3D printing

Microsoft 3D Builder app for Windows 8.1 bakes in native 3D printing

Microsoft 3D Builder app for Windows 8.1 bakes in native 3D printing

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.

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MakerBot aims to put a 3D printer in every US K-12 school

MakerBot aims to put a 3D printer in every US K-12 school

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.

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Cartesian The EX1 3D-prints circuit boards for wearables galore

Cartesian The EX1 3D-prints circuit boards for wearables galore

Supposing you were in the market for a prototype of a circuit board here in 2013 - what kind of process would you have to go through to get one? Certainly one that'd require one whole heck of a lot more work and waiting than is involved with the rather interesting creation revealed this week by Cartesian Co - a printer called "The EX1", one capable of printing circuit boards as easily as you'd be able to print a 3D object here on the tail end of 2013.

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MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanners ship while new filaments flow

MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanners ship while new filaments flow

This week the folks at MakerBot have begun shipping the new Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner while - at the same time - they're introducing new filaments and an update to MakerWare. This Desktop 3D Scanner is the first working with the brand with the ability to capture 3D objects from a user's desk, then transforming them into 3D models which can then be worked on, adjusted, and improved in the 3D modeling software of the user's choice. Then the printing can begin anew!

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The Auto Vivisectionist: Inside GM’s Secret Teardown Lab

The Auto Vivisectionist: Inside GM’s Secret Teardown Lab

It's the killing ground where hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of SUVs, sports cars, and sedans meet their grisly end before they have more than a handful of miles on the clock. Some of General Motor's earliest work on building new models comes as much from tearing apart cars as it does piecing together fresh parts. That's the odd double approach of the Competitive Teardown Area, the high-security garage where cutting edge 3D printing and rapid prototyping sits alongside socket sets and angle grinders. The luckier cars start as homegrown constituent parts and leave as near-complete mockups of tomorrow's models; the unlucky ones - often wearing badges from Ford, Mercedes, Honda, Toyota, and other GM rivals - are making their final journey in one piece when they roll in through gates. It's the sort of place where, ordinarily, you'd need to be part of GM's engineering inner-circle to walk around, but SlashGear was invited to pay a special visit.

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Ultimaker 2 official: Cura customizable software and YouMagine tie-in

Ultimaker 2 official: Cura customizable software and YouMagine tie-in

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.

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3Doodler hands-on: 3D printing for the mass market

3Doodler hands-on: 3D printing for the mass market

Kickstarter success 3Doodler proved there was a market for 3D printing without the geek requirement, but can crafting in the third-dimension really be as easy as wielding a hot nib? True, you won't be creating any replacement machine parts, but with a $99.99 price tag that's probably no surprise. We caught up with the $2.3m funding success at ShowStoppers at IFA 2013 to try our hand.

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