Dec 28, 2018

Small Industrial Grade Metal 3D Printing Factory

Major players in 3D printing are developing new miniature-factory manufacturing cells. Consider them as precursor to Star Trek industrial replicators. They can operate almost without human workers and create very valuable high-tech products. This will be a major shift in decentralized manufacturing and have a huge economic impact.

MIT Software for Drone Design

MITCSAIL developed an interactive system for computational design, optimization, and fabrication of multicopters. The computational approach allows non-experts to design, explore, and evaluate a wide range of different multicopters

Project paper in PDF:

Hopefully this software will be open sourced one day. I could not find it online.

Dec 26, 2018

Useful DIY 3D Printed Tools for your Workshop

Marius Hornberger is a master woodworker who made a video showing how he uses many 3d printed tools in his workshop. Cool stuff,

His Thingiverse page with all of the files:

DZL's DIY 3D Digitizer

DZL created this DIY 3D digitizer and published code and instructions how to build it.

Project blog page:

Project GitHub:

Lost PLA Aluminum Casting Based on 3D Printed Pattern

YouTuber "myfordboy" posted a video of the entire lost PLA aluminum casting process. Very educational. Stay safe kids!

Dec 24, 2018

DIY 3D Printable Axial Flux Stepper Motor

Proto G Engineering designed a partially 3D printable axial flux stepper motor.

Instructables page with detailed guides:

Low Cost DIY Smart Glasses Based on Arduino

YouTuber made this sub-10 USD DIY smart glasses based on Arduino. Cool cheap project!

Dec 21, 2018

Two useful DIY tools: 3D printable cordless screwdriver and small disc sander

Cordless 3D Printed Screwdriver

Project page:

Files are on Thingiverse:

Mini disc sander made from MDF on laser cutter 

Thingivers files:

How to design 3d printable parts that don't need supports

Angus from Maker's Muse YouTube channel has created another great tutotrial on how to design parts that don't need supports.

NERA 3D Printed Electrical Motorcycle

Project description:
BigRep's NOWlab built an electric motorcycle that, excluding the electrical components, consists purely of 3D printed parts. The e-bike, NERA, was designed by Marco Mattia Cristofori and Maximilian Sedlak and NOWlab's co-founder, Daniel B√ľning, directed the project. As Mashable has previously reported, NERA is not for sale, but it is a use case that highlights what can be achieved using BigRep's large-scale 3D printers and demonstrates the current state-of-the-art in additive manufacturing.

Dec 2, 2018

CAD Tips and Tricks for Better 3D Printed Holes

Angus from Maker's Muse shows how to design holes that are easier to print.