The first tetrahedral 3D prints

When I wrote about Dizingof’s tetrahedral meshes, a Todd Doehring, Ph.D. commented to inform me that he was the first to produce 3D printed tetrahedral models, what he calls meshagons. I love those types of comments because they end up in me learning so much, so I got ...

'3D Printing Is An Ecosystem, Not A Device': Jennifer Lawton, Makerbot

Today I met an amazing woman entrepreneur: Jennifer Lawton, president of 3D printing leader Makerbot (now a subsidiary of Stratasys following the mid June 2013 acquisition for $604M reported by contributor Kelly Clay here.)Lawton was in Salt Lake City this week as the keynote speaker for the Women ...

Yes, This is 3D Multitouch Being Used For Precision 3D Design

The new Haptix motion controller just one-upped the Leap Motion controller in a big way. Last week we saw Elon Musk fiddling about mid-air with a rocket engine using the Leap Motion, while weeks before the Haptix device was launched on Kickstarter. While similar to the Leap Motion,

See The First 3D Printed Dress Made From Flexible Materials

When we caught up with a representative of 3D printing company Shapeways a few months ago, she gave us the impression that one of the industry’s main challenges when it comes to fashion is being able to create designs in soft-form materials similar to fabrics. And now, 3D ...

Promise of 3D printing may be overhyped

3D printers put the resources of a manufacturing plant within the comfort of your home or office, but will the technology ever take off?For an industry rife with chewy buzzwords such as \\'the Internet of things\\' and \\'augmented reality,\\' it\\'s refreshing to come across a concept as intuitive ...

Leopoly Brings Fast, Easy, Crowd-Sculpting Design to 3D Printing

Design for 3D printing is hard. You can go buy the MakerBot Digitizer for $1,400, or you can use some free software like Autodesk 123D Catch. But what if you want to design something creative, from scratch?Leopoly is a web-based product that lets you sculpt in 3D. You literally start with a digital ball of clay, and push it and pull it until you have something you like. It was created by Leonar3Do International, a 3D tech startup company, founded in 2010 and based in Budapest, Hungary. The company has ...

How KeyShot is Helping the Digital Meet the Physical in 3D Printing

Stefan Reichert is an Industrial Designer from Germany, working at Sonos, Inc. in Santa Barbara, California. A recent article on Wired about a crazy small 3D printer featured his 2012 Bachelor Thesis for Industrial Design, a 3D printer that went on to win the Core77 Design Awards. Stefan ...

Introducing the Zeepro Zim 3D Printer

Meet Zim, by Zeepro the latest printer to try to break the consumer market using Kickstarter as the leverage point.Zeepro say the Zim is the first plug-and-play dual extruding 3D printer, we’re not so sure if that’s the case but we suppose it depends on what they mean ...

3-Sweep Creates 3D Models from 2D Images

In an incredible video presented at SigGraph Asia 2013, researchers demonstrated an amazing new method of deriving full 3D models from only 2D images. The 3-Sweep software appears easy to use: simply drag your mouse across an image to cue the software to create a 3D model. The ...

Not Quite a Nuclear 3D Print

Some 3D models are lousy for 3D printing - they may be difficult to print, expensive or just plain dull. But this one is interesting. As you can see, it\\'s a mushroom cloud from a nuclear explosion. With an LED light installed in a version printed in plastic ...

NASA wants to build huge spacecraft in orbit with robots and 3D printers

If you want to send a large piece of a spacecraft into orbit that can later be assembled into a larger product in space, it is common practice to build it on Earth and design it to fold up so it can fit into a rocket.For the past ...

From dental braces to astronauts’ seats

Enthusiasts think that data services can change cities in this century as much as electricity did in...Video games: The newest games consoles look surprisingly underpowered and are very similar to PCs....Wearable computing: An oral sensor mounted in a tooth can work out whether you are eating, drinking,...Fire suppression: ...

The iDecoLamp - a remarkable combination of 3D printing and app

The iDecoLamp is a remarkable combination of 3D printing technology and smartphone app. It\\'s basically a night light powered by a specially designed app. The designers realized there was an opportunity being lost: every night your smartphone sits charging, typically by your bedside. But why have it sit ...

Immunization Beads Garner Top Prize in 3D Printers for Peace Contest

John Van Tuyl's VaxBeads, designed to serve as a vaccination record for children in the developing world, won first prize in the 3D Printers for Peace contest. 

Martyn Roberts - The life and times of a motorcylce maker

My career as a motorcycle engineer started by accident really, perpetuated by a love of motorcycles rather than any specific training. I had actually studied mechanical engineering at Leeds University before undergoing a five year apprenticeship at BAE Systems (then British Aerospace). In 1981 I applied for a ...

Elon Musk on the Future of Design: Motion Gestures, 3D Viewing and 3D Printing

Elon Musk steps through the process of manipulating the view of a wireframe assembly model (of the Merlin Rocket engine), of the 3D assembly, of a part of that 3D assembly using a Leap Motion device, proceeding to view it with both 3D glasses and in VR with ...

How 3-D Printing Might Revolutionize Amazon's Same-Day Delivery

3-D printing could someday help Amazon achieve same-day delivery without requiring that huge inventories sit in regional warehouses across the country. But plenty of experts say 3-D printers still have a long way to go before they can make a serious dent in the supply chain that connects ...

The Factors You Pay For In A 3D Printer

Shopping for a 3D printer? What should you look for? Everyone knows how to shop for common items, such as cars or computers (well, perhaps excepting your grandparents), but what do you look for in a 3D printer? What are the key characteristics that define the device? Wait,

The da Vinci Personal 3D Printer

There's very few details but we do know that the device will sell for only $499, one the absolute lowest-priced filament-driven personal 3D printers.

OpenDesk: Could This Open Source Micro-Factory Replace IKEA?

File this under your ‘reasons to get a CNC machine in the near future’ if you don’t already have access to one. OpenDesk is the new open source furniture design resource from the team behind FabHub that aims to explore new models for open and collaborative design of ...