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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

Mar 16, 2018
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Nanodiamonds Are Forever
Carbodeon and Tiamet 3D Develop Nanodiamond-Enhanced 3D Printing Filaments

Carbodeon and Tiamet 3D strike up a strategic partnership to develop nanodiamond-enhanced 3D printing filament. This PLA-based material will provide enhanced thermal and mechanical properties, including a 100 percent increase in tensile strength.

Mar 16, 2018
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No Foam, Thank You
Loop High-Fidelity Earplugs Protect Your Hearing and Prevent Tinnitus

Loop is a Belgium company helping people avoid hearing loss without "looking like a dork". 3D printing is used to create the earplugs which combine an acoustic channel and filter for natural sound. Choose from eight colors.

Mar 15, 2018
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Best of Both Worlds
Fraunhofer IPA Combine 3D Printing and Injection Molding Advantages

Fraunhofer IPA researchers combined additive manufacturing and injection molding to create the Additive Freeform Casting process which benefits from the advantages of both technologies.

Mar 15, 2018
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At One with Nature
3D Printed Cabin of Curiosities Aims to Address Housing Shortage

Startup Emerging Objects has used the 3D printing of recycled material to create the "Cabin of Curiosities". A proof of concept as part of a research project, the cabin, built in a backyard in Oakland, is made up of 3D printed tiles which have pockets for vegetation.

Mar 14, 2018
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Glitter Shooting Superhero
Project Unicorn Glitter Prosthetic Gets Extra Sparkle from colorFabb

Nonprofit organization, Born Just Right, has partnered with Netherlands-based 3D printing filament company, colorFabb, to iterate on "Project Unicorn". Part of an endeavor of 12-year-old Jordan Reeves, the project is to design and build a custom prosthetic which shoots glitter.

Mar 13, 2018
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Improving the Drone
MakerBot Design Series Improves a Micro Drone using 3D Printing

A MakerBot employee reverse engineered a micro drone, using 3D printing to create a new outer shell for the motors, electronic boards and battery.

Mar 13, 2018
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"Alexa, Break Out The Time Machine"
Gramazon: Turn Your Amazon Echo Dot Into a Gramophone with 3D Printing

Recently purchased an Amazon Echo Dot but not in love with its eerie futuristic attitude? Maker Baard Fleistad has created the Gramazon, a 3D printable gramophone attachment to give your AI device a 1920s makeover.

Mar 12, 2018
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Gimmie Shelter
Live at SXSW: $4,000 3D Printed Homes for Those Who Lack Shelter

The construction company ICON is working together with the charity New Story to combat inadequate housing across the globe. Using ICON's Vulcan 3D printer, the collaborative effort aims to 3D print 650-square-foot homes that are affordable and sustainable.  

Mar 12, 2018
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No Highs, No Lows, Must be a Bose ;-)
Bose Develops AR Sunglasses which use Sound

Bose, the American audio systems company, used 3D printing to create a prototype for AR sunglasses which use sound rather than a camera and screen. 

Mar 9, 2018
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Better Together
Sony Mobile and PostNord Group Work Together on 3D Scanning, 3D Printing, and Distributing

PostNord Group and Sony Mobile are working together to make the 3D market accessible for both businesses and consumers. The first stage is enabling customers to print models from the Sony Mobile app which are then distributed by PostNord.

Mar 8, 2018
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Light Fantastic
Werteloberfell 3D Prints onto Japanese Silk Paper to Create “Panel Light” Structures

German design studio WertelOberfell experimented with 3D printing to create"Panel Light", based on Isamu Noguchi's paper lanterns. They can be printed very quickly and use very little material.

Mar 8, 2018
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Kim Kardashian Kake
Baker Creates Life-Size Kim Kardashian Cake With 3D Printing

A Kim Kardashian double has commissioned a baker to create a life-size cake of the celebrity. The cake took ten days to make and 3D printing was used to create Kim K's face.

Mar 8, 2018
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Puzzles for Learning
3D Printing and Distributing the Fittle Puzzle to Help People in India Learn Braille

Fittle is the world's first 3D printed braille puzzle which is open source. It's helping visually impaired people in India learn to read braille quickly and efficiently.

Mar 5, 2018
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When the going gets tough...
3D Ecoprinters and Scavenged Plastic Help Disaster Recovery Teams in the Solomon Islands

Dr Mazher Mohammed is working on a project with Deakin University and Plan International to use waste plastic and "ecoprinters" to help disaster recovery teams.

Mar 5, 2018
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Better Treatments
3D Bioprinting Models to Better Understand and Treat Neurodegenerative Diseases

Scientists from Manchester, UK are using 3D bioprinting to investigate and better understand the brain's neurovascular unit (NVU) which will hopefully lead to improved treatments for neurodegenerative diseases.