Category Archives: Europe

ABC Data Distributes Zortrax 3D Printers Across Central & Eastern Europe

By Michael Molitch-Hou

ABC Data, already one of the leading IT distributors in Central and Eastern Europe (the CEE region), has quickly become one of the leading 3D printer distributors there, as well. As reported by our Polish pundit (and Editor of the Polish printing news site CD3D), Pawel Ślusarczyk, ABC Data has already made numerous deals with companies like 3DGence, Monkeyfab, Hbot, 3NOVATICA, Spectrum Filaments, and even the USA’s own ROBO 3D. Now, the IT leader has signed on what is probably Poland’s most recognizable printer manufacturer and will begin to offer Zortrax M200 and Zortrax Inventure printers.…

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Stork Narrowly Survives with 3D Printed Leg Orthoses

By Michael Molitch-Hou

A virtual Noah’s Ark of animals has now been helped through the use of 3D printing by caring humans.  From sea creatures, like the Robo Turtle, to forlorn fowl, like Beauty the Bald Eagle, 3D printing has played a crucial role in rehabilitating these animals for the wild.  The latest story surrounds a Lithuanian Stork, aided by local 3D printer manufacturer Mass Portal.

The stork had been discovered in the countryside, tangled in threads and ropes. With a deformed left foot and a right foot that had become injured beyond the point of functioning properly, the stork was unable to walk or stand and was suffering a great amount of pain.…

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REAL 2016: Airbus & Autodesk Demonstrate Why Generative Design Equals Efficient Design

By Tyler Koslow

Not many industries have felt the force of 3D printing technology quite like the aerospace industry. And outside of, maybe, General Electric, no company has utilized 3D printing as much as aerospace giant Airbus. During REAL 2016, I had the pleasure of sitting in on a keynote by Bastian Schäfer, Innovation Manager at Airbus, and David Benjamin, head of Autodesk Research’s The Living studio. Together, they discussed how computer generative design helps lead to efficient design. Up on the REAL Talk stage, Schaefer detailed the algorithm-driven process undertaken by Airbus and Autodesk to create a bionic partition for the Airbus A320.…

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Barclays to Support Local Businesses with 3D Printing Labs

By Michael Molitch-Hou

“Nothing distracts the public from a countless string of market-fixing scandals than a good marketing scheme.” This must have been what British multinational banking and financial services firm Barclays thought when they made plans to launch 20 high-tech labs at their banking branches this year. Equipped with laser cutters and 3D printers, Barclays Eagle Labs are being pitched as a means of helping local businesses and encouraging entrepreneurship in universities and schools.

The program will see these various labs installed throughout Barclays branches with each unit designed to suit the local community, meaning that every one will be different.…

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3D Printing a Stress Ball for the 21st Century

By Michael Molitch-Hou

Stress balls have never worked for me.  Maybe I’m just too blessed to be stress! Or, more realistically, a squishy ball just doesn’t cut it when dealing with the pressures of life in an expanding universe. German designer Simone Schramm has developed a new stress ball that adds a techno touch to the time-honored catharsis toy and she’s relied heavily on 3D printing to do it.

Schramm’s Stress Ball is meant to provide users with feedback related to just how stressed their feeling.…

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Asthma Patients Breathe Easier with 3D Printed ‘Sneezeometer’

By Tyler Koslow

According to the England-based University of Surrey, about one-twelfth of the UK population is currently receiving asthma treatment. These inconvenient respiratory conditions, like asthma, are growing at an alarming rate in developing cities such as Delhi and Beijing, both of which have seen a massive rise in air pollution. In order to help the world diagnose and treat respiratory diseases, researchers from the University of Surrey have developed the ‘Sneezeometer’, a 3D printed airflow sensor (aka spirometer) that is sensitive enough to measure the speed of a sneeze.…

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Students 3D Print Scorpion Robot with Quite the Sting

By Tyler Koslow

As if the Atlas robot, Boston Dynamics’ bipedaling robot with 3D printed legs, wasn’t proof enough of the inevitable robot takeover… Now, three students from the Belgium-based Ghent University have used 3D printing technology to create a robotic scorpion with an autonomous and functional stinger. Working out of the university-affiliated Industrial Design Center, Electronics Engineering student Pieterjan Deconinck and Industrial Design students Stephan Flamand and Robbe Terryn were tasked with redesigning the Stigmergic Ant Hexapod Robot, a less threatening robotic insect designed by a previous student.…

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