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The Latest in 3D Printing Projects, Tutorials, and Inspiration

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Maker Spotlight: Mark Rehorst

Maker Spotlight: Mark Rehorst

Mark Rehorst started working on photography and electronics when he was 9, and has since gone on to work in audio and build 3D printers.

This Week in Making: Musical Lightning, Makey Pixel Art, and More

This Week in Making: Musical Lightning, Makey Pixel Art, and More

Watch lightning arc across the stage and create music, pixel art come together to create Makey, and the other stuff that happened this week.

3D Print the Adafruit Circuit Playground Chess Set

3D Print the Adafruit Circuit Playground Chess Set

Print out and polish an electronics-themed chess set using metal-infused filament.

Design Tips to Follow and Mistakes to Avoid When 3D Printing Metal

Design Tips to Follow and Mistakes to Avoid When 3D Printing Metal

3D printing metal has yet to fully reach a mainstream audience of makers, but here's a few tips to get you started if you're interested.

  • Posted by | August 17th, 2017 7:00 AM
Edible Innovation: Chloé Rutzerveld Explores Sweets from Scraps with STROOP

Edible Innovation: Chloé Rutzerveld Explores Sweets from Scraps with STROOP

Chloé Rutzerveld got her start 3D printing layers of a support structure and an edible breeding ground, before moving on to making food.

Your Wardrobe of the Future Could Be Printed at Home

Your Wardrobe of the Future Could Be Printed at Home

Danit Peleg is an international fashion phenomenon who 3D prints her fashion designs. She hopes for a future where one's wardrobe is printed.

Maker Faire Beijing 2017 Focuses on the Evolution of the Maker Movement

Maker Faire Beijing 2017 Focuses on the Evolution of the Maker Movement

Now in its third year, Maker Faire Beijing, with its expanded offerings and focus on interactivity, promises to be the best iteration yet.

Open World: Touring London's Biggest Workshops

Open World: Touring London’s Biggest Workshops

Liam Grace-Flood begins his journey through London by visiting the city's two largest makerspaces: Building BloQ and London Hackerspace.

This Week in Making: Cardboard Kirby, 3D Printed Google Glass Headset, and More

This Week in Making: Cardboard Kirby, 3D Printed Google Glass Headset, and More

This week, street artists paint over hate speech, Kirby is birthed from cardboard, Hacker House builds an automated gardener, and more.

4 Makerspaces That Came Together to Work on Big Projects

4 Makerspaces That Came Together to Work on Big Projects

These four projects showcase how, together, makers can build bigger, more creative, and more challenging projects than if they were solo.

3D Print a Uniquely Patterned Mouse Pad

3D Print a Uniquely Patterned Mouse Pad

Tired of using a file folder for his mouse, Valentin Postl decided to improve his desk space by 3D printing his own mouse pad.

See How This Intricate, 3D Printed Mechanical Calculator Works

See How This Intricate, 3D Printed Mechanical Calculator Works

The Curta mechanical calculator is an incredible feat of mechanical engineering. Marcus Wu decided to make a 3:1 scale version.

Weekend Watch: Wintergatan's Wonderful Works

Weekend Watch: Wintergatan’s Wonderful Works

Every video on Wintergatan’s channel is a little different, each focused on different aspects of engineering a wonderful homemade instrument.

Building a Rideable Lego Skateboard

Building a Rideable Lego Skateboard

An industrious maker 3D prints a human-size motorized skateboard.

Filament Friday: T-Lyne Reshapes Your Prints

Filament Friday: T-Lyne Reshapes Your Prints

Taulman 3D T-Lyne's features make it perfect for wearable applications.

Tech-Savvy Knitwear Designer Weighs In On Kniterate

Tech-Savvy Knitwear Designer Weighs In On Kniterate

Knitwear designer Lindsay Degen worked with with automated desktop knitting machine Kniterate to see how it compares to industrial machines.

Maker Pro News: Urban-X Reboots, Powered Exoskeletons, the Future of Food, and More

Maker Pro News: Urban-X Reboots, Powered Exoskeletons, the Future of Food, and More

Classic story: an ambitious crowdfunding campaign goes viral and racks up millions, but backers grow anxious when the product never ships.

Formlabs Announces Desktop SLS Printer, Automated Manufacturing System

Formlabs Announces Desktop SLS Printer, Automated Manufacturing System

Today at their own Digital Factory Conference in Boston, MA, Formlabs announced two new products that will continue to cement their role for professional makers.

Filament Friday: Tough Ink Gives Your Prints Flexibility

Filament Friday: Tough Ink Gives Your Prints Flexibility

We return with Filament Friday with M3D's Tough Ink.

Review: The Droplit v2 Resin Printer

Review: The Droplit v2 Resin Printer

SeeMeCNC’s DropLit v2 may require a healthy dose of patience and elbow grease, but it offers a low-cost entry point to high-res 3D printing.

Review: The MonoFab SRM-20

Review: The MonoFab SRM-20

The monoFab SRM-20, boasts accuracy comparable to other manufacturers. However, the user experience is where the machine truly excels.

Review: The mUVe 3D DLP Pro+ Creates Clean and Crisp Resin Prints

Review: The mUVe 3D DLP Pro+ Creates Clean and Crisp Resin Prints

This DLP-based resin machine may not be aesthetically pleasing to look at, but it creates beautiful results for an affordable price.

Filament Friday: PLAyPHAb

Filament Friday: PLAyPHAb

A look at PLAy/PHAb, 3D Print Life's PLA/PHA variant.

This 3D Printed Mass Effect Prop Folds Up Just Like in the Game

This 3D Printed Mass Effect Prop Folds Up Just Like in the Game

This 3D printed prop of the M3 pistol from the Mass Effect franchise is stunning. It is built to fold up just like in the video game.

Filament Friday: MatterHackers Pro Series TPU

Filament Friday: MatterHackers Pro Series TPU

TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethane) is a flexible and fun!

3 Costs to Consider When Mass Manufacturing a Hardware Product

3 Costs to Consider When Mass Manufacturing a Hardware Product

Developing a new electronic product for mass manufacturing is not simple or cheap. Follow these three steps so you do not break the bank.

Here's the Dastardly Winner of the Worst Cup Ever Contest

Here’s the Dastardly Winner of the Worst Cup Ever Contest

We had some really great entries to the Worst Cup Ever contest. Many of you put in some real time and creativity into trying to figure out a cup that would be nearly impossible to drink out of, but in the end there can be only winner.

Filament Friday: Taulman3D's Bridge Offers Nylon Durability

Filament Friday: Taulman3D’s Bridge Offers Nylon Durability

Nylon is a great 3D printing material because of its durability, but it can be tough to print. Taulman3D has released Bridge, which gives you the best traits of nylon.

Filament Friday: "Silk Like" Filament Gives Glossy Prints

Filament Friday: “Silk Like” Filament Gives Glossy Prints

Everyone at my hackerspace kept asking what filament I'd used for a print I'd made with Silk Like, because it gives off a shiny lustrous texture that turns heads.

Build a 1930’s Style Dieselpunk Cellphone

Build a 1930’s Style Dieselpunk Cellphone

Adafruit’s Fona microcontroller, with a GSM phone module, can be used to make your very own dieselpunk cellphone that can make calls and store contacts.

Shapeways Offers Access to New HP 3D Printing Technology

Shapeways Offers Access to New HP 3D Printing Technology

Shapeways has announced that they are teaming up with HP to give their community access to HP's new Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing technology.

Maker Pro News: Printing Houses, Flying Cars, and More

Maker Pro News: Printing Houses, Flying Cars, and More

Overview on VR in the maker pro market, updates on automobiles, and round-ups of all our recent 3D printer reviews and Edible Innovations.

Filament Friday: NinjaFlex Squishy Fun

Filament Friday: NinjaFlex Squishy Fun

So far in our Filament Fridays we’ve concentrated on rigid filaments that leave you with hard parts. This week, things are getting squishy with NinjaFlex – the most popular of the flexible filaments. NinjaFlex was originally created by Frenner Drives, a company that specializes in belt drive systems. The Frenner team […]

Filament Friday: Refil PET Helps Divert Plastic Bottles from Landfills

Filament Friday: Refil PET Helps Divert Plastic Bottles from Landfills

Refil's PET is made of 90% recycled material from either blue or green bottles, with a lime green color that really pops!

3 Crucial Steps Before You Manufacture Your Product

3 Crucial Steps Before You Manufacture Your Product

Once your idea is complete on paper, what are the next steps for creating a functional prototype and commercial product?

Maker Pro News: A Physical Bitcoin Wallet, an Artificial Pancreas, and More

Maker Pro News: A Physical Bitcoin Wallet, an Artificial Pancreas, and More

Startup Ledger wants to put Bitcoin in your pocket with a USB stick-sized device, plus the latest news for professional makers.

Filament Friday: Algix Alga Is a Filament Made from Algae

Filament Friday: Algix Alga Is a Filament Made from Algae

Algix uses plant matter from algae to produce their alga filament.

Maker Pro News: Crowdfunding Tips, Open Source Filament, and More

Maker Pro News: Crowdfunding Tips, Open Source Filament, and More

Get crowdfunding tips for both backers and producers, plus the latest news for professional makers.

How I Added Tank Treads to a Go-Kart

How I Added Tank Treads to a Go-Kart

Taking inspiration from Brian Bunnell's design, Samer Najia adds tank treads to a Go-Kart to fulfill his childhood dream of driving a tank.

Review: ZMorph 2.0 SX Offers 3D Printing, CNC, Laser, and More

Review: ZMorph 2.0 SX Offers 3D Printing, CNC, Laser, and More

The ZMorph 2.0 X is a CNC mill, laser engraver, and 3D printer that's surprisingly capable for those willing to get their hands dirty.

The Sad Story of Walter, the Retired Industrial Arm

The Sad Story of Walter, the Retired Industrial Arm

Walter, an older 6-axis robot who bears the distinctive 50s style of the former German Democratic Republic, has a sad story.

Filament Friday: Taulman3D T-Glase

Filament Friday: Taulman3D T-Glase

This Friday's filament is PET. When used in a 3D printer, PET is both strong and food safe and can be made optically clear.

Design the Worst Cup Ever to Compete in Our April Fool's Contest!

Design the Worst Cup Ever to Compete in Our April Fool’s Contest!

In the spirit of April Fool's, we want to see the most infuriating drinking cup that you can design.

Review: Boxzy Is a 3-in-1 Hybrid Desktop Fabrication Machine

Review: Boxzy Is a 3-in-1 Hybrid Desktop Fabrication Machine

As a jack-of-all-trades the BoXZY can do multiple things ­— and can do them well.

Kniterate Launches Kickstarter for Automated Knitting Machine

Kniterate Launches Kickstarter for Automated Knitting Machine

Knitting something? Kniterate prints an entire knitted garment of your design within a desktop space in a matter of hours.

Filament Friday: 3D-Fuel's Biome3D Is a Plant-Based Plastic

Filament Friday: 3D-Fuel’s Biome3D Is a Plant-Based Plastic

If you are looking to add a luster to your prints without the hassles of post processing, this is a great choice that comes with a nice environmental bonus.

This Week in Making: Lego Tape, A Bottle-Flipping Robot, Lab Grown Chicken Strips, and More

This Week in Making: Lego Tape, A Bottle-Flipping Robot, Lab Grown Chicken Strips, and More

Tape that can make any surface Lego compatible, a bottle flipping robotic arm, and lab grown chicken strips? It's been a good week.

Filament Friday: Proto-Pasta Matte Fiber HTPLA

Filament Friday: Proto-Pasta Matte Fiber HTPLA

A lot of filament addresses how a print will look, but Proto-Pasta's new Matte Fiber filament also gives a textured, grippy feel to your prints.

These Cute Retro Droids Are Actually 3D Printed

These Cute Retro Droids Are Actually 3D Printed

Brett Mich, a Wisconsin-based toy inventor, spends his free time crafting one-of-a-kind robot sculptures to sell.

Catching Up with Josef Prusa at the SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards

Catching Up with Josef Prusa at the SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards

Josef Prusa shares his enthusiasm with us at SXSW, where he was nominated for an Interactive Innovation Award.

5 Labs That Use 3D Printing for Biohacking Projects

5 Labs That Use 3D Printing for Biohacking Projects

When it comes to fabricating with cells, these groups are leading the charge with DIY bioprinters and innovative methods.

Extract DNA at Home with a 3D Printed Centrifuge

Extract DNA at Home with a 3D Printed Centrifuge

Make this low-cost centrifuge to extract DNA on your desktop.

Filament Friday: Refil ABS Is Recycled Plastic for More Sustainable Prints

Filament Friday: Refil ABS Is Recycled Plastic for More Sustainable Prints

Most 3D printing filament is made from new, first-use polymers, but now you can use ABS filament made from recycled car parts.

