5 Skills To Help You Begin 3D Printing Today

A Light Skinned and Dark haired Adult Male Head Bust Created With 123D and ZBrush. It is in color.

From an outsider’s perspective, 3D printing can seem difficult.

But chances are, you already have the natural skills and resources to get started. And that’s good: 3D printing is growing in popularity because it allows individuals to create one-of-a-kind products in a short amount of time— without heavy production costs. The overall market for 3-D printing products and services recently surpassed $2.2 billion, and is expected to rise more than 20% per year— to $5 billion by 2017.

Read on for the 3D printing skills you might not know you had— and how to use them to begin making things now…

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How to Design Custom Jewelry With JWEEL

A metal ring created and printed with JWEEL.

You don’t have to be an expert to start making 3D printed jewelry.

There is a free, beginner-friendly browser-based program called JWEEL that lets you build and design 3D printed jewelry.

You can buy your jewelry after you finish designing it, but don’t have to (prices start at about 61€/$83 for brass, and they don’t SPAM you with e-mails!) Here’s more information, including how to use JWEEL.

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10 Things to See and Do at Maker Faire Detroit


We’re excited to announce that the Maker Faire is coming back to Detroit, Michigan for the 5th year in a row. We are grateful to be a part of this event and are looking forward to sharing our passion for 3D printing with you. The event will be held at The Henry Ford on July 26 & 27. Over 400 makers are expected to participate sharing their passion for cars, robotics, electronics, rockets, fashion, art and science! If you have a DIY mindset and love to tinker, hack and invent, here are 10 reasons to attend. Read more…

The $24,000 Vase: GeMo Sets New Standards for Non-identical Prints

GeMo Vase

3D printed items don’t have to be generic, identical toys— it is possible to create, buy, and sell personalized, asymmetrical, one-of-a-kind artwork.

This mindset is exactly what Mehran Gharleghi and Amin Sadeghy from Studio Integrate are now known for.

What began as a project for unique 3D printed gifts intended for friends evolved into Studio Integrate’s £14,000 ($24,000) idea: the GeMo Vase.

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4 Ways 3D Printing Drives the Maker Movement


The maker movement is a group of artists, engineers, tinkerers, entrepreneurs and anyone else interested in Do It Yourself (DIY) culture. 3D printing has become a key player in the movement by giving regular people the ability to take an idea and create it into  a finished product. Whether you’re interested in selling your products or simply want to create something new, here’s how 3D printing is driving the maker movement. Read more…

The Ultimate Maker Faire List for 2014


With i.materialise recently attending Maker Faire Bay Area in May, it only seemed logical to provide our community with a list of upcoming Maker Faires! This list includes the larger events, but there are also hundreds of smaller, community-based, independent Maker Faires happening around the world, all year long. There are more than enough Faires to get you through the rest of year.

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A Beginner’s Guide to 3D Printing in Silver


Long valued as a precious metal, silver is the perfect material for creating 3D printed jewelry. Here is a beginner’s guide to make you a  jewelry designer! Read more…

Bonne Fête du 14 Juillet


Dear beloved 3D Printing fans in France, are you enjoying this year’s 14 juillet? This French national day, also called La Fête Nationale or Bastille Day, commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution with the storming of the Bastille on the July 14, 1789. Of course, we’re celebrating it with some 3D prints! Read more…

Stereo Summer Sale! 10% Discount on All Stereolithography Models until August 11th


Are you all enjoying long-awaited summer holidays? If not, maybe you’re already dreaming of what you’ll do when you have some time off. With 3D Printing becoming more and more accessible to consumers, it’s a great hobby to take up this summer. To get you even more motivated, we’re kicking off our Stereo Summer Campaign today! Read more…

ARGAND Lamp by Quentin de Coster: Bridging the Pre-Tesla Era and 3D Printing


“The present is theirs; the future, for which I really worked, is mine”, the real father of the electric age, Nikola Tesla, once said. July 10th marks the birthday of this greatest geek that ever lived, and people around the world are celebrating today as Nikola Tesla Day. Today’s featured design – the ARGAND lamp by Quentin de Coster – is an invention that bridges the pre-Tesla era and the latest revolutionary technology, 3D Printing. Read more…