Makerbot will begin shipping its Method 3D printer tomorrow. Starting at $6,499, the new model offers roughly double the print speed of a conventional desktop 3D printer with improved precision.
The innovation "is heading on the path to essentially allowing anyone to be a manufacturer."
North Carolina State University researchers have created 3D-printed soft mesh "robots" that can contract, reshape and grab and release small objects (such as a drop of water or a tiny foil ball) while floating on the water surface.
Two community college organizations will be hosting a "makerspace summit" in Irvine, CA in April to share best practices in building college maker communities. A preconference will help community colleges go international.
The course is built around a set of "progressively more challenging exercises" intended to teach students how to work with free 3D design tools OpenSCAD, FreeCAD and Blender, "so they can solve just about any 3D printing design challenges."
A high school team in Missouri recently helped the U.S. Air Force create 3D-printed switch covers for a $2.2 billion aircraft. Students from Knob Noster High School, which serves families deployed and working at nearby Whiteman Air Force Base, designed the plastic cover for a switch box inside the B-2 Spirit bomber.
A multimillion-dollar state grant program has delivered grants to 765 schools throughout Pennsylvania, specifically intended to expand STEM education and teacher training.
To help educators understand how to set up STEM-oriented 3D printing experiences for their students, MakerBot, which sells 3D printers, has put together a bundle of free resources for teachers, available in its educator program.
A Michigan institution is taking advantage of proximity to a local makerspace for student learning. The University of Michigan-Flint Department of History has purchased 15 passes for Factory Two, a facility a 10-minute walk from campus, that will allow students to go in and use the space's resources for their projects.
A new 3D printing technique developed by University of Michigan researchers is producing results in one-one hundredth the time of conventional printers.