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One of the seminal companies in the maker community is no longer. With a brief note on their site today, digital fabrication tool makers Printrbot announces their closure. Led by the charismatic Brook Drumm, the company launched in 2011 with a hyper-successful Kickstarter for an affordable 3D printer kit, raising […]
- Posted by Mike Senese | July 18th, 2018 2:07 PM
It’s that time of year again, when Make:‘s team of digital fabrication experts gathers an incredible collection of new machines of all types, and pits them against each other in a three-day-long cage match. This year’s event is led by Matt Stultz, one again occurring at Ocean State Maker Mill […]
- Posted by Mike Senese | July 13th, 2018 6:05 PM
re-releasing the files, this time on thingiverse.
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | July 2nd, 2018 9:50 AM
24 hour analog clocks are perfect for matching earth's rotation
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | June 6th, 2018 6:00 AM
A hat designed to reject a brain tumor (and console a beloved maker).
- Posted by Gareth Branwyn | May 30th, 2018 2:07 PM
Maker Faire Bay Area is here! Get a sneak peek at all the must-see exhibits and creators. We'll be updating this post regularly throughout the weekend, so check back regularly.
You can help bring her to life!
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | May 2nd, 2018 6:00 AM
Ultimaker unveils new S5 3D printer targeting professionals and announces partnerships with industry leading materials manufacturers.
- Posted by Matt Stultz | April 25th, 2018 5:00 AM
Printing in steel allows for a beautiful finish
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | April 20th, 2018 6:00 AM
MakerBot announces new certification program for educators helping to give them the tools to create curriculum to bring 3D printing int o the classroom.
- Posted by Matt Stultz | April 17th, 2018 8:00 AM
This week, we look at how startups might be the future of 3D printing, what La Machine's newest invention looks like, and how a new smart motor could revolutionize drones.
Entrepreneurs often promote their products as breakthroughs, however it’s often more prudent to watch the market for a new proof of concept first.
Dan Royer wanted to transform his CNC machine into a pick and place robot that can solve puzzles on its own, so he turned to Twitch.
- Posted by Dan Royer | January 26th, 2018 6:00 AM
Lulzbot is building 3D printers at CES and you could win one.
- Posted by Matt Stultz | January 12th, 2018 1:10 PM
Learn how to launch a maker pro business in high school and how a Tanzanian makerspace gave people the power to solve problems.
This week, check out Alexa using a 3D printer, an Etch a Sketch getting a makeover, and a random number generator using lava lamps.
- Posted by Jordan Ramée | January 7th, 2018 6:00 AM
Miguel Valenzuela's PancakeBot is a Lego-based creation that prints pancakes in whatever design you program.
- Posted by Chiara Cecchini | January 4th, 2018 6:00 AM
Players with a motion disability can struggle to use Nintendo Switch's Joy-Cons. This 3D printed adaptor makes the controller more accessible.
- Posted by Jordan Ramée | January 4th, 2018 5:00 AM
Read up on how maker pros create massive projects with industrial 3D printers, or how Kickstarter is repping Hardware Studio at CES.
These top-of-the-line machines can print huge parts from a range of materials. In some cases, they even print parts for aircrafts.
Hydro dipping is the process of transferring images from hydrographic film onto nearly any 3D object by floating the image in a tub of water.
- Posted by Shawn Grimes | December 6th, 2017 5:00 AM
These honeycomb sculptures are the result of the B-Code biological 3D printer, a printer that relies on bees to create pieces of art.
- Posted by Lisa Martin | December 5th, 2017 5:00 AM
Santa and his merry band of elves come alive in this automated display. Head on over to Maker Share to see it in action.
- Posted by Jordan Ramée | December 4th, 2017 6:00 AM
Da-eun "Eunny" Jun, a maker from South Korea, uses 3D modeling and printing to create colorful flat animals and other models.
- Posted by Jordan Ramée | November 30th, 2017 7:00 AM
The best way to take your timelapse videos to the next level is to have the camera move while it's capturing the video. It's tricky but can be done.
- Posted by Tyler Winegarner | November 21st, 2017 7:00 AM
In an effort to see more teachers use their 3D printers in a classroom setting, MakerBot released a guidebook that contains 9 lesson plans.
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | November 9th, 2017 6:00 AM
a clever use for old spools turns them to workshop storage
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | November 8th, 2017 1:14 PM
Hannah Edge developed a compact spirometer that merges both old and new technologies, like 3D printing, to create a more portable device.
- Posted by Jordan Ramée | November 8th, 2017 7:00 AM
This past week, Inventables spotlighted its maker pro users, Indiegogo launched a marketplace, and new 3D printing frontiers were reached.
There have been questions from the maker community about the viability of the Ono printer, so we set out to see it in action.
- Posted by Mike Senese | October 26th, 2017 7:43 AM
Add a great gothy flourish to your cosplay with these 3D printed bat wings.
- Posted by Gareth Branwyn | October 19th, 2017 1:00 PM
Put a new face on your money with these custom stamps. Don't worry, it's not illegal so long as you don't make the money unusable.
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | October 18th, 2017 6:00 AM
Design and print your own custom gaming bases while learning Tinkercad.
- Posted by Gareth Branwyn | October 12th, 2017 1:28 PM
Evan Weinstein went to World Maker Faire New York to introduce Cocoa Press, a 3D printer for chocolate that he developed all by himself.
- Posted by Chiara Cecchini | October 10th, 2017 6:00 AM
Maker pros in both the food and 3D printing fields worked hard last week in prep for World Maker Faire New York.
Prusa Research has launched their new 3D printer the MK3 at Maker Faire New York and we have a review of an early unit.
- Posted by Matt Stultz | September 23rd, 2017 7:10 AM
Get hands-on with history by 3D printing a copy of an Assyrian pin lock.
- Posted by Gareth Branwyn | September 11th, 2017 2:00 PM
This week, learn how to give your iPhone 7 a headphone jack, help NASA 3D print homes for space travel, or do some Lego building.
- Posted by Jordan Ramée | September 10th, 2017 6:00 AM
3DigitalCooks is a studio focused on 3D printing food, and exploring the concept through education, research, and consultation.
- Posted by Chiara Cecchini | September 7th, 2017 5:00 AM
Full color is now available to FDM printing. No filament swaps, No multiple spools.
- Posted by Chris Yohe | September 1st, 2017 5:08 AM
With a shipping date of next year, the Atom 3 3D Printer promises to incorporate both FDM and SLA technologies into one sleek machine.
- Posted by Chris Yohe | August 31st, 2017 10:00 AM
In order to produce something interesting to bring to a monthly hardware meetup, Barton Dring created custom laser coaster engraver/cutters.
- Posted by Jeremy S Cook | August 25th, 2017 5:00 AM
There are five ways to optimize and improve a the design of your CNC project for better results at the lowest cost.
- Posted by Gordon Styles | August 24th, 2017 6:00 AM
It has taken months to finally cnc mill and 3d print this idea. Here are the files to make your own!
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | August 23rd, 2017 5:00 AM
Watch lightning arc across the stage and create music, pixel art come together to create Makey, and the other stuff that happened this week.
Print out and polish an electronics-themed chess set using metal-infused filament.
- Posted by Gareth Branwyn | August 17th, 2017 12:21 PM
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 Chloe Kow | August 17th, 2017 7:00 AM
Chloé Rutzerveld got her start 3D printing layers of a support structure and an edible breeding ground, before moving on to making food.
- Posted by Chiara Cecchini | August 15th, 2017 6:00 AM
Danit Peleg is an international fashion phenomenon who 3D prints her fashion designs. She hopes for a future where one's wardrobe is printed.
- Posted by Jess Hobbs | August 10th, 2017 5:00 AM
Now in its third year, Maker Faire Beijing, with its expanded offerings and focus on interactivity, promises to be the best iteration yet.
- Posted by Goli Mohammadi | August 9th, 2017 10:37 AM
This week, street artists paint over hate speech, Kirby is birthed from cardboard, Hacker House builds an automated gardener, and more.
- Posted by Jordan Ramée | August 6th, 2017 6:00 AM
These four projects showcase how, together, makers can build bigger, more creative, and more challenging projects than if they were solo.