Compassionate Projects Keep the Focus on People, Not Exposure

Compassionate Projects Keep the Focus on People, Not Exposure

James' passion is photography, but his rare skin condition leaves him unable to operate a camera. Design engineer Jude Pullen built something to help.

This Tiny Apple II Is Powered by the $9 CHIP

This Tiny Apple II Is Powered by the $9 CHIP

You could fit this Apple II in your pocket!

Maker Pro News: Pitch Your Project, a Palm-Sized Drone, and More

Maker Pro News: Pitch Your Project, a Palm-Sized Drone, and More

Plus, read about product pitch tips from IoT platform Brinc, Google's maker survey, and unique laser-cut business cards.

3D Printing Topographical Maps from Space Shuttle Data

3D Printing Topographical Maps from Space Shuttle Data

Here's how I wrote a program to convert the Space Shuttle Endeavor's geographical data into topographical 3D printed maps.

3D Printed Material 10X Stronger Than Steel

3D Printed Material 10X Stronger Than Steel

A new way of 3D printing internal material structures that make them up to ten times stronger than steel at five percent of steel's density.

Maker Pro News: Makers at CES, Micro-Crowdfunding, Edible Mealworms, and More

Maker Pro News: Makers at CES, Micro-Crowdfunding, Edible Mealworms, and More

Check out the maker-made companies that caught our eye at CES, plus Kickstarter highlights low-quantity projects with their Make 100 program.

Comparing the Same Design Fabricated with Filament Printing, Resin, and CNC

Comparing the Same Design Fabricated with Filament Printing, Resin, and CNC

Check out the same item 3D printed with filament, 3D printed with resin, and milled from wood.

3D Print and Program This Cute Bipedal Arduino Bot

3D Print and Program This Cute Bipedal Arduino Bot

Build an Arduino-powered, 3D-printed, moon-walking bot with preprogrammed and custom gaits.

Maker Pro News: Makers at CES, the Pop-up Economy, and More

Maker Pro News: Makers at CES, the Pop-up Economy, and More

Find the latest news about startups, products, incubators, and innovators.

This Shipping Container Is Actually a Huge 3D Printer

This Shipping Container Is Actually a Huge 3D Printer

ship and print!

Our DigiFab Holiday Ornament Contest Winner Is...

Our DigiFab Holiday Ornament Contest Winner Is…

It was a tough call to pick a winner for this year's ornament contest, because there were so many amazing entries! Read on to see who takes home the prize.

Design a Mars Habitat for a Chance at a $1.1 Million Prize from NASA

Design a Mars Habitat for a Chance at a $1.1 Million Prize from NASA

Many children and amateur engineers — and even professional engineers — fantasize about designing things for NASA. Most people aren’t aware that NASA works with the public quite often! One of the most interesting ways to interact with NASA is through their Centennial Challenges, where they hold public contests to […]

Hacking for Peace in Colombia

Hacking for Peace in Colombia

What does making a 3D printer have to do with peace? This hackathon brings people together to create, share knowledge, and tackle a common problem.

NexD1 Printer Brings Polyjet-Style 3D Printing to Consumers, Adds Conductive Resins

NexD1 Printer Brings Polyjet-Style 3D Printing to Consumers, Adds Conductive Resins

The machine can print multi-layer PCBs, and mix various types of resins, for a fraction of the price of professional models.

Building a Sci-Fi Cyber Octopus for 80’s Style Practical Effects

Building a Sci-Fi Cyber Octopus for 80’s Style Practical Effects

In a throwback to 80s cyber punk, "Attack of the Cyber Octopuses" features cool 3D printed practical effects.

Take a Tour of Xrobots’ Star Wars Droid Menagerie

Take a Tour of Xrobots’ Star Wars Droid Menagerie

James Bruton collection of functional Star Wars droids is amazing and totally DIY!

Two christmas ornaments side by side, one traditional nutcracker red and black, one 3D printed grey Makey nutcracker in a christmas tree.

Design Something Awesome to Compete in Our Digifab Ornament Contest

Show us what you can make with your robots!

5 Hacks and Mods for Custom 3D Printer Upgrades (from Easy to Insane)

5 Hacks and Mods for Custom 3D Printer Upgrades (from Easy to Insane)

You’re probably the sort of person who likes to tinker with your gear. And why should your 3D printer be any different? Go ahead, get hands-on with it!

8 Reasons to Give Thanks for Your 3D Printer

8 Reasons to Give Thanks for Your 3D Printer

If one of the things you're thankful for is access to a 3D printer, then here are 8 Thanksgiving themed 3D prints to celebrate the holiday.

Sculpting 3D Printable Items in Virtual Reality with Oculus Medium

Sculpting 3D Printable Items in Virtual Reality with Oculus Medium

Sculpting in Virtual Reality is especially fun when you can 3d print the results.

From Practical to Over the Top: 9 Projects Made with Digital Fabrication

From Practical to Over the Top: 9 Projects Made with Digital Fabrication

When we were putting together our digital fabrications issue of the magazine, we spent some time searching for digital fabrication projects that wowed us. While some projects are more aspirational than realistic, some were downright practical. Here are our favorite projects from makers, designers, and artists that use 3D printing, […]

  • Posted by | November 17th, 2016 5:00 AM
6 Qualities to Look for When Buying a 3D Printer for Your Classroom

6 Qualities to Look for When Buying a 3D Printer for Your Classroom

Want to offer rapid fabrication to your students with a classroom 3D printer? These guidelines will help ease the way.

3D Print a High-Power Electric Unicycle

3D Print a High-Power Electric Unicycle

Cruise 25 miles at 20mph on a sweet, one-wheeled ride you built yourself!

3D Printing Architectural Design Elements

3D Printing Architectural Design Elements

Using 3D printing and faux wood filament to print architectural design elements.

So You're a Teacher with a 3D Printer... Now What?

So You’re a Teacher with a 3D Printer… Now What?

Getting a 3D printer for your classroom is just the beginning. It's what you do with it that matters.

See Who Scored the Best out of 17 of This Year’s Newest 3D Printers

See Who Scored the Best out of 17 of This Year’s Newest 3D Printers

Our online guide incorporates content from the past two years, giving you the largest guide to 3D printers ever compiled in one place.

Ability3D Combines a Router and Welder to 3D Print Metal Parts

Ability3D Combines a Router and Welder to 3D Print Metal Parts

You might soon be able to print in metal at home...

3D Print These 12 Last-Minute Halloween Costumes

3D Print These 12 Last-Minute Halloween Costumes

Okay, maybe a head-to-toe ensemble is out of the question at this point, but you still have time to print a few key accessories to make a phenomenal Halloween costume.

This Hack Turns Your 3D Printer into a Full-Color Candy Machine

This Hack Turns Your 3D Printer into a Full-Color Candy Machine

There's a kit available to convert your 3D printer into a candy printing machine!

Ultimaker Announces New Dual Extruder Printer

Ultimaker Announces New Dual Extruder Printer

Ultimaker's latest offering, the Ultimaker 3, hits shelves today with a few new features.

Maker Faire Rome Day 1

Maker Faire Rome Day 1

Maker Faire Rome is Europe’s largest Maker Faire and an amazing showcase that proves that Makers are universal. Day one was education day with hundreds of Roman school children bused to the Faire to learn and experience the potential of making. Roman school children gather around a bionic arm exhibit, […]

Compete in “Print the Future” for a Chance to 3D Print Your Item in Space

Compete in “Print the Future” for a Chance to 3D Print Your Item in Space

Your project could be printed aboard the ISS

Download and Print This Light-Up Mace for Cosplay

Download and Print This Light-Up Mace for Cosplay

Several materials and a fantastic design make this weapon prop really stand out.

8 Awesome 3D Printed Pegboard Tool Holders

8 Awesome 3D Printed Pegboard Tool Holders

Customize your pegboards with 3D printed tool holders or organizers.

5 Machines for 3D Printing Cutting-Edge Cuisines

5 Machines for 3D Printing Cutting-Edge Cuisines

3D Printing food could make for some interesting cuisine innovations in the future. There's a few options to get you "cooking" now.

The Moat Boat Paddle Battle Returns To World Maker Faire

The Moat Boat Paddle Battle Returns To World Maker Faire

The most exciting paddle battle is returning to Maker Faire!

This Custom Machine 3D Prints Incredible Ceramic Sculptures

This Custom Machine 3D Prints Incredible Ceramic Sculptures

It's taken many prototypes, but Taekyeom Lee has created a 3D printer that can extrude clay to create ceramic sculptures.

This Week in Making: Awesome Cosplays, a Desktop Waterjet, and Prepping for Halloween

This Week in Making: Awesome Cosplays, a Desktop Waterjet, and Prepping for Halloween

This past week we saw some awesome DragonCon cosplays, a new desktop waterjet, and got started on our Halloween projects.

Maker Pro News: Should Your Startup Go Open Source? and More

Maker Pro News: Should Your Startup Go Open Source? and More

Catch the latest ways makers are impacting business and technology this week. Our coverage includes hardware startups, new products, incubators, and innovators, along with technology and market trends.

Myanmar’s Farmers are 3D Printing Their Own Tools

Myanmar’s Farmers are 3D Printing Their Own Tools

3D printing has really made a difference for the designers who create and manufacture tools for Myanmar farmers.

"Metamaterials" Allow You to 3D Print Simple Machines

“Metamaterials” Allow You to 3D Print Simple Machines

Materials with specially-designed internal microstructures deform to create macroscopic motion.

Tackling Food Waste in Hanoi with SEA Makerthon

Tackling Food Waste in Hanoi with SEA Makerthon

Food waste is a problem in many places. For makers in Hanoi, Vietnam it's a chance to flex their skills for the SEA makerthon.

This 3D Printer Uses Sugar to Create Glass-Like Sculptures

This 3D Printer Uses Sugar to Create Glass-Like Sculptures

These 3D prints made from molten sugar are too pretty and too cavity-inducing to eat.

Chiang Mai Makerthon Develops Water Shortage Solutions in Thailand

Chiang Mai Makerthon Develops Water Shortage Solutions in Thailand

Thailand is having one of its worst droughts, so for the SEA Makerthon event happening in Chiang Mai the focus is on saving water.

Quick Tip: Make a Rotating Platform for Easy 3D Printer Access

Quick Tip: Make a Rotating Platform for Easy 3D Printer Access

John Park shares a quick tip to make your 3d printing life easier.

Sculptable Filament Could Merge Traditional Modeling with 3D Printing

Sculptable Filament Could Merge Traditional Modeling with 3D Printing

Model makers sound pretty enthused taking a printed design and using traditional techniques to give a finely sculpted finish.

3D-Printed Raspberry Pi Skycam for Drone-Free Aerial Video

3D-Printed Raspberry Pi Skycam for Drone-Free Aerial Video

It rides a monorail of string, streams video, and is remote-controlled from my phone... It is my very own 3D printed skycam.

Review: Updated 3Doodler Brings a Broader Range of Materials and Accessories

Review: Updated 3Doodler Brings a Broader Range of Materials and Accessories

No matter what of kind maker you are, practically everyone – from electrical engineers to hardcore crafters – is enchanted by the magical notion of a 3D-printing pen. So, I was delighted when the crowd-funded folk heroes behind the 3Doodler reached out to me to try out their latest offering: the […]

Prototyping with Living Cells

Prototyping with Living Cells

This is the second installment of our series on the state of biohacking. You can read the first installment “Safari in the Biohacking Society” and watch for more articles in the future. Bioprint Is the New Print The greatest bridge between the world of makers and the world of biohackers is […]

This Week in Making: Sculpting Beyoncé and Conductive Temporary Tattoos

This Week in Making: Sculpting Beyoncé and Conductive Temporary Tattoos

This past week we learned about some trendy Maker fashion, saw a sculpting tutorial featuring Beyoncé, and more.

3D Print Your Own Tactile Measuring Tools for the Visually Impaired

3D Print Your Own Tactile Measuring Tools for the Visually Impaired

Tactile tools help students with visual impairments better understand and measure 3-Dimensional objects. You can 3D print some of your own.

How to Digitally Design Joinery for Better Assembly

How to Digitally Design Joinery for Better Assembly

If you're making two pieces meant to fit together, you'll want to know these basic best practices for designing joinery in CAD programs.

3D Print an Archway of LED Lighting to Illuminate Your Work Table

3D Print an Archway of LED Lighting to Illuminate Your Work Table

This architecturally inspired LED lighting is 3D printable and arches over your desk for perfect illumination.

This Week in Making: Robotic Tattoos, Free Software, and Fab Labs for Kids

This Week in Making: Robotic Tattoos, Free Software, and Fab Labs for Kids

This week we saw robotic tattoos, a museum bringing fabrication tools to kids, and how Autodesk is bringing software tools to Fab Labs.

Maker Spotlight: Austin Robey

Maker Spotlight: Austin Robey

Austin Robey took his knowledge of architecture, jewelry design, and graphic design and turned it into a business focused around 3D printing.

