A research report puts doubt on the notion of “eco friendly” 3D printing.
Mass Portal continues to experiment with advanced 3D printing techniques.
We ran into something entirely unexpected at FormNext: a machine that produces 3D metal printing powder on your desktop.
Something quite interesting was observed at the recent FormNext exhibition.
Latvia-based Mass Portal announced a new line of professional filament drying systems.
BASF is making more moves into 3D print space.
An announcement today triggered some thoughts about the importance of certifications for companies in the 3D metal printing market.
NASA announced they’re working on something called the “Refabricator”, and I’m wondering where this is going.
How much do you know about polyethylene?
There are an increasing number of thermoplastics that can be 3D printed recently, and one of them is PVC.
A Kickstarter project hopes to solve one major issue with 3D printer spools: contamination.
Chemical giant BASF is to set up a new subsidiary dedicated to 3D printing.
The Materials Project is a massive online database of materials.
Earlier this year, we spoke to Made In Space President Andrew Rush about some of the new exciting projects that the company is working on.
I’m reading some research from last month where a new process was used to create graphene, but there are some other implications of the discovery.
Recently a number of 3D print companies have announced what’s described as “carbon fiber” materials, but are these really as strong as carbon fiber?
3D printers will eventually have a major challenge to overcome: printing a huge number of multiple materials.
Today’s desktop 3D printer operators have a huge advantage over those from years before, through the magic of print profiles.
There are multiple ways to achieve color 3D printing, and one of them is Mosaic Manufacturing’s Palette. But will it catch on?
Researchers in Singapore have developed new elastomeric materials that could be used in 3D printing applications.
An announcement this week from 3D Systems has, for me, settled the debate about 3D Systems’ strategy going forward.
Graphene. That awesome meta-material that was identified in 1916, imaged in 1948, grown on substrates in the 70’s, and finally manufactured in 2014, has yet to be incorporated into any consumer market applications.
A very curious solicitation from the US DOD requests “explosive” 3D printer materials.
The notion of buying a desktop 3D printer that is sufficiently flexible to print in many materials isn’t enough.
In a very tiny booth on the left side of the FormNext exhibition was a display from a one-person company that just may have figured out a monstrous breakthrough in 3D printing.
3D printing may be on the verge of a dramatic shift in focus as we’ve overcome one mountain, only to be faced with another.
Stratasys made a bit of a splash with their online materials store this past week.
Recently I had a discussion with a maker designing a handheld transmitting device, who insisted on 3D printing with ABS instead of PLA, but his reasons were not what you might think.
This month’s community support selection is the RMADS project undertaken by researchers at Newcastle University.
I’m watching a video demonstrating a “meta material mechanism” and the mind boggles at what become of this concept.
Running a small product design and 3D printing business, shookideas.com, I receive questions about carbon fiber filament almost every week.
This week MakerBot unleashed a series of announcements regarding their products, services and supplies.
The era of extremely limited 3D printer material selection seems to be ending, but what might the next materials challenge become?
Among the infinite variety of materials in our world is a very peculiar substance known as Aluminium oxynitride, or as some call it, transparent aluminum.
Researchers at Rice University and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory have developed a startlingly hard material, Ti3Au.
Researchers have developed a very unusual support material: dissolvable carbon steel that could be used for metal 3D printing support structures.
Researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have done something I’ve not seen before: mixed bio-active enzymes with 3D printing polymer.
A new adhesive is triggered by electricity, suggesting the possibility of a new form of 3D printing.
Some interesting research in the journal Science and Technology of Advanced Materials shows how a 3D printed object could be functional in a chemical manner.
If you’re looking for a fascinating way to coax your monocolor 3D printer into producing multiple colors, you can now obtain a Palette from Mosaic Manufacturing.
Yes, we’ve all seen carbon fiber 3D printing material, but now scientists from the University Of California have managed to use carbon dioxide to 3D print.
A new polymer developed by a team from the University of Rochester has an interesting property: it changes shape when triggered by body temperature alone.
Community 3D printer network 3D Hubs announced another significant step into the world of commercial 3D print services by adding PolyJet materials.
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.”
Several 3D printer manufacturers are experimenting with different business models, but is there a way to emulate the hot beverage companies?
We’re wondering whether using metal-infused filaments in personal 3D printers is actually a safe thing to do.
Using a 3D printing technique called direct ink writing, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers created graphene aerogel micro lattices with an engineered architecture.
Startup ProtoCrate now offers a “filament of the month” subscription service.
While most 3D printer manufacturers would prefer you use their in-house plastic filament in their equipment, we’re wondering whether filament is nearing “commodity” stage.
Researchers at Princeton University have developed a technique for 3D printing multiple materials that could prove quite interesting.
Researchers at the University of Lorraine in France have been working on new methods of creating powdered alloys.
Sales of Stratasys’ Connex equipment must be going well. So well they had to open a brand new factory to build them.
There’s a slight trend emerging in the 3D printer filament market: volume shipments.
We’re looking at a unique device, the FUSE welding filament clamp, by industrial designer Pedro M. Librero.
Some folks have very strong feelings regarding the use of proprietary filament by some 3D printer manufacturers. Are those feelings warranted?
