News

3D Printing Revitalizes Montessori School’s Hands-On Alphabet Set

Posted by Frank Quinlisk on

3D Printing Revitalizes Montessori School’s Hands-On Alphabet Set

From 3DPrint.com by Debra Thimmesch | Mar 9, 2016 Danish expat, Washington, D.C.-area resident, and maker Mathias Hansen put his many tech-related skills to work in the interest of making learning the alphabet more fun for young Montessori school students. Montessori schools are all about hands-on learning. Hansen, an accomplished software engineer at VideoBlocks, an online company that provides creative content–graphics, video, and audio–at affordable prices, recently fielded a question about how to revitalize an old hands-on alphabet set. Hansen recalled the initial engagement: “I got an interesting question from a Montessori school recently. They had this material that consisted of...

Read more →

4 Fun Clover Facts About St. Patrick’s Day!

Posted by Frank Quinlisk on

4 Fun Clover Facts About St. Patrick’s Day!

From the MakerBot Blog.   POSTED BY JESSICA ADAMS ON FRIDAY, MARCH 11 Create your own luck this St. Patrick’s Day with MakerBot! Celebrate by making 3D-printed charms that embody the true spirit of holiday cheer. We’ve compiled a quick list of four St. Patrick’s Day facts to help you decide which prints are most suited for your celebration. Learn more about St. Patrick’s Day and how you can enjoy this exciting time with these holiday-themed 3D prints.   Tradition with a Twist Did you know that St. Patrick wasn’t actually from Ireland? He was originally born in the UK....

Read more →

Why 3D-printing giant MakerBot is super mad at this Philly startup

Posted by Frank Quinlisk on

Why 3D-printing giant MakerBot is super mad at this Philly startup

From Technical.ly Philly By Juliana Reyes / REPORTER Louise Driggers was not pleased when she found out that an eBay shop was selling, among other things, a 3D-printed dragon based off her design — a design she had posted on Thingiverse, free for anyone to use, so long as they didn’t commercialize it. So Driggers, a Richmond, Texas-based artist who goes by Loubie on Thingiverse, posted a 3D-printed sad face on the platform to express her displeasure, TechCrunch reported. Then, the comments poured in. (Seven hundred and counting.) Blogs and news outlets caught on. MakerBot, which owns Thingiverse, posted a response yesterday. Read the balance...

Read more →

Review: MakerBot Replicator 3D printer adds its new Smart Extruder+

Posted by Frank Quinlisk on

Review: MakerBot Replicator 3D printer adds its new Smart Extruder+

From ComputerWorld.com By Lucas Mearian FOLLOW Computerworld | Feb 18, 2016 3:00 AM PT Last month, MakerBot began offering its Smart Extruder+, a new and improved print head for its flagship Replicator and Replicator Mini desktop 3D printers.The company claims the new Smart Extruder+ provides a more reliable printing process for its fused filament fabrication (FFF) machines. In order to test this, MakerBot sent me a Replicator 3D printer and Smart Extruder+ to review.I've got to admit, I've been waiting a long time to review a MakerBot Replicator. First released in 2014, the current Replicator is MakerBot's fifth generation of...

Read more →

Charge your smartphone with a nifty Zortrax 3D printed Tesla Supercharger

Posted by Frank Quinlisk on

Charge your smartphone with a nifty Zortrax 3D printed Tesla Supercharger

From 3ders.org Mar 10, 2016 | By Benedict Martin Hansen, a 3D printing enthusiast and Tesla driver from Northern Germany, has designed a miniature 3D printed Tesla Supercharger with which users can charge their smartphone. The original Supercharger was designed to rapidly supply charge to Tesla’s Model S car. It’s hardly an exaggeration to say that the Tesla Model S is changing the world. The world’s best selling electric car as of 2015, the Model S is an all-electric, five-door, automotive masterpiece. What’s more, Tesla has devoted a significant amount of energy into making its Model S the most easily chargeable...

Read more →