For more than 90 years, the Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards have recognized the artistic expression of the nation’s most creative young artists and writers.  Millions of teenagers have participated in the awards, with the list of famous formers including contemporaries like Zach Posen and Lena Dunham, as well as far-reaching icons Sylvia Plath, Andy Warhol, Stephen King and Joyce Carol Oates.

This year, 3D Systems has partnered with the Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards to create a “DIGITAL DESIGN CHALLENGE.”  Open to students in grades 7-12, the challenge encourages young creatives to think outside the box and bridge conventional forms of arts and writing with 21st century tools like CAD and CAM software.

The Digital Design Challenge calls on students to not only think about how they can be makers of things, but Change Makers to “transform conventional forms of art and writing, inspire change in their communities and celebrate their originality.”  To support this endeavor and encourage students across disciplines to shrink the divide between  art and technology, 3DS is making its Cubify Design and Cubify Sculpt software available to all participants.

To be considered, participants must submit their digital 3D designs by August 1, 2014. Experts from 3D Systems and the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers will review them, and the best design created using Cubify software will win a Sense 3D Scanner.

If you are a student, teacher, educator or non-profit administrator working with middle and high school students, we encourage you to participate in the digital design challenge. Try your hand at our Cubify Sculpt and Cubify Design software, and rethink how you express yourself by exploring new mediums. Don’t just join the movement of makers; become a change maker.

To find out more about MAKE.Digital, click here.

For more information about the challenge and to download the software, please visit the Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards website.


We are excited to announce that our iSense 3D Scanner is now available for preorder. First displayed at CES this January, the iSense is a compact and powerful device that transforms your iPad into a lightweight camera for physical photography. Priced at $499, the iSense provides an instant data-capture scanning experience that wirelessly generates 3D printable scans with full integration to the Cube® family of consumer and prosumer 3D printers. Scans can also be directly uploaded to Cubify for Cloud printing and access to a curated portfolio of materials, including Ceramix, Aluminix and Clear.

Powered by our Sense 3D scanning software, the iSense brings the ease and freedom of the Sense 3D Scanner to the iPad experience, enabling you to capture anything sized from a shoe to an SUV. The iSense includes all of the easy object recognition and editing tools of the popular Sense 3D Scanner, with a simple snap-on design that quickly converts your iPad into a 3D scanner that can capture and preserve every dimension of your favorite moments and adventures.

Click here to learn more, and don't forget to share your scans with the hashtag #scanagenic!

Rapid Manufacturing Leader at Sahara Force India, Patrick Hawtin, plays a crucial part in the process that delivers upgrades to Formula One cars. With the help of 3D Systems’ stereolithography machines, he helps by turning ideas into parts that are then tested in the team’s wind tunnel.

In essence, what does your position entail?

My position has its challenges, as our department is responsible for scheduling and manufacturing hundreds of components for aerodynamic testing each week. We also manufacture components for the race car and various Research and Development projects - so there is usually a lot going on!

What we do is use 3D Systems' stereolithography machines, which effectively are very big and very accurate 3D printers, to create the parts for the wind tunnel models. This allows our aerodynamicists to test in real life what their calculations predicted.

What are the main challenges of your work?

The production deadlines are always tight, and in order to meet them the department operates around the clock, except on summer shutdown. We respond to demands from other areas of the team, so the day doesn't follow a structured schedule: I have to work to the job, and this means also regular evenings and weekends. They say you can never sleep in Formula One and sometimes that's exactly the case! The good thing is that we've got a good team with two other Rapid Prototyping Engineers on hand to help. With our fleet of rapid prototyping machines from 3D Systems everything gets taken care of quickly and easily.

How long have you been a member of the Sahara Force India Family?

I joined Force India in December 2007 and I have to say that time has flown by! This team is very much a family and whilst we are steadily growing, we are still relatively small compared to the teams around us. You get to know everybody by name which is nice and I think it enables us to be more dynamic - I hope that never changes.

Have you always been passionate about Formula One? How did you end up working in the sport?

Like so many of my colleagues, I grew up watching F1 with my Dad. I also have an uncle that works for one of our rivals, so it is fair to say the sport has always been in the family!

I started life as a Mechanical Engineering Apprentice and during that time I completed my HNC (Higher National Certificate) in Mechanical Engineering and specialized in Stress Analysis and Dynamics. Soon after that, I joined 3D Systems as a Field Service Engineer. I worked on additive manufacturing machines in every industry you can imagine and did a lot of travelling - UK, Europe and America.

