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…

3D Printed Sign Language Humanoid Robot

Sign language is one of the most difficult languages to learn that takes years to understand and grasp. It doesn’t just consist of using the hands, but includes using facial expressions and body movement. The common misconception that most people have about sign language is that it is universal, when in fact there are over…

Be Comfortable with Diversity

Debra Keenahan, an Australian artist, uses life-sized 3D printed sculptures of herself to make a statement about how society views achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism. Rather than seeing dwarfism as a disability, assuming that they are incapable, or unintelligent, Keenahan wants to confront the issues about her condition. As a person with achondroplasia, “I will…

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…

Good Ideas Go Live

Walt Disney was one of the greatest American storytellers and a remarkable animator, who had a way of bringing his ideas to life. He said, “If you can dream it, you can do it.” In many ways, Chris Kopack, owner of Parts Oven located in Paso Robles, California, incorporates Disney’s saying but makes it his…

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…

Spyder Bytes: American 3D Printing

“Take Chances, Make Mistakes, Get Messy!” is the phrase that Ms. Frizzle would say to her class before taking a field trip. This eccentric teacher was a cartoon character featured on the popular 90’s animated television series “The Magic School Bus”. The series was about a teacher named Ms. Frizzle who had innovative ways of…

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…

Spinning Out of Control

What’s the hot new trend that nearly every young person wants? A fidget spinner! This trend is making young people go crazy for. Despite it being invented in the early 90s to help people with anxiety, autism, and attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), two decades later it is spinning out of control. Now it doesn’t…

When Two Worlds Collide

What if a board game could come to life, where the pieces became reality? Robbie Cochran, a computer-aided design (CAD) drafter for a telecommunications company, uses his talents to transform a one dimensional game into a 3 dimensional one. One of his favorite games that he has designed was Settlers of Catan game pieces. He…

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…

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…

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…

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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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!…

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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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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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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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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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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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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…