Category Archives: 3DP Services

BioBots Launches “Build With Life” Community for 3D Bioprinting

By Tyler Koslow

Last week, I reported on a potential medical breakthrough coming from a Denver University research team, who had experimented with 3D bioprinting heart valves for future implant use. This team was utilizing a BioBot 1, the world’s first low-cost, commercially available desktop bioprinter on the market. When most people think of bioprinting, they generally don’t imagine it taking place on a desktop device, let alone one that is less than $10,000, but BioBots has completely changed the bioprinting game, and they’re now launching their new online resource platform “Build with Life”, which will help BioBot users communicate, share resources, and, thus, innovate desktop bioprinting even further.…

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Filaments.directory Drops Data on the 3D Printing Filament Market

By Tyler Koslow

Finding the right filament for your desktop 3D printing needs is no walk in the park. Even if you know the exact color or style of material you want, there are numerous brands to investigate before making your final decision. In fact, according to the new global filament directory, Filaments.directory, there are over 1,269 different filaments made from 24 brands across the globe. With the goal of providing their users with accurate information on the wide-ranging, yet widely unknown desktop filament market, Filaments.directory had their new directory evaluated by 600 beta testers in preparation of their official launch.…

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Carbon 3D Printing Hits the Public via Four Service Bureaus

By Michael Molitch-Hou

Since it was unveiled at TED one year ago, the world has been awaiting the release of CLIP 3D printing technology from Carbon in Silicon Valley.  In the mean time, the firm has initiating an early customer program, giving companies like Ford and Legacy Effects, Carbon 3D printers ahead of the general public.  While you still may not be able to get your hands on the ultra-fast, layerless technology quite yet, you may be able to have parts printed by Carbon 3D printers starting today through four 3D printing service bureaus: CIDEAS, Sculpteo, The Technology House, and WestStar Precision.…

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3D Hubs Celebrates 20 Years of Pokémon with Low Poly Collection

By Tyler Koslow

At my youthful age of 25, I remember when all of the Pokémon hype was just beginning like it was yesterday. You know, back when there was only a total of 50 mystical creatures, kids carried their trading cards around as if they were a part of their body, and Pikachu became the new mascot for an entire generation. When I stumbled across the Low-Poly Squirtle 3D model, created by Flowalistik on Thingiverse just last week, I received a rush of nostalgia and just had to print it out.…

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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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Know Your 3D Model Rights! MakerBot and Others Respond to Thingiverse-eBay Controversy

By Tyler Koslow

If you happened to miss out on the controversy involving Thingiverse last week, here’s a quick recap of what went down. One Thingiverse user, named loubie, had noticed that her design had been taken straight from Thingiverse and was being sold in 3D printed form on eBay by a an account vaguely named just3Dprint. Upset that there was no compensation, let alone any credit or recognition for her design, loubie got the attention of the Maker community by telling her story on Thingiverse through her Sad Face model.…

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How 3D Printing Keeps Jay Leno’s Massive Car Collection in Road Condition

By Tyler Koslow

You probably know comedian Jay Leno through his twelve years as host of NBC’s Tonight Show, but there’s certainly nothing funny about his seriously massive car collection. Leno has over 200 cars and 100 motorcycles in his Burbank, California-based ‘Big Dog Garage’, each of which is kept in driving condition by Leno and his small team of mechanics and engineers. Since retiring from the Tonight Show, Leno is now fully immersed in his car collection, and though I’m sure he takes great care of all his automotive children, parts will inevitably break and need to be replaced.…

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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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Is a Designer on Thingiverse Getting Unlawfully Abused by an eBay Seller?

By Tyler Koslow

What makes 3D marketplaces like Thingiverse and MyMiniFactory such a pleasant experience for designers is the open access it gives them to the 3D printing community. Their 3D models can be freely shared, customized, and 3D printed by all, which in turn helps to cultivate innovation throughout this vast network of Makers. But, unfortunately, it also seems to leave these hard-working designers open to exploitation from individuals looking to monetize their freely available CAD models. According to Michael Weinberg, of Public Knowledge, one Thingiverse user, who goes by the name loubie, has brought this issue to light after discovering that over 2,000 models (and their pictures) from Thingiverse were being sold in 3D printed form by an eBay account named just3Dprint.…

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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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