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Update: Today, Ötzi the Iceman is Reborn with 3D Printing on PBS

By Michael Molitch-Hou

Understanding one’s place in the Universe requires an understanding of everything that led up to one’s creation. For this reason, I’m always fascinated by our ancestors from thousands of years ago. How did they live? What cultural practices did they have? How did they die? One group of scientists, historians, and archeologists have pursued answers to these questions in relation to one solitary individual murdered over 5,000 years ago, Ötzi the Iceman. To learn more about Ötzi, Europe’s oldest-known natural mummy, this interdisciplinary team has created an exact replica of the mummy with 3D printing.…

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Google to Tackle Mixed Reality with New VR Department

By Michael Molitch-Hou

This week, Google announced that it would be opening a new division dedicated to virtual reality computing, which will see the tech giant’s former VP for product management, Clay Bavor, move from overseeing Google’s apps to becoming the VP of Virtual Reality.  The move has many commentators stating that Google has been behind on VR and is attempting to catch up Microsoft, who will be shipping out the Hololens this quarter, and Facebook, shipping the Oculus Rift with a $599 price tag. …

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Update: Wiivv Insoles Now Most Funded 3D Printed Product on Kickstarter

By Tyler Koslow

After capping off 2015 by raising over $3.5 million in a seed funding round, Vancouver-based bionics company Wiivv Wearables is just about ready to slip their BASE insoles into the sneakers of their consumers. The BASE is a 3D printed insole custom-fitted to each foot, maximizing comfort and support by using personalized foot digitization that is captured via Wiivv’s smart phone app. In order to help with the final steps of manufacturing and product fulfillment, Wiivv launched a Kickstarter campaign for the BASE insole yesterday, and have already found themselves well over the halfway mark of their $50,000 crowdfunding goal.…

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Update: Google & Lenovo Unveil Project Tango Smartphone at CES 2016

By Michael Molitch-Hou

If successful, Google’s Project Tango has the power to change just about everything. By putting a 3D camera into tablets and smartphones, ordinary consumers could, potentially, capture their daily world in 3D, sharing 3D selfies on dating sites and posting scans of their newborns on Facebook, all using a device that they would be carrying around anyway. And, after showing off a prototype of the Project Tango smartphone with Intel’s RealSense built-in, Google and Lenovo have teased that they will unveiling something big on Thursday.…

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Update: Open Bionics 3D Prints Tiniest Super Hero Hands Yet

By Michael Molitch-Hou

UK startup Open Bionics has made headlines for adding some electricity to the 3D printed prosthetic movement with low-cost, 3D printed bionic hands for amputees.  Making waves at CES this year for their functioning prosthetics, the company went on to design a 3D printed fiber-optic design for actress Grace Mandeville, before catching further attention for winning the James Dyson Award for Innovative Engineering for their amazing devices.  Now, Open Bionics tells me that, next week, they will reveal their first ever designs for, possibly, the smallest 3D printed bionic hands ever made, promising designs that are “are out of this world.”

The UK firm takes the unique approach to prosthetic devices that, while they should be functional, they should also be stylish for the wearer. …

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Update: MyMiniFactory Hits Equity Crowdfunding Goal with £500K

By Michael Molitch-Hou

The first European crowdfunding campaign for equity in a 3D printing company has just launched and it’s already more than 60% past its £500,000 goal.  MyMiniFactory, the 3D printables wing of 3D printing retailer iMakr, is well on its way to a successful public offering, on crowdfunding equity site, Seedrs thanks in no small part one huge investor, OTT Properties.

With a pre-valuation of £9,439,890, the printables site has already become one of the most successful repositories for 3D printable files since it was launched in June, 2013.…

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Update: Organovo Justifies Secondary Stock Offering with Goals of $400M+ in Bioprinting Profits

By Michael Molitch-Hou

3D bioprinting leader Organovo has been steadily growing this year, signing deals with pharmaceutical giant Merck and cosmetics company L’Oreal, as well as releasing news related to their first 3D printed kidney tissue.  Given these big partnerships, then, it strikes me as a bit odd that the company is looking for more money.
Yesterday, the company announced the sale of 9,425,000 shares of common stock at $4.25 per share, with underwriters given a 30-day option to buy an additional 1,413,750 shares.…

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Update: NEA 3D Passes $75k Indiegogo with Early Bird 3D Printers Still Available

By Michael Molitch-Hou

NEA 3D’s very beautiful family of 3D printers waltzed into CES this year, where they were met with attendees that fawned over, the elegant appearance of the PRO Mini, PRO, and PRO+ FFF machines, as well as their excellent mechanical design, and their reasonable prices.  Though not available for purchase in January, the family is now ready for prime time, as it heads to Indiegogo on May 6th.  And, today, NEA 3D has opened up its VIP sign-up page, allowing you to get VIP access to the crowd-funding campaign 24 hours in advance. …

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3D Printing Stocks Are Tanking. Is It Time to Buy Yet?

By Davide Sher

On March 3, 2009, when the financial crisis had taken US stocks to some record lows and the S&P Index had hit an intraday low of 666, President Obama went on record saying that “buying stocks now is potentially a good deal, if you’ve got a long-term perspective on it.” Since then, the S&P has more than tripled to a record high of 2070 (in early February), thus making Obama’s one of the best stock calls of all time. Those who own stock in the 3D printing industry are sure hoping the same will be true for this technological microcosm, which does not necessarily follow dynamics that are in line with those of the stock market as a whole.…

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Update: 3DRacers Races Past Finish Line with 3D Printed Perks and Discounts

By Davide Sher

Those who read 3DPI regularly know that I am a big fan of 3D Racers, the 3D printed, Arduino-based, smartphone-controlled, open-source, smart-toy car game. And that long list of composite attributes should clearly explain why. Where many different technologies meet is where innovation moves faster and 3D Racers is a meeting point for a lot of different and very fascinating trends.
Especially now that it is adding yet more composite attributes: open-hardware, crowd-funded on Indiegogo, and locally-manufactured by 3D Hubs. The project was just celebrated with a live streaming event which took place at the same time in the North, South, and Center of Italy: at Rome SPQwoRk FabLab, Milan’s Yatta makerspace, Naples Volcanic FabLab, and Catania’s 3D Store.…

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