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Prusa Announces Latest Resin Printer, Boasts Big Speed Boost

Prusa Announces Latest Resin Printer, Boasts Big Speed Boost

Today Prusa announced a big upgrade to their MSLA resin printer, the Prusa SL1S. While the printer may, at a glance, look just like the original SL1, Prusa has taken their typical approach of incorporating user feedback and huge upgrades to the proven platform for a big performance and user experience boost. The key points […]

First Look: The Flashforge Foto 8.9s 4k Resin Printer

First Look: The Flashforge Foto 8.9s 4k Resin Printer

FlashForge’s latest resin printer, the Foto 8.9s, arrived on my workbench a few weeks ago and I’ve had a lot of fun testing it out and putting it through it’s paces. This is the latest in their Foto series, pushing the specs and reliability further than they have before. Lets go over some specs: build […]

How To Go From Idea To 3D Print To Bronze Statue

How To Go From Idea To 3D Print To Bronze Statue

The Robinson Foundry youtube channel has been experimenting with “lost pla” casting to go from idea to bronze sculpture using a 3D printer. Check out these videos to see how they’re doing it, and learn how to get some pretty impressive results. This method is essentially the same as the very well known “lost wax” […]

Replacing The Polarized Film On Your Resin  3D Printer

Replacing The Polarized Film On Your Resin 3D Printer

So you’ve got a fancy LCD based resin printer. They’re great. They’re relatively cheap, and the results are stunning. However, after you use it a bit you’re sure to get familiar with the downsides, such as the wear and tear on the FEP film (the clear plastic film that separates the resin from the LCD […]

You CAN Get Started 3D Printing

You CAN Get Started 3D Printing

In this episode of Make:cast, Make: books editor, Patrick DiJusto talks 3D Printing with the authors of Getting Started with 3D Printing, Second Edition, Liza Wallach Kloski and Nick Kloski. Liza and Nick run HoneyPoint3D, which started in 2012 as a small 3D printing shop in Northern California. Explaining 3D printing to many people was […]

Everything In Its Own Jar

Everything In Its Own Jar

Mark Zalme had an idea how to organize everything in clear jars that could be mounted on pegboard in his garage in Asheville, North Carolina. Over 3-4 years, he developed this idea into a product called WallWerx, a workspace organizing system.

Zmorph’s Industrial 3D Printer Is Ready To Tackle The Toughest Jobs

Zmorph’s Industrial 3D Printer Is Ready To Tackle The Toughest Jobs

With a massive build volume and great price-to-features ratio, Zmorph i500 will improve throughput and productivity. Sponsored by Zmorph Announced two weeks ago – Zmorph releases a completely new product in their portfolio, an industrial 3D printer Zmorph i500. Zmorph is a Polish brand well-known for their line of multitool 3D printers, the latest being […]

3D Printing Ceramics With The Cerambot Eazao

I backed the first kickstarter that Cerambot put out, a 3D printer capable of printing in ceramics for under $400. That kit was successful and it arrived as stated. Overall, the printer seems fine, but lacked a little refinement. When I saw that they were returning with an updated, and easier to use, version I […]

Zmorph’s i500 Is Coming To Industrial Shops Soon

Zmorph’s i500 Is Coming To Industrial Shops Soon

Zmorph is set to announce some industrial power soon.

This Video Is Not Sped Up: Ridiculously Fast 3D Printing

This Video Is Not Sped Up: Ridiculously Fast 3D Printing

It's hard to believe that this footage isn't sped up. How can a printer move that fast?

Mosaic Announces A Ton Of New Items Including Automation, Industrial Printers, and Multicolor 3D Printing Upgrades

Mosaic Announces A Ton Of New Items Including Automation, Industrial Printers, and Multicolor 3D Printing Upgrades

Mosaic's new offerings span from the home printer all the way to institutions and manufacturing

Outside the Box: Nick Seward’s Experimental 3D Printers Work Unlike Anything Else

Outside the Box: Nick Seward’s Experimental 3D Printers Work Unlike Anything Else

Nick Seward experimental 3D printers work unlike anything else.

Fabricating the Future of Work

Fabricating the Future of Work

Digital fabrication is preparing makers for engaging, well-paying careers today and into tomorrow.

This Tiny Belt Printer Cleverly Uses Common Sanding Belts

This Tiny Belt Printer Cleverly Uses Common Sanding Belts

One of the most wonderful parts of open source hardware is seeing all the variations and permutations that spring to life around a central idea. In this case the idea is the belt printer, and this latest variation is adorably tiny.   Built by Aidil Jazmi, this little print factory uses the sanding belt from […]

First Look: The Creality Belt Printer, A Tiny Automated Factory On Your Desktop

First Look: The Creality Belt Printer, A Tiny Automated Factory On Your Desktop

We’ve seen several iterations of the “Belt Printer” concept over the last few years. The concept is that the bed of the printer is a belt, allowing for you to print objects that stretch off into the distance theoretically as long as you have space and can keep feeding it filament. Creality has brought this […]

4 Ways To Get Those Perfect 3D Printing Supports

Since I began 3D Printing, I’ve found supports to be a frustrating necessity. They do perform a job, but they are a real pain in the behind. Sometimes they stick too well and can’t be removed, they make prints take longer, they mar the surfaces. All around, they are just a bummer. However, if you […]

22 CAD Tips For Perfect 3DPrints

Editor’s Note: Billie was nice enough to work with us to create a custom version of her quick guide for volume 75 of Make: Magazine. You can download our version for free here, if you like this color scheme. Otherwise, enjoy Billie’s originals, the content should all be the same! This infographic is part of […]

Preserving Sculptures With 3D Scanning And 3D Printing

Preserving Sculptures With 3D Scanning And 3D Printing

    This raggedy old sculpture is something that I love having around. I know it looks like a pile of old tires and rusty metal bits, and not so much like a toad, but I still love it. As you can see, at one point in time it was a fire sculpture. The valves […]

