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3D Printed Wearables Are Out of the Lab and Taking Over the Streets

By Mark Solomon | Business Development Media

When Nike started custom designing sprinting shoes for top athletes, Innovation Director Shane Kohatsu used 3D printing to go through 12 iterations of prototypes in only 6 months. Compressing the product development cycle allowed Nike to be first off the line when it came to the lightest, fastest, and most technically advanced sprinting shoes for top pro athletes. At the time Kohatsu was developing the ultra-light shoes, 3D printing was not sufficiently advanced for production runs of each shoe. Times have changed.

Mille 3D Printer Unveiled – Turns Shipping Containers into Large 3D Printers, Shredders & Extruders

By Eddie Krassenstein l Reprinted with Permission from

While other companies and individuals have been spending thousands upon thousands of dollars to create large gantry based 3D printers, Tran has come up with a unique idea. Instead of spending the time, money and energy on creating a sturdy frame for a large format 3D printer, he instead plans to use large shipping containers as the machines’ frame and body.

Amazon, Sandboxr & 3D Systems Team Up For 3D Printed Game Characters On Demand

By Te Edwards l Reprinted with Permission from

The Amazon 3D Printed Products store is now offering the chance to design and personalize 35 or more video game characters from titles such as Smite, Primal Carnage and Infinity Blade. In total, the number of items which can be customized in the store has grown by more than 150 percent in just a year, and a personalization widget allows customers to build their dream characters.

Pinshape Seeks $500,000 via Equity Crowdunding Site Fundable for Expansion of 3D Printable Model Repository

By Brian Krassenstein l Reprinted with Permission from

There are few industries, if any, which have seen as many startups emerge over the last two years as that of the 3D printing industry. Each week it seems as if we are covering one or two new companies entering the space with innovative new approaches to the software, hardware, and community aspects of the industry. As these new startups launch, there is no shortage of opportunities for those looking to jump into the space via an investment. Where there are startups, there are always CEOs and directors looking to rapidly expand on their business models by seeking venture capital.

Get Ready to Build Your Own Top Line Smartphone at Home with the Exploding World of Open Source Hardware

By Mark Solomon l Business Development Media

280,000 enthusiasts attending the latest Makerfaire events in San Francisco, New York, and Atlanta make it official: technology creation is getting popular. If you are not familiar with MakerFaire, it is Make Magazine’s yearly event where people gather to create and learn about technology. Everything from robots, drones, vehicles, alternative energy, small chip controlled devices, some crafts, and bots of every imaginable function, are on display.

Emerging Desktop Printers for Metals: A Survey

By Christopher Morris/Business Development Media

3D printing may still be in its early days, yet is moving rapidly to fulfill a huge potential. One recent area of innovation is affordable 3D metal printing, “for desktops”. While this class of devices is not quite yet ready for the mass market, by the end of the decade there may well be multiple desktop metal-based 3D printers.

At present, the price of the existing larger industrial machines, capable of handling titanium, nickel-steel and other metal alloys, starts around $500,000 and can soar past the $1 million mark.

Organovo Presents Data on Fully Cellular 3D Bioprinted Kidney Tissue

By Sarah Anderson l Reprinted with Permission from

Bioprinting is in our future. No longer the stuff of sci-fi dreams, the technology is taking a true hold in today’s world — and even in the dictionary. By bringing 3D printing together with living cells to create viable organic structures, companies like San Diego, California-based Organovo (NYSE: ONVO) are changing the shape of medical technology.

NASA 3D Prints the World’s First Full-Scale Copper Rocket Engine Part

By Whitney Hipolite l Reprinted with Permission from

Day in and day out, we see new types of technologies emerge from the 3D printing space, as well as different uses which test the feasibility and potential that 3D printing has within the fields of manufacturing. One organization which is really beginning to embrace 3D printing, is NASA. Whether it is 3D printing rocket parts or sending 3D printers to the International Space Station, NASA gets it — 3D printing is the future of manufacturing. It’s easy to argue this point when someone off of the street comes up to you and says that 3D printing will revolutionize the world, but when some of the most brilliant minds in the world prove it in a scientific lab, that’s when we should all start to take note.

Con3D Consortium Shows Off Large Concrete 3D Printed Sofa — Buildings Are Next

By Brian Krassenstein | Reprinted with Permission from

The Con3D Consortium–which consists of three Spanish companies: Prodintec, an additive manufacturing and design firm; Coprosa, a large construction firm headquartered in Asturias, Spain; and Tudela Veguín, a global leader in the production of cement and lime–have recently begun showing off the progress that they have made in this space.

What Can Additive Manufacturing Do for Tooling?

By Alban Leandri | Reprinted with Permission from

The global tooling industry is the largest horizontal industry, sustaining every major vertical industrial manufacturing sector. Since manufacturing and tooling are highly interdependent, none of them would ever be as productive without its support. Countless products are assembled using jigs and fixtures or are produced by molding (injection, blow, and silicone) or casting (investment, sand, and spin). No matter the application, manufacturing tools increase efficiency and profit while maintaining quality.

Modelling Carbon Fiber Composites: Challenges, Solutions, and the Integrated Future

By Mark Solomon l Business Development Media

The Batmobile made great use of it. Nearly every champion bicycle racer in the Tour de France, winners of several professional golf tournaments, and many of you with stylish phone cases have grown fond of it.

The new “it” material is carbon fiber.

If Toray, one of the leading carbon fiber manufacturers is any indication, applications for carbon fiber are on a screaming uptrend.

Will 3D Printing Have a Larger Economic Impact Than the Internet? One Venture Capitalist Thinks So

By Brian Krassenstein l Reprinted with Permission from

Back in the late 1990s when the internet began creeping its way into homes and businesses, it was impossible to foretell the economic impact that it eventually would have on society as a whole. While estimates of its annual impact on the economy are all over the place, anywhere from $3 trillion to $6 trillion worldwide, one thing is for sure: it’s a game changer. In 2012, it was estimated that 4.7% of all US economic activity was the result of the internet. Three years later and this number has surely grown.

Bio-Based Materials Growing Into the Building Block of the Future

By Ryan Brinks l Business Development Media

Nature has never been better. First came biodegradable, which is better for our landfills. Next came recyclable, better for our resources. Then sustainable, better for our health and environment. But the rise of bio-based materials is simply better. And it is poised to help transform advanced manufacturing and take the United States to the economy of the future.

Japanese Breakthrough & 3D Printing Could Make Wireless Transmission of Solar Energy a Reality

By Te Edwards l Reprinted with Permission from

Scientists at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)say they were able to transmit 1.8 kilowatts of solar-generated power using microwaves sent to a receiver more than 180 feet from the power source, and in conjunction with 3D printing, the technology might one day be used to drive vehicles or “factories” in space.