3D Printing: News

3D printing is an additive manufacturing process. Unlike conventional manufacturing where the material is removed to create the finished product, 3D printing processes usually add material layer by layer to create the finished product. The term 3D printing broadly refers to a variety of processes in which the material is composited together to create objects. Some of these processes use raw materials in the form of powders, resin, pellets, and filament. The most popular method of 3D printing is called Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) where a filament of thermoplastic material is extruded through a nozzle to create prints. 3D printing is great for generating prototypes and manufacturing complicated geometries that would be impossible to construct by hand, especially those with internal features and internal truss structures that reduce weight. However, FDM has its disadvantages. The process is time-consuming and the surface finish of the final product has to be improved by postprocessing in some cases. The technology caught on in 2019 although it has existed since the 80s. Now, 3D printers are becoming more affordable for the masses. Large-scale commercial printers are also capable of printing using concrete, metal alloys, wooden filaments, and carbon fiber.

07 Feb 2024


Scientists 3D print world's first functional human brain tissue 

A groundbreaking discovery by scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has led to the successful 3D printing of functional human brain tissue.

27 Dec 2023


Godrej 3D prints 500-sqft office in just 40 hours

Godrej & Boyce, a leading company in the Godrej Group, has unveiled a special 500 sq ft office called 'The Cocoon' at its greenfield campus in Khalapur, near Mumbai.

17 Oct 2023

Space Science

Space start-up Agnikul raises $26.7mn to prepare for commercial launches

Indian space tech start-up Agnikul has raised $26.7 million to develop its small satellite rocket for commercial missions.

18 Aug 2023


India's first 3D-printed post office opens in Bengaluru 

India's first 3D-printed post office building was inaugurated in Bengaluru by Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw today.

08 Aug 2023

Augmented Reality

Scientists develop 3D printing technology for use in transparent displays

Researchers at the Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute (KERI) have developed a groundbreaking 3D printing technology that can be used in transparent displays and AR devices.

02 Aug 2023

United Sates

A sneak into world's largest 3D-printed neighborhood in Texas

In Texas, United States, the world's largest community of 3D-printed homes is taking shape, and the features of its first fully constructed house is out.

08 Jun 2023


3D-printed heart valve that grows with patient shows promise

Researchers at Harvard University have developed a new synthetic heart valve that could revolutionize the way pediatric heart valve replacements are performed.

24 Apr 2023


China aims to test 3D printing on Moon: Here's how

China has a number of lunar missions lined up in the coming years, which include bringing back samples from the far side of the Moon, for the first time ever.

23 Mar 2023

Space News

World's first 3D-printed rocket launched but didn't reach orbit

Relativity Space's Terran 1, which is the world's first 3D-printed rocket, took off successfully on March 23 but it failed to reach orbit.

09 Mar 2023

Space News

World's first 3D-printed rocket is heading to space: Key facts

The world's first 3D-printed rocket, built by Relativity Space, a California-based aerospace startup, will soon head to space.

24 Sep 2022


These mind-blowing bee-inspired drones can 3D-print buildings

A swarm of drones is busy rebuilding a bridge that collapsed during an earthquake... No, this is not the beginning of a chapter in a dystopian fiction.

29 Nov 2021


This 3D-printable 'living ink' can capture toxins, release anti-cancer drugs

The next logical step to 3D printing inanimate objects is to print living beings, and a team of researchers appears to have done just that. They have developed an ink that can be 3D printed that comprises engineered bacterial cells.

19 Aug 2021


Chennai surgeon designs 3D printed heart valve

A Chennai-based surgeon has designed and developed a unique prototype of a 3D printed specialized biopolymer heart valve to replace the valves currently made with metal components (mechanical) or animal tissue (bioprosthetic).

Can NASA 3D-print structures using regolith aboard the ISS?

NASA has sent a contracted Northrop Grumman Cygnus resupply spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) with nearly 3,720kg of cargo on board, including a machine meant to demonstrate 3D printing regolith on the moon and other extraterrestrial surfaces.

04 May 2021


Here's how we designed and 3D printed free AirTag case

The AirTag might be an engineering marvel, but Apple forcing users to spend on mandatory cases left a sour taste in our mouths. That's why we came up with a free AirTag case that you can download and 3D print for free.

02 May 2021


Here's why Toybox can't claim its 3D printer is easy-to-use

Toybox is an American manufacturer of 3D printers. The company's claim to fame has been a tiny 3D printer marketed as a tool that kids and parents can use to create toys not found on store shelves.

27 Mar 2021


Ford now produces F-250 parts using recycled 3D printer waste

American automaker Ford has teamed up with HP and three other companies to repurpose spent 3D printing raw materials such as powders and filaments. The new process converts the waste into material suitable for injection molding plastic parts for vehicles.