Computational Thermoforming, the Other 3D Printing?

Computational Thermoforming, the Other 3D Printing?

Using a new technique in thermoforming to create textured 3D models.

5 Projects Fit for a Pokemon Go Master

5 Projects Fit for a Pokemon Go Master

Do you want to be the very best? Do you want to become a Pokemon Go master? Then here are 5 projects to help you level up and catch 'em all.

Maker Spotlight: Rachel Koukal

Maker Spotlight: Rachel Koukal

Rachel Koukal has dabbled in many hobbies, but these days she's focusing on creating inspired 3D designs for jewelry and accessories.

Our Journey in Building a Glove-Controlled Robotic Gripper

Our Journey in Building a Glove-Controlled Robotic Gripper

Graham and Sam worked together to create a robotic gripper controlled with a glove and strong enough to hold household items.

This Artist 3D Printed a Ghostly, Life-Size Motorcycle

This Artist 3D Printed a Ghostly, Life-Size Motorcycle

This ghostly-looking motorcycle was meticulously designed and carefully constructed... Oh, and it is entirely 3D printed!

This 3D Printing Contest Wants You to Design the Next Accessibility Device

This 3D Printing Contest Wants You to Design the Next Accessibility Device

Have an idea for a 3D printed device to help those with limited hand mobility? Join this contest to share your idea with those who need it.

Here's to Simple Builds: Or How a Door Stop Changed Our Lives

Here’s to Simple Builds: Or How a Door Stop Changed Our Lives

We used to duct tape an old battery into the door strike every day, true story! But this door stop solved an annoying office-wide problem.

Monster-B-Gone Keeps Kids Safe from Creepy Bedroom Critters

Monster-B-Gone Keeps Kids Safe from Creepy Bedroom Critters

Build a (pretend) bedtime scanner to repel creepy critters — so easy a kid can operate it.

Sensoree's 3D Printed Fabric Animates Your Goosebumps

Sensoree’s 3D Printed Fabric Animates Your Goosebumps

"That gave me goosebumps. Did you feel it too?" With Sensoree's biometric jacket 3D printed goosebumps move with the sensation of awe.

Build Modular Animal Robots with the Animech Project

Build Modular Animal Robots with the Animech Project

For someone without a background or education in engineering and electronics, robotics can be a daunting field. That’s why Jeffrey Moore of The Animech Project is developing robotics kits that help teach those skills in a fun and accessible way. The Animech Project, on display at this year’s Maker Faire […]

New 3D Printers Unveiled Today at Maker Faire Bay Area

New 3D Printers Unveiled Today at Maker Faire Bay Area

Maker Faire always attracts the latest innovative technologies, and this year is no different. Check out three new 3D printer models unveiled today.

How to 3D Print on Tulle, Net, or Lace Fabrics

How to 3D Print on Tulle, Net, or Lace Fabrics

You can 3D Print directly onto fabrics for cool effects. You can do it too with this super simple project.

How to 3D Print Directly onto T-Shirts

How to 3D Print Directly onto T-Shirts

Learn how to add clever logos that pop out into the third dimension, because yes, you CAN 3D print directly onto your t-shirts.

The Allforge Makes Injection Molding More Affordable With Cheaper 3D Prints

The Allforge Makes Injection Molding More Affordable With Cheaper 3D Prints

Is Allforge the next big thing to come to home prototyping? It's an injection molder that can use silicone, aluminum, and 3D printed molds.

New 5-Axis 3D Printer Creates Simple Wire Frame Models in Real Time

New 5-Axis 3D Printer Creates Simple Wire Frame Models in Real Time

Watch this 5-axis 3D printer in action! Right now it only prints simple wireframes, but imagine the possibilities.

3D Print a Working Tourbillon Clock

3D Print a Working Tourbillon Clock

Print and assemble this working, large-scale model of a precision watch design.

Build an FPV-Style Quadcopter with a CNCed Frame

Build an FPV-Style Quadcopter with a CNCed Frame

There's no better way to learn how a drone works than by building one yourself. The Little Dipper drone is a 300-class autonomous flying rig.

These Upcycled UFO Lamps Are Retro-Futuristic Fabulous

These Upcycled UFO Lamps Are Retro-Futuristic Fabulous

Using upcycled jars, collected bits and pieces, 3D printed parts and energy efficient LEDs, Will Strange makes UFO inspired lamps.

This Week in Making: VR Gets Serious, Hoverbikes Are Real, and Cheese Whiz!

This Week in Making: VR Gets Serious, Hoverbikes Are Real, and Cheese Whiz!

This week in making we got excited about hoverbikes, looked at a more serious side of VR, and learned Star Simpson's tips for electronics.

The Hovalin Is a 3D Printed Violin That Blends STEM and Music Education

The Hovalin Is a 3D Printed Violin That Blends STEM and Music Education

Matt and Kaitlyn Hova went down the 3D printing rabbit hole and came out with a 3D printed violin (aka the Hovalin).

Weekend Watch: “Layer By Layer” Teaches Design for 3D Printing

Weekend Watch: “Layer By Layer” Teaches Design for 3D Printing

You should be actively trying to hone your design skills if you have a 3D printer. Noe Ruiz has the no-how to help you make better 3D prints.

Stainable Wood-Based Filament Gives 3D Printed Violin a Natural Look

Stainable Wood-Based Filament Gives 3D Printed Violin a Natural Look

Can you give a 3D printed object a wood stain? Sure! Can you 3D print a violin? Why not! Do both and you'll get a natural looking violin.

Can Your Really 3D Print a Working Robotic Lawnmower?

Can Your Really 3D Print a Working Robotic Lawnmower?

Need the lawn mowed? Print out a robotic lawnmower. Have a big yard? Print two?

Makerbot Announces Expansion of Thingiverse API

Makerbot Announces Expansion of Thingiverse API

Makerbot announces an expanded Thingiverse API for better third party app integration and a new option for designers to get paid.

Yes, Your Cat Absolutely Needs 3D Printed Battle Armor

Yes, Your Cat Absolutely Needs 3D Printed Battle Armor

Is your cat ready for battle? To win honor at claw-point and drink the blood of its enemies?

Pro Tip: Use Filament to Add Simple Rivets and Hinges to 3D Prints

Pro Tip: Use Filament to Add Simple Rivets and Hinges to 3D Prints

It's easier to make rivets for your 3D printed projects than you think! You just need some filament and something very hot.

Let This 3D Printed Robosnake Wiggle Its Way into Your Heart

Let This 3D Printed Robosnake Wiggle Its Way into Your Heart

If Robocop had a pet, it would be Robosnake. This adorable 3D Printed snake wiggles like an inchworm and is the perfect low maintenance pet.

Making a Wind Turbine Out of Spare 3D Printer Parts

Making a Wind Turbine Out of Spare 3D Printer Parts

Turning a old whirlygig fence spinner into a power-generating wind turbine.

Epic 3D Printed Baby Rattler Sword

Epic 3D Printed Baby Rattler Sword

Look, it's baby's first rattler sword!

Solidoodle Bows Out of 3D Printing

Solidoodle Bows Out of 3D Printing

After various setbacks, Solidoodle is suspending operations. For customers whose orders had not been fulfilled, New Matter is stepping in.

How to Get a Weathered Metal Finish on Your 3D Printed Props

How to Get a Weathered Metal Finish on Your 3D Printed Props

Here are Brian Westgate's tips for creating a weathered metal finish on your next 3D printed prop.

Customize and Print 3D Picture Books for Visually Impaired Kids

Customize and Print 3D Picture Books for Visually Impaired Kids

Most kids get their first intro to reading through picture books — now, Tom Yeh wants to bring picture books to kids with visual impairments.

Autodesk's Project Escher Uses Multiple 3D Print Heads for Massive Jobs

Autodesk’s Project Escher Uses Multiple 3D Print Heads for Massive Jobs

Autodesk's Project Escher is an assembly line of independent 3D printers to make printing faster and more efficient.

Can You Fix Your Own Teeth with 3D Printed Retainers?

Can You Fix Your Own Teeth with 3D Printed Retainers?

A college student scans, molds, and vacuum forms his own 3D printed retainers

DIY 3D Printing Aficionados Share their Passion at the Midwest RepRap Festival

DIY 3D Printing Aficionados Share their Passion at the Midwest RepRap Festival

The Midwest RepRap Festival is happening this weekend in Goshen, Indiana. Come by if you're interested in DIY 3D printing.

Watch the Digital Design of This Swaying 3D Printed Dress

Watch the Digital Design of This Swaying 3D Printed Dress

Check out the latest 3D printed dress from Nervous System and learn more about how museums are recognizing the artistry of fashion tech.

Designer Troy Huang 3D Printed an Amazing NYC Cityscape Desk

Designer Troy Huang 3D Printed an Amazing NYC Cityscape Desk

You've probably seen hundreds of maps of New York. But have you ever seen the Big Apple as a scaled, glow in the dark, 3D model?

The Comprehensive Guide to Building a Realistic R2-D2 Replica

The Comprehensive Guide to Building a Realistic R2-D2 Replica

Learn how to build your own R2-D2 and join a dedicated community of Makers bringing Star Wars astromech droids to life. This comprehensive guide will get you started!

15 Fantastic Project Enclosures

15 Fantastic Project Enclosures

Fight the drab tyranny of the beige box with these inspiring ideas for project enclosures

How Modding Nerf Blasters Became a 3D Printing Business

How Modding Nerf Blasters Became a 3D Printing Business

What started as a quest for nerf-aided vengeance has turned into a robust 3D Printing business dedicated to modifying off-the-shelf nerf guns.

How to 3D Print Your Own Leather Tooling Stamps

How to 3D Print Your Own Leather Tooling Stamps

Create and 3D print your own custom leather tooling stamps.

This Robot Prints Tactile Maps for the Blind

This Robot Prints Tactile Maps for the Blind

Linespace is the 3D Printing technology that creates tactile maps on demand for the blind.

3D Print the Spaceships from Syfy Channel's "The Expanse"

3D Print the Spaceships from Syfy Channel’s “The Expanse”

Are we on the verge of a future where we can 3D print the fantastic worlds that we see on TV?

3D Printing Finds a Place in the Playroom at New York Toy Fair

3D Printing Finds a Place in the Playroom at New York Toy Fair

3D printing is becoming safer and easier for children, and toy companies are taking notice.

Just How Noisy Is the 3D Printed Winner of the "Make it Loud" Contest?

Just How Noisy Is the 3D Printed Winner of the “Make it Loud” Contest?

We tested the winning whistle design of the "Make It Loud" 3D printing contest. So just how loud is it?

Score a Bundle of Make: Books to Benefit Maker Ed

Score a Bundle of Make: Books to Benefit Maker Ed

When you "pay what you want" in our latest Drone and 3D Printing Humble Bundle deal, you help out the education efforts of Maker Ed.

3D Print a Working Watch

3D Print a Working Watch

Is 3D printing technology now reliable enough to print a sophisticated watch?

We're Stoked for These 2 New Features in Meshmixer

We’re Stoked for These 2 New Features in Meshmixer

3D printing with multiple materials? Want to turn your 3D designs into flat patterns? Then you'll be as excited as we were for Meshmixer 3.

Carbon Filters Get 3D Printable Makeover for Global Clean Water Initiative

Carbon Filters Get 3D Printable Makeover for Global Clean Water Initiative

Faircap is the 3D printable filtration system that screws into a standard water jug.

3D Print This Incredible Superhero Mask from Zortrax

3D Print This Incredible Superhero Mask from Zortrax

Zortrax recently released STL files for a superhero mask complete with display stand — print 40 pieces and then snap and screw them together.

Create a Custom Bokeh for Crazy Cool Photo Effects

Create a Custom Bokeh for Crazy Cool Photo Effects

Create bokeh in whatever shape you want with 3D printed lens cover.

Watch: How I Added Foot Controls to the Xbox One

Watch: How I Added Foot Controls to the Xbox One

Make:'s Caleb Kraft shares video walkthroughs of his build process for adding foot pedals to an Xbox One controller.

Mcor ARKe Brings Full Color 3D Printing to the Desktop

Mcor ARKe Brings Full Color 3D Printing to the Desktop

Today at CES, Mcor announced their brand new entry into the desktop 3D printing market, the ARKe. The ARKe brings full color 3D printing to the home, office, or classroom, along with a new type of additive manufacturing that we have not seen in the desktop market thus far.

Ultimaker Unveils 2+ Line with Extruder Improvements

Ultimaker Unveils 2+ Line with Extruder Improvements

This week at CES, Ultimaker announced a new line of printers with better nozzles, extruders, and cooling.

