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The Latest in 3D Printing Projects, Tutorials, and Inspiration
Recent 3D Printing Projects, Tutorials, and Inspiration
This new glow in the dark filament will have your 3D prints looking phosphorescent.
Todd Blatt was inspired by the new detailed images of Pluto and decided to make...
Watch this real cake with a 3D printed frame transform from a truck to a...
In the job market, you have to make a big impression. This guy did just...
Researchers at MIT recently introduced MultiFab, a multi-material printer technology capable of print in ten...
The Moat Boat Paddle Battle was a huge success during Bay Area Maker Faire, and...
Have the corpse reanimation lab in top shape for Halloween with these decorative knife switches.
Mediated Matter from MIT has created a new molten glass extruder that is 3D printing...
Australian Maker dad Tez Gelmir decided to build a Star Wars speeder bike for his...
Learn how one Maker created his own stepper motor using a 3D printer, an Arduino,...
Solar powered toy ornaments are pretty cute, so we decided to repurpose the electronics inside...
The BigBox is a collaboration between the E3D team and Kickstarter alumni LittleBox whose promising...
Curiosity might just be our favorite Martian robot. This week, NASA has released files to...
An organization called Made In Space has announced that they've made a breakthrough in 3D...
In response to our post about 3D printing spec parts from the design files in...
When I was a teen, I did an astronomy (and archeology) summer camp one year....
This 3D printed rubber band launching turret looks like it popped right out of Portal.
If the giant fingertips in these images look familiar, that's because they belong to the...
Maker Daren Banarsë went on a quest to fabricate his ideal melodica. He had to...
We've been seeing a tremendous amount of movement in the tabletop gaming space of late,...
3D Printing Video
This new glow in the dark filament will have your 3D prints looking phosphorescent.
- Posted by Matt Griffin | August 31st, 2015 5:30 AM
Todd Blatt was inspired by the new detailed images of Pluto and decided to make a 3D printable plaque. Download the STL file today!
- Posted by Leia Gatch | August 30th, 2015 8:00 AM
Watch this real cake with a 3D printed frame transform from a truck to a robot, just like Optimus Prime.
- Posted by Leia Gatch | August 29th, 2015 8:00 AM
In the job market, you have to make a big impression. This guy did just that by making a giant 3D printed resume to apply for a position.
- Posted by Cabe Atwell | August 28th, 2015 6:00 AM
Mediated Matter from MIT has created a new molten glass extruder that is 3D printing objects fit for a museum.
- Posted by Matt Stultz | August 21st, 2015 10:02 AM
Australian Maker dad Tez Gelmir decided to build a Star Wars speeder bike for his daughter’s first birthday.
- Posted by Sophia Smith | August 20th, 2015 6:00 AM
Solar powered toy ornaments are pretty cute, so we decided to repurpose the electronics inside to help Makey the Robot swing perpetually in the sunlight.
- Posted by CamDAX | August 17th, 2015 6:00 AM
Curiosity might just be our favorite Martian robot. This week, NASA has released files to 3D print your very own Curiosity rover.
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | August 14th, 2015 6:30 AM
An organization called Made In Space has announced that they've made a breakthrough in 3D printing within a vacuum.
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | August 12th, 2015 10:10 AM
Maker Daren Banarsë went on a quest to fabricate his ideal melodica. He had to reverse engineer and 3D print it, and the result looks and sounds completely authentic.
- Posted by Sophia Smith | August 5th, 2015 5:30 AM
The fourth annual Make: 3D printer test is officially underway. This weekend we'll test printers, CNC machines, and laser and vinyl cutters.
- Posted by Nathan Hurst | July 31st, 2015 3:41 PM
3D print and snap together this little race car with a brushless motor, Flutter wireless microcontrollers, and a few bucks of filament.
- Posted by Taylor Alexander | July 26th, 2015 5:00 AM
MakerBot grew from a fun project by three friends in a hackerspace in Brooklyn, to being THE name in desktop 3D printing. Over the last few years, though, that name has been drug through the mud; from the community backlash when they decided to go closed source after building their reputation […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | July 14th, 2015 11:52 AM
If you are a fan of incredibly detailed, operational, hand-built creations, you might want to check this out. Codename Colossus is a walking robot tank created by Michael Sng, an artist and graphic designer from Singapore. Sng entered the toy realm as a lead designer for Singapore-based Stikfas Ltd., creating articulating action […]
- Posted by Cully Meier | July 14th, 2015 7:30 AM
3D Printers are not always the right tool for the job.. In this tutorial, I will show you how to convert .STL files designed for 3D printing into vector files for vector laser cutting.
- Posted by Jose Santos | July 14th, 2015 6:00 AM
I came to Maker Media Lab with a couple of projects in mind for my short stint as artist in residence: Louis Sullivan 3D printed architectural reference book Arduino controlled 3D printer filament pigmentation device 3D scanning with drones During my first week in the lab, I chose to focus […]
- Posted by Tom Burtonwood | July 13th, 2015 5:30 AM
Over the past few weeks, we have seen major updates to many of the most vital packages that we use to operate our 3D printers.
- Posted by Matt Stultz | July 10th, 2015 5:30 AM
Today Local Motors announces the winner of its design challenge, Project [Redacted], for a four-seater based on a 3D-printable template.
- Posted by Nathan Hurst | July 7th, 2015 9:50 AM
This project is part 4 in the building a robot arm tutorial. In the first part I show how to design the arm, the second part shows how to design the base, and the third shows how to design the mount. After all of the Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) and 3D modeling […]
- Posted by Adam Lukasik | July 7th, 2015 7:30 AM
Learn how to model sphere molds in CAD so that it minimizes undercut.
- Posted by Marty Marfin | July 4th, 2015 8:00 AM
Marble machines are fun contraptions that take marbles through crazy loops and turns. You can buy one from a toy store or you can make one yourself. There are a lot of different ways to go about it, but I’m particularly impressed with what Jazzmyn Ellsworth, 14, did. She designed various 3D […]
- Posted by Nicole Smith | July 1st, 2015 6:30 AM
If you’ve used a desktop music application, you’ve probably discovered some type of hypnotic visualization feature that renders patterns and colors that are synchronized to your tunes. But how many of those visualizations create a 3D model viable for 3D printing? My bet is probably zero. Blair Neal, a Brooklyn-based […]
- Posted by Sophia Smith | June 29th, 2015 7:00 AM
3D printing is pretty neat. Dual extrusion 3D printing is super neat. Modeling with CAD is pretty neat. Modeling with a cloud-based, version controlled, and free to use CAD program like Onshape is super neater. So, why not use both super neat things to make something awesome? Follow this guide and learn […]
- Posted by Jose Santos | June 27th, 2015 8:00 AM
Micron 3DP, a maker of extruders for 3D printing, has been exploring an exciting new area: 3D Printing with glass. This exploration seems like a somewhat natural transition for the company. The “hot end” of the 3D printer is the part of the extruder assembly that literally melts the plastic […]
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | June 26th, 2015 6:00 AM
This project is part 2 in the building a robot arm tutorial. In the first part I show how to design the robot arm and in the third part I show how to design the mount section. Part four will show how to add control with an Arduino. In part one of making a […]
- Posted by Adam Lukasik | June 26th, 2015 5:00 AM
Traditional methods for building cars are full of wasted materials and wasted energy. 3D printing offers a greater level of customization along with the ability to easily make complicated parts. The team from Divergent Microfactories set forth to use the power of 3D printing to help make a car — and […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | June 24th, 2015 8:28 AM
There are very few things that will fire-up the creative minds of the world like a good movie. This summer’s hit, Mad Max: Fury Road, is proving to be full of inspiration to at least a few Makers out there. Here are seven designs inspired by the movie that you […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | June 24th, 2015 6:30 AM
A global community is contributing expertise to the InMoov Project
- Posted by Geeta Dayal | June 23rd, 2015 6:00 AM
As more people become familiar with 3D printing and the ways additive manufacturing can change how things are made, new ideas and applications continue to emerge. While printing toys and cell phone cases can be fun, these are not world-changing applications. A team in Amsterdam, Netherlands MX3D, is preparing to […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | June 23rd, 2015 5:30 AM
Knitting is a popular needlecraft, but it can get tiring knitting larger pieces. Varvara Guljajeva and Mar Canet came up with a clever way to automate the process with this open source, open design, 3D printed circular knitting machine called the Circular Knitic. This idea didn’t just come out of thin […]
- Posted by Nicole Smith | June 21st, 2015 8:00 AM
Buttercup might just be the cutest duck around. He has been in love, cared for a teddy bear, and is able to run and swim with the aid of his specialized 3D printed foot. Buttercup was born with a twisted left foot that was not able to fully rotate forward. In […]
- Posted by Elise Tarkman | June 20th, 2015 8:00 AM
Over the first few years of their existence, Makerbot leveraged their community and the bourgeoning open source hardware movement to make their name synonymous with desktop 3D printing. What Kleenex is to facial tissue or Scotch is to cellophane tape, Makerbot has come to be for 3D printing. But then came a […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | June 19th, 2015 1:28 PM
Exploring what is possible with robots and how to design a robot arm.