10 Tips for Converting a 3D Printer to Pellet Extrusion

Make the switch from extruded filament to closed-loop recycled plastic pellets with these helpful tips

Fine Tune Your Resin 3D Print Supports

Fine Tune Your Resin 3D Print Supports

Create support structures for your SLA, DLP, or LCD resin prints — the right way

Join East Coast ReprapFest Virtually This Weekend

Join East Coast ReprapFest Virtually This Weekend

If you’re a 3D Printing nut, you absolutely can not miss the East Coast RepRap Festival (ERRF) going on this upcoming weekend. If you’ve never seen one, these gatherings are where 3d printing enthusiasts of all kinds gather to show off their creations and swap tips and tricks. It is focused on open source 3D […]

Titancraft Lets You Create Custom Creatures For 3D Printing

Titancraft Lets You Create Custom Creatures For 3D Printing

I’m always looking for interesting now sources for fun 3d prints.  This fun little site called Titancraft Minis popped up and I hopped in to give it a try and was blown away! You can create and customize monsters, then download them for free (or have them printed and shipped). At first glance it didn’t […]

Makers Wanted: Help Keep 3D Printers Unlocked

Makers Wanted: Help Keep 3D Printers Unlocked

Every three years, the US Copyright Office gets to make it legal to break Digital Rights Management (DRM, also known as digital locks) in certain situations.

Quick Look: The Creality CR6 – SE 3D Printer

Quick Look: The Creality CR6 – SE 3D Printer

Creality is currently running a kickstarter for their latest printer, the CR 6-SE. This machine is a solid upgrade from some of their previous models, bringing some modern features such as power failure resume and auto bed leveling to the table. Watch the video to see it in action and check out their kickstarter page […]

This Intricately Geared 7-segment Display Gives a Gorgeous View Of Your Subscriber Count

This Intricately Geared 7-segment Display Gives a Gorgeous View Of Your Subscriber Count

Recently my YouTube channel  unexpectedly started to get attention, so I decided to do something special for when it finally reached 1,000 subscribers. An internet-connected live counter seemed like a great way to celebrate the event, with the added bonus that other people could build one themselves. There are already a few excellent split-flap kits […]

3D Printed Valves Are Saving Lives In Italy

We’ve been seeing this story pop up all over the web. A group in Italy has been 3D printing valves that are saving people’s lives. In this case, the valve is a mixing device that is combining room air with pure oxygen before it is delivered to the patient. The hospitals were unable to procure […]

3D Printed Modular Violin

3D-print a bright-sounding, go-anywhere acoustic violin — and experiment with instrument design.

This Clever Trick Embeds Holographic Patterns In Your 3D Prints

This Clever Trick Embeds Holographic Patterns In Your 3D Prints

This clever trick popped up on Reddit recently and I’m very amused. Apparently you can use textured sheets on your 3d printer’s print bed to imprint that texture on the first layer of your print. Sounds obvious right? Well, what if that textured sheet is fine enough to give an irridescent or holographic effect? Yup, […]

3D Printing With Peanut Butter: Assembling And Testing The Cerambot

I supported the kickstarter for the Cerambot last year, knowing full well that there was a chance my $350 was simply gone (one should assume this with any kickstarter). However, they delivered! I got my printer and now I have to put in the time and effort to actually print with it. Assembly Assembly of […]

Get Early Bird Tickets To Construct 3D

Get Early Bird Tickets To Construct 3D

Coming up in early February, there’s an event that you shouldn’t miss if you’re into 3D printing, especially in academia. Construct3D is being held at Rice University in Houston Texas on February 13-16. At this event there will be talks, art exhibitions, and sponosr exhibits, all focusing on various additive technologies. Just to give you […]

Quick Look: Prusa Sl1 Resin 3D Printer

Quick Look: Prusa Sl1 Resin 3D Printer

We had the opportunity to explore Prusa’s latest entry into the 3D printing market, the SL1. This is a masked SLA printer, which means that the resin is cured via a UV lamp, that shines through an LCD screen up into the vat of resin.  The current trend in this market has been to cut […]

8 Last Minute 3D Prints To Spookify Your Halloween

Makers usually love Halloween. What’s not to love? Spooky images, fantastic costumes, frolicking in the chilly fall dusk. It really is a wonderful holiday. However, many of us just have so much going on, we can’t celebrate to the extent we’d like. Maybe you live in a dorm, maybe you’ve been too busy to build […]

Check Out The Most Adorable Tiny Boiling Halloween Cauldron

Check Out The Most Adorable Tiny Boiling Halloween Cauldron

Sometimes a collection of parts just comes together perfectly. I’m not sure what I find so captivating about this tiny cauldron from Adafruit, but it really struck me as fantastic. I’ve seen so many boiling cauldrons around Halloween, but the bluetooth connectivity and 3d prints being perfectly fit to a circuit playground makes this a […]

Prusa Sets Guiness Record For Most Simultaneously Operating 3D Printers

Prusa Sets Guiness Record For Most Simultaneously Operating 3D Printers

In a pretty solid flex from Prusa, there is now a new world record for people to attempt to beat. On the 16th of August 2019, Prusa Printers set the world record for the most 3D Printers operating simultaneously. When everything was in full swing, 1,096 printers were humming and buzzing to make the world […]

Our First Prints On The Form3 SLA 3D Printer

Our First Prints On The Form3 SLA 3D Printer

We’ve been hearing about the latest itteration of the Formlabs SLA workhorse, the Form3 for some time. I finally got one on the bench to check out. They really do stand apart from others in all the bells and whistles available on the machine, as you can see for yourself.  