We’re beginning to notice a significant trend. When looking at new emerging personal 3D printers we are seeing fewer that offer ABS plastic as an option as a 3D printing material. ABS was among the very first materials used by historic personal 3D printers, as it was commonly available due to its heavy use… Continue reading ABS Plastic On The Way Out?
We had a chat about filament with Sander Strijbos of ColorFabb at the recent 3D Printshow in London. While there are quite a few vendors marketing filament, most of their innovations involve new colors of PLA and ABS plastic. Not so with ColorFabb, who explore the edge of the envelope in filament technology. Strijbos… Continue reading ColorFabb’s Focus on 3D Printing
Most personal 3D printers are filament-fueled extrusion machines, but there are a number of resin-based machines, such as the Form 1, the Nautilus, the mUVe 1, the B9 Creator and others. There’s also several open source plans for resin-based machines. But there could be a problem. Resins used by some of these machines can… Continue reading Inexpensive, High Quality 3D Printer Resin?
Developed by MIT and presented at this year’s SIGGRAPH conference, OpenFab proposes a way to more easily produce incredibly complex milt-material objects. OpenFab is not a 3D printer; it is a software “pipeline” of steps that enable the creation of complex, multi-material 3D models that can then be printed on a 3D printer capable… Continue reading OpenFab’s Visionary Goal: Multi-material Objects
In almost every 3D printer we’ve seen, even those with multiple heads, only one print head is actually used at a time. First you print the model material, then you print support material, layer by layer, one extruder at a time. But now that’s changed. HYREL, notable for 3D printing clay, Sugru and other… Continue reading HYREL Achieves Multi-Part 3D Printing
Most 3D printers produce objects in a very limited set of materials, typically only one or two. But what if there was a way to make items from many kinds of materials? That’s exactly what you can do by combining your 3D printer with ComposiMold, a system for making molds. ComposiMold is a reusable… Continue reading Are You Ready To Mold 3D Prints?
A posting on Shapeways blog solicits applications for a new position at the 3D print service. The position? Here’s what they say: We are looking for a someone to help us to find and introduce new 3D printing materials and processes to Shapeways. This can only indicate they mean to dramatically increase the… Continue reading Shapeways To Gain Even More Materials?
The amazing 3Doodler 3D printing pen seems to be rather popular: it’s Kickstarter fundraising campaign has now passed the USD$2M mark and it’s still rising. At this rate, the USD$75 handheld 3D printing device could potentially raise USD$4M or more. Now that’s a lot of 3D pens! More importantly, if there are suddenly… Continue reading $2M Worth of 3D Printing Pens and a Big Implication
An interesting video from Objet shows off many of their latest materials. While many Fabbaloo readers have 3D printers capable of printing in hard plastic, the items in this video demonstrate what can be achieved when you are able to print in flexible material. Oh, did we say that Objet has an almost perfectly… Continue reading Objet’s Flexy Materials
We’ve just viewed an interesting video of what appears to be a 3D print of a very flexible material, evidently performed on a Fabbster. You’ll recall Fabbster; the personal 3D printer that accepts pre-made plastic “sticks” of different materials and colors. Apparently they’ve somehow made sticks out of a flexible plastic material and printed out… Continue reading Fabbster’s Flexy Experiment
EnvisionTEC, Inc. will showcase the company’s expanded range of 3D printing materials at the IMTS exhibition in Chicago. EnvisionTEC announced the launch of its new AB Material resins, with the first two commercially available offerings: ABflex and ABStuff. Both are used with the company’s DLP 3D printers. Read More at Engineering.com
3D printer manufacturer MakerBot has announced the availability of no less than nine new colors of plastic filament, suitable for use in not only their 3D printers, but any others that use the same diameter of plastic filament. The new colors are pretty awesome: Slate Gray Stone Helsinki Sky (a very light blue)… Continue reading MakerBot’s New Colors
I’ve written two blog posts about the importance of materials to the future of 3D printing. The bottom line is that without a material that performs as needed, speed, cost and quality are irrelevant. Read More at Engineering.com
3D print service Sculpteo announced the availability of a new 3D print material: Alumide. What is Alumide? It’s a mix of polyamide and aluminum powder yielding 3D prints that are stronger than just plastic but weaker than metal. Like plastic and some metals, it can actually bend slightly, making it useful for objects undergoing minor… Continue reading Sculpteo Alumides!
We’re not sure how useful this is to most Fabbaloo readers, but it is very cool. The Materials Project is an online database of, well, materials. Once you register for free you can access the service by entering a chemical formula and the service returns you a wealth of information about the selected material. You… Continue reading The Materials Project
An increasing number of personal 3D printer manufacturers are switching their products from using standard 3mm plastic filament (either ABS or PLA plastic) to a smaller size: 1.75mm. One of the early converts was PP3DP’s Up! 3D printer, which came with a 1.75mm extruder and smaller nozzle to match. In those early days 1.75mm filament… Continue reading The End of 3mm Filament?
Objet just announced another amazing material for their Connex and Eden 3D printers. This new material, called “High Temperature Material”, not surprisingly provides 3D prints that can withstand high temperature exposure. It can withstand a temperature of +65C (149F) right out of the printer, but if you post-process the object with a “short oven-based,… Continue reading Imagined Shopping For 3D Printer Materials