- Posted by Adam Lukasik | June 19th, 2015 8:00 AM
Take any 3D printer, throw on this modular head, and use it as an EDM machine to do precise metal carving. Exciting stuff! What’s EDM? Electro-Discharge Machining or “spark erosion” is a fairly specialized field that not many hobbyists are familiar with. The technique flips traditional electrical design upside down […]
- Posted by Matt Freund | June 18th, 2015 8:00 AM
There have been multiple solutions to the problem of automatically removing 3D prints from your 3D printers’ build platform — from Makerbot’s patented Automated Build Platform to Ultimaker’s script to bump the prints off after they are complete. Now MatterHackers have made a little video of the best method I have found […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | June 17th, 2015 7:30 AM
We connect with 3Doodler co-founder Max Bogue to hear about his experiences.
- Posted by DC Denison | June 14th, 2015 8:00 AM
With a full range of tools and projects for all attendees to test out, the Dremel booth at this year’s Bay Area Maker Faire was non-stop action. Groups of people gathered to build their own derby cars, using multiple Dremel machines to rough-cut blocks of wood, drill holes, sand the edges, and attach […]
- Posted by Mike Senese | June 12th, 2015 2:58 PM
Today, HP has some exciting new announcements for those interested in 3D scanning using their Sprout platform. The Sprout by HP is a ground-breaking piece of computing hardware that incorporates a touch screen, all in one desktop computer with a projector, capture surface, an Intel RealSense 3D camera, and a 14 megapixel traditional […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | June 11th, 2015 2:40 PM
We have seen hydrographic film used in the past to give your 3D prints some color. Now, a group of researchers from Columbia University and Zhejiang University have released a research paper showing how they can precisely place full-color texture maps onto 3D printed objects using the same technology, some off the […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | June 11th, 2015 8:30 AM
I’ve developed a little trick for using hot glue to rescue a 3D print that is going wonky while it is in progress. Nothing replaces starting with a good model, having the right equipment, and using good practice while printing. Still, this technique has come to the rescue a few […]
- Posted by Andrew Terranova | June 9th, 2015 7:00 AM
When you think of a CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) machine, you probably think of a machine with a router attached to it, capable of cutting its way through wood, metal, and a variety of other materials. Really, a CNC machine is a generic term for a family of fabrication devices. […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | June 4th, 2015 10:00 AM
Bicycles have been around for well over 100 years, but manufacturing techniques continue to be refined for frames, safety gear, and accessories. 3D printing, especially using metal, is one of the more interesting manufacturing techniques in development. From the ultra high end to a few designs that you can make […]
- Posted by Jeremy Cook | June 4th, 2015 6:00 AM
3D Printing Pharmaceuticals Researchers in London are working on a way to 3D print pills. The shape and surface area of a pill are surprisingly important in how the drug is released into your system, so their idea is that specifically-shaped pills could meet a specific patient’s treatment needs. And futurists […]
- Posted by Jon Christian | June 2nd, 2015 11:56 AM
Thingiverse is a robot lover’s dream with its wonderful collection of both decorative but also functional mechanical masterpieces. I have collected a few of my favorites to help you round out your Robot month. Some of these little guys will require you to break out your soldering iron and practice […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | May 30th, 2015 8:30 AM
Assembly has long been emphasized as a selling point for children’s toys, from Lincoln Logs and Legos to Tinkertoys, Hexbugs, and K’nex. After all, what’s the fun in buying and playing with something that you don’t get to assemble yourself? In the latest iteration of such kits, artist and designer Tomoo […]
- Posted by Sophia Smith | May 29th, 2015 7:30 AM
I had a chance to meet some of the members of the Mosaic team at Maker Faire Bay Area and check out the Mosaic Palette. The Palette can take up to four different colors of filament and combine them to allow them to be printed on a single extruder 3D printer. […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | May 28th, 2015 7:30 AM
The We The Builders team has been collaboratively creating fantastic sculptures of our nation’s forefathers for the past few years. Now, they have turned their sights on an iconic figure of their hometown of Baltimore: Edgar Allen Poe. This new project, Edgar Allen Print, is off to a great start, but needs […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | May 27th, 2015 7:30 AM
One of our prime passions is to motivate the next great minds and ideas by posting informative step-by-step tutorials. To celebrate the launch of our fourth-generation muscle sensor, the MyoWare, we’ve put together a tutorial that will make you go berserk! This tutorial will teach you to build bionic claws using […]
- Posted by Advancer Technologies | May 27th, 2015 6:00 AM
The popular design tool and the additive manufacturing experts team up to allow for optimized 3D printing capabilities of your designs.
- Posted by Mike Senese | May 22nd, 2015 10:43 AM
Sundials have been used to tell time for thousands of years. People have been able to tell you what time of day it is pretty accurately with just a stick (known as a style), a shadow, and some markings on the ground. Nowadays, not many people know how to read sundials […]
- Posted by Nicole Smith | May 22nd, 2015 8:30 AM
This summer, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will begin offering a rapid prototyping continuing education course. During the course, which is suitable for a general audience, students will learn about a number of prototyping techniques, design components in a group setting, and then fabricate those parts during lab time. “With […]
- Posted by George LeVines | May 19th, 2015 1:12 PM
Tired of looking at old paintings in stuffy art museums? Then take a gander at this 3D printed zoetrope called “All Things Fall,” which artist Mat Collishaw made in collaboration with Sebastian Burton in order to bring an action-packed, baroque painting by Peter Paul Rubens to life! It’s shocking to […]
- Posted by Andrew Salomone | May 19th, 2015 11:10 AM
A Huggies-sponsored clip showing visually impaired mother-to-be Tatiana Guerra as she “sees” her unborn child for the first time with a 3D printed ultrasound has racked up nearly 10 million views on YouTube. A São Paulo-based digital production outfit known as “The Goodfellas” produced the print. Using a special file extension available […]
- Posted by George LeVines | May 17th, 2015 4:54 PM
Today at Maker Faire Sam Ortega — the Program Manager of NASA’s Centennial Challenges Program — announced a new $2.25 million competition to design and build a 3D printed habitat intended for deep space exploration.
- Posted by Alasdair Allan | May 16th, 2015 12:30 PM
OnShape is a new CAD tool that is likely to make a serious impact within the Maker community by offering professional level tools to Makers for free. The OnShape team has created their tool as a web app, making OnShape a cross platform tool working on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, and soon […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | May 13th, 2015 10:56 AM
The 3D printing community is coming up with new ways to finish 3D prints every day. Some are complex, some simple, but the goal is always to get away from the ridges visible in most 3D prints. The Orbit1 is a machine that takes your 3D print and electroplates it […]
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | May 13th, 2015 8:46 AM
From establishing a unified file format to saving the lives of infants, 3D printing made national headlines last week. Here are some that caught our eye: Microsoft followed its announcement last week of a 3MF Consortium to standardize 3D printing formats by launching an overhauled version of the .3MF file […]
- Posted by Jenn Nowicki | May 12th, 2015 6:30 AM
STEAMLabs invited kids and families to build crazy Rube Goldberg machines at their brand-new Makerspace in downtown Toronto, and the resulting video is 62 seconds of fun. Makes me think OK Go should just hire these kids to do their next video. STEAMLabs is a non-profit, all-ages Makerspace dedicated to […]
- Posted by Keith Hammond | May 7th, 2015 6:30 AM
Around a year ago while I was tutoring a 3D printing workshop in San Juan, one of my 3D printers caught the attention of a couple of fine arts students. Interestingly, they took opposing attitudes towards the technology. One was amazed by the widening opportunities presented to him, while the […]
- Posted by Vicente Gascó | May 7th, 2015 6:00 AM
On Monday a new cloud-based, on-demand 3D printing company, called CloudDDM (Direct Digital Manufacturing), announced itself and its plan to open a facility in partnership with UPS. CloudDDM will allow customers to use a browser-based design program to create parts, prototypes, even complete products that can then be printed in […]
- Posted by Gareth Branwyn | May 6th, 2015 9:53 AM
Creative Manager for Aleph Object (makers of LulzBot printers), Ben Malouf, unveiled some of his own amazing 3D printed art pieces last month at 3D Print Week New York. Using the process known as lithophane for creating three-dimensional images you can only see when backlit, Malouf created portraits of actor Gary Busey, […]
- Posted by Gareth Branwyn | May 1st, 2015 10:32 AM
There’s a common argument that you can’t make anything useful on a 3D printer. That’s not exactly true, and these 3D printed hand bolts aren’t just useful, they also add utility to the hardware you already have in your shop. I can’t take full credit on this design — I first […]
- Posted by Tyler Winegarner | May 1st, 2015 7:30 AM
Last week, Make:‘s Matt Stultz wrote about the new collaboration between MakerBot’s design community, Thingiverse, and the Amsterdam-based 3D Hubs. Eventually, the collaboration could bring together Thingiverse’s 700,000 designs with 3D Hubs’ 15,000 printer locations — though for now, the feature is available only for parts developed by a handful of pre-selected designers. In March, I used 3D Hubs to print […]
- Posted by George LeVines | April 30th, 2015 10:01 AM
What would you do with a professional 3D printer?
