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18 January

PRESS RELEASE: NEW ALTAIR 3 FULLY ENCLOSED DELTA 3D PRINTER

2017-01-23T20:19:42+00:00By |3D Printing, Press Release, Rapid Prototyping|Comments Off on PRESS RELEASE: NEW ALTAIR 3 FULLY ENCLOSED DELTA 3D PRINTER

PRINTSPACE 3D INTRODUCES THE NEW ALTAIR 3 FULLY ENCLOSED DELTA 3D PRINTER Altair 3 Pro prints a variety of advanced materials in a fully enclosed delta design. Complete with an auto-calibration system, FlexPlate for easy part removal, and instant-on heated bed, this printer was built for users that want superior resolution and optimal material selection. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

2 December

Dreaming of a Printed Holiday

2016-12-21T05:35:22+00:00By |3D Printing, Fun Things to Print, Rapid Prototyping|Comments Off on Dreaming of a Printed Holiday

It's that time of year again. It's colder, you can see images of Santa Claus and reindeer everywhere, and there's the pressing question of what to get so-and-so for the holiday season. While you could go to the store, or shop around for what to order online, there's always the option of making something yourself. [...]

20 October

Printing and Planting: 3D Printing and Agriculture

2016-12-21T05:35:23+00:00By |3D Printing, Applications for 3D Printing, Materials, Rapid Prototyping|Comments Off on Printing and Planting: 3D Printing and Agriculture

Agriculture and ingenuity have always had a relationship based around one basic idea: how do we feed ourselves? Well, it turns out that 3D printing has brought about some significant innovations related to mass production and labor, two things that are particularly important to food production. How we feed ourselves is changing, and 3D printing [...]

12 August

A Quick Introduction to Parametric Modeling

2016-12-21T05:35:23+00:00By |3D Printing, Rapid Prototyping, Tutorials, Tips, & Tricks|1 Comment

If you are already into 3D printing, you may have noticed is some model repositories an option to make your own version of a model—often called Parametric Modeling. It is sometimes an option for wearables and machine components. The "Parametric Measuring Spoon" may list parameters to change a part. In essence, parametric modeling is a different approach [...]

28 July

NASA Models You Can Print

2016-12-21T05:35:23+00:00By |3D Printing, 3D Printing Resources, Fun Things to Print, Rapid Prototyping|Comments Off on NASA Models You Can Print

NASA recently released a small library of models in 3D-printable formats that includes a variety of spacecraft, extraterrestrial objects, and landscapes. For the space-enthusiast, this provides 21 new things to print for fun from the authority on space exploration. Here are just four of the models they offer for download as both .stl and blender [...]

18 January

30 Years: The Brief History of 3D Printing

2016-12-21T05:35:24+00:00By |3D Printing, Rapid Prototyping|Comments Off on 30 Years: The Brief History of 3D Printing

Right now 3D printing is a hot technology. The mainstream public and governmental bodies are finally beginning to catch on to the fact that 3D printing is a revolutionary technology, even though it has been a quiet revolution until now. Kickstarter.com is constantly populated with new 3D printing technologies and more and more people are [...]