Category Archives: 3D Content

Trump Trump with a 3D Printed Trump Stress Ball

By Michael Molitch-Hou

The US primaries can be a stressful time.  Not just for those in the United States, but for people all over the globe, anxiously awaiting who will become one of the most powerful people in the world.  For that reason, some form of catharsis can come in handy.  You may not be able to 3D print Simone Schramm’s haptic stress ball at home any time soon. And a Trump-themed butt plug may not be your cup of tea.  Lucky for you, MyMiniFactory user Ricardo Salomao has created the perfect stress ball for your presidential anxieties.…

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REAL 2016: Why Our Physical Health May Be Best Understood in the Digital World

By Tyler Koslow

Continuing our on-going coverage of REAL 2016, today we’ll introduce you to BioDigital, a biomedical visualization company set on improving our physical health through digital means. Although 3D printing technology is being increasingly used in the medical industry to help with surgical preparation and other applications, the body is fluid by nature and many health issues can not be fully understood with just a solid physical model. That’s where BioDigital comes in.
The New York City-based startup is focused on enhancing the way we understand healthcare and look at our bodies, using 3D technology to help explore places within us that we’ve never really been able to see before.…

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REAL 2016: There’s More to 3D Printing than Just 3D Printing

By Tyler Koslow

3D printing technology has certainly become a steady rock in both the manufacturing and Maker worlds, but it is far from an island. In fact, 3D printing is heavily intertwined with and dependent on an ecosystem that Autodesk calls “Reality Computing”, coined by the software developer to address an umbrella of 3D (and other related technologies) in general. This includes 3D image capturing, 3D modeling, and, of course, 3D printing, each of which has become increasingly dependent on the others as the digital world continues to blend with the physical.…

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MyMiniFactory Responds to Sad Face with Happy “Labeling-as-a-Service” for 3D Printables

By Michael Molitch-Hou

If you read Tyler’s coverage of the Sad Face controversy, you’ll see that there is a lot of great conversation taking place in the comments of both articles. By uploading your 3D models to a public place, are you forfeiting ownership? Or are you setting a precedent for a possible copyright?

3D modeling sites like Thingiverse and Cults. have responded with their own positions (in favor of modelers). Now, MyMiniFactory, the largest source of curated 3D printables, has responded with what it calls “labelling-as-a-service”, with which designers can “sign” their objects with their MMF username and a shortened url to the design. …

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3D Scanned Nefertiti: Real, Fake, or Real Fake?

By Michael Molitch-Hou

This week, you may have heard about two daring artists, Nikolai Nelles and Nora Al-Badri, that walked into the Neues Museum in Berlin with a Kinect and 3D scanned the famous bust of Nefertiti, an Egyptian queen from the 13th century BCE. This bust, which museum visitors are restricted from even photographing, is the subject of argument between Egypt and Germany, given its Egyptian origin and German location. As a means of recovering the bust, discovered in Egypt by German archaeologists and taken to Germany over one hundred years ago, Nelles and Al-Badri have uploaded a 3D printable file of the sculpture under a Creative Commons License.…

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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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4D Scanning from TimeSlice Comes Alive on Sketchfab

By Michael Molitch-Hou

3D model sharing site Sketchfab is already laying the foundation for a social 3D experience with users sharing 3D scans of their newborns and other personal scans with the community. And, with the introduction of VR viewing capabilities, they’ve demonstrated that they’re ready for the wave of VR headsets to hit the market, as well. Today, the site has published a new blog that demonstrates just how ready they are for VR with dynamic 4D content; that is, a moving 3D model captured in motion.…

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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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Last Minute Valentine’s Day 3D Prints

By Michael Molitch-Hou

If, like a selfish husband in a stale sitcom, you’ve forgotten to grab your “sweetie” a present for Veterans Valentine’s Day, but you happen to own a 3D printer and know how to use it, then you’ll be happy to know that there are plenty of gifts you can make yourself – without macaroni and glue.  MyMiniFactory has curated a list of some 73 models that you can whip up on your desktop printer. Slap on a bow and maybe you won’t get dumped this year.…

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