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Adventure Team Fan Creates His Own Toys Using 3-D Printing Technology; Produces 1/18th Scale Mobile Support Vehicle & "Mummy's Tomb" ATV

Adventure Team Fan Creates His Own Toys Using 3-D Printing Technology; Produces 1/18th Scale Mobile Support Vehicle & "Mummy's Tomb" ATV | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

"By combining his knowledge of 3-D CAD software and the capabilities of 3-D printing (3DP), David has shown fans, collectors and other customizers around the world, that professional-level toy production is now within reach of the “average Joe.”"

Beth Robinson's insight:

Amusing example of a very satisfied hobbyist who I would not consider "average". What was also interesting here was how specific the information got. The materials cost $70 and that's not counting the time painting the plain grey parts. 

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Interview with Mike Ayre, Managing Director at Crucible Industrial Design - 3D Printing Industry

Interview with Mike Ayre, Managing Director at Crucible Industrial Design - 3D Printing Industry | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

"The bottom line for me is that AM/3D printing is a collection of very exciting technologies that are still in the ‘excessive expectations’ phase of the hype curve. I am looking forward to getting through the ‘disillusion’ phase and into the – genuinely exciting – final phase of ‘realistic implementation’."

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An in-depth interview with an industry veteran who shares some well-balanced views.

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3D printing makes dragon bike a reality

3D printing makes dragon bike a reality | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it
3D printing has made a bike-lover's dragon dreams into a reality. Stratasys reveals how its technology made the extraordinary machine.
Beth Robinson's insight:

I could say that I liked this article because it showcases how much more complexity you can get with the similar amounts of time and money by switching to an additive manufacturing technique. But, really, that bike is just so unbelievably amazing visually I couldn't resist linking to it.

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WIPO Demonstrates 3D Printing: Making The Impossible Possible | Intellectual Property Watch

WIPO Demonstrates 3D Printing: Making The Impossible Possible | Intellectual Property Watch | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

"Some 10 or 20 years down the road, 3D printing might be a revolution in terms of technology available for everybody. Then IP protection and regulation will be necessary, he said."

Beth Robinson's insight:

Patent and IP professionals are paying attention to 3D printing, although it currently seems to be on more of a level of asking those in the additive manufacturing industry to explain the technology, based on this article, anyway.

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3D printing: A new brick in the Great Wall; Additive manufacturing is growing apace in China vs “subtractive” technology of lathes, milling machines and cutting tools

3D printing: A new brick in the Great Wall; Additive manufacturing is growing apace in China vs “subtractive” technology of lathes, milling machines and cutting tools | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

"But the extent to which that revival will be brought about by the return to America of production which has migrated to countries like China is harder to predict—for China has plans of its own."

Beth Robinson's insight:

Many of the articles I see focus on the technology being used in the US or Europe. It's worth remembering it's accessible world-wide. The possible localization and customization consequences are not confined to a particular geography.

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Additive Manufacturing’s Die-Lifesaving Mission | Materials content from Foundrymag

Additive Manufacturing’s Die-Lifesaving Mission | Materials content from Foundrymag | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

“Tooling in so many industries is the key part of the process, and an expensive part of the process. If we can extend die life, extend tool life by the additive manufacturing methods, that could benefit a very wide range of industries.”

Beth Robinson's insight:

This is pretty cool - 3d printing used to not replace, but improve, a traditional manufacturing technique by scanning and repairing the metal tools that are used in it, something that's not possible any other way. This is one of NAMII's initial projects to pursue.

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Reprap development and further adventures in DIY 3D printing: 3D Printing with Nylon 618 filament in Tie-Dye colours

Reprap development and further adventures in DIY 3D printing: 3D Printing with Nylon 618 filament in Tie-Dye colours | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

Taulman 3D recommends printing with the natural filament and then dyeing the parts afterwards for best results, but I wanted to see what happened when dyeing the filament first as that sounded a lot more fun.

Beth Robinson's insight:

Magnificent example of an individual finding an intriguing way to adapt a material provided by a manufacturer to fit his own needs. And I love the vessels he created too.

