Category Archives: Retail

Starbucks open Shanghai Reserve Roastery with 3D printed tea bar

A hot topic in the retail sector, 3D printing continues to find new applications on the shop floor. One of the most popular areas of this market is in footwear, which now includes 3D printed mid soles from Adidas and Carbon, EOS and Underarmour and Peak Sport, and insoles from companies like Superfeet and RESA Wearables. […]

Type A Machines’ New ProMatte Filament 1/3 the Weight of Standard PLA

By Tyler Koslow

From their Series 1 Pro 3D printer to their Print Pod, the California-based company Type A Machines has approached the 3D printing market with an innovative and RepRap-fueled spirit. This has helped the 3D printing company garner a well-respected reputation in the Maker community. And now, Type A Machines is expanding their material capabilities with the new ProMatte 3D printer filament. The firm’s first filament, ProMatte was developed in collaboration with the filament manufacturer Polymaker, who has released a number of high-quality materials, including PC-Plus, PolyMax, PolyWood, and many others.…

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3D Platform Launches 3DP Workbench, Large-Format Printer-Workshop Hybrid

By Tyler Koslow

Last time I reported on large-scale, industrial-strength 3D printer manufacturer 3D Platform, their 3DP1000 was making a name for itself within companies and research laboratories across the world. Formerly known as 3DP Unlimited, the Illinois-based 3D Platform has just announced their newest large-scale 3D printer, the 3DP Workbench. The 3DP Workbench has a massive build area of 1m x 1m x 0.5m, and also utilizes industrial-grade mechatronics, which enables precision prints with a 70-micron layer resolution. Planning to release the 3DP Workbench at the end of Q1 2016, 3DP has engineered and designed their newest industrial-grade 3D printer to a more improved and convenient experience all-around.…

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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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Formfutura Tacks Four New Wood-Based Variants to Their EasyWood Filament Line

By Tyler Koslow

As the amount of available 3D printing materials continue to expand, wood-based filaments have become the apple of the Maker community’s eye. Including smartphone accessories and beyond, the mixture of wood into PLA produces objects that look (and sometimes even smell) reminiscent of the Birch tree in your childhood backyard. Personally, I’ve only experimented with eSUN wood filament, thus far, but I can’t help but get myself caught up in the ‘woodfill’ hype as well, especially upon recently discovering the variety that one particular filament company has to offer.…

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Blokko Pops Comic Book Characters from the Page with 3D Printing

By Tyler Koslow

Started by Rahul Thayyalmkandy and Prad Lal back in 2014, the 3D market platform Blokko has been working to take illustrative comics and stories off of the paper and onto the 3D print bed, in the form of 3D printed toys. We covered their journey last year, and saw their unique platform in action with a 12.5 cm tall figure from the Untold Tales of Bigfoot. Since then, Blokko has gone on to expand upon and enhance their community of storytellers and 3D designers, creating a unique platform that to me, resembles a mixture of a 3D marketplace, a 3D printing service provider, and Kickstarter.…

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3DPrintler Expands File Format Support, Adds Dropbox to API

By Tyler Koslow

When I last reported on 3Dprintler back in January, the team was at CES 2016 in Las Vegas promoting their newly launched API platform, intended to help designers market their designs and compare the print prices from different vendors all across the 3D printing industry. This was a big breakthrough for designers looking to have their 3D models printed and distributed; there was finally a way for them to compare prices from 3D printing vendors such as Shapeways, i.materialise, and Sculpteo.…

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PieceMaker Brings Ford, Nickelodeon, & Metal 3D Printing to a Retail Store Near You

By Michael Molitch-Hou

Just when you thought that the biggest 3D printing news from Toy Fair 2016 was a 3D printer from Mattel and Autodesk, PieceMaker comes in with a whole swath of big news that includes its own set of big names. As PieceMaker works to bring 3D printing into the retail space, including metal 3D printing with ExOne, they’ve also partnered with huge companies Ford and Nickelodeon, which is carrying a lot of important licensed brands. And they’re showing it off at Toy Fair tomorrow.…

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