- Posted by Matt Stultz | August 4th, 2017 5:00 AM
The Curta mechanical calculator is an incredible feat of mechanical engineering. Marcus Wu decided to make a 3:1 scale version.
- Posted by Jeremy S Cook | July 28th, 2017 6:00 AM
Knitwear designer Lindsay Degen worked with with automated desktop knitting machine Kniterate to see how it compares to industrial machines.
- Posted by Andrew Salomone | June 7th, 2017 5:00 AM
Classic story: an ambitious crowdfunding campaign goes viral and racks up millions, but backers grow anxious when the product never ships.
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.
- Posted by Matt Stultz | June 5th, 2017 11:59 AM
We return with Filament Friday with M3D's Tough Ink.
- Posted by Matt Stultz | June 2nd, 2017 3:11 PM
This DLP-based resin machine may not be aesthetically pleasing to look at, but it creates beautiful results for an affordable price.
- Posted by Matt Stultz | May 22nd, 2017 5:00 AM
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.
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | May 19th, 2017 6:00 AM
Developing a new electronic product for mass manufacturing is not simple or cheap. Follow these three steps so you do not break the bank.
- Posted by John Teel | May 11th, 2017 5:00 AM
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.
- Posted by Matt Stultz | May 9th, 2017 9:47 AM
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.
- Posted by Matt Stultz | May 5th, 2017 1:15 PM
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.
- Posted by Matt Stultz | April 28th, 2017 3:44 PM
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.
- Posted by Matt Stultz | April 26th, 2017 10:49 AM
Overview on VR in the maker pro market, updates on automobiles, and round-ups of all our recent 3D printer reviews and Edible Innovations.
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 […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | April 21st, 2017 6:00 PM
Refil's PET is made of 90% recycled material from either blue or green bottles, with a lime green color that really pops!
- Posted by Matt Stultz | April 14th, 2017 10:37 AM
Once your idea is complete on paper, what are the next steps for creating a functional prototype and commercial product?
- Posted by Robert Bodor | April 14th, 2017 6:00 AM
Startup Ledger wants to put Bitcoin in your pocket with a USB stick-sized device, plus the latest news for professional makers.
Algix uses plant matter from algae to produce their alga filament.
- Posted by Matt Stultz | April 7th, 2017 3:35 PM
Get crowdfunding tips for both backers and producers, plus the latest news for professional makers.
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.
- Posted by Chris Yohe | April 3rd, 2017 6:15 AM
Walter, an older 6-axis robot who bears the distinctive 50s style of the former German Democratic Republic, has a sad story.
- Posted by Jeremy S Cook | April 3rd, 2017 6:00 AM
In the spirit of April Fool's, we want to see the most infuriating drinking cup that you can design.
- Posted by Matt Stultz | March 31st, 2017 9:16 AM
As a jack-of-all-trades the BoXZY can do multiple things — and can do them well.
- Posted by Jean Carlos Cedré | March 30th, 2017 6:30 AM
Knitting something? Kniterate prints an entire knitted garment of your design within a desktop space in a matter of hours.
- Posted by Andrew Salomone | March 30th, 2017 6:00 AM
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.
- Posted by Matt Stultz | March 23rd, 2017 11:57 PM
Tape that can make any surface Lego compatible, a bottle flipping robotic arm, and lab grown chicken strips? It's been a good week.
- Posted by Jordan Ramée | March 19th, 2017 8:00 AM
Josef Prusa shares his enthusiasm with us at SXSW, where he was nominated for an Interactive Innovation Award.
- Posted by Dale Dougherty | March 15th, 2017 10:13 AM
When it comes to fabricating with cells, these groups are leading the charge with DIY bioprinters and innovative methods.
- Posted by Biohacking Safari | March 15th, 2017 6:30 AM
Most 3D printing filament is made from new, first-use polymers, but now you can use ABS filament made from recycled car parts.
- Posted by Matt Stultz | March 10th, 2017 2:30 PM
James' passion is photography, but his rare skin condition leaves him unable to operate a camera. Design engineer Jude Pullen built something to help.
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | March 9th, 2017 6:00 AM
Plus, read about product pitch tips from IoT platform Brinc, Google's maker survey, and unique laser-cut business cards.
Here's how I wrote a program to convert the Space Shuttle Endeavor's geographical data into topographical 3D printed maps.
- Posted by Thomas Sullivan | January 23rd, 2017 6:30 AM
Check out the maker-made companies that caught our eye at CES, plus Kickstarter highlights low-quantity projects with their Make 100 program.
Check out the same item 3D printed with filament, 3D printed with resin, and milled from wood.
- Posted by Art Krumsee | January 10th, 2017 9:15 AM
Build an Arduino-powered, 3D-printed, moon-walking bot with preprogrammed and custom gaits.
- Posted by Renee L. Glinski | January 10th, 2017 6:00 AM
Find the latest news about startups, products, incubators, and innovators.
ship and print!
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | January 5th, 2017 6:00 AM
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 […]
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | December 21st, 2016 5:00 AM
The machine can print multi-layer PCBs, and mix various types of resins, for a fraction of the price of professional models.
- Posted by Mike Senese | December 13th, 2016 7:00 AM
In a throwback to 80s cyber punk, "Attack of the Cyber Octopuses" features cool 3D printed practical effects.
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | December 13th, 2016 5:00 AM
Show us what you can make with your robots!
- Posted by Matt Stultz | December 5th, 2016 9:18 AM
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!
- Posted by Spencer Zawasky | November 28th, 2016 5:00 AM
Sculpting in Virtual Reality is especially fun when you can 3d print the results.
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | November 23rd, 2016 5:00 AM
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 Eric Chu | November 17th, 2016 5:00 AM
Want to offer rapid fabrication to your students with a classroom 3D printer? These guidelines will help ease the way.
- Posted by Shawn Grimes | November 16th, 2016 6:00 AM
Our online guide incorporates content from the past two years, giving you the largest guide to 3D printers ever compiled in one place.
- Posted by Matt Stultz | November 8th, 2016 12:30 PM
You might soon be able to print in metal at home...
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | November 3rd, 2016 6:00 AM
There's a kit available to convert your 3D printer into a candy printing machine!
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | October 19th, 2016 5:00 AM
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, […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | October 15th, 2016 2:16 AM
Your project could be printed aboard the ISS
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | October 12th, 2016 12:30 PM
The most exciting paddle battle is returning to Maker Faire!
- Posted by Matt Stultz | September 23rd, 2016 2:00 PM
It's taken many prototypes, but Taekyeom Lee has created a 3D printer that can extrude clay to create ceramic sculptures.
- Posted by Taekyeom Lee | September 22nd, 2016 5:00 AM
This past week we saw some awesome DragonCon cosplays, a new desktop waterjet, and got started on our Halloween projects.
- Posted by Lisa Martin | September 18th, 2016 8:00 AM
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.
Materials with specially-designed internal microstructures deform to create macroscopic motion.
- Posted by Gareth Branwyn | September 14th, 2016 11:50 AM
These 3D prints made from molten sugar are too pretty and too cavity-inducing to eat.
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | September 8th, 2016 5:30 AM
Thailand is having one of its worst droughts, so for the SEA Makerthon event happening in Chiang Mai the focus is on saving water.
- Posted by Melanie Tan | September 7th, 2016 5:00 AM
John Park shares a quick tip to make your 3d printing life easier.
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | September 5th, 2016 5:30 AM
Model makers sound pretty enthused taking a printed design and using traditional techniques to give a finely sculpted finish.
- Posted by Mike Senese | September 2nd, 2016 5:30 AM
It rides a monorail of string, streams video, and is remote-controlled from my phone... It is my very own 3D printed skycam.
- Posted by Brook Drumm | August 31st, 2016 4:00 AM
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 […]
- Posted by Andrew Salomone | August 25th, 2016 6:00 AM
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 […]
- Posted by Biohacking Safari | August 25th, 2016 5:00 AM
This past week we learned about some trendy Maker fashion, saw a sculpting tutorial featuring Beyoncé, and more.
- Posted by Lisa Martin | August 21st, 2016 8:00 AM
Tactile tools help students with visual impairments better understand and measure 3-Dimensional objects. You can 3D print some of your own.
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.
