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The team at Made In Space was proud to announce that on November 24th at 9:28pm...
If you're cleaning up a storeroom and find a large box with wood veneer on...
Late Friday night I saw what may be the future of toys, or at least...
3D printer maker Printrbot continues its evolution into a more mature industrial design with the...
Bored with playing games with a non-glowing ball? Why not build your own IcosaLEDron, a...
From part-time project to full-time job, we talk to the creator of OctoPrint, a wireless...
A note about and images from the venue of this year's 3D printer testing.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJ5gx_u0K9U Anderson Ta, one of the judges for Make's Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing, shares...
Finally! Design and print your own custom specs using these tricks.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVqeBdp9fVk John Abella, one of our testers, shares his observations at the big review. He's...
Designer Whitney Potter tapped into the power to make 3D-printed models of actual geographic topography...
3D-print these soft, flexible spikes and light them up with full-color programmable LEDs
What if 3D printers competed like soccer teams? With an increasing number of domestic and...
Have you ever wondered if a working guitar could be 3D printed? That question has...
It’s drivable, with a fully 3D-printed body, and it’s available soon.
One nutty tinkerer built a gun that folds and fires paper airplanes.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icGxy3e4VM0 One of our judges, Matt Stultz, shares his observations after spending the weekend testing...
Powder based 3D printers are on the verge of hitting the mainstream desktop market. Here...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-XbnAh1vG0 Anna talks about the changes we've seen this year, touching a bit on some...
Our annual guide to 3D Printing just came out! To celebrate, we're going to spend...
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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
3D printing is a lot of things to a lot of people. For some it is utilitarian, others it is an expression of art. Even though we see such a wide variation in the objects that are printed from these machines, they all tend to fall in the same category […]
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | October 31st, 2014 12:01 PM
HP had previously mentioned that they would be entering the 3D printing market with their own hardware. Today they announced what that hardware will be. Targeting the commercial 3D printing industry, they’re showing off their Multi Jet Fusion Printer. HP, who is no stranger to printing, brings their own technology […]
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | October 29th, 2014 11:10 AM
Halloween is fast approaching, and if you’re not printing you’d better get started! Here are 25 gruesome and great things to print for this Halloween. Some items you can wear, some items are just perfect for placing around your house to set the spooky mood. Put that 3D printer to […]
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | October 23rd, 2014 8:08 AM
I recently discovered that Taulman 3D, a filament maker is located somewhat near some relatives of mine. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to swing by and get a chance to talk to Thomas Martzall, the man behind Taulman. If you’re unfamiliar, you should hop onto his site and check […]
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | October 21st, 2014 2:16 PM
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
If you happen to be traveling through the Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, you might get a chance to see an impressive 3D printing project in the works. World Animal Protection, an animal rights group was looking to raise awareness on the mistreatment of elephants. Often kept in tiny quarters, chained, […]
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | September 2nd, 2014 7:13 AM
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
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
Amazon launched a 3D Printing Store a few months ago, but only recently have they been promoting the Creative Expressions department, which encourages customers to adjust the parameters of the 3D printed items they order. Just move the sliders, above, and you can make that ring super big, more knotty, and […]
- Posted by DC Denison | August 6th, 2014 5:01 AM
As you may recall, back in November Stratasys (the company that owns MakerBot) sued Microboards Technology, LLC (the company that makes the Afinia desktop 3D printer) for patent infringement. Specifically, Stratasys accused Afinia of violating four of its patents. This case is important beyond the fates of Stratasys and Afinia […]
- Posted by Michael Weinberg | August 5th, 2014 12:01 PM
In March, we wrote about a White House memo directing federal agencies to make 3D files more available to the public.At the time, the best example of this was the Smithsonian X 3D platform. Since then, the NIH has gotten into the action with its 3D Print Exchange, as has NASA […]
- Posted by Michael Weinberg | August 4th, 2014 12:01 PM
What’s in a pencil, they all work alike right? Wrong, especially when it comes to the mechanical variety. Then wood pencils start to look like an archeological find. Avid maker ‘Angry Monk’ took on the challenge of redesigning the mechanical pencil using a Stratasys Objet Eden 500V 3D printer. […]
- Posted by Cabe Atwell | July 30th, 2014 5:01 PM
Calling all artists! Looking for a new medium to explore with? If you haven’t heard, the 3Doodler selling for $99, has been on the market for at least the last 18 months. Funded by Kickstarter, this 3D printing pen has received the bad and the good feedback from users. An […]
- Posted by Julia Mattonen | July 21st, 2014 5:03 AM
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
This social enterprise based in India empowers urban waste pickers with the technology to convert waste plastic into 3D-printer filament.