- Posted by Goli Mohammadi | April 29th, 2015 12:52 PM
There was a nice surprise in the Printrbot booth at the New York 3D Printshow: the new Printrbot Play. The Play continues the new path Printrbot has been taking since the creation of the Metal Simple, by building sheet metal printers (a long departure from the original, mostly printed models). While having […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | April 29th, 2015 9:55 AM
A Spanish 3D printing firm demonstrated a new scanner by creating 3D scans of all 318 residents of Torrequebradilla, a small village in southern Spain, in just one day. The event was part of a nationwide promotional tour organized by Grupo Sicnova to advertise the scanning speed of the Clonescan […]
- Posted by Jenn Nowicki | April 27th, 2015 11:58 AM
As more and more users turn to design sharing sites like Thingiverse or Youmagine, the communities grow and more designs are available to the world at large. The only problem? Not all of the users uploading designs are sharing good content. While these sites have collected amazing works by extremely generous and talented […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | April 23rd, 2015 11:13 AM
For a long time now, two major questions have come up around Thingiverse: How can I print things from Thingiverse if I don’t own a printer? How — as a designer — can I get paid for my designs on Thingiverse? Yesterday, MakerBot took a big step forward on both of […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | April 22nd, 2015 10:33 AM
The folks at Disney have been exploring some really interesting techniques for fabrication. Their latest is this interesting method of 3D printing with fabric. The process is best described as an automated system for assembling laser cut layers of fabric. Their machine resembles a tiny assembly line more than a […]
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | April 20th, 2015 9:43 AM
$10M to Carbon3D Last week, we featured a University of Buffalo student who printed a 40×40×100mm Eiffel Tower in just over 12 minutes. That same day, VentureBeat reported that Carbon3D — another startup working on speedier 3D printing — received $10M from Autodesk’s 3D printing fund. Carbon3D calls the technology Continuous […]
- Posted by George LeVines | April 15th, 2015 10:32 AM
Okay, let’s start this one with a perform at your own risk disclaimer. Fire is dangerous, plastic fumes are dangerous, so please be careful. This week, some of my fellow hackers from Ocean State Maker Mill and I attended a charity event and demonstrated 3D printing to the attendees. We decided that […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | April 12th, 2015 7:00 AM
In last week’s post, we saw a presentation from the E3D team as they talked about their hot ends at the Midwest RepRap Fest. Today, we are excited to announce that the team has released a new, extremely low cost hot end: the E3D Lite6. The Lite6 features the same quality and […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | April 8th, 2015 7:30 AM
On my way to the Midwest RepRap Fest, I stopped in at HackPittsburgh to meet up with the BoXZY team and take a look at their new machine in person. BoXZY is doing well on Kickstarter; with its promise of being an all in one 3D printer, milling machine, and laser etcher, it’s enticing backers. The BoXZY features […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | April 2nd, 2015 7:00 AM
The Fab Academy program is a distributed educational model providing advanced digital fabrication instruction for students through a unique, hands-on curriculum and access to technological tools and resources. In this series, Erin, aka RobotGrrl shares her experiences with the program as she progresses through the courses. In this adventure we worked […]
- Posted by RobotGrrl | March 27th, 2015 6:00 AM
Photo: Petr Krejci If you’ve ever wondered how a meteorite might look after being turned into a pair of fashionable shoes, then you’re in luck, because the designers at Studio Swine have illustrated just such a scenario with this spectacular pair of Meteorite Shoes made from aluminum foam lined with […]
- Posted by Andrew Salomone | March 23rd, 2015 11:41 AM
“We’re explicitly inviting you to understand, remix, and remake our resin” — Eric J. Wilhelm, Autodesk From the editors of Make:, the Maker Pro Newsletter is about the impact of Makers on business and technology. Our coverage includes hardware startups, new products, incubators, and innovators, along with technology and market trends. Please […]
When Wayne Losey left his job with a big corporate toy company, he had a dream to bring the kind of toys that he loved as a kid to market. Wayne wanted to combine the fun and adventure of action figures with the customizability of Legos. He realized that 3D […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | March 19th, 2015 10:20 AM
The technologies that we often talk about for 3D printing (FDM, SLA, SLS), have been around for a while and it’s rare that we see ground breaking processes that really shake things up. This week, a new company in the market Carbon 3D, has released a new process they refer […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | March 17th, 2015 2:46 PM
Michael Weinberg and his team over at Public Knowledge, have been working hard to keep the internet and other emerging technologies like 3D printing from being overly restricted and closed to citizens of the world. Now Michael and his team have created a whitepaper to help all of us know what […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | March 10th, 2015 10:30 AM
If you’re a regular reader here at Make, then you have seen many 3D printers. We talk about them all the time, and have even done comprehensive comparisons between many of the commercially available desktop printers in our Special 3D Printer Shootout Issue. One common question we get though, is “why […]
- Posted by Chandi Campbell | March 10th, 2015 10:21 AM
We have all heard of cheese of the month or fruit of the month clubs, but how about a filament of the month club? A few different companies, are starting up services for users who are interested in receiving shipments of filament to their doors every month. One of the […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | March 5th, 2015 9:04 AM
We have seen a lot of great self-balancing robots over the past few years, but few of them have the same level of finish as the new EddiePlus. EddiePlus is an Intel Edison powered (get it Eddie/Edison) 3D printable robot. Eddie features rotary encoders on his wheels, a backpack to […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | March 1st, 2015 8:36 AM
3D printers are great for prototyping or for when you need one or two copies of a part, but the time it takes to print each one of those parts makes scaling difficult. But what if you could print two, three, or four parts in the same amount of time […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | February 25th, 2015 10:29 AM
In today’s connected world, cellular service is often more ubiquitous than the power needed to charge the phones. A few years ago, a post here at Make pointed me to a story about the creation of a simple hydroelectric generator to help residents of small village in Guatemala charge their phones so that they could sell […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | February 11th, 2015 3:01 PM
Most industrial robots run on proprietary systems, but this experimental KUKA arm uses an Arduino MEGA to 3D print in 6 axes, mimicking the shapes found in nature. Despite the size of this KUKA arm with a custom toolhead attachment — a 3D printer extruder — carefully looking at the […]
- Posted by David Scheltema | February 11th, 2015 12:32 PM
It’s always great to hear about young people doing good things for humanity. Easton LaChappelle not only blows my mind but is a huge inspiration. The 19 year old recently accepted a job with NASA after creating a 3D printed prosthetic arm that is controlled by your mind. LaChappelle become interested in robotics and technology at […]
- Posted by Emily Coker | February 10th, 2015 3:01 PM
Snowball throwers, hiking cleats, RC-car hacks, and more.
- Posted by Matt Stultz | February 9th, 2015 10:07 AM
I don’t know about you but sometimes it feels like I can plan and measure all I want and then I order the parts I think I need and they’re not exactly right. This can be nerve-wracking, annoying, and expensive when you’re spec’ing high-priced parts. Make: pal Meredith Scheff-King discovered […]
- Posted by Gareth Branwyn | February 6th, 2015 12:26 PM
If you happen to be a villain of some type that has a 3D printer lying around your lair, command your minions to start printing one of these immediately. This skull keycap looks menacing in blue, but the red version is more likely to strike terror into your enemies’ hearts. […]
- Posted by Jeremy Cook | February 4th, 2015 11:01 AM
3D printers and steampunk don’t generally go together (feel free to correct me on this), but for some reason this one fits in quite nicely. It’s based on a Printrbot Go, which is built into an unstained folding wooden case. John decided to stain this case, and after adding a […]
- Posted by Jeremy Cook | February 3rd, 2015 5:01 PM
When it comes to 3D printing, no one is innovating and creating new materials like Kai Parthy. Kai’s “Lay” series of filaments have been pushing the market over the past few years with Laywood and Laybrick being the most popular to consumers and copycats. This week, Kai has released […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | February 2nd, 2015 5:01 PM
The Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) occupies the site of the Liverpool Road Station, the world’s first railway station. It served as the Manchester terminus of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway (L&MR), an important route ferrying commercial and public traffic between these two key cities. Exhibits at MOSI include […]
- Posted by Tom Burtonwood | January 28th, 2015 9:01 AM
Smoothie-3D is trying to make the 2D-to-3D process easier with their free online modeling tool.
