Amazon Launches 3D Printing Services To Offer Customizable Accessories, Toys and More
Back in June, Amazon opened up a 3D printing store as a centralized place to sell 3D printers, filament and other tools needed to start 3D printing at home. Today, Amazon has taken its 3D printing services one step further with the launch of a 3D printed product marketplace which allows users to customize over 200 print-on-demand items. 
[[MORE]]The marketplace features search tools, 3D previews and a personalization widget which lets users make modifications to select items by changing things like material, size, style and color. It also showcases 3D printed products which are for sale as is.
“The introduction of our 3D Printed Products store suggests the beginnings of a shift in online retail - that manufacturing can be more nimble to provide an immersive customer experience. Sellers, in alignment with designers and manufacturers, can offer more dynamic inventory for customers to personalize and truly make their own,” said Petra Schindler-Carter, Director for Amazon Marketplace Sales. “The 3D Printed Products store allows us to help sellers, designers and manufacturers reach millions of customers while providing a fun and creative customer experience to personalize a potentially infinite number of products at great prices across many product categories.”
Amazon’s 3D printed marketplace is currently selling customizable jewellery like cufflinks and earrings, toys like Mixee’s bobble heads and home decor items like vases. We gave the personalization a widget a spin this morning and it was extremely straightforward and is very much geared towards users who are not familiar with 3D design. We personalized our own pair of cufflinks in just three clicks. 

Although 3D printing marketplaces are not new, a store of this magnitude behind the Amazon brand will go a long way to bringing 3D printing options to the main stream. This benefits both users who are looking for more personalized options and designers who are in need of a place to sell their 3D printed wares.

Amazon Launches 3D Printing Services To Offer Customizable Accessories, Toys and More

Back in June, Amazon opened up a 3D printing store as a centralized place to sell 3D printers, filament and other tools needed to start 3D printing at home. Today, Amazon has taken its 3D printing services one step further with the launch of a 3D printed product marketplace which allows users to customize over 200 print-on-demand items. 

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Michigan Hosts World’s First 3D Printed Tee-Ball Game 
Two Western Michigan Little League teams made history last week as the first to play tee-ball with equipment made entirely from a 3D Printer. All elements of the game were made on a 3D printer including the helmets, bats, bases, tees and even the balls.
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The event was hosted by 3D printing company Burton Precisions Co Inc. and Universe 3D who were also responsible for printing all the materials. The one-hour game saw twenty-six little league players using the 3D printed equipment to hit homeruns and steal bases on the same field as Minor League Michigan team the Whitecaps.
A game facilitated entirely out of 3D printed materials showcases the opportunities 3D printers offer in bringing manufacturing to the masses to allow them to print the tools they need for any situation. 
Image Source: 3DPrint.com

Michigan Hosts World’s First 3D Printed Tee-Ball Game 

Two Western Michigan Little League teams made history last week as the first to play tee-ball with equipment made entirely from a 3D Printer. All elements of the game were made on a 3D printer including the helmets, bats, bases, tees and even the balls.

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Your Next Ice Cream Sundae Could Be 3D Printed
We’ve seen candies, cake toppers and even pizza get the 3D printer treatment. So it was just a matter of time that Summer’s favorite treat, ice cream, joined the party. MIT students have hacked a 3D printer to produce soft serve ice cream in any shape. 
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The 3D ice cream printer was part of a graduate project for the students as part of the additive manufacturing program at MIT. The students built a cooling system using liquid nitrogen to ensure that the ice cream kept its shape.  The coolant allowed the ice cream to be built up in layers just like a traditional 3D printer would when using plastic.
The team told 3Ders.org that they were inspired to build a 3D printer that use ice cream as they thought it would be fun for children. Although the machine needs a lot of refinement, they believe that in the near future ice cream parlors like Dairy Queen will adopt the use of this technology to take ice cream treats the next level.

Your Next Ice Cream Sundae Could Be 3D Printed

We’ve seen candies, cake toppers and even pizza get the 3D printer treatment. So it was just a matter of time that Summer’s favorite treat, ice cream, joined the party. MIT students have hacked a 3D printer to produce soft serve ice cream in any shape. 

