3D printing

3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, refers to processes used to create a three-dimensional object in which successive layers of material are formed under computer control to create an object.


What were the lessons learned from our Social Tech Tour? Researcher Isabella Krammer dives into the matter.




WearPure is material research project that explores how we can create new materials that actively purify the environment from CO2.


Where would we be without plastic? The Social Tech Tour visited vanPlestik, that uses 100% recycled plastic for 3D printer filament.


A Dutch 3D-printed steel bridge, by MX3D en Joris Laarman Lab, will receive the STARTS Prize. Visit their studio during the WeMakeThe.City.


Ida Poortinga has won the IMDI Talent award 2015-2016 for her research study on the 3D printed finger splint, that therapists and patients can easily design themselves. The digital design can be send to a company that produces the medical aid with a 3D printer.


From her ambition to explore the potential of new technologies for the development of healthcare products, Ida Poortinga - Master student Biomedical Engineering at the University of Groningen - came to the Waag and was enthusiastic to take up this issue. In this blogpost Ida will explain her graduation project “Local fabrication of a custom-fit finger splint, using parametric design and additive manufacturing”.


Fairphone has created a special set of wooden, 3D printed accessoires for its latest model, Fairphone 2, that are printed at a facility in your own neigborhood.


In context of the EU project GRAGE (short for ‘Green and Grey in Europe’), I visited Munich for two weeks. GRAGE focuses on the growing population of older adults (55+) in European cities. The programme aims to accumulate knowledge about environments that support green and healthy lifestyles for an aging population. We look at ‘aging’ as a creative challenge, instead of a burden, and investigate how elderly can (continue to) contribute in a so-called ‘silver economy’.


3D printers, like the Ultimakers we have in our Fablab, use a kind of plastic to create objects, usually PLA, which is biodegradable and is derived from renewable resources.


3D printing is a hot topic in the news at the moment and everyone seems to be interested when you’re talking about it. Seven paramedical care students of the minor Care Technology (at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences) had the opportunity to work with it. Twan van Dam and Felix van Balgooi investigated the possibilities of 3D printing in the paramedical care at Waag's Fablab.


We have published a booklet about the masterclass on 3D printing we held for the finalists of the Fairphone Accessory Challenge.


The past open design contest of 2014 challenged designers to send in their 3D designs for a Fairphone Accessory.


How attached are makers to their objects and what are the effects of digital DIY on the environment?


West African inventor Kodjo Afate Gnikou made a $100 3-D printer from leftover parts scavenged from old scanners, computers and printers.


We know Blender as an open source 3D animation tool. But Blender has also long supported the .STL file format used to export for 3D print and it is very welcome news that there will be additional support within the software to help modelers. These new features will greatly help save users’ time in finding issues with their models.


The network of 3D Hubs has expanded to the city of Amsterdam. People who own a 3D printer can join the network to let others use their printers to print objects. The network aims to connect other main cities in The Netherlands as well.


Waag and Fairphone organized a design bootcamp in that focused on the complexities around mobile phone design, production and the supply chain. During three days, design teams worked towards proposals and prototypes for the fair phone of the future.


At Do it Together Bio #4 on 3 April 2013 we worked with Aliibrio ficheri, bacteria that are bioluminescence, made 3D prints with living material and we built a bioprinter from old HP printers after the model by BioCurious at Instructables. During the workshop artist Allison Kudla told about her work and Branislav Misovic and Jelle Boomstra shared their experiences with 3D printing of living tissue.


DUS Architects works with its KamerMaker to print a real-size 3D printed canal house in Amsterdam. The six meter tall printer has been installed in September 2012 in the Amsterdam-North area.


3D printing at home is getting there step by step. Makerbot, that produces desktop 3D printers like the Replicator, has announced a new desktop 3D scanner at SXSW Interactive, called the Digitizer.


We just started learning the amazing things that can be done with 3D printing, and now reseachers of the Self-Assembly Lab at MIT are presenting a 4D printer. A what?


3D printing design company Cunicode has launched a new tool to produce 3D printed figures from your child's drawings, through Shapeways 3D printing. The only thing you have to do is to make a scan or good photograph of the drawing and upload it on the website of Crayon Creatures.


During the DEAF 2012 festival, project manager Isjah Koppejan saw some fine examples of the results that you get if you combine traditional textile crafts and modern manufacturing technology.