- Posted by Matt Stultz | January 26th, 2015 10:40 AM
Bridging the gap between the virtual world and the real world is a popular topic these days. Augmented reality, Google Cardboard, and games like Skylanders are just a few products that allow us to interact in both the physical and virtual. Now, 3DRacers hope to send your Mario Kart addiction […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | January 21st, 2015 8:59 AM
Artist duo Varvara Guljajeva & Mar Canet designed and built an open hardware automated knitting machine called Circular Knitic.
- Posted by Andrew Salomone | January 7th, 2015 8:01 AM
Ultimaker is one of the world’s leading desktop 3D printing brands with one of the top performing printers from our 3D Printing Shootout this year. Today, they have announced two new models in the Ultimaker 2 line: the Ultimaker 2 Extended and the Ultimaker 2 Go. The Extended will have the […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | January 6th, 2015 2:10 PM
In the constant pursuit to improve the user experience for their customers, Formlabs has announced two major software updates to the Form 1+. The first is Draft Mode, a lower resolution print mode that allows users to quickly create sample prints. Often during early development periods, a fine resolution print […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | January 6th, 2015 10:01 AM
Today at CES, 3D Systems made a few big announcements. The most exciting of which is the release of the 3D Systems Touch™. The Touch uses haptic feedback to allow designers and gamers to interact with items in a 3D space. To help make this a multipurpose device, they have also […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | January 6th, 2015 6:01 AM
Recently I switched careers from designing industrial food and dairy equipment to teaching industrial technology in a high school. While planning this move and taking night classes, I read quite a bit about authentic instruction where the students engage in real projects that end with something tangible and with real […]
- Posted by Brian Zweerink | January 5th, 2015 3:01 PM
It’s been nearly two years since the 3Doodler was successfully funded on Kickstarter.com. Today, they have released their first new extruder since then. The 3Doodler 2.0 features a new slimmer lighter design and a new and improved filament drive system for smoother extrusions. The 3Doodler team took a lot of […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | January 5th, 2015 7:01 AM
Hoover, a company once so synonymous with vacuum cleaners that using any vacuum was known as “Hoovering”, has announced a partnership with Makerbot to release accessories for their vacuums on the popular design sharing site, Thingiverse. Their collection currently includes flashlight mounts, battery holders, and miniature classic models. We have now seen […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | December 23rd, 2014 3:01 PM
It’s that time of year again when people throw up a tree and decorate it with personalized objects for celebrating Christmas. Instead of using the same mundane store-bought multicolored spheres, more people are turning to 3D printed decorations that have a more personalized aesthetic. The revolution of 3D printing […]
- Posted by Cabe Atwell | December 23rd, 2014 5:01 AM
- Posted by Matt Stultz | December 19th, 2014 4:01 PM
The time has come! We must announce the winner of the Dremel Idea Builder 3D printer. We began this contest last week with the topic of multi material use: something that used both 3d printed parts as well as non 3d printed parts. There were tons of entries. 433 comments […]
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | December 19th, 2014 1:00 PM
On Monday night in Boston, MA, 3D Hubs hosted a meet up to bring members of the local 3D printing and drone communities together. The Middlesex Lounge provided a perfect atmosphere for an event that was a great balance of informative talks and a fun social hangout. Boston is a leading city […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | December 17th, 2014 8:01 AM
There are two means of incorporating 3D printing into a homeschool plan. One, of course, is by getting a 3D printer for your home. (More on that later.) A simpler means is through a veritable wealth of amazing pre-made models to be found by the clever makers who post on […]
- Posted by Julie Powell | December 16th, 2014 1:01 PM
3D printing prosthetics isn’t exactly the newest thing in the world, but this take on it is surprisingly refreshing. This dog named Derby was born with disfigured legs. Running, or even walking, simply wasn’t possible. While you can see that a wheel rig was in use for some time, 3D […]
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | December 16th, 2014 12:03 PM
Submit your design for a chance to win a Dremel Idea Builder 3D printer
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | December 10th, 2014 12:01 PM
The team at Made In Space was proud to announce that on November 24th at 9:28pm GMT, their printer completed the first functional print in space. The item seen above is a face plate to cover wiring on the extruder of the printer, designed specifically for the space station. It was printed […]
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | November 25th, 2014 3:02 PM
Ingocraft shares how they moved from 3D printing to injection molding for their Kickstarter campaign.
- Posted by Ian Cole | November 24th, 2014 7:01 AM
A note about and images from the venue of this year's 3D printer testing.
- Posted by Mike Senese | November 20th, 2014 7:02 AM
Anderson Ta, one of the judges for Make’s Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing, shares his background in Bio printing. He discusses the difficulties with printing living tissue and recent advancements in that area. Anderson also shares some observations of the printers he saw during the review process. […]
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | November 18th, 2014 10:26 AM
Have you ever wondered if a working guitar could be 3D printed? That question has now been answered by Jeff Kerr’s beautifuly printed model. Not only does it look great, it sounds very good too, as seen in the video below. The design may seem a little strange if you’re […]
- Posted by Jeremy Cook | November 14th, 2014 2:01 PM
Our annual guide to 3D Printing just came out! To celebrate, we’re going to spend a week focusing on 3D printing in the home. Each day we’ll focus on a different area such as the kitchen, bathroom, or workshop. Julie and I have put together our recommendation for 3D […]
- Posted by Isaac Powell | November 13th, 2014 6:46 AM
Our annual guide to 3D Printing just came out! To celebrate, we’re going to spend a week focusing on 3D printing in the home. Each day we’ll focus on a different area such as the kitchen, bathroom, or workshop. The Kitchen is often called “The Heart of the Home”. The […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | November 12th, 2014 9:27 AM
A quick and classroom-safe way to add color to your prints is using Sharpie markers to color transparent or white filament. While there are 3D-printable adapters that color filament as it enters the extruder, it’s easy to color the filament by hand.
- Posted by Josh Ajima | November 12th, 2014 5:18 AM
Tired of tying up your laptop with long print jobs? Then you’re ready for 3D-printer host software. It acts as a web server so that other computers and mobile devices can control your printer over a local network, or even the cloud. Host software lets you monitor your printer’s temperature, […]
- Posted by Matt Griffin | November 11th, 2014 2:01 PM
We take an early look at the Materia 101, Arduino’s first foray into 3D printers
- Posted by Mike Senese | November 11th, 2014 1:01 PM
Our annual guide to 3D Printing just came out! To celebrate, we’re going to spend a week focusing on 3D printing in the home. Each day we’ll focus on a different area such as the kitchen, bathroom, or workshop. There are few rooms in our homes that need solutions to […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | November 11th, 2014 12:01 PM
The single greatest reason for print failures is a first layer that either wasn’t laid down well or didn’t stick to the platform. Here are the top tips from the Make: 3DP Test Team for getting that great first layer and making sure the print stays put.
- Posted by John Abella | November 11th, 2014 11:01 AM
I sell filament, so I get asked this question a lot! The answer comes down mainly to understand the different properties of plastic and matching those to your project. Let’s start with ABS. (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene as it’s known by in it’s hometown) is the grandfather of home FDM filaments. Temperature: […]
- Posted by Isaac Powell | November 11th, 2014 7:01 AM
For a few years now, many of us in the 3D Printing community have been eagerly awaiting a highly-conductive filament that would allow us to print circuits as part of our 3D printed projects. Now a new kickstarter is promising a filament that is “1,000 times more electrically conductive” than […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | November 10th, 2014 12:07 PM
Our annual guide to 3D Printing just came out! To celebrate, we’re going to spend a week focusing on 3D printing in the home. Each day we’ll focus on a different area such as the kitchen, bathroom, or workshop! Today we’ll explore the yard and the many ways that […]
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | November 10th, 2014 12:06 PM
Using a special 3D printer, you can print edible “fruits”. Comprised of droplets of liquid surrounded by gel membranes, these creations “pop” when you bite them. While it is fun to recreate simple flavors, Gabriel seems to be more excited about creating interesting combinations such as strawberries with creme inside. […]
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | November 8th, 2014 2:27 PM
Our annual guide to 3D Printing just came out! To celebrate, we’re going to spend a week focusing on 3D printing in the home. Each day we’ll focus on a different area such as the kitchen, bathroom, or workshop. Today, we’d like to give you a long list of items […]
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | November 7th, 2014 12:29 PM
The new printers are much more polished than their predecessors — but are they as consumer-ready as their finish and packaging suggest?
