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(Left) Render of the 3D printed battery. (Right) Actual prototype in the real world (via Harvard and the University of Illinois)   3D printing a battery itself is a remarkable achievement. A 3D printing a battery as small as a grain of sand is a giant hurdle forward in both, 3D printing and battery technologies. That is exactly what researchers working at University of Illinois and Harvard have done. To achieve this process the researchers had to create their own custom 3D printing technol ...
MakerBot’s Replicator 2 now available on Amazon’s recently launched 3D printing store; The Replicator already Amazon’s 3rd best-selling 3D printer. (via Amazon)     It’s official - Amazon has joined Staples as the first major online retailers to offer the rapidly spreading 3D printing tech for online purchase. The announcement, made on June 14, 2013, “makes” Amazon an official MakerBot reseller; the MakerBot family of products will now be available ...
Shapeways Elasto Plastic showing off. (via Shapeways)   The array of materials available with 3D printers has undoubtedly opened up imaginations. From industrial models to the home, printers are affordable enough for enthusiasts to create and manufacture projects in their own. That said, the economy being the way it is, some hobbyists may not be able to afford their own 3D printer and therefore have to enlist the services of printing companies to have their project designs manufactured. One ...
"TreeFrigs" by @JErrill on printrbot.com   3D printers have been central to much of the big developer news in the last couple of years. They have allowed parts to become more accessible, prototypes to be quickly made, and most of all have allowed people to become more creative. Some have even credited the next industrial revolution to 3D printing. 3D printing, or additive manufacturing as some may call it, has been around for a while. However, printers from the nineties or even the early 2 ...
Type A's beautifully crafted Series 1 Pro 3D printer offers users a state-of-the art aluminum frame construction with an impressive 18 liter printing volume space. (via Type A Machines)   Type A Machines, known previously for its MAKE magazine prized Series 1 3D printer, apparently took to Maker Faire Bay Area 2013 with the intention to astonish an even wider crowd of 3D printing enthusiasts. Their Series 1 printer, highly touted for its rather large build area and competitive pricing optio ...
(Left) Kaiba Gionfriddo (Right) The 3D printed tracheal splint (via NEJM)   3D printed tools have the potential of saving lives. And the list of 1000 of ways it can save your life is growing. The a team at the University of Michigan have saved a little baby boy from Ohio named Kaiba Gionfriddo, born with tracheobronchiomalacia, a disorder that prevents the growth supporting tissue in the trachea during bronchial development.   The effects of the disorder were not manifested until two m ...
I met Matthew of Tessaract Industrial at the Make: Hardware Innovation Workshop and Maker Faire Bay Area 2013: He has a Raspberry Pi embedded in his 3D printer: He is also developing software for the Raspberry Pihttp://www.element14.com/community/community/raspberry-pi which will perform "slicing" calculations using the Pi's GPU so that a separate PC isn't needed.  An Arduino is used for motor control and connects via USB to Pi for serial communication.   Former Pumping Statio ...
I've been impressed with the SainSmart PLA filament from amazon: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=sainsmart+1.75mm or http://www.sainsmart.com/other-1/3d-printing-material.htmlhttp://www.sainsmart.com/other-1/3d-printing-material/pla-filament.html.     It is certainly not the cheapest out there at $50/kg, but the print quality is great and I have not had any issues with it jamming. I have printed a roll of Green and a roll of Red, no i ...

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