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

Recent 3D Printing Projects, Tutorials, and Inspiration

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25 Perfect Things to 3D Print for Halloween

25 Perfect Things to 3D Print for Halloween

Halloween is fast approaching, and if you’re not printing you’d better get started! Here are 25 gruesome and great things to print for this Halloween. Some items you can wear, some items are just perfect for placing around your house to set the spooky mood. Put that 3D printer to […]

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Behind The Scenes With Taulman 3D

I recently discovered that Taulman 3D, a filament maker is located somewhat near some relatives of mine. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to swing by and get a chance to talk to Thomas Martzall, the man behind Taulman. If you’re unfamiliar, you should hop onto his site and check […]

Mayfly; Ephemera danica; Length 135 cm including antennas; without antennas 40 cm; printed in 9 parts; antennas, wings, and grass made of different materials.

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 […]

Finished Makey Robot

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.

Version 2 of Louis’ hexacopter drone features a more stable design to maintain flight.

Making a Hexacopter Using The 3Doodler

Animator Louis DeRosa designed two hexacopters using 3Doodler’s 3D printing pen. Both were able to attain flight but only version 2 was much more stable.

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 […]

Note the previously mentioned print issue on the smoothed head. This is not due to the acetone (it actually makes it look better!)

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 […]

The entrance to my garage opens onto a busy road just round a blind corner. This LED illuminated SLOW sign before the corner flashes whenever the garage door is open.

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 […]

The 3D printer accentuates the 3D printing process by making striking woven designs and textures

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?

A finished bulldog ring, created by covering the wax sculpture in silver, brass, bronze, or gold

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.

3D Printing a Life-Sized Elephant for A Good Cause

3D Printing a Life-Sized Elephant for A Good Cause

If you happen to be traveling through the Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, you might get a chance to see an impressive 3D printing project in the works. World Animal Protection, an animal rights group was looking to raise awareness on the mistreatment of elephants. Often kept in tiny quarters, chained, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Johannes’ Numitron GeekWatch features Numitron tubes housed in a hideous 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.

repkid’s Fractal Lamp features 3D printed Koch vases with an IKEA dioder for illumination

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.

With over 100 beta testers we are now confident that we can deliver a robust high quality linkmount for your phone.

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 […]

GEMMA on board!

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 […]

Johnathan Keep’s Ceramic Delta 3D Printer: for when projects call for a clay medium

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.

Are “Personalized” 3D-Printed Objects Going Mainstream?

Are “Personalized” 3D-Printed Objects Going Mainstream?

  Amazon launched a 3D Printing Store a few months ago, but only recently have they been promoting the Creative Expressions department, which encourages customers to adjust the parameters of the 3D printed items they order. Just move the sliders, above, and you can make that ring super big, more knotty, and […]

Stratasys Drops One Patent from Its Lawsuit Against Afinia

Stratasys Drops One Patent from Its Lawsuit Against Afinia

As you may recall, back in November Stratasys (the company that owns MakerBot) sued Microboards Technology, LLC (the company that makes the Afinia desktop 3D printer) for patent infringement. Specifically, Stratasys accused Afinia of violating four of its patents. This case is important beyond the fates of Stratasys and Afinia […]

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The Scramble To Build Thingiverse.gov is On!

In March, we wrote about a White House memo directing federal agencies to make 3D files more available to the public.At the time, the best example of this was the Smithsonian X 3D platform. Since then, the NIH has gotten into the action with its 3D Print Exchange, as has NASA […]

In the plastic flesh.

Mechanical pencil gets a makeover thanks to 3D printing

What’s in a pencil, they all work alike right? Wrong, especially when it comes to the mechanical variety. Then wood pencils start to look like an archeological find. Avid maker ‘Angry Monk’ took on the challenge of redesigning the mechanical pencil using a Stratasys Objet Eden 500V 3D printer.   […]

3Doodler Full Sized Skeleton

3Doodler Full Sized Skeleton

  Calling all artists! Looking for a new medium to explore with? If you haven’t heard, the 3Doodler selling for $99, has been on the market for at least the last 18 months. Funded by Kickstarter, this 3D printing pen has received the bad and the good feedback from users. An […]

Scanning whale fossils (Image courtesy of Cerro Ballena and the Smithsonian Institution)

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.

