Dare to Dream

A distinguished four-star general for the United States Army, Colin Powell once said, “A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work.” Dreams take time to accomplish they don’t just appear finished. There are avenues that’ll be placed in your pathway to help you along the way, but you ultimately…

Capture the Moment

Have you ever pondered this question? When a horse is trotting, do all four of its hooves leave the ground at the same time? The question above left former Governor of California, Leland Stanford and his friends curious as to what the answer was. Though Stanford’s friends thought that a trotting horse has at least…

You’ve Got Talent

Each person has a unique talent that they strive at but others struggle in. It sets them apart making them irreplaceable and distinguishable from the crowd. A talent could be the ability to make others laugh, a great motivator, storyteller, dancer, or artist. It’s in all of us, we just need to “attain the greatest…

Delirious for 3D Printing

The yin-yang Chinese symbol represents a perfect balance between two opposites. However, those opposites are interrelated to one another like a marriage. Each person is meant to complement the other that allows them to work together as one. Tim and Bridget Ayres are a husband and wife duo who enjoys working together as a 3D…

Turn that Frown Upside Down

A simple smile can brighten a person’s day and transform the world around them in a positive way. Mother Teresa once said, “We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.” Although it may seem like a small act, it affects others in more ways than one. Researchers have found that…

The Power of a Simple Gift

The beauty of generosity and seeking nothing in return is a selfless act that brings people together. John Richardson, owner of the NKY Tech Center in Independence, Kentucky, may be a busy man but he makes every minute count helping others. As a 3D printing hobbyist, most of what he makes, if not all, is…

The Race to Space

Millions of people tuned in to watch American astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin Aldrin make a ground breaking journey to the moon. The spacecraft launched from Cape Kennedy on July 16, 1969 and landed on the moon on July 20, 1969. Cindy Jory, a 3D printing hobbyist, was one of those millions of people…

The Dynamic Duo

An impossible idea may seem unachievable at times, but when you work at it and refine it you may find it to become a possible. Juan Pedro and Jose Julio are an innovative duo. They challenge themselves in the world of science and technology. Their goal is to teach people about “the robotic world,” Juan…

Float like a Butterfly and Sting like a Bee

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who always said he was the handsomest three-time heavyweight champ of them all? For many boxing fans out there, it was Muhammad Ali. He was one of the most inspirational and controversial professional boxers of all time who knew how to throw a punch. Ali would not only throw punches…

Get Inspired

Whenever you’re trying to come up with a new idea but can’t seem to think of one, sometimes all you need is a little bit of inspiration. Roberto Lama, an aspiring biotechnologist, was struggling to think “of an aesthetically pleasing yet useful gift” for his mom. Having been “designing various architectural projects for the Scholastic…

Every Face Tells a Story

Every face tells a story and everyone has a past. Despite wanting to hide your emotions, sometimes your face says it all. Raphael Gatt, a specialist at Animated Storyboards is an animation reviser, who pays attention to detail when designing the faces of well-known iconic movie stars. After years of working in 3D animation, developing…

Transforming Healthcare

As a student majoring in Social Fabrication at Keio University located in Minato, Japan, Ryosuke Wakasugi uses the latest technology that his university provides by combining nursing with 3D printing. The program is called “FAB” (short for fabrication), which means “bridging digital and physical worlds.” Through this program, Wakasugi “teaches nursing students how to 3D…

Save Our Wildlife

Not a day goes by that an elephant is hunted for its tusks, a tiger for its fur, a rhino for its horn, or a sea turtle for its meat, eggs, and shell. Even though it may be illegal in some countries to kill these animals, it sadly isn’t illegal in every country. There are…

The City of Waters

Surrounded by various lakes and rivers is the beautiful city of Minneapolis. Its name derives from the Greek word “mini” and “polis”, which means the “city of waters”. With some of the tallest skyscrapers and skylines in the United States, Minneapolis is a place with breathtaking views. Mikhail Tikh, an aspiring design engineer and maker,…