Once my children started coming along, my wife told me I needed to knock the travelling on the head and it was at this point I was lucky enough to arrive here at Force India as an SLA Technician. Here has been home since!

What is your favorite Sahara Force India moment?

My favorite single moment has to be our team’s Belgian Grand Prix pole position and subsequent podium finish in 2009. That weekend really got people's attention and put the team on the map. It was the start of the progress that we have been continuing ever since.

And the most challenging part of your work?

The most challenging part of my work is reacting to any last-minute request that may come when the department is already running at full capacity. Deadlines are very tight and every minute is essential, and sometimes this requires a review of the whole production schedule. By liaising with the aerodynamicists, designers and the model shop, we look at where we can fit additional projects and what elements can be rescheduled. Once this is done, we still have to wait for the components to be issued, program them, prepare the build files and then start the builds on the 3D Systems' machines.

And what about the Paddy away from work?

I am always busy at home, I have 3 children under 8-years-old and they find the best ways to keep you busy! I do make a little time for myself though as I do karate once a week. My wife has an addiction to holidays too; to give you an idea, we currently have Croatia, France (skiing), camping in Wales and New York all booked for before the end of 2014. I will get her some counseling!



President Obama took part in Wednesday’s National Day of Making in more ways than one. As part of the Smithsonian X 3D program, the Smithsonian presented the first-ever 3D printed presidential portraits at the White House Maker Faire on June 18th. The portraits were created using two types of 3D scanners to give an accurate 3D model of our 44th President, Mr. Barack Obama. The display included a bust and life mask of the President, each printed using 3D Systems’ SLS technology, great for high precision facial detail.

The scan data, bust, and life mask will be displayed in the National Portrait Gallery as part of the Smithsonian’s collection of presidential representations. Other interesting scans and printable models, including a life mask of President Lincoln, can be found on the Smithsonian X 3D website.

How did you get involved with the National Day of Making?

president obama's 3D printed bust by 3D Systems

We are excited to announce the EKOCYCLETM Cube 3D printer, a collaboration between 3DS and EKOCYCLE, a brand launched by and The Coca-Cola Company. EKOCYCLE promotes sustainability through aspirational yet attainable lifestyle products made in part from recycled materials. In keeping with this brand promise, the EKOCYCLE Cube uses a groundbreaking new filament made in part from post-consumer recycled plastic bottles.

The EKOCYCLE Cube remixes our relationship with recycling, giving everyone who uses it, from students to home-crafters to artists to inventors, a direct and immediate link to how they have repurposed something old for something new. The EKOCYCLE is not just another tool for making, it is a revolutionary tool for RE-making, and encourages and helps us to change the way we think about recycling.

As explained by 3DS’ Chief Creative Officer, the goal of EKOCYCLE is to "partner with the most influential brands around the world and use technology, art, style and inspiration to change an entire culture. We will make it cool to recycle, and we will make it cool to make products using recycled materials. This is the beginning of a more sustainable 3D-printed lifestyle. Waste is only waste if we waste it.”

Each EKOCYCLE cartridge is made in part from post-consumer recycled 20oz PET plastic bottles. New to home 3D printing, rPET is a flexible filament material that retains full durability. Cartridges for the EKOCYCLE Cube are available in a curated color palette of red, black, white and natural.

The EKOCYCLE Cube 3D printer is a plug and play consumer 3D printer for everyday use, priced at $1,199, and will be available at 3DS’ online consumer hub Cubify™. EKOCYCLE Cube printers are expected to commence commercial shipments during the second half of 2014. To sign up for updates, please visit Cubify.

  • Setting a New Standard for How We Make: Each EKOCYCLE Cartridge turns the equivalent of 3 used bottles into your next wearable fashion, music accessory or desktop décor. Users will receive a free collection of 25 fashion, music and tech minded accessories, curated by, to have fun 3D printing immediately.
  • Remade Print Experience: Prints in beautiful 70-micron high resolution at fast speeds and up to 6” cubed in size, with ultra-fine supports for complex prints and a choice of easy auto settings or advanced settings. Auto-leveling ensures quality printability every time.
  • Unlock the Limits of Style: EKOCYCLE Cube prints in simultaneous, dual color recycled plastic in a curated color palette of red, black, white and natural.
  • Instant Load Cartridge: Instant material loading is now easier than changing an ink cartridge. Moisture-lock cartridges ensure extended shelf life and total material usage, improving print quality and sustainability. The cartridges are easy to load and store while preserving the life and quality of the materials.
  • Convenience in the Palm of Your Hand: Enjoy the freedom of mobile printing direct from the Cubify app for iOS and Android. Find new things to print in the curated brand collections or browse the Design Feed for inspiration to add to your Shelf. Prep and print from your smartphone direct to the EKOCYCLE Cube.
  • Easy to Use, Sleek Design: Building on the iconic Cube, the EKOCYCLE Cube features a color touchscreen with an intuitive user interface and sleek LEDs highlighting prints in action, and is equipped with faster Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, an auto-leveling print pad and easy supports removal for complex prints.