12 Apr 2020


Now, insect-like soft robots can be printed within minutes

Building a functional robot has always been a hard nut to crack, but a team of engineers, hailing from the University of California San Diego, is racing to change that into something very trivial.

30 Sep 2019


This 3D-printing pen will bring your illustrations to life

The act of picking up a pen/pencil and doodling stuff defines an artist (both aspiring and renowned), but over the years, the creations of a pen have been limited to just paper.

03 Jun 2019


Well fitted, 3D-printed bras are on the way: Details here

As modern-day garment industry relies on mass-production, products from different brands could have varying fits, even when you go for the same size.

27 May 2019


3D-printed gun makers are spreading anonymously on the internet

3D-printed guns have raised plenty of alarms, mainly because they can be created by anyone and are capable of firing standard handgun rounds.

16 Apr 2019


#Breakthrough: Scientists printed first-ever 3D heart using actual human tissue

In a major breakthrough, scientists have 3D printed an actual heart from human tissue.

09 Apr 2019


3D-printed food: Here's how it can be prepared

From automobile parts to medical implants, modern 3D printers can create just about anything with a given set of raw materials.

02 Feb 2019


3D-printed food: Here's how it can be prepared

From automobile parts to medical implants, modern 3D printers can create just about anything with a given set of raw materials.

17 Jan 2019


This IIT-Delhi team helps blind students 'see' diagrams using 3D-printing

We all believe in education for all, but even today, visually impaired students are not getting the education they really deserve.

12 Dec 2018


Body parts could be 3D printed to heal injured astronauts

Humankind is spending more and more time in space, and these long-drawn space missions are only slated to get longer, with mega missions coming up.

01 Aug 2018

New Jersey

US: 3D-printed guns now? Thankfully, the judge blocks the release

A day back, it seemed that the floodgates of gun control were about to burst open in the US, with schematics for 3D-printed guns and supporting software slated to go public from August 1.

01 Aug 2018

Donald Trump

US: Trump considering rules on citizens printing 3D plastic guns

US President Donald Trump yesterday said he was looking into whether Americans should be able to print their own guns, dipping his toe into the latest contentious debate over the right to bear arms.

10 Jul 2018


Bengaluru Airport sets record: T2 to be built with 3D-technology

Setting a new benchmark, an intelligent 3D design technology will be used to build the Terminal 2 (T2) of Kempegowda International Airport (KIA), Bengaluru.

3D-printed artificial limbs reach patients in Madagascar and Togo

US-based organization Humanity & Inclusion (HI), formerly known as Handicap International, is bringing 3D-printed prosthetic and orthopedic support to Madagascar and Togo.

08 Jul 2018


World's first family that lives in a 3D-printed house

A family in Nantes, France has become the world's first family to move in to a 3D-printed home.

08 May 2018


Portable 3D printer can heal skin wounds in minutes

In a first, researchers from the University of Toronto in Canada have developed a portable 3D skin printer that can heal deep skin wounds within minutes.

19 Mar 2018

Electric Vehicles

3D-printed electric-car made, to be available for Rs. 6 lakh

Italy-based X Electrical Vehicle (XEV) is mass producing the first 3D-printed car in the world.

18 Mar 2018


3D-printed homes: Built under 24 hours, cost just Rs. 2.6lakh

US-based 3D printing firm Icon has partnered with New Story, an international housing solution non-profit, to showcase a 3D-printed home at the ongoing SXSW 2018 festival in Texas.

14 Mar 2018


An affordable house, 3D-printed in less than 24 hours

Technology has touched human lives in more ways than one. And now, this marvel creation of technology can help build homes for the 1.2 billion people who lack shelter.

10 Sep 2017

San Francisco

3D-printer can print whole 'houses' in a day

Pushing the envelope with respect to what technology can accomplish, home buyers may be able to get a whole house 'printed' in less than 24 hours.

31 Aug 2017


Instagif: A Polaroid-like camera that can instantly print GIFs!

If you always wanted Harry Potter-style moving pictures, then your wish might have just come true!

01 Jul 2017


A 3D printed, airless and biodegradable tire?

French tire manufacturing giant Michelin introduced its Vision concept at the Movin' On conference in Montreal, Canada this week.

11 Jun 2017


Self-replicating 3D printer could help construct a lunar base

Scientists from a university in Canada are developing a new 3D printer which can make copies of itself using lunar material.

14 May 2017


Scientists 3D print bionic skin with touch sensing abilities

Researchers at the University of Minnesota have developed a one-of-a-kind 3D printer which can be used to print electronic touch-sensory devices directly on human skin.

26 Apr 2017

North America

3D food printing to touch USD 425 million by 2025

The three-dimensional (3D) food printing market has taken off recently and is projected to be worth USD 425 million by 2025.