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Celebrate the First Moonwalk with 25% Off DoT 2014
The 2014 Designers of Things conference – taking place September 23 & 24 in San Francisco – is celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing! Register here before July 26, 2014 and save 25% on VIP and Tech passes.
[[MORE]]The conference schedule continues to grow. Check out a few recently added sessions:
Designing for Quantified OtherSteven Eidelman | Co-founder, Whistle
Challenges of a 3D Printing StartupMarcus Foley, Aaron Rowley, Joseph White | Co-founders, Electroloom
Identification, Authentication and Customization with BiometricsKarl Martin | CO-founder & CEO, Bionym
View the latest conference agenda.

Celebrate the First Moonwalk with 25% Off DoT 2014

The 2014 Designers of Things conference – taking place September 23 & 24 in San Francisco – is celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing! Register here before July 26, 2014 and save 25% on VIP and Tech passes.

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3D Printing Big Dreams With CobbleBot
Everything is bigger in Texas and the Cobblebot is no exception. The latest 3D printer option to hit KIckstarter, Cobblebot is a low cost printer with a large build area of 15x15x15. The team behind Cobblebot have big dreams to shake up the 3D printing market to make these devices more affordable and able to do more than just print trinkets and iPhone cases.  
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The Cobblebot is being offered to backers on its Kickstarter page for a price of $299. This is a significant price drop from the $3,700+ price tag which is normally attached to a printer with this capability. The company explains that its ability to bring the price down for Cobblebot is all about connections. They explain on the Kickstarter page:

How are we able to get the cost this low?  One of our team members is a business attorney with extensive connections in the manufacturing world and has negotiated rock bottom prices from all of our suppliers.  And that negotiated price keeps falling based on the quantity we order - This is where stretch goals come in - each stretch goal is based on the amount of orders necessary to get the next lower price from our suppliers.  The savings is then shared with everyone with the STRETCH GOAL items (heated bed, filtration case, stepper drivers, etc..)

Outside of cost and the large print area some of the other unique features of Cobblebot are the ability to customize its color scheme and the fact that the print area is entirely stationary. Cobblebot was built with all of its axes connected so that the print bed can stay stable and the printer builds the item straight up with all of the axes connected. 
 Cobblebot has already raised nearly double its Kickstarter funding goal of $100,000 and is well on its way to meeting its first stretch goal of $250,000 which will upgrade the stepper drives of the unit. 

3D Printing Big Dreams With CobbleBot

Everything is bigger in Texas and the Cobblebot is no exception. The latest 3D printer option to hit KIckstarter, Cobblebot is a low cost printer with a large build area of 15x15x15. The team behind Cobblebot have big dreams to shake up the 3D printing market to make these devices more affordable and able to do more than just print trinkets and iPhone cases.  

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The EKOCYCLE is a Revolutionary Tool for Re-Making
What happens when leading 3D printing company, 3D Systems, superstar will.i.am and the world’s most popular soft drinks company, Coca Cola, team up? A 3D printer that’s not only made from but uses recycled material for printing. 
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The EKOCYCLE Cube 3D printer is a plug and play consumer 3D printer that is made in part from recycled materials. The printer uses a groundbreaking new filament that is made in part from post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. Each EKOCYCLE cartridge is made in part from post-consumer recycled 20oz PET plastic bottles which is the equivalent of three used bottles.
The EKOCYCLE prints in dual color recycled plastic in red, black, white or natural. Prints are 70-micron high resolution and up to 6” cubed in size. Like other Cube printers, the EKOCYCLE features a color touchscreen and can be used with the iOS and Android Cubify app. 
As explained by 3DS’ Chief Creative Officer will.i.am, the goal of EKOCYCLE is to “partner with the most influential brands around the world and use technology, art, style and inspiration to change an entire culture. We will make it cool to recycle, and we will make it cool to make products using recycled materials. This is the beginning of a more sustainable 3D-printed lifestyle. Waste is only waste if we waste it.”
Priced at $1,199 USD, this printer is expected to ship during the second half of this year and will be available for purchase on the 3D Systems’ Cubify portal. Those who purchase the device will also get 25 fashion, music, and tech minded accessories curated by will.i.am to print immediately.

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The EKOCYCLE is a Revolutionary Tool for Re-Making

What happens when leading 3D printing company, 3D Systems, superstar will.i.am and the world’s most popular soft drinks company, Coca Cola, team up? A 3D printer that’s not only made from but uses recycled material for printing. 

