Category Archives: Europe

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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Y Soft’s Professional-Grade DeeRed 3D Printer Hits the Global Market

By Tyler Koslow

Aiming to provide professional-grade 3D printing solutions at a low price point, Y Soft’s Be3D DeeRed has been a welcome tool for large-format rapid prototyping and end-use production. Since investing $2 million and gaining majority ownership within the Czech-based company Be3D back in 2014, Y Soft has released both the professional-grade DeeRed and the consumer-minded DeeGreen (which I actually reviewed for 3DPI back in December), both of which seem to be generally well-received by the industry. After gaining certain certification and increasing their production capacity, Y Soft is proud to announce that the Be3D DeeRed 3D printer will now, for the first time, be available for distribution across the entire global market.…

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Lumi Industries Goes Pro with New LumiForge DLP 3D Printer

By Tyler Koslow

Italian startup Lumi Industries has already seen first-hand the potential success of bringing resin-based, digital light processing (DLP) 3D printing to the consumer market. While this photopolymer-based process is similar to stereolithography, DLP generally uses a more conventional light source, like a standard projector. For Lumi Industries, it all started when they launched the $400 LumiFold, their portable DLP printer, which has since followed with the LumiPocket and the LumiPocket LT, equipped with laser engraving and PCB etching abilities. Now, thanks to demand from professionals, artists, and other enterprises, Lumi Industries is attempting to crack the professional-grade market with the LumiForge.…

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colorFabb Partners with BCN3D Technologies, Announces New colorFabb_HT 3D Printing Filament

By Tyler Koslow

From cork fill to functional polymers, filament maker colorFabb is constantly expanding their material capabilities, and the rest of the 3D printing industry has definitely taken notice. One particular 3D printer company from Spain, called BCN3D Technologies, has decided to partner with ColorFabb to provide users of their new BCN3D Sigma with a wide range of material options. The BCN3D Sigma is a FFF printer with a dual independent extruder system, allowing users to combine two different materials onto on print.…

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Goodyear Designs 3D Printed Tire Concept for the Autonomous Vehicle Era

By Michael Molitch-Hou

Given the number of accidents and inefficiency associated with our current generation of cars, it’s easy to see why many think of autonomous vehicles as the future of transportation.  Tesla stands out as one of the trendsetters in this field, but that doesn’t mean that other manufacturers aren’t jumping in. The latest company may not be who you’d expect: Goodyear has weighed in on autonomous driving with a completely spherical tire concept that they believe will serve the 85 million self-driving vehicles expected to be sold annually by 2035.…

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Sharebot 42 May Be the Answer Desktop 3D Printing Seeks

By Tyler Koslow

Thus far, the road for most desktop 3D printing companies has not been without its challenges, as many aim to try and strike a sweet spot between the consumer and pro-sumer market. When looking to please both the true Maker community and the average 3D printing consumer, desktop 3D printers must be engineered with both accessibility and quality in mind. The Italian 3D printer manufacturer Sharebot believes that their new FFF printer, the Sharebot 42, may just be the device that meets that middle-ground.…

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EnvisionTEC’s Material E-Gum Material Gets FDA Approval for Dental 3D Printing

By Tyler Koslow

Not many 3D printing companies have the expansive reach of Germany-based company EnvisionTEC, who have helped to innovate a number of premium 3D printing materials, including (but certainly not limited to) 3D printed electronics, bioprinted metals, and even wax. Now, EnvisionTEC is taking aim at the dental industry with their newest 3D print material, which has just already been approved for use by the FDA. Their dental-driven materials include wax-filled polymers (Press-E-Cast), which can be used for detailed coping and crown production, as well as E-Guard (for bite guards) and the newly approved E-Gum material, which can be used to create flexible gingiva masks.…

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