Autodesk Launches Project Ignite: A 3D Design, Printing & Maker’s Learning Platform For All Ages

Autodesk, whose 3D design software is used within thousands of schools and maker communities nationwide, has taken a keen interest in 3D printing as of late, as they, along with many others, see the technology not only as a transformative one for manufacturing, but also an essential tool for learning. Continue reading “Autodesk Launches Project Ignite: A 3D Design, Printing & Maker’s Learning Platform For All Ages”

Trimble and Materialise Partner to Streamline 3D Printing Workflows

Trimble and Materialise announced that they have added support for the STL file format through a new Printables feature on Trimble’s 3D Warehouse, the world’s largest repository of free, high-quality, 3D content. The new feature is the result of the companies’ collaboration to streamline 3D printing workflows, … Continue reading “Trimble and Materialise Partner to Streamline 3D Printing Workflows”

Growing Lattice in CAD: AM Prompts Designers to Look Beyond Solids and Surfaces

Lilian van Daal wants to bring Nature’s engineering methods into people’s living rooms. The 2010 graduate of HAN University (Netherlands) created a series of 3D-printed soft seats. The softness comes from her clever use of Nature-inspired lattice structure to create flexibility out of stiff materials. Continue reading “Growing Lattice in CAD: AM Prompts Designers to Look Beyond Solids and Surfaces”

New software Platener speeds up prototyping process by swapping out 3D printing for laser cutting

When developing new product design concepts, 3D printing is among one of the fastest ways of iterating through multiple concepts in an effort to find the best design direction.  After all, 3D printing didn’t just adopt the term “rapid prototyping” for no reason; what used to take months or weeks now only takes days or hours. Continue reading “New software Platener speeds up prototyping process by swapping out 3D printing for laser cutting”

Microsoft To Reveal More Information About New 3D Printing File Format

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The 3D printing world is abuzz about a big reveal coming tomorrow at Build 2015, about Microsoft’s supposedly new type of 3D printing file format. According to Microsoft, the .STL file is out of date and is limiting the output of today’s machines. Microsoft added capability to handle .STL files back in 2013 for Windows 8.1. Continue reading “Microsoft To Reveal More Information About New 3D Printing File Format”