A Journey Into Your Imagination

Believing that children are the future, Carla Diana, a technology-focused product designer, wrote the first children’s 3D printing book, LEO the Maker Prince. The book is about Carla, an accountant, who dreams of becoming a sculptor. After getting caught in a storm, she meets LEO, a robot, who inspires her to turn her drawings into…

An Image of the Past

A 3D model is worth a thousand words that can lead to so many different directions. However, one thing that remains the same is the story of the artist who created it and the history behind it. Re-creating intricate designs is more than just a job to Arif Sethi, a designer at 3D FilaPrint, it’s…

The Great Race

With every challenge there is a new adventure to explore. For John-William Forcier, a computer programmer, technology in 3D printing is his adventure. The technology behind 3D printing is not only fascinating, but also “easy for everyone to create any object,” Forcier said. It’s “simply fantastic and genius.” After winning money on a game show…

Shark Bites

From being a cook to an industrial drafter, Hiroko Price goes beyond her imagination when it comes to 3D printing. Her interest in sharks and love for shoes is what led her to combine and create shoes that are based off of a shark’s teeth. She calls them “Toothy high heels”. “All the teeth in…

Valentine’s Day Tealight for Her

It’s almost Valentine’s Day which means that you’re thinking about the perfect gift to give your loved one. Why not 3D print a beautiful flower lamp that’ll shine a light and keep you in their thoughts every day? Andrew Reynolds, a freelance 3D modeler and an undergraduate at Marywood University, designed a beautiful Radiant Blossom…

Through the Eyes of Another

Those that have a visual impairment see the world not with their eyes but with their hands and ears. Daniel Sanchez an industrial designer was asked by a visually impaired friend to produce “3D print models so that she and others could ‘see’ the world”. When traveling, the blind can’t experience the beauty of an…

From Father to Sons

Although the holiday season is over, we reminisce about our favorite most memorable moments. David Hart, a published author and Senior Principle Consultant for a Telecommunications company, shares his passion for building and curiosity of 3D printing to his sons. “I’ve always liked figuring out how things worked. I used to take electric motors out of…

‘Tis the Season to be Jolly

Inspiration can be captured at any moment in time. For Ben Dansie, a digital art designer, all it took was a facial expression of pure happiness from a young girl to inspire him to create a sculpture of a “Joyful Yell”. “It was a long weekend and I really wanted to get some character sculpting…

The Christmas Card

Christmas is the most wonderful time of year to share memorable moments with loved ones. It is a time to reminisce about the past and a time to make new memories in the present. One way that family and friends share their memorable moments is by sending Christmas cards and letters. However, Johnnie Semerad, owner…

A Bridge of Lights

Have you ever walked around a hardware store searching for a specific shape and size of a gear but couldn’t find it? For many 3D printer fanatics, this is often an issue. However, owning a 3D printer is magical, because you can 3D print anything that you want and create items that are not available. …

A Passion for Creation

The sky is the limit when it comes to Jason Reynolds, owner of a 3D printing service called Jinxbot.com. Instead of using his 3D printer for himself, he enjoys printing for others and “seeing that look in their eyes when they are describing their idea. There is the magic that I so desperately long to draw…

Let Your Imagination Fly

  When you use your imagination to create and innovate you have the ability to achieve anything. With a 3D printer it opens doors to new dimensions and infinite possibilities. This allows you to turn your creation into reality. David Lim, owner and creator of “SupermotoXL Designs” began creating and inventing at the age of…

In a galaxy not that far away…

In a galaxy not that far away, there lives a young aspiring mechanical engineer named Daniel Olson who used his wits,  skills, and a little inspiration from his dad to create a motorized Star Wars AT-AT. “For a while I had wanted to make some sort of mechanical walking mechanism,” Olson said. After printing different gears, it gave…

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Let M’ Roll

Even though marble machines are things from the past, it is still a toy that many people young and old enjoy. Imagine what it was like when you got your first marble machine kit. You couldn’t wait to open the box and put it together as fast as you could. Once you’ve attached all the…