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The $30M Bet That Shapeways Becomes a Factory for Everyone | Wired Business | Wired.com

The $30M Bet That Shapeways Becomes a Factory for Everyone | Wired Business | Wired.com | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it
Venture Capital firm Andreessen Horowitz is placing a very big bet, $30 million, on Shapeways and 3-D printing.
Beth Robinson's insight:

I'd seen this company's site before, but hadn't really registered what it was doing - taking half of the design/print process and moving it into the reach of someone who doesn't have they money or additional skills for assembly and testing on their own equipment.

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Has 3D printing been over-hyped?

Has 3D printing been over-hyped? | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

"Obviously it couldn't be done without 3D printing but the fact that it is 3D printed doesn't really matter."

Beth Robinson's insight:

The article spends less time on answering the question and more on sharing the business Crayon Creatures, which the quote I chose came from. I believe that in many cases that will be the key idea behind the further adoption of 3d printing technology. It's a tool that means more ideas can be made real in a cost-effective way. 

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Design News - Engineering Materials - Report: 3D Printing Will (Eventually) Transform Manufacturing

Design News - Engineering Materials - Report: 3D Printing Will (Eventually) Transform Manufacturing | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it
Additive manufacturing, including 3D printing, has the potential to upend manufacturing supply chains, according to a new report from Lux Research.
Beth Robinson's insight:

Nice summary of key points of a full-scale market study, plus commentary by Ann. One of the big points is how much bigger the small-volume manufacturing opportunity is compared to the home opportunity, at least for the near future.

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3D Ear Scanning: Is a Customized Earbud Revolution on the Horizon? - Core77

3D Ear Scanning: Is a Customized Earbud Revolution on the Horizon? - Core77 | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

"The ear scan raises a few thoughts: first, its sort of ugly in there, second, this could be huge for customized audio equipment."

Beth Robinson's insight:

The article is about scanning, primarily for research at first, but if they did decided to create something like a hearing aid or an ear-bud, a portion of it would most likely need to be 3d printed.

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Building the first 3D-printed house

Building the first 3D-printed house | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it
A team of Amsterdam-based architects is working on a 3D-printed canal house in an effort to revolutionise building construction.
Beth Robinson's insight:

Okay, this is what I was hoping to see after a previous scoop - a 3d printed house that looks more like a practical exercise than a piece of art, at least if the other photos in the article are accurate.

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How 3-D Printing Could Help The Blind "See" Paintings | Fast Company | Business + Innovation

How 3-D Printing Could Help The Blind "See" Paintings | Fast Company | Business + Innovation | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

"The light bulb went off: what if there was a way to use 3-D printing technology to somehow “translate” paintings into a form the blind could appreciate?"

Beth Robinson's insight:

I love this idea. I'd like to know if individuals who are blind do actually find it valuable in theory and in a test run, but the idea is distinctly appealing. The computer work to make it happen in an effective way is going to be something to see, too.

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Lisa Harouni: A primer on 3D printing | Video on TED.com

2012 may be the year of 3D printing, when this three-decade-old technology finally becomes accessible and even commonplace.
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If you prefer video...

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Why 3D Printers Could Actually Make Donuts Healthy

Why 3D Printers Could Actually Make Donuts Healthy | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

"Once you have the automatic collection of what you’re eating and when, you can predict -- based off your activity levels, your planned diet and your health records -- exactly how much and what types of food you should be eating. That’s really ultimately the long-term potential of food printing,"

Beth Robinson's insight:

I'm trying really hard to get over the creepy feeling I get when reading this article and appreciate the potentially useful implications. But outside of the needs of a medically prescribed diet, I just don't see me being an early adopter for this one.

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Mcor’s Vision for Accessible 3D Printing is One Step Closer — with Staples’ First 3D Printing ‘Experience Centre’ - 3D Printing Industry

Mcor’s Vision for Accessible 3D Printing is One Step Closer — with Staples’ First 3D Printing ‘Experience Centre’ - 3D Printing Industry | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it
Mcor’s Vision for Accessible 3D Printing is One Step Closer — with Staples’ First 3D Printing ‘Experience Centre’
Beth Robinson's insight:

Being in a mainstream retailer should continue to increase visibility and raise the tide of those who will be aware of and take advantage of the technology from the small business direction.

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What Lies Ahead for 3-D Printing?