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DoT 2014’s Early Bird Rates End on Friday
The Early Bird rates for Designers of Things 2014 – taking place September 23 & 24 in San Francisco – are expiring this Friday, June 27.  If you register now, you can save up to $250 on your VIP Pass and get access to all the sessions.
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Sessions include: 
3D IP: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ISSUES FOR INNOVATORS, Patience Jones (Graphicmachine)
CREATIVITY MEETS TECH: REDEFINING FASHION IN THE DIGITAL AGE, Mary Huang (Continuum Fashion)
BE KIND TO YOUR USERS: SECURITY AND ETHICS IN WEARABLES DESIGN, Jen Costillo (Rebelbot)
CHALLENGES OF A 3D PRINTING STARTUP, Marcus Foley (Electroloom), Aaron Rowley (Electroloom), Joseph White (Electroloom)
GETTING STARTED WITH iBEACONS, Daniel Luxemburg (Bandwagon)
View the conference agenda.

DoT 2014’s Early Bird Rates End on Friday

The Early Bird rates for Designers of Things 2014 – taking place September 23 & 24 in San Francisco – are expiring this Friday, June 27.  If you register now, you can save up to $250 on your VIP Pass and get access to all the sessions.

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3D Printing Headed to International Space Station This Summer
Astronauts will soon be able to 3D print Yoda heads miles above Earth as the first 3D printer designed to work in outer space has received clearance from NASA to head to the International Space Station (ISS).
[[MORE]]The 3D printer, created by Made In Space, recently completed a series of tests by NASA who has now certified that the device is safe to use on the space station. The device is scheduled to launch in August of this year.
3D printers on the space station are expected to be key tools for astronauts, giving them the ability to create necessary items on-demand which could help save time, money and space aboard rockets. 
“As NASA ventures further into space, whether redirecting an asteroid or sending humans to Mars, we’ll need transformative technology to reduce cargo weight and volume,” NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said during a recent tour of the agency’s Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Calif. “In the future, perhaps astronauts will be able to print the tools or components they need while in space.”
Made in Space’s 3D printer will be used to facilitate an experiment to see how additive manufacturing (or 3D printing) performs in zero gravity. Once installed on the space station, the device is scheduled to print 21 demonstration parts including a series of parts and tools. The initial printing of the parts will be reviewed by the Made In Space team via HD video downlink to determine the success of the extrusion process in microgravity. The parts will then return to earth for ground analysis.  
A 3D printer is subsequently planned to be permanently installed on the ISS incorporating the lessons learned from the completed experiment and further capabilities such as additional material options and larger build volume.
“When we started Made In Space in 2010, we laid out a large, audacious vision for changing space exploration by bringing manufacturing to space,” said Jason Dunn, Chief Technology Officer for Made In Space. “We’ve systematically pursued that vision by testing 3D printing in microgravity on parabolic flights, designing a printer for those conditions, and, now, flying our 3D printer to the ISS. Passing these tests means that we’ve achieved another milestone. We’re nearing the culmination of the first stage of our larger vision.”
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3D Printing Headed to International Space Station This Summer

Astronauts will soon be able to 3D print Yoda heads miles above Earth as the first 3D printer designed to work in outer space has received clearance from NASA to head to the International Space Station (ISS).

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Robocop Suit 3D Printed By Stratasys
Leading 3D Printing company Stratasys announced today that its multi-material 3D printing technology, Objet Connex, was used to create the suit worn by RoboCop in this year’s blockbuster hit movie.
[[MORE]]The suit was constructed in partnership with Legacy Effects, a Hollywood special effects shop. All aspects of this futuristic cop uniform, from the boots to the helmet, were created using a mold printed using Stratasys’ technology. This master mold was then used to create variants of the suit depending on the needs of the scene in the movie.  
According to Jason Lopes, Lead Design Engineer, Legacy Effects, RoboCop’s chest-armour piece perhaps best exemplifies how the use of 3D printing technology overcomes certain challenges that can affect production methods.
"First, in terms of the size of RoboCop’s chest piece specifically, only Stratasys’ 3D printing technology would allow us to print something at the actual size; the part virtually fills the entire build-tray," Lopes explains in a press release issued by Stratasys.
"Second, the same part comprises a blend of smooth areas, as well as other areas that feature an extremely high level of detail, such as the police badge and other logos, which we needed to retain for the molding process. There isn’t a technology currently available beyond that provided by Stratasys that affords us this level of intricate detail, together with the hard surface modeling of the shells all together in one print."
Stratasys has released an exclusive interview of Jason Lopes explaining how 3D printing brought RoboCop to life. You can check it out here or below. 

