The Hangprinter project seems to have been ripped off by a U.S. government contractor.
I caught a glimpse of a potential future for 3D modeling tools, and it’s breathtaking.
Readers may recall The Spaghetti Detective. Now it has been rebranded and expanded.
Believe it or not, there is an open source electron beam metal 3D printer project underway.
This week’s selection is the Open Source 3D Printed PUMA Microscope by Paul Tadrous.
A fork of PrusaSlicer adds some extremely interesting features.
A newly invented protocol just might replace GCODE for certain types of 3D printing.
Researchers at Imperial College London have devised a relatively inexpensive system to provide 5-axis 3D printing capability.
E3D-Online clarified their position on use of their Revo hot end design.
A new belt 3D printer design is available from an open source project.
The Blender Foundation announced that Apple has joined their development fund.
Ultimaker released a new version of Ultimaker Cura, their highly popular 3D print management software.
Ford introduced a new feature on their upcoming 2022 Maverick truck that could be of significant interest to 3D printer operators.
The latest version of Meshlab improves several processing features, and it remains one of the essential open source tools for 3D mesh modelers.
Tashkeel3D, a 3D print startup producing medical components in Gaza has been destroyed.
This week, OSHdata announced its closure.
I just noticed there was a new release of Meshlab, version v2020.12.
If you’ve ever wanted to 3D scan and print very tiny things, the scAnt 3D scanner is for you.
There are plenty of open source designs for 3D printers, but most of them are for relatively straightforward desktop machines. That’s not the case with Blackbox.
Budapest-based designer Adam Miklosi has decided to “upgrade” existing IKEA products with his open-source collection of 3D printed accessories.
This week’s selection is “Create, Share, and Save Money Using Open-Source Projects” by Joshua Pearce.
Creality’s second Kickstarter campaign ended earlier today and there’s good news and bad news.
There’s a reason why Creality’s CR-30 belt 3D printer needs attention.
A new open source tool could greatly aid the simplification of basic 3D scans.
I’m trying out something called “SculptGL”, an online 3D sculpting tool.
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 MOST Lab With advancements in technologies like 3D printing, people can share their designs with people across the world from them in a way that allows them to replicate medical-grade… Continue reading 3 New Open Source Tools To Aid In Battling COVID-19
It’s been brought to our attention that there is another freely downloadable design for a high-temperature 3D printer.
Michigan Tech’s Open Sustainability Technology Lab, or “MOST”, announced an open source, high-temperature 3D printer.
Supermaker Naomi Wu answered our questions about the upcoming Creality CR-30 belt 3D printer.
Microsoft has officially joined the Blender Foundation Development Fund, a group that supports the open source 3D modeling tool Blender.
The 3MF Consortium is looking ahead to more adoption in 3D printing, now operating as a Linux Foundation member and with a new executive director.
Is it really possible to produce a truly open source 3D printer at scale and be successful in the market?
3D printing has really stepped up to the plate in pandemic response — but what happens with those designs post-pandemic?
A series of disturbing reports have emerged this week from resellers of LulzBot’s 3D printers that could alienate the open source community.
This week’s selection is the OpenScan DIY 3D Scanner.
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.
A number of initiatives have emerged that may need your help in providing critical medical equipment required by hospitals to deal with the crisis.
Ultimaker has released a new version of Ultimaker Cura 4.5, and as usual there are a couple of very interesting new features.
The Glia Project is leveraging 3D printing to bring desperately-needed medical equipment to poor areas of the globe through an online service.
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.
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.
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?
This week’s selection is “Building Open Source Hardware” by Alicia Gibb.
Non-planar 3D printing is a massive improvement, but it seems that it could be patented by a company, possibly leaving it difficult for the open source community.
OpenAdditive is a young business focused on “the market segments left behind” with other metal additive manufacturing solutions.
Prusa Research introduced PrusaSlicer to replace their previous management software.
A new online service has launched to provide collaboration services for product development: Wikifactory.
Lumi Industries’ Text to Braille Converter is a heartening use of open source software.
Ultimaker snuck out a beta version of Cura 4.0.
Assistive devices are typically small aids that make a big difference — and often at a big cost.
It seems there is another open source filament available for 3D printing, but how exactly is this done?
Printed Solid has broken ties with 3D printer manufacturer Creality due to ongoing open source infringements. Why did this happen?
An incredible story with a 3D printing angle took place last week.
Josef Prusa provided an update on his company’s progress on building, improving and shipping their new MK3 3D printers, but also announced a big change.
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.
Long time open source supporter Ultimaker reported that it had filed for its very first patent.
The RooBee One is a relatively easy to build completely open source high resolution resin-based 3D printer.
We announced in September a new program to provide absolutely FREE support for community projects related to 3D. You should apply now! The program is our way to give back to the open source community that has greatly supported the recent development of 3D printing technology that’s sweeping the world today. Our program involves selecting… Continue reading Action Required: Get Free Promotion For Your Open Source 3D Project
We announced last month a new program to provide absolutely FREE support for community projects related to 3D. You should apply now!
This month’s community support selection is the RMADS project undertaken by researchers at Newcastle University.
One of the main reasons this blog exists is to promote and grow 3D printing technology. Today we’re announcing a new program to help make that happen.
While an open source business approach is desired by many, there are certain existential threats that may result.
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 infringement. It seems that the feeling is that other new 3D printer manufacturers might also become legal targets as patented technology could be found in their equipment. The image… Continue reading The 3D Printing Patent Backlash Begins
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”, started discussing ideas for open hardware licenses beyond the software-heritage open licenses commonly reused today. These software licenses (such as Creative Commons, GPL, etc.) do not necessarily account for the… Continue reading Open Hardware: Defined?
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 to create a standard environment for the development of complex 3D models by leveraging models and instructions that already exist. This is very similar to the open source software industry,… Continue reading The Social Engineering-Knowledge Database
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: GTS stands for the GNU Triangulated Surface Library. It is an Open Source Free Software Library intended to provide a set of useful functions to deal with 3D surfaces meshed… Continue reading Replacing .STL
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 construction set for experimental personal fabrication, desktop manufacturing, prototyping and bootstrapping. Various Cartesian robots can be quickly assembled from Contraptor and used as a platform for projects such as XY… Continue reading Contraptor!
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 to interoperate. Their first big venture is Mini-T, which is a precisely downscaled model of larger T-slot building systems. It consists of extruded aluminum beams, 1 cm on a side,… Continue reading MakerBeam Makes Beams!
Reader Bryan Bishop points us to a new initiative: “Open Manufacturing”, which at the moment appears to be a watering hole for discussions about how to supercharge our space. Now then, exactly how would that be done? Their tagline: Open Manufacturing is about bringing free and open source software development methodology and philosophy to… Continue reading Open Manufacturing
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. The device is not yet available, but OpenMoko has set precedents by releasing all of their software source code – and now the designs for the case too! The article… Continue reading OpenMoko, Open Case
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. Today it’s pasta dough! The Fabaroni home-made 3D printer is capable of printing 3D objects with a moving head, much like other inexpensive 3D printers. In fact, it “loosely follows… Continue reading The Fabaroni
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 of 3D geometry data from 3D graphics applications running on Microsoft Windows. It works by observing the data flowing between 3D applications and the system’s OpenGL library, and recording that… Continue reading OGLE 3D Model Extractor Available