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An interesting technique used by some Ultimaker users could put a better finish on your 3D printed parts. It’s called “Neosanding” and is a way for flat surface layers to be “polished”, so to speak. The technique has been developed by Ultimaker forum moderator Neotko from Spain, who has recently posted a version 2 method…

Forget science t-shirts and obscure math formula tattoos; there is now a more fashionable way to get your geek on. Upcycling old circuit boards, the folks at Circuit Breaker Labs handcraft unique pieces of jewelry which show the miniature beauty of a PCB. If you ever take the time to look closely at a circuit board, you might…

Italy-based WASP announced a new version of their flagship 3d printer, the DeltaWASP 20 40 Turbo2. WASP has become very well known for their reliable – and sometimes overly large – delta-style 3D printers. They’ve developed equipment that can 3D print in a variety of unusual materials, including local clay, plastic pellets and other substances.…

Last 2015, entrepreneurs Simon Breum Fisker and Jacob Lindeberg Kickstarted a compact 3D printer which made the technology more accessible to children. Aptly called the Sculpto, it requires a simple Wi-Fi connection and control via a mobile app. With it, they can print countless designs found on the Internet and, if they’re feeling particularly creative,…

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If you visited Japan recently, you may have noticed the titular giant Gundam which guards the DiverCity Tokyo Plaza against impending Godzilla attacks is missing. Why? Well, it was torn down earlier this year to make room for its bigger, badder giant robot. Giant mecha have been an attraction for the country since 2009, with…

A Computational Design Tool for Compliant Mechanisms

Entertainment giant Disney has published (pdf) an interesting study on a compliant mechanism system they’ve developed to assist in 3D design, which could be very useful for 3D printing. What is a “compliant object”? They explain: Fueled by progress in technology and computation, however, many fields of engineering have started to embrace deformation and to leverage flexibility…

If you’re too busy living on planet Earth to bother with the rest of intergalactic space, you might be surprised at the sudden loss of sunlight August 21. The 2017 solar eclipse will cover the entire contiguous United States and will be the first one to hit the country since June 8, 1918. To prepare…

With nearly 3 million YouTube subscribers, Kevin Kohler, aka The Backyard Scientist, knows a thing or two about holding people’s attention. Whether it’s pouring molten aluminum into a watermelon (and subsequently pulling out the odd-shaped sculpture) or creating a giant human-sized mousetrap (sorry again, watermelons) the mad scientist seamlessly blends science with entertainment—a sort of…

MyStemKits 3D Printing Kits

MyStemKits announced an international expansion of its 3D printing kits and curriculum, which could eventually lead to breakthroughs in 3D print use worldwide. MyStemKits is a US-based organization that provides educational packages for students and teachers to learn about 3D design and print in the classroom. We’ve written about them previously when they launched larger quantities…

From something quite obscure a few years ago, 3D printing is now at the point where you can obtain a degree focused on the technology. 3D printing, or Additive Manufacturing, as it is sometimes known, has long been a single-course subject in engineering schools, or as a tool one might learn as part of lab…

For all the things it can create in its bosom, your average 3D printer is a lot of work. The best 3D printers are huge, expensive, and require more space than a young professional’s apartment can afford. On the flip side, cheaper printers are usually unreliable and are about as appealing to the eye as…

Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does the things his costume can. Why else would he wear red-and-blue tights out in public? The Spider-Man costume is the most iconic ever. Ever since his first appearance in 1962, Peter Parker and his other incarnations have donned countless suits to hide their identities from their enemies. But even with the changes…

The unspoken law of the universe dictates that if an activity is dangerous, someone will try it. Human nature, right? When someone puts boundaries on what you can or cannot do, curiosity says, “question that, fool!” From ‘Do not feed the animals’ to igniting hairspray with a lighter, nothing is too frightening (or too outlandish)…

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Though 3D printing was slow to catch on when equipment was expensive and resources were hard to come by, we’re living in a different world now. 3D printing jobs are in demand. 3D Printing Jobs on the Rise Many companies and private individuals are embracing the convenience and practicality that come with 3D printing. As…

