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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

Jun 28, 2018
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Tested and Tough
Makerbot’s New Tough Filament Offers a Mechanically Superior Alternative to ABS

The 3D printer manufacturer Makerbot has recently unveiled Makerbot Tough, a filament that is designed for 3D printing functional prototypes. This new material seems to be an upgrade over ABS, offering twice the impact strength and reduced warping.

Jun 28, 2018
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Beneficial for Both
Nexeo Solutions Expands 3D Printing Portfolio With Polymaker Filaments Worldwide

Nexeo Solutions, the industrial chemicals and plastics distributor, is expanding its 3D printing portfolio with filaments for industrial use from Polymaker. 

Jun 28, 2018
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Sketchfab Launches Online Store After Successful 6-Month Beta Trial

Early 2018, Sketchfab launched its own online store in beta. After proving to be a success, the company is now officially launching the store just six months after beta. 

Jun 27, 2018
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Stable Cura 3.4 Available to Download
Ultimaker Releases Cura 3.4 After Successful Beta Trial

After a successful beta trial, Ultimaker is releasing a new version of its popular slicing software, Cura 3.4. You can download it now from the company's website for free.

Jun 26, 2018
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Build, Modify, Print
Build and Modify Your Own 3D Printing Pen with a Kit from 3D Simo

3Dsimo is a company focused on multi-purpose tools for 3D printing projects. Their latest release is an open source 3D printing pen kit that encourages you to modify it for your own purposes. Better yet, if you break the pen, you can simply 3D print replacement parts.

Jun 26, 2018
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Comfort over Beauty Standards
Endeer Launches IndieGoGo Campaign for 3D Printed Bra with Perfect Fit

Endeer is a company created by two women who are starting a "bravolution". They're using 3D printing to create bras which fit and feel comfortable, rather than just to look good. The first bra design "SHAPE" has now been launched on IndieGoGo.

Jun 25, 2018
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Vive to Advance Medicine?
Explore Your MRI Data With a Tablet, Vive Tracker, and a 3D Printed Adapter

Here’s one ingenious method of navigating MRI scanner data: With the help of 3D printing, some software, and a tablet, you can zoom through your brain.

Jun 25, 2018
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Certainly No Heart of Glass
Students 3D Print Prosthetic Feet for “Debbie Harry” Chicken

Students from West Michigan Aviation Academy recently worked on an extracurricular project which was rather different from the average. Their task was to create prosthetic feet for an urban chicken who lost hers to frost bite.

Jun 25, 2018
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3D Printing Hearts
BioLife4D Successfully 3D Prints Human Cardiac Patch

BioLife4D, a biotech company, is working on printing a viable human heart which is suitable for transplant. But, the company claims to have reached a significant milestone and successfully 3D bioprinted a human cardiac patch. 

Jun 22, 2018
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First in the Southwest
PADT Opens On-Demand Factory Using Carbon 3D Printers

Phoenix Analysis and Design Technologies (PADT) has announced it's opening a 3D printing factory, using Carbon’s Digital Light Synthesis technology and production system to create 2,000-5,000 parts on-demand weekly.

Jun 21, 2018
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Save $300,000, Invest $35,000
General Motors Makes Saves $300,000 Thanks to Standardizing 3D Printing

Since the Lansing Delta Township assembly plant of General Motors bought a $35,000 3D printer, they've seen savings of €300,000. However, the company expects to see savings of millions of dollars in the future as it standardizes the technology throughout its plants across the globe.

Jun 21, 2018
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Solar Powered Printing
Students Develop 3D Printer Power System for Impoverished Colombian Communities

To help provide access to 3D printing in impoverished areas of Cali, Colombia, engineering students from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) have developed a solar power system that allows 3D printers to operate in areas where electricity is unstable.

Jun 20, 2018
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Don't Try This At Home!
Watch this YouTuber Cast an Extruder Body in Aluminum

In a recent video YouTuber MyfordBoy duplicates a metal part using a novel process involving 3D printing, a sand mold and casting aluminum. Don't try this at home, but definitely enjoy the craftsmanship at work.

Jun 18, 2018
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Unstoppable Nik!
Father 3D Prints Orthoses for his Son, Now Helps Others

When Matej Vlašič was told that his son, Nik, who is afflicted with cerebral palsy, may never sit up, he began looking for a way to give him the best life possible regardless. With a little help from 3D printing and physical therapy, Nik can now not only sit up but also walk, cycle and dance. Vlašič has now set up aNImaKe, a company to help other parents in a similar situation.

Jun 16, 2018
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High Fashion
Zaha Hadid Architects H-Line Hat Reflects Artist’s New York Condos

Zaha Hadid Architects' latest work is the H-Line hat which was inspired by the firm's condo at 520 West 28th Street, New York. Designed by boss and collaborator, Patrik Schumacher, the hat was made using 3D printing for a Friends of the High Line fundraiser.