Polymaker’s PC-Plus 3D Printing Filament Lifts 480 Kg of Concrete

Polymaker’s PC-Plus 3D Printing Filament Lifts 480 Kg of Concrete

By Michael Molitch-Hou

After rebranding and new financing, Chinese filament manufacturer Polymaker has quickly become one of the leading materials providers in the world, releasing new functional and exotic filaments on a regular basis and partnering with some important players.  The latest big line from the company is its polycarbonate material Polymaker PC, developed in partnership with Covestro (formerly known as Bayer Material Science). To demonstrate just how powerful their new PC-Plus material is, Aussie reseller 3D Printing Solutions has shown off the polycarbonate filament in some pretty impressive strength tests.…

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Polymaker’s PC-Plus 3D Printing Filament Lifts 480 Kg of Concrete

Autodesk & Mattel Release New $299 3D Printer for Families

Autodesk & Mattel Release New 9 3D Printer for Families

By Michael Molitch-Hou

In April of last year, Autodesk first announced its partnership with legendary toy manufacturer Mattel, saying that they would be powering the toy company’s design apps.  We are now seeing the biggest result of that partnership as Mattel reboots its classic ThingMaker product.  While in the 60s and 90s the ThingMaker was a desktop molding machine, the 21st century version is a desktop 3D printer.
Introduced in the 1960s and then resurrected in the 1990’s, the ThingMaker was a device that allowed kids to fabricate squishy toys, like bugs and flowers, by pouring liquid resin into metal molds, which were then baked within the device’s scalding hot oven. …

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Autodesk & Mattel Release New 9 3D Printer for Families

3D Hubs Kicks Off 2016 with Co-Polyester for 3D Printing Workshops

3D Hubs Kicks Off 2016 with Co-Polyester for 3D Printing Workshops

By Michael Molitch-Hou

As January heads into February, 3D Hubs has launched a new series of workshops to introduce folks from all over the world to one of colorFabb’s newest materials, the nGen co-polyester filament developed with Eastman’s Amphora AM3300 polymer.

Through their Co-Polyester for 3D Printing series, attendees will have a chance to get hands-on experience with nGen, which is framed as being easy to print and highly functional. In the process, they’ll learn best practices and printing strategies for the material, as well as the advantages or disadvantages it may have over colorFabb’s popular XT filament.…

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3D Hubs Kicks Off 2016 with Co-Polyester for 3D Printing Workshops

Software-Born Kikai Labs Launches New M11 3D Printer with Filament Detection

Software-Born Kikai Labs Launches New M11 3D Printer with Filament Detection

By Davide Sher

Unlike other companies that entered the desktop 3D printer arena from some areas of the manufacturing business, Buenos Aires-based Kikai Labs began as a software company. Marcelo Ruiz Camauer, the company’s founder, ran a successful software company with his brother when he set out to apply this knowledge base to the manufacturing revolution. Now that revolution is culminating with the release of the new M11 “full metal jacket” 3D printer.

Kikai Labs was not initially on my list of companies to visit, but when Marcelo contacted me ,I looked it up and found out that it was located about 300 meters from my apartment in Palermo, in the stylish and fun “SOHO” area which – incidentally – is very similar to the SOHOs in London and New York.…

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Software-Born Kikai Labs Launches New M11 3D Printer with Filament Detection

3D Printing Reaches New Highs: 3Dom Releases Hemp Filament

3D Printing Reaches New Highs: 3Dom Releases Hemp Filament

By Michael Molitch-Hou

Fargo, North Dakota’s 3Dom USA has recently made a name for itself in producing 3D printing filament from unique materials, including coffee and even beer.  With a focus on sustainability, the company seeks to use materials that rely on waste bioproducts over fossil fuel.  The latest material sees 3Dom falling in line with the demands of many sustainability advocates over the years as their new Entwined filament is made from industrial hemp.
Entwined, a hemp-based 3D printing filament wound on the 100% bio-based Eco-Spool.…

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Mark Two Carbon Fiber 3D Printer Unveiled by MarkForged

Mark Two Carbon Fiber 3D Printer Unveiled by MarkForged

By Michael Molitch-Hou

Just two years ago, MarkForged made its big debut at SolidWorks with the Mark One 3D printer, the only machine capable of 3D printing reinforced composite parts with continuous carbon fiber.  While other desktop printers might 3D print with carbon fiber filament, made up of chopped carbon fiber particles, MarkForged invented a method for feeding continuous carbon fiber into 3D printed components, yielding plastic parts with the strength of aluminum. Now, at SolidWorks this year, the company, founded by MIT engineer Greg Mark, has unveiled the next generation of its one-of-a-kind machine, the Mark Two.…

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Mark Two Carbon Fiber 3D Printer Unveiled by MarkForged

3D Insumos Takes Buenos Aires Makerspaces Online with Nube3D

3D Insumos Takes Buenos Aires Makerspaces Online with Nube3D

By Davide Sher

The fourth appointment on my Argentinian visit was with David Cimino, founder and CEO at 3D Insumos. I had learned just the day before that “Insumos” in Spanish means “supplies”, so I figured out that David’s company, founded in 2012, mostly manufactures and sells filaments and parts for 3D printers. That is true, but it is only the tip of the iceberg.

The company also manufacturers Chimak brand 3D printers (which come in many sizes), distributes M3D 3D printers, and it recently launched Nube3D.com, a cloud platform for distributed manufacturing.…

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3D Insumos Takes Buenos Aires Makerspaces Online with Nube3D

3D Print Conference Returns to Baku for 3D Printing in CIS Countries

3D Print Conference Returns to Baku for 3D Printing in CIS Countries

By Davide Sher

The 3D printing market belongs to the second movers. Apparently, the 3D printing events market also does.  So, after two great years of 3D Printshow and Inside3DPrinting, now it is time for new localized shows to take over the global scene. Here in Italy, 3D Print Hub is going great; there are yearly shows in Israel, Turkey, and Argentina. In the post-Soviet CIS Countries, it is the 3D Print Conferences that are helping industry operators to meet and do business.
The new season of the series of shows, organized by Smile Expo, is taking off next May 20th from Baku, the up and coming capital of Azerbaijan.…

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3D Print Conference Returns to Baku for 3D Printing in CIS Countries

Give Your Snack Bags New Life with Recycled Filament

Give Your Snack Bags New Life with Recycled Filament

By Michael Molitch-Hou

Desktop 3D printing is still in its infancy, meaning that this young industry has a chance to start things right.  Learning from the negative effects of our manufacturing forefathers, we can get 3D printing off the ground with sustainable materials that neither deplete our limited natural resources nor pollute our surrounding ecosystem, crucial to our survival.  With that in mind, numerous organizations, Makers, and startups are finding ways to combine recycling with desktop fabrication so that we can simultaneously reduce pollution and dependency on unsustainable materials. …

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New Global Filament Directory Helps You Navigate the 3D Printing Jungle

New Global Filament Directory Helps You Navigate the 3D Printing Jungle

By Davide Sher

Even though we know full well – thanks to one of the most stable charts in 3D Hubs’ monthly trend updates – that at least 50% of all desktop FFF 3D printing is done either in black ABS (for technical parts, where color does not matter) or white (if you are going to apply a finish to a decorative piece), leaving a large percentage of very fragmented user preferences. As the awareness of the potential for new materials becomes clearer, those other users are seeking different materials to test out and work with.…

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New Global Filament Directory Helps You Navigate the 3D Printing Jungle