3D metal printer manufacturer Höganäs delivered a new machine to a client this week, but it’s not a typical client. Readers may recall my enthusiasm upon discovering Höganäs last year. The Swedish company produces metal powders for additive manufacturing, but also develops and markets their own 3D metal printing equipment. The 3D metal printer, shown here,…

Not everyone is born with the steady hands of an artist, marksman or eye surgeon. It’s hard to keep your digits steady with the knowledge that every move you make could spell success or failure. Enter, TECHNOLOGY. Barry Abrams isn’t an eye surgeon, but he is a designer and maker of things from Champaign, Illinois.…

I’m trying out a new online service that hopes to enable makers to work together on open source hardware projects. 3D Orchard is a web service designed by three enthusiasts hoping to ignite the development of many more open source hardware projects. To that end, the service offers three features: A browser-based community-style 3D CAD…

In the wide world of manufacturing—from seamless iPhone assemblies to precision watch parts—who would have thought that the manufacturing of ping pong balls would be so dang fascinating to watch? Yes—the little plastic balls, which can often be found in packs of six at your local convenience store for less than $5, have a considerably…

Artists take many shapes and forms. A lot of contemporary visionaries nowadays use paint or photography to capture their in-the-moment experiences. And while taking photos of your dinner is technically considered art (is it?), it sure as hell doesn’t compare to what stone carver Anna Rubincam does for a living. https://vimeo.com/216658674 In a recent film…

Toys and weapons these days are just too expensive. Gone are the times when kids could be content with a good slingshot and rock. Now every adolescent and their mother is obsessed with fidget spinners – pieces of metal and plastic that look like miniature propellers. *Indistinct dry-heaving sound* They don’t even do anything other…

You’re slouching. It’s so bad sometimes, it looks like your arms are trying to escape your body. *Roll your shoulders BACK* There we go. That should last a few seconds. If you need a reminder, the Slouch Alert is a DIY device that electrocutes you vibrates when you start to slouch. Slouch Alert was created by Instructables user Lara…

“It’s time we bring back the human touch, and get our hands dirty again.” Formlabs has introduced the Fuse 1 selective laser sintering (SLS) desktop 3D printer. It’s a slight departure from their resin-based 3D printer focus that catapulted the company to the heights as the standard for high-quality SLA parts. However, it lines up…

Thanks to Instagram, it’s never been easier for designers, engineers, makers, and just about anybody else who makes something document their creative process. For some of us, it can be educational content—while for others, it can be a way to live through a highly-skilled craftsman vicariously for a few seconds a day. G. Phil Poirier…

I’m reading an interesting story about how a photographer designed and 3D printed a specialty film camera and realized what this actually signifies. The camera project in question was undertaken by Paul Kohlhaussen, a photographer and designer based in London. Kohlhauseen, like some professionals, has an affinity for the older film approach to photography, over…

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A startup company has launched a 3D printer specifically designed for clay 3D printing. ClayXYZ, found currently on Kickstarter, has developed a simple and low cost 3D printer that prints just clay. But it’s not any clay, it’s the commonly available “air hardening clay” that doesn’t require firing in a furnace as most clay does.…

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Mosaic Manufacturing announced a new cloud-based multi-material software tool for 3D printing, CANVAS. The Canadian company has been busy building and marketing the Palette, which we’ve covered previously. This device is an ingenious 3D printer accessory which dynamically splices differently colored input filaments together in just the right sequence and lengths to enable printing of…

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Remember Stemi? The six-legged, build-it-yourself robot removes the complexity of building such a machine, offering a building experience that requires no soldering and detailed videos that teach how to use each part. Their Indiegogo campaign was a huge success, it’s been on multiple ‘Best Robot Kits for Kids’ lists and there’s been a waiting list……

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We’ve seen legions of YouTubers manifest chaos to bring us absurd contraptions with little purpose other than to document how capable they are of destruction. And with high-end slow-speed cameras more accessible now than ever, watching these homegrown science experiments has never been more entertaining…even, educational. Among others leading the way is Kevin Kohler, aka…

I’ve written on the concept of digital inventory previously, but now a company is doing so directly. The basics of the concept are found here, but in short, the idea is to maintain a digital, rather than a physical, inventory of spare parts to reduce costs. Just 3D print the parts when you require them.…