Estonian start-up Fabulonia has launched a new “live cloud printing platform” called Fabsecure, which it claims will allow individuals and companies to monetise their 3D printing designs.
BPM 3D Technologies has been awarded a $141,700 Victorian government grant and will spend $500,000 of its own money with the goal of having three 3D printers up and running by Christmas.
NASA aims to have 3D printers designed by Made In Space operating on the International Space Station in June 2014.
“At the moment it’s so much of an education for local businesses where we are, the way it all operates,” explained Callum Davies from Filor, which in May added 3D printing to its range of 3D services, of attitudes towards the technology.
For all the hype surrounding 3D printing and what it could offer Australian businesses, there’s a fair bit of caution around investing in expensive, industrial-grade machines, and in finding what applications it might suit.
The age of 3D printing, when every object so created can be personalised, will increase the need for tags to keep track of everything.
Tech publication The Next Web asked nine young entrepreneurs about the direction the future could take due to the evolution of 3D printing.
In December the successful bidders for round 16 of the Cooperative Research Centre will be announced. If the Advanced Manufacturing CRC is successful in its re-bid, it aims to bring greater access to metal 3D printing machines for Australian manufacturers. By Brent Balinski.
Talking only about 3D printers and guns is like watching a movie in fast forward, slowing down only to watch the bits where people die.
The United States’ dominance of 3D printing may be on the wane, according to one reading of the recent Wohlers Report on the market for the technology.
Planetary Resources and 3D printing company 3D Systems have announced a partnership this week, working towards the goal of mining asteroids in space.
3D Systems will acquire approximately 80 percent of Phenix Systems, a provider of Direct Metal Selective Laser Sintering 3D Printers based in France.
The CSIRO has created what it claims is a world first: 3D printed titanium bugs.
A speaker at last week’s 3D printing expo in Mackay predicted that 3D printing machines could solve the problem of needing to have replacement parts sent in to mining sites.
Global footwear giants Nike and Adidas are using 3D printing to speed up innovation in their shoe soles.
3D printing service company Shapeways has announced a six-week trial of a new flexible plastic, which offers new possibilities to adopters of the technology.
Helping answer the question “what’s next for 3D printing?” is a team from Townsville, who are set to unveil an all-in-one manufacturing solution at Australia’s first 3D printing expo this month.
Near the end of the movie “Skyfall”, there’s a scene in which James Bond and M drive out of the city in a classic 1960 Aston Martin DB5, the distinctive silver Bond Car first used in Goldfinger in 1965. Later —and this is a slight spoiler — the car is shot full of holes with assault rifles and blown up with a helicopter.
Carl Bass, the CEO of 3D design software company Autodesk, has claimed that 3D printing technology has reached both its hype and inflection point, and pointed out a number of ways in which additive manufacturing is limited.
A segment of the 3D printing (3DP) community, known as Makers, is using the concept of crowdsourcing as a sword to oppose 3DP-related patent applications, potentially creating problems for patent applicants everywhere.