Bye Bye Cubify, 3D Systems Discontinues Consumer Division

Bye Bye Cubify, 3D Systems Discontinues Consumer Division

3d systems discontinues the consumer line of printers

Your Favorite Obscure Star Wars Droid Is Now a 3D Printed Charger

Your Favorite Obscure Star Wars Droid Is Now a 3D Printed Charger

The GNK droid from Star Wars is immortalized as this 3D printed cell phone charger.

3D Print Custom Stamps Using Inkscape and OpenSCAD

3D Print Custom Stamps Using Inkscape and OpenSCAD

You don't need to carve your own custom stamps when you have a 3D printer.

Great Gifts: 3D Print These Useful Stocking Stuffers

Great Gifts: 3D Print These Useful Stocking Stuffers

These small gifts are perfect to print in the days leading up to Christmas Eve, and small enough to stuff in someone's stocking.

Review: At $150, Simplify3D Software is Worth It, for Some

Review: At $150, Simplify3D Software is Worth It, for Some

Simplify3D is a slicer that offers speed and reliability for 3D Printing, but is it right for you?

3D Print the Make: Raspberry Pi Zero Case

3D Print the Make: Raspberry Pi Zero Case

3D print this Raspberry Pi Zero case to protect your new board from bumps and debris.

4 Upcoming 3D Printers We Can't Wait to Get Our Hands On

4 Upcoming 3D Printers We Can’t Wait to Get Our Hands On

Sure, we all enjoy seeing a few iterative improvements on new models, but what really gets us excited are those printers that are slated to change the game completely.

3D Print Your Own Flex-Neck Lamp

3D Print Your Own Flex-Neck Lamp

Learn how to 3D print and wire this flex-neck lamp.

Contest: Design and 3D Print an Ornament, Win an Ultimaker!

Contest: Design and 3D Print an Ornament, Win an Ultimaker!

Think you can 3D print the best holiday ornament? Share your design with the community and enter to win fun prizes from Make: and Ultimaker!

Apple Just Patented a Full Color 3D Printer Concept

Apple Just Patented a Full Color 3D Printer Concept

The US Patent Office just granted the tech giant a patent on a two-headed, full-color printer design.

A RepRap Family Tree: Tracking the Printers That Started it All

A RepRap Family Tree: Tracking the Printers That Started it All

RepRap project is a symbiotic relationship: they would produce our goods at a low cost while we would provide the help they needed to reproduce themselves.

6 Exotic Filaments You Should Try in Your 3D Printer

6 Exotic Filaments You Should Try in Your 3D Printer

3D printing with standard plastics is amazing in its own right, but printing with alternative filaments is a step up to a new level.

Cheat Sheet: CNC and 3D Printing Software Terms

Cheat Sheet: CNC and 3D Printing Software Terms

Make sense of all the fabrication terms and acronyms.

Don't Miss These 3D Printing and CNC Machine Black Friday Deals

Don’t Miss These 3D Printing and CNC Machine Black Friday Deals

We found a great collection of 3d printing deals for black friday

Over 100 3D Printing Projects for Your Home

Over 100 3D Printing Projects for Your Home

Check out our massive collection of fun, clever, and useful objects for your home, all free and ready for 3D printing

How to Design and 3D Print Your Own Custom Gaming Miniatures

How to Design and 3D Print Your Own Custom Gaming Miniatures

Learn how to combine 3D models in Meshmixer to make your own miniatures.

Art at the Heart of Canada: Ottawa Maker Faire Gets Crafty

Art at the Heart of Canada: Ottawa Maker Faire Gets Crafty

Robots that feed you, light channeled through gelatin, and "cellfies" (photos you take of your cells) impress at Ottawa Maker Faire.

Design Tool for 3D-Printable Robots from Disney Research

Design Tool for 3D-Printable Robots from Disney Research

Disney, in partnership with Carnegie Mellon, shows off very exciting software for creating 3D-printable robots.

Sundial Casts Digital Display — No Electronics Needed

Sundial Casts Digital Display — No Electronics Needed

The angled holes in this cool 3D printed Sundial casts a shadow that looks like a digital clock display.

Join Us: East Coast Launch Party for the 2015 Digital Fabrication Guide

Join Us: East Coast Launch Party for the 2015 Digital Fabrication Guide

Join some of Make:'s expert testers in Rhode Island to kick off the release of our 2015 digital fabrication guide.

This 3D Printed Telescope Is Powered by Raspberry Pi

This 3D Printed Telescope Is Powered by Raspberry Pi

We talked to Mark Wrigley about the PiKon telescope, a low-cost telescope kit using 3D printed components, and a Raspberry Pi Camera.

Velleman Vertex 3D Printer Kit: Two Extruders, Solid Value

Velleman Vertex 3D Printer Kit: Two Extruders, Solid Value

This dual-head 3D printer kit from Velleman gets solid results at a low price.

Here Are This Year's Winners from Make:'s Digital Fabrication Shootout

Here Are This Year’s Winners from Make:’s Digital Fabrication Shootout

This year's best performing desktop digital fabrication machines from Make:'s annual shootout.

12 More 3D Print Projects for Halloween

12 More 3D Print Projects for Halloween

Bust out the 3D printer for these creepy last-minute Halloween decorations.

Turning a Tape Gun Into a Prototyping Machine

Turning a Tape Gun Into a Prototyping Machine

Researchers at a German computer lab create a real-world wireframe graphics printer out of a packing tape gun.

The Best 3D Printing Troubleshooting Guide

The Best 3D Printing Troubleshooting Guide

This troubleshooting guide is a must-have resource for any 3D printer.

3D Print a Spooky Light-Up Pumpkin Desk Ornament

3D Print a Spooky Light-Up Pumpkin Desk Ornament

This cute pumpkin desk ornament can be 3D printed. Next, add an LED strip to give it a spooky glow.

Recreating the Past with Archeological 3D Printing

Recreating the Past with Archeological 3D Printing

Virginia Commonwealth University and Jamestown Rediscovery allows visitors to experience the past by 3D printing archaeological artifacts.

Party at the Maker Media Lab: Celebrate the 2015 Digital Fabrication Issue

Party at the Maker Media Lab: Celebrate the 2015 Digital Fabrication Issue

Our 2015 Digital Fabrication Issue will hit newsstands soon, so we're inviting Makers (you!) to come demo machines and nab a copy of the issue.

BB-8 3D Printed Parts

Progress Report: Secretive Club Designing, 3D Printing a Full-Size BB-8

In preparation for Episode VII, a secretive BB-8 Builders Club has created STL files for building a life-size BB-8 droid.

Personalize Your Pumpkin with Mr Potato Head-Style Add-Ons

Personalize Your Pumpkin with Mr Potato Head-Style Add-Ons

Sure, carving your pumpkin is fine, but you can bring it to the next level with 3D printed pieces inspired by Mr Potato Head.

Inventor Reveals the Secrets Behind His Attacknid Walking Robot Toys

Inventor Reveals the Secrets Behind His Attacknid Walking Robot Toys

See how the inventor of the Attacknid walking robotic toy took his ideas from prototypes to products.

10 Spooky 3D Printed Halloween Props and Decorations

10 Spooky 3D Printed Halloween Props and Decorations

We gather 10 of the spookiest Halloween props, decorations, and accessories made with 3D printing.

3D Printing a Robust Cubesat for Space-Bound Dev Boards

3D Printing a Robust Cubesat for Space-Bound Dev Boards

We talk to Craig Kief and Brian Zufelt from COSMIAC about their plans not just to fly the Raspberry Pi into orbit, but to 3D print the satellite that's going to take it there.

New Prosthetic Arms Are Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars Themed

New Prosthetic Arms Are Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars Themed

These 3D printed prosthetics look like they came right out of Iron Man, Frozen, and Star Wars.

Makerbot Lays Off 20% of Its Staff for the 2nd Time This Year

Makerbot Lays Off 20% of Its Staff for the 2nd Time This Year

Makerbot, one of the most recognizable names in the 3d printing industry, has had a really tough year.

Paddle Battle: 3D Printed Boats Race in Tiny Moats

Paddle Battle: 3D Printed Boats Race in Tiny Moats

The Moat Boat Paddle Battle was a wild success at World Maker Faire in New York this past weekend. Teams competed for 3D printers awarded by SeeMeCNC.

NASA Announces Winners of 3D Printed Habitat Challenge

NASA Announces Winners of 3D Printed Habitat Challenge

During Maker Faire Bay Area NASA announced a new $2.25 million competition to design and build a 3D printed habitat intended for deep space exploration. Today winners of the first stage of the competition were announced here at Maker Faire New York.

Print in Braille, and Other 3D Printing Announcements from World Maker Faire

Print in Braille, and Other 3D Printing Announcements from World Maker Faire

As the 2015 Faire kicks off this year at the New York Hall of Science, here are some of new developments in fabrication rolling out.

Dremel Takes Its 3D Printer to School

Dremel Takes Its 3D Printer to School

Dremel is targeting its 3D printer to teachers right down to providing professionally developed lesson plans.

3D Print a Supersized Seven-Segment Clock

3D Print a Supersized Seven-Segment Clock

Building your own clock is practically a rite of passage as a Maker. 3D-print this Arduino-based desktop clock with a jumbo seven-segment LED display that glows from within.

Review: Formlabs' Brand New 3D Printer, the Form 2

Review: Formlabs’ Brand New 3D Printer, the Form 2

The new flagship resin-based 3D printer from Formlabs features an expanded build volume along with a number of other surprises.

2 Expert Tips to Give Your 3D Prints Smooth, Colorful Finishes

2 Expert Tips to Give Your 3D Prints Smooth, Colorful Finishes

Most 3D prints have the same ridged, textured finish to them due to the nature of extruders. Find out how to customize your prints with these techniques.

Easy LED Jumble Box Creates Colorful Chaos

Easy LED Jumble Box Creates Colorful Chaos

This easy project shows you how to set up a handful of LEDs inside a transparent container for hours of fun.

It Took 100 Hours to 3D Print This 2-Bedroom Villa

It Took 100 Hours to 3D Print This 2-Bedroom Villa

This luxury 2-bedroom villa in the Philippines was constructed with a specialized 3D printer. Its next project? 3D printing low income housing.

Detailed Breakdown: How Carbon Fiber Filament Ruins 3D Printer Nozzles

Detailed Breakdown: How Carbon Fiber Filament Ruins 3D Printer Nozzles

It's a known fact that some filaments cause extra wear on 3D printer nozzles. E3D decided to test the effects of carbon fiber. Here's what they found.

Light Up Your 3D Prints with Glow in the Dark Filament Techniques

Light Up Your 3D Prints with Glow in the Dark Filament Techniques

This new glow in the dark filament will have your 3D prints looking phosphorescent.

Commemorate the Pluto Flyby with This 3D Printable Plaque

Commemorate the Pluto Flyby with This 3D Printable Plaque

Todd Blatt was inspired by the new detailed images of Pluto and decided to make a 3D printable plaque. Download the STL file today!

Watch: Optimus Prime Birthday Cake Actually Transforms

Watch: Optimus Prime Birthday Cake Actually Transforms

Watch this real cake with a 3D printed frame transform from a truck to a robot, just like Optimus Prime.

Recreate a 140-Year-Old Brushless Motor on a 3D Printer

Recreate a 140-Year-Old Brushless Motor on a 3D Printer

3D-print this 1872 replica Electro-Magnetic Engine that works like your drone's modern motors.

Guy Builds 3D Printed Resume So Big, He Has to Ship it By Freight

Guy Builds 3D Printed Resume So Big, He Has to Ship it By Freight

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.

3D Print 10 Materials at Once with MIT's New MultiFab

3D Print 10 Materials at Once with MIT’s New MultiFab

Researchers at MIT recently introduced MultiFab, a multi-material printer technology capable of print in ten different materials at once.

Print with Glass Using MIT's New Molten Glass Extruder

Print with Glass Using MIT’s New Molten Glass Extruder

Mediated Matter from MIT has created a new molten glass extruder that is 3D printing objects fit for a museum.

Baby Princess Leia Rocks This Mini Star Wars Speeder Bike

Baby Princess Leia Rocks This Mini Star Wars Speeder Bike

Australian Maker dad Tez Gelmir decided to build a Star Wars speeder bike for his daughter’s first birthday.

3D Print Your Own Stepper Motor

3D Print Your Own Stepper Motor

Learn how one Maker created his own stepper motor using a 3D printer, an Arduino, and a few materials picked up from the hardware store.

Dismantle a Toy to Create Your Own 3D Printed Swinging Makey

Dismantle a Toy to Create Your Own 3D Printed Swinging Makey

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.

E3D and LittleBox Partner to Crowdfund New Power Printer BigBox

E3D and LittleBox Partner to Crowdfund New Power Printer BigBox

The BigBox is a collaboration between the E3D team and Kickstarter alumni LittleBox whose promising Kickstarter campaign ends this Sunday.

