PieceMaker Brings Ford, Nickelodeon, & Metal 3D Printing to a Retail Store Near You

PieceMaker Brings Ford, Nickelodeon, & Metal 3D Printing to a Retail Store Near You

By Michael Molitch-Hou

Just when you thought that the biggest 3D printing news from Toy Fair 2016 was a 3D printer from Mattel and Autodesk, PieceMaker comes in with a whole swath of big news that includes its own set of big names. As PieceMaker works to bring 3D printing into the retail space, including metal 3D printing with ExOne, they’ve also partnered with huge companies Ford and Nickelodeon, which is carrying a lot of important licensed brands. And they’re showing it off at Toy Fair tomorrow.…

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Nintendo Classic ‘Duck Hunt’ Rebooted in VR

Nintendo Classic ‘Duck Hunt’ Rebooted in VR

By Tyler Koslow

One of the most iconic and popular video games of all time, Nintendo’s 1984 NES title Duck Hunt, might be a bit outdated, but who is to say that the classics can’t be reborn with a little help from emerging 3D technology? After attending this year’s Global Game Jam event, one 21-year-old developer from New Jersey named Joesph Delgado became inspired to take Duck Hunt, now over 30-years-old by the way, and reformat it for Virtual Reality.

I’m sure there were a lot of elements of both VR and Duck Hunt for Delgado to consider, implementing the classic Nintendo gun controller, tracking hand motions and ducks, and just making the VR experience as enjoyable as possible, for instance.…

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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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Life-size BB-8 toy might be coming to make your Star Wars dreams come true

Life-size BB-8 toy might be coming to make your Star Wars dreams come true

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After raking in nearly $2 billion, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is easily one of the biggest and most successful movies of all time. It’s biggest star? Well that depends on who you ask. Daisy Ridley is a first choice for many people. So is John Boyega. However, if we’re being honest here, the only choice is BB-8, the round droid that stole our hearts and the show.

We’ve already been graced with at least two pretty fantastic BB-8 robot toys. Sphero, which helped design the technology inside the on-screen BB-8, probably has the best of them with the palm-sized, app-controlled BB-8 by SpheroHasbro’s remote-controlled and considerably larger BB-8 is no slouch, either. Read more…

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3Doodler Releases 3D Printing Pen Just For Kids

3Doodler Releases 3D Printing Pen Just For Kids

By Tyler Koslow

Since successfully funding the first model of their 3D printing pen on Kickstarter back in 2013, 3Doodler has been trying to put the power of 3D printing technology directly into our hands. 3Doodler has been aiming at artists and Makers alike with their unique, handheld plastic extruding devices, encouraging those who may not have the means for a 3D printer to use their mind as CAD software and their hand as the printer. Now, 3Doodler has announced a 3D printing pen for a younger audience, the 3Doodler Start, a more affordable and colorful version of their original 3D printing pen.…

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Get Behind the Wheel of Pinshape’s 3D Printed Open R/C Design Contest

Get Behind the Wheel of Pinshape’s 3D Printed Open R/C Design Contest

By Michael Molitch-Hou

After witnessing the popularity of Daniel Noree’s 3D printed Open R/C F1 car, 3D model marketplace Pinshape has launched a complete design contest surrounding 3D printable remote control cars.  Teaming up with MagicFirm Europe, who just released their upgraded ZYYX+ 3D printer last week, Pinshape is hosting the Open R/C Accessory Design Contest.

Right now, on Pinshape, designers can start creating accessories for Open R/C’s F1 car for a chance to win the ZYYX+, as well as a 3D printed Open RC F1 car with an electronics kit from Hobby King.…

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Articulated, 3D Printable AT-AT Details Inner Workings of the Dark Side

Articulated, 3D Printable AT-AT Details Inner Workings of the Dark Side

By James Lefebvre

The rebels are in luck! The full plans for an AT-AT have been uploaded to MyMiniFactory. With knowledge of the inner workings, they’ll be able to take down Imperial forces like never before… or just have a lot of fun 3D printing and building a model of one.

Kirby Downey spent a week to design this representation of the famed All Terrain Armored Transport (AT-AT), and spared no detail. The model features 15 points of articulation, and consists of 70 individual parts.…

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21 ways to entertain your kids during bad weather

21 ways to entertain your kids during bad weather

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As a child snow days are exciting — the possibility of TV, pajamas all day, cookies, no school

But as a parent, the prospect can be a little more grim — messes, yelling, everyone eating your cookies and a 10-hour loop of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. It makes you have newfound respect for Ma Ingalls, who had four kids in a dugout with no iPads and no pizza delivery.

Here is a list of things to do with your kids (mostly) indoors, to weather any storm.

1. Make a house out of a cardboard box. Even if you only have small boxes, markers, paper, scissors and glue can transform them into robots, dollhouses or boats.

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3D Printer Review: The Cube 3, an Amazing 3D Printer Desperately Seeking its Market

3D Printer Review: The Cube 3, an Amazing 3D Printer Desperately Seeking its Market

By Davide Sher

A posthumous review of 3D Systems’ now departed Cube 3 3D printer.
Thanks to 3DZ, one of Europe’s leading 3D Systems distribution groups, (covering Italy and many regions of Southern Europe), I had a chance to use and test a Cube 3 3D printer for a few weeks. The first impression is that, for engineering and part quality, this is, or perhaps we should say “was”, the best consumer desktop 3D printer (with dual jets) on the market.
The reason why I suspect that 3D Systems has not sold enough of them, other than the fact that the consumer 3D printing market is still a “Chimera”, is that it was too much of a closed platform.…

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Voxel8 3D Prints the ‘Fun’ in ‘Functional’ at CES 2016

Voxel8 3D Prints the ‘Fun’ in ‘Functional’ at CES 2016

By Tyler Koslow

When Voxel8, the 3D printing company started by Harvard Professor Jennifer Lewis (check out our interview with Professor Lewis here), showed up at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in 2015, they quickly won over the hearts of those looking to 3D print with a functional purpose, and was named by some as one of the top ideas displayed at the entire trade show. The Voxel8 team was able to steal last year’s show with their multi-material 3D printing demonstrations, showcasing their conductive printing ink and printed electronics, creating functional objects fresh off of their advanced 3D printers.…

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