3D printing issues – wall thickness

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3D printing is a rapid way to turn digital designs into physical objects, but the process is so simple that it’s easy to forget some vital details. One of these is that while you can design almost anything you want on a screen, the printed end product has to obey the laws of physics. Too many projects fail because the printer, or more often the print material, can’t meet the expectations of the software. Often [Read More]

3D printing a violin

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There’s almost no limit to what you can create with a 3D printer, and the technology doesn’t just let us recreate familiar objects – we can adapt them in completely new ways, too. This has obvious attractions for designers and engineers, but artists and musicians are starting to embrace it as well. You might wonder what musicians are printing, and the answer is surprising – instruments. The shape of a traditional instrument is limited by [Read More]

The Peachy Printer

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The last couple of years have seen the price of 3D printers fall rapidly, but to a lot of people it still seems like an expensive item. After all when a basic laser printer costs less than £40 even £250 for an entry-level 3D model looks like a lot. Prices keep falling though, and a 3D printer that costs $100 (about £70) should be hitting the US market soon. Thanks to the mysterious way American [Read More]

3D Scanners

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3D scanners haven’t had as much publicity as 3D printers yet, but they probably won’t be too far behind. It’s a logical development. After all 2D scanners really started to take off when most people had a printer at home. They’re a natural combination, letting you reproduce or modify an image easily. Their 3D equivalents can work together in exactly the same way. What’s made affordable 3D scanners possible is a combination of technologies that used [Read More]

Can you 3D print a parrot?

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Although 3D printing hasn’t been around for all that long it’s already being used for some pretty surprising things. From replica cars to blow up in a Bond film, to parts for prosthetic hands, the technology has provided innovative new answers to tricky questions. And there aren’t many questions trickier than what to do with a beakless parrot. Macaws are long-tailed parrots with distinctive large beaks. They’re popular as pets but now endangered in the [Read More]

ThingMaker – Mattel’s new family 3D printer

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If you think 3D printing is just for engineers and hobbyists, you’re wrong. Toy company Mattel have just announced that they’re relaunching an old favourite with additive manufacturing technology, and the new version is due to hit the shops in the next few months. Mattel introduced ThingMaker in 1964. It was basically a home moulding kit; each set came with a selection of metal moulds, mostly for revolting-looking insects. Children could fill the moulds with [Read More]

Printing a new hand

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It’s remarkable enough that some 3D printers can print replacement parts for themselves. What’s even more impressive is that they can print replacement parts for people, too. The most amazing thing of all is that almost anyone with a 3D printer can get involved. Medical researchers are testing machines that can print surgical implants, but in the meantime a multinational network of enthusiasts has started creating prosthetic hands that have already transformed dozens of lives. [Read More]

Inside 3D Printing 2016

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3D printing has now grown big enough to have its own trade shows, and the next one will be held in Düsseldorf later this month. Running at the Congress Center Düsseldorf Ost from 24-25 February, Inside 3D Printing 2016 will be one of the largest exhibitions yet. So far nearly 40,000 visitors have registered and there’s a busy programme of presentations and workshops lined up, as well as displays of all the latest developments in [Read More]

Polaroid unveil the new ModelSmart 250S

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Polaroid is a familiar name, best known for their iconic instant cameras. In the days before digital photography a Polaroid was the closest you could get to instant images, and while it was an expensive way to take photos they built up a bit of a cult following. What’s not so well known is that Polaroid were also a pioneer of digital cameras, and although they were too far out in front there – and [Read More]

The hardcore option – building your own 3D printer

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We’ve looked at buying a 3D printer off the shelf, and then at putting one together from a kit. These are both great options, and for many people they’re going to be the most practical solution. That’s not true for everyone though. A lot of it depends on what you want your printer for. If you need to be able to print objects for work or a hobby, a ready-built one is probably the way [Read More]

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