- Posted by Tasker Smith | August 17th, 2016 5:30 AM
This architecturally inspired LED lighting is 3D printable and arches over your desk for perfect illumination.
- Posted by Janis Jakaitis | August 16th, 2016 6:00 AM
This week we saw robotic tattoos, a museum bringing fabrication tools to kids, and how Autodesk is bringing software tools to Fab Labs.
- Posted by Lisa Martin | August 14th, 2016 8:00 AM
Using a new technique in thermoforming to create textured 3D models.
- Posted by Gareth Branwyn | August 5th, 2016 12:00 PM
Graham and Sam worked together to create a robotic gripper controlled with a glove and strong enough to hold household items.
This ghostly-looking motorcycle was meticulously designed and carefully constructed... Oh, and it is entirely 3D printed!
- Posted by Krista Peryer | July 15th, 2016 5:30 AM
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.
- Posted by Matt Stultz | July 12th, 2016 11:18 AM
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.
- Posted by Tyler Winegarner | July 1st, 2016 6:00 AM
Build a (pretend) bedtime scanner to repel creepy critters — so easy a kid can operate it.
"That gave me goosebumps. Did you feel it too?" With Sensoree's biometric jacket 3D printed goosebumps move with the sensation of awe.
- Posted by Kristin Neidlinger | June 8th, 2016 5:30 AM
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 […]
- Posted by bill livolsi | June 1st, 2016 5:00 AM
Maker Faire always attracts the latest innovative technologies, and this year is no different. Check out three new 3D printer models unveiled today.
- Posted by Matt Stultz | May 20th, 2016 4:32 PM
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.
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | May 12th, 2016 6:00 AM
Watch this 5-axis 3D printer in action! Right now it only prints simple wireframes, but imagine the possibilities.
- Posted by Matt Stultz | May 12th, 2016 5:00 AM
Using upcycled jars, collected bits and pieces, 3D printed parts and energy efficient LEDs, Will Strange makes UFO inspired lamps.
- Posted by Will Strange | May 2nd, 2016 5:30 AM
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.
- Posted by Lisa Martin | May 1st, 2016 8:00 AM
Matt and Kaitlyn Hova went down the 3D printing rabbit hole and came out with a 3D printed violin (aka the Hovalin).
- Posted by Sophia Smith | April 26th, 2016 5:00 AM
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.
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | April 23rd, 2016 8:00 AM
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.
- Posted by Jeremy S Cook | April 20th, 2016 5:30 AM
Need the lawn mowed? Print out a robotic lawnmower. Have a big yard? Print two?
- Posted by Gareth Branwyn | April 19th, 2016 3:52 PM
Is your cat ready for battle? To win honor at claw-point and drink the blood of its enemies?
- Posted by Cabe Atwell | April 6th, 2016 6:00 AM
It's easier to make rivets for your 3D printed projects than you think! You just need some filament and something very hot.
- Posted by Cabe Atwell | April 5th, 2016 6:30 AM
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.
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | April 5th, 2016 5:00 AM
Turning a old whirlygig fence spinner into a power-generating wind turbine.
- Posted by Gareth Branwyn | April 4th, 2016 11:00 AM
Here are Brian Westgate's tips for creating a weathered metal finish on your next 3D printed prop.
- Posted by Jeremy S Cook | March 30th, 2016 5:30 AM
Most kids get their first intro to reading through picture books — now, Tom Yeh wants to bring picture books to kids with visual impairments.
- Posted by Sophia Smith | March 28th, 2016 5:00 AM
Autodesk's Project Escher is an assembly line of independent 3D printers to make printing faster and more efficient.
- Posted by Cabe Atwell | March 24th, 2016 6:30 AM
A college student scans, molds, and vacuum forms his own 3D printed retainers
- Posted by Gareth Branwyn | March 20th, 2016 9:00 AM
The Midwest RepRap Festival is happening this weekend in Goshen, Indiana. Come by if you're interested in DIY 3D printing.
- Posted by Matt Stultz | March 18th, 2016 6:00 AM
Check out the latest 3D printed dress from Nervous System and learn more about how museums are recognizing the artistry of fashion tech.
- Posted by Michelle "Binka" Hlubinka | March 9th, 2016 6:00 AM
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?
- Posted by Lisa Martin | March 9th, 2016 5:30 AM
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!
- Posted by Paul Gentile (The Hobby Guy) | March 7th, 2016 6:00 AM
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.
- Posted by Signe Brewster | March 2nd, 2016 5:30 AM
Are we on the verge of a future where we can 3D print the fantastic worlds that we see on TV?
- Posted by Gareth Branwyn | February 22nd, 2016 2:41 PM
3D printing is becoming safer and easier for children, and toy companies are taking notice.
- Posted by Kathy Ceceri | February 19th, 2016 5:30 AM
We tested the winning whistle design of the "Make It Loud" 3D printing contest. So just how loud is it?
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | February 11th, 2016 5:00 AM
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.
- Posted by Matt Stultz | January 30th, 2016 8:00 AM
Faircap is the 3D printable filtration system that screws into a standard water jug.
Zortrax recently released STL files for a superhero mask complete with display stand — print 40 pieces and then snap and screw them together.
- Posted by Matt Stultz | January 26th, 2016 6:00 AM
Create bokeh in whatever shape you want with 3D printed lens cover.
- Posted by Janmeja Heir | January 22nd, 2016 6:00 AM
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.
- Posted by Matt Stultz | January 6th, 2016 11:14 AM
This week at CES, Ultimaker announced a new line of printers with better nozzles, extruders, and cooling.
- Posted by Matt Stultz | January 5th, 2016 12:07 PM
3d systems discontinues the consumer line of printers
- Posted by Matt Stultz | December 29th, 2015 11:35 AM
The GNK droid from Star Wars is immortalized as this 3D printed cell phone charger.
- Posted by Jeremy S Cook | December 18th, 2015 5:00 AM
You don't need to carve your own custom stamps when you have a 3D printer.
- Posted by Chris Slyka | December 11th, 2015 7:00 AM
These small gifts are perfect to print in the days leading up to Christmas Eve, and small enough to stuff in someone's stocking.
- Posted by Lisa Martin | December 11th, 2015 5:30 AM
Simplify3D is a slicer that offers speed and reliability for 3D Printing, but is it right for you?
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | December 10th, 2015 5:30 AM
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.
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | December 7th, 2015 7:00 AM
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!
- Posted by Make: Editors | December 3rd, 2015 11:34 AM
The US Patent Office just granted the tech giant a patent on a two-headed, full-color printer design.
- Posted by Mike Senese | December 3rd, 2015 10:49 AM
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.
- Posted by Chandi Campbell | December 2nd, 2015 6:00 AM
3D printing with standard plastics is amazing in its own right, but printing with alternative filaments is a step up to a new level.
- Posted by Spencer Zawasky | December 1st, 2015 6:30 AM
We found a great collection of 3d printing deals for black friday
- Posted by Matt Stultz | November 26th, 2015 5:47 AM
Learn how to combine 3D models in Meshmixer to make your own miniatures.
- Posted by Andrew Terranova | November 17th, 2015 6:00 AM
Robots that feed you, light channeled through gelatin, and "cellfies" (photos you take of your cells) impress at Ottawa Maker Faire.
- Posted by Shannon Hoover | November 17th, 2015 5:30 AM
Disney, in partnership with Carnegie Mellon, shows off very exciting software for creating 3D-printable robots.
- Posted by Gareth Branwyn | November 12th, 2015 1:00 PM
The angled holes in this cool 3D printed Sundial casts a shadow that looks like a digital clock display.
- Posted by Matt Stultz | November 11th, 2015 6:00 AM
Join some of Make:'s expert testers in Rhode Island to kick off the release of our 2015 digital fabrication guide.
- Posted by Matt Stultz | November 10th, 2015 10:42 AM
We talked to Mark Wrigley about the PiKon telescope, a low-cost telescope kit using 3D printed components, and a Raspberry Pi Camera.
- Posted by Alasdair Allan | November 10th, 2015 5:00 AM
This dual-head 3D printer kit from Velleman gets solid results at a low price.
- Posted by Matt Stultz | November 5th, 2015 5:00 AM
This year's best performing desktop digital fabrication machines from Make:'s annual shootout.
