Weekly News Round-Up: March 17, 2013

Hod Lipson, Professor of Engineering, Cornell University; Max Lobovsky, Co-Founder, FormLabs; and Avi Reichental, President & CEO, 3D Systems speak to Engadget about the future of 3D printing. – via Engadget

3D-Printed Record Plays Like the Real Thing – This is awesome. Researcher and Instructables DIY project site team member Amanda Ghassaei has created what may be the world’s first 3D-printed, playable LP records. Ghassaei wrote the code that transforms any audio file into a 3D file that can be created via the high-resolution Objet Connex 500 3D printer. – via Mashable

3D Printed Pottery from your Mobile Phone –  France‘s Sculpteo recently teamed with Polish publishing company, Infinate Dreams (iOS and Android) to create a mobile app that lets you design and paint pottery on your smartphone or tablet, send it directly from your device to be 3D printed and then mailed to anyone you want, anywhere in the world.  – via Forbes.com

Future of 3D Printing is Bright, Says SXSW Panel – Breakdown of a SXSW talk with panelists Scott Summit, founder of Bespoke Innovations; Avi Reichental, CEO of 3D Systems, and Alice Taylor, CEO of Makie Labs. Most interesting? Talk of piracy: “Summit suggested that any piracy risks faced by businesses built around 3D printing pale in comparison to what businesses relying on traditional manufacturing face. “The moment you take your [traditional] tooling off to Asia [to be manufactured],” Summit said, “you relinquish your IP. When you’re 3D printing something…it’s a unique instantiation every time, and it’s really hard to rip off.” What’s really hard to rip off? A file you 3D print? It’s possible this quote wasn’t accurately reported, but we’re calling that statement questionable… – via CNET.com

MakieLab’s iPad App For 3D-Printing Your Own Dolls Has 70K Designed In First Week – A U.K.-based startup called MakieLab has made it possible for you to design your own dolls, for free, to be 3D printed.  – via TechCrunch

Using 3-D Printing To Give Us A Tactile Glimpse Of The Past – So cool! With her project “Smart Replicas,” Dutch design researcher Maaike Roozenburg is using 3-D printing to create replicas of pre-industrial ceramics, allowing museum-goers to touch and hold versions of objects they’d normally only look at from behind glass. Maaike, can we arrange a tea party with you, or at least an interview?  – via Co.Exist

That makes two of us: How bioengineers are using 3D printing to create body parts – Overview of the applications of 3D printing in medicine and implants. 3D printing was just used to replace 75% of a man’s skull. Not fashion related. but absolutely fascinating– via South China Morning Post

3D-printed gun site Defense Distributed gets official with license to make & sell firearms – We’re opposed to easier access to firearms, but thankful that this discussion is happening so publicly. 3D printed guns? Terrifying. – via VentureBeat

Also from this week and covered here on PrintingDress.com:

Materialise develops a fully functioning fabric. Let’s get printing dresses!

Innovation begins with education. This is something that rang true for the team behind the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), which marks it’s 25th anniversary this year. What started as a discussion between Mode Collective, The Architect’s Newspaper and public relations firm Tobin and Tucker on the role of education at the ICFF, evolved into DesignX. […]

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