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MakerBot Smart Extruder+ promises longer lifespan, less waste

MakerBot Smart Extruder+ promises longer lifespan, less waste

A fresh nozzle might not seem worth getting excited about, but MakerBot is promising big things from its Smart Extruder+. Announced at CES 2016 today, the swappable extruder for the company's 3D printers beefs up its thermal management system, among other things, for a longer lifespan as well as swifter-startup.

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Forget hoverboards, this 3D printed electric skateboard is cooler

Forget hoverboards, this 3D printed electric skateboard is cooler

Hoverboards that don't really hover may be fashionable right now, but a 3D printed open-source electric skateboard has the potential for far more impact. Faraday Motion's HyperBoard R2, tucked away at the Stratasys booth at SEMA 2015 this week, takes the flexibility of custom 3D printing and uses it to deliver a personal transporter that can be adapted to the needs - and budget - of each user.

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MakerBot Desktop 3.8 brings 30% faster printing

MakerBot Desktop 3.8 brings 30% faster printing

MakerBot has announced an update to its desktop software, MakerBot Desktop 3.8. This new version brings with it a few changes and improvements, not the least of which is 30-percent faster printing over previous editions. In addition to the faster speeds, the new version also boasts the ability to print with “stronger structural support,” something facilitated by a new Brilliant Cut Diamond infill pattern.

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MakerBot announces Startup Lab for schools, businesses

MakerBot announces Startup Lab for schools, businesses

Today, MakerBot is announcing Starter Lab, an initiative to get schools up and running with 3D printing. The program provides schools everything they need to start creating, with a printer, parts and materials, and even a workshop custom designed to the school’s needs. The program is open to all schools and levels of education; even kids as young as kindergarten can start 3D printing, now. Two colleges have already purchased MakerBot’s Starter Lab, which is available now to interested schools.

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MakerBot releases Android app to control 3D printers

MakerBot releases Android app to control 3D printers

As most often the case, iOS usually gets its version of an app first before Android. Now fans of Google's mobile platform need not be green-eyed anymore. MakerBot has finally released an Android app for its 3D printers that will enable users to control and monitor their 3D printing activities from a bit of a distance. But don't go dreaming of starting a print from your office and arriving home to see it finished, as the app doesn't work that way just yet.

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3D printing DRM could open new age of consumerism

3D printing DRM could open new age of consumerism

The ominous warnings of easy counterfeiting and cloned products confusing consumers issued back in the early days of 3D printing may not have panned out quite yet, but a new breed of 3D content DRM demonstrates brands are taking no chances. The technology, which will replace local files - that could in theory be copied and distributed, with content owners only paid once - with a streamed version, is lurking behind some familiar smiling faces, with MakerBot using the system for the first time with Sesame Street characters.

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MakerBot 3D printers arrive at select Home Depot stores

MakerBot 3D printers arrive at select Home Depot stores

Home Depot is looking to get you into the 3D printing game, adding MakerBot's Replicator 3D printers to its inventory. If you happen to live near one of the select stores carrying the machine, you can grab it in person, but otherwise it is available through the hardware store's website.

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MakerBot Z18 starts shipping to pre-order customers

MakerBot Z18 starts shipping to pre-order customers

MakerBot, the company leading the charge to get 3D printing everywhere, has announced their Replicator Z18 printer is ready to ship. For those who backed the device early on via pre-order, shipments will start going out soon. MakerBot says they’re working down the order sheet, sending out printers as soon as they’re ready to go.

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Robohand: 3D-printed open source hand replacements

Robohand: 3D-printed open source hand replacements

Supposing you’ve had several fingers chopped off in the recent past and you understand how to operate a scissors, Robohand may well have a solution for you. The company began with a fellow by the name of Richard van As, a fellow who lost his fingers in a carpentry accident in 2011. Searching for the past several years for a solution to his problem, as a good carpenter never gives up, he discovered a future partner with whom he’d eventually found Robohand.

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MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D printer hits pre-order

MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D printer hits pre-order

MakerBot is one of the most popular names in 3D printers and during CES 2014 the company announced new products. One of those new products was the Replicator Z18 3D printer. This is the largest of the 3D printers that MakerBot offers.

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MakerBot Replicator Mini 3D desktop printer lands this spring

MakerBot Replicator Mini 3D desktop printer lands this spring

MakerBot is the company behind one of the most popular 3D printers on the market. The printer is called the MakerBot Replicator 2 and it launched in September of 2012. Since that printer launched, we haven't heard much in the way of new products from MakerBot.

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Disney Google Play exclusive Mickey take takes on “Vinylmation”

Disney Google Play exclusive Mickey take takes on “Vinylmation”

There's a kind of stop-motion animation* called "vinylmation" right this minute, if you did not know, using vinyl toys as the models and just as simple a stop-motion technique as you like. While we've seen everything from Ninja Turtle Legos to Star Wars figures snapped in this bit of creational sway, today Disney lets loose a trailer for a short called "Blank: A Vinylmation Love Story" featuring a couple of rather plain-looking mice.

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