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Ultimaker files first patents, remains committed to open source 3D printer development

March 3rd, 2017|

Netherlands-based 3D printer manufacturer Ultimaker has filed its first ever patents. The company says the patents are “defensive,” to protect against patent infringement lawsuits, and that it remains “100% committed to open source ethos.” In what was always likely to be a contentious move, 3D printer manufacturer Ultimaker—historically a champion of open-source technologies—has filed […]

PassivDom 3D printed houses are smart, modular, eco-friendly

March 3rd, 2017|

Ukrainian startup PassivDom is hoping to revolutionize the housing market with its concept for a stand-alone, energy-efficient 3D printed house, ideal for off-the-grid living. The PassivDom house is based on a modular principle that could allow for many units to be assembled together to build up a larger building.

With Me app lets you take selfies with realistic 3D avatars of just about anyone, even the dead

March 3rd, 2017|

If you thought selfies were bad, just wait till you get a load of this new app that lets you take selfies with AI avatars based on people you know. The app, called “With Me,” was developed by ELROIS, a South Korean firm that specializes in realistic 3D avatars. According to the firm, the app […]

South Africas giant Aeroswift 3D printer could be used by Airbus & Boeing for titanium aircraft parts

March 3rd, 2017|

Aerosud and the CSIR National Laser Centre, makers of South Africa’s giant Aeroswift titanium SLM 3D printer, are in talks with Airbus and Boeing about the possibility of 3D printing aircraft parts. The Aeroswift research project is backed by the South African government, and will create local jobs. After 3D printing three aircraft demonstrator parts […]

UCSD researchers make 3D printed blood vessel networks with ultra-fast UV bioprinting system

March 3rd, 2017|

Researchers at the University of California San Diego have used 3D bioprinting to develop a functional blood vessel network. The researchers say their work could advance the creation of artificial organs and regenerative therapies. Most experts in the biomedical community agree that 3D bioprinting holds huge promise for someday creating artificial humans organs, reducing the […]

Could Washington state be getting a full-scale 3D printed replica of Draculas castle?

March 3rd, 2017|

Mike Draghici, a software engineer of Romanian origin, is hoping to build a full-scale replica of Romania’s famous Bran Castle (often associated with Dracula) on his Washington estate with the help of 3D printing. Draghici has teamed up with Minnesota-based engineer Andrey Rudenko, the man behind the Rudenko 3D concrete house printer, to bring the […]

Pizza 3D printing startup BeeHex brings in the dough: $1M, to be exact

March 2nd, 2017|

BeeHex, a food 3D printing startup once associated with NASA, has raised $1 million in funding to launch its new product, the Chef 3D pizza printer. The company is planning a soft launch, and will work with a handful of pilot customers throughout 2017. Although 3D printing a pizza sounds like the funnest thing in […]

Formlabs tests Computational Hydrographic Printing technique for coloring 3D printed objects

March 2nd, 2017|

One of the major challenges that 3D printing poses for manufacturers and hobbyists alike is how to apply colors to surfaces. The non-flat, often complex objects that are produced can prove difficult to cover with paint or color textures. One method used to apply these extra touches to the finished object is known as hydrographics. […]

LLNL researchers 3D print high-performance carbon fiber parts using computational models

March 2nd, 2017|

Researchers from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have successfully 3D printed aerospace-grade carbon fiber composites, becoming the first research lab to do so. Described as the “ultimate material,” carbon fiber composites open up possibilities for the creation of lightweight, stronger-than-steel parts.

3D Systems releases Q4 and full-year financial results, shares fall 9.9%

March 2nd, 2017|

3D Systems shares fell as much as 12.5% on Tuesday, February 28, after the 3D printing company released its fourth-quarter and full-year financial results. Shares were down 9.9% on the day at close. While the new 3D printing strategy for 3D Systems is undoubtedly a long-term project, President and CEO Vyomesh Joshi will be aware […]