Sometimes technological developments are born out of necessity—you have a need, you fill it. But other times technological developments trigger new needs and ideas altogether. 3D printing, for example, really got people thinking about highly customized, highly complex parts. Now, we’re putting it on the fastest track yet to fulfill the promise of highly personalized, mass volume production with 3D printing.

3D Systems is proud to release some of the first details about our new high-speed, continuous fab-grade printer, an advance that sets a new bar for mass-customization product manufacturing. Whereas 3D printers typically utilize a moving printhead on a stationary bed, the high-speed, continuous fab-grade printer puts the print bed in motion on speedy track system under a set of stationary printheads. The result is a 3D printing assembly line: many products printing at once, all unique, all in full color and multi materials. Parts in varying phases of completion move in a continuous flow. When a part is done, it exits the track for post-processing and a new print bed takes its place. This is high-speed, custom, continuous, and fully automated  manufacturing at its best.

This new standard in 3D printing is the engine behind the production of module shells for Google’s Project Ara, the initiative to create a modular smartphone that reflects each person’s unique style as well as choice of functional modules. With this level of speed and accuracy, people will be able to customize the look of their own phone to an extent never before possible. But the high-speed, continuous fab-grade printer’s potential doesn’t stop at cell phones. Take a look at this video to see how far 3D printing has come and how quickly it’s going forward with this high-speed fab-grade platform for the future.

This is part of a series of videos from 3DS that demonstrate how its fab-grade printers can manufacture thousands of parts at speeds comparable to traditional injection molding operations. Look at how 3DS is already breaking speed limits today with fab-grade 3D printers that effectively match and exceed the productivity of traditional injection molding in the direct manufacture of functional parts. This breakthrough opens up the possibility of just-in-time, high volume, flexible additive manufacturing using the company’s precision Stereolithography (SLA®) and Selective Laser Sintering (SLS®) advanced manufacturing printers, enabling manufacturers to produce functional, precision parts in seconds, without the need for tooling or a lengthy supply chain.

By Leanne Gluck, Director of Social Impact

For as long as I have been in the manufacturing industry, we have been talking about the need for three things: to make manufacturing “cool again,” to bridge the Skills Gap, and to strengthen the conversation between industry and education. We talk theoretically about our opportunities to support the next generation and innovation in the US, but the question on my mind has always been the concrete “How?”

Yesterday, 3D Systems and the SME Education Foundation created one answer to that question, announcing a collaborative initiative to enhance high school industrial arts and vocational education classes called M.Lab21. M.Lab 21 is part maker/part manufacturing, and will provide students with starter kits outfitted with the latest 3D design and printing technology, including the Touch haptic device, the Sense 3D scanner, advanced prosumer desktop printers like the CubePro, and a suite of Cubify design software.  But it’s more than just plugging a printer into a classroom. It’s about providing an integrated ecosystem of 21st century tools, along with a curriculum and online platform in order to  build communities of practice. (Above: US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, middle, with 3DS Chief Technology Officer Chuck Hull, far right.)

The initiative was announced at the RAPID conference in Detroit, Michigan, during the morning keynote speech by US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. She encouraged everyone to learn more about the initiative and find ways to get involved, and closed with the idea that: “We have a window of opportunity—right now—to prove to the world that the 21st century will be another ‘Made-in-America’ century.” (Right: US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker greets students at the M.Lab21 announcement.)