NASA Releases 3D Printable Files for Pint-Sized Curiosity Mars Rover

NASA Releases 3D Printable Files for Pint-Sized Curiosity Mars Rover

Curiosity might just be our favorite Martian robot. This week, NASA has released files to 3D print your very own Curiosity rover.

This New Printer Works in the Lonely Vacuum of Outer Space

This New Printer Works in the Lonely Vacuum of Outer Space

An organization called Made In Space has announced that they've made a breakthrough in 3D printing within a vacuum.

You Won't Believe this Beautiful Melodica Is 3D Printed

You Won’t Believe this Beautiful Melodica Is 3D Printed

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.

Knee Deep in PLA: Our 2015 3D Fabrication Shootout Kicks Off

Knee Deep in PLA: Our 2015 3D Fabrication Shootout Kicks Off

The fourth annual Make: 3D printer test is officially underway. This weekend we'll test printers, CNC machines, and laser and vinyl cutters.

3D Print This Elegant Cold Brew Coffee Maker

3D Print This Elegant Cold Brew Coffee Maker

Jonathan Odom proves his love for cold caffeinated beverages with this cold brew coffee maker he pieced together using 3D printed fittings.

How to Build a No-Screws, Snap-Together, 3D Printed R/C Car

How to Build a No-Screws, Snap-Together, 3D Printed R/C Car

3D print and snap together this little race car with a brushless motor, Flutter wireless microcontrollers, and a few bucks of filament.

Tips for 3D Printing Press-Fit Parts

Tips for 3D Printing Press-Fit Parts

Learn how to 3D print press-fit parts so you can snap together an easy assembly for your next build.

Review: Printrbot Metal Plus

Review: Printrbot Metal Plus

Following the metal-framed makeover of its smaller simple sibling, the Printrbot Metal Plus transitions from a laser-cut wood frame to a new, beautiful powder-coated metal housing. The sturdy frame offers a number of upgrades over the previous generation, getting great results in our tests. It holds a z-axis that’s been […]

Rubber Bands and Fishing Line Make a Low-Budget 3D Printer

Rubber Bands and Fishing Line Make a Low-Budget 3D Printer

Jeffrey Kerr (aka Lobo CNC) is on a mission to make the cheapest DIY 3D printer possible. His current design is the Delta-T v0.3 a non-Cartesian 3D printer in the delta style that uses only a handful of easily sourced parts, including: acrylic, aluminum tubing, stepper motors, an extruder, fishing line, […]

Automating a Filament Colorizer to a 3D Printer

Automating a Filament Colorizer to a 3D Printer

During my second week as an artist in residence at the Maker Media Lab, I decided to explore designing and creating a filament colorizer.

MakerBot Faces Class Action Lawsuit Over Faulty Extruders

MakerBot Faces Class Action Lawsuit Over Faulty Extruders

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 […]

3D Printed Giant Miniature Walking Robot Tank

3D Printed Giant Miniature Walking Robot Tank

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 […]

Skill Builder: Convert a STL File for Laser Cutting

Skill Builder: Convert a STL File for Laser Cutting

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.

My First Week as an Artist in Residence at the Maker Media Lab

My First Week as an Artist in Residence at the Maker Media Lab

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 […]

Big Updates for Cura, Slic3r, and Other 3D Printing Slicers

Big Updates for Cura, Slic3r, and Other 3D Printing Slicers

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.

Check Out the Open Source Chassis that will Bring 3D-Printed Cars to the Streets

Check Out the Open Source Chassis that will Bring 3D-Printed Cars to the Streets

Today Local Motors announces the winner of its design challenge, Project [Redacted], for a four-seater based on a 3D-printable template.

Building a Robot Arm Part 4: Adding Control with an Arduino

Building a Robot Arm Part 4: Adding Control with an Arduino

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 […]

Solving A Molding Conundrum: How to Really Print Sphere Molds

Solving A Molding Conundrum: How to Really Print Sphere Molds

Learn how to model sphere molds in CAD so that it minimizes undercut.

Formlabs Releases Tough New Resin for 3D Printing

Formlabs Releases Tough New Resin for 3D Printing

Formlabs has been steadily releasing new materials that each provide a new property to their users. Now, Formlabs has added a new resin to join Clear, Flexible, and Castable: Tough.

3D Print Your Own Marble Machine

3D Print Your Own Marble Machine

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 […]

Watch Your Favorite Song Transform into a 3D Model

Watch Your Favorite Song Transform into a 3D Model

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 […]

Skill Builder: Designing Dual Extrusion 3D Printed Parts

Skill Builder: Designing Dual Extrusion 3D Printed Parts

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 […]

New 3D Printer Uses Molten Glass

New 3D Printer Uses Molten Glass

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 […]

Building a Robot Arm Part 2: Designing the Solid Base

Building a Robot Arm Part 2: Designing the Solid Base

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 […]

Amaze Balls: Casting Hollow Spheres in a Mold

Amaze Balls: Casting Hollow Spheres in a Mold

This is a tutorial on how to make a silicone mold of a hollow, spherical form. It is part of a larger project, so I hope the reader will enjoy some background information to put it in context. Project Background I became interested in artificial reef technology a few years ago […]

A 3D Printed Super Car the Top Gear Crowd Would Love

A 3D Printed Super Car the Top Gear Crowd Would Love

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 […]

7 Mad Max Props You Can 3D Print Right Now

7 Mad Max Props You Can 3D Print Right Now

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 […]

InMoov Provides Everything from Prosthetics to Cocktails Around the World

InMoov Provides Everything from Prosthetics to Cocktails Around the World

A global community is contributing expertise to the InMoov Project

Robots Are 3D Printing a Bridge Right Underneath Them

Robots Are 3D Printing a Bridge Right Underneath Them

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 […]

Hypnotic Circular Knitting Machine Weaves Yarn Like Magic

Hypnotic Circular Knitting Machine Weaves Yarn Like Magic

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 […]

Watch this Adorable Duck Waddle and Swim with a 3D Printed Foot

Watch this Adorable Duck Waddle and Swim with a 3D Printed Foot

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 […]

Adafruit Sits Down and Talks with Makerbot's New CEO

Adafruit Sits Down and Talks with Makerbot’s New CEO

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 […]

Building a Robot Arm Part 1: Designing the Arm with CAD Software

Building a Robot Arm Part 1: Designing the Arm with CAD Software

Exploring what is possible with robots and how to design a robot arm.

Build Your Own Resin 3D Printer with Lego

Build Your Own Resin 3D Printer with Lego

Most 3D printers need complex motion systems to draw out the pattern of the object being printed. FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) printers need rigid x/y stages; SLA (Stereolithography) printers use galvanometers to move their laser around; but DLP (Digital Light Processing) printers don’t need any of these — they flash an entire layer at […]

This 3D Printer Mod Lets You Carve Metal With Electricity

This 3D Printer Mod Lets You Carve Metal With Electricity

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 […]

Review: Smooth-On XTC-3D Brush-On Coating for 3D Printed Parts

Review: Smooth-On XTC-3D Brush-On Coating for 3D Printed Parts

Sometimes 3D printed parts look interesting printed in lower resolutions with distinct layer lines. For example, the lines on a 3D printed scale model of a larger part to be CNC routed can represent a visible tool path in scale, but sometimes you want a smoother, more highly-finished part. I […]

Ridiculous Mechanism Punches 3D Prints off Your Printer

Ridiculous Mechanism Punches 3D Prints off Your Printer

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 […]

3Doodler Creator Shares His Experience from Makerspace to Market

3Doodler Creator Shares His Experience from Makerspace to Market

We connect with 3Doodler co-founder Max Bogue to hear about his experiences.

Cutting, Drilling, Sanding, and Printing with Dremel at Maker Faire

Cutting, Drilling, Sanding, and Printing with Dremel at Maker Faire

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 […]

HP Announces New Sprout 3D Scanning Platform

HP Announces New Sprout 3D Scanning Platform

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 […]

New Research Allows for Incredibly Colored 3D Prints

New Research Allows for Incredibly Colored 3D Prints

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 […]

Skill Builder: Use Hot Glue to Rescue Your Failing 3D Print

Skill Builder: Use Hot Glue to Rescue Your Failing 3D Print

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 […]

CNC Router Parts Unveils Their New Plasma Table

CNC Router Parts Unveils Their New Plasma Table

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. […]

Reinvent the Wheel with these 3D Printed Bike Parts

Reinvent the Wheel with these 3D Printed Bike Parts

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 […]

Recent Advancements Improve 3D Printed Pharmaceuticals, Chocolate, and Hearts

Recent Advancements Improve 3D Printed Pharmaceuticals, Chocolate, and Hearts

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 […]

Replicate Some Robots with these 3D Printing Projects

Replicate Some Robots with these 3D Printing Projects

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 […]

A 3D Printed Toy with a '90s Transformers Style

A 3D Printed Toy with a ’90s Transformers Style

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 […]

A First Look At The Mosaic Palette At Maker Faire

A First Look At The Mosaic Palette At Maker Faire

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. […]

Help Crowdsource a Giant 3D Printed Edgar Allan Poe Statue

Help Crowdsource a Giant 3D Printed Edgar Allan Poe Statue

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 […]

3D Printed Bionic Claws with MyoWare Muscle Sensors

3D Printed Bionic Claws with MyoWare Muscle Sensors

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 […]

SketchUp and Materialise Partner for 3D Printing Design Optimization

SketchUp and Materialise Partner for 3D Printing Design Optimization

The popular design tool and the additive manufacturing experts team up to allow for optimized 3D printing capabilities of your designs.

Tell Time with this 3D Printed Portable Sundial

Tell Time with this 3D Printed Portable Sundial

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 […]

MIT to Offer Course in Rapid Prototyping

MIT to Offer Course in Rapid Prototyping

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 […]

3D Printed Zoetrope Animates Famous Baroque Painting

3D Printed Zoetrope Animates Famous Baroque Painting

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 […]

A Visually Impaired Mother Sees Her Ultrasound Thanks to 3D Printing

A Visually Impaired Mother Sees Her Ultrasound Thanks to 3D Printing

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 […]

Announcing NASA's 3D Printed Habitat Challenge

Announcing NASA’s 3D Printed Habitat Challenge

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.

New CAD Tool OnShape Is Free for Makers

New CAD Tool OnShape Is Free for Makers

[youtube https://youtu.be/JV8WHJ48Duk] 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 […]

Electroplating 3D Prints Looks Surprisingly Good

Electroplating 3D Prints Looks Surprisingly Good

[youtube https://youtu.be/osbEiWAkPRw] 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 […]

This Week in 3D Printing: Going Mainstream and Saving Lives

This Week in 3D Printing: Going Mainstream and Saving Lives

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 […]

Watch These Kids Go Nuts Making Rube Goldberg Machines

Watch These Kids Go Nuts Making Rube Goldberg Machines

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 […]

Why Handcrafters Should Embrace Digital Fabrication

Why Handcrafters Should Embrace Digital Fabrication

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 […]

On-Demand 3D Printing Service Opens at UPS Hub

On-Demand 3D Printing Service Opens at UPS Hub

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 […]

Incredible Lithophanes Wow Crowds at 3D Print Week

Incredible Lithophanes Wow Crowds at 3D Print Week

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, […]

Review: LulzBot Mini 3D Printer

Review: LulzBot Mini 3D Printer

LulzBot is known for their exceptional engineering, upgradability, and commitment to open source — but not for portability, nor for having a space-saving footprint. Now, the team has released the LulzBot Mini to help those who don’t have the desk space required for their larger Taz, but are looking for many […]

How to 3D-Print Hand Knobs for Any Hex Bolt

How to 3D-Print Hand Knobs for Any Hex Bolt

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 […]

I Used 3D Hubs to Print a Phone Dock. Here's What Happened.

I Used 3D Hubs to Print a Phone Dock. Here’s What Happened.

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 […]

Shawn Thorsson

How a Pro-Grade 3D Printer Helped Evolve My Prop Design Business

What would you do with a professional 3D printer?

Printrbot Announces New Kid-Friendly 3D Printer

Printrbot Announces New Kid-Friendly 3D Printer

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 […]

Spanish Company Scans and 3D Prints Every Resident of Village

Spanish Company Scans and 3D Prints Every Resident of Village

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 […]

3DShook Offers a Curated Collection of 3D Designs

3DShook Offers a Curated Collection of 3D Designs

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 […]

MakerBot Teams With 3D Hubs, Offers Local Thingiverse Prints

MakerBot Teams With 3D Hubs, Offers Local Thingiverse Prints

  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 […]

Disney 3D Prints with Fabric, Makes Soft Interactive Toys

Disney 3D Prints with Fabric, Makes Soft Interactive Toys

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 […]

This Week in 3D Printing: Food, Fashion, and Carbon3D's Funding

This Week in 3D Printing: Food, Fashion, and Carbon3D’s Funding

$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 […]

Fix Discolored 3D Prints with Fire

Fix Discolored 3D Prints with Fire

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 […]

Gigabot Proves Even 3D Printing is Bigger in Texas

Gigabot Proves Even 3D Printing is Bigger in Texas

After their wildy successful first Kickstarter back in 2013, re:3D’s latest iteration of Gigabot, an extra large 3D printer, is Open Gigabot, which currently has two days left on its Kickstarter campaign. The Open Gigabot files are being released on Wevolver, a social enterprise for open source hardware. Make: spoke with re:3D Co-Founder Katy Jeremko about […]

E3D Announces Low-Cost Hot End for 3D Printers

E3D Announces Low-Cost Hot End for 3D Printers

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 […]

Triple Threat: BoXZY Puts Printing, Milling, and Lasers in One Small Box

Triple Threat: BoXZY Puts Printing, Milling, and Lasers in One Small Box

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 […]

Taulman3D Releases New, Super Strong Nylon Filament

Taulman3D Releases New, Super Strong Nylon Filament

Tom Martz of Taulman3D joined the crowds at the Midwest RepRap Fest this past weekend in Goshen, Indiana. While there, Tom took to the stage to present his company’s brand new Alloy 910, a high-strength nylon filament. Alloy 910 came about after Taulman’s corporate clients asked for a stronger nylon […]

3D Printed Shoes and the Coolest Hello World Boards You've Ever Seen at Fab Academy

3D Printed Shoes and the Coolest Hello World Boards You’ve Ever Seen at Fab Academy

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 […]

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Review: Printrbot Simple Maker’s Kit

Review: Printrbot Simple Maker’s Kit

In 2013, Printrbot released the Simple and shook up the consumer 3D printer market. At $299, it smashed the competitions’ lowest price points and created a price war on Kickstarter. To achieve these cost savings, Printrbot created and adopted a few interesting tricks — some worked, some didn’t. Surprisingly for such […]

Out of this World: Milling Meteorite Shoes from Aluminum Foam

Out of this World: Milling Meteorite Shoes from Aluminum Foam

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 […]

Maker Pro News – Drone Ban at SXSW, Open-Source 3DP Resin, and More

Maker Pro News – Drone Ban at SXSW, Open-Source 3DP Resin, and More

“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 […]

Autodesk Acquires 3D Figurine Design Tool Modio, Re-Launches as Tinkerplay

Autodesk Acquires 3D Figurine Design Tool Modio, Re-Launches as Tinkerplay

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 […]

Will This New Technology Make 3D Printers 25 Times Faster?

Will This New Technology Make 3D Printers 25 Times Faster?

  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 […]

A Legal Guide To Licensing Your 3D Printed Files

A Legal Guide To Licensing Your 3D Printed Files

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 […]

Cartesian, Delta, and Polar: The Most Common 3D Printers

Cartesian, Delta, and Polar: The Most Common 3D Printers

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 […]

Keep Your Print Supplies Fresh With This Filament-Of-The-Month Club

Keep Your Print Supplies Fresh With This Filament-Of-The-Month Club

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 […]

Print This Adorable Two-Wheeled, Self-Balancing Robot

Print This Adorable Two-Wheeled, Self-Balancing Robot

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 […]

4-Headed Printer Makes Multiple Parts Simultaneously

4-Headed Printer Makes Multiple Parts Simultaneously

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 […]

Lulzbot Skyrockets, Surprises With Early Taz 5 Release

Lulzbot Skyrockets, Surprises With Early Taz 5 Release

Lulzbot surprised us this week with the announcement of their new iteration of their flagship printer, the Taz 5. Lulzbot claims that explosive growth has allowed them to release their new printer ahead of schedule. Our review of the Taz 4 was released as part of Make 42 in November, its high […]

Helping Those In Need With A Portable 3D Printed Wind Turbine

Helping Those In Need With A Portable 3D Printed Wind Turbine

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 […]

6-Axis Robot-Arm 3D Printer Runs on Arduino, Slings Spiderwebs

6-Axis Robot-Arm 3D Printer Runs on Arduino, Slings Spiderwebs

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 […]

How It Is Made: 3D Printing Filament

How It Is Made: 3D Printing Filament

Have you ever wondered how the filament for your 3D printer was made? We got a chance to go frolic in a warehouse where that exact thing was being done. While pretty much anyone who is familiar with 3D printing may know the basics, there are probably a point or […]

Video: Teenage NASA Employee Creates Mind-Control Bionic Arm

Video: Teenage NASA Employee Creates Mind-Control Bionic Arm

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 […]

Stuck Inside? Print These 9 Practical and Playful Snow Solutions

Stuck Inside? Print These 9 Practical and Playful Snow Solutions

Snowball throwers, hiking cleats, RC-car hacks, and more.

Pro Tip: You Can 3D Print Parts from McMaster-Carr

Pro Tip: You Can 3D Print Parts from McMaster-Carr

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 […]

Kill Switch: Your Keyboard Needs This Skull-Shaped Esc Button

Kill Switch: Your Keyboard Needs This Skull-Shaped Esc Button

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. […]

Jules Verne Needed This Gorgeous Steampunk 3D Printer

Jules Verne Needed This Gorgeous Steampunk 3D Printer

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 […]

New 3D Printer Filament Brings Lost-Wax Casting To Your Desktop

New 3D Printer Filament Brings Lost-Wax Casting To Your Desktop

  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 […]

Detecting 3D Printed Guns and Other Highlights from the Museum of Science and Industry Manchester

Detecting 3D Printed Guns and Other Highlights from the Museum of Science and Industry Manchester

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 […]

This Web App Easily Turns Your Selfies Into 3D Models

This Web App Easily Turns Your Selfies Into 3D Models

Smoothie-3D is trying to make the 2D-to-3D process easier with their free online modeling tool.

3D Print These Custom Cars And Race Them On Your Tabletop

3D Print These Custom Cars And Race Them On Your Tabletop

  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 […]

Review: CubePro

Review: CubePro

The CubePro would sit nicely in an office beside the company’s large copy/scan/print appliance, where changing the filament cartridges would be akin to changing the toner cartridge.

Review: Cube 3

Review: Cube 3

This is not a machine for people who want to tweak settings and chase the perfect print. The Cube 3 is for someone who wants to print, has no time to waste, and is willing to pay more for plastic for a toolchain that just works.

Voxel8 Demonstrates Its Electronics-Capable 3D Printer at CES 2015

Voxel8 Demonstrates Its Electronics-Capable 3D Printer at CES 2015

We caught up with the Voxel8 team at CES 2015 to see their circuitry-capable 3D printer up close.

Circular Knitic: An Open Hardware Knitting Machine

Circular Knitic: An Open Hardware Knitting Machine

Artist duo Varvara Guljajeva & Mar Canet designed and built an open hardware automated knitting machine called Circular Knitic.

Ultimaker Unveils Big and Small Ultimaker 2s

Ultimaker Unveils Big and Small Ultimaker 2s

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 […]

Formlabs Releases Draft Mode And Smart Supports

Formlabs Releases Draft Mode And Smart Supports

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 […]

3D Systems At CES

3D Systems At CES

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 […]

Losing to My High School Class a Big Win

Losing to My High School Class a Big Win

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 […]

Emailing Hardware into Space

Emailing Hardware into Space

During December the first ever tool was 'emailed' to the International Space Station and now, if you want to, you can print the same wrench on your own 3d printer.

3Doodler Releases New 3D Printing Pen

3Doodler Releases New 3D Printing Pen

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 […]

Hoover Releases 3D Printed Accessories Files

Hoover Releases 3D Printed Accessories Files

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 […]

The Holidays Go High Tech With Unique 3D Printed Christmas Ornaments

The Holidays Go High Tech With Unique 3D Printed Christmas Ornaments

Did you know that you can design or download your own designs and have them pro 3D printed?

Dremel Idea Builder 3D Printer Giveaway: The Winner Announced!

Dremel Idea Builder 3D Printer Giveaway: The Winner Announced!

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 […]

Boston's 3D Printed Drones Meet Up

Boston’s 3D Printed Drones Meet Up

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 […]

3D Printing Brings Schooling Home

3D Printing Brings Schooling Home

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 […]

3D Printed Prosthetics Allow Dog To Run

3D Printed Prosthetics Allow Dog To Run

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 […]

Share Your Idea For A Chance To Win A Dremel Idea Builder 3D Printer!

Share Your Idea For A Chance To Win A Dremel Idea Builder 3D Printer!

Submit your design for a chance to win a Dremel Idea Builder 3D printer

3D Print Your Medical Scan

3D Print Your Medical Scan

Prep CT images to print, using open-source software.

Interview with OctoPrint's Gina Häußge

Interview with OctoPrint’s Gina Häußge

From part-time project to full-time job, we talk to the creator of OctoPrint, a wireless solution for managing your 3D printer.

TechShop and Fujitsu Launch Mobile Makerspace for Student Education

TechShop and Fujitsu Launch Mobile Makerspace for Student Education

The nationwide chain of makerspaces known as the TechShop franchise has partnered up with Fujitsu the Japanese multinational IT equipment manufacturer to produce a mobile makerspace ready to hit the road. Inside the 24 foot trailer is a wide variety of high tech tools including mini 3D printers, laser cutters, […]

3D-Printed Eyeglasses

3D-Printed Eyeglasses

Finally! Design and print your own custom specs using these tricks.

Planning On Buying a 3D Printer This Holiday Season?

Planning On Buying a 3D Printer This Holiday Season?

Is this the year that you are finally going to get a 3D printer? Maybe you’ve already got one and you’re ready to upgrade to the latest and greatest? Our 3D printing section in the Ultimate Gift Guide can help you decide what to buy this year. Who could possibly […]

First Successful 3D Print In Space Completed

First Successful 3D Print In Space Completed

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 […]

Announcing The Ultimate Makers' Gift Guide 2014

Announcing The Ultimate Makers’ Gift Guide 2014

The gift-giving season officially kicks off this week — and we’re here to help with our Ultimate Makers’ Gift Guide for 2014. Our five experts pored over hundreds of items to hand select the bright and shining stars in five of our favorite categories. They’ve double- and triple-checked their list, […]

How Ingocraft Moved From 3D Printing to Injection Molding

How Ingocraft Moved From 3D Printing to Injection Molding

Ingocraft shares how they moved from 3D printing to injection molding for their Kickstarter campaign.

  • Posted by | November 24th, 2014 7:01 AM
Review: Print-Rite CoLiDo 3D Printer

Review: Print-Rite CoLiDo 3D Printer

It’s a good machine for hackers to tinker with. Print-Rite’s CoLiDo 3D Printer is a MakerBot Replicator clone with a twist — it runs G-code instead of .x3g files — allowing for slicer interchangeability.

  • Posted by | November 22nd, 2014 5:26 PM
Review: Idea Builder 3D Printer

Review: Idea Builder 3D Printer

From the exterior packaging and $999 price point, it’s obvious that the Dremel Idea Builder is a product aimed squarely at the mass market. Their design team has clearly thought through the unboxing experience. Inside is a full-color, easy to follow, quick-start guide, two sheets of Dremel-branded BuildTak, and a […]

Review: Airwolf HD, HDx and HD2x 3D Printer

Review: Airwolf HD, HDx and HD2x 3D Printer

The AW3D HD, HDx, and HD2x are the latest additions to Airwolf 3D’s ever-growing printer portfolio, clearly targeted at buyers with (very) deep pockets looking to print big in a wide variety of materials.

Review: TAZ 4 3D Printer

Review: TAZ 4 3D Printer

The LulzBot TAZ 4 was high on my list of printers to test this year. I have always been impressed with the engineering and attention to detail that LulzBot has put into its machines. Having spent some time on the original TAZ during last year’s testing, I wanted to see what improvements […]

Review: Ultimaker 2 3D Printer

Review: Ultimaker 2 3D Printer

Although Ultimaker’s second offering recently celebrated its first birthday, its performance in our Shootout was head and shoulders above the rest of the FFF machines. This is a great machine for those who want to load a model and print without spending hours setting up and tweaking parameters, but it […]

Review: Ultimaker Original+ 3D Printer

Review: Ultimaker Original+ 3D Printer

Same great kit, now with a heated glass bed. Released just over three years ago, the Ultimaker Original kit just keeps getting better.

Review: Replicator 5th Generation 3D Printer

Review: Replicator 5th Generation 3D Printer

It’s immediately obvious upon unpacking the MakerBot Replicator that substantial engineering resources went into this fifth-generation machine’s consumer-focused hardware and software. It sports a large, bright, color LCD interface, mobile or PC app-controlled LAN / wi-fi printing, an internal print-watching camera and a magnetically attached, sensor-packed Smart Extruder. The onboard […]

Review: Form 1+ 3D Printer

Review: Form 1+ 3D Printer

Create highly detailed sculptural prints — fast.

Review: da Vinci 3D Printer

Review: da Vinci 3D Printer

The da Vinci looks and prints exactly like the inexpensive consumer product it is. This is the disposable inkjet of 3D printing. It’s a cheap, (mostly) easy-to-use option for hobbyists and younger students.

Review: Felix 3.0 3D Printer

Review: Felix 3.0 3D Printer

Last year the Felix 2.0 was our “surprise hit.” This year’s model, the fully assembled Felix 3.0 (also available as a kit) has been upgraded with injection-molded parts and a dual-extrusion option, but it retains its portability, minimalist feel, and excellent print surfaces. This machine doesn’t ship with a printed […]

Review: Zortrax M200 3D Printer

Review: Zortrax M200 3D Printer

A great machine for anyone looking for a machine that can print large, precise, and durable prints without requiring a lot of time to fiddle with settings or breaking the bank.

  • Posted by | November 22nd, 2014 4:51 PM
Review: DeeGreen 3D Printer

Review: DeeGreen 3D Printer

A quiet machine, with very reliable automatic bed leveling.

  • Posted by | November 22nd, 2014 4:46 PM
Review: Afinia H480 3D Printer

Review: Afinia H480 3D Printer

Afinia continues to live up to its “easy to use” reputation with their updated H-Series printer. The H480 printer may appear identical to the previous model, but it now includes automatic platform leveling and nozzle height detection. Automatic Calibration Leveling a print bed and setting the extruder height are two […]

  • Posted by | November 22nd, 2014 4:44 PM
Review: Type A 2014 Series 1 3D Printer

Review: Type A 2014 Series 1 3D Printer

Type A Machines’ 2014 Series 1 Edition is its first sleek, tooled, powder-coated aluminum and acrylic paneled printer with the largest build volume (one cubic foot!) of any printer we reviewed. Easy Setup, Minimalistic Controls Type A Machines invested considerable attention in crafting the documentation and unboxing experience. As a […]

Review: BeeTheFirst 3D Printer

Review: BeeTheFirst 3D Printer

Looking for a truly consumer-grade printer that integrates looks and portability with smart design? You’ll find it in BeeTheFirst. Portugal’s BeeVeryCreative provides a fantastic out-of-the-box experience that allows anyone to painlessly enter the world of desktop 3D printing. Neophytes will be up and running quickly and this portable, polished machine […]

Review: B9 Creator v1.2 3D Printer

Review: B9 Creator v1.2 3D Printer

A tinkerer’s machine capable of the finest resolution of printers tested.

Review: Ditto Pro 3D Printer

Review: Ditto Pro 3D Printer

Back for a second year, Vancouver’s Tinkerine Studios has added a shiny new printer to their lineup, the Ditto Pro. We put the bright white machine through its paces and found that there’s a lot to like. Unique Open C Frame Keeping with the open design of their previous Ditto […]

Review: Printrbot Simple Metal 3D Printer

Review: Printrbot Simple Metal 3D Printer

The all-metal construction of the Printrbot Simple Metal feels more like a professional power tool than an entry-level 3D printer. The weight of this small, portable printer gives it a real sense of quality, and the inclusion of a now-standard auto-leveling bed makes it a real step up from its […]

Review: ProJet 1200 3D Printer

Review: ProJet 1200 3D Printer

This tiny, resin-cartridge-fed printer is designed for jewelers and dentists.

Review: Bukito v2 3D Printer

Review: Bukito v2 3D Printer

Hackable, tweakable, and tinkerer-friendly.

Review: Bukobot 8 V2 Duo 3D Printer

Review: Bukobot 8 V2 Duo 3D Printer

This machine landed roughly in the middle of the pack after two days of intensive testing, but its pedigree and construction suggests it could do much better.

Review: SeeMeCNC Orion 3D Printer

Review: SeeMeCNC Orion 3D Printer

Affordable delta arrives (mostly) preassembled, but requires some fine-tuning.

Review: DeltaMaker 3D Printer

Review: DeltaMaker 3D Printer

Simplify your workflow with this minimalistic deltabot.

3D Printer Testing at America Makes: An Old-Fashioned American Shootout

3D Printer Testing at America Makes: An Old-Fashioned American Shootout

A note about and images from the venue of this year's 3D printer testing.

Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing Video: 3D Printing Organs

Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing Video: 3D Printing Organs

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.       […]

3D Printing Topographic Maps Using Lidar

3D Printing Topographic Maps Using Lidar

Designer Whitney Potter tapped into the power to make 3D-printed models of actual geographic topography using the Light Detection and Ranging system

3D Printed Line Following Robots

3D Printed Line Following Robots

The Cannybots are 3d printed line following robots that are Arduino compatible, and controlled via Bluetooth LE.

A 3D World Cup

A 3D World Cup

What if 3D printers competed like soccer teams? With an increasing number of domestic and international entrants, it's almost possible to have a World Cup for 3D printing.

A Working 3D Printed Guitar

A Working 3D Printed Guitar

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 […]

Rapid Roadster

Rapid Roadster

It’s drivable, with a fully 3D-printed body, and it’s available soon.

3D Printers to Watch in 2015

3D Printers to Watch in 2015

Powder based 3D printers are on the verge of hitting the mainstream desktop market. Here are 5 printers to keep an eye on in 2014.

3D Printing Around the Home: The Office

3D Printing Around the Home: The Office

Use 3D printing to create these awesome office upgrades

3D Printing Around The Home: The Kitchen

3D Printing Around The Home: The Kitchen

The Kitchen is often called “The Heart of the Home”. The models in this collection will help you cook, clean, and organize. In the future, maybe the most important tool in this vital room of your home will be your 3D printer. Cooking With the help of your 3D printer, […]

Rainbow Extrusion: Coloring 3D Printer Filament

Rainbow Extrusion: Coloring 3D Printer Filament

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 | November 12th, 2014 5:18 AM
Untether Your  3D Printer

Untether Your 3D Printer

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, […]

Arduino Gets Physical With The Materia 101 3D Printer

Arduino Gets Physical With The Materia 101 3D Printer

We take an early look at the Materia 101, Arduino’s first foray into 3D printers

3D Printing Around The Home: The Bathroom

3D Printing Around The Home: The Bathroom

From fixing your toilet to organizing your sink area, 3D printing can help

Stick It From the Start

Stick It From the Start

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.

ABS or PLA? Choosing The Right Filament

ABS or PLA? Choosing The Right Filament

Understanding the different properties of plastic when choosing filament.

New Kickstarter Promises "World's Most Conductive Filament"

New Kickstarter Promises “World’s Most Conductive Filament”

  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 […]

3D Printing Around The House: In The Yard

3D Printing Around The House: In The Yard

Do some 3D printing for your yard with this great collection of outdoor repair and improvement projects

10 Great Short Prints

10 Great Short Prints

Sometimes you just want fast prints for handouts, demos, or even while exhibiting at Maker Faire! Here’s the 3DP Test Team’s curated list of fast prints that work well on any machine and take very little time.

Print-in-Place: The Additive Holy Grail

Print-in-Place: The Additive Holy Grail

Prepare to 3D print movable parts and joints

Engadget Expand: 3D Printing Edible "Fruits"

Engadget Expand: 3D Printing Edible “Fruits”

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. […]

3D Printing Around The Home: The Game Room

3D Printing Around The Home: The Game Room

From table top gaming to watching a movie, there's probably something you could print to make life easier or your game better

What is Print Quality?

What is Print Quality?

Testing to failure and quantitative methods are more informative than visual inspection

3D Evolution: The State of Printing From Our Review Roundup

3D Evolution: The State of Printing From Our Review Roundup

The new printers are much more polished than their predecessors — but are they as consumer-ready as their finish and packaging suggest?

3D Printed Pen Holder for the Silhouette

3D Printed Pen Holder for the Silhouette

Got a Silhouette paper cutting machine and access to a 3D printer? Make your own pen holder accessory!

Vessel: 3D Printing That Looks Like Woven Baskets

Vessel: 3D Printing That Looks Like Woven Baskets

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 […]

First Layer Problems: Quick Tips For 3D Printing Beginners

First Layer Problems: Quick Tips For 3D Printing Beginners

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 […]

Incredible Insects On The Form 1+ 3D Printer

Incredible Insects On The Form 1+ 3D Printer

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 […]

Autodesk to Call Its 3D Printer "Ember," Premiering in Paris Next Week

Autodesk to Call Its 3D Printer “Ember,” Premiering in Paris Next Week

Autodesk, one of the world's most prominent creative software companies, is launching its first piece of hardware this year.

Turning Your 3D Printer Into A 2D Printer

Turning Your 3D Printer Into A 2D Printer

“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 […]

Wasp's 20-Foot-Tall 3D Printer To Make Mud Houses in Rural Areas

Wasp’s 20-Foot-Tall 3D Printer To Make Mud Houses in Rural Areas

A new Italian company is demonstrating a super-tall, portable machine that will bring 3D-printed dwellings to impoverished regions.

Making a Hexacopter Using The 3Doodler

Making a Hexacopter Using The 3Doodler

Designing and building hexacopters using the 3Doodler 3D printing pen.

55 3D Printers at Maker Faire Rome That You've Never Seen Before

55 3D Printers at Maker Faire Rome That You’ve Never Seen Before

When arriving to Maker Faire Rome last weekend, we expected to find a few new 3D printers, but not this many.

mc squares : Why We Dumped A Commercial Resin Printer For A Hobbyist FDM Printer On Our Prototypes

mc squares : Why We Dumped A Commercial Resin Printer For A Hobbyist FDM Printer On Our Prototypes

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 […]

3D Printing A Samus Aran Costume From Metroid

3D Printing A Samus Aran Costume From Metroid

3D printing and cosplay make a great team with this Samus Aran suit.

Eagle Scout Project: 3D Printing In A Public Library

Eagle Scout Project: 3D Printing In A Public Library

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 […]

3D Printing Tips: Calibrate Your E-Steps

3D Printing Tips: Calibrate Your E-Steps

  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 […]

When in Rome, Eat 3D-Printed Food at Maker Faire

When in Rome, Eat 3D-Printed Food at Maker Faire

At Maker Faire Rome, attendees will be confronted with 3D printed food — and may even get a taste.

Arduino Leaks a Peek of Their Upcoming 3D Printer

Arduino Leaks a Peek of Their Upcoming 3D Printer

The company will present their new Arduino Materia 101 at Maker Faire Rome next weekend.

3D Printed Rockets Launched at NASA Goddard (Video)

3D Printed Rockets Launched at NASA Goddard (Video)

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 […]

3D Printing Optical Lenses With Formlabs

3D Printing Optical Lenses With Formlabs

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 […]

Smoothing Out Your 3D Prints With Acetone Vapor

Smoothing Out Your 3D Prints With Acetone Vapor

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 […]

The Idosyncratic Products of Stern Design Works

The Idosyncratic Products of Stern Design Works

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.

Playing With Dremel's 3D Printer: Slideshow

Playing With Dremel’s 3D Printer: Slideshow

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. […]

First Fused-Filament, Fully-Electric Vehicle

First Fused-Filament, Fully-Electric Vehicle

The Strati (Italian for layers) is the world's first carbon fiber, 3D printed, fully-electric car.

The Idea Builder: Dremel Releases a Mass-Market 3D Printer

The Idea Builder: Dremel Releases a Mass-Market 3D Printer

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.

Interview With Made In Space: the 3D Printer For The Space Station

Interview With Made In Space: the 3D Printer For The Space Station

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 […]

Functional Printing: James M Bryant Edition

Functional Printing: James M Bryant Edition

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 […]

Pi Top: 3D printed, Full Sized, Raspberry Pi Laptop

Pi Top: 3D printed, Full Sized, Raspberry Pi Laptop

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 […]

Functional Printing: Camera rigs, Toothpaste Keys and More

Functional Printing: Camera rigs, Toothpaste Keys and More

Its not just trinkets and toys, 3d printers actually are useful. Here are a few functional things people are printing.

Drawing a Dress With a 3D-Printing Pen

Drawing a Dress With a 3D-Printing Pen

Dresses usually start out as drawings, but this incredible dress made by Hong Kong fashion designers SHIGO actually ended up as one.

Bre Pettis Stepping Down As CEO of MakerBot To Head Up New Department

Bre Pettis Stepping Down As CEO of MakerBot To Head Up New Department

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 […]

3D Printed Clay Art of Oliver Van Herpt

Oliver van Herpt has created an impressive 3D printer that can make elegant and complex clay pots in a matter of hours. Could this spark a boom in the pottery market?

Hand Made Jewelry Through “Lost-Wax” Casting Methods

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.

