Debunking “Alternative Facts”about 3D Printing

The media has started turning their recent flood of alternative facts to taking cheap pot shots at 3D printing. These articles have shown that technical incompetence and click-bait fear mongering rule the commercial media. Here I’ll list some of the alternative facts that have been presented about 3D printing, and I’ll follow with just the […]

3D Addivist Cookbook; Liberal Art Majors Invade 3D Printing

The 3D Additivist Cookbook recently was published for free online, after a long hyped period of editing and collecting. The Cookbook is a compilation of different essays on a wide range of topic in 3D printing. The Additivist Cookbook started with the Additivist Manefesto in March 2015 with a call by Morehshin Allahyari and Daniel […]

3D States of Matter: Digital, physical, or other?

3D printing is quickly becoming the next great industrial revolution. What use to be made in bulk overseas can now be made on-demand domestically. As a disruptive technology, 3D printing is largely unregulated. To date US courts are struggling with how to even classify the digital files for 3D objects. Is a 3D printed gun […]

A 3D printed castle

3D Printing Piracy

3D printing is quickly growing into a ubiquitous technology that will be in many homes in the future. But just as the internet brought instant communication, it also brought its share of negative and illegal practices. Like all technology, it is neither good nor bad. Only in the application of 3D printing can prints fall […]

3D printed master lock

Hearing the Loss of IP while 3D-Printing

Hearing the Loss of IP while 3D-Printing 3D printing and the internet has turned the idea of Intellectual Property (IP) on its head. For many people, the .stl files are seen as open source and free game to anyone who wants to 3D print them, even if there is copyright restrictions. In this generation that […]

Listening for G code

Edit STL Files with TinkerCAD

As a 3D modeller, I like to think the designs I spend weeks building come out perfect and ready to 3D print. Like all modelers, realty hits hard when I open the .stl in the slicer program. All modelers know the frustration of finding gaps, holes, and other errors in our design. In a previous […]

Spool of Thrones holder

Who’s 3D model is it?

A recent controversy has erupted in the 3D printing world. Thingiverse member Louise Driggers posted a 3D model of a sad face, along with an article about a bad business practice happening online. In her post, she found an ebay store called just3D print that had taken over 2,000 digital files from Thingiverse, and in […]

Sad face pic