- Posted by Anna Kaziunas France | November 7th, 2014 6:00 AM
I love experimental and alternative uses of tools. 3D printing is incredibly popular right now, but mostly we don’t see very much experimentation with the already established practices of laying plastic layers down. Earlier this week I found Drooloops which were very cool and this week I’ve discovered Vessel. Vessel […]
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | November 5th, 2014 8:01 AM
Doodaddoes is back with another very clear and helpful video for 3D printing beginners. This time he’s exploring some very common problems with the first layer of a print. If anyone has been printing for a while, they can tell you that the first layer is extremely important and that […]
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | November 4th, 2014 8:01 AM
Klaus Leitl is an Austrian artist who makes insects. Incredibly lifelike insects such as the Mayfly shown above. He posted some examples on the Formlabs forums, and they quickly took notice. They’ve posted an interview with him about how 3D printing is changing his craft. The interview and accompanying pictures […]
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | October 19th, 2014 8:01 AM
“Bam” on the lulzbot forums shared an interesting project recently. He printed a small mount for his extruder that allows it to hold a pen, essentially turning his 3D printer into a standard plotter, or 2D printer. A few custom settings in the software package Cura allowed the gcode necessary […]
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | October 16th, 2014 1:37 PM
A new Italian company is demonstrating a super-tall, portable machine that will bring 3D-printed dwellings to impoverished regions.
- Posted by Mike Senese | October 14th, 2014 6:39 AM
When arriving to Maker Faire Rome last weekend, we expected to find a few new 3D printers, but not this many.
- Posted by Mike Senese | October 8th, 2014 9:44 AM
I had several unique design problems when I began my entry into manufacturing. My biggest problem was that I was completely new to industrial design and manufacturing; the first CAD drawing in my life was also my first serious attempt at designing a manufacturable product, mc squares. My vision for […]
- Posted by Anthony Franco | October 2nd, 2014 3:01 PM
A large part of obtaining Eagle scout status is to do a project that benefits the community. Often these are things like park benches, drinking fountains, etc. Jacob Bruner had different ideas though. He wanted to bring 3D printing to his community. I especially loved the fact that this project […]
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | September 30th, 2014 11:01 AM
A very common problem found in 3D printing is that your E-Steps aren’t perfectly dialed in. This can result in little bulges or spots that are too thin. Most 3D printer manuals suggest that you check your E-steps when you begin, but the description of how to test can […]
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | September 28th, 2014 8:12 AM
GREENBELT, MD — On September 7, 2014, the Nova Labs Rocketry Group had its first launch at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center – Visitor Center. Led by member Samer Najia, the outing featured 20 rockets, many designed by kids at Nova Labs. Designs were also printed from 3D models of real […]
- Posted by Justin Leto | September 24th, 2014 4:01 PM
Many people debate the pros and cons of the different printing technologies out there. There are FFD printers (anything with a filament), SLA (resin based printers), and SLS (powders melted by lasers). Each has its strong points and weak points varying from cost to functional features. This latest project at […]
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | September 24th, 2014 1:04 PM
3D printing allows us to make some incredible things in our homes and workshops. People are prototyping products, designing bits and pieces to make their lives better, and spitting out more amusing trinkets than ever before. Unfortunately, for the bulk of us who have a typical filament based printer, we’re […]
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | September 24th, 2014 8:56 AM
Rebecca and Cameron Stern of Stern Design Works create jewelry, sculptures, and toys through a mix of traditional metalsmithing, 3D printing, hand painting, mixed mediums, and plant derived epoxy resin.
- Posted by Andrew Salomone | September 21st, 2014 12:15 PM
Dremel has their 3D printer out on display at Maker Faire New York. Of course this means we were able to play with it a bit and have some fun. After we announced the tool companies expansion into 3D printing, we knew you’d be clamoring to see it in action. […]
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | September 20th, 2014 6:24 AM
With a combination of accessible features, smart packaging, and a $999 price point, it's obvious that the Dremel Idea Builder is a machine aimed squarely at the mass market.
space station The first 3D printer in space is headed to the international space station soon. We got a chance to talk to some of the Made In Space team about their 3d printer and the challenges they faced at the 3Dprintshow in London a couple weeks ago. We’ve been […]
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | September 16th, 2014 2:53 PM
After publishing the article last week with a collection of functional items to print, I received several great emails with interesting functional items in them. I’d love to get some more too! I plan on sharing them fairly regularly. One email stood out though. James Bryant has made many useful […]
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | September 16th, 2014 10:01 AM
The Pi Top is an educational kit. It appears as though it is in the early stages of planning an upcoming crowdfunding campaign. the basic idea is that you assemble the entire laptop yourself and learn a few things along the way. There are a series of lessons packaged in […]
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | September 11th, 2014 9:01 AM
Its not just trinkets and toys, 3d printers actually are useful. Here are a few functional things people are printing.
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | September 10th, 2014 3:01 PM
Bre Pettis will be leaving his position as the CEO of MakerBot in order to lead up a new division at the parent company, Stratasys, called “The Innovation Workshop.” Jennifer Lawton, who has been with the company since 2011, will be stepping into his place as CEO in 2015. While […]
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | September 5th, 2014 6:56 AM
Lost-wax casting methods have been dated back to c.3700 BC from known history. In a recent rise to regain this lost tradition, artists, like Daphna have begun creating sweet designs, like tiny animal rings.
- Posted by Cabe Atwell | September 3rd, 2014 1:01 PM
For the 2nd time this week, we’re seeing a home version of the very large powder based printers. If you’re unfamiliar, a powder based printer has a very distinct advantage that it doesn’t need to worry about parts being supported. With a typical filament based printer you have to keep […]
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | August 26th, 2014 11:00 AM
For the last two years, Andrey Rudenko has been 3D printing a concrete castle in in his yard, layer by layer. Now, his castle is finally finished. Andrey shared pictures of his process over the past two years to mixed reactions from the 3d printing community. While some may have […]
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | August 26th, 2014 7:22 AM
Evan Kuester, like many students, found his course work to be less than inspiring. However, he did have access to some really cool tools, such as a large 3D printer that started his mind wandering. Evan had noticed a fellow student on campus a few times. The thing that he […]
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | August 25th, 2014 3:01 PM
Desktop Selective Laser Sintering, or SLS, is a highly sought after item in the 3d printing world. SLS printers print by layering fine powder, then selectively “sintering” or melting it with a laser. Since there is a solid “cake” of powder, no support materials are necessary. Typically these machines are […]
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | August 25th, 2014 12:00 PM
My name is Toshi Sakaguchi and I am co-founder of PLUST a design firm based in Providence, Rhode Island. Co-founder Lukas Scheurer is my best friend and my business partner. We both have had the privilege of studying Industrial Design at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). While […]
- Posted by Plust | August 18th, 2014 1:01 PM
I have some really fancy tools. The fanciest is probably my Lulzbot taz4, a monster of a 3D printer. When I talk with people about making cool things, many of them tend to jump right into “I wish I had a cool 3D printer so I could make stuff like […]
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | August 18th, 2014 12:01 PM
Art is powerful. What better way to show this concept than by forever capturing a physical human fight in a 3D printed sculpture. Artist, Eyal Gever, has taken that form of power to his art. Myself along with Gever, see beauty within destruction. His art, including car crash simulations and […]
- Posted by Julia Mattonen | August 14th, 2014 9:01 AM
DIY ceramic 3D printer can be built on a budget with common and modified parts found on eBay and online retail stores. Johnathan Keep’s Ceramic Delta 3D Printer in an Arduino SBC controls the show allowing users to create objects using clay.