Coming Soon To New York: An Entire 3D Printed Estate

Coming Soon To New York: An Entire 3D Printed Estate

With all the recent attention being shown to the 3D printed castle, it was brought to our attention that there is another very impressive contender in the 3D printed structures area. This isn’t a 3D printed club house, not just a 3D printed building, but rather an entire 3D printed […]

Plan B 3D Printer, DIY Ink Jet Based Powder Printing

Plan B 3D Printer, DIY Ink Jet Based Powder Printing

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 […]

Castle 3D Printed With Concrete In Someone's Yard

Castle 3D Printed With Concrete In Someone’s Yard

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 […]

Gorgeous 3D Printed Prosthetic Born of Boredom

Gorgeous 3D Printed Prosthetic Born of Boredom

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 […]

Sintratec: Affordable Home SLS Printer Coming Soon

Sintratec: Affordable Home SLS Printer Coming Soon

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 […]

Numitron Tube Watch With 3D Printed Case

Numitron Tube Watch With 3D Printed Case

Inventor Johannes designed his own watch using Numitron tubes mounted to 900 soldered PCBs. The watches case was 3D printed using transparent PLM filament.

Fractal Lamp Design Based Off Of Koch Vases

Fractal Lamp Design Based Off Of Koch Vases

The Fractal Lamp was designed using an IKEA dioder lamp with customized 3D printed and laser-cut parts. A customized control box adjusts the desired color of lamp, giving it a unique look.

3D Printed PayPal Coin Bank

3D Printed PayPal Coin Bank

If you've ever transferred money to your PayPal account, and immediately wanted it back, then maybe you can relate to this physical manifestation of a PayPal account created by Japanese artist nukeme.

How Failing Fast Helps You Succeed: A Glimpse at the Process of Designing Hardware

How Failing Fast Helps You Succeed: A Glimpse at the Process of Designing Hardware

  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 | August 18th, 2014 1:01 PM
Forget Your Fancy Tools. Awesome War Of The Worlds Tripod Lamp for $30

Forget Your Fancy Tools. Awesome War Of The Worlds Tripod Lamp for $30

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 […]

3D Printed Bracelet Illuminates On The Beat

3D Printed Bracelet Illuminates On The Beat

Maker Michael Barretta created an LED bracelet that is responsive to sound by combining the technology of light organs and Adafruit’s GEMMA microcontroller. The result is groovy.

3D Printed Combat Motion Sculpture

3D Printed Combat Motion Sculpture

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 […]

Build a $700 Ceramic Spitting Delta 3D Printer

Build a $700 Ceramic Spitting Delta 3D Printer

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.

MAKE's "3D Printing Review Weekend" Begins in Ohio!

MAKE’s “3D Printing Review Weekend” Begins in Ohio!

The Make: magazine crew has landed in Youngstown, Ohio and we are busy setting up 23 3D printers for review! Led by our Digital Fabrication Editor, Anna Kaziunas France, (and 17 testers from around the world) we will start testing Friday morning, and will continue throughout the weekend. We’ve partnered up […]

The First Museum-Quality 3D-Printed Whale Fossil

The First Museum-Quality 3D-Printed Whale Fossil

This true facsimile of a prehistoric whale is a treasure from the past in two places at once.

  • Posted by | July 17th, 2014 4:01 PM
Yarn Bowl

Yarn Bowl

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 […]

3D Printed Jewelry Goes Upscale

3D Printed Jewelry Goes Upscale

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 […]

MakerBot Releases IPad App For Easy 3D Printing

MakerBot Releases IPad App For Easy 3D Printing

The goal: enable new users to accomplish the easy stuff, score some early wins, and gain some momentum.

US Legal Lessons from Canada's First STL IP Infringement Case

US Legal Lessons from Canada’s First STL IP Infringement Case

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.

Discov3ry: Upgrade your 3D Printer For Icing And More

Discov3ry: Upgrade your 3D Printer For Icing And More

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, […]

Summer Prints in the Maker Shed!

Summer Prints in the Maker Shed!

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 […]

New Makers Building Parts for the Space Station

New Makers Building Parts for the Space Station

One of the initiatives announced by President Obama today at the White House Maker Faire will allow middle and high school students access to the first 3d printer to be flown aboard the ISS.

3D Light Painting With A 3D Printer

3D Light Painting With A 3D Printer

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 […]

Recreating A UFO Light With A 3D Printer

Recreating A UFO Light With A 3D Printer

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 […]

Faster, Finer: Formlabs Updates its Flagship 3D Printer

Faster, Finer: Formlabs Updates its Flagship 3D Printer

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.

Leapfrog 3D Printer Giveaway Makes Father's Day BIG

Leapfrog 3D Printer Giveaway Makes Father’s Day BIG

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 […]

Model, Modify, and Make ModULO

Model, Modify, and Make ModULO

When Evil Ninja Monster Ballerinas attack - ModULO can save the day! Build this 3D printed robot action figure for yourself.

Darth Chocolates

Darth Chocolates

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 […]

You Wouldn't 3D Print A Car — Until Now

You Wouldn’t 3D Print A Car — Until Now

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.

Autodesk Announces Open DLP 3D Printer and Spark API

Autodesk Announces Open DLP 3D Printer and Spark API

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.

GoPro Cannon Cam

Take astonishing videos from high above — and look out below.

Building a Better FrisbeeCam

Building a Better FrisbeeCam

Have you ever wondered what the world looks like from a frisbee? Build a FrisbeeCam and find out.

Stress Testing Injected Hot Glue for Solid, Fast, Cheap 3D Prints

Stress Testing Injected Hot Glue for Solid, Fast, Cheap 3D Prints

Can you make solid, functional prints quickly and cheaply by printing them hollow and filling them with hot glue? Yes, you can.

Bringing 3D Printing to Congress and Beyond

Bringing 3D Printing to Congress and Beyond

The thing about a big disruptive technology is that it disrupts some people who like the way things are. And, eventually, every big disruption starts to catch the attention of the government.

Riding the Wave of Rapid Prototyping: Reinventing the Ear Plug

Riding the Wave of Rapid Prototyping: Reinventing the Ear Plug

The makers behind SurfEars have created revolutionary ear protection for the water sport enthusiast.

CNC Machining Contest Winner: Viva La Four Axis Delta Router!

CNC Machining Contest Winner: Viva La Four Axis Delta Router!

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.

The Makerspace Workbench at the NoVa Mini Maker Faire

The Makerspace Workbench at the NoVa Mini Maker Faire

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.

Eat Your 3D Prints

Eat Your 3D Prints

They're almost too pretty to put in your mouth.

  • Posted by | March 20th, 2014 10:00 AM
MAKE Author Talks 3D Printing at New York's Museum of Arts and Design

MAKE Author Talks 3D Printing at New York’s Museum of Arts and Design

Carla Diana, author of Leo the Maker Prince, is doing a hands-on residency sponsored by Shapeways.

Print the Legend: Exclusive First Look Preview

Print the Legend: Exclusive First Look Preview

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".

Calling All Austin Makers! SXSW 3D Printed Scavenger Hunt

Calling All Austin Makers! SXSW 3D Printed Scavenger Hunt

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!

Baby Gwar or Brony-Punk? Fabulous Flexible Cyberpunk Spikes

Baby Gwar or Brony-Punk? Fabulous Flexible Cyberpunk Spikes

Ready to light up the night in style? Make and wear these glowing, animated and comfortably limber desktop 3D printable accessories.

The Pocket Drone: A Kickstarter Success Story

The Pocket Drone: A Kickstarter Success Story

How do you create the most successful crowdfunded drone campaign ever? Ask the maker, Pocket Drone's T.J. Johnson.

The Amyloid Project: Science Meets Art

The Amyloid Project: Science Meets Art

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 […]

ThreeForm Scans and Prints Articulated Gymnast Ensembles

ThreeForm Scans and Prints Articulated Gymnast Ensembles

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.

Add Patterns to 3D-Printed Objects with Hydrographic Film

Add Patterns to 3D-Printed Objects with Hydrographic Film

Tap this technique that has been used by manufacturers for years to add patterns to your prints.

Coming Soon: In-Store 3D Printers for Customized Toys

Coming Soon: In-Store 3D Printers for Customized Toys

This is the year 3D printing came to Toy Fair in New York City

faBrickated Makey LEGO Love

faBrickated Makey LEGO Love

Our faBrickation friends made us an awesome jointed Makey prototype! Join Us for a live faBrickation demo on G+ on Wednesday, Feb 19!

Art Sprinkled Throughout NYC's 3D Printshow | #3dpsNYC

Art Sprinkled Throughout NYC’s 3D Printshow | #3dpsNYC

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

Be Mine: Making a Glowing, 3D Printed Engagement Ring

Be Mine: Making a Glowing, 3D Printed Engagement Ring

When I proposed to my wife-to-be, I took to my knee and I had a glowing, 3D printed ring in my hand.

3D PrintShow NYC Preview: Catwalk Highlights

3D PrintShow NYC Preview: Catwalk Highlights

The 2014 NYC 3D PrintShow kicked off a live catwalk show featuring 3D printed wearables. XYZ Workshop + Ultimaker stole the show with their flowing desktop printed dress.

Building a Better Robot

Building a Better Robot

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, […]

First Look: Printrbot Unveils Its All-Metal 3D Printer

First Look: Printrbot Unveils Its All-Metal 3D Printer

Printrbot's new all-metal 3D printer is a beauty.

  • Posted by | February 11th, 2014 1:24 PM
faBrickation: 3D Printing + Lego for Fast Prototyping

faBrickation: 3D Printing + Lego for Fast Prototyping

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.

The Connected Office: Text Message-Based Remote Display

The Connected Office: Text Message-Based Remote Display

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, […]

Drones and Makerspaces: Best Marriage Since Chocolate and Peanut Butter

Drones and Makerspaces: Best Marriage Since Chocolate and Peanut Butter

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.

Afinia Responds to Stratasys II: You Failed To Disclose Old Patents, Printers

Afinia Responds to Stratasys II: You Failed To Disclose Old Patents, Printers

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.

A Closer Look at CubeJet's Flexible, Full Color Powder Printing

A Closer Look at CubeJet’s Flexible, Full Color Powder Printing

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.

How to Improve a RC Quadcopter Design

How to Improve a RC Quadcopter Design

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 | January 16th, 2014 9:11 AM
The State of 3D Printing and Scanning After CES 2014: The Push For Mainstreaming Begins

The State of 3D Printing and Scanning After CES 2014: The Push For Mainstreaming Begins

The movement to mainstream 3D printing is aggressively pursuing a sea change that replaces "experimental" with "easy".

3D Printed Wearable Planters

3D Printed Wearable Planters

Garden on the go with these terrifically tiny 3D printed wearable planters from Etsy seller Wearable Planter.

Catching Up With Pirate3D On Life After Kickstarter

Catching Up With Pirate3D On Life After Kickstarter

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 […]

Making Is Mainstream: Sam Jacoby of FormLabs at CES 2014

Making Is Mainstream: Sam Jacoby of FormLabs at CES 2014

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 […]

DWS Labs Discusses the XFAB SLA Printer and Flexible Materials

DWS Labs Discusses the XFAB SLA Printer and Flexible Materials

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 […]

Clement Moreau on Sculpteo's Launch of Batch Control

Clement Moreau on Sculpteo’s Launch of Batch Control

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 […]

Adam Brandejs on the Matterform 3D Scanner

Adam Brandejs on the Matterform 3D Scanner

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. 

Bre Pettis on MakerBot's Three New Printers

Bre Pettis on MakerBot’s Three New Printers

MakerBot's CEO Bre Pettis chats with MAKE Digital Fabrication Editor Anna Kaziunas France about the Replicator Mini, Replicator, and the Replicator Z18 3D printers.

Eric Krzeslo From SoftKinetic On Time-of-Flight 3D Scanning

Eric Krzeslo From SoftKinetic On Time-of-Flight 3D Scanning

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 […]

Meet the Machine Makers: The Stories Behind 3D Systems Newest Printers

Meet the Machine Makers: The Stories Behind 3D Systems Newest Printers

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 […]

Peppytides

Peppytides

Build a super accurate, scaled 3D-model of a polypeptide chain that can be folded into all the basic protein structures, using 3D-printed parts.

Afinia Responds to Stratasys: Your Patents Are Invalid and Your Threats are Anti-Competitive

Afinia Responds to Stratasys: Your Patents Are Invalid and Your Threats are Anti-Competitive

Afinia challenges the validity of all four of the patents that Stratasys accuses them of infringing.

Bmore3D: Baltimore's one-of-a-kind 3D Printing and 3D Scanning Store

Bmore3D: Baltimore’s one-of-a-kind 3D Printing and 3D Scanning Store

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.

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like 3DPmas: Show Us Your Christmas Morning Prints

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like 3DPmas: Show Us Your Christmas Morning Prints

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 […]

Which 3D Printer is Right For You?

Which 3D Printer is Right For You?

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?

3D Printed Fashion: Breathing Life into New Designs, Form, and Texture

3D Printed Fashion: Breathing Life into New Designs, Form, and Texture

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 | December 19th, 2013 7:00 AM
Print Your Own D*mn Presents: Minifig Madness!

Print Your Own D*mn Presents: Minifig Madness!

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.