At 3DS we are committed to making M.Lab21 innovative and high impact, and we invite teachers, educators, nonprofits and companies passionate about education to join the M.Lab21 initiative and help drive innovation and technology learning today. If you are interested in learning more, please contact

It’s the kind of thing you might need to see to believe, but 3DS is proud to share that our fab-grade 3D printers now match and exceed the speed and productivity of traditional injection molding for the direct manufacture of functional parts. This is big news for manufacturers who want to quickly produce working, precision parts without tooling or a stretched supply chain. Using our SLA and SLS advanced printers, record-setting print speeds can now be achieved, without sacrificing quality and while gaining complexity. This enhancement indicates a shift from low volume production to high volume direct manufacturing of complex parts, across use cases and industries.

Read more about this exciting development here, and to see for yourself, check out the video below.

It all goes to show that we need to expect the unexpected with 3D printing.


Being a teenager isn’t easy, and it doesn’t get any easier for teens with medical conditions like spinal scoliosis. Defined as a lateral or rotational curvature of the spine that initially appears in children during the prepubescent ages of 8-13, spinal scoliosis currently affects nearly 7 million Americans, 90% being female.

Many treatments involve cumbersome braces that are difficult to get on and uncomfortable to wear, yet sticking to a brace-wearing regimen is critical to treatment of the condition. For Meredith, an exuberant 13-year-old scoliosis patient, the experience of spinal correction was bulky and inelegant. Her father hoped she could find a better solution, and that’s where the Bespoke team of 3D Systems stepped in with a custom solution that merged design with function.

Each Bespoke brace is fitted to each specific patient and 3D printed in porous patterns that breathe easily, reducing weight, cost and discomfort, and which allow patients to give an aesthetic to their healing. According to Meredith, her new brace “has really changed how I view myself, and how other kids see me. My good friends, who know that I have scoliosis, think my brace is cool. Everybody else doesn’t even know that I’m wearing it because the design makes it invisible even under a shirt.”

To read more about how good design is changing medical outcomes and perspectives, read the full story here

The first major 3D printed piece for the Smithsonian Institution’s 3D digitization program has been installed, and it’s a whale of a print – literally. In collaboration with 3D Systems, the Smithsonian has created a prehistoric whale fossil with 3D scanning and printing. And at 20 feet in length, the prints are the largest existing of their kind. On display at the National Museum of Natural History along with a showcasing of different 3D printing and scanning technologies, the whale fossils have been finished and mounted to replicate the way they were discovered in the desert.

The Smithsonian has also established Smithsonian X 3D, a website for visitors around the world to follow the developments of the 3D revolution and learn about opportunities in 3D manufacturing, research and education. The Smithsonian has also made available free STL files of its collection for visitors to download and print, either at home or through the cloud. The complete collection includes approximately 20 artifacts, ranging in size from 12 cubic inches to 36 cubic inches.

The whale fossil is just the first of many 3D heritage projects the Smithsonian has undertaken in its multi-year partnership with 3DS. So enjoy this video, and remember to stay tuned for more!




For anyone interested in understanding the business implications of additive manufacturing (AM) or making informed choices about how and where to invest in 3D printing, Deloitte is now offering a new massive online open course (MOOC) that is free and open to the public. Perfect for those involved with strategy, supply chain, operations, R&D, manufacturing and product development, you must simply register by July 7th to get access to the opportunities available through this technology.

Deloitte is offering this course in collaboration with 3D Systems and America Makes, and will use this as an opportunity to investigate and explain the business drivers of AM. 

Questions explored will include:

  • What is additive manufacturing?
  • How will AM impact my business?
  • What is happening in key sectors impacted by AM?
  • What factors influence the business case for AM?

Sign up today!

End-use 3D printed SLS part

It’s a problem not many think of when they’re blissfully enjoying a refreshing ice cream cone, but somehow, some way, the ice cream machine must be cleaned. Once a very labor-intensive process, it is also a very necessary one. This is where Idea Boxx and 3D printing came into play.

Idea Boxx focuses on conceptualizing, designing and manufacturing products that improve and positively impact different industries. As they claim on their website: “There’s nothing Idea Boxx can’t make better.” That includes ice cream.

To improve the cleaning of soft-serve machines, Idea Boxx decided to use SLS 3D printing at Finnovation, a service provider offering industrial-strength 3D printing services in New York State, and they came up with the Hydra Rinse. The device offers one-touch automation, fast set up, and cleaning with no harsh chemicals.

During development, the engineers at Idea Boxx wanted to perform functional testing to validate their designs prior to tooling and manufacturing. Using 3D Systems’ sPro 60 SLS printer, Finnovation created functioning assemblies for testing in less than 24 hours.

Read more about this project on the Finnovation blog: