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A Comprehensive Introduction to 3D Printing Technology

3D Printers – How Do They Work?

The topic of 3D printing has peaked your interest and you are looking into how to use a 3D printer? Have you tried to find information on the underlying 3D printing technology or on how to 3D print, but got lost either in a multitude of 3D printing news only sites, or short and/or superficial articles? Are you still trying to get your head around the ins and outs of 3D printers and 3D printing technology ?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you are not alone! 3D printing can be complex to take in initially, as the learning curve may be quite steep. We know the feeling since we have been there ourselves. But, do not despair, we have written this article to explain 3D printing basics with the beginner in mind. To make all of this easy to understand, we have added quite a few pictures and illustrations. Hope you enjoy the read!

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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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Discover 123D Creature – An easy to use 3D Modelling Software For Beginners

Today, we will take a look at Autodesk’s new 3D modelling software, 123D Creature, which was just released as an iPad application. Autodesk is well-known for producing 3D CAD software for professionals in the architecture and game development industries. With 123D Creature however, Autodesk has produced a software aimed at beginners with little or no background in 3D modelling.

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What is 3D Printing?

3D printing, additive manufacturing, rapid prototyping, desktop manufacturing, freeform fabrication, rapid manufacturing, digital manufacturing or fabbing – those are all buzz-words we are stumbling a lot upon surfing the Internet or checking the most recent media reports. Techies, hackers, fabbers, bloggers and journalists all talk excitedly about this technology’s “disruptive potential“, they dub it a “real game-changer” or even call it “the third industrial revolution“.

But what really is 3D printing?

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