3D Printing Question of the Week: Do you mentor engineering students?

This month, we'll share some impressive stories of how educators use 3D printing to prepare students for tomorrow's engineering and design opportunities. Even with awesome instruction, exposure to experienced engineers can give kids an advantage. Did you have a mentor when you were starting out? How … [Read more...]

3D Printing Expands Robotics Learning

The University of Advancing Technology’s (UAT’s) robotics program is a perfect example of the academic nexus between technology and curriculum. Soon after the program launched, it became clear that instructors were spending too much time and money acquiring or creating parts for robotics projects th … [Read more...]

Calculating the Value of a 3D Printed Model in Architecture

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By Piet Meijs, Senior 3D Expert, Rietveld Architects, New York. In May of this year, I joined a friend of mine, Justin Levitz from NRI in New York, as a guest speaker on his continuing education presentation for the American Institute of Architects (AIA/CES). We've done several presentations toge … [Read more...]

Among Test Tubes and Microscopes, a 3D Printer Helps Fight Diseases

Joseph DeRisi and his team at UCSF’s DeRisi Lab are out to save creatures great and small. In 2003, a virus-identification tool that DeRisi invented, built and programmed helped stop the SARS outbreak on the brink of pandemic. Since then, the lab has advanced the fight against viruses in honey bees … [Read more...]

3D Print the Impossible! Turning Escher Drawings into Real 3D Models

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This video has now gone viral with over 200,000 hits on YouTube since it's release this August. And I can see why! The researchers at the Technion - Israel's famous Institute of Technology, have used their own Objet 3D printer to re-create the impossible Escher Drawings as real, tangible 3D models. … [Read more...]

3D Printed Firepower in Men In Black 3

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If you're a fan of the Men in Black trilogy and 3D printing, then this is your lucky day! Moddler is a San Francisco-based custom 3D printing shop. Using their in-house Objet Eden500 3D printer they were able to create a number of uniquely designed futuristic hand-gun prototypes for the 3rd ins … [Read more...]

Obama Administration Likes 3D Printing

The NNMI has established the NAMII under the direction of the NCDMM. Wait.  What? To put it more simply, Stratasys joined a team of leaders from industry and education to develop a pilot institute: the NAMII (or National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute). Let’s just call it the “3D pr … [Read more...]

Students’ 3D-Printed Remote Camera Works in Zero Gs

Raise your hand if any of your high school classes took place in zero gravity. Students at Cypress Woods High School have some of the coolest homework assignments I’ve ever seen. Through a program called HUNCH, NASA challenged them to design and build a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) suitable for … [Read more...]

3D Printing Helps STARBASE Spark Kids’ Love for Engineering

  Employers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields often cite a lack of qualified engineers as one of their biggest challenges. At the same time, underprivileged kids are hungry for opportunities in growing, good-paying industries. DOD STARBASE is the catalyst that turns those … [Read more...]

18 Prototypes of the Human Body – A Look at Neri Oxman’s Incredible 3D Printed Works

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This past May, I was fortunate enough to see up close Architect and MIT Professor Neri Oxman's exhibit entitled 'Imaginary Beings, Mythologies of the Not Yet' at the Centre Pompidou in Paris.  Her exhibit, which features 18 prototypes of the human body, were all created on the Objet Connex multi-mat[Read more...]