Doctors create a trachea using a MakerBot 3D printer

3D printing has helped Feinstein Institute researchers create cartilage designed for tracheal repair or replacement. It’s not so much a question as to if 3D printing will be an integral part of medical procedures in the future, it’s more so when. And apparently, we are closer than ever before. While we’ve seen everything from 3D-printed splints to […]

Atmel-powered MakerBot helps take the pulse of climate change

Adam Wolf is a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University who studies how different types of plants respond to changes in water availability. From Modeler to Maker, Wolf once relied on mathematical models to predict how plants grow, but soon realized this paradigm was mostly “agnostic to species.” According to Ben Millstein of the official MakerBot […]

Video: MakerBot helps NASA explore the final frontier

MakerBot’s Atmel-powered 3D printers have been helping innovators and DIY Makers transform their ideas into physical objects for quite some time now. Of course, it isn’t every day that 3D printed objects or components make their way into space. However, when NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope launches in 2018 it will carry parts made with […]

See the Atmel-powered MakerBot Replicator 2 in action

Just a few months ago, Microsoft announced it was adding native 3D printer support to WIndows 8.1. This week, Redmond and MakerBot confirmed the Atmel-powered MakerBot Replicator 2 will be showcased and sold at even more Microsoft retail stores. “The MakerBot Experience, our in-store 3D printing demonstration at the Microsoft retail store, is expanding from its […]

Upload and pick up your design with this 3D printing vending machine

Unveiled at the University of Texas, Cockrell School of Engineering students have launched a cutting-edge 3D printing vending machine. The Innovation Station is believed to be the third machine of its kind at a university in the U.S., following in the footsteps of both Virginia Tech and UC-Berkeley. Led by Associate Professor Carolyn Seepersad, a team of mechanical engineering students designed and constructed […]

3D printing a working DC motor

A Maker by the name of Pitrak recently created a fully-functional DC motor using an Atmel-powered MakerBot Replicator 2 desktop 3D printer. To develop the working brushless direct current (DLDC) motor, the Maker 3D printed each of its parts, excluding the magnets, solenoid wrapping wire and hall effect sensors, and used an Arduino Uno (ATmega328) to control the […]

From Shanzhai to OSHW: The Maker Movement in China

Although the Maker and open source hardware movements are a global phenomenon, the DIY culture in China can actually be traced back to the ancient concept of Shanzhai. As Gabrielle Levine, the newly appointed president of the Open Source Hardware Association (OSHWA) notes, China is going to be a huge driving force in the open […]

Video: Modeling a 3D printed bristle dress

Ica Paru, an accessories designer and model, recently became the very first person to wear the Bristle Dress from Francis Bitonti Studio after donning the 3D printed garment at a Brooklyn photo shoot. As MakerBot’s Blake Eskin notes, the two-piece dress is cloudlike, as much an armature that poses the body as a garment to […]

3D printing Robohands in conflict zones

Daniel Omar, who lives in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan, lost both his arms at just 14 years of age when a government plane dropped a bomb near his village during the country’s protracted civil war. “Without hands, I can’t do anything,” Daniel told Time Magazine. “If I could have died, I would have.” Daniel […]

Electric car doubles as 3D printing lab

The Le Fabshop crew in Paris recently worked with Renault to transform an ordinary electric car into a mobile 3D printing lab. Equipped with an Atmel-powered Maker Bot Replicator 2, the concept envisions a future where delivery and service vehicles will have a 3D printer installed to produce spare parts on-the-go or at a specific […]