Add a Little Color to Your World

Colors have a fascinating way of bringing just about anything to life. Jason Powell, a student from Columbia University is capable of combining twelve different colors to create and design simple yet inspiring 3D models. Taking a DIY approach to 3D printing, Powell redesigned his Rostock Max to print multi-colored pieces such as the multi-colored vases…

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One Step Closer

  3D printing is changing the medical field. It has allowed researchers to visually observe patients’ conditions and create replicas of the tumors. 3D printing has even advanced in pharmaceutical sciences. Kulkarni, a graduate student and Matt Confeld, a second year pharmacy student, won first place in the Innovation Challenge. Their clever innovation is known…

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3D Printer Fixes Printing Mistakes

Personal fabrication is currently a one-way process: Once an object has been fabricated with a 3D printer, it cannot be changed anymore; any change requires printing a new version from scratch. In this paper, we propose a different approach: instead of re-printing the entire object from scratch, we suggest patching the existing object and replacing…

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3D printed objects are toxic

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside Bourns College of Engineering found zebrafish embryos die at alarming rates when exposed to certain 3D printed materials. The question that many public safety services may have after the result is the proper method in disposing waster materials from 3D printers. What do you think about the safety…

Kieran’s Hand

Whether it may be playing a game of rock-paper-scissors or using household appliances like blenders, 3D printing helps to make the lives of both children and adults a whole lot easier and affordable. One can never get enough of tear-jerking stories like Kieran’s. Check out the video above to see how Enabling the Future is “making something to make a difference.”

3D Jack-O’-Lantern for Halloween!

It’s October which means Halloween is coming soon. Check out this 3D Jack-o’-lantern created by North Shore 3D printing Club and New England Creative! Say goodbye to rotten pumpkin and hello to a 3D Jack-O’ Lantern! Tell us about your 3D design ideas for Halloween!

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3D-printed TSA master keys put travellers’ luggage at risk

A group of lock-picking and security enthusiasts have published a set of CAD files to Github that anyone can use to 3-D print a precisely measured set of the TSA¿s master keys for its ‘approved’ locks. Lock picker uses 3D printer to recreate TSA master luggage key that can open locks used by millions of…

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3D Printing Could Help Save Avocado and Landscape Trees

The polyphagous shothole borer is a beetle that has a symbiotic relationship with a fungus (Fusarium euwallaceae). The beetle-fungus complex causes severe damage to avocado and landscape trees. As this video shows, researchers at the University of California, Riverside are using 3D printing technology to accelerate their study of the beetle-fungus complex. Produced by UCR’s…

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Every Mom Deserves to Embrace Each Moment

One of the most exciting parts of pregnancy is to be able to see the baby progress. Tatiana Guerra is not able to do so after she lost her sight at 17. Luckily, Huggies stepped in to offer Tatiana the opportunity to “see” her son.  

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Meet Travis Teetor

3D Printing at the UA Libraries from University of Arizona Libraries on Vimeo. After watching University of Arizona’s Library’s video on 3D printing, we immediately contacted the narrator of the video, Travis Teetor. Travis is the operations manager of University of Arizona’s library. Read further to find out more about him and his advice on starting your own 3D printing community!…

Meet the Winner: Mike Grauer Jr.

Congratulations again to our most recent SeeMeCNC 3D printer winner! We couldn’t be more excited for Mike and cannot wait to see what he creates. Read further to learn more about Mike and his influence in the 3D printing community.  Tell us a bit about your professional life. I write articles about 3D printing for Inside3DP…

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Meet 3Dponics

The first-ever Farming, Science and 3D Printing Mash-up   “Spyder 3D World is all about joining communities,” explains Joe Bloomfield, CEO of the online community. “Small businesses have the power to share ideas, make things better by working together, and this collaboration with 3Dponics is a perfect example of how 3D printing enthusiasts are making…

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3Dponics System Design Mods

Spyder 3D World Engineers Collaborate With 3Dponics Enthused by the opportunity to collaborate with such a cutting-edge project, the engineers at Spyder 3D World printed each of the 3Dponics files and made note of possible design improvements. The resulting design improvements were submitted to the crew at 3Dponics and are available for download exclusively here…

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We Have a Winner!

