One of the limitations of 3D printing is in the materials—plastic might be the most affordable and widely available, but it’s also cheap and brittle. So some students at Michigan Tech University have made a relatively cheap metal 3D printer, and they’re releasing the plans to the masses.
We had a great time in Tokyo at the Maker Faire. We met many new people, talked to a lot of press and saw quite a few Japanese customers as well.
You’ve probably heard of 3D printing—but now there’s 4D printing, making materials that can change shape over time. The U.S. Army has invested $855,000 in three universities to develop the technique.
Do you remember Mr. Bones? He was the guest star in our Halloween movie last month.
“What would the first pedal cycle have looked like if its 19th-century pioneers had enjoyed access to today’s advanced materials?” That’s the question German chemical and plastics company BASF seeks to answer with the Concept 1865 bicycle, which updates a 19th century penny-farthing bicycle design with a near full-plastic build and an electric motor. ..
We’ve been 3D printing in metal, gold, and even sugar for years now—so it seems only natural that we’d also be able to print in glow-in-the-dark plastic. This week, MakerBot announced a limited-edition run of PLA filament that glows in the dark, just in time for Halloween.
Have you always dreamt of commercializing your own designs but don’t know where to start? Then join our workshop 22nd of October in Eindhoven with Digital Forming . Shoe design by Manuel Vogel, 3D printed by i.materialise.