DJI Phanton Quadcopter. Image from flickr user Adam Meek.

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.

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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

GoPro Cannon Cam

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

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.

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.

Full-color sugar 3D printing

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.

TJ Johnson flying an early prototype of Pocket Drone.

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.

Wealth from Waste: Protoprint’s Fair-Trade 3D Printer Filament

Wealth from Waste: Protoprint’s Fair-Trade 3D Printer Filament

This social enterprise based in India empowers urban waste pickers with the technology to convert waste plastic into 3D-printer filament.

How to Explain 3D Printing in 30 Seconds

How to Explain 3D Printing in 30 Seconds

Anna Kaziunas France breaks down all of 3D printing into a 30 second segment for CNBC's "30 Seconds to Know".

Sheep Shape: Designing a Divine 3D Ovine for ‘LEO’

Sheep Shape: Designing a Divine 3D Ovine for ‘LEO’

This is the second in a series of posts about the build process for the characters, look, and feel of ‘LEO the Maker Prince.’ Of all the models that appear in the book LEO the Maker Prince, the sheep is by far the most beloved. It seems to evoke the […]

Finished 3D Systems cufflinks in sterling silver

Adding to the Palette: How Traditional Artists Use 3D Technology

There is a subset of artists who use 3D technology not as the sole means of production, but as a catalyst in a larger workflow. Sometimes, these are artists who want to continue with a traditional production method, but ramp it up with 3D printing. Others want to combine digital workflows with handcrafted design. In this respect, they can hold traditional methods close while increasing their potential.

  • Posted by | February 20th, 2014 4:21 PM
Play-Doh's DohVinci

DohVinci: First Step Toward a Play-Doh 3D Printer?

Looking like a hand-held glue gun, the DohVinci appeared a few days after Hasbro announced a collaboration with 3D Systems. Can a Play-Doh 3D Printer be far behind?

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.

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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, […]

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.

Todd Schlemmer’s 3D-Printed Cameras

Todd Schlemmer’s 3D-Printed Cameras

What better way to make the ultimate pinhole camera than to print one? Todd Schlemmer designed his PINHE4D camera to shoot 35mm film, using Tinkercad to create the files and a Printrbot Plus to output.

Mud & Seed Become 3D Printed Grass Art

Mud & Seed Become 3D Printed Grass Art

University of Maribor students in Slovenia have constructed a 3D printer from a modified CNC machine to dispense a mixture of water, seed, and soil for printing mud that will eventually grow green.

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.  Related

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 […]

Andrew Boggeri Presents the FSL3D Pegasus Touch SLA Printer

Andrew Boggeri Presents the FSL3D Pegasus Touch SLA Printer

Today at CES 2014 I spoke with Andrew Boggeri of FSL3D, the creators of the Full Spectrum laser cutter about their new Pegasus Touch SLA 3D printer.  The Pegasus Touch has a LCD touchscreen and starts at under $2,000 with a 7″x7″x9″ build area. It’s already been successfully Kickstarted at double their goal, with […]

3D Systems Breaks the Mold: Sugar, Chocolate, Ceramic, and Full-Color Powder 3D Printing On Your Desktop

3D Systems Breaks the Mold: Sugar, Chocolate, Ceramic, and Full-Color Powder 3D Printing On Your Desktop

With today’s announcements, 3D Systems takes the lead in innovative desktop prosumer 3D Printing. Yesterday we covered their announcement of two new FDM printers, the Cube 3 and CubePro. This morning they completely redefined what’s possible on the desktop by unveiling the the most exciting 3D printers to date, the […]

Custom-Crafted Multicopters

Custom-Crafted Multicopters

“Roswell Replica” Wooden Quadcopter Tattoo artist and hobbyist woodworker Greg “Grease” Lehman built an alien-inspired wooden quadrotor based on the original foam-and-paper Roswell Quadrocopter. CNC-cut and -milled from ash, oak, walnut, and padauk, it looks heavy but it flies. Grab EPS files for cutting here. “Crossfire”: 3D-Printed FPV Quadcopter Mike […]

Here Come the Cubes!

Here Come the Cubes!

