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1 May

3D Printing from Google Earth

2016-12-21T05:35:20+00:00By |3D Printing, Fun Things to Print, Tutorials, Tips, & Tricks|Comments Off on 3D Printing from Google Earth

The world around us can be one of the best sources of inspiration for prints. There are good methods for getting printable models of buildings and landscapes from available repositories and geographic databases, two of which we'll look at in this article. This will give you a good alternative to relying on what happens to [...]

9 April

3D Printing and Neurology

2016-12-21T05:35:20+00:00By |3D Printing, Applications for 3D Printing|Comments Off on 3D Printing and Neurology

Bioprinting is a major trend in medicine, promising a plethora of advances and new ways of dealing with medical issues. For organ or tissue replacement, there are never enough doners and rejection is a potential nightmare. Bioprinting has the potential to provide solutions to challenging medical problems by producing a viable replacement of complex organs. Scientists at Wake Forest IRM [...]

17 March

Printing Electronics: Part 2 – Adding Components

2016-12-21T05:35:20+00:00By |3D Printing, Applications for 3D Printing, Tutorials, Tips, & Tricks|Comments Off on Printing Electronics: Part 2 – Adding Components

In our last article, we covered some of the techniques that are being used to create printed circuit boards using a 3D printer. Following those, you should have the copper traces you need for your board layout. It may look neat, but the board won't do a whole lot without any components on it. Now we [...]

4 March

Printing Electronics: Part 1 – Board Preparation

2016-12-21T05:35:20+00:00By |3D Printing, Applications for 3D Printing, Materials, Tutorials, Tips, & Tricks|Comments Off on Printing Electronics: Part 1 – Board Preparation

3D printing and hobbyist electronics have a close relationship for makers. Where printing provides the physical frame and construction of a device, the logic and drive systems are normally bought. However, some people have been working on being able to print circuit boards using similar processes to 3D printing. As these get refined, it opens [...]

18 February

3D Printed Robotics

2016-12-21T05:35:20+00:00By |3D Printing, Applications for 3D Printing|Comments Off on 3D Printed Robotics

3D Printed Robotics 3D printing itself is a practical application in robotics. Using a microcontroller, an extruder is directed over a surface, creating a print. Along with itself being an electro-mechanical system, in many ways a 3D printer is uniquely designed for constructing the mechanical parts for other electro-mechanical devices. Delta printers, like Altair, are [...]

26 January

New Things to Print in the New Year

2016-12-21T05:35:21+00:00By |3D Printing, 3D Printing Resources, Fun Things to Print|Comments Off on New Things to Print in the New Year

As the new year begins, it's worth considering the projects that you've finished over the past 365 days. Some may only be half-complete, or put in the "it was a good idea at the time" pile, but no matter. It was worth a shot. Let's look to the future–what new things are there to print, or new [...]

12 January

3D Printing Materials: Photosensitive Resin Versus Filament

2016-12-21T05:35:21+00:00By |3D Printing, Articles/How It Works, Materials, Rapid Prototyping, Tutorials, Tips, & Tricks|Comments Off on 3D Printing Materials: Photosensitive Resin Versus Filament

When it comes to consumer printers, there are two major technologies that drive the printing process: stereolithography (SLA) and fused deposition modeling (FDM, also known as fused filament fabrication, or FFF). Both methods deposit polymers in two significantly different ways: SLA uses a photosensitive resin which "cures" when exposed to light (usually ultraviolet), while FDM heats [...]

29 December

The British Museum and 3D Printing

2016-12-21T05:35:21+00:00By |3D Printing, 3D Printing Resources, Applications for 3D Printing|Comments Off on The British Museum and 3D Printing

The trend in museums taking advantage of 3D printing continues! Like the Metropolitan Museum, the British Museum and 3D printing seem to be a great combination for patrons and printers alike. Earlier this month the British Museum worked in conjunction with Sketchfab to provide a variety of models of their artifacts. This opens up a number [...]

17 December

Things That Make Melodies: Printed Instruments

2016-12-21T05:35:22+00:00By |3D Printing, Applications for 3D Printing, Fun Things to Print, Rapid Prototyping|2 Comments

Although it's impossible to tell how long ago the first musical instrument was created, the fact that music and culture have been intertwined for millennia is indisputable. Making instruments has been done since prehistory. The modern-day maker's tools are different, but creating instruments of beauty still has the same draw. It's logical that one of the newer, [...]

8 December

Exploring 3D Printing in Space

2016-12-21T05:35:22+00:00By |3D Printing, Applications for 3D Printing, Rapid Prototyping|Comments Off on Exploring 3D Printing in Space

On November 20th, a small step was taken by an organization known for it's giant leaps. NASA, working in conjunction with Made in Space, deployed it's first 3D printer in space. This technology is interesting because of the special constraints a zero-g, enclosed environment poses for earthbound printers. Gravity has been an essential force in [...]