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FabLab Opening in Luxembourg

 

Luxembourg opens its first FabLab

On 23th  April 2013, the first Luxembourgish FabLab was officially opened in Belval, Esch-Alzette. So, what is a FabLab you ask? Well, FabLabs (short for fabrication laboratory) are basically a global network of small to medium-scale workshops equipped with computer controlled tools allowing people to convert their ideas into prototypes or, as some say, to make “nearly anything“. The idea behind the FabLabs is nothing short of genius: instead of each person having to buy a very expensive machine or to lease it for the duration of a project, tinkerers, designers and makers, etc. are being offered access to semi-professional digital fabrication tools in order to “make” their project for only a small fraction of the price of such a machine.  The main idea is to promote the spirit of invention by providing easy access to tools for digital fabrication.
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Ever Wondered What You Can Do With a 3D Printer?

Have you ever wondered what you can use a 3D printer for? Maybe you are considering buying a 3D printer but you aren’t sure if you’ll find enough practical uses for it? If so, I highly recommend watching the below video by Peter from Sweden. Peter owns an Ultimaker printer for over a year now and he has really put it to use in 3D printing practical items around his house.

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Book Review – 3D Druck / Rapid Prototyping

Despite all the current buzz there is still surprisingly little literature, especially introductory literature, on the topic of 3D printing and 3D printing technology. One notable exception is the book 3D-Druck/Rapid Prototyping: Eine Zukunftstechnologie – kompakt erklärt (X.media.press) by German author Petra Fastermann. Fastermann sees 3D printing as a key technology and her 180 page book is dedicated to introducing readers to the current state and future opportunities of 3D printing and rapid prototyping.

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A Step by Step Guide to Using 123D Creature and Printing with Sculpteo

In a previous blog post I talked about Autodesk’s great 3D modeling app, 123D Creature. Not being content just leaving it there, I set out on a little project to design and actually print a creature. Since 123D Creature is linked to Sculpteo (a 3D printing service provider) I wanted to see how seamless the design and manufacturing process are integrated and how the 3D print would turn out. Read on to see how I designed Speedy the Snail and to find out what he looks like.

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RapidPro 2013 Conference & Exhibition

We here at 3Dprintingforbeginners.com love 3D printing exhibitions. It is always thrilling to discover the latest technological leaps in the 3D printing field. We also do enjoy making plenty of new contacts as well as spotting the hottest and most amazing 3D printers or printed objects being showcased. That’s why we were quite ecstatic when we read about the 3rd edition of the RapidPro conference, which was held on 26 and 27th of February 2013 in Veldhoven (close to Eindhoven) in the Netherlands.

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Tapping Into The Cloud For Your 3D Models

When you buy a new 3D printer you may be very eager to start making a few demonstrator prints as soon as possible. Now you could fire up your favourite 3D modelling software and start crafting a new design. But this takes time while you are eager to see your printer get to work on your first 3D printed model. There is no need to despair though, thanks to 3D model repositories.

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