Quick Look: 0 Resin Printer

Quick Look: $250 Resin Printer

A quick look at an incredibly cheap resin printer

3D Printer Nozzle Wear: An In-Depth Look

Nozzle wear is one of those things that a lot of people talk about, but the discussion is usually pretty general. People will warn you that abrasive materials can wear your nozzle but that is usually where the conversation ends. All materials you shove through your nozzle are abrasive to some degree. Some are worse […]

Nick Seward’s Rolling 3D Printer Can Go Infinitely Long In One Direction

Nick Seward’s Rolling 3D Printer Can Go Infinitely Long In One Direction

There was a time when every home 3D printer was some kind of experiment. There wasn’t a widely agreed upon layout or electronic configuration or size. Everyone was pulling info they needed from the RepRap project and kind of just winging it. Over the years, a few designs have certainly dominated the landscape and mass […]

Take A Tour of The Midwest RepRap Fest

Take A Tour of The Midwest RepRap Fest

Since 2013 or so, the Midwest RepRap Festival, or MRRF, has been a quickly growing gathering of 3D printing enthusiasts from all over the world. This year, it has grown to encompass three large buildings in Goshen, Indiana and housed an incredible 3D printers, both new and old. This event offers not only a chance […]

Formlabs Introduces Two New 3D Printers: The Form3 and Form3L

Formlabs Introduces Two New 3D Printers: The Form3 and Form3L

The next generation of high quality printers is here, and they're impressive

5 3D Prints To Save you Money

It is no secret that we love 3D printing here at Make:. We tend to focus on the cooler and more outstanding prints, but the fact is that these are useful tools that can save you money. Joe Makes took some time to put together a video to show off a few prints that he […]

Learn How To Design And Print Assistive Devices With This Free Course

Learn How To Design And Print Assistive Devices With This Free Course

Often, when we think of how makers can help those with special physical needs, we tend to envision the fancy robotic prosthetics that grace so many social media feeds. Those are great, and certainly fun to look at, but for the majority of people, assistive devices appear much more mundane, but are equally life changing. […]

Creating This Deceptively Simple Looking Logo Teaches Tons Of Tips

Creating This Deceptively Simple Looking Logo Teaches Tons Of Tips

For anyone who has used it, there is no denying Fusion 360 is obviously an incredibly powerful tool. However, if you’re not a guru, it can be intimidating when you’re trying to make shapes that aren’t just simple boxes. Joe Krcma from Joe Makes dove into making more complex shapes when he set out to […]

Help Make The Worlds Largest 3D Printed Duck

Help Make The Worlds Largest 3D Printed Duck

It isn’t every day that you can participate in a world record attempt! With the Great Duck Project, you could help construct the worlds largest 3D Printed duck. The Great Duck Project is an initiative to create the world’s largest globally crowdsourced collaborative 3D printed duck. Inspired by the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club (Westport, CT) […]

E3D Launches New 3D Printing Slicer

E3D Launches New 3D Printing Slicer

In the world of 3D printing, slicers – the software that rips your models into layers and tells your printer how to lay them – are a hot topic. Gurus will contest not only their optimal settings but the pros and cons of how each individual slicer approaches those tasks. E3D, the popular hot-end manufacturer […]

Experimenting with Smart Infill for Stronger 3D Prints

Experimenting with Smart Infill for Stronger 3D Prints

There seem to be a never ending supply of inventive ways that home experimenters are forwarding 3d printing.  Stefan from CNC Kitchen on Youtube is showing off some really cool experimentation in this video that take advantage of easy to use physical simulation software to create infills for your 3d printed parts that are much […]

Watch Objects Appear In An Instant With This Experimental 3D Printing Method

Watch Objects Appear In An Instant With This Experimental 3D Printing Method

Watching 3D printers do their job is already a surprisingly mesmerizing activity. Any time there is one in a public place plodding along to lay down its layers of plastic, a crowd will surely form to watch. The process typically takes a considerable amount of time, in some cases multiple days, to complete. This new […]

Start And Stop GCode: Commands To Make Your Printer Do Your Bidding

Start And Stop GCode: Commands To Make Your Printer Do Your Bidding

3D printers communicate via a language called G-code, like all Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) machines. This versatile language provides a set of human-readable commands for controlling each action that a 3D printer performs. Slicing software may be thought of as an interpreter for translating 3D models into a series of G-code commands for producing a […]

5 Axis 3D Printing Brings New Possibilities

more axis, many more possibilities

Fighting Package Theft With Glitter and Fart Spray

Fighting Package Theft With Glitter and Fart Spray

Watch and laugh as multiple thieves nab this glitter-spraying package, take it to hidden locales, and open it up to unwittingly unleash a serious mess — all while surreptitiously being recorded by multiple phone cameras hidden inside.

Can You 3D Print a DC Motor?

Can You 3D Print a DC Motor?

The answer to this question? Kinda. It definitely shows real promise, even for the home 3D printer.

Holiday 3D-Printables on Thingiverse

Holiday 3D-Printables on Thingiverse

3D Print these and many other Christmas ornaments and other decorations from Thingiverse.

3D Printing Lenses And Other Transparent Objects With Your Filament Based Printer

a standard filament based printer actually can produce lenses and other fully transparent prints

MakerBot Launches New Printer To Bridge The Gap Between Desktop and Industrial

MakerBot Launches New Printer To Bridge The Gap Between Desktop and Industrial

MakerBot targets new segment with Method Printer

How to Upgrade Your 3D Printer With a Laser Engraver

How to Upgrade Your 3D Printer With a Laser Engraver

Upgrading your 3D printer is a fantastic way to improve performance and print quality, as well as learn how the machine works. Often the upgrades are simple things to make it run quieter, get better cooling, control the environment through an enclosure, detect filament jams, and other things of that nature. This upgrade however adds […]

7 Must-Have Mods For 3D Printing, CNC Routing, and Lasering

  While we all know our printers, routers, and lasers will work well out of the box and wouldn’t want to get in the way of their superior craftsmanship, some of the more wild and crazy of our brood will dive in to modifying them. These mods can improve not only the quality of the […]

  • Posted by | November 28th, 2018 7:55 AM
Designing 3D Printed Stamps For Metal Pressing

Designing 3D Printed Stamps For Metal Pressing

Shaping metal with 3D printed forms

3D Printed Etching Press

Pull traditional intaglio prints on a mini press you made yourself!

