3D Systems has unveiled its new ProJet 4500 full-color plastic 3D printer. The company says that this is the first and only continuous-tone full color plastic 3D printer on the market. The printer is able to produce ready to use and full color durable plastic parts.
High fuel efficiency is an important part of a vehicle for most people, especially as fuel prices rise and environmental concerns increase. Hyper-mile drivers go to great lengths to increase their car's gas mileage, but some cars bring it to the table as its default offering. Such is the case with the URBEE2, a 3D-printed car that is about to head out on a cross-country journey with only 10 gallons of fuel.
Microsoft has released a 3D printing app for Windows 8.1, bringing native support for producing physical objects from a variety of 3D printers to its OS. Building on the 3D printer driver MakerBot released earlier today, the Microsoft 3D Builder app comes with a wide range of preconfigured objects it can produce - including LEGO-style bricks, clips, and pendants, though also ranging to more complex designs like toy trains - but can also be used to create things from scratch.
The future of 3D printing has been the subject of much speculation, and to ensure that students have the opportunity to be on the forefront of whatever will arise from the industry, MakerBot has announced a new initiative to get a 3D printer into every public school in the United States. The mission is called MakerBot Academy, and it has been launched in conjunction with American Makes.
The world is familiar with 3D-printed guns at this point, with the Internet being full of blueprints -- some that work better than others -- and government scuffles having happened on more than one occasion. A new world's first has taken place, however, and it takes the 3D-printed firearm concept to the next level: a 3D printed metal fully-functional gun.
The 3D printing industry has been catching public attention in growing strides lately, and as the technology is refined, more uses for the technology has surfaced. HP has been long-involved in the printing industry as a whole, and as such it only makes sense that the company will be jumping aboard the 3D printing market with its own offering next year.
Some of the most interesting and affordable 3-D printers out there come from MakerBot . The company also has a cool desktop 3-D scanner that can take just about anything you can fit on it and create a digital copy of it allowing you to print your own 3-D version. MakerBot has announced some new filaments are shipping giving owners of the 3-D printers new color and artistic options.
This week the team at Ultimaker have revealed their next-generation solution in the Ultimaker 2, a 3D printer that builds on the success of their first model. This second version works with Cura, a new software native to this machine - customizable and much, much faster than the average backend for processing. This machine is also launching alongside YouMagine, an online community for 3D printing sharing and editing collaboratively.
3D printers are gradually working their way into the mainstream, and as they do so concerns regarding intellectual property and the theft of blueprints have increasingly become the substance of conversation. One startup company in California, Authentise, is offering a solution to this issue however, creating software that streams blueprint information directly to the printer.