What Lies Ahead for 3-D Printing? | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

"The new technology promises a factory in every home—and a whole lot more... Throughout my travels in 3-D, cognitive dissonance stalked me."
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Beth Robinson's insight:

Not new info, but written with the personal journey, feature story style that you'd expect from Smithsonian magazine, so it presents a different perspective than much of what I link to.

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3-D Printing Revolution Needs Simple Design Software | MIT Technology Review

3-D Printing Revolution Needs Simple Design Software  | MIT Technology Review | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

"But the bigger obstacle to a 3-D printing revolution is that few consumers or designers can actually operate the software used to render objects and turn them into files that can be printed."

Beth Robinson's insight:

Clearly laid out perspective from an important point of view. The comments are also worth reading.

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nsf.gov - National Science Foundation (NSF) Discoveries - Fabricating the Future: 3-D Printing Molds New K-12 STEM Model - US National Science Foundation (NSF)

nsf.gov - National Science Foundation (NSF) Discoveries - Fabricating the Future: 3-D Printing Molds New K-12 STEM Model - US National Science Foundation (NSF) | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

"Visionaries like Glen Bull, a professor of instructional technology at the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education, are using 3-D printing systems to change the way teachers present science concepts and, in turn, how students learn and retain the material."

Beth Robinson's insight:

I would have loved access to a 3D printer in high school! I agree that it could be a great platform for teaching engineering principles and getting engagement in STEM during a critical decision making time in a young person's life.

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10 game changing 3D printing materials - 3d Printing

10 game changing 3D printing materials - 3d Printing | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it
Throughout 3D printing, there have been some interesting products manufactured. Most of the credit has been given to the designers. In my opinion, the material science behind 3D printing should get some more credit!
Beth Robinson's insight:

I particularly like the glass one, as I hadn't seen that before, for expanding options, and the chocolate for sheer frivolous amusement value.

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Forget thermoplastics -- Mcor says the future of 3D printing is in paper

Forget thermoplastics -- Mcor says the future of 3D printing is in paper | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it
While most 3D printers create objects using different varieties of plastics, Mcor's tech is all about the magic of plain old paper.
Beth Robinson's insight:

I can see how a full-color, paper-based product would be a better match for a number of the applications I've read of people experimenting with, such as the creation of museum artifact replicas to touch. It won't work for everything, of course, but no material does.

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3-D Printing Movie Props - IEEE Spectrum

3-D Printing Movie Props - IEEE Spectrum | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

"Marson points to goblin scenes in the first movie in The Hobbit trilogy, An Unexpected Journey. He estimates that 90 percent of the animatronics responsible for moving goblin eyeballs, facial muscles, lips, and tongues on set came from Weta’s fleet of 3-D printers, routers, and mills."

Beth Robinson's insight:

It's really neat how well the small production size and prototyping ability of 3-d printing technology fits in with special effects tech. It's also going to affect how many people are employed in creating these materials and what skills they need, considering that speeding up production can mean either more movies using these kinds of physical effects or less work for the individuals if the demand remains the same.

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Nanoscribe Will Sell a Micro 3-D Printer That Creates Tiny Structures in Seconds

Nanoscribe Will Sell a Micro 3-D Printer That Creates Tiny Structures in Seconds | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it
Faster printing could see the technology move from research labs to industry.

Via Kalani Kirk Hausman
Beth Robinson's insight:

This machine serves a completely different level of applications than the ones we typically see. It will be interesting to see what comes of it.

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10 ways 3D printers are advancing science

10 ways 3D printers are advancing science | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it
From fish tags and lab supplies to stem cells and lunar bases, the technology is helping scientists do great things.
Beth Robinson's insight:

Nice list with photos. My winner for most amusing was printing scaled-down fossils so they can be combined on robotic armatures to study how dinosaurs and other animals might have moved.

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Bike shop gears up with 3D manufacturing technology

Bike shop gears up with 3D manufacturing technology | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

"Then in late 2011, Kappius discovered direct metal laser sintering (DMLS™), an additive manufacturing (“3D printing”) technology that met their rapid turnaround needs and enabled them to produce parts to exacting specifications and with additional design complexity."

Beth Robinson's insight:

This is a great example of the kind of small business that 3d printing is supposed to help grow. Kappius was doing the work anyway, but the 3-d printing technology gave him the ability to provide both a continually better product more quickly to his customers but also to expand his innovative product offerings.

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