- Posted by Make: Editors | November 4th, 2015 5:00 AM
Virginia Commonwealth University and Jamestown Rediscovery allows visitors to experience the past by 3D printing archaeological artifacts.
- Posted by Jeff Aronowitz | October 24th, 2015 8:00 AM
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.
- Posted by Matt Stultz | October 23rd, 2015 2:08 PM
In preparation for Episode VII, a secretive BB-8 Builders Club has created STL files for building a life-size BB-8 droid.
- Posted by Donald Bell | October 23rd, 2015 5:30 AM
Sure, carving your pumpkin is fine, but you can bring it to the next level with 3D printed pieces inspired by Mr Potato Head.
- Posted by Cabe Atwell | October 23rd, 2015 5:00 AM
See how the inventor of the Attacknid walking robotic toy took his ideas from prototypes to products.
- Posted by Andrew Terranova | October 20th, 2015 6:00 AM
We gather 10 of the spookiest Halloween props, decorations, and accessories made with 3D printing.
- Posted by Cabe Atwell | October 16th, 2015 6:00 AM
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.
- Posted by Alasdair Allan | October 13th, 2015 7:00 AM
These 3D printed prosthetics look like they came right out of Iron Man, Frozen, and Star Wars.
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | October 12th, 2015 5:00 AM
Makerbot, one of the most recognizable names in the 3d printing industry, has had a really tough year.
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | October 8th, 2015 2:43 PM
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.
- Posted by Matt Stultz | October 2nd, 2015 6:30 AM
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.
- Posted by Alasdair Allan | September 27th, 2015 3:01 PM
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.
- Posted by Jon Christian | September 26th, 2015 7:00 AM
The new flagship resin-based 3D printer from Formlabs features an expanded build volume along with a number of other surprises.
- Posted by Matt Stultz | September 22nd, 2015 7:01 AM
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.
- Posted by Matt Griffin | September 21st, 2015 5:30 AM
This luxury 2-bedroom villa in the Philippines was constructed with a specialized 3D printer. Its next project? 3D printing low income housing.
- Posted by Sophia Smith | September 14th, 2015 6:00 AM
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.
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | September 11th, 2015 6:00 AM
This new glow in the dark filament will have your 3D prints looking phosphorescent.
- Posted by Matt Griffin | August 31st, 2015 5:30 AM
Todd Blatt was inspired by the new detailed images of Pluto and decided to make a 3D printable plaque. Download the STL file today!
- Posted by Leia Gatch | August 30th, 2015 8:00 AM
Watch this real cake with a 3D printed frame transform from a truck to a robot, just like Optimus Prime.
- Posted by Leia Gatch | August 29th, 2015 8:00 AM
3D-print this 1872 replica Electro-Magnetic Engine that works like your drone's modern motors.
- Posted by Michael Curry | August 28th, 2015 2:41 PM
In the job market, you have to make a big impression. This guy did just that by making a giant 3D printed resume to apply for a position.
- Posted by Cabe Atwell | August 28th, 2015 6:00 AM
Researchers at MIT recently introduced MultiFab, a multi-material printer technology capable of print in ten different materials at once.
- Posted by Matt Griffin | August 25th, 2015 10:24 AM
Mediated Matter from MIT has created a new molten glass extruder that is 3D printing objects fit for a museum.
- Posted by Matt Stultz | August 21st, 2015 10:02 AM
Australian Maker dad Tez Gelmir decided to build a Star Wars speeder bike for his daughter’s first birthday.
- Posted by Sophia Smith | August 20th, 2015 6:00 AM
Solar powered toy ornaments are pretty cute, so we decided to repurpose the electronics inside to help Makey the Robot swing perpetually in the sunlight.
- Posted by Cameron Mira | August 17th, 2015 6:00 AM
The BigBox is a collaboration between the E3D team and Kickstarter alumni LittleBox whose promising Kickstarter campaign ends this Sunday.
- Posted by Matt Stultz | August 14th, 2015 12:23 PM
Curiosity might just be our favorite Martian robot. This week, NASA has released files to 3D print your very own Curiosity rover.
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | August 14th, 2015 6:30 AM
An organization called Made In Space has announced that they've made a breakthrough in 3D printing within a vacuum.
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | August 12th, 2015 10:10 AM
Maker Daren Banarsë went on a quest to fabricate his ideal melodica. He had to reverse engineer and 3D print it, and the result looks and sounds completely authentic.
- Posted by Sophia Smith | August 5th, 2015 5:30 AM
The fourth annual Make: 3D printer test is officially underway. This weekend we'll test printers, CNC machines, and laser and vinyl cutters.
- Posted by Nathan Hurst | July 31st, 2015 3:41 PM
3D print and snap together this little race car with a brushless motor, Flutter wireless microcontrollers, and a few bucks of filament.
- Posted by Taylor Alexander | July 26th, 2015 5:00 AM
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 […]
- Posted by Chris Yohe | July 21st, 2015 2:29 PM
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, […]
- Posted by Donald Bell | July 17th, 2015 6:00 AM
MakerBot grew from a fun project by three friends in a hackerspace in Brooklyn, to being THE name in desktop 3D printing. Over the last few years, though, that name has been drug through the mud; from the community backlash when they decided to go closed source after building their reputation […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | July 14th, 2015 11:52 AM
If you are a fan of incredibly detailed, operational, hand-built creations, you might want to check this out. Codename Colossus is a walking robot tank created by Michael Sng, an artist and graphic designer from Singapore. Sng entered the toy realm as a lead designer for Singapore-based Stikfas Ltd., creating articulating action […]
- Posted by Cully Meier | July 14th, 2015 7:30 AM
3D Printers are not always the right tool for the job.. In this tutorial, I will show you how to convert .STL files designed for 3D printing into vector files for vector laser cutting.
- Posted by Jose Santos | July 14th, 2015 6:00 AM
I came to Maker Media Lab with a couple of projects in mind for my short stint as artist in residence: Louis Sullivan 3D printed architectural reference book Arduino controlled 3D printer filament pigmentation device 3D scanning with drones During my first week in the lab, I chose to focus […]
- Posted by Tom Burtonwood | July 13th, 2015 5:30 AM
Over the past few weeks, we have seen major updates to many of the most vital packages that we use to operate our 3D printers.
- Posted by Matt Stultz | July 10th, 2015 5:30 AM
Today Local Motors announces the winner of its design challenge, Project [Redacted], for a four-seater based on a 3D-printable template.
- Posted by Nathan Hurst | July 7th, 2015 9:50 AM
This project is part 4 in the building a robot arm tutorial. In the first part I show how to design the arm, the second part shows how to design the base, and the third shows how to design the mount. After all of the Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) and 3D modeling […]
- Posted by Adam Lukasik | July 7th, 2015 7:30 AM
Learn how to model sphere molds in CAD so that it minimizes undercut.