- Posted by Cabe Atwell | August 13th, 2014 3:01 PM
How do you try out some 3D printing if you don’t have a 3D printer? Well, you could build up sculptures with a hot glue gun, kind of the same idea behind the crowdfunding hit 3Doodler. But that’s stinky and messy, and you might get burnt. Carla Diana had the idea […]
- Posted by Michelle "Binka" Hlubinka | July 8th, 2014 11:14 PM
When you want to move uptown from funky, plastic 3D-printed jewelry, you now have more options. Starting with a new resin from MadeSolid, which has just released Firecast resin, designed specifically for investment casting, the process commonly used to turn 3D prints into jewelry. Conveniently, and coincidentially, Shapeways, the 3D print […]
- Posted by DC Denison | July 2nd, 2014 12:01 PM
Public Knowledge's Michael Weinberg translates the key legal principles regarding digital files, 3D printing, and intellectual property and breaks it down from a US legal perspective.
- Posted by Michael Weinberg | June 25th, 2014 12:01 PM
Discov3ry is a paste extruder upgrade for standard filament based 3D printers. If you’ve been following along with the growth and expansion of the home 3D printer community, you’ve probably seen a paste extruder or two over the past few years. These are systems that squeeze pastes such as icing, […]
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | June 24th, 2014 12:15 PM
With a host of new 3D printers in the Maker Shed, we thought we’d share some cool ideas for things YOU can 3D print to make your summer the best ever! We love the cutting-edge Felix 3.0, affordable and reworked Printrbot Simple Metal (check out our blog post on it […]
- Posted by Natalie Wiersma | June 23rd, 2014 11:00 AM
Yesterday we showed you how two creative people were using an industrial robot arm to do some light painting. The results were really cool, but the hardware was simply out of reach for most people. However, Ekaggrat has come up with an interesting way to use existing 3D printers to […]
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | June 14th, 2014 8:01 AM
last year I downloaded SketchUP and just doodled around with it. I didn’t really do anything challenging. I went to MakerFaire in Queens, and was completely inspired. Then, I went to the MakerBot store in New York, and I was blown away. I immediately knew I wanted to build something […]
- Posted by thomas beattie | June 11th, 2014 10:01 AM
Formlabs, which produces one of the best known stereolithographic (SLA) 3D printers, has just announced a major upgrade/overhaul, the Form 1+, that it claims will deliver superior prints at higher speeds.
- Posted by DC Denison | June 10th, 2014 8:00 AM
What could make Father’s Day really feel big this year? How about a really big 3D printer for free? Leapfrog thought that would be really cool, so they’ve asked if we want to give one away. Of course we said yes. Leapfrog has offered up a Creatr XL printer. These […]
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | June 6th, 2014 2:01 PM
Come to the dark side, we have chocolate. Juan Gutierrez does all kinds of 3D printing art, vacuum forming, and various interesting home manufacturing projects. His latest endeavor was quite tasty looking. He combined 3D printing and Vacuum forming to create a dark chocolate Darth Vader mask. He started with […]
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | May 28th, 2014 8:18 AM
Come on down to Maker Faire Bay Area to see Michael Curry's 3D printed, 70 pound, giant RC vehicle. This monster took over 5 months to fabricate in PLA at Kansas City's Hammerspace on two MakerBot Replicator 2.
- Posted by Anna Kaziunas France | May 15th, 2014 6:00 AM
Today at Maker Con Carl Bass of Autodesk, announced the yet-to-be-named "Autodesk 3D Printer" and "Spark", an "open" (but not open source) 3D printing platform.
- Posted by Anna Kaziunas France | May 14th, 2014 12:56 PM
Can you make solid, functional prints quickly and cheaply by printing them hollow and filling them with hot glue? Yes, you can.
- Posted by Hunter Nance | April 24th, 2014 6:02 AM
A four axis deltabot style milling machine built around creative constraints and run on standard 3D printer hardware takes top honors in our CNC Machining Week contest.
- Posted by Make: Editors | March 28th, 2014 10:22 AM
Last weekend, I traveled down to Northern Virginia for the NoVa Mini Maker Faire. I joined Adam Kemp, author of our book The Makerspace Workbench. His exhibit was, appropriately, called Inside the Makerspace Workbench.
- Posted by Brian Jepson | March 22nd, 2014 1:00 PM
Carla Diana, author of Leo the Maker Prince, is doing a hands-on residency sponsored by Shapeways.
- Posted by Patrick Di Justo | March 12th, 2014 9:12 AM
The first full-length 3D printing documentary, "Print the Legend" will make it's debut Sunday at SXSW Film as part of their Startup Alley programming focused on the intersection of entertainment and technology "shaping the means of viewing, sharing and producing content".
- Posted by Anna Kaziunas France | March 9th, 2014 10:49 AM
If you're an Austin maker, come on down to SXSW Create, it's FREE and open to the public. Join the on-site scavenger hunt to win drones, books and kits!
- Posted by Anna Kaziunas France | March 8th, 2014 2:27 PM
Ready to light up the night in style? Make and wear these glowing, animated and comfortably limber desktop 3D printable accessories.
- Posted by Anna Kaziunas France | March 7th, 2014 12:54 PM
The Amyloid Project is a collaboration between urbanSTEW and ASU Physics Professor Dr. Vaiana, the purpose of this project is to create a multifaceted artwork that will bring research about intrinsically disordered proteins to life. The Amyloid Project stems from a collaboration between urbanSTEW and ASU biophysics research professor, Dr. Sara […]
- Posted by Stjepan Rajko | February 27th, 2014 9:59 AM
3D printed clothing is good for more than just wearable art and sculpture. With proper design and construction, it can accomplish amazing feats of flexibility, durability, and reliability.
- Posted by Aaron Trocola | February 27th, 2014 4:13 AM
Tap this technique that has been used by manufacturers for years to add patterns to your prints.
- Posted by Goli Mohammadi | February 25th, 2014 6:53 PM
This is the year 3D printing came to Toy Fair in New York City
- Posted by Kathy Ceceri | February 17th, 2014 8:49 AM
From sonic waveforms to robotic beetles eerily clad in exoskeletons resembling human bones, 3D Printshow is not only a gathering of companies and vendors but a gallery of artists and designers exploring the technology as medium
- Posted by Nick Normal | February 14th, 2014 3:58 PM
When I proposed to my wife-to-be, I took to my knee and I had a glowing, 3D printed ring in my hand.
- Posted by Andrew Fallows | February 14th, 2014 11:37 AM
On designing LEO, the walking, talking 3D printer When I began writing the first draft of the LEO the Maker Prince story, I was excited about the opportunity to create fictional robot characters. As the star of the show, the LEO robot would come to life through words and illustrations, […]
- Posted by Carla Diana | February 11th, 2014 3:00 PM
faBrickation is a new approach to speed up 3D printed rapid prototyping. The key idea is to save time by only printing the parts that require the high resolution and to substitute the remaining volume with standard Lego bricks.
At work, I often use a Post-it note stating my whereabouts on my office door for those who stop by looking for me when I am out. Some notes are one-time use like “On vacation. Back on 11/20.”, and some can be reused like “Up in the 3113 lab.” Sometimes, […]
- Posted by Tom Pilutti | February 6th, 2014 9:47 AM
About 50 drone enthusiasts from the DC Area Drone User Group swarmed Nova Labs this past Sunday for an all day build and fly session. Here's a montage of the event.
- Posted by Justin Leto | February 1st, 2014 4:30 AM
Today, Afinia took another big shot at Stratasys’ 3D printing patents. In its amended response, Afinia attempted to bolster its claim in three ways: with further evidence that Stratasys was using its patents to monopolize the market, with evidence that Stratasys failed to show the Patent Office one of its own patents that undermined the novelty of a new patent it was applying for, and with evidence that Stratasys failed to show Patent Office one of its own printers that undermined the novelty of another new patent it was applying for.
- Posted by Michael Weinberg | January 31st, 2014 7:57 PM
At CES, I was able to take a video of the CubeJet, a flexible, full color printer. So far, the other full color 3D printing options are the Mcor Iris and the ZPrinter.
- Posted by Todd Blatt | January 19th, 2014 6:19 AM
My job at 3D Systems gives me the 3D tools to tinker at a high level. The highest level, really, considering we’ve got scanning, design, and 3D printing right here. I’m a lucky guy. So when my quadcopter started to show some of its design flaws, I took to a Batcave’s worth of equipment around here that’s just waiting to be used.
- Posted by Ping Fu | January 16th, 2014 9:11 AM
The movement to mainstream 3D printing is aggressively pursuing a sea change that replaces "experimental" with "easy".