We have a winner! Congratulations to Mike Grauer Jr of Tacoma, WA! Mike is the winner of the SeeMeCNC 3D printer giveaway. This sweepstakes is over, but another contest series is right around the corner! Follow us on social media or fill out the opt-in form below to receive notifications of upcoming Spyder 3D World promotions and events.…

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Meet the Designer: Walter Hsiao

Our talented designers are an eclectic group from all over the world. Find out what drives their passion for 3D design as they reveal more about themselves in our Meet the Designer series. Their tips, inspiration, and wisdom will provide you with an insider’s view of 3D printing, along with a few laughs and surprises…

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How To Prep Your Print Bed

How To Prep Your Print Bed: Video Transcript 0:09: Hey…Hey…Welcome to Spyder3DWorld! 0:13: My name is Kevin and this colleague Enrique and we are your Spyder 3D Engineers. 0:18: We’re here at Spyder 3D World where we encourage you to dream, design, discover. 0:21: Today we will be discussing…tape. 0:25: So you’re just got yourself…

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Imagine That 3D

Imagine That 3D offers a range of services from sketching your design to sculpting and printing. Imagine That 3D harnesses the power of 3D printing to help customers produce and share designs with the world, making product design more accessible, personal and inspiring. Imagine That 3D’s main goal is to become more than just a…

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Spyder 3D World 3D Printing Tips: Intro

Tips & Tricks from the Spyder 3D Engineers Stay tuned for upcoming episodes of Spyder 3D World! Our engineers will be sharing their library of helpful 3D printing tips and tricks. We would love to hear your feedback, so feel free to leave your comments and questions in the box below. If you have a…

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Minimize Print Fails with Proper Orientation

Here at the Spyder 3D World lab, we dedicate a fair amount of time refining our 3D printing techniques. With each print, our goal is to determine the optimal configuration that will reduce print time and minimize the chances of failure. There are a number of variables to consider while setting up your prints –…

3D Printed Carabiner

Carabiner by Walter

SO MANY USES, ONLY ONE PRINTED PIECE. Carabiners: The lightweight, connects-everything tool has finally made its way onto the 3D platform. Thank Spyder3DWorld’s contributing designer WALTER for his sensational one-piece tool. [ click on thumbs to view full images ] The most intricate detail about this design is that unlike other carabiners which call for…

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How to Raise Your Profile

Welcome to the Community! Now, Let’s Raise Your Profile. COMMUNITY PROFILE ARTIST PROFILE MAKER CLUB PROFILE Now that you have registered as a member of Spyder 3D World, it’s time to spruce up your profile and introduce yourself to the community. First things first: let’s add a little window dressing to your Spyder 3D World…

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NASA 3D Printing

Niki Werkheiser, the International Space Station 3-D printer project manager at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, discusses the on-orbit set-up and first test run of the International Space Station’s 3-D Printer. Video Credit: NASA Think 3D printing is an emerging field? Think again. NASA has been a player in additive manufacturing aka…

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Tech-Savvy Teen Takes on 3D Printing World

Wonder what talented, tech-savvy teens are doing these days? Ask Jane Yarnell. In a short period of time, this 13-year-old’s electric skill for 3D printing has skyrocketed her, and her Maker Club, to new heights. So far she has flown past the fundamentals into serious, advanced exploration of the use of 3D printing – let’s…

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Turning 3D Prints into Art

  James Alday Turns 3D Prints into Art   James has also experimented with finishing techniques, and now these techniques are the hallmark of his work. He’s found that ABS is easily sandable but more difficult to get quality prints. PLA is easy to print with but more difficult to sand and finish. He uses…

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3D Printing Software Essentials

There are a number of different 3D printing software combinations that can be used to slice 3D printable models communicate directly with 3D printers.
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Intro to 3D Printing

3d printing is a tool that makes it possible to translate creativity and ideas into tangible objects.
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Fiber Bridging Techniques by Mark Leonard

