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Bring History into Your Home with the Smithsonian X 3D Collection

The Information Age is glorious. At no other point in history have humans had such easy access to enormous amounts of information. Movies, books, music, and more are all at our fingertips. With the advent of 3D scanning, we can even experience objects we might otherwise never see, from museums and collections around the world.

The Smithsonian is on top of the digitalization of information. In addition to the massive amount of written material that has been digitized, the museum has added 3D printing to its arsenal, allowing easier examination or “lending” of exhibits. Now, with the new Smithsonian X 3D Collection, users can take a close-up look at history, or even print out replicas to educate and impress.  Continue reading

MakerBot Academy Takes Aim at Education

The US has been the leader in additive manufacturing (AM) ever since Scott Crump designed Stratasys’ first 3D printer, but that may be changing. Both the UK and China have invested serious amounts of money into the technology, and the EU, with partner ESA, isn’t far behind. The US does have its own investments in place as well, such as America Makes (formerly known as NAMII), but with the turmoil in Washington, getting funding for new projects isn’t always easy.

MakerBot is hoping to help return the US to the forefront of AM with its MakerBot Academy program. The program would like to put a 3D printer in as many classrooms as possible to educate students about AM, and generate interest for the technology in a new generation of engineers and designers. MakerBot Academy represents a partnership between donorschoose.org, Autodesk, America Makes, and, of course, MakerBot (now a subdivision of Stratasys). Continue reading

Rapid Ready Roundup: 3D Printing Journal, Google Glass, Artistic 3D, and Pip-Boy 3000

In the course of my diligent efforts to keep you good people up to date on the state of additive manufacturing (AM), I come across many interesting news items. I’ll gather them up every so often and present them in a Rapid Ready Roundup (like this one). You can find the last Roundup here.

We’ll start today’s Roundup with some literature. Beginning this fall, Mary Ann Liebert publishing will produce a quarterly peer-reviewed journal focused on AM titled 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing. Editor-in-Chief for the new journal will be Dr. Hod Lipson, the Director of Cornell University’s Creative Machines Lab at the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Continue reading

Autodesk’s Tinkercad Deal: A Boon to 3D Printer Adoption?

While Autodesk’s absorption of Tinkercad adds another option to the firm’s rapidly expanding consumer-oriented product line, the more interesting aspect to the deal lies in its potential to help fuel adoption of 3D printing, which hinges on the availability of cheap and accessible design tools.

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Rapid Ready Roundup: KamerMaker, Organovo, Custom Speakers and Tonearms

In the course of my diligent efforts to keep you good people up to date on the state of additive manufacturing (AM), I come across many interesting news items. I’ll gather them up every so often and present them in a Rapid Ready Roundup (like this one). You can find the last Roundup here.

Let’s begin today’s Roundup by building on past work. The era of 3D printed homes may soon be upon us. Innovators have taken a number of different approaches to the idea, and Netherlands-based KamerMaker is another process looking to provide you with shelter. Continue reading