3D Systems has been busy. In early December they announced their acquisition of Village Plastics Co., a leading manufacturer of filament-based ABS, PLA and HIPS and last week they acquired Gentle Giant Studios, with a vast library of digital content. Today, they announced their latest Cube 3 and CubePro desktop 3D printers and […]

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.

MAKE’s 3D Printing Book for Kids: LEO the Maker Prince

MAKE’s 3D Printing Book for Kids: LEO the Maker Prince

The first kids’ book on 3D printing from MAKE is now available. 3D printing isn’t magic, but if you sit some kids down in front of a 3D printer, you’ll swear it’s not of this world. LEO the Maker Prince: Journeys in 3D Printing brings its own magic to kids.

Regina Dugan and Jason Chua at Maker Faire New York

Regina Dugan and Jason Chua at Maker Faire New York

MAKEwithMOTO is a velcro-covered van traveling the U.S., visiting hackerspaces and maker faires. It packs 3D printers, unlocked and hackable phones, and electronic prototyping equipment, allowing visitors to design and create something and stick it on the velco if they want.

AMRI Bioprinting: Integrating Makers, and Scientists

AMRI Bioprinting: Integrating Makers, and Scientists

Jordan Miller, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at Rice University, shares how the Advanced Manufacturing Research Institute (AMRI) is providing a scientific framework for a bioprinting partnership by collaborating with the 3D printing, DIY bio, and scientific communities by repurposing both commercial and open source hardware.

Advanced Materials for 3D Printing

Advanced Materials for 3D Printing

We've gotten really good at making desktop Fused-Filament Fabrication printers, but how do we take it to the next level? There are 100s of different types of plastics, but we have been sticking to PLA and ABS in the 3DP world. So, what's the next frontier in desktop 3DP?

The generative design pioneers at Nervous System have created Kinematics, a system for 4D printing that to creates complex, foldable forms, turning three-dimensional shapes into flexible structures for 3D printing. 

The Kinematics collection is available form the Nervous System shop and Shapeways.  There is also a Kinematics @Home" desktop app for desktop printable design creation.

Gifts for the 3D Printing Enthusiast

Here's a selection of 3D printed gifts for everyone on your list; from the printer owner to the cutting-edge fashionista to anyone wanting to get started with 3D printing. From the latest printer reviews and projects to mold making materials to tools; we have you covered.

Ultimaker 2 - Now In-Stock at the Maker Shed!

In The Shed: Shiny! New! Ultimaker 2!

The Ultimaker 2 just arrived in the Maker Shed.

Cube 2

Two California Stores Offer Demos of the Cube 3D Printer Today and This Weekend

Today and this weekend, Walmart will be featuring demos of the Cube personal 3D printer from 3D Systems at two of its stores in California and offering customers a chance to have themselves scanned to create a 3D printed figure as a unique holiday gift. MAKE will be at both locations from noon-2pm Saturday with copies of our 2014 Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing on hand and our new book about 3D printing: Leo the Maker Prince by Carla Diana. We'll also be handing out $10 off coupons for the Maker Shed

Printrbot Simple: The Perfect Printer to get Started 3D Printing

Printrbot Simple: The Perfect Printer to get Started 3D Printing

As one of MAKE’s 3D printing experts I’ve had the opportunity to use just about every printer in MAKE’s Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing. I have yet to see one with as much value as the Printrbot Simple. At $299 this 3D printer is a pretty sweet deal.

Inkimals: 2D Hand Drawings Become 3D Personal 3D Prints

Inkimals: 2D Hand Drawings Become 3D Personal 3D Prints

AMINIMAL Studio is a Brooklyn-based design company focused the use of emerging technologies as an approach to designing 21st century products. They recently wrote MAKE about their Kickstarter for the Inkimals project, a new 3D printing platform and web based app that enables the creation 3D toy designs from either 2D (hand-colored and scanned or computer modified) templates. The design is then 3D printed in one of several figure designs.

Downloadable 3D-Printed Connectors for DIY Furniture

Downloadable 3D-Printed Connectors for DIY Furniture

Jack Holloway of Rupt designed Control, a series of 3D-printable furniture joints that allow you to build your own furniture.

3D Printer Saves Turkey Day!