One of the coolest parts of the 3D community is the open source sharing that goes on every day. So it was no surprise when Mark Leonard approached us to share the fiber bridging techniques he perfected after years of trial and error. Mark is a designer for Aztec Scenic Design, an ultra creative design…

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Get Great Scans With This Customized Turntable

The Spyder 3D World lab is equipped with several printers and a David scanner. In order to create uniform consistent rotations for better scans, Enrique and Kevin wanted to use the Virtumake Arduino turntable. Unfortunately, the servo and specified board were out of stock and not available for months. So, they fired up Solidworks and…

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Turn your 3D printer into a cash register!

Make Your Directory Listing Stand Out. Get listed on the Spyder 3D World commission-free printer directory. Customers will contact you directly, and you keep whatever you charge. Follow this guide to create an effective directory listing. Table of Contents: Are you registered and logged in? Enter your essential info. Add pics, pics and more pics!…

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Spyder 3D World 3D Printer Directory

New, ‘No Commission’ 3D Printer Directory Connects Printer Owners Directly With Designers Adding another dimension to the sharing economy, Spyder 3D World today announced the addition of a local printer directory to its growing online community. For those who want their makes printed on demand, the directory provides an opportunity to connect with experienced 3D…

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Pricing 3D Printable Models

By Noah Hornberger Is there a logical method for pricing your 3D printable designs? There are tens of thousands of free 3D models available online, which makes it difficult to figure out how to get compensation for your work without alienating prospective buyers. I’ll share my pricing strategy and thought process with you – and…

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Meet the 3D Designer: Noah

Our talented designers are an eclectic group from all over the world. Find out what drives their passion for 3D design as they reveal more about themselves in our “ Meet the 3D Designer ” series. Their tips, inspiration, and wisdom will provide you with an insider’s view of 3D printing, along with a few…

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$100 Apple Store or VISA Gift Card Giveaway

Calling all 3D print artists! Spyder 3D World is growing everyday and we would like to reward our most active designers for their contributions. Upload at least 10 approved designs to the Spyder 3D World marketplace and you will automatically qualify to win a $100 Apple Store or VISA gift card…the choice is your’s! During…

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We Have a Winner!

Congratulations to Jason F. of Grass Lake, Michigan! Jason is the winner of the Spyder 3D World, “Outta This World” 3D printer giveaway. This sweepstakes is over, but another contest series is right around the corner. Next, Spyder 3D World will be giving away a 3D printer each week for four weeks…that’s right, four weeks…

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Meet the Designer: Tosh

Our talented designers are an eclectic group from all over the world. Find out what drives their passion for 3D design as they reveal more about themselves in our “Meet the Designer” series. Their tips, inspiration, and wisdom will provide you with an insider’s view of 3D printing, along with a few laughs and surprises…

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WIN A 3D PRINTER!

Do you want your own 3D printer to take your designs from flat to fab? Are you anxious to try out this amazing new technology? Well the wait is over for one lucky winner…now is your chance to WIN A 3D PRINTER! We’re Spyder 3D World, the coolest new 3D printing community on the Web,…

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Meet the Designer: SJenneman

Our talented designers are an eclectic group from all over the world. Find out what drives their passion for 3D design as they reveal more about themselves in our “Meet the Designer” series. Their tips, inspiration, and wisdom will provide you with an insider’s view of 3D printing, along with a few laughs and surprises…

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3D Printing Basics

What is 3D Printing? 3D Printing (often called rapid prototyping or additive manufacturing) is a manufacturing process that allows computer generated 3D models to be transformed into physical objects through a layered printing process. How did it start? 3D printing was initially devised in the 90s as a means to produce relatively inexpensive prototype parts…

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Welcome to Spyder 3D World!

Welcome to Spyder 3D World: Join our 3D Design Community! Spyder 3D World is a new 3D printing community on the web – a place to dream, design, discover, share and sell 3D printing innovations. We’re dedicated to exploring the limitless possibilities of imaging, and taking designs to the next dimension. Showcase Your Designs: It’s…