- Posted by Marty Marfin | July 4th, 2015 8:00 AM
Marble machines are fun contraptions that take marbles through crazy loops and turns. You can buy one from a toy store or you can make one yourself. There are a lot of different ways to go about it, but I’m particularly impressed with what Jazzmyn Ellsworth, 14, did. She designed various 3D […]
- Posted by Nicole Smith | July 1st, 2015 6:30 AM
If you’ve used a desktop music application, you’ve probably discovered some type of hypnotic visualization feature that renders patterns and colors that are synchronized to your tunes. But how many of those visualizations create a 3D model viable for 3D printing? My bet is probably zero. Blair Neal, a Brooklyn-based […]
- Posted by Sophia Smith | June 29th, 2015 7:00 AM
3D printing is pretty neat. Dual extrusion 3D printing is super neat. Modeling with CAD is pretty neat. Modeling with a cloud-based, version controlled, and free to use CAD program like Onshape is super neater. So, why not use both super neat things to make something awesome? Follow this guide and learn […]
- Posted by Jose Santos | June 27th, 2015 8:00 AM
Micron 3DP, a maker of extruders for 3D printing, has been exploring an exciting new area: 3D Printing with glass. This exploration seems like a somewhat natural transition for the company. The “hot end” of the 3D printer is the part of the extruder assembly that literally melts the plastic […]
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | June 26th, 2015 6:00 AM
This project is part 2 in the building a robot arm tutorial. In the first part I show how to design the robot arm and in the third part I show how to design the mount section. Part four will show how to add control with an Arduino. In part one of making a […]
- Posted by Adam Lukasik | June 26th, 2015 5:00 AM
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 […]
- Posted by Marty Marfin | June 25th, 2015 7:00 AM
Traditional methods for building cars are full of wasted materials and wasted energy. 3D printing offers a greater level of customization along with the ability to easily make complicated parts. The team from Divergent Microfactories set forth to use the power of 3D printing to help make a car — and […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | June 24th, 2015 8:28 AM
There are very few things that will fire-up the creative minds of the world like a good movie. This summer’s hit, Mad Max: Fury Road, is proving to be full of inspiration to at least a few Makers out there. Here are seven designs inspired by the movie that you […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | June 24th, 2015 6:30 AM
A global community is contributing expertise to the InMoov Project
- Posted by Geeta Dayal | June 23rd, 2015 6:00 AM
As more people become familiar with 3D printing and the ways additive manufacturing can change how things are made, new ideas and applications continue to emerge. While printing toys and cell phone cases can be fun, these are not world-changing applications. A team in Amsterdam, Netherlands MX3D, is preparing to […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | June 23rd, 2015 5:30 AM
Knitting is a popular needlecraft, but it can get tiring knitting larger pieces. Varvara Guljajeva and Mar Canet came up with a clever way to automate the process with this open source, open design, 3D printed circular knitting machine called the Circular Knitic. This idea didn’t just come out of thin […]
- Posted by Nicole Smith | June 21st, 2015 8:00 AM
Buttercup might just be the cutest duck around. He has been in love, cared for a teddy bear, and is able to run and swim with the aid of his specialized 3D printed foot. Buttercup was born with a twisted left foot that was not able to fully rotate forward. In […]
- Posted by Elise Tarkman | June 20th, 2015 8:00 AM
Over the first few years of their existence, Makerbot leveraged their community and the bourgeoning open source hardware movement to make their name synonymous with desktop 3D printing. What Kleenex is to facial tissue or Scotch is to cellophane tape, Makerbot has come to be for 3D printing. But then came a […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | June 19th, 2015 1:28 PM
Exploring what is possible with robots and how to design a robot arm.
- Posted by Adam Lukasik | June 19th, 2015 8:00 AM
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 […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | June 19th, 2015 7:00 AM
Take any 3D printer, throw on this modular head, and use it as an EDM machine to do precise metal carving. Exciting stuff! What’s EDM? Electro-Discharge Machining or “spark erosion” is a fairly specialized field that not many hobbyists are familiar with. The technique flips traditional electrical design upside down […]
- Posted by Matt Freund | June 18th, 2015 8:00 AM
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 […]
- Posted by Marty Marfin | June 17th, 2015 8:00 AM
There have been multiple solutions to the problem of automatically removing 3D prints from your 3D printers’ build platform — from Makerbot’s patented Automated Build Platform to Ultimaker’s script to bump the prints off after they are complete. Now MatterHackers have made a little video of the best method I have found […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | June 17th, 2015 7:30 AM
We connect with 3Doodler co-founder Max Bogue to hear about his experiences.
- Posted by DC Denison | June 14th, 2015 8:00 AM
With a full range of tools and projects for all attendees to test out, the Dremel booth at this year’s Bay Area Maker Faire was non-stop action. Groups of people gathered to build their own derby cars, using multiple Dremel machines to rough-cut blocks of wood, drill holes, sand the edges, and attach […]
- Posted by Mike Senese | June 12th, 2015 2:58 PM
Today, HP has some exciting new announcements for those interested in 3D scanning using their Sprout platform. The Sprout by HP is a ground-breaking piece of computing hardware that incorporates a touch screen, all in one desktop computer with a projector, capture surface, an Intel RealSense 3D camera, and a 14 megapixel traditional […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | June 11th, 2015 2:40 PM
We have seen hydrographic film used in the past to give your 3D prints some color. Now, a group of researchers from Columbia University and Zhejiang University have released a research paper showing how they can precisely place full-color texture maps onto 3D printed objects using the same technology, some off the […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | June 11th, 2015 8:30 AM
I’ve developed a little trick for using hot glue to rescue a 3D print that is going wonky while it is in progress. Nothing replaces starting with a good model, having the right equipment, and using good practice while printing. Still, this technique has come to the rescue a few […]
- Posted by Andrew Terranova | June 9th, 2015 7:00 AM
When you think of a CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) machine, you probably think of a machine with a router attached to it, capable of cutting its way through wood, metal, and a variety of other materials. Really, a CNC machine is a generic term for a family of fabrication devices. […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | June 4th, 2015 10:00 AM
Bicycles have been around for well over 100 years, but manufacturing techniques continue to be refined for frames, safety gear, and accessories. 3D printing, especially using metal, is one of the more interesting manufacturing techniques in development. From the ultra high end to a few designs that you can make […]
- Posted by Jeremy S Cook | June 4th, 2015 6:00 AM
3D Printing Pharmaceuticals Researchers in London are working on a way to 3D print pills. The shape and surface area of a pill are surprisingly important in how the drug is released into your system, so their idea is that specifically-shaped pills could meet a specific patient’s treatment needs. And futurists […]
- Posted by Jon Christian | June 2nd, 2015 11:56 AM
Thingiverse is a robot lover’s dream with its wonderful collection of both decorative but also functional mechanical masterpieces. I have collected a few of my favorites to help you round out your Robot month. Some of these little guys will require you to break out your soldering iron and practice […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | May 30th, 2015 8:30 AM
Assembly has long been emphasized as a selling point for children’s toys, from Lincoln Logs and Legos to Tinkertoys, Hexbugs, and K’nex. After all, what’s the fun in buying and playing with something that you don’t get to assemble yourself? In the latest iteration of such kits, artist and designer Tomoo […]
- Posted by Sophia Smith | May 29th, 2015 7:30 AM
I had a chance to meet some of the members of the Mosaic team at Maker Faire Bay Area and check out the Mosaic Palette. The Palette can take up to four different colors of filament and combine them to allow them to be printed on a single extruder 3D printer. […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | May 28th, 2015 7:30 AM
The We The Builders team has been collaboratively creating fantastic sculptures of our nation’s forefathers for the past few years. Now, they have turned their sights on an iconic figure of their hometown of Baltimore: Edgar Allen Poe. This new project, Edgar Allen Print, is off to a great start, but needs […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | May 27th, 2015 7:30 AM
One of our prime passions is to motivate the next great minds and ideas by posting informative step-by-step tutorials. To celebrate the launch of our fourth-generation muscle sensor, the MyoWare, we’ve put together a tutorial that will make you go berserk! This tutorial will teach you to build bionic claws using […]
- Posted by Advancer Technologies | May 27th, 2015 6:00 AM
The popular design tool and the additive manufacturing experts team up to allow for optimized 3D printing capabilities of your designs.
- Posted by Mike Senese | May 22nd, 2015 10:43 AM
Sundials have been used to tell time for thousands of years. People have been able to tell you what time of day it is pretty accurately with just a stick (known as a style), a shadow, and some markings on the ground. Nowadays, not many people know how to read sundials […]
- Posted by Nicole Smith | May 22nd, 2015 8:30 AM
This summer, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will begin offering a rapid prototyping continuing education course. During the course, which is suitable for a general audience, students will learn about a number of prototyping techniques, design components in a group setting, and then fabricate those parts during lab time. “With […]
- Posted by George LeVines | May 19th, 2015 1:12 PM
Tired of looking at old paintings in stuffy art museums? Then take a gander at this 3D printed zoetrope called “All Things Fall,” which artist Mat Collishaw made in collaboration with Sebastian Burton in order to bring an action-packed, baroque painting by Peter Paul Rubens to life! It’s shocking to […]
- Posted by Andrew Salomone | May 19th, 2015 11:10 AM
A Huggies-sponsored clip showing visually impaired mother-to-be Tatiana Guerra as she “sees” her unborn child for the first time with a 3D printed ultrasound has racked up nearly 10 million views on YouTube. A São Paulo-based digital production outfit known as “The Goodfellas” produced the print. Using a special file extension available […]
- Posted by George LeVines | May 17th, 2015 4:54 PM
Today at Maker Faire Sam Ortega — the Program Manager of NASA’s Centennial Challenges Program — announced a new $2.25 million competition to design and build a 3D printed habitat intended for deep space exploration.