- Posted by Anna Kaziunas France | January 16th, 2014 4:16 AM
I met up with Pirate3D, the makers of the Buccaneer 3D printer, to hear more about the status of their company after their phenomenally successful Kickstarter which raised $1,438,765. I learned that they will shipping the first batch of Kickstarted printers in January and the final batch in April. They are currently taking preorders […]
- Posted by Anna Kaziunas France | January 10th, 2014 5:45 PM
On the floor of CES 2014, I had to opportunity to speak with Sam Jacoby of FormLabs about their Form1 SLA 3D printer, the updates to their PreForm software and got his take on “Is making going mainstream?”. For more on the Form1 check out our review in our 2014 Ultimate Guide […]
- Posted by Anna Kaziunas France | January 10th, 2014 12:15 PM
At CES 2014, I ran into the DWS Labs team who gave me an overview of their XFAB SLA printer. It can print in an exciting range of 9 different materials: standard acrylate amber, ABS-like grey, ABS-like white, polypropylene-like, rigid opaque grey, transparent, ceramic nano-filled light blue, rubber-like black and […]
- Posted by Anna Kaziunas France | January 10th, 2014 8:46 AM
I caught up with Clement Moreau, Sculpteo’s CEO and founder, to learn more about the addition of “Batch Control” to their 3D Printing Cloud Engine, announced at CES 2014. Batch Control allows users of Sculpteo’s 3D printing services to choose the orientation and resolution of the parts within multi-unit orders […]
- Posted by Anna Kaziunas France | January 10th, 2014 7:39 AM
Adam Brandejs, the co-creator of the Matterform 3D scanner chats with MAKE Digital Fabrication Editor Anna Kaziunas France at CES 2014 about his first product launch, Indiegogo challenges, and making going mainstream.
- Posted by Anna Kaziunas France | January 9th, 2014 6:00 AM
I met with SoftKinetic’s Chief Marketing Officer Eric Krzeslo at their suite in the LVH to ask him about their new partnership with MakerBot to enhance their 3D camera technology for 3D scanning that was announced Monday at CES 2014. SoftKinetic is provides 3D vision and and gesture recognition technologies for the consumer electronics, automotive and industrial […]
- Posted by Anna Kaziunas France | January 8th, 2014 2:20 PM
Shortly after 3D Systems broke the news about their new sugar, chocolate, ceramic, and full-color powder printers MAKE visited their booth at CES 2014 to get the full story behind these incredible machines. I discussed 3DS’ newest FFF printers, the Cube 3 and CubePro with Keith Ozar, 3D Systems’ Director of […]
- Posted by Anna Kaziunas France | January 8th, 2014 1:22 PM
Afinia challenges the validity of all four of the patents that Stratasys accuses them of infringing.
- Posted by Michael Weinberg | January 3rd, 2014 2:30 PM
Bmore3D started as a holiday 3D printing, 3D scanning, 3D modeling popup store in Baltimore. The store came together through a collaboration of Todd Blatt of Custom 3D Stuff, Michael Raphael of Direct Dimensions and ShapeShot, Baltimorean Graham Stewart, and Tinkerine Studio of Vancouver. With all of our expertise and connections in the 3D industry, we were able to put together an extremely comprehensive and exciting destination for both the typical consumer as well as the most tech savvy folks around.
- Posted by Todd Blatt | January 2nd, 2014 10:26 AM
Christmas Comes Early For The MAKE 3DP Team For the past two years our Make: Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing has used “Christmas Morning” print tests to gauge how well a desktop machine prints right out of the box. As our “How We Tested” article states: In order to make […]
- Posted by Anna Kaziunas France | December 23rd, 2013 4:00 AM
Although it may be too late to get yourself a 3D Printer in time for Christmas (unless you're willing to pay for overnight shipping), we thought it would be a good idea to have a discussion about which 3D Printer may be right for you. It's never too early to start thinking about options for an early 2014 gift, right?
- Posted by Eric Weinhoffer | December 19th, 2013 9:30 PM
How? It’s the question that dogs the unceasing creative mind when it dares to speak louder than the stony voice of reality. It happens to us all: An alloy of factors, inspiration, influences and ideas come together in a perfect rendering in your mind, but how do you bring that beautiful invention into the world in a way that upholds and preserves the essence of your idea?
- Posted by Ping Fu | December 19th, 2013 7:00 AM
Superstar 3DP object designer Michael Curry (aka Skimbal) designed a plethora of incredible jumbo minifigs that can be fabricated on additive desktop machines. He has designed an incredible range of characters, from Star Wars figurines, to Top Gear's "The Stig" to Breaking Bad's Heisenberg to Walking Dead zombies.
- Posted by Anna Kaziunas France | December 18th, 2013 3:30 PM
The first kids’ book on 3D printing from MAKE is now available. 3D printing isn’t magic, but if you sit some kids down in front of a 3D printer, you’ll swear it’s not of this world. LEO the Maker Prince: Journeys in 3D Printing brings its own magic to kids.
- Posted by Brian Jepson | December 18th, 2013 9:30 AM
Today and this weekend, Walmart will be featuring demos of the Cube personal 3D printer from 3D Systems at two of its stores in California and offering customers a chance to have themselves scanned to create a 3D printed figure as a unique holiday gift. MAKE will be at both locations from noon-2pm Saturday with copies of our 2014 Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing on hand and our new book about 3D printing: Leo the Maker Prince by Carla Diana. We'll also be handing out $10 off coupons for the Maker Shed
- Posted by Stett Holbrook | December 6th, 2013 10:40 AM
As one of MAKE’s 3D printing experts I’ve had the opportunity to use just about every printer in MAKE’s Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing. I have yet to see one with as much value as the Printrbot Simple. At $299 this 3D printer is a pretty sweet deal.
- Posted by Nick Parks | December 6th, 2013 6:00 AM
AMINIMAL Studio is a Brooklyn-based design company focused the use of emerging technologies as an approach to designing 21st century products. They recently wrote MAKE about their Kickstarter for the Inkimals project, a new 3D printing platform and web based app that enables the creation 3D toy designs from either 2D (hand-colored and scanned or computer modified) templates. The design is then 3D printed in one of several figure designs.
- Posted by Anna Kaziunas France | December 4th, 2013 1:00 PM
Jack Holloway of Rupt designed Control, a series of 3D-printable furniture joints that allow you to build your own furniture.
- Posted by John Baichtal | December 3rd, 2013 4:46 AM
Earlier this week Stratasys, a longtime fixture in the commercial/industrial 3D printing world and recent purchaser of desktop printer company Makerbot, announced that it was filing a patent infringement lawsuit against Microboards Technology, LLC, the company behind the Afinia H-Series 3D printer. This lawsuit is a big deal that could have huge ramifications for the entire desktop 3D printing industry. Afinia is a well known 3D printing brand which was named “best overall experience” in MAKE’s inaugural 3D printing buyer’s guide last year. It is also widely available from mainstream outlets such as Radio Shack
- Posted by Michael Weinberg | November 27th, 2013 8:44 AM
The African Fossils virtual laboratory website is a digital archeology project that seeks to increase public knowledge about prehistory by harnessing Autodesk 3D scanning technology. Recently, they wrote MAKE to tell us about their updated, newly re-launched website featuring stunning Sketchfab integration and downloads of prehistoric humanoid remains.
With easy-to-use 3D printers and 3D software, we’ve come a long way in giving everyone the tools to create with confidence. Yet for most people one piece was still missing: the ability to bring physical objects into the digital world and to complete the transaction, inextricably linking the two worlds so that anyone could use one to influence the other.
- Posted by Ping Fu | November 22nd, 2013 1:10 PM
The ever-growing variety of 3D printing filaments is amazing — we can now print in strong, flexible, glowing, and dissolvable plastics — but sometimes plastic isn’t the right material for the job. Sometimes, you just need metal! Although the big boys in the industrial world can directly 3D print metal parts with laser sintering machines, this technology hasn’t yet reached consumers. However, you can make your own metal parts at home with the help of your 3D printer and these easy-to-learn metal casting techniques.
- Posted by Matt Stultz | November 15th, 2013 3:05 PM
Today I had the pleasure of speaking with Shanen Boettcher, General Manager of Product Management at Microsoft about their 3D Builder graphical touchscreen application for Windows 8.1, slotted for release at midnight GMT today, Nov. 15. 3D Builder incorporates a combination of slicer and client software plus integrated Windows drivers for several popular 3D printers to provide a easy-to-use desktop manufacturing experience that aims to make it simple for the average consumer to get into 3D printing quickly.
- Posted by Anna Kaziunas France | November 15th, 2013 12:11 PM
Want to upgrade or customize your 3D printer? Build this robust extruder using a handful of tools, one online parts order, and a trip to the auto-parts store. For a heater, it uses a $10 glow plug from a diesel engine — and it performs as well as commercially available extruders.
