Activ8: the all-in-one touchscreen that makes operating your 3D printer easy
Aug07

Activ8: the all-in-one touchscreen that makes operating your 3D printer easy

The most exciting 3D print-related crowd-funding campaign to come down the pipeline this week is that of Activ8. A touchscreen, handheld device loaded with cutting edge applications and features, it connects directly to any Rep Rap based printer, allowing the user to operate, manage and monitor their device with intuitive ease and rapid speed. The brainchild of UK engineer Justin Carpenter, Activ8 began development as the front panel...

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Printednest: the 3D printed bird feeder to bring birds back to the city
Aug05

Printednest: the 3D printed bird feeder to bring birds back to the city

Live in the city but sick of all the noise? Wouldn’t it be nice if, amidst the morning clamour of road-raging motorists, smoke belching buses and rubbish trucks that seem to spend hours right outside your bedroom window, you could also hear the gentle twitterings of a sweet birdsong? If so, Printednest might be the very thing for you. It’s an open sourced, 3D printable file that has been designed with one goal in mind: to bring birds...

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Japanese firm launches mOment: new fashion accessories made with 3D printing and traditional techniques
Aug01

Japanese firm launches mOment: new fashion accessories made with 3D printing and traditional techniques

It’s no secret that the fashion industry is falling pretty passionately in love with 3D printing. From 3D printed swimwear on the Shanghai catwalk to designer Iris Van Herpen’s recent series of dresses to the EXCIDIUM shoe collection, it seems forward-thinking fashionistas the world over can’t get enough of additive manufacturing. In truth, it’s no surprise. As a manufacturing technique, 3D printing offers a level of precise...

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Amazon officially launches a whole page devoted to 3D printing
Jul30

Amazon officially launches a whole page devoted to 3D printing

Amazon has launched its own 3D printing product page, allowing users to order over 200 products from a host of independent designers and 3D print firms. Though several 3D printing shops have been added to Amazon over the last year, this officially confirms additive manufacturing’s place as part of the world’s largest online retailer’s operation. Alongside Amazon’s stated ambition to eventually deliver its products via unmanned...

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Solid: the highly innovative 3D printed titanium bike
Jul29

Solid: the highly innovative 3D printed titanium bike

The Bike Design Project is a competition currently running across the United States with the goal of finding the bicycle of tomorrow. Five teams from five cycle-crazy cities are going toe-to-toe, creating their own vision for the future of two wheeled transport. Each team is made up of a high level design firm and an American bike craftsman. The winner will be chosen by visitors to the Bike Design Project website and be on sale in...

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Army Technology magazine releases a Focus on 3D Printing issue: 3D printed warheads, medical supplies, food and more
Jul29

Army Technology magazine releases a Focus on 3D Printing issue: 3D printed warheads, medical supplies, food and more

Further confirmation of the US government’s fascination with 3D printing comes this week, in the form of Army Technology’s July/ August issue. The official journal for the latest news and innovations from the US Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, Army Technology has dedicated its latest edition to 3D printing and all its potential military uses. The whole magazine is available online, and it’s all worth reading....

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King Richard 3D: monarch’s remains printed and on display in Leicester
Jul28

King Richard 3D: monarch’s remains printed and on display in Leicester

Last Friday, Dynasty, Death and Discovery, a Richard III visitor centre, opened in Leicester. An interactive guide to the controversial life, brutal death and enduring legacy of one of Britain’s most contentiously debated and notorious historical figures, the centre is housed near the site at which Richard’s remains were discovered in September 2012, having been lost for over four centuries. The most talked about attraction at...

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Meet Bodock: the 14 foot, 3D printed monster currently greeting geeks at Comic Con
Jul25

Meet Bodock: the 14 foot, 3D printed monster currently greeting geeks at Comic Con

We all know that 3D printing and fantasy figurines go hand in hand. As we’ve mentioned many times, character models from big name comic book, sci-fi and fantasy titles are regularly amongst the most searched 3D printable files online. That, in turn, makes 3D printing and Comic Con (the world’s premier conference for anything and everything related to comic books) ideal bedfellows. Little surprise to see additive manufacturing...

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Trobok: are these 3D printable models the future of toy manufacturing?
Jul23

Trobok: are these 3D printable models the future of toy manufacturing?

3D printing toys is nothing new. In fact, back in September, a top ten infographic from 3D print model search engine Yeggi told us that fantasy and sci-fi figurines from titles such as Star Wars, Warhammer and League of Legends were the most searched for items on its site, while games such as Lego and chess were eighth. The new Trobok range of toys is something rather different. While all of the aforementioned models came from...

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The entire country of Bahrain 3D printed in the Middle East
Jul23

The entire country of Bahrain 3D printed in the Middle East

One of the largest 3D printed landscapes yet has just been produced by Middle Eastern company Micro CADD Services (MCS). A detailed three dimensional map of the entire country of Bahrain, it was created using the Matrix 300 , a 3D paper printer from Mcor Technologies. The system extrudes A4 paper in place of regular filament, using a roller cutter that slices each sheet into the form of its layer. It then  presses the layer and adds a...

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