- Posted by Alasdair Allan | May 16th, 2015 12:30 PM
[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 […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | May 13th, 2015 10:56 AM
[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 […]
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | May 13th, 2015 8:46 AM
From establishing a unified file format to saving the lives of infants, 3D printing made national headlines last week. Here are some that caught our eye: Microsoft followed its announcement last week of a 3MF Consortium to standardize 3D printing formats by launching an overhauled version of the .3MF file […]
- Posted by Jenn Nowicki | May 12th, 2015 6:30 AM
STEAMLabs invited kids and families to build crazy Rube Goldberg machines at their brand-new Makerspace in downtown Toronto, and the resulting video is 62 seconds of fun. Makes me think OK Go should just hire these kids to do their next video. STEAMLabs is a non-profit, all-ages Makerspace dedicated to […]
- Posted by Keith Hammond | May 7th, 2015 6:30 AM
Around a year ago while I was tutoring a 3D printing workshop in San Juan, one of my 3D printers caught the attention of a couple of fine arts students. Interestingly, they took opposing attitudes towards the technology. One was amazed by the widening opportunities presented to him, while the […]
- Posted by Vicente Gascó | May 7th, 2015 6:00 AM
On Monday a new cloud-based, on-demand 3D printing company, called CloudDDM (Direct Digital Manufacturing), announced itself and its plan to open a facility in partnership with UPS. CloudDDM will allow customers to use a browser-based design program to create parts, prototypes, even complete products that can then be printed in […]
- Posted by Gareth Branwyn | May 6th, 2015 9:53 AM
Creative Manager for Aleph Object (makers of LulzBot printers), Ben Malouf, unveiled some of his own amazing 3D printed art pieces last month at 3D Print Week New York. Using the process known as lithophane for creating three-dimensional images you can only see when backlit, Malouf created portraits of actor Gary Busey, […]
- Posted by Gareth Branwyn | May 1st, 2015 10:32 AM
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 […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | May 1st, 2015 8:59 AM
There’s a common argument that you can’t make anything useful on a 3D printer. That’s not exactly true, and these 3D printed hand bolts aren’t just useful, they also add utility to the hardware you already have in your shop. I can’t take full credit on this design — I first […]
- Posted by Tyler Winegarner | May 1st, 2015 7:30 AM
Last week, Make:‘s Matt Stultz wrote about the new collaboration between MakerBot’s design community, Thingiverse, and the Amsterdam-based 3D Hubs. Eventually, the collaboration could bring together Thingiverse’s 700,000 designs with 3D Hubs’ 15,000 printer locations — though for now, the feature is available only for parts developed by a handful of pre-selected designers. In March, I used 3D Hubs to print […]
- Posted by George LeVines | April 30th, 2015 10:01 AM
What would you do with a professional 3D printer?
- Posted by Goli Mohammadi | April 29th, 2015 12:52 PM
There was a nice surprise in the Printrbot booth at the New York 3D Printshow: the new Printrbot Play. The Play continues the new path Printrbot has been taking since the creation of the Metal Simple, by building sheet metal printers (a long departure from the original, mostly printed models). While having […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | April 29th, 2015 9:55 AM
A Spanish 3D printing firm demonstrated a new scanner by creating 3D scans of all 318 residents of Torrequebradilla, a small village in southern Spain, in just one day. The event was part of a nationwide promotional tour organized by Grupo Sicnova to advertise the scanning speed of the Clonescan […]
- Posted by Jenn Nowicki | April 27th, 2015 11:58 AM
As more and more users turn to design sharing sites like Thingiverse or Youmagine, the communities grow and more designs are available to the world at large. The only problem? Not all of the users uploading designs are sharing good content. While these sites have collected amazing works by extremely generous and talented […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | April 23rd, 2015 11:13 AM
For a long time now, two major questions have come up around Thingiverse: How can I print things from Thingiverse if I don’t own a printer? How — as a designer — can I get paid for my designs on Thingiverse? Yesterday, MakerBot took a big step forward on both of […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | April 22nd, 2015 10:33 AM
The folks at Disney have been exploring some really interesting techniques for fabrication. Their latest is this interesting method of 3D printing with fabric. The process is best described as an automated system for assembling laser cut layers of fabric. Their machine resembles a tiny assembly line more than a […]
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | April 20th, 2015 9:43 AM
$10M to Carbon3D Last week, we featured a University of Buffalo student who printed a 40×40×100mm Eiffel Tower in just over 12 minutes. That same day, VentureBeat reported that Carbon3D — another startup working on speedier 3D printing — received $10M from Autodesk’s 3D printing fund. Carbon3D calls the technology Continuous […]
- Posted by George LeVines | April 15th, 2015 10:32 AM
Okay, let’s start this one with a perform at your own risk disclaimer. Fire is dangerous, plastic fumes are dangerous, so please be careful. This week, some of my fellow hackers from Ocean State Maker Mill and I attended a charity event and demonstrated 3D printing to the attendees. We decided that […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | April 12th, 2015 7:00 AM
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 […]
In last week’s post, we saw a presentation from the E3D team as they talked about their hot ends at the Midwest RepRap Fest. Today, we are excited to announce that the team has released a new, extremely low cost hot end: the E3D Lite6. The Lite6 features the same quality and […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | April 8th, 2015 7:30 AM
On my way to the Midwest RepRap Fest, I stopped in at HackPittsburgh to meet up with the BoXZY team and take a look at their new machine in person. BoXZY is doing well on Kickstarter; with its promise of being an all in one 3D printer, milling machine, and laser etcher, it’s enticing backers. The BoXZY features […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | April 2nd, 2015 7:00 AM
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 […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | March 27th, 2015 6:30 AM
The Fab Academy program is a distributed educational model providing advanced digital fabrication instruction for students through a unique, hands-on curriculum and access to technological tools and resources. In this series, Erin, aka RobotGrrl shares her experiences with the program as she progresses through the courses. In this adventure we worked […]
- Posted by RobotGrrl | March 27th, 2015 6:00 AM
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 […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | March 24th, 2015 4:00 PM
Photo: Petr Krejci If you’ve ever wondered how a meteorite might look after being turned into a pair of fashionable shoes, then you’re in luck, because the designers at Studio Swine have illustrated just such a scenario with this spectacular pair of Meteorite Shoes made from aluminum foam lined with […]
- Posted by Andrew Salomone | March 23rd, 2015 11:41 AM
“We’re explicitly inviting you to understand, remix, and remake our resin” — Eric J. Wilhelm, Autodesk From the editors of Make:, the Maker Pro Newsletter is about the impact of Makers on business and technology. Our coverage includes hardware startups, new products, incubators, and innovators, along with technology and market trends. Please […]
When Wayne Losey left his job with a big corporate toy company, he had a dream to bring the kind of toys that he loved as a kid to market. Wayne wanted to combine the fun and adventure of action figures with the customizability of Legos. He realized that 3D […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | March 19th, 2015 10:20 AM
The technologies that we often talk about for 3D printing (FDM, SLA, SLS), have been around for a while and it’s rare that we see ground breaking processes that really shake things up. This week, a new company in the market Carbon 3D, has released a new process they refer […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | March 17th, 2015 2:46 PM
Michael Weinberg and his team over at Public Knowledge, have been working hard to keep the internet and other emerging technologies like 3D printing from being overly restricted and closed to citizens of the world. Now Michael and his team have created a whitepaper to help all of us know what […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | March 10th, 2015 10:30 AM
If you’re a regular reader here at Make, then you have seen many 3D printers. We talk about them all the time, and have even done comprehensive comparisons between many of the commercially available desktop printers in our Special 3D Printer Shootout Issue. One common question we get though, is “why […]
- Posted by Chandi Campbell | March 10th, 2015 10:21 AM
We have all heard of cheese of the month or fruit of the month clubs, but how about a filament of the month club? A few different companies, are starting up services for users who are interested in receiving shipments of filament to their doors every month. One of the […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | March 5th, 2015 9:04 AM
We have seen a lot of great self-balancing robots over the past few years, but few of them have the same level of finish as the new EddiePlus. EddiePlus is an Intel Edison powered (get it Eddie/Edison) 3D printable robot. Eddie features rotary encoders on his wheels, a backpack to […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | March 1st, 2015 8:36 AM
3D printers are great for prototyping or for when you need one or two copies of a part, but the time it takes to print each one of those parts makes scaling difficult. But what if you could print two, three, or four parts in the same amount of time […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | February 25th, 2015 10:29 AM
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 […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | February 13th, 2015 10:34 AM
In today’s connected world, cellular service is often more ubiquitous than the power needed to charge the phones. A few years ago, a post here at Make pointed me to a story about the creation of a simple hydroelectric generator to help residents of small village in Guatemala charge their phones so that they could sell […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | February 11th, 2015 3:01 PM
Most industrial robots run on proprietary systems, but this experimental KUKA arm uses an Arduino MEGA to 3D print in 6 axes, mimicking the shapes found in nature. Despite the size of this KUKA arm with a custom toolhead attachment — a 3D printer extruder — carefully looking at the […]
- Posted by David Scheltema | February 11th, 2015 12:32 PM
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 […]
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | February 11th, 2015 10:53 AM
It’s always great to hear about young people doing good things for humanity. Easton LaChappelle not only blows my mind but is a huge inspiration. The 19 year old recently accepted a job with NASA after creating a 3D printed prosthetic arm that is controlled by your mind. LaChappelle become interested in robotics and technology at […]
- Posted by Emily Coker | February 10th, 2015 3:01 PM
Snowball throwers, hiking cleats, RC-car hacks, and more.