3D Printer Saves Turkey Day!

Oh, no! The turkey cookie cutter couldn't be found. No problem. 3D printer to the rescue!

  • Posted by | November 27th, 2013 3:25 PM
Stratasys Sues Afinia: Ramifications for the Desktop 3D Printing Industry

Stratasys Sues Afinia: Ramifications for the Desktop 3D Printing Industry

Earlier this week Stratasys, a longtime fixture in the commercial/industrial 3D printing world and recent purchaser of desktop printer company Makerbot, announced that it was filing a patent infringement lawsuit against Microboards Technology, LLC, the company behind the Afinia H-Series 3D printer. This lawsuit is a big deal that could have huge ramifications for the entire desktop 3D printing industry. Afinia is a well known 3D printing brand which was named “best overall experience” in MAKE’s inaugural 3D printing buyer’s guide last year. It is also widely available from mainstream outlets such as Radio Shack

Ones to Watch: New 3D Technologies

Ones to Watch: New 3D Technologies

These promising new printers, scanners, and other 3D technologies have caught our eye.

Printing Without a 3D Printer

Printing Without a 3D Printer

From the pages of MAKE's Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing 2014: Don't have a 3D printer but still want to bring your 3D designs to life? One of these services might be right for you.

Replicating Ancient African Hominoid Fossils

Replicating Ancient African Hominoid Fossils

The African Fossils virtual laboratory website is a digital archeology project that seeks to increase public knowledge about prehistory by harnessing Autodesk 3D scanning technology. Recently, they wrote MAKE to tell us about their updated, newly re-launched website featuring stunning Sketchfab integration and downloads of prehistoric humanoid remains.

The Duality of the Physical and Digital Worlds

The Duality of the Physical and Digital Worlds

With easy-to-use 3D printers and 3D software, we’ve come a long way in giving everyone the tools to create with confidence. Yet for most people one piece was still missing: the ability to bring physical objects into the digital world and to complete the transaction, inextricably linking the two worlds so that anyone could use one to influence the other.

  • Posted by | November 22nd, 2013 1:10 PM
Book Bargains: Hot Deals from O’Reilly Media

Book Bargains: Hot Deals from O’Reilly Media

O'Reilly Media is having a terrific sale on three of our new titles today and we want to ensure that you know about it.

Metal Casting with Your 3D Printer

Metal Casting with Your 3D Printer

The ever-growing variety of 3D printing filaments is amazing — we can now print in strong, flexible, glowing, and dissolvable plastics — but sometimes plastic isn’t the right material for the job. Sometimes, you just need metal! Although the big boys in the industrial world can directly 3D print metal parts with laser sintering machines, this technology hasn’t yet reached consumers. However, you can make your own metal parts at home with the help of your 3D printer and these easy-to-learn metal casting techniques.

Microsoft Releases “3D Builder” Touchscreen 3DP App Today

Microsoft Releases “3D Builder” Touchscreen 3DP App Today

Today I had the pleasure of speaking with Shanen Boettcher, General Manager of Product Management at Microsoft about their 3D Builder graphical touchscreen application for Windows 8.1, slotted for release at midnight GMT today, Nov. 15. 3D Builder incorporates a combination of slicer and client software plus integrated Windows drivers for several popular 3D printers to provide a easy-to-use desktop manufacturing experience that aims to make it simple for the average consumer to get into 3D printing quickly.

The State of 3D Printing: MAKE Survey Results

The State of 3D Printing: MAKE Survey Results

MAKE recently conducted a survey on consumer 3D printing of MAKE and Maker newsletter subscribers. It offers a snapshot of the current state of desktop 3D printing.

DIY Filament Extruder

DIY Filament Extruder

Build a Filabot Wee and make all the plastic you can print, for a fraction of the retail price.

Tonight: 3D Printing International Maker Meetup

Tonight: 3D Printing International Maker Meetup

MAKE is celebrating its just-released Ultimate Guide to 3D printing with an international maker meetup tonight at 6pm PT and you're invited.

Glow Plug 3D Printer Extruder

Glow Plug 3D Printer Extruder

Want to upgrade or customize your 3D printer? Build this robust extruder using a handful of tools, one online parts order, and a trip to the auto-parts store. For a heater, it uses a $10 glow plug from a diesel engine — and it performs as well as commercially available extruders.

