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The 3D Printing Business Directory: Compiling Everything 3D Printing into One List

By Tyler Koslow

3D printing companies and service providers are exponentially popping up all around the world in all different shapes and styles (and prices, too!). Whether it’s through software or hardware, consumer or industrial, FDM or SLS, one of the things that all of the world’s 3D printing companies certainly share is their involvement in a revolutionary technology. But as 3D printing companies and products continue to expand internationally, they are becoming increasingly spread out and hard to keep track of. The 3D Printing Business Directory, founded by Davide Sher, is here to compile all of these related companies and service providers into a one clear and concise business directory.…

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4 Ways 3D Printing is Helping the Visually Impaired ‘See’ the World

By Sarah Coughlan

3D printing is making strides in helping the blind and partially-sighted communities to ‘see’ the world around them in new and innovative ways.
From simpler objects like 3D printed puzzles with Braille inscribed on them and characters from children’s books to paintings, maps, and even an individual’s memories, this technology is making small but important breakthroughs in how visually impaired people perceive their environment.

Curated 3D printables platform, MyMiniFactory has several objects on their site available for free download that are aimed at helping visually impaired children.…

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The 9 Best 3D Printable Objects for this Valentine’s Day

By Sarah Coughlan

As a 3D printing enthusiast, you find any reason to use your printer, whether you are printing a spare part for a kitchen appliance or an epic, wearable Stormtrooper helmet. So, when special holidays roll up, you jump at the chance to print gifts instead of buying them! With that in mind, we have found some of the best (and free) Valentine’s Day printables the web has to offer.
Rose with stem & thorns by skaye found on Thingiverse

The perfect gift to show that your love never dies, just like these roses.…

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Davide Sher’s Top 2015 3D Printing Applications

By Davide Sher

I think that, until the end of 2014, it was still theoretically possible to discuss the top 5 3D printing innovations of the year. Today, I don’t find that possible any longer. There are just way too many things happening in the 3D printing industry and the crazy part is that we are still, really, at the very beginning. Only a couple of years have passed since the mass public discovered that 3D printing exists and, yet, this technology is now at the forefront in just about every industrial, professional, and artisan sector of manufacturing.…

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Prusa Steel Reigns, Ultimaker 2 Gains in the November 3D Hubs Trends Report

By Tyler Koslow

Another month means another 3D Hubs Trends Report, and although their newly released November report has shown some trends within the industry to appear unchanged, there are still some telling signs about who the leaders in the 3D printing market are becoming. This month, 3D Hubs showcases the top-rated desktop 3D printer that just can’t be overtaken, details the continuing rise of the Ultimaker 2, and tells us which Canadian city has moved on up into the top ten print cities.…

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10 Fun & Easy Halloween Costumes You Can 3D Print at Home

By Ryan George

Halloween is probably my favorite holiday of the year and is a not-so-insignificant reason why I made the decision to purchase a 3D printer in the first place. I’m a kid at heart and Halloween is the one time of the year when it’s appropriate and even acceptable to act like a kid. Having a 3D printer is, for obvious reasons, an awesome for anyone who enjoys Halloween, as it enables the 3D printing of accessories, components, masks and, in some cases, complete costumes.…

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The Top 10 3D Printers Under $2,500

By Michael Molitch-Hou

While price is an important factor when purchasing a desktop 3D printer, an even more important factor is quality.  So, a number of consumer could potentially afford one of the top 10 3D printers below $1,000 recently rated by 3DPI, many of our readers noted that such low prices may warrant low quality, as well.  Consider this, then, a list of printers that get the most bang out of your buck, the top 10 3D printers below $2,500.
10. Witbox – $1,845

Though they had been producing smartphones, tablets, and other Maker supplies, the Witbox from Spanish manufacturer bq is the company’s first foray into 3D printing.  …

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The Top 10 Photopolymer 3D Printers Under $5,000

By Davide Sher

After the success of our first Top 10 list of sub-$1,000 3D printers (some of you pointed out that it was a list of all available sub-$1,000 3D printers, not just the top 10, and you are correct), this time we set out to put some order in the increasingly confusing world of low-cost, photopolymer 3D printers. These are some of the parameters we used (prices as indicated exclude sales tax):
We only considered 3D printers that cost less than $5,000 so this leaves out Autodesk’s Ember, Sharebot’s Voyager and, naturally, all the professional 3D printers by DWS and, especially, EnvisionTEC, which is the undisputed leader in the professional segment for DLP-based 3D printing technology.…

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The Top 10 3D Printers Under $1,000

By Davide Sher

With the Buccaneer finally hitting the market at well above $800, the Makibox disappearing from the radar and the SUMPODs sold out, it seems that the perfect low-cost 3D printer is still far away from reality. Many feel that a price point below $500 would let the market gather up consumer enthusiasm. That may be, but, I wasn’t even entirely sure that there were a significant number of acceptable sub-$1,000 3D printers actually on the market (which excludes recent crowdfunding campaigns like the TIKO3D or the MOD-t).…

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