- Posted by Matt Stultz | February 9th, 2015 10:07 AM
I don’t know about you but sometimes it feels like I can plan and measure all I want and then I order the parts I think I need and they’re not exactly right. This can be nerve-wracking, annoying, and expensive when you’re spec’ing high-priced parts. Make: pal Meredith Scheff-King discovered […]
- Posted by Gareth Branwyn | February 6th, 2015 12:26 PM
If you happen to be a villain of some type that has a 3D printer lying around your lair, command your minions to start printing one of these immediately. This skull keycap looks menacing in blue, but the red version is more likely to strike terror into your enemies’ hearts. […]
- Posted by Jeremy S Cook | February 4th, 2015 11:01 AM
3D printers and steampunk don’t generally go together (feel free to correct me on this), but for some reason this one fits in quite nicely. It’s based on a Printrbot Go, which is built into an unstained folding wooden case. John decided to stain this case, and after adding a […]
- Posted by Jeremy S Cook | February 3rd, 2015 5:01 PM
When it comes to 3D printing, no one is innovating and creating new materials like Kai Parthy. Kai’s “Lay” series of filaments have been pushing the market over the past few years with Laywood and Laybrick being the most popular to consumers and copycats. This week, Kai has released […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | February 2nd, 2015 5:01 PM
The Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) occupies the site of the Liverpool Road Station, the world’s first railway station. It served as the Manchester terminus of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway (L&MR), an important route ferrying commercial and public traffic between these two key cities. Exhibits at MOSI include […]
- Posted by Tom Burtonwood | January 28th, 2015 9:01 AM
Smoothie-3D is trying to make the 2D-to-3D process easier with their free online modeling tool.
- Posted by Matt Stultz | January 26th, 2015 10:40 AM
Bridging the gap between the virtual world and the real world is a popular topic these days. Augmented reality, Google Cardboard, and games like Skylanders are just a few products that allow us to interact in both the physical and virtual. Now, 3DRacers hope to send your Mario Kart addiction […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | January 21st, 2015 8:59 AM
We caught up with the Voxel8 team at CES 2015 to see their circuitry-capable 3D printer up close.
- Posted by Mike Senese | January 8th, 2015 11:32 AM
Artist duo Varvara Guljajeva & Mar Canet designed and built an open hardware automated knitting machine called Circular Knitic.
- Posted by Andrew Salomone | January 7th, 2015 8:01 AM
Ultimaker is one of the world’s leading desktop 3D printing brands with one of the top performing printers from our 3D Printing Shootout this year. Today, they have announced two new models in the Ultimaker 2 line: the Ultimaker 2 Extended and the Ultimaker 2 Go. The Extended will have the […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | January 6th, 2015 2:10 PM
In the constant pursuit to improve the user experience for their customers, Formlabs has announced two major software updates to the Form 1+. The first is Draft Mode, a lower resolution print mode that allows users to quickly create sample prints. Often during early development periods, a fine resolution print […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | January 6th, 2015 10:01 AM
Today at CES, 3D Systems made a few big announcements. The most exciting of which is the release of the 3D Systems Touch™. The Touch uses haptic feedback to allow designers and gamers to interact with items in a 3D space. To help make this a multipurpose device, they have also […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | January 6th, 2015 6:01 AM
Recently I switched careers from designing industrial food and dairy equipment to teaching industrial technology in a high school. While planning this move and taking night classes, I read quite a bit about authentic instruction where the students engage in real projects that end with something tangible and with real […]
- Posted by Brian Zweerink | January 5th, 2015 3:01 PM
It’s been nearly two years since the 3Doodler was successfully funded on Kickstarter.com. Today, they have released their first new extruder since then. The 3Doodler 2.0 features a new slimmer lighter design and a new and improved filament drive system for smoother extrusions. The 3Doodler team took a lot of […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | January 5th, 2015 7:01 AM
Hoover, a company once so synonymous with vacuum cleaners that using any vacuum was known as “Hoovering”, has announced a partnership with Makerbot to release accessories for their vacuums on the popular design sharing site, Thingiverse. Their collection currently includes flashlight mounts, battery holders, and miniature classic models. We have now seen […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | December 23rd, 2014 3:01 PM
Did you know that you can design or download your own designs and have them pro 3D printed?
- Posted by Cabe Atwell | December 23rd, 2014 5:01 AM
- Posted by Matt Stultz | December 19th, 2014 4:01 PM
The time has come! We must announce the winner of the Dremel Idea Builder 3D printer. We began this contest last week with the topic of multi material use: something that used both 3d printed parts as well as non 3d printed parts. There were tons of entries. 433 comments […]
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | December 19th, 2014 1:00 PM
On Monday night in Boston, MA, 3D Hubs hosted a meet up to bring members of the local 3D printing and drone communities together. The Middlesex Lounge provided a perfect atmosphere for an event that was a great balance of informative talks and a fun social hangout. Boston is a leading city […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | December 17th, 2014 8:01 AM
There are two means of incorporating 3D printing into a homeschool plan. One, of course, is by getting a 3D printer for your home. (More on that later.) A simpler means is through a veritable wealth of amazing pre-made models to be found by the clever makers who post on […]
- Posted by Julie Powell | December 16th, 2014 1:01 PM
3D printing prosthetics isn’t exactly the newest thing in the world, but this take on it is surprisingly refreshing. This dog named Derby was born with disfigured legs. Running, or even walking, simply wasn’t possible. While you can see that a wheel rig was in use for some time, 3D […]
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | December 16th, 2014 12:03 PM
Submit your design for a chance to win a Dremel Idea Builder 3D printer
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | December 10th, 2014 12:01 PM
The 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, […]
- Posted by Matt Terndrup | December 8th, 2014 1:01 PM
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 […]
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | November 29th, 2014 12:01 PM
The team at Made In Space was proud to announce that on November 24th at 9:28pm GMT, their printer completed the first functional print in space. The item seen above is a face plate to cover wiring on the extruder of the printer, designed specifically for the space station. It was printed […]
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | November 25th, 2014 3:02 PM
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, […]
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | November 24th, 2014 1:52 PM
Ingocraft shares how they moved from 3D printing to injection molding for their Kickstarter campaign.
- Posted by Ian Cole | November 24th, 2014 7:01 AM
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 […]
- Posted by Tom Burtonwood | November 22nd, 2014 5:16 PM
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.
