Category: 3D printing

Are we ready to get a whole motorcycle out of the printer? Including the tires? A Berlin technology company says yes – and presents a roadworthy prototype with electric motor.

The motorcycle from the side

The electric motorcycle Nera is a prototype that serves only one purpose: the performance of the

Photo: NOWlab / BigRep GmbH

Taillights of the Nera

The seat of the Nera was printed in 206 hours and weighs around 15 kilograms.

Photo: NOWlab / BigRep GmbH

The 3D-printed Nera motorcycle in matt black

However, this image (more…)

A new 3D printing process produces tailor-made and affordable bone implants made of a special plastic. A cold plasma jet stimulates the growth of bone cells in the plastic framework.

The photo shows a plasma jet that strikes a cube-like plastic framework.

A so-called plasma jet coats the framework structures for bone implants and thus stimulates the growth of bone-forming cells.

Photo: Fraunhofer IST / Falko Oldenburg

Cancer, infections, severe fractures or osteoporosis, ie bone loss – there are many causes that damage the (more…)

University of Washington engineers have developed a technology that allows devices from the 3D printer to send signals without the need for a battery and expensive electronics .

Hand prosthesis with gear that gives impulses to the built-in antenna when moving

The correct use of such a mechanical hand prosthesis can be seen with built-in antennas and gear switch on the wrist .

Photo: Mark Stone / University of Washington

3D Objects: Tracking Without Electronics

This graphic representation shows the principle of the 3D object Detect antenna: Transmitter – antenna – receiver (more…)

Additive technology skeptics repeatedly invoke component size constraints. Not that it would be trivial in the metal-cutting world to manufacture large precision metal components, but a process could now prevail that unites both worlds.

Operator on a WAAM machine

Operator on a WAAM machine.

Photo: FIT AG

Components before and after reworking.

Pre and post-processing components

Photo: Fit AG

A mounted end shield in a WAAm machine.

Alternative method: A mounted end shield in a WAAm machine.

Photo: Fit AG

Looking into a WAAM machine.


It is a logical step in the maturity of a technology that standardization processes must be run through to ensure widespread use. However, additive manufacturing threatens to become the plaything of the powers.

Hanging folder with the standard tab


When Chuck Hull invented the plastic 3D printing process of stereolithography in the early 1980s, Probably the least thoughts have flowed into the topic of standardization. In the meantime, however, additive manufacturing (more…)

A young, dynamic start-up and a global corporation? That’s difficult to put together, one might think. However, in the field of additive manufacturing, Siemens is part of the open ecosystem and shows at least the traits of a young and dynamic small business, as the following article shows.

Start-up in the Group

Conventional and additive design in comparison.

Group start-up

Additive-made design.

Photo: Siemens AG

Start-up in the group

Work in the software NX.

Photo: Siemens AG


Asked about the mega-trends, many experts are responding to Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things. But growing and unstoppable is the interest in industrial 3D printing, which would not be conceivable without digitization. New alliances are also being created in research in order to drive developments forward. The head of the focus project “futureAM” explains his goals in an interview.

Prof. Johannes Henrich Schleifenbaum, Director of Additive Manufacturing and Functional Layers at the Fraunhofer ILT in Aachen, in front of a university building

Johannes Henrich Schleifenbaum, coordinator of futureAM and Director of Additive (more…)

Machine concepts must reflect the demands of the market. This is especially known to contract manufacturers, who have to react flexibly to changes in their customers. The following example shows how this can also work when using additive manufacturing methods.

Man processes CAD data on the screen of a 3D printer

CAD data is usually available or will be developed together. However, program corrections can also be made on the control, as here by a Femec employee.

Photo: DMG Mori

Be free at last! This wish (more…)

Injury or infection of the human cornea can lead to blindness. A transplantation that saves eyesight often fails because of the need for donor organs. For the first time, British researchers have succeeded in producing a human cornea with biotin in a 3D printing process.

Steve Swioklo and Research Director Che Connon (right) from Newcastle University show a cornea printed with their biotin.

Steve Swioklo and Research Director Che Connon (right) from Newcastle University show a cornea printed with its biotin.

Photo: Newcastle University

In the human eye, its environment (more…)

Printing concrete instead of pouring, this idea is not entirely new. To build an entire settlement of 3D-printed houses – this is the Dutch city of Eindhoven entering new territory.

Project Milestone: The shape of the 3D houses should be reminiscent of the

Project Milestone: The Form of the 3D houses should remind of the “Hinkelsteine”, that is to say the menhirs that Obelix wears on her back.


Five pretty houses, each individually built and designed, all architectural eye-catchers amidst lush green (more…)