing results.
Design Your Own 3D Printed Vase
What, you’re not a 3D modeling whiz? Still need a design for a vase? We found a service you can use.
MakerBot has released “PrintShop”, a friendly iPad app with which you can generate your own 3D models.
Shapeways Announces Programmable Models