  • Posted by | November 12th, 2013 5:17 PM
Full Body Scanning with the Scan-O-Tron 3000

Full Body Scanning with the Scan-O-Tron 3000

Use this rig with a Kinect sensor to make full-body scans of your guests for 3D printing.

MAKE 3D Printing Buyer’s Guide Announcement at Engadget Expand

MAKE 3D Printing Buyer’s Guide Announcement at Engadget Expand

As we were setting up our booth at the Engadget Expand event in NYC, Digital Fabrication Editor, Anna Kaziunas France, announced the MAKE 3D Printer Buyer's Guide on the main stage to an audience of sponsors and press

MAKE’s 3D Printing Lab to be Recreated for Engadget Expand This Weekend

MAKE’s 3D Printing Lab to be Recreated for Engadget Expand This Weekend

At Engadget Expand this weekend, the MAKE crew will be reproducing the test environment we created to put 23 printers through their paces for our soon-to-be released Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing. The special issue will be unveiled at the event. We'll have five printers on hand (Printrbot Simple, Ultimaker 2, Replicator 2, Up Plus 2, Felix 2.0) and a team of testers including MAKE's digital fabrication editor Anna Kaziunas France.

How to Use Repetier-Host

How to Use Repetier-Host

Some 3D printing software is easier to learn than others. Repetier-Host is one of the tougher ones to get familiar with, and can sometimes discourage people from operating their printers. Since I found this software difficult to learn, I’ve written some instructions to help people get started. Related

Raspberry Pi “Kitchen” set for Engadget Expand in NYC Nov. 9-10

Raspberry Pi “Kitchen” set for Engadget Expand in NYC Nov. 9-10

At the Raspberry Pi Kitchen, Matt Richardson, MAKE contributing editor and co-author of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi, will host a "make-off" with two teams of four each who will spend the weekend developing a product or device that uses components and tools from the "pantry" as they take the basic "ingredients" and turn out an tasty final product.

Make the World: Prosthetics Build Party

Make the World: Prosthetics Build Party

Adafruit Industries just hosted the final session of their Make The World: Prosthetics Program. To help out, Matt Stultz of 3D Printing Providence put together a build party at AS220 Labs with 19 local 3D printers to make prosthetic hands for those in need.

Formlabs Raises $19 million in Funding

Formlabs Raises $19 million in Funding

Formlabs, which raised nearly $3 million last year on Kickstarter to produce a high resolution consumer 3D printer, announced today that it has raised an additional $19 million from a group of investors.

  • Posted by | October 24th, 2013 10:55 AM
Help a MAKE Fan by Giving him the Finger

Help a MAKE Fan by Giving him the Finger

Design the coolest or craziest prosthetic finger for a MAKE reader.

3D Printing in a Redwood Forest

3D Printing in a Redwood Forest

As part of the Project 387 artist residency program nestled on a 150-acre property in the redwood forests of Northern California, Oakland-based Smith|Allen Studio brought large-scale 3D printing to the woods. What they created is a 10’x10’x8′ architectural structure titled Echoviren, which was entirely 3D printed in sections using plant-based […]

Five More Awesome Projects Shared by MAKE Readers

Five More Awesome Projects Shared by MAKE Readers

"Your Projects" is a column that features some of the awesome creations our readers have been making. These projects from our readers come from the MAKE Google+ Community and beyond.

Moddler interview: Inside a Professional 3D Printing Company

Moddler interview: Inside a Professional 3D Printing Company

Here at MAKE, we are busy putting the final touches on our next special issue, the second annual “Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing.” While that issue is devoted to the growing market of home 3D printers, we ventured out to see the other side of the market. John Vegher, owner […]

Desktop Warfare: Jonas Dalidd’s Winning 3D Printed Catapult

Desktop Warfare: Jonas Dalidd’s Winning 3D Printed Catapult

It started simply enough. I posted a quick message on the Type A Machines Forum to see if anyone was interested in setting up a 3D printing contest. It had been just under a year since I purchased my first 3D printer, a Series 1, and I was looking at improving my skills. What better way to push myself than a friendly competition?

