Resin 3D printing is quite challenging, but three concepts truly helped me understand how the process really works and made my printing more reliable.
The education industry has experienced remarkable transformations in recent years, driven by the relentless advancement of technology.
Charles Goulding and Mwansa Chabala believe the rise in use of digital twins could lead to more 3D printing.
We’ve developed a simple calculator to help Fabbaloo readers determine the actual cost of 3D prints.
New research has proven it is possible to use drones to 3D print large objects.
PrintNanny is a new AI system to smartly monitor 3D print jobs.
One of the most frequently asked questions by 3D print newbies is “What Can I Make With A 3D Printer?”
Charles R. Goulding and Preeti Sulibhavi look at how 3D printing could aid consumer repair activities.
Cubee is a new manufacturing network that hopes to pick up the demand for makers to produce 3D objects.
Frequent readers of this publication likely know quite a bit about 3D printing, but there are new readers that could use some more basic information about the technology.
I’ve been playing with the power recovery feature on some desktop 3D printers, and realized how complex this feature can be.
This week’s selection is “Simplifying 3D Printing with OpenSCAD” by Colin Dow.
What’s your print time? If you’re using a resin 3D printer, it’s longer than you think.
This week’s selection is “3D Printing Without Prior Knowledge” by Benjamin Spahic.
Fabbaloo readers are highly likely to own a 3D printer they operate themselves, but why don’t other people have them, too?
Do you have a resin 3D printer? Here’s a whole bunch of tips for you.
You just received a brand new desktop 3D printer. What should you NOT do?
An interesting application of several 3D technologies took place in London recently.
I’ve been doing a lot of resin 3D printing lately, and thought I’d share some tips.
I’ve been using several different resin 3D printers lately and have some tips for you.
I’m reading an interesting case study from Teton Simulation that illustrates an often-ignored fact of 3D printing: everything must work.
It’s a new year and perhaps it’s time to put your 3D printing goals into action.
I had a quick chat with Yukun Wu, inventor of an interesting accessory for 3D printers.
I’m reading an interesting analysis of how educators could save cash by 3D printing their own learning aids.
Copper is a relatively rare material in additive manufacturing operations, but that could change in the next few years.
I found what appears to be a new 3D print utility in the making: Teg.
Many Fabbaloo readers own their own 3D printer, while others contemplate buying one. But should you?
MakerBot announced a new service called MakerBot CloudPrint, which is intended to deliver a seamless 3D printing experience to clients.
This week’s selection is the “3D Printer Troubleshooting Handbook” by Johannes Wild.
Researchers from the University of Massachusetts have developed an unusual hybrid 3D printing process that both speeds and strengthens prints.
After a few months wondering what was going on with Ricoh’s 3D printing strategy, we spoke with the team for an update.
The US may no longer the sole 3D printer operator in space, as China has demonstrated what appears to be a functioning 3D printer on their most recent mission.
This week’s question is about how to learn 3D printing from the beginning.
MakerOS has quickly created an effective cloud-based system to handle dynamic orders for 3D printed PPE.
Could 3D printing strategies overcome supply chain challenges? It seems that one company has done exactly that.
One of the key techniques that should be used by 3D printer operators is the “Temperature Tower”. We explain how to use them.
Simplify3D has still not released their long-awaited version 5 upgrade. We asked their CEO about the delay.
After seeing the flurry of activity in the 3D printing community to address the COVID-19 crisis, I had some thoughts about how things may change in the industry.
With everyone in the 3D print community rushing to help in the crisis, there are some concerns we might be doing the wrong things. We made a list.
This week’s selection is “3D Printing Projects” by Dorling Kindersley, a.k.a. “DK”.
No one seems to offer collaborative 3D printing modes on dual extrusion devices. We explain why this is the case.
MakerOS has a brilliant hidden feature in their online service: a sophisticated 3D print pricing calculator that allows operators to determine exactly how to price prints.
There have been multiple attempts to develop continuously operating 3D printers, but none seem to have been widely adopted. Why is this the case?
MiniFactory’s new software produces a very useful report for each 3D print that may be important for clients. We had a close look at one.
VSHAPER has released a pair of interesting 3D printing guides, and unlike most beginner guides, these are designed for engineers.
One of my questions about the new volumetric 3D printing approach seems to have been answered by a mysterious contributor.
A major chocolate maker announced a new chocolate 3D print service, but there’s a slight catch.
ABB RobotStudio created a new kind of 3D printing technology for the company by combining robotics and deposition technology.
Charles Goulding looks at developments in the submarine construction industry where there may be a big opening for 3D printing.
Vancouver-based 3D printing startup 3DQue is expanding, and I’m surprised.
Many small businesses don’t yet use 3D printing, but probably could benefit from the technology. We list seven ways to help get that process started.
