Virtual & Real: Digital 3D

By Abbie Brown | 3D Printing and Modeling in Education - Produced by Abbie Brown, PhD, Professor at East Carolina University

How Facebook’s new 3D photos work

In May, Facebook teased a new feature called 3D photos, and it’s just what it sounds like. However, beyond a short video and the name, little was said about it. But the company’s computational photography team has just published the research behind how the feature works and, having tried it myself, …

A 3D Printed Kit Kat Helps Create a Sweet Marriage Proposal

I’m a sucker for a good proposal story; heck, I even enjoy a good promposal, even though at the same time I’m also afraid these might take away from …

KitKat

Tinkercad Coding Tricks To Automate Modeling

If you want to do a quick design for 3D printing, Tinkercad is pretty easy to use. Although it was briefly in danger of going out of business, it was …

3D Modeling

History of 3D Printing: It's Older Than You Think [Updated]

Additive manufacturing technology and 3D printing have experienced tremendous evolution since their inceptions. Take a tour through the history of …

3D Printing

3D printing and 3D scanning experts crack the Ocean’s 8 diamond necklace heist

Ocean’s 8, the latest in the line of star-studded line of Hollywood heist movies, recently made its UK debut yesterday with a 3D printer in a …

Jewelry

4D printed thermoplastic objects morph when heated • Materia

<b>Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University’s Morphing Matters Lab created a series of 4D printed objects made from thermoplastic, printed with a</b> …

Move Over Pixels, Scientists Are 3D Printing With 'Voxels' And The Results Are Breathtaking

In many areas of research, scientists need to analyze three dimensional data in a variety of forms, such as medical brain scans, the structures of cells and molecules, geological features on our own planet and others, or the hearts of exploding stars.<p>The ability to visually analyze most 3D data …

Breakthroughs

Stretchable 3D Printed Gels

A new partnership deal has been struck between Stratasys, Lockheed Martin, PADT, and NASA for 3D printed parts. Click...<p>One of the largest producers …

The gorgeous future of 3D printing

A new technique, from MIT Media Lab’s Mediated Matter Group, produces some of the most stunning 3D models we’ve seen yet.<p>MIT Media Lab’s Mediated Matter group has invented a new way to 3D print any object, regardless of how complex it is, with color and shape as detailed as a photograph. It’s the …

MIT Media Lab

Researchers develop one-step, 3D printing for multimaterial projects

By Erik Gomez, intern, Voiland College of Engineering and ArchitecturePULLMAN, Wash. – Similar to the advance from black and white to color printing, …

You'll soon be able to get a 3D printed model of your brain

There are almost limitless possibilities when it comes to 3D printing. Design your own color-changing jewelry? Fine. Fabricate your own drugs? No problem. Print an entire house in under 24 hours? Sure! Now, researchers have come up with a fast and easy way to print palm-sized models of individual …

Imaging

Scientists create the first 3D-printed human corneas

Newcastle University researchers have devised a groundbreaking experimental technique that could help millions on the corneal transplant waiting list. By using a simple 3D bio-printer, Professor of Tissue Engineering Che Connon and his team of scientists were able to combine healthy corneal stem …

Newcastle University

Researchers Create First Fully 3D Printed Electric Motor

[Image: Johannes Rudolph]At the Chemnitz University of Technology, another first has been achieved: researchers from the Professorship of Electrical …

The Swiss Guard, the Pope's private army, unveil new 3D-printed plastic helmets

The Swiss Guard has broken with centuries of tradition by adopting new helmets that are made out of plastic and created by a 3D printer.<p>The new helmets are lighter to wear and, at £740 each, around half the cost of the old metal ones.<p>Each PVC helmet is stamped with the coat of arms of Pope Julius …

Printing body parts in hospital shows 3D tech's growing reach

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Three-dimensional printers are letting doctors in Minnesota make simulated body parts in a hospital and a Brooklyn startup create rocket engines designed to put satellites into orbit, executives said Thursday at an event hosted by General Electric Co.<p>The unusual locations for …

General Electric

Autodesk SketchBook's 'Pro' features are now free

Autodesk SketchBook is now completely free. Up until this month, certain features—the majority of the app's brush presets, for example—were only …

3D printing offers new tech for replacement knees

KIRKLAND, Wash. -- Aging baby boomers are fueling demand for a fast growing surgery: knee replacements. There are between 750,000 to 1 million new …

This new 3D-printed house was built by a portable robot in just 48 hours

There are a lot of 3D-printed houses popping up these days, but this is the first time an architect with the renown of Massimiliano Locatelli of CLS …

This Stunning Roman Inspired Helmet is Entirely 3D Printed

Look at this helmet. You already know that it is 3D printed because of the headline for this article, but just look at it. Can you spot the 3D printed parts? Can you tell what was done with a printer? I can’t and the answer to which parts, is pretty much everything here was 3D printed, even the …

Google will help preserve endangered historical sites in virtual reality

Google is partnering with 3D laser-scanning nonprofit CyArk to build VR representations of world wonders<p>Google has partnered with 3D laser scanning nonprofit CyArk to help preserve historical sites around the world that are at risk of irreversible damage or total erasure due to human conflict and …

Researchers Develop a 3D Printer That Can Make Complete Electronic Devices

The ultimate 3D printer would be something like the replicators in Star Trek that were capable of creating <i>anything</i>. That, of course, may never be …

These 3D-printed chairs are a twist on midcentury classics

Trippy<p>Every chair has its own set of DNA—its silhouette the result of aesthetic choices the designer programmed into the piece early on. It’s hard to mistake the soft curve and criss-crossed base of Eames molded plastic side chair. Or the encompassing depth of the Eero Saarinen Womb Chair.<p>Imagine, …

Design

Nanoscale "supersoap" allows liquid 3D structures to be printed within other liquids

Scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) have found a way to "print" narrow tubes of water within liquid-state silicone oil. …

nanotechnology

Turning Your Kid’s Drawings into 3D Printed Toys

In years past, you may have seen various projects online where artists turn kids’ drawings into 3D art or animation. In this video, Bob of I Like to Make Stuff, turns one of his son’s robot drawings into a really cool 3D printed toy. You can obviously use this technique to transform any 2D art into …

Drawing

Weekend Project: 3D Print a Mechanical Hummingbird

<i>It’s time to leave the nest and make yourself a stunning and challenging DIY desk ornament. Maker Greg Zumwalt has created a complex 3D printed</i> …

Smoothie-3D -- Free, Incredibly Intuitive, 3D Modeling Software Released

I personally own three different 3D printers. I actually use all of them, and they all certainly come in handy when I need to 3D print several …

New holographic printing technique is thousands times faster than regular 3D printing

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF<p>3D printing is revolutionising the world of manufacturing, but it’s still slow. This new technique, which prints objects …

Design Thinking for Schools

Over 2,000 students from 88 schools in Lithuania recently took part in a Makers Empire 3D Design Challenge to create their own 3D maze.<p>The Makers …

Student 3D prints extraordinary 6-string electric violin

Musician Sean Riley from the University of Texas at Austin designed and 3D printed a special 6-string electric violin to play a unique …