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3D printed BB-8 robot

Once upon a time there lived one man in one galaxy.  In his childhood he saw Star Wars by George Lucas and fell in love with the movie. Since that time he had dreamt to create a robot like in the movie. But adult life worries swep [...]

Machines Room: East London Fab Lab

Fab Labs. I write about them a lot. As an artist, I love the idea of communal spaces where artists, designers, engineers and whoever else wants to get together in a shared space and hash out ideas and projects together. I had neve [...]

New 3D printing standards on the way?

At Drupa 2016, the Industry Standards and Technology Organization Printer Working Group will present a new standard for communicating 3D print jobs. Is the 3D printing industry getting its house in order and adopting standard prac [...]

It’s the STL, stupid

A senior research scientist at Autodesk has called for open source hardware and better collaboration software in 3D printing. In a keynote speech at DigiFabCon, Andreas Bastian revealed his dream of an open future, where we can wo [...]

How can open source hardware disrupt manufacturing?

Open source software has had a lasting impact on the world and the likes of Wordpress, Linux, Firefox and Magento have become household names. Open Source Hardware hasn’t made such an impression on the public domain, but it’s out [...]

The Importance of Fab Labs

Peter Troxler is one of the contributors to a collaboration of writing on 3D printing collected in The Decentralized and Networked Future of Value Creation. The collection, edited by Jan-Peter Ferdinand, Ulrich Petschow and Sascha [...]

Virtual curation can democratise archaeology

There are millions of people around the world who would love close up and personal access to the greatest moments in history. Alas, the world simply doesn’t work like that. If we could grant everybody access to ancient relics, tho [...]

3dP Will Have Utterly Transformed The World by 2020. Speakers Of The Tech Leadership Conference Say.

Communitech's annual Tech Leadership Conference (TLC) which was held last Thursday, May 12th of 2016 at Bingemans in Kitchener, counted with more than 800 spectators and aims to answer the big questions that the unexpected challen [...]

The failure of Makerbot: An expert opinion on open source

Tiberius Brastaviceanu, the co-founder of open source hardware, has given his insight into the massive failure of MakerBot. He claims it was more than simply a failed company, it was a betrayal of the Open Source ethos and a clear [...]

Rice creates sintering laser from cheap Chinese cutter

We love a good hack here at 3DPrintingindustry.com, so today we’d like to salute the bright minds at Rice University that have created a budget laser sintering printer from a Chinese CO2 laser cutter. It costs less than $10,000 to [...]