Enjoy the Frenetic Dancing of this Stop-Motion Spider

Enjoy the Frenetic Dancing of this Stop-Motion Spider

This cute spider carried many lessons for it's creator

Making Plastic PCBs with a Laser Cutter and Chemicals

Making Plastic PCBs with a Laser Cutter and Chemicals

The ever-clever Ben Krasnow experiments with printing plastic "electroless" PCBs on a 3D printer and laser cutter.

How to Print Miniature Figures on a 3D Printer

How to Print Miniature Figures on a 3D Printer

A video tutorial on what you need to know to get the best results when printing fantasy gaming miniatures.

3D Print Your Own Banksy Art-Shredder Frame

One maker has taken it upon himself to create a replica of Banksy's art-shredding frame, following the roll-up-and-hide-it concept, and has shared his design files for others to build from as well.

3D Printed Egg Speakers

3D-print these awesome enclosures for audiophile sound

LuBan Helps You Make Big Stuff With Your 3D Printer Or Laser

LuBan Helps You Make Big Stuff With Your 3D Printer Or Laser

split your files easily for 3d printing or laser cutting

Braille Skateboarding Tests Autodesk’s 00 3D Printed Titanium Skate Trucks

Braille Skateboarding Tests Autodesk’s $1300 3D Printed Titanium Skate Trucks

In this collaboration between the popular Braille Skateboarding YouTube channel and Autodesk, Aaron Kyro and gang meet up with industrial designer Paul Sohi to test out a set of generatively designed, laser-sintered titanium skateboard trucks. The crew is wowed by the trucks’ diminished weight — said to be 45% lighter than normal skate trucks — […]

World Maker Faire New York, Where Digital Fabrication Can’t Be Missed

World Maker Faire New York, Where Digital Fabrication Can’t Be Missed

World Maker Faire New York is the place to go to see not only your favorite companies in the Digital Fabrication game but also the weird and wonderful projects that push the genre to the next level.

Material Monday: NylonX Carbon Fiber Filament

Material Monday: NylonX Carbon Fiber Filament

Toughen up your prints with an engineering grade plastic, NylonX

This Clever 3D Print Turns Thumbstick to A Steering Wheel

This Clever 3D Print Turns Thumbstick to A Steering Wheel

a clip-on steering wheel changes the game

Pioneering Desktop 3D Printer Maker Printrbot Closes Shop

Pioneering Desktop 3D Printer Maker Printrbot Closes Shop

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 $830,000 for a $500 machine, […]

East Coasters: Join Us Sunday For Make’s 2018 Digital Fabrication Shootout Open House

East Coasters: Join Us Sunday For Make’s 2018 Digital Fabrication Shootout Open House

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 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. While […]

3D Printing a Millennium Falcon Gaming Prop

Jim Kelly of Game Terrain Engineering prints a huge Millennium Falcon for the Star Wars: Legion miniatures game.

Use 3D Printing For Perfect Leather Molds

Use 3D Printing For Perfect Leather Molds

Use 3d printers to create the tools for the results you want

From The Archive: Download and Print The MEGA MAKEY ROBOT

From The Archive: Download and Print The MEGA MAKEY ROBOT

re-releasing the files, this time on thingiverse.

Material Monday: Filablend Filament

Material Monday: Filablend Filament

Filablend gives your prints a twist of color in a very unique fashion.

Removable, Magnetic 3D Print Beds

Removable, Magnetic 3D Print Beds

Have you tried a removable magnetic print bed for your 3D printer?

Casting Aluminum Parts from 3D Prints

Casting Aluminum Parts from 3D Prints

Using 3D printing and a sand mold for casting homemade metal parts.

3D Print Your Own Brain!

Ben Krasnow shows you how you can 3D print a model of your own brain and gives us a tour of his new DSL printer.

Material Monday: ASA Filament

Material Monday: ASA Filament

ASA 3D printer filament helps your prints stand up to the Sun's abuses.

Clever 3D Print Turns Analog Clock Into A Star Tracker

Clever 3D Print Turns Analog Clock Into A Star Tracker

24 hour analog clocks are perfect for matching earth's rotation

Becky Stern Makes a Tumor-Rejecting Hat for Simone Giertz

Becky Stern Makes a Tumor-Rejecting Hat for Simone Giertz

A hat designed to reject a brain tumor (and console a beloved maker).

Live Updates From Maker Faire Bay Area 2018

Live Updates From Maker Faire Bay Area 2018

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.

Creating the New Collar Workforce

Creating the New Collar Workforce

Talk to any manufacturer today and one of their top concerns is finding a skilled workforce needed to compete in a global marketplace.

Making LED-Powered, 3D Printed Flowers

Making LED-Powered, 3D Printed Flowers

Becky Stern shows you how to make some fun little light-up flowers on a 3D printer.

Bruce Beasley stands in f

Maker Profile: Bruce Beasley

Working in many materials including stone and metal, he has pioneered the process of digital fabrication to create large-scale works of art.

Celebrate Star Wars Day with These 12 Projects

Celebrate Star Wars Day with These 12 Projects

This roundup of projects from a galaxy far, far away will let you show your pride regardless of what kind of making you do.

2018’s Rosie the Riveter Is a 6 Foot Tall Crowdsourced Sculpture

You can help bring her to life!

Ultimaker Releases New Printer and Announces Partnerships at Rapid

Ultimaker Releases New Printer and Announces Partnerships at Rapid

Ultimaker unveils new S5 3D printer targeting professionals and announces partnerships with industry leading materials manufacturers.

This Stunning Roman Inspired Helmet is Entirely 3D Printed

This Stunning Roman Inspired Helmet is Entirely 3D Printed

Printing in steel allows for a beautiful finish

MakerBot Launches New Educator Certification Program

MakerBot Launches New Educator Certification Program

MakerBot announces new certification program for educators helping to give them the tools to create curriculum to bring 3D printing int o the classroom.

