Best of 2014 Roundup

It's easy to call 2014 a rollercoaster year, given all of global unrest. But 2014 was also a year where a lot of amazing technological innovations occurred, and where arts and business did things we've never seen before. Given all of the innovation. We wanted to highlight some of the best of the year. Apart from 3D printing, we remain pretty impartial, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't sound off in the comments section. What mattered most to you in 2014?

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HP's Multi Jet Fusion 3D Printer

30. October 2014 09:21 by Steve Leigh in Technology News  //  Tags: , , , , ,   //   Comments (0)

f you haven't been following the news this past week, you probably haven't heard the big announcement by HP. In 2016, the company will be releasing a new super-fast 3D printer called the HP Multi Jet Fusion. What's unique about the printer design is that it can print by fusing ink onto material layers, meaning objects can be created up to 10 times faster than existing technology. They also hope to be able to print with more colors that don't fade by using better quality plastics and other non-plastic materials. We wanted to delve a little bit more into this exciting advancement.

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3D Printing Enters The Atmosphere

25. September 2014 09:13 by Steve Leigh in Technology News  //  Tags: , , , , , , ,   //   Comments (0)

3D printing has exploded in popularity over the past year, but until now it hasn't made it to one particular destination: outer space. Just this week NASA launched the first 3D printer into space with hopes that it can be tested on the International Space Station. If successful, these tests could pave the way for a permanent 3D printer in space that would allow crew members to produce new parts on demand. We wanted to explore a little bit why NASA wanted to launch this program and what the challenges have been along the way.

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Fun Applications for 3D Printing

There's no doubt that 3D printing is an amazing technology, considering everything from customizable prosthetics for dogs to NASA space cameras are being built. But what about some of the fun aspects of 3D printing? How is the technology being used to create objects that make us nostalgic about our past, that make us laugh, or otherwise entertain us? We wanted to highlight a couple examples of ways 3D printing is being used to inspire joy in our everyday lives.

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Lix, the Amazing 3D Printing Pen

9. May 2014 08:14 by Steve Leigh in Technology News  //  Tags: , , , , ,   //   Comments (0)

With all of the 3D printing developments, it's easy to say the industry is overhyped. No, we don't think every home will have a 3D printer, at least not the way the machines are currently designed. But what gets us excited is when 3D printing technology doesn't something that's totally unexpected. Enter LIX, a 1.4 ounce pen that allows you to write and draw objects in 3D. We wanted to talk a little bit more about what LIX can do, and why we're so excited about it!

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3D Printing's Usability Problem

3D printing really is everywhere these days. From medicine to major corporations, including HP, no business sector is opting out of the 3D printing discussion. However, relatively few people are engaging with 3D printing's biggest problem: usability. And we're not just talking price. 3D printing generally requires knowledge of design software in order to create models that the printer recognizes. For most consumers, this kind of knowledge is out of reach, which will limit the industry's ability to expand aggressively in 2014.

We wanted to explore some usability challenges and how a few companies are working to bring 3D printing to everyone, regardless of their tech backgrounds.

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The Environmental Impact of 3D Printers

We're very excited about 3D printers. Not only are they building everything from pizza to heart models, but they could also be the future of consumer printing around the world. That being said, we have also started to wonder some of the environmental impacts these printers have. The printers are notoriously slow to make products, taking several hours even for basic objects. How does this impact environmental sustainability? We wanted to use a recent study to give you the most up-to-date information.

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Pass the 3D Printed Pizza

Nope, you didn't read the title of this post wrong! 3D printing is finally getting into the food business, to much fanfare from the online and print media. While we've already told you about exciting developments coming to 3D printing in 2014, this food news was a surprise, even for us. Though 3D printed pizza is probably the tastiest idea of the bunch, chocolate and sugar sculptures are another major application of 3D printing. Here are some of the details on exactly what's being cooked up.

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What Kind of Year Will 3D Printing Have?

5. January 2014 18:49 by Steve Leigh in   //  Tags: , , , , , , , ,   //   Comments (0)

 

In 2013, 3D printing was technology's darling. Seemingly every week yielded a new innovation and, for the first time in its history, companies like Amazon created dedicated 3D printing pages for consumers. But what exactly will 2014 bring for an industry that seems to be growing exponentially? Will prices finally lower so that 3D printers will become a household staple? What industries are new to cash in on 3D printing? Will the growth come to a halt? We wanted to provide the inside scoop. More...

3D Printers Could Shape Educational Landscape

21. November 2013 04:31 by Steve Leigh in   //  Tags: , , , , , , , ,   //   Comments (0)

Since computers and printers became ubiquitous in the classroom, the relationship between education and technology has been contentious. With the expansion of tablets and 3D printers, the debate rages on as to when technology might impede with students' ability to learn. No matter doubts people may have, Forbes reports one of the largest initiatives to get 3D printers in classrooms that will launch shortly. By teaching children as young as 12 computer imaging and modeling software, one company hopes to inspire a new generation of inventors. More...

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