Weekly News Round-Up: April 7, 2013

The Newest Trend in 3D Printing Is Huge, Literally – Discussion of some interesting new 3D technology that is making it possible to 3D print things like houses. Why? Why not?  – via Adam Clark Estes on Vice.com

The Next Leap in Social: 3D Printing – Carine Carmy from Shapeways talks about why brands need to pay attention to 3D technology. Personalization is a way to get consumers more engaged with brands, and it cuts down the design-manufacturing lead time. – via AdAge

Dreambox launches 3D printing vending machine –  Design your item online, place an order, and go pick it up: it’s the world’s first 3D vending machine. The first one is on the Berkeley campus, so we promise to try it out soon! – via 3dreambox.com

The latest threat to 3D printing: stupid, broad patents – Will the 3D printing industry  avoid patent mine falls? Broad patents are a problem in every industry, but could be especially threatening to 3D printing, for example with patents on printing in certain materials. – via Ricardo Bilton for VentureBeat

Events: 

From DigitalArtsOnline.co:

An exhibition at the London College of Fashion‘s Fashion Space Gallery from next week shows designers exploring digital print in fashion and the potential of 3D printing as a tool for design.

A MakerBot Replicator 2 3D printer will be running in the gallery throughout the exhibition, printing objects which will then be put on display.

Designers exhibiting objects include Naim Josef, Souzan Youssouf, Ron Arad and Daniel Widrig. The show’s curated by Leanne Wierzba and Gemma Williams.

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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