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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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3D Medical Animation — Changing Patient Education

By Nic Widerhold

The urge to depict, and thus to better understand the body, has always been with us. From the caves at Lascaux in France to Leonardo da Vinci’s folios to the medical illustrations of anatomist Andreas Vesalius — the history of medicine has always included the urge to portray the human body and its many mysteries.
Early Origins
Even at a time when it was frowned upon, dedicated early “explorers” of the human body, such as da Vinci, delved into the tangled intricacies of human anatomy and physiology through careful autopsy and subsequent renderings of the findings.…

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MakerBot to Expand Thingiverse with Developer Program

By Michael Molitch-Hou

Thingiverse has never been quite the same since MakerBot changed its Terms of Service in 2013, but the MakerBot printables site has continued to exist under the vision of Stratasys. And, after MakerBot launched a developers program for MakerBot-focused apps, the company is now announcing a new developer program for Thingiverse itself. The new MakerBot Thingiverse Developer Program will see the Thingiverse API opened up to developers in order to add new features and functionality to the printables site.

In an announcement today, the consumer 3D printer subsidiary has said that it will implementing a developer program that will allow developers to create new tools for Thingiverse.…

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MakerBot to Expand Thingiverse with Developer Program

By Michael Molitch-Hou

Thingiverse has never been quite the same since MakerBot changed its Terms of Service in 2013, but the MakerBot printables site has continued to exist under the vision of Stratasys. And, after MakerBot launched a developers program for MakerBot-focused apps, the company is now announcing a new developer program for Thingiverse itself. The new MakerBot Thingiverse Developer Program will see the Thingiverse API opened up to developers in order to add new features and functionality to the printables site.

In an announcement today, the consumer 3D printer subsidiary has said that it will implementing a developer program that will allow developers to create new tools for Thingiverse.…

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SolidWorks’ Apps for Kids Aim to Get Young Students into 3D Design

By Tyler Koslow

For quite a while now, SolidWorks has worked hard not only to develop some of the most accessible and widely used CAD design software in the world, but also worked to help with the education and affordability needed to give everyone access to their 3D tools. SolidWorks has been a long-standing supporter of the Fab Foundation, for instance, giving the educational organization free copies of their software for each of their 350 Fab Labs located all around the world. While a number of passionate 3D designers gathered together for the 2016 SOLIDWORKS WORLD event last week, the host took an opportunity to announce that SolidWorks would be launching Apps for Kids, a collection of tools geared towards educating young children on 3D design and other STEM-based programs.…

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The $900 Renegade: Ourobotics Releases Fully Open Source Bioprinter

By Davide Sher

Take the lessons from Professor Pearce’s Open Source Lab (discussed in a recent article), add some low cost bioprinting (such as the systems recently released by BioBots, CELLINK and Ourobotics) and what you get is the Renegade, a new, fully open source syringe extrusion bioprinter, just released by Ourobotics.
The new open source system was presented by Ourobotics’ co-founder Stephen Gray at a recent bioChanges meet up (see video below), hosted by the Tangible Media Group at MIT Media Lab. “The Renegade,” Stephen explained, “is a joint project based on Jemma’s [Redmond, another co-founder of Ourobotics] and my own experiences.…

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XMODULE Races into the Future of Video Games and 3D Printing

By Davide Sher

If the biggest limit of 3D printing is that not enough people know how to 3D model, and the biggest limit of video games (IMAO) is that they remain stuck inside the TV (and in the last decade), then, by combining the two, you would catch the proverbial two birds with one stone. That is what XMODULE, a new video game by Dublin, Ireland-based independent studio G21 intends to do.

The best ideas are often those that seem so simple and yet no one had thought of them yet.…

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3D Printing and Gaming Merge in G2A 3D+ Project

By Michael Molitch-Hou

I’m convinced that 3D printing is set to take off in the world of gaming. Investors backing startups like Whispering Gibbon and FabZat demonstrate that I’m not the only one.  And, now, Polish 3D printer manufacturer 3DGence has partnered with massive gaming marketplace G2A.COM as further evidence that 3D printing and digital entertainment go hand in hand. Together, they have launched the G2A 3D+ project, a 3D printing marketplace for designers and gamers alike.

Like other platforms, G2A 3D+ allows users to capture 3D printable moments from their favorite games. …

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SexShop3D Gets Physical with 3D Printed “Pocket P*ssy” (NSFW)

By Davide Sher

Talking – and writing – about sex toys is always complicated and fun at the same time, because of the many word games and double meanings that inevitably pop up (exactly). In 3D printing, sex toys may be one of the products with the biggest unexpressed potential. SexShop3D is hoping this potential will begin to rise through its newest product: the Pocket Pussy, “a customizable male masturbator with the option to obtain a perfect replica through 3D scanning”.
The subject often comes up in informal discussions with people who are just finding out about 3D printing and, while the advantages are obvious (personalized production, no need to go to the physical sex shop or have the product shipped) the limits are just as clear: material and finish quality and low familiarity with 3D printers.…

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Articulated, 3D Printable AT-AT Details Inner Workings of the Dark Side

By James Lefebvre

The rebels are in luck! The full plans for an AT-AT have been uploaded to MyMiniFactory. With knowledge of the inner workings, they’ll be able to take down Imperial forces like never before… or just have a lot of fun 3D printing and building a model of one.

Kirby Downey spent a week to design this representation of the famed All Terrain Armored Transport (AT-AT), and spared no detail. The model features 15 points of articulation, and consists of 70 individual parts.…

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