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3DShare Wants to Be Both “the App Store and reddit of 3D Printing”

By Michael Molitch-Hou

The past two years has seen a huge number of 3D printing repositories flood the market, each one seeking to distinguish itself from the rest and invoking a variety of strategies to do so.  Launzer.com, for instance, sells only branded content, from such companies as Warner Bros., while Shapeways hosts countless designer storefronts, in which 3D printed designs are sold for a range of prices, sometimes exceeding the $100-mark.  And sites like YouMagine and Thingiverse host 3D printable files for free. …

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3DPI Interviews Stratasys Asia at Inside 3D Printing Singapore

By Phillip Keane

So the dust has settled on the Inside 3D Printing Conference in Singapore, and everybody is back home in their respective countries after what was an interesting 2 days for the citizens of the 3D printing world. My last 2 articles covered each day, more or less as it happened, and I chose to dedicate the first day of reporting to the international exhibitors and the second day to the local, home-grown companies from Singapore.  One company was conspicuous in its absence from my reports, however, because they had a lot to talk about and because their interview warranted a whole article to itself (and also, I only have one pair of hands!…

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The Future of Footwear: 3D Printed Shoes that React to Your Movements

By Michael Molitch-Hou

If you’re familiar with SOLS Systems, you may have thought of them solely as a custom orthotics manufacturer.  If that’s the case, it’s time to expand your schema of what this 3D printing start-up is really about, as SOLS has just unveiled the prototype for a modular, 3D printed robo-boot at the FAST AW15 event, as part of New York Fashion Week.
It’s called the ADAPTIV and it’s intense, both in terms of its design and the teamwork involved to bring it together.…

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Bringing Industrial Manufacturing to the Desktop with New MoldLay 3D Printing Filament

By James Lefebvre

The applications for 3D printing are limitless. Innovators are constantly coming up with new applications and designs for the technology; however, one of the main limitations to desktop FFF 3D printing’s use is often a filament’s material properties. Kai Parthy has been a powerhouse when it comes to inventing new fused-filament deposition materials, inventing LayWoo-d3, BendLay, LayBrick, Poro-Lay, and more.  Now, Parthy has come up with a revolutionary new material called: MoldLay.

MoldLay is ideal for both permanent casting and investment (lost-wax) casting.…

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NVBots Raises $2 Million in Seed Funding to Expand 3D Printing Initiatives

By Andrew Wheeler

As the Boston-based 3D printing startup pushes out their cloud-based, queue-based 3D printers, NVBots has just raised $2 million in seed funding, with investors that include Bantam Capital and Mike Foley, the former CEO of reflective materials company Reflexite Corp. Foley will join NVBots’ board of directors, and the team at NVBots are happy to have him aboard.
NVBots CEO AJ Perez remarked, “His expertise in this domain will add significant value to the growth of our business. We expect that Mike will continue to add value not just as a seasoned manufacturing executive but also by opening doors to new capital markets.”

NVBots notably manufactures an institution-friendly 3D printer capable of automatically removing prints from the printbed, allowing for institution-wide 3D printing from the cloud.…

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Ultimaker Teams with 3DPrinterOS to Offer Free 3D Printing Classes in the US

By Davide Sher

The Dutch 3D printer manufacturer, that has recently expanded its reach into the US, has teamed up with 3DprinterOS to offer free 3D printing classes in New York City and San Francisco. The idea is to offer people who are completely new to the technology a first approach to the terminology, processes, materials and applications that relate to all aspects of 3D printing.

Co-founded by John Dogru, 3DprinterOS is a cloud based operating system which lets users control multiple 3D printers from a single, remote, interface.…

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Will $2 Million Investment Cause Pirate3D to Address KS Community or Abandon Them?

By Andrew Wheeler

Pirate3D once had a record breaking Kickstarter campaign, raising $1, 438, 765 through backers of the now infamous Buccaneer 3D printer.  But, if you scroll down on that Kickstarter campaign, you will see how badly Pirate3D has disappointed their backers:  Unbelievably long shipment delays (we’re talking about more than a year), the redaction of upgrades, ridiculous waits on refunds (they’ve only returned 15% of those that wanted refunds), and what sounds like poor performance reviews by those lucky enough to receive their printers.…

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Breaking News! 3D Printing Service Mixee Labs Acquired By Amazon!

By Andrew Editing

In the beginning of the year, I wrote that 2015 will be the year of materials and acquisitions, and first up is Mixee Labs, which was just acquired by Amazon!

On their blog, they posted:
“We are happy to announce that the Mixee Labs team is joining Amazon. Last fall, we worked with Amazon to launch customizable products in their 3D Printing Store. We will now bring our software to Amazon and join the 3D Printing team full time.
We want to make 3D printed products more accessible, and Amazon is the best place for that.…

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In NYC? My Mini Factory’s 10-Week Intensive 3D Printing Workshop is Too

By Michael Molitch-Hou

Earlier this year, iMakr’s 3D printables community, My Mini Factory, rolled out its first My Mini Factory Academy in London, introducing small classes to the world of 3D printing through an intensive workshop series.  Deeming the program a resounding success, the company has decided to ship it overseas, via the retailer’s Manhattan location.

Starting April 6, My Mini Factory Academy will take off in New York City, giving students the tools necessary to learn 3D design and 3D printing and, iMakr suggests, start their own businesses. …

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Stratasys is Heading to Space with Crucial Antenna Array

By Davide Sher

Stratasys is increasingly present in every segment of manufacturing. So much so, in fact, that it just signed an agreement with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to leave the planet Earth and bring its technology into space.
Stratasys will use its professional FDM 3D printing technology to build an innovative system with a 30 antenna array that will be installed on the satellites of the projects FORMOSAT- 7 and COSMIC-2, aimed to create a new constellation of sensors to improve the observation of meteorological phenomena and climate.…

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