3D Printers

  • Michigan School Opens Robotics Center

    Michigan School Opens Robotics Center

    The new center features fabrication equipment and a full-sized FIRST Robotics field for practice. Among the users will be regional robotics teams, the high school's own robotics club (the "Tractor Technicians"), the middle school robotics club ("Tractor Technicians in Training") and various elementary-level groups.

  • A fully operational RepRapable recyclebot in action

    RepRap Recyclebot Turns Plastic into 3D Filament for $700

    An open source project at Michigan Technological University can turn waste plastic into high-quality 3D printing filament.

  •  Makerbot Method Aims to Bridge Gap Between Desktop and Industrial 3D Printers

    Makerbot Method Aims to Bridge Gap Between Desktop and Industrial 3D Printers

    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.

  • Machine Learning Augments 3D Design for Greater Precision

    The innovation "is heading on the path to essentially allowing anyone to be a manufacturer."

  • University Students Make Soft-Mesh Robots Controlled by Magnetics

    University Students Make Soft-Mesh Robots Controlled by Magnetics

    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.

  • Makerspace Summit Coming to SoCal in April

    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.

  • Michigan Tech Prof Posts 3D Printing Course to Wikiversity

    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."

  • High School Team Masters 3D Printing for Part in $2.2B Aircraft

    High School Team Masters 3D Printing for Part in $2.2B Aircraft

    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.

  • Grants Promote Making as Part of STEM

    A multimillion-dollar state grant program has delivered grants to 765 schools throughout Pennsylvania, specifically intended to expand STEM education and teacher training.

  • MakerBot Publishes Step-by-Step Guide for Adding 3D Printing to STEAM Lessons

    MakerBot Publishes Step-by-Step Guide for Adding 3D Printing to STEAM Lessons

    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.

  • U Michigan-Flint student Andleeb Baig pounds a rivet into existence the old-fashioned way. Source: University of Michigan-Flint.

    U Michigan-Flint Crafts Makerspace Partnership for Student Learning

    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.

    New Process Drastically Cuts 3D Printing Times

    A new 3D printing technique developed by University of Michigan researchers is producing results in one-one hundredth the time of conventional printers.