New advances in 3D printing are making it not only possible but also viable to manufacture cheap, print-on-demand, disposable drones designed simply to soar off over the horizon and never come back. Some British engineers did just that , and this is only the beginning. Read more…
We met first met Cincinnati-based 3DLT last year when they announced their 3D printing marketplace at Disrupt. The team is back in the news thanks to a new effort by Amazon to add printed items to their already massive selection of goods. Read More
With all the hubbub surrounding 3D printing as of late, it’s easy to think of 3D printing as something new. Something that, before 5 or 6 years ago, only existed in SciFi novels.
Much of the fanfare surrounding 3D printing has centered on its enabling consumers to create objects themselves, potentially circumventing traditional production models. Alongside NBA figurines and 3D printed pizza , however, the technology continues to provide valuable solutions in the field of medicine .
LEO the Maker Prince is a children’s book by NYC native and designer Carla Diana that could well enlighten anyone, young or old, about the growing 3D printing community around us. Not only does it humanize the mechanical process of 3D printing but it breaks down the different subcategories of 3D technology and the types of materials that are out there.
That’s the hook gear for a Singer 111w155, an industrial sewing machine much-beloved by (and cloned for) those who produce upholstery and heavy-duty sewn goods. It was originally produced in the 1950s and virtually built to last forever, so a well-tuned machine like this will run you over $500. I bought mine for $5 , because that hook gear was worn out; the owner deemed it junk and was planning to give it to a scrap metal guy
Things are getting a little futuristic in Manchester, England, where police recently arrested a man for allegedly 3D printing gun parts. They seized said parts, but after the images made their way online, the internet fired back with a startling revelation
Scanning and 3D printing is a match made in heaven. Character artist, Matt Bagshaw, shows how you can make your own head bust combining our 3D printing technology with Autodesks 123D Catch app . Matt: “My head bust was actually created using a combination of 123d Catch and ZBrush , I know you can print directly from 123d Catch now and get pretty good results, but if you like you can export the model to a 3D sculpting package and add a little more polish to your project.” “We captured my head using Autodesk 123DCatch
As industrial designers, a lot of us dream of having product design hits, where we design something so popular that those royalty checks start piling up. But the obstacles are manifold. To sell units in the thousands you’ve got to find a deep-pocketed manufacturer to sign on, unless you’re able to front the tooling costs yourself, you’ve got to hope that the raw materials supply, marketing and distribution all work out, and of course you’ve got to design something that thousands of people really want or need in the first place.