Photography by: O’Neill/White/INFphoto.com

Robocop Suit 3D Printed By Stratasys

Leading 3D Printing company Stratasys announced today that its multi-material 3D printing technology, Objet Connex, was used to create the suit worn by RoboCop in this year’s blockbuster hit movie.

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Twenty-Foot 3D Printed Whale Fossil Showcased at Smithsonian
3D Systems has partnered with the Smithsonian to bring to life some ancient fossils using the magic of 3D printing. The partnership will see some twenty artifacts be created using this new technology over multiple years. The first of this collection is an impressive pre-historic fossil of a whale found in the Chilean desert which measures an impressive 20-feet in length.
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Along with the fossil, 3D Systems has also help to created a website for the Smithsonian called Smithsonian X 3D. The website is a place where visitors can follow the 3D printing revolution and experience the new opportunities it presents in manufacturing, research, and education, as well as interact and download free STLs from the collection
“We are honored and excited to be part of this visionary Smithsonian initiative, to increase the visibility and accessibility of our national treasures for all,” said Avi Reichental, President and CEO of 3DS. “The Smithsonian has shown both foresight and technological leadership in embracing the potential of 3D printing to preserve and showcase today’s and tomorrow’s collections, making them readily available to a global audience while demonstrating the power of 3D printing in a compelling and meaningful way.”
If you are in Washington you can check out the 3D printed whale fossil at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. You can also check out this video of the making of the fossil posted by 3D Systems. 

Twenty-Foot 3D Printed Whale Fossil Showcased at Smithsonian

3D Systems has partnered with the Smithsonian to bring to life some ancient fossils using the magic of 3D printing. The partnership will see some twenty artifacts be created using this new technology over multiple years. The first of this collection is an impressive pre-historic fossil of a whale found in the Chilean desert which measures an impressive 20-feet in length.

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Designers of Things 2014 Posts Conference Agenda 
The Designers of Things 2014 conference schedule is now live on the website! Designers of Things 2014 takes place September 23 & 24 in San Francisco, and covers the latest strategies and techniques behind the design, development and business of Wearable Tech, 3D Printing and IoT.
[[MORE]]At the inaugural event you can expect sessions that dive deep into topics like:
3D Manufacturing and IoT: Bringing on an Intelligent Industrial Renaissance
Cut Power and Enhance Haptic Feedback with Impedance Matching
Designing in a Data-Driven World: Keys to Success for Creative-Minded Entrepreneurs
Desktop 3D Printing: Hype, Reality and Sustainability
Identification, Authentication and Customization with Biometrics
More sessions will be added soon!
DoT 2014 also features keynote Gadi Amit, New Deal Design, and speakers from Rebelbot, Autodesk, Nuance Communications, Inc., Mighty Cast, Plantronics, Whistle, Bandwagon, Hexoskin, Wellograph and more.
You can start customizing your agenda online and don’t forget that you can save $250 on your VIP Pass by registering before June 27.

Designers of Things 2014 Posts Conference Agenda

The Designers of Things 2014 conference schedule is now live on the website! Designers of Things 2014 takes place September 23 & 24 in San Francisco, and covers the latest strategies and techniques behind the design, development and business of Wearable Tech, 3D Printing and IoT.

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Meet Zeus, the King of 3D Printers
3D printing promises a new way for people to create objects but for the average person they can seem pretty complicated and overwhelming especially if you are new to 3D modelling. For 3D printers to really take off it needs to get to a point where you take it out of the box and press a button for something to happen. With an all-in one printer called Zeus, AIO Robotics is trying to make this happen.
[[MORE]]Zeus is a fully automated device lets you scan and print in one machine with the touch of a button on the 7” multi-touch touchscreen. It is being marketed as a professional device mostly perhaps because of the price and the size compared to some of the consumer devices which are on the market today.
The printer is 14.8 inches wide x 15.3 inches high giving it a build volume of 8.0L x 6.0W x 5.7H inches which is just shy of Makerbot’s Experimental printer, the 2x, that is capable of 9.7L x 6.0W x 6.1H.
Zeus and Makerbot Replicator 2x both cost $2,499, but Zeus does offer more features with scanning, camera and the a more streamlined UI. Currently Zeus is only shipping the device out in the USA but they indicate on their website that they are working on getting international distributors for those outside of this area.

