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Top 10 Countdown: Most Popular 3D Printing Stories in June 2012

Peter Thiel 3D Printing

Here are the top 10 most popular stories On 3D Printing brought you in June 2012.

10. The Dutch combine 3D printing and textiles.

9. A review of 3D modeling software Tinkercad, SketchUp, and 123D.

8. People are wondering why Google sold 3D modeling business SketchUp.

7. Still popular: the Motley Fool reviews the 3D printing industry.

6. We exclusively covered 3D Systems’ Cubify at Google I/O 3D printing in San Francisco.

5. UP! 3D printer from China is a viable competitor to MakerBot and other.

4. You can be a superhero; your face 3D printed on a superhero action figure.

3. Facebook investor Peter Thiel backs 3D printing entrepreneur.

2.  Why 3D printing will be more fun than LEGO thanks to Minecraft.

1. 3D printing stock are hot and up over 180%! So was this article.


Thanks for reading in June!

Peter Thiel photo by thekenyeung used under Creative Commons license.

UP! 3D Printer in Action: Compact Desktop Printer from China [Video]

The UP! 3D printer is a compact desktop printer, 14″ tall by 10″ wide from Beijing, China, capable of printing 3D objects & 3D parts directly on your desktop, from your computer, using industrial strength ABS plastic.

From the UP! website:

Starting with an industry-standard 3D file (.STL format), the UP! includes it’s own software that allows you to import your 3D digital creations and then prepares them for printing as “real” objects that you can touch and hold in your hand.

Create your designs & parts in your favorite 3D CAD programs such as Solidworks, Autodesk Inventor, or TinkerCAD. Scan existing object using a 3d scanner and then save them to .STL or download shared models directly from the web.

Any .STL file can be imported into the UP! Software environment and once in, you can, scale, rotate & position your model then prepare it for printing 2 plastic, super strong ABS plastic that is! on the incredible UP! 3D Printer from PP3DP. Never has a technology been so fascinating. Watch as your digital creations are built up, layer by layer right before your very eyes.

Spend your time CREATING rather than calibrating & MAKING instead of maintaining. The UP! is ready to print, 15 minutes out of the box with no major assembly required. The UP! is 3D printing for the masses! Durable, affordable, portable & precise, the UP! is a dream machine and is built for making!

Here is a video of the UP! 3D printer in action:

MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis is 3D Printing’s First Celebrity

Bre Pettis, MakerBot CEO

Congratulations to MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis for being called “3D Printing’s First Celebrity” by Bloomberg BusinessWeek! We are sure that fame is not his key driver, but it’s great to see him getting recognition for being a pioneer in consumer 3D printers.

MakerBot has received more than $10 million in venture capital from a huge variety of sources and has put that money to good work so far. Pettis is just about the only 3D printing celebrity—holding his own, for example, during an appearance on The Colbert Report last June. Using a hand-held laser scanner, Pettis captured a three-dimensional image of Stephen Colbert’s head and then printed it on the spot. “We no longer have to rely on the Chinese for our plastic pieces of crap,” Colbert said. “Because what’s cheaper than a Chinese worker? A robot.” Pettis also presented Colbert with a chimera, fusing Colbert’s head to the body of an eagle, perched atop the dome of the Capitol Building.


Read the full editorial at Bloomberg BusinessWeek.

Bre Pettis photo from bre pettis used under Creative Commons license.

Top 10 Countdown: Most Popular 3D Printing Stories in April

Forbidden City Relics 3D Printing

Here are the top 10 most popular stories On 3D Printing brought you in April 2012.

10. We explored innovative and strange 3D printing concepts, from chocolate to stone to candy to organs!

9. Former MakerBot COO is launching a new 3D printer called Solidoodle, with a $500 price tag.

8. The Forbidden City is cloned with 3D printing (photo above).

7. Hollywood’s storytellers turn to 3D printing, including Iron Man.

6. The lucrative toy industry is challenged by 3D printed generics.

5. The Economist publishes a special report on 3D printing, called “The Third Industrial Revolution“.

4. Google sold 3D modeling software SketchUp to Trimble.

3. We analyzed the market size of 3D printing creators and consumers.

2. Stratasys merged with Objet, and we captured the key deal points.

1. Leapfrog launches a new 3D printer line in Europe.


Thanks for reading in April!

Top 3D Printing Headlines from Last Week: $1.4 Billion Merger, The Economist, GWiz Fab Lab, 3D Design Software

A roundup of the top news On 3D Printing brought you from April 16 to April 22.

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