Peer Production has published the results of their most recent annual 3D printing survey. The survey probed the use of 3D printers by the public in an effort to understand current state and trends in the personal 3D printing industry.
Footwear makers say technology has accelerated prototype development and reduced staffing needs, becoming an complement to labour-intensive factories See more here: Nike and Adidas adopt 3D printing www.greencoffee.org
See that squeezable bunny up there? It was created in a material 3D printing mail-away company Shapeways calls Elasto Plastic
While the name “Elasto Plastic” sounds like an 80s punk band, it is, in fact, a new material from 3D printing company Shapeways . The plastic is elastic to a certain degree yet maintains its shape after stretching or squeezing.
It’s rare to see a company that is so established yet as cutting-edge as Shapeways . The company, founded in 2007 as a spin-off of Royal Philips Electronics, began as a one-off 3D printing service that offered basic plastic items for sale online.
When you’re interested in investing in 3D printing, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of options at first glance. The publicly traded 3D printer manufacturers are few: Stratasys, 3D Systems and most recently, ExOne.
3D printing is all the rave in the tech world right now. Printers made by companies like Makerbot bring consumer’s ideas to life by crafting clothespins in a pinch, jewelery for a night out, or even an iPhone case.
Two makers on opposite ends of the globe, Ivan Owen in Bellingham, Washington and Richard Van As in South Africa, teamed up to build a custom robotic hand and publish it on Thingiverse . The best part