Maker Pro News: When A Startup Demands Everything

Maker Pro News: When A Startup Demands Everything

Read this harrowing tale of maker pros who put everything, down to their bank accounts and homes, into a startup they believed in.

Turning Your Kid’s Drawings into 3D Printed Toys

Turning Your Kid’s Drawings into 3D Printed Toys

How to bring your kid's art to life with 3D design and printing.

Maker Pro News: Startups Are The Future of 3D Printing

Maker Pro News: Startups Are The Future of 3D Printing

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.

Maker Pro News: A Great Startup Doesn’t Need a Breakthrough Technology

Maker Pro News: A Great Startup Doesn’t Need a Breakthrough Technology

Entrepreneurs often promote their products as breakthroughs, however it’s often more prudent to watch the market for a new proof of concept first.

PlastiSketch Offers a New Approach to 3D Modeling

PlastiSketch Offers a New Approach to 3D Modeling

This approach to 3D modeling may appeal to you. The layered approach takes a little thinking, but you'll create some pretty interesting shapes.

Learn to Model in Cinema 4D for 3D Printing

Learn to Model in Cinema 4D for 3D Printing

Ever use Cinema 4D to model your 3D prints? There's no better time to learn than the present!

3D Printing T’Challa’s Spear from Black Panther

After watching Black Panther, 3D print T'Challa's spear from the movie. It'll make for an excellent prop for a Halloween costume or cosplay.

3D Print Aesthetic Leg Prosthetic

This man designed and 3D printed a custom fairing for his coworker's daughter's prosthetic leg. Best of all, the designs are open source!

How to 3D Print on Fabric

How to 3D Print on Fabric

Learn to use 3D printing to create dragon scales and other types of detailed props that can be printed right onto the fabric of your next cosplay.

Revisiting Foxhole Radios with a 3D Printer

Revisiting Foxhole Radios with a 3D Printer

Sage Hansen was inspired by early foxhole radios, but wanted to update it so that he could 3D print the frame.

3D Printed C02-Powered Rockets

Building a C02-powered PVC launcher for firing off 3D printed rockets.

Transform a CNC Machine Into a Pick and Place Robot that Solves Puzzles

Transform a CNC Machine Into a Pick and Place Robot that Solves Puzzles

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.

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LulzBot Pulls Back The Curtain At CES And Launches A New Extruder

LulzBot Pulls Back The Curtain At CES And Launches A New Extruder

Lulzbot is building 3D printers at CES and you could win one.

6 DIY Ways to Create Your Own Porg Infestation

Porgs have already infested the Star Wars universe. You might as well build a few yourself and let them invade the rest of your life.

3D Printing a Repair Gear for a Salad Spinner

Experimenting with designing and printing repair parts using a 3D printer.

Maker Pro News: A High School Maker Pro, Tanzanian Innovation, and More

Maker Pro News: A High School Maker Pro, Tanzanian Innovation, and More

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 in Making: 3D Print with Alexa, Touch-A-Sketch, and More

This Week in Making: 3D Print with Alexa, Touch-A-Sketch, and More

This week, check out Alexa using a 3D printer, an Etch a Sketch getting a makeover, and a random number generator using lava lamps.

Edible Innovations: Print Your Own Breakfast with PancakeBot

Edible Innovations: Print Your Own Breakfast with PancakeBot

Miguel Valenzuela's PancakeBot is a Lego-based creation that prints pancakes in whatever design you program.

This 3D Printed Adapter Makes Nintendo’s Switch Controllers More Accessible

This 3D Printed Adapter Makes Nintendo’s Switch Controllers More Accessible

Players with a motion disability can struggle to use Nintendo Switch's Joy-Cons. This 3D printed adaptor makes the controller more accessible.

Get Some Practical Use Out of Your 3D Printer

Get Some Practical Use Out of Your 3D Printer

You can easily prototype and fabricate simple parts, tools, and jigs, either from your own designs or from online repositories

Start a Business With Your 3D Printer

Start a Business With Your 3D Printer

Reapply your 3D printer skills to start your own business selling prints or training others to use their machines.

Maker Pro News: Industrial 3DP, Kickstarter’s Hardware Studio at CES, and More

Maker Pro News: Industrial 3DP, Kickstarter’s Hardware Studio at CES, and More

Read up on how maker pros create massive projects with industrial 3D printers, or how Kickstarter is repping Hardware Studio at CES.

State of the Printer: A Look at Industrial Additive Fabrication

State of the Printer: A Look at Industrial Additive Fabrication

These top-of-the-line machines can print huge parts from a range of materials. In some cases, they even print parts for aircrafts.

Add Patterned Skins to 3D Prints with Hydro Dipping

Add Patterned Skins to 3D Prints with Hydro Dipping

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.

This “Bee-Dimensional” Printer Creates Some Sweet Looking Prints

This “Bee-Dimensional” Printer Creates Some Sweet Looking Prints

These honeycomb sculptures are the result of the B-Code biological 3D printer, a printer that relies on bees to create pieces of art.

Santa and His Merry Band of Elves Come Alive in this Display

Santa and His Merry Band of Elves Come Alive in this Display

Santa and his merry band of elves come alive in this automated display. Head on over to Maker Share to see it in action.

Build Your Own Zoo with a Colorful Assortment of 3D Printed Animals

Build Your Own Zoo with a Colorful Assortment of 3D Printed Animals

Da-eun "Eunny" Jun, a maker from South Korea, uses 3D modeling and printing to create colorful flat animals and other models.

Capture Moving Timelapse Video with this Motion Control Camera Slider

Capture Moving Timelapse Video with this Motion Control Camera Slider

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.

Maker Spotlight: Aidan Leitch

Maker Spotlight: Aidan Leitch

Aidan Leitch has always enjoyed building things. He started with Legos, before making 3D video games, and finally settling on 3D printing.

Building a Batman Electric Skateboard

Building a Batman Electric Skateboard

Mad inventor, James Bruton, designs and prints a Batman Bat Tumbler skateboard.

