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Hanna Watkin

Hanna is a freelance journalist and writer from a dead-end county in deepest England who has come to Berlin to seek her fortune and write about the future (see:3D printing). Avid internet enthusiast and night owl.

By Hanna Watkin

Sep 24, 2018
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And yes, it’s also open source
Prusa Launches “Original Prusa SL1” Resin 3D Printer

Josef Pruša, the founder of Prusa Research, just released some surprising news: The company is launching an open-source resin 3D printer called the Original Prusa SL1. Let‘s dive into the specs of this new SLA 3D printer.

Sep 21, 2018
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Algorithm for the Win
Researchers Detect Defects in Metal 3D Printed Parts Using Neural Networks

Researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have developed a means to detect in real time whether a metal 3D printed part will be of good quality. Using machine learning algorithms (called convolutional neural networks) and a live video feed the team can spot defects in a piece as it's printing.

Sep 20, 2018
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Investment in Innovation
Evolve Additive Solutions Receive $19 Million Equity Investment Led by LEGO Brand Group

Evolve Additive Solutions, a spin-off company from Stratasys, has announced the completion of an equity investment of $19 million led by LEGO Brand Group.

Sep 20, 2018
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WASP to Save the Earth
WASP to Present Infinity 3D Printer at “A Call to Save the World” Event Next Month

WASP, the Italian 3D printer manufacturer, has finished developing its 3D printer which can print on an architectural scale. They call it the "Infinity 3D printer" and it'll be presented next month in Massa Lombarda. 

Sep 19, 2018
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Plant Power
Researchers Develop Cost-Effective Cellulose-Based 4D Printing Ink

Researchers from the University of Bath and the University of Bristol, UK, have developed a sustainable and cost-effective responsive ink for 4D printing. Inspired by the pine cone, it has a high cellulose content.

Sep 18, 2018
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Firmware Updates
Major Firmware Update, Multi-Extruder News for Prusa MK3/MK2.5

Josef Průša, CEO and founder of Prusa Research, has released new major firmware for the MK3/MK2.5 3D printer, a new Slic3r PE 1.41.0, and the Multi Material Upgrade 2.0 is shipping now.

Sep 17, 2018
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Bio-Inspired
ETH Zurich Researchers Print Tough Hierarchical Liquid-Crystal-Polymer Structures

Researchers from ETH Zurich, Switzerland have used an FDM 3D printer and liquid-crystal-polymers to create lightweight structures tough enough to rival purpose-built fiber-reinforced materials. The method is inspired by natural materials such as bone and spider's silk, relying upon the orientation of elements of the material at the molecular level for its strength.

Sep 16, 2018
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New Industrial Material
MatterHackers Launches Engineering-Grade Material: NylonG

MatterHackers has launched a new advanced, engineering-grade material to join its catalog. This material is called NylonG - a glass-fiber infused Nylon that provides high tensile strength and resistance. 

Sep 14, 2018
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Mass Metal
Volkswagen Uses HP Metal Jet System to Mass Produce 3D Printed Components

Volkswagen has announced that it will use the new HP Metal Jet system to simplify and speed up production with metal 3D printing. Compared to other metal 3D printing methods, the company claims that this new process will improve productivity by up to fifty times.

Sep 11, 2018
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I'll be Back
3D Print Your Own Terminator Skull Complete with Moving Eyes and Jaw

Noah Williamson has been making models for around four years. He's certainly mastered the craft as his latest design is a 3D printed Terminator skull with working eyes, jaw "and more". 

Sep 10, 2018
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Ceramic and Metal DLP
Tethon 3D to Develop Ceramic and Metal DLP Desktop 3D Printer for End-Use Parts

Using a grant from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, Tethon 3D aims to launch its first 3D printer. Developed specifically for specialty ceramic and metal resins the DLP machine is the first step in the establishing of a whole new hardware division from the company.

Sep 10, 2018
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Take a Seat
Steelcase Uses Carbon 3D Printing to Create Customized Arm Caps for SILQ Office Chair

The furniture company Steelcase recently enlisted the help of Fast Radius and Carbon to design and 3D print multiple iterations of a custom arm cap for its award-winning SILQ office chair.

Sep 7, 2018
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Getting Meta with Molds
Researchers Optimize Silicone Mold Fabrication with 3D Printed “Metamolds”

Researchers have developed a new tool to produce 3D printed "metamolds", which can be used to fabricate optimized silicone molds in a quick and cost-effective manner.

Sep 5, 2018
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Motion Picture Magic
Designer Uses 4D Printing to Bring Life and Motion to “Tangible Animations”

Industrial designer Nicole Hone has created a collection of 'Hydrophytes', which are futuristic, aquatic plants that are made with multi-material 4D printing technology.

Sep 5, 2018
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Saving Time, Money and Lives
Boosting Surgical Outcomes with 3D Printing at University Hospital Basel

Surgeons at the University Hospital Basel in Switzerland are cutting down on operating times for head, neck, face and jaw surgeries by 33% thanks to 3D printed surgical guides.