- Posted by Michel Sinner | November 22nd, 2014 5:15 PM
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 […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | November 22nd, 2014 5:12 PM
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 […]
- Posted by Eli Richter | November 22nd, 2014 5:10 PM
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 […]
- Posted by John Abella | November 22nd, 2014 5:07 PM
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 […]
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 Josh Ajima | November 22nd, 2014 4:44 PM
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 […]
- Posted by Matt Griffin | November 22nd, 2014 4:43 PM
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 […]
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 […]
- Posted by John Abella | November 22nd, 2014 4:31 PM
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 […]
- Posted by Luis Rodriguez | November 22nd, 2014 3:03 PM
A note about and images from the venue of this year's 3D printer testing.
- Posted by Mike Senese | November 20th, 2014 7:02 AM
Anderson Ta, one of the judges for Make’s Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing, shares his background in Bio printing. He discusses the difficulties with printing living tissue and recent advancements in that area. Anderson also shares some observations of the printers he saw during the review process. […]
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | November 18th, 2014 10:26 AM
Have you ever wondered if a working guitar could be 3D printed? That question has now been answered by Jeff Kerr’s beautifuly printed model. Not only does it look great, it sounds very good too, as seen in the video below. The design may seem a little strange if you’re […]
- Posted by Jeremy S Cook | November 14th, 2014 2:01 PM
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, […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | November 12th, 2014 9:27 AM
A quick and classroom-safe way to add color to your prints is using Sharpie markers to color transparent or white filament. While there are 3D-printable adapters that color filament as it enters the extruder, it’s easy to color the filament by hand.
- Posted by Josh Ajima | November 12th, 2014 5:18 AM
Tired of tying up your laptop with long print jobs? Then you’re ready for 3D-printer host software. It acts as a web server so that other computers and mobile devices can control your printer over a local network, or even the cloud. Host software lets you monitor your printer’s temperature, […]
- Posted by Matt Griffin | November 11th, 2014 2:01 PM
We take an early look at the Materia 101, Arduino’s first foray into 3D printers
- Posted by Mike Senese | November 11th, 2014 1:01 PM
The single greatest reason for print failures is a first layer that either wasn’t laid down well or didn’t stick to the platform. Here are the top tips from the Make: 3DP Test Team for getting that great first layer and making sure the print stays put.
- Posted by John Abella | November 11th, 2014 11:01 AM
For a few years now, many of us in the 3D Printing community have been eagerly awaiting a highly-conductive filament that would allow us to print circuits as part of our 3D printed projects. Now a new kickstarter is promising a filament that is “1,000 times more electrically conductive” than […]
- Posted by Matt Stultz | November 10th, 2014 12:07 PM
Using a special 3D printer, you can print edible “fruits”. Comprised of droplets of liquid surrounded by gel membranes, these creations “pop” when you bite them. While it is fun to recreate simple flavors, Gabriel seems to be more excited about creating interesting combinations such as strawberries with creme inside. […]
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | November 8th, 2014 2:27 PM
The new printers are much more polished than their predecessors — but are they as consumer-ready as their finish and packaging suggest?
- Posted by Anna Kaziunas France | November 7th, 2014 6:00 AM
I love experimental and alternative uses of tools. 3D printing is incredibly popular right now, but mostly we don’t see very much experimentation with the already established practices of laying plastic layers down. Earlier this week I found Drooloops which were very cool and this week I’ve discovered Vessel. Vessel […]
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | November 5th, 2014 8:01 AM
Doodaddoes is back with another very clear and helpful video for 3D printing beginners. This time he’s exploring some very common problems with the first layer of a print. If anyone has been printing for a while, they can tell you that the first layer is extremely important and that […]
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | November 4th, 2014 8:01 AM
Klaus Leitl is an Austrian artist who makes insects. Incredibly lifelike insects such as the Mayfly shown above. He posted some examples on the Formlabs forums, and they quickly took notice. They’ve posted an interview with him about how 3D printing is changing his craft. The interview and accompanying pictures […]
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | October 19th, 2014 8:01 AM
Autodesk, one of the world's most prominent creative software companies, is launching its first piece of hardware this year.
- Posted by Mike Senese | October 17th, 2014 5:34 AM
“Bam” on the lulzbot forums shared an interesting project recently. He printed a small mount for his extruder that allows it to hold a pen, essentially turning his 3D printer into a standard plotter, or 2D printer. A few custom settings in the software package Cura allowed the gcode necessary […]
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | October 16th, 2014 1:37 PM
A new Italian company is demonstrating a super-tall, portable machine that will bring 3D-printed dwellings to impoverished regions.
- Posted by Mike Senese | October 14th, 2014 6:39 AM
When arriving to Maker Faire Rome last weekend, we expected to find a few new 3D printers, but not this many.
- Posted by Mike Senese | October 8th, 2014 9:44 AM
I had several unique design problems when I began my entry into manufacturing. My biggest problem was that I was completely new to industrial design and manufacturing; the first CAD drawing in my life was also my first serious attempt at designing a manufacturable product, mc squares. My vision for […]
- Posted by Anthony Franco | October 2nd, 2014 3:01 PM
A large part of obtaining Eagle scout status is to do a project that benefits the community. Often these are things like park benches, drinking fountains, etc. Jacob Bruner had different ideas though. He wanted to bring 3D printing to his community. I especially loved the fact that this project […]
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | September 30th, 2014 11:01 AM
A very common problem found in 3D printing is that your E-Steps aren’t perfectly dialed in. This can result in little bulges or spots that are too thin. Most 3D printer manuals suggest that you check your E-steps when you begin, but the description of how to test can […]
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | September 28th, 2014 8:12 AM
GREENBELT, MD — On September 7, 2014, the Nova Labs Rocketry Group had its first launch at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center – Visitor Center. Led by member Samer Najia, the outing featured 20 rockets, many designed by kids at Nova Labs. Designs were also printed from 3D models of real […]
- Posted by Justin Leto | September 24th, 2014 4:01 PM
Many people debate the pros and cons of the different printing technologies out there. There are FFD printers (anything with a filament), SLA (resin based printers), and SLS (powders melted by lasers). Each has its strong points and weak points varying from cost to functional features. This latest project at […]
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | September 24th, 2014 1:04 PM
3D printing allows us to make some incredible things in our homes and workshops. People are prototyping products, designing bits and pieces to make their lives better, and spitting out more amusing trinkets than ever before. Unfortunately, for the bulk of us who have a typical filament based printer, we’re […]
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | September 24th, 2014 8:56 AM
Rebecca and Cameron Stern of Stern Design Works create jewelry, sculptures, and toys through a mix of traditional metalsmithing, 3D printing, hand painting, mixed mediums, and plant derived epoxy resin.
- Posted by Andrew Salomone | September 21st, 2014 12:15 PM
Dremel has their 3D printer out on display at Maker Faire New York. Of course this means we were able to play with it a bit and have some fun. After we announced the tool companies expansion into 3D printing, we knew you’d be clamoring to see it in action. […]
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | September 20th, 2014 6:24 AM
With a combination of accessible features, smart packaging, and a $999 price point, it's obvious that the Dremel Idea Builder is a machine aimed squarely at the mass market.
space station The first 3D printer in space is headed to the international space station soon. We got a chance to talk to some of the Made In Space team about their 3d printer and the challenges they faced at the 3Dprintshow in London a couple weeks ago. We’ve been […]
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | September 16th, 2014 2:53 PM
After publishing the article last week with a collection of functional items to print, I received several great emails with interesting functional items in them. I’d love to get some more too! I plan on sharing them fairly regularly. One email stood out though. James Bryant has made many useful […]
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | September 16th, 2014 10:01 AM
The Pi Top is an educational kit. It appears as though it is in the early stages of planning an upcoming crowdfunding campaign. the basic idea is that you assemble the entire laptop yourself and learn a few things along the way. There are a series of lessons packaged in […]
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | September 11th, 2014 9:01 AM
Its not just trinkets and toys, 3d printers actually are useful. Here are a few functional things people are printing.
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | September 10th, 2014 3:01 PM
Bre Pettis will be leaving his position as the CEO of MakerBot in order to lead up a new division at the parent company, Stratasys, called “The Innovation Workshop.” Jennifer Lawton, who has been with the company since 2011, will be stepping into his place as CEO in 2015. While […]
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | September 5th, 2014 6:56 AM