MakerBot Releases Educator’s Guidebook for 3D Printing

MakerBot Releases Educator’s Guidebook for 3D Printing

In an effort to see more teachers use their 3D printers in a classroom setting, MakerBot released a guidebook that contains 9 lesson plans.

Convert Your Empty Filament Spools to Part Bins With This Clever Mod

Convert Your Empty Filament Spools to Part Bins With This Clever Mod

a clever use for old spools turns them to workshop storage

High Schooler 3D Prints Her Own Spirometer to Measure Asthmatic Breathing

High Schooler 3D Prints Her Own Spirometer to Measure Asthmatic Breathing

Hannah Edge developed a compact spirometer that merges both old and new technologies, like 3D printing, to create a more portable device.

Get Medieval With a 3D Printed Crossbow

Get Medieval With a 3D Printed Crossbow

3D print this crossbow to take your target practice to the next level.

Don’t Write Off TinkerCad as Too Simple

Don’t Write Off TinkerCad as Too Simple

Geoff Shorts assumed TinkerCad would be a pointless step-down from Fusion, but was pleasantly surprised by the results he got.

Raspberry Pi Haunted Jack in the Box

Raspberry Pi Haunted Jack in the Box

Take the suspense of a leaping clown and add face-detection that creepily turns a crank when it sees you approaching.

Maker Pro News: Maker Pros do B2B, Indiegogo Launches a Marketplace, and More

Maker Pro News: Maker Pros do B2B, Indiegogo Launches a Marketplace, and More

This past week, Inventables spotlighted its maker pro users, Indiegogo launched a marketplace, and new 3D printing frontiers were reached.

Double-Barrel 3D Printed Candy Corn Wrist Shooter

Double-Barrel 3D Printed Candy Corn Wrist Shooter

Download and print the custom design, then put your candy corn to good use. Just don't aim at anyone's heads, please. 

Phone-Screen-Driven Ono 3D Printer In Action at Maker Faire New York

Phone-Screen-Driven Ono 3D Printer In Action at Maker Faire New York

There have been questions from the maker community about the viability of the Ono printer, so we set out to see it in action.

Maker Spotlight: Matthew Borgatti

Maker Spotlight: Matthew Borgatti

Matthew Borgatti describes himself as a Dielectrical Materialist. He enjoys working with his hands and making quick iterations on his ideas.

Make These Totally Gothtacular Bat Wings for Your Boots!

Make These Totally Gothtacular Bat Wings for Your Boots!

Add a great gothy flourish to your cosplay with these 3D printed bat wings.

Cast Your Own Stamps to Put Harriet Tubman on the  Bill

Cast Your Own Stamps to Put Harriet Tubman on the $20 Bill

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.

Design and 3D Print Your Own Gaming Miniature Bases

Design and 3D Print Your Own Gaming Miniature Bases

Design and print your own custom gaming bases while learning Tinkercad.

Edible Innovations: Engineering a 3D Printer to Extrude Chocolate

Edible Innovations: Engineering a 3D Printer to Extrude Chocolate

Evan Weinstein went to World Maker Faire New York to introduce Cocoa Press, a 3D printer for chocolate that he developed all by himself.

Maker Pro News: Foodtech Founders, 3D Printing on the Factory Floor, and More

Maker Pro News: Foodtech Founders, 3D Printing on the Factory Floor, and More

Maker pros in both the food and 3D printing fields worked hard last week in prep for World Maker Faire New York.

5 Super-Useful 3D Printable Tools

Actually useful, everyday tools that you can print from any 3D printer.

Josef Prusa Announces New Prusa i3 MK3 at Maker Faire New York

Josef Prusa Announces New Prusa i3 MK3 at 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.

3D Print and Explore the World’s Oldest Known Lock

Get hands-on with history by 3D printing a copy of an Assyrian pin lock.

This Week in Making: iPhone 7 Headphone Hacks, 3D Printed Homes, and Lego Engineering

This Week in Making: iPhone 7 Headphone Hacks, 3D Printed Homes, and Lego Engineering

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.

3D Print a GoPro Mount for a Spark Drone

Add a GoPro camera to a hobby drone for inexpensive aerial video production with this printable mount.

Edible Innovations: 3DigitalCooks Experiments and Educates About 3D Printed Food

Edible Innovations: 3DigitalCooks Experiments and Educates About 3D Printed Food

3DigitalCooks is a studio focused on 3D printing food, and exploring the concept through education, research, and consultation.

Full Color 3D Printing Comes to the Desktop with the DaVinci Color

Full Color 3D Printing Comes to the Desktop with the DaVinci Color

Full color is now available to FDM printing. No filament swaps, No multiple spools.

  • Posted by | September 1st, 2017 5:08 AM
Atom’s New 3D Printer Offers FDM and SLA Capabilities

Atom’s New 3D Printer Offers FDM and SLA Capabilities

With a shipping date of next year, the Atom 3 3D Printer promises to incorporate both FDM and SLA technologies into one sleek machine.

These Tiny Drawbots Put Unique Doodles on Coasters

These Tiny Drawbots Put Unique Doodles on Coasters

In order to produce something interesting to bring to a monthly hardware meetup, Barton Dring created custom laser coaster engraver/cutters.

Five Quick Tips to Save Money on Your Next CNC Project

Five Quick Tips to Save Money on Your Next CNC Project

There are five ways to optimize and improve a the design of your CNC project for better results at the lowest cost.

3D Print or Machine This Mesmerizing Kinetic Wave Machine

It has taken months to finally cnc mill and 3d print this idea. Here are the files to make your own!