This is the second in a series of posts about the build process for the characters, look, and feel of ‘LEO the Maker Prince.’ Of all the models that appear in the book LEO the Maker Prince, the sheep is by far the most beloved. It seems to evoke the […]
- Posted by Carla Diana | February 21st, 2014 5:31 AM
There is a subset of artists who use 3D technology not as the sole means of production, but as a catalyst in a larger workflow. Sometimes, these are artists who want to continue with a traditional production method, but ramp it up with 3D printing. Others want to combine digital workflows with handcrafted design. In this respect, they can hold traditional methods close while increasing their potential.
- Posted by Ping Fu | February 20th, 2014 4:21 PM
Looking like a hand-held glue gun, the DohVinci appeared a few days after Hasbro announced a collaboration with 3D Systems. Can a Play-Doh 3D Printer be far behind?
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. Related
- 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
Today at CES 2014 I spoke with Andrew Boggeri of FSL3D, the creators of the Full Spectrum laser cutter about their new Pegasus Touch SLA 3D printer. The Pegasus Touch has a LCD touchscreen and starts at under $2,000 with a 7″x7″x9″ build area. It’s already been successfully Kickstarted at double their goal, with […]
- Posted by Anna Kaziunas France | January 7th, 2014 5:56 PM
3D Systems Breaks the Mold: Sugar, Chocolate, Ceramic, and Full-Color Powder 3D Printing On Your Desktop
With today’s announcements, 3D Systems takes the lead in innovative desktop prosumer 3D Printing. Yesterday we covered their announcement of two new FDM printers, the Cube 3 and CubePro. This morning they completely redefined what’s possible on the desktop by unveiling the the most exciting 3D printers to date, the […]
- Posted by Anna Kaziunas France | January 7th, 2014 2:03 PM
“Roswell Replica” Wooden Quadcopter Tattoo artist and hobbyist woodworker Greg “Grease” Lehman built an alien-inspired wooden quadrotor based on the original foam-and-paper Roswell Quadrocopter. CNC-cut and -milled from ash, oak, walnut, and padauk, it looks heavy but it flies. Grab EPS files for cutting here. “Crossfire”: 3D-Printed FPV Quadcopter Mike […]
- Posted by Anna Kaziunas France | January 7th, 2014 10:38 AM
3D Systems has been busy. In early December they announced their acquisition of Village Plastics Co., a leading manufacturer of filament-based ABS, PLA and HIPS and last week they acquired Gentle Giant Studios, with a vast library of digital content. Today, they announced their latest Cube 3 and CubePro desktop 3D printers and […]
- Posted by Anna Kaziunas France | January 6th, 2014 5:50 AM
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
MAKEwithMOTO is a velcro-covered van traveling the U.S., visiting hackerspaces and maker faires. It packs 3D printers, unlocked and hackable phones, and electronic prototyping equipment, allowing visitors to design and create something and stick it on the velco if they want.
- Posted by John Baichtal | December 13th, 2013 10:39 AM
Jordan Miller, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at Rice University, shares how the Advanced Manufacturing Research Institute (AMRI) is providing a scientific framework for a bioprinting partnership by collaborating with the 3D printing, DIY bio, and scientific communities by repurposing both commercial and open source hardware.
- Posted by Anna Kaziunas France | December 9th, 2013 2:45 PM
We've gotten really good at making desktop Fused-Filament Fabrication printers, but how do we take it to the next level? There are 100s of different types of plastics, but we have been sticking to PLA and ABS in the 3DP world. So, what's the next frontier in desktop 3DP?
- Posted by Anna Kaziunas France | December 9th, 2013 10:49 AM
Here's a selection of 3D printed gifts for everyone on your list; from the printer owner to the cutting-edge fashionista to anyone wanting to get started with 3D printing. From the latest printer reviews and projects to mold making materials to tools; we have you covered.
- Posted by Anna Kaziunas France | December 9th, 2013 4:09 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. Related
- 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
A Printrbot, a weather balloon, and tracking circuitry leads to a fantastic day.
- Posted by Mike Senese | August 17th, 2013 6:00 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
We get a lot of questions about 3D Printers, especially when it concerns their use in an educational setting. Here's an exchange between me and a 7th grade science teacher. I imagine my reply could be helpful to others as well.
- Posted by Eric Weinhoffer | May 13th, 2013 11:30 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