Meet Zeus, the King of 3D Printers

3D printing promises a new way for people to create objects but for the average person they can seem pretty complicated and overwhelming especially if you are new to 3D modelling. For 3D printers to really take off it needs to get to a point where you take it out of the box and press a button for something to happen. With an all-in one printer called Zeus, AIO Robotics is trying to make this happen.

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Autodesk Enters the 3D Printing Race With Spark
The world leader in 3D design has officially thrown its hat in the 3D printing ring with a new open platform and its own device. Autodesk announced its 3D printing plans in a blog post last week from its President and CEO Carl Bass where he said “The world is just beginning to realize the potential of additive manufacturing and…we hope to make it possible for many more people to incorporate 3D printing into their design and manufacturing process”.
[[MORE]]Autodesk is rolling out a software platform called Spark which is designed to make the 3D modelling process easier and more reliable. Bass explained that Autodesk will be working with the current players in the hardware space to integrate the Spark platform with current and future 3D printers.
Both the Spark platform and the 3D printer Autodesk will be rolling out will be open platforms which are freely licensable. The design of the new 3D printer will be made available to encourage “further development and experimentation”.
"Together, these will provide the building blocks that product designers, hardware manufacturers, software developers and materials scientists can use to continue to explore the limits of 3D printing technology," Bass explained in the post.
Both Spark and our 3D printer will be available later this year.
Karl Willis, Principal Research Engineer at Autodesk, will be speaking at Designers of Things 2014 on September 23 & 24 in San Francisco. Learn more here.

Autodesk Enters the 3D Printing Race With Spark

The world leader in 3D design has officially thrown its hat in the 3D printing ring with a new open platform and its own device. Autodesk announced its 3D printing plans in a blog post last week from its President and CEO Carl Bass where he said “The world is just beginning to realize the potential of additive manufacturing and…we hope to make it possible for many more people to incorporate 3D printing into their design and manufacturing process”.

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Giant 3D Printers Build Homes In One Day
An engineering firm from China have successfully built ten one-story homes in one day using 3D printing technology. Using four giant 3D printers measuring 10 x 6.6 meters in size, the printers used cement instead of plastic to fabricate homes layer-by-layer in a matter of hours. 
[[MORE]]Each of the houses were estimated to have cost about $5,000 to construct making 3D printing a cheaper alternative to some of the traditional pre-fabrication methods used in building homes. Some of the other benefits of this building method were time to build, reducing the number of toxins workers are usually exposed to during a home fabricating process and the fact that the materials and process was more eco-friendly.
WinSun Decoration Design Engineering, the company behind the 3D printing test, were quick to point out that the 2,100 square feet homes they successfully created in Shanghai were relatively simple but they have high hopes for this type of technology to be used for more complex projects in the future, including sky scrapers. 
This method of home construction could give also consumers more options to customize their new home. This could mean the end to the mundane, repetition of look-a-like houses that we currently see in the streets of suburban neighborhoods.

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Giant 3D Printers Build Homes In One Day

An engineering firm from China have successfully built ten one-story homes in one day using 3D printing technology. Using four giant 3D printers measuring 10 x 6.6 meters in size, the printers used cement instead of plastic to fabricate homes layer-by-layer in a matter of hours. 

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Print Your Own Makeup with Mink
Makeup is a huge expense for most women especially if you are trying to keep up with the latest trends. Launching this week out of TechCrunch Disrupt NYC is a new startup who have created a proprietary system that allows users to print makeup using ink jet printer technology. 
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Grace Choi, founder of Mink, created this product to disrupt the makeup industry and put the power and control in the hands of the consumer. Mink lets users choose colors they see on the internet or in the real world and then send that color to a printer from their mobile, tablet or computer to produce eye shadow, lipstick and even foundation for use.  
“What we’re doing is taking out the bull shit. Big makeup companies take the pigment and the substrates and mix them together and then jack the price. We do the same thing and let you get the makeup right in yur own house,” Choi explained on the Disrupt NYC stage.
To use Mink, consumers use existing photo editing technology to grab the color they want online and then simply send the color to the Mink desktop printer. The Mink is expected to cost $200 and is set to launch later this year. 
You can watch Choi’s pitch at the Disrupt NYC 2014 event below.

Print Your Own Makeup with Mink

Makeup is a huge expense for most women especially if you are trying to keep up with the latest trends. Launching this week out of TechCrunch Disrupt NYC is a new startup who have created a proprietary system that allows users to print makeup using ink jet printer technology. 

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