Maker Spotlight: Mark Rehorst

Maker Spotlight: Mark Rehorst

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

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

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

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

3D Print the Adafruit Circuit Playground Chess Set

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

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

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

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

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

Edible Innovation: Chloé Rutzerveld Explores Sweets from Scraps with STROOP

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

Your Wardrobe of the Future Could Be Printed at Home

Your Wardrobe of the Future Could Be Printed at Home

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

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

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

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

Open World: Touring London’s Biggest Workshops

Open World: Touring London’s Biggest Workshops

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

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

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

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

4 Makerspaces That Came Together to Work on Big Projects

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

3D Print a Uniquely Patterned Mouse Pad

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

See How This Intricate, 3D Printed Mechanical Calculator Works

See How This Intricate, 3D Printed Mechanical Calculator Works

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

Weekend Watch: Wintergatan’s Wonderful Works

Weekend Watch: Wintergatan’s Wonderful Works

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

Building a Rideable Lego Skateboard

Building a Rideable Lego Skateboard

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

Filament Friday: T-Lyne Reshapes Your Prints

Filament Friday: T-Lyne Reshapes Your Prints

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

Tech-Savvy Knitwear Designer Weighs In On Kniterate

Tech-Savvy Knitwear Designer Weighs In On Kniterate

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

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

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

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

Formlabs Announces Desktop SLS Printer, Automated Manufacturing System

Formlabs Announces Desktop SLS Printer, Automated Manufacturing System

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

Filament Friday: Tough Ink Gives Your Prints Flexibility

Filament Friday: Tough Ink Gives Your Prints Flexibility

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

Review: The Droplit v2 Resin Printer

Review: The Droplit v2 Resin Printer

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

Review: The MonoFab SRM-20

Review: The MonoFab SRM-20

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

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

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

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

Filament Friday: PLAyPHAb

Filament Friday: PLAyPHAb

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

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

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

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

Filament Friday: MatterHackers Pro Series TPU

Filament Friday: MatterHackers Pro Series TPU

TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethane) is a flexible and fun!

3 Costs to Consider When Mass Manufacturing a Hardware Product

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

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

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

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

Filament Friday: Taulman3D’s Bridge Offers Nylon Durability

Filament Friday: Taulman3D’s Bridge Offers Nylon Durability

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

Filament Friday: “Silk Like” Filament Gives Glossy Prints

Filament Friday: “Silk Like” Filament Gives Glossy Prints

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

Build a 1930’s Style Dieselpunk Cellphone

Build a 1930’s Style Dieselpunk Cellphone

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

Shapeways Offers Access to New HP 3D Printing Technology

Shapeways Offers Access to New HP 3D Printing Technology

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

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

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

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

Filament Friday: NinjaFlex Squishy Fun

Filament Friday: NinjaFlex Squishy Fun

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

Filament Friday: Refil PET Helps Divert Plastic Bottles from Landfills

Filament Friday: Refil PET Helps Divert Plastic Bottles from Landfills

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

3 Crucial Steps Before You Manufacture Your Product

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

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

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

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

Filament Friday: Algix Alga Is a Filament Made from Algae

Filament Friday: Algix Alga Is a Filament Made from Algae

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

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

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

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

How I Added Tank Treads to a Go-Kart

How I Added Tank Treads to a Go-Kart

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

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

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

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

The Sad Story of Walter, the Retired Industrial Arm

The Sad Story of Walter, the Retired Industrial Arm

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

Filament Friday: Taulman3D T-Glase

Filament Friday: Taulman3D T-Glase

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kniterate Launches Kickstarter for Automated Knitting Machine

Kniterate Launches Kickstarter for Automated Knitting Machine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Filament Friday: Proto-Pasta Matte Fiber HTPLA

Filament Friday: Proto-Pasta Matte Fiber HTPLA

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

These Cute Retro Droids Are Actually 3D Printed

These Cute Retro Droids Are Actually 3D Printed

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

Catching Up with Josef Prusa at the SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards

Catching Up with Josef Prusa at the SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards

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

5 Labs That Use 3D Printing for Biohacking Projects

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

Extract DNA at Home with a 3D Printed Centrifuge

Extract DNA at Home with a 3D Printed Centrifuge

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

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

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

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

Compassionate Projects Keep the Focus on People, Not Exposure

Compassionate Projects Keep the Focus on People, Not Exposure

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

This Tiny Apple II Is Powered by the  CHIP

This Tiny Apple II Is Powered by the $9 CHIP

You could fit this Apple II in your pocket!

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

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

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

3D Printing Topographical Maps from Space Shuttle Data

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

3D Printed Material 10X Stronger Than Steel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3D Print and Program This Cute Bipedal Arduino Bot

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

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

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

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

This Shipping Container Is Actually a Huge 3D Printer

This Shipping Container Is Actually a Huge 3D Printer

ship and print!

Our DigiFab Holiday Ornament Contest Winner Is…

Our DigiFab Holiday Ornament Contest Winner Is…

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

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

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 solve certain problems. The current […]

Hacking for Peace in Colombia

Hacking for Peace in Colombia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Take a Tour of Xrobots’ Star Wars Droid Menagerie

Take a Tour of Xrobots’ Star Wars Droid Menagerie

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

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

Design Something Awesome to Compete in Our Digifab Ornament Contest

Show us what you can make with your robots!

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

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

8 Reasons to Give Thanks for Your 3D Printer

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

Sculpting 3D Printable Items in Virtual Reality with Oculus Medium

Sculpting 3D Printable Items in Virtual Reality with Oculus Medium

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

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

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

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

  • Posted by | November 17th, 2016 5:00 AM

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

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

3D Print a High-Power Electric Unicycle

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

3D Printing Architectural Design Elements

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3D Print These 12 Last-Minute Halloween Costumes

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

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

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

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

Ultimaker Announces New Dual Extruder Printer

Ultimaker Announces New Dual Extruder Printer

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

Maker Faire Rome Day 1

Maker Faire Rome Day 1

Maker Faire Rome is Europe’s largest Maker Faire and an amazing showcase that proves that Makers are universal. Day one was education day with hundreds of Roman school children bused to the Faire to learn and experience the potential of making. Roman school children gather around a bionic arm exhibit, marveling at the 3D printed […]

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

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

Your project could be printed aboard the ISS

Download and Print This Light-Up Mace for Cosplay

Download and Print This Light-Up Mace for Cosplay

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

8 Awesome 3D Printed Pegboard Tool Holders

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

5 Machines for 3D Printing Cutting-Edge Cuisines

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

The Moat Boat Paddle Battle Returns To World Maker Faire

The Moat Boat Paddle Battle Returns To World Maker Faire

The most exciting paddle battle is returning to Maker Faire!