World’s First Fully Automated 3D Printer for Schools

World’s First Fully Automated 3D Printer for Schools

At the Nashville Mini Maker Faire last weekend, I had the pleasure to speak with the makers at the New Valence Robotics booth. They were showing their 3D printer which they claim is the world's first fully automated 3D printer designed for schools. I had an opportunity to see the printer in action and it definitely has some unique features.

  • Posted by | September 26th, 2013 4:34 AM
Portraits created using Coney Island Scan-A-Rama

3D Printing at World Maker Faire: Robots, Fashion and More!

Here is a rundown of some amazing 3D printed items from World Maker Faire in New York. This year we saw an diverse array of 3D prints - from complex humanoid robots to wearable designs.

Open Your Own 3D Print Shop With Kraftwürx

Open Your Own 3D Print Shop With Kraftwürx

3D printing company Kraftwurx announced the next step in 3D printing commerce exclusively at World Maker Faire New York today.

Into the Looking Glass of Pickled Dreams

Into the Looking Glass of Pickled Dreams

Shawn Frayne and Angus Fok of Hong Kong have found a way to pickle your dreams.

Hot Trends in 3D Printing On Display at World Maker Faire

Hot Trends in 3D Printing On Display at World Maker Faire

One of the exciting things about Maker Faire is seeing the technological progress year over year. Case in point, 3D-printers.

PhoneSat 1.0 during a high-altitude balloon test.

NASA is Taking Off With Makers

We chat with Sam Ortega manager of the Centennial Challenges Program at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center about the program and how makers have participated in the past, and how they might participate in current and future challenges.

Printrbot in Space. Photo: Courtesy Darwin Aerospace/Yelp

Yelp’s Dev Team Beats NASA, Sends First 3D Printer to the Edge of Space

A Printrbot, a weather balloon, and tracking circuitry leads to a fantastic day.

21 Memes for Makers

21 Memes for Makers

Check out these funny image macros selected especially for your inner geek.

3D Printing Shootout Weekend Returns!

3D Printing Shootout Weekend Returns!

MAKE is excited to announce that our second 3D Printing Shootout Weekend will be held this Friday, Aug, 2 through Sunday, Aug. 4. This year the testing is bigger than ever with a team of 15 testers carefully reviewing 21 printers of all makes and models. The results of the testing will be featured in the buying guide section of MAKE's forthcoming special 3D printing issue available in mid-November.

Maker Shed is Ready to Rock at Maker Faire Detroit

Maker Shed is Ready to Rock at Maker Faire Detroit

The Shed team has landed in Detroit, and we've brought dozens of great products with us. We're right in front of the Henry Ford museum near the Power Racing Series track, in a massive tent that's very hard to miss. We have everything from 3D Printers and Microcontrollers to Craft Kits and Wearables.

Celebrating the second $1 million project in one day

10 Maker Jobs That Didn’t Exist 10 Years Ago

The pace of change has accelerated, so much so that you can now make a living doing jobs that didn't even exist 10 years ago.

Wayne Losey on Making Toys with 3D Printers

Wayne Losey on Making Toys with 3D Printers

Wayne left a career in the toy industry when he got "tired of the game", and co-founded Dynamo Development Labs to find new approaches to creating toys. Then he got mixed up with 3D printing.

Chris Thorpe: 3D Printing the Industrial Revolution

Chris Thorpe: 3D Printing the Industrial Revolution

The mainstream news media is awash with speculation that 3D printing is bringing about a second industrial revolution. Whether this is true or not, nowhere is the comparison more apt than with The Flexiscale Company, a small UK startup making 3D models of the great steam engines of the first […]

BREAKING: Stratasys to Acquire MakerBot

BREAKING: Stratasys to Acquire MakerBot

Industrial 3D printing and additive manufacturing company Stratasys has struck a deal with Bre Pettis' MakerBot to merge in a stock-for-stock transaction. Once finished, MakerBot will act as a subsidiary of Stratasys.

The Dreambox is a 3D Printing Vending Machine

The Dreambox is a 3D Printing Vending Machine

Last week I caught up with Richard Berwick, co-founder of the Dreambox, at UC Berkeley. The Dreambox is a 3D Printing vending machine.

