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Top 10 3D Printing stories of 2015

Take a look back at the top 10 3d printing stories of 2015. It’s been quite a year here at the 3D Printing Systems offices. I present to you, our top picks of 2015 with a couple of local Australian stories included.

10. World’s smallest 3d printed cordless drill

A kiwi holds the Guinness world record for the world’s smallest 3d printed working drill. Perfect for clearing the nozzle of your 3D printer!

9. The first 3d printed super car

A super-light sports car with a 3d printed chassis that is breaking the boundaries of traditional manufacturing.

8. Glowforge 3d laser printer

Not technically related to 3d printing, but what a perfect tool to be used with any 3d printer. They have raised nearly 30 million dollars in 30 days.

7. Cancer Patient Receives 3d printed sternum and Ribs in a first of its kind surgery.

3d printing really proves its worth in the medical sector. This Australian based company is changing lives with its development of surgical implants for cancer patients.

6. The Year of the 3D Printed Prosthetic

3d-printable prosthetics are also changing the face of medicine as it allows anyone to customise for the wearer and print at home. e-NABLE, a network of passionate volunteers, is lending a “helping hand” to those in need.

5. Five Story apartment 3D Printed

We saw some super huge 3d printers created this year, but the biggest object printed goes to this five-story apartment using recycled materials. 

4. Fast 3d printing – Carbon 3D

3d printing has long been known as a slow process, this year was a breakthrough in speed with the Carbon 3d.

3. First 3D Printed Parts In Space

We saw the first 3d printer launched into space, printing spare parts that would normally take months to obtain.

2. 3D Printed Jet Engine

A world first and a first for Australia, CSIRO take-off with their 3d printed jet engine. 

1. 3D Printing with Glass

Taking an old world material and revolutionizing its development in 2015.

Best printed object of 2015

My personal favorite as far as 3d prints go is this 3d printed 787 Jet engine. Watch at the 3-minute mark, where the thrust reverser is deployed.

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Stratasys under fire over Makerbot acquisition

On 20 February 2015, a lawsuit was filed against Stratasys by the City of Hollywood Police Officer’s Retirement System. Continue Reading →

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OzNerfNerd Upgrade for your Elite Alpha Trooper

If you love Nerf guns and upgrades, then the upgrade kit from OzNerfNerd is the perfect gift for yourself. This kit improves on the performance of the Nerf Elite Alpha Trooper and adds length to the stock thanks to a 3D printed extension. Continue Reading →

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3DPrint-AU Launches Newest Australia’n 3D Print Service

3DPrint-AU announced today the launch of their new 3D printing service for Australia.

Manufacturing in Australia has experienced many changes since the 3D Printing revolution began in 2011. Many Australians have started to use desktop 3D printing to prototype and manufacture products in their sheds and workplaces. Limited access to industrial capable machines have resulted in Australians having to purchase parts from overseas, with long lead times. Creators in Europe and the USA have had easy access to this technology, now it  is Australia’s turn. Having a local 3D Print service means that customers in Australia are no longer at a disadvantage. Main centres, Melbourne and Sydney will be able to receive their models within 48 hours of the printer finishing the job. Continue Reading →

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Autodesk launches 3D Printer, a 3D Printing Platform and a $100M 3D Printing Fund

Yesterday at Autodesk University, Autodesk formally announced the launch of there open source 3D printing platform dubbed SPARK. The details are still not 100% clear but it we do know its planned to be opened source which is a good start. They are also planning  to ship their 3D Printer which goes by the name of Ember, early next year for just under $6,000 USD. We have limited information on the machine other than it is using SLA-DLP technology so we assume the print bed size won’t be very big. Also if you have a great 3D printing idea it might be worth knocking on the door of Autodesk as they think your idea is a good one they may be keen to hand over some of their $100M 3D printing fund!
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3D Printed Mountain Bike

Titanium Mountains Bikes aren’t new, but 3D Printed Titanium Mountain Bikes are!

3d printed titanium mountain bike

The UK company Renishaw has teamed up with Empire Cycles to build the first 3D-printed Titanium bike.  SLS (Selective Laser Sintering) style 3D printing was used to a  transform fine particles of Titanium and a CAD file into functional three-dimensional parts.  This process can produce metal densities of 99.7% which is denser and less pourous than traditional casting process of a similar metal.

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Is This The Ultimate 3D Printer?

Connex3 color 3D PrinterObjective3D has announces the arrival of the Stratasys Objet500 Connex3, the most advanced multi-material colour 3D they have released to date, so is this the ultimate 3D Printer?

The is a highly advanced multi-material colour 3D Printer, featuring a large build tray size of 500 x 400 x 200mm, it enables designers & engineers to prototype in vivid colour, multi-materials and in high quality with all the characteristics and strength of PolyJet technology.

What’s Unique about Objet500 Connex3?
Connex PolyJet printing already offered ground-breaking 3D printing options, but users wanted more materials and more colour options. Stratasys answered the call with the Connex3.

The Connex3 features additional material bays, a new print block and the three part colour mix. The resulting parts are functional and offer true product realism to satisfy the artist, the designer, the engineer and the product manager according to 3D Printing AU.

The Connex3 can build as many as 46 different material characteristics into an individual part, with users able to select from a wide range of material properties, colours and opacities.

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A Year with the Leapfrog Creatr.

creatr-shadow_grandeSome of you may remember my review of the Leapfrog Creatr.  I wrote it after I’d had the machine for a few weeks and at the time I was quite impressed with my purchase.  To a large extent, I still am, however I have had a fair share of issues and breakdowns.  Some of these issues were down to the fairly hasty fashion in which the machine was assembled and others have been connected to design flaws in the machine itself. As I mentioned in my review, I have a fair amount of experience with electromechanical devices, being trained as a broadcast engineer in the tape era.  Since then I have had to keep up with the times and subsequently, a good deal of my work now is connected with computers, networks and software.  3D printers are a good match for my skillset.

When I ordered my machine from the Netherlands, I was not under any illusions about the possibility of warranty support on the machine.  I was on my own.  After building my CNC router from scratch, the prospect didn’t faze me but other clients have proved to be much less forgiving of the machines idiosyncrasies and faults.  I have seen some really angry threads on the forum attached to their official site and more than once the buyer has referred to the machine as a doorstop or paperweight.  The term “boat anchor” hasn’t taken off in Europe!  Back home, I was jumping the hurdles as they came along but other users were not expecting so many issues and were not holding back their disappointment.  As much as I could, I joined in the discussions and offered technical advice where I felt I had some understanding and fortunately, there were other members, much more knowledgeable than myself, adding their considerable input.  This extended right up to a beautifully sorted version of the Marlin firmware for the Arduino that ironed out a bunch of issues.

Okay, so what was good and what was bad?  Let’s kick off with the bad stuff, it’s everyone’s favourite eh!

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3d Printed speakers with neat LED illumination [Video]


LumiGeek and Autodesk enjoyed a highly artistic collaboration in early 2013 to create a pair of audio-reactive 3D printed speaker enclosures. The project was rather groundbreaking for several reasons.

First, there are very few instances where a 3D printed object is the final product, rather than an artifact of a larger process. (i.e. a proof of something to be injection molded en-mass) Small pieces of jewelry, precision aerospace parts, or medical implants are a small exception. Continue Reading →

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Zero Gravity Printing!

NASA is alway looking for ways to help minimise costs for anything they use up in space and the 3D printer has to be a very useful tool that they use up in space, it basically a multi-tool to many things they could possibly need!


Take a look at the video below about printing in zero gravity!

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