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3D Systems Acquires Rapid Prototyping Company RPDG

| 3D Systems, News | May 10, 2013

3D Systems is expanding its 3D printing empire by acquiring Rapid Product Development Group, who provide on-demand prototyping services through 3D printing and traditional manufacturing techniques. 3D Systems have plans to merge RPDG’s service capabilities into their Quickparts service which provides an online e-commerce system to procure low-volume and high-volume custom parts. RPDG is able…more »

3D Printed Shoe with iPhone Case

If you’re out partying and don’t have anywhere to stash your iPhone then these shoes could be for you. Designed by Alan Nguyen of Freedom of Creation, based in Amsterdam, these 3D printed shoes contain an integrated iPhone case tagged onto the side of the heel. The ‘iPhone Mashup Shoe’ was originally exhibited at the…more »

3D Printed Self Folding Inchworm Robot

At the 2013 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in Germany a 3D printed inchworm robot was demonstrated that can self-assemble. The little robot was is made from shape memory polymers that contract when heat is applied to flexible connectors that are etched into the material. The inchworm was developed by Samuel Felton…more »

Ultimaker 3D Printer Contest

Have you designed a cool toy for your kids or used your own 3D printer to print a cool toy? If so then this contest might be of interest. 3D printer manufacturer Ultimaker have launched a competition to design 3D printable children’s toys. Called the Ultimaker 3D Printer Toy Design Challenge, entrants have the chance…more »

3D Printed Liberator Gun Parts

After receiving a letter from the State Department Office of Defense Trade Controls Compliance this Thursday, Defense Distributed have removed the 3D files for the Liberator 3D printed gun from their site. After reporting that there has been a huge number of users who have downloaded the Liberator 3D printed gun files it seems that the…more »

Cody Wilson Fires 3D Printed Gun

Two days after making available the 3D printer files for the first 3D printed gun the number of downloads for the firearm has hit 100,000.  After Defense Distributed’s Cody Wilson test fired the weapon the 3D design files were hosted on defcad.org for anyone to download. Forbes have reported that the “Liberator” gun plans have been ten times…more »

3D Printed Invisibility Cloak

One of the holy grail of sci-fi inventions has taken a step closer thanks to a 3D printed disc that makes objects invisible to microwaves. Scientists at Duke University have demonstrated an “invisibility cloak” which looks like a Frisbee with holes in it, After demonstrating a proof of concept in the lab seven years ago,…more »

Staples Cube 3D Printer

In what could be seen as a sign that consumer level 3D printers are going mainstream, Staples’ have begun selling the 3D Systems Cube printer in their stores and on their website. They are the first major US retailer to offer 3D printers for sale which has come shortly after opening a 3D printing “Experience…more »

New York Senator Chuck Schumer 3D Printed Gun

Shortly after Defense Distributed’s Cody Wilson demonstrated the firing of the first fully 3D printed gun on Sunday, U.S. lawmakers were expressing concern about the future security implications. The 3D design files for the gun, called the “Liberator” are now available for anyone to download from defcad.org and print their own weapon. Almost immediately New…more »

3D Printed Human Ear @ Princeton University

The age of the bionic man with abilities far above a regular human being may well be upon us. A research team at Princeton University have created a 3D printed ear which contains electronic inside it that can “hear” radio frequencies far beyond the range of normal human ears. The ear is produced using a…more »

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