Extraterrestrial 3D Printing

Extraterrestrial 3D Printing

In partnership with NASA, Made in Space, Inc. recently announced that they'll be sending one of their custom 3D printers to the International Space Station in August of 2014. The benefits of being able to print in space are clear: envision the potential lowering of NASA's costs by granting crew members the ability to print new tools and replacement parts.

Prototypes That Last: Simple Tips for Making Durable Parts, Part 1

Prototypes That Last: Simple Tips for Making Durable Parts, Part 1

Advances in low-cost 3D Printing and CNC Machining have made it easy for a growing number of hobbyists to design and manufacture complex parts in the privacy of their homes. But prototypes made out of PLA or machined out of HDPE often prove to have surprisingly little rigidity and strength. As it happens, in most cases, such frustrations can be completely avoided. The manufacturing industry, ever-obsessed with saving time and money, has developed quite a few simple tricks that allow them to routinely tame even the most finicky materials and get precisely the results they want.

The Emergence of 4D Printing

The Emergence of 4D Printing

MIT researcher Skylar Tibbits recently revealed some of his fascinating work in the field of self-assembling structures, coined "4D Printing". The four dimensions in question here aren't all spacial -- the "4D" aspect utilizes three spacial dimensions, in the form of 3D Printing, and an additional time dimension. The parts printed in this way are then submerged in water to facilitate self-assembly.

Shapeways Introduces New Flexible Material

Shapeways Introduces New Flexible Material

Yesterday, 3D Printing service Shapeways announced the availability of a new material in their already-impressive lineup, a flexible plastic polymer. Printing with this "Elasto Plastic" will cost $1.75/cm3, and like many of the other materials, is laser-sintered one layer at a time.

Big Red with v1 of the boat in mid-print

3D Printing a Functional Boat with Post-Consumer Milk Jugs

Last summer a student organization based out of the University of Washington, WOOF (Washington Open Object Fabricators), successfully created the world's first 3D Printed Boat. The boat was printed on a large-format FDM printer, which was hacked together from a plasma cutter, and prints with post-consumer milk jugs.

Answering Common 3D Printing Questions

Answering Common 3D Printing Questions

We get a lot of questions about 3D Printers, especially when it concerns their use in an educational setting. Here's an exchange between me and a 7th grade science teacher. I imagine my reply could be helpful to others as well.

First to File? Nah, First to Blog!

First to File? Nah, First to Blog!

Like most people out there, I sometimes have more ideas than time to implement them. So instead of keeping those ideas locked in a notebook somewhere unaccessible and not serving a purpose, I’m going to release them into the world as public domain in the hope that they might inspire, or at a very minimum keep an idea from being patented. You can do whatever you like with these, except for attempting to patent them yourself. It is my sincere hope that by releasing these ideas, more awesomeness and excellence will be brought into being.

Inside 3D Printing: A Maker Reports

Inside 3D Printing: A Maker Reports

The Inside 3D Printing Conference in NYC gave us a clear look at the business side of 3D printing. Usual suspects, like 3D Systems, MakerBot and Stratasys, attended in full force. So did some up-and-comers like FormLabs, ZoomRP, Sculpteo, Mbot, and MakerGear. Shapeways (based in New York) was noticeably absent, though CEO Peter Weijmarshausen gave a keynote speech and announced that the company would receive $30 million in new investments.

GitHub Now Supports STL File Viewing

GitHub Now Supports STL File Viewing

Social Coding company GitHub has released a free, in-browser viewer for STL files in full 3D. In comparison to the iterative, collaborative environments for working on software, hardware has a lot of ground to make up, and GitHub's doing great work to push things along. I'm eager to see how this grows and how it's used in comparison to popular services like Thingiverse.

3D Printed Canon Flash Diffusers

3D Printed Canon Flash Diffusers

I made a flash diffuser for the Canon Speedlight 580EX II after seeing our photo intern taping a piece of paper to his flash to act as a light bounce. His paper bounce didn't last more than a few days of project photography in the extreme conditions of our lab, so after seeing him repeatedly throw them into the recycling bin, I decided to make him a durable 3D printed diffuser.

  • Posted by | February 21st, 2013 3:00 PM
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