A Thanksgiving Pig Out

We live in a busy world that it is often difficult to slow down and say a simple “thank you” as a sign of appreciate to others. Society today is too caught up with what the latest trends are that we neglect to remember the people in our lives who matter the most. Thinking about…

What Big Eyes You Have

Are you struggling to figure out what to be for Halloween? Well look no further. Feast your eyes on these unique steampunk goggles. A Sehome High School mentor, Jeffrey Kerr, from Bellingham, Washington, made these unique googles as a remix from a model that was created by 3D designer, Emmett Lalish. Kerr was fascinated by…

Making the Impossible Possible

Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education are on a rise that is providing hands on experience to students. Students are not just learning what they read in their textbooks, but are learning to apply critical thinking and innovative ideas. One major organization that supports this form of education is FIRST. It stands for inspiration…

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…

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 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…

Let’s Go Retro!

Apple Inc. is one of the world’s largest IT companies that have remained at the top of their respective industry since 1976. As an Apple software and hardware enthusiast and a love for technology, Charles Mangin, an IT consultant and 3D hobbyist, specializes on designing “miniature versions of real world objects.” Even though some of…

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…

Across the Rocky Sea

In 1947, Thor Heyerdahl, a Norwegian explorer and writer recruited five sailors to take a journey across the Pacific Ocean. Even though Heyerdahl couldn’t swim and was afraid of water, he was determined to prove his theory that Peruvians could have originally populated Polynesia. They built a raft made out of balsa wood and used…

‘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…

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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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…

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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…