- Posted by Adam Kemp | November 12th, 2013 5:17 PM
As we were setting up our booth at the Engadget Expand event in NYC, Digital Fabrication Editor, Anna Kaziunas France, announced the MAKE 3D Printer Buyer's Guide on the main stage to an audience of sponsors and press
- Posted by Marc de Vinck | November 8th, 2013 6:46 PM
At Engadget Expand this weekend, the MAKE crew will be reproducing the test environment we created to put 23 printers through their paces for our soon-to-be released Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing. The special issue will be unveiled at the event. We'll have five printers on hand (Printrbot Simple, Ultimaker 2, Replicator 2, Up Plus 2, Felix 2.0) and a team of testers including MAKE's digital fabrication editor Anna Kaziunas France.
- Posted by Stett Holbrook | November 7th, 2013 3:35 PM
Some 3D printing software is easier to learn than others. Repetier-Host is one of the tougher ones to get familiar with, and can sometimes discourage people from operating their printers. Since I found this software difficult to learn, I’ve written some instructions to help people get started.
- Posted by Nick Parks | November 6th, 2013 6:34 PM
At the Raspberry Pi Kitchen, Matt Richardson, MAKE contributing editor and co-author of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi, will host a "make-off" with two teams of four each who will spend the weekend developing a product or device that uses components and tools from the "pantry" as they take the basic "ingredients" and turn out an tasty final product.
- Posted by Stett Holbrook | November 6th, 2013 10:28 AM
Adafruit Industries just hosted the final session of their Make The World: Prosthetics Program. To help out, Matt Stultz of 3D Printing Providence put together a build party at AS220 Labs with 19 local 3D printers to make prosthetic hands for those in need.
- Posted by Anna Kaziunas France | October 26th, 2013 5:40 PM
As part of the Project 387 artist residency program nestled on a 150-acre property in the redwood forests of Northern California, Oakland-based Smith|Allen Studio brought large-scale 3D printing to the woods. What they created is a 10’x10’x8′ architectural structure titled Echoviren, which was entirely 3D printed in sections using plant-based […]
- Posted by Goli Mohammadi | October 5th, 2013 8:00 AM
Here at MAKE, we are busy putting the final touches on our next special issue, the second annual “Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing.” While that issue is devoted to the growing market of home 3D printers, we ventured out to see the other side of the market. John Vegher, owner […]
- Posted by Jason Babler | October 1st, 2013 12:36 PM
It started simply enough. I posted a quick message on the Type A Machines Forum to see if anyone was interested in setting up a 3D printing contest. It had been just under a year since I purchased my first 3D printer, a Series 1, and I was looking at improving my skills. What better way to push myself than a friendly competition?
- Posted by Jonas Dalidd | September 26th, 2013 9:34 AM
At the Nashville Mini Maker Faire last weekend, I had the pleasure to speak with the makers at the New Valence Robotics booth. They were showing their 3D printer which they claim is the world's first fully automated 3D printer designed for schools. I had an opportunity to see the printer in action and it definitely has some unique features.
- Posted by Ian Lee | September 26th, 2013 4:34 AM
Here is a rundown of some amazing 3D printed items from World Maker Faire in New York. This year we saw an diverse array of 3D prints - from complex humanoid robots to wearable designs.
- Posted by Anna Kaziunas France | September 22nd, 2013 2:57 PM
One of the exciting things about Maker Faire is seeing the technological progress year over year. Case in point, 3D-printers.
- Posted by John Baichtal | September 17th, 2013 6:00 AM
We chat with Sam Ortega manager of the Centennial Challenges Program at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center about the program and how makers have participated in the past, and how they might participate in current and future challenges.
- Posted by Alasdair Allan | September 17th, 2013 5:30 AM
MAKE is excited to announce that our second 3D Printing Shootout Weekend will be held this Friday, Aug, 2 through Sunday, Aug. 4. This year the testing is bigger than ever with a team of 15 testers carefully reviewing 21 printers of all makes and models. The results of the testing will be featured in the buying guide section of MAKE's forthcoming special 3D printing issue available in mid-November.
- Posted by Anna Kaziunas France | July 31st, 2013 11:43 PM
The Shed team has landed in Detroit, and we've brought dozens of great products with us. We're right in front of the Henry Ford museum near the Power Racing Series track, in a massive tent that's very hard to miss. We have everything from 3D Printers and Microcontrollers to Craft Kits and Wearables.
- Posted by Eric Weinhoffer | July 26th, 2013 4:00 PM
The mainstream news media is awash with speculation that 3D printing is bringing about a second industrial revolution. Whether this is true or not, nowhere is the comparison more apt than with The Flexiscale Company, a small UK startup making 3D models of the great steam engines of the first […]
- Posted by Andrew Sleigh | June 20th, 2013 1:00 AM
Industrial 3D printing and additive manufacturing company Stratasys has struck a deal with Bre Pettis' MakerBot to merge in a stock-for-stock transaction. Once finished, MakerBot will act as a subsidiary of Stratasys.
- Posted by Michael Colombo | June 19th, 2013 2:38 PM
In partnership with NASA, Made in Space, Inc. recently announced that they'll be sending one of their custom 3D printers to the International Space Station in August of 2014. The benefits of being able to print in space are clear: envision the potential lowering of NASA's costs by granting crew members the ability to print new tools and replacement parts.
- Posted by Eric Weinhoffer | June 6th, 2013 9:00 AM
Advances in low-cost 3D Printing and CNC Machining have made it easy for a growing number of hobbyists to design and manufacture complex parts in the privacy of their homes. But prototypes made out of PLA or machined out of HDPE often prove to have surprisingly little rigidity and strength. As it happens, in most cases, such frustrations can be completely avoided. The manufacturing industry, ever-obsessed with saving time and money, has developed quite a few simple tricks that allow them to routinely tame even the most finicky materials and get precisely the results they want.
- Posted by Michal Zalewski | June 6th, 2013 6:00 AM
MIT researcher Skylar Tibbits recently revealed some of his fascinating work in the field of self-assembling structures, coined "4D Printing". The four dimensions in question here aren't all spacial -- the "4D" aspect utilizes three spacial dimensions, in the form of 3D Printing, and an additional time dimension. The parts printed in this way are then submerged in water to facilitate self-assembly.
- Posted by Eric Weinhoffer | June 5th, 2013 11:00 PM
Yesterday, 3D Printing service Shapeways announced the availability of a new material in their already-impressive lineup, a flexible plastic polymer. Printing with this "Elasto Plastic" will cost $1.75/cm3, and like many of the other materials, is laser-sintered one layer at a time.
- Posted by Eric Weinhoffer | May 31st, 2013 2:27 PM
Last summer a student organization based out of the University of Washington, WOOF (Washington Open Object Fabricators), successfully created the world's first 3D Printed Boat. The boat was printed on a large-format FDM printer, which was hacked together from a plasma cutter, and prints with post-consumer milk jugs.
- Posted by Eric Weinhoffer | May 30th, 2013 6:00 AM
Like most people out there, I sometimes have more ideas than time to implement them. So instead of keeping those ideas locked in a notebook somewhere unaccessible and not serving a purpose, I’m going to release them into the world as public domain in the hope that they might inspire, or at a very minimum keep an idea from being patented. You can do whatever you like with these, except for attempting to patent them yourself. It is my sincere hope that by releasing these ideas, more awesomeness and excellence will be brought into being.
- Posted by Zach "Hoeken" Smith | May 2nd, 2013 11:00 AM
The Inside 3D Printing Conference in NYC gave us a clear look at the business side of 3D printing. Usual suspects, like 3D Systems, MakerBot and Stratasys, attended in full force. So did some up-and-comers like FormLabs, ZoomRP, Sculpteo, Mbot, and MakerGear. Shapeways (based in New York) was noticeably absent, though CEO Peter Weijmarshausen gave a keynote speech and announced that the company would receive $30 million in new investments.
- Posted by Todd Blatt | April 29th, 2013 7:48 PM
Social Coding company GitHub has released a free, in-browser viewer for STL files in full 3D. In comparison to the iterative, collaborative environments for working on software, hardware has a lot of ground to make up, and GitHub's doing great work to push things along. I'm eager to see how this grows and how it's used in comparison to popular services like Thingiverse.
- Posted by Eric Weinhoffer | April 9th, 2013 11:05 AM
I made a flash diffuser for the Canon Speedlight 580EX II after seeing our photo intern taping a piece of paper to his flash to act as a light bounce. His paper bounce didn't last more than a few days of project photography in the extreme conditions of our lab, so after seeing him repeatedly throw them into the recycling bin, I decided to make him a durable 3D printed diffuser.
- Posted by Eric Chu | February 21st, 2013 3:00 PM