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Check out our latest features, interviews, comments, and exciting stories about 3D printing, CAD and more.

May 4, 2018
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What Would it Take to 3D Print a 1:1 Scale Death Star?

A 3D printed Death Star in its original size and glory - that’s definitely a 3D printing project of galactic proportions. Franklin Houser has crunched the numbers.

Apr 29, 2018
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Skateboard Trucks Optimized for Downhill Racing with Metal 3D Printing

Engineering student Philipp Manger designed a pair of custom skateboard trucks for downhill racing -- combining topological optimization and lattice structures -- and had them 3D printed in metal.

Apr 13, 2018
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Helping the Visually Impaired with DOTS RPG Dice

On an epic quest to make roleplaying games more accessible to the visually impaired, Jack Berberette uses professional 3D printing services like Shapeways to fabricate his unique DOTS RPG braille dice.

Apr 13, 2018
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How 3D Scanning Can Optimize Food Packaging

Swiss specialists Bachmann Forming use Artec 3D scanners to digitize handcrafted chocolate bunnies, so they can create custom food packaging.

Apr 12, 2018
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3D Printed Artefacts in the Classroom with Museum in a Box

Bringing a new dimension to history and museum education, the Museum in a Box is a brilliant interactive learning experience. It uses 3D printed objects with NFC chips to trigger audio commentary, all managed by a Raspberry Pi.

Apr 5, 2018
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US Army is Recycling Plastic Bottles for 3D Printing

The US Army is exploring ways to convert discarded plastic bottles into recycled PET filament. Soliders will become even more self-sufficient in the battlefield by 3D printing useful spare parts from waste material.

Apr 5, 2018
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New Research on Benefits of 3D printing in a Trauma Hospital

A trio of surgeons at a trauma hospital in the Netherlands, the ETZ, are demonstrating how 3D printing can help improve surgical diagnosis, operation time, and overall patient care.

Apr 4, 2018
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Significant Findings in 2017 Shapeways Transparency Report

The 2017 Shapeways Transparency Report shines a light on how the world's biggest 3D printing marketplace handles accusations of infringement of intellectual property.

Apr 3, 2018
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Canadian Software Company Caboma Promises Mass Customisation of Consumer Products

“The future is custom” according to award-winning software company Caboma. Their software SpecifX allows companies to instantly personalize their products and create bespoke solutions through 3D printing.

Jan 27, 2018
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Check Out These Amazing 3D Printing Macro Photographs

Who'd have thunk the hot and messy world of FDM 3D printing could be so beautiful. With a host of 3D printed gear, hobbyist photographer Jason Canning shows us how he shoots the 3D printing things in his life.

Jan 27, 2018
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3D Printing on Trial: Just 3D Print Brings New Lawsuit Against 3DR Holdings

After losing the initial legal battle against 3DR Holdings over defamation allegations, Just 3D Print is taking the media company back to court in a new appeal. The controversy started after publications reported that the startup downloaded various 3D models from Thingiverse and was selling them on eBay.  

Jan 22, 2018
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The World’s Biggest & Most Expensive 3D Printers in 2018

What's the most expensive 3D printer in 2018? Usually, that’s the largest one. Check out our list of the 35 biggest and most expensive 3D printers in the world right now.

Jan 9, 2018
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3D Printing Industry Shares Their Predictions for 2018

So how was 2017 for you? Looking forward to 2018? Several leading figures in the 3D printing industry talk to ALL3DP about their expectations for the year ahead.

Nov 25, 2017
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The Truth about Wanghong: Interview with TEVO CEO Tan Qianmin

Read our exclusive interview with TEVO CEO Tan Qianmin about recent controversies concerning his company and the 3D printing community.

Nov 22, 2017
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What 3D Printers Should Look Like in 2018

Let’s look forward to 3d printers in 2018. What needs to stay the same? What needs to change? How should a 3D printer look like in 2018?