This Custom Machine 3D Prints Incredible Ceramic Sculptures

This Custom Machine 3D Prints Incredible Ceramic Sculptures

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Myanmar’s Farmers are 3D Printing Their Own Tools

Myanmar’s Farmers are 3D Printing Their Own Tools

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

“Metamaterials” Allow You to 3D Print Simple Machines

“Metamaterials” Allow You to 3D Print Simple Machines

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

Tackling Food Waste in Hanoi with SEA Makerthon

Tackling Food Waste in Hanoi with SEA Makerthon

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

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

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

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

Chiang Mai Makerthon Develops Water Shortage Solutions in Thailand

Chiang Mai Makerthon Develops Water Shortage Solutions in Thailand

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

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

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

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

Sculptable Filament Could Merge Traditional Modeling with 3D Printing

Sculptable Filament Could Merge Traditional Modeling with 3D Printing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prototyping with Living Cells

Prototyping with Living Cells

This is the second installment of our series on the state of biohacking. You can read the first installment “Safari in the Biohacking Society” and watch for more articles in the future. Bioprint Is the New Print The greatest bridge between the world of makers and the world of biohackers is probably the “mighty” 3D printer. […]

This Week in Making: Sculpting Beyoncé and Conductive Temporary Tattoos

This Week in Making: Sculpting Beyoncé and Conductive Temporary Tattoos

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

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

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

How to Digitally Design Joinery for Better Assembly

How to Digitally Design Joinery for Better Assembly

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

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

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

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

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

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

Maker Spotlight: Austin Robey

Maker Spotlight: Austin Robey

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

Computational Thermoforming, the Other 3D Printing?

Computational Thermoforming, the Other 3D Printing?

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

5 Projects Fit for a Pokemon Go Master

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

Maker Spotlight: Rachel Koukal

Maker Spotlight: Rachel Koukal

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

Our Journey in Building a Glove-Controlled Robotic Gripper

Our Journey in Building a Glove-Controlled Robotic Gripper

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sensoree’s 3D Printed Fabric Animates Your Goosebumps

Sensoree’s 3D Printed Fabric Animates Your Goosebumps

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

Build Modular Animal Robots with the Animech Project

Build Modular Animal Robots with the Animech Project

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

New 3D Printers Unveiled Today at Maker Faire Bay Area

New 3D Printers Unveiled Today at Maker Faire Bay Area

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

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

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

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

How to 3D Print Directly onto T-Shirts

How to 3D Print Directly onto T-Shirts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3D Print a Working Tourbillon Clock

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

Build an FPV-Style Quadcopter with a CNCed Frame

Build an FPV-Style Quadcopter with a CNCed Frame

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

These Upcycled UFO Lamps Are Retro-Futuristic Fabulous

These Upcycled UFO Lamps Are Retro-Futuristic Fabulous

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Can Your Really 3D Print a Working Robotic Lawnmower?

Can Your Really 3D Print a Working Robotic Lawnmower?

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

Makerbot Announces Expansion of Thingiverse API

Makerbot Announces Expansion of Thingiverse API

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

Yes, Your Cat Absolutely Needs 3D Printed Battle Armor

Yes, Your Cat Absolutely Needs 3D Printed Battle Armor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Making a Wind Turbine Out of Spare 3D Printer Parts

Making a Wind Turbine Out of Spare 3D Printer Parts

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

Epic 3D Printed Baby Rattler Sword

Epic 3D Printed Baby Rattler Sword

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

Solidoodle Bows Out of 3D Printing

Solidoodle Bows Out of 3D Printing

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

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

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

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

Customize and Print 3D Picture Books for Visually Impaired Kids

Customize and Print 3D Picture Books for Visually Impaired Kids

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Watch the Digital Design of This Swaying 3D Printed Dress

Watch the Digital Design of This Swaying 3D Printed Dress

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

Designer Troy Huang 3D Printed an Amazing NYC Cityscape Desk

Designer Troy Huang 3D Printed an Amazing NYC Cityscape Desk

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

The Comprehensive Guide to Building a Realistic R2-D2 Replica

The Comprehensive Guide to Building a Realistic R2-D2 Replica

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

15 Fantastic Project Enclosures

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

How Modding Nerf Blasters Became a 3D Printing Business

How Modding Nerf Blasters Became a 3D Printing Business

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

How to 3D Print Your Own Leather Tooling Stamps

How to 3D Print Your Own Leather Tooling Stamps

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

This Robot Prints Tactile Maps for the Blind

This Robot Prints Tactile Maps for the Blind

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Score a Bundle of Make: Books to Benefit Maker Ed

Score a Bundle of Make: Books to Benefit Maker Ed

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

3D Print a Working Watch

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

We’re Stoked for These 2 New Features in Meshmixer

We’re Stoked for These 2 New Features in Meshmixer

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

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

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

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

3D Print This Incredible Superhero Mask from Zortrax

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

Create a Custom Bokeh for Crazy Cool Photo Effects

Create a Custom Bokeh for Crazy Cool Photo Effects

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

Watch: How I Added Foot Controls to the Xbox One

Watch: How I Added Foot Controls to the Xbox One

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

Mcor ARKe Brings Full Color 3D Printing to the Desktop

Mcor ARKe Brings Full Color 3D Printing to the Desktop

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

Ultimaker Unveils 2+ Line with Extruder Improvements

Ultimaker Unveils 2+ Line with Extruder Improvements

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

Bye Bye Cubify, 3D Systems Discontinues Consumer Division

Bye Bye Cubify, 3D Systems Discontinues Consumer Division

3d systems discontinues the consumer line of printers