Researchers seem to have developed a new way to effectively 3D print magnets of similar strength to conventionally made units. What might we do with such a technology?
I encountered an unusual support structure issue while 3D printing and propose several ways to resolve it with Meshmixer.
We gave Ricoh’s new instant quote option for their 3D print services a test and were quite surprised with the result.
Zortrax unexpectedly announced a new 3D print service. We have several ideas why the 3D printer manufacturer turned to this unusual strategy.
Many new 3D printers seem to be using specialized motor drivers that provide for silent operation. But are quiet 3D printers a good thing?
Of all the 3D printing issues you can encounter, bed adhesion, or lack of, is one of the most frequently seen. We list seven ways this can happen and offer suggestions on how to avoid them.
Hero Forge has designed an amazingly easy-to-use online service to perform mass customization, in an example to other industries.
This week’s selection is “3D Printing: Print Quality & Printer Calibration: Troubleshooting Print Quality And Calibrating Your Printer” by Luke Assad.
Rapid Direct is a growing manufacturing service based in Asia. We took a closer look at the many fabrication services they offer.
Everyone talks about “3D printer calibration”, but what is it really? We believe the process varies considerably depending on a number of factors.
In a recent conversation with Daniel Huamani, Chief Technology Officer at 3D CRIAR, R&D Tax Savers got an interesting view of how additive manufacturing is fostering innovation in Brazil.
We had a chat with Amsterdam-based MX3D, who provide metal 3D printing services for large-scale projects, including bicycles and bridges.
Charles Goulding and Greer Veon examine how 3D printing is affecting the progress of innovation.
What happens if the 3D printing industry actually grows to the extent predicted by forecasters? What kind of additive manufacturing opportunities exist?
It’s not well-known, but there are often quality problems when 3D printing metal parts caused by oxygen contamination. We describe two approaches for resolving the problem.
This week’s selection is “3D Printing Failures: 2020 Edition: How to Diagnose and Repair ALL Desktop 3D Printing Issues” by Sean Aranda and David Feeney.
Researchers at Harvard and the Wyss Institute have developed a new form of extrusion-based 3D printing they call “MM3D”. We review the constraints that make it impractical for many applications.
Could the coming huge increase in drone demand cause more opportunities for 3D printing?
We’ve seen chocolate 3D printers, but is this something that should be done? We asked an actual chocolate maker for thoughts on 3D printed chocolate.
How can one get involved in 3D printing? There are many ways to learn, use and exploit 3D printing, and we list many ways to do so.
To some, India may be a mysterious faraway place when it comes to 3D printing. However, there is a flourishing market in that country, and I3DPn hopes to build it even bigger.
New research shows a method of joining ceramics together. Could this lead to an entirely new type of ceramic 3D printer?
Why would a popular 3D print service change their name? It turns out Digits2Widgets had a very good reason.
A new process allows 3D printing of wool to create highly unusual fabric objects and textures.
What exactly is an “industrial” 3D printer?
Could any 3D print service print in precious metals like gold, silver or platinum? Not unless special steps are taken.
Is that a “production” 3D printer? What characteristics make a 3D printer “production”? We present a list of features to help classify additive manufacturing machines.
Why do some 3D print services require so much investment? We analyzed the situation facing metal additive manufacturing services.
How many 3D printers can you run at the same time? Prusa’s answer to that question is in the thousands, as they set a world record.
What happens when an expensive metal 3D print fails and no one is around? The Polysense Solutions sensor will detect and alert additive manufacturing operators in real time.
Why does FORECAST 3D have so many HP MJF 3D printers? There is a very good reason, and it has to do with volume production capacity.
A new 3D printing startup, Womp, is taking an unusual path to offer several 3D services to the public in an easy to use fashion.
Want to learn about 3D printed food? This book contains pretty much everything you need to know about 3D printed food, including chocolate, dough, cheese and more.
Is 3D print technology to blame for the SpaceX anomaly? It turns out no, and that portends a bright future for metal additive manufacturing in aerospace.
Should educational institutions use their own 3D printers or instead use 3D print services? We examine advantages and disadvantages of each approach.
Where will concrete 3D printing lead? Will the construction industry undergo a revolution from computer controlled concrete extrusion? What will buildings look like?
What happens to a 3D printer during an active earthquake? One 3D print operator found out the hard way.
Do your metal 3D prints warp? Spending too much effort planning for thermal effects? Researchers have found a way to dramatially reduce metal warping.
A new strategy by some vendors to provide 3D printer profiles may backfire.
Kodak has introduced something very interesting into their 3D printing ecosystem: 3D design and print services.
After an interesting discussion with Objectify, my thoughts on 3D print service regionality have changed.
LuBan is a software tool to greatly assist when a very large 3D print is required.
This week’s selection is the Printmaking Press by Martin Schneider.
A new and potentially game-changing 3D model repository has appeared: PrusaPrinters.