Quack-Quack the duck had a stroke of bad luck the day he was attacked by a dog on the campus of National Taiwan University (NTU). The forecast was bleak following his admittance to and operation at the university’s Animal Hospital, where it was determined that the internal damage to his foot would make it impossible for Quack-Quack to successfully put weight on it.

It’s easy to sympathize with the challenges one faces with a loss of mobility, but the resultant dangers skyrocket in the animal kingdom, where mobility is a very real part of survival. Recognizing this and eager to help as best they could, the Taipei Hackerspace and group at Lung X Lung Design combined forces to get Quack-Quack back on his feet.

To work their magic, the team used the Sense 3D scanner to capture the 3D data they needed to create a mold for the Quack-Quack’s foot. Once they had the model on screen, they 3D printed a foot covering and brace that fit the precise contours of the duck’s foot. After a few bouts of trial and error, the team was able to fashion a lightweight brace that allowed Quack-Quack to put weight on his foot and keep his balance without experiencing pain.

With the intervention of this custom 3D design, it is now expected that Quack-Quack will make a full recovery, which is heartwarming news for the teams that put their time and energy into this task, and also encouraging and inspring for a broader base of customized 3D health applications. Click here for more on Quack-Quack’s story.

David Melo, 3DS Intern

My name is David Melo, and I am privileged to represent 3D Systems as we join the Millennial Train Project, the first ever mobile hacker space traveling cross-country by train from Portland to New York City over the next 10 days. The traveling group is comprised of 25 people total, and our mission is to enable those along our route and those following us virtually “to identify, evaluate, and explore opportunities and challenges in the communities where we stop while advancing a project that benefits, serves, and inspires others.”

We will be stopping in 7 cities total, and apart from our onboard activities, we will be bringing our 3D printing and 3D scanning technology to local hacker spaces and educational centers in each city to show how this technology can be used to advance solutions to existing and emerging issues. Using the new Cube, CubePro and EKOCYCLE Cube 3D printers and the iSense and Sense 3D scanners, we will be demonstrating the power and potential of 3D technology to reshape the way society in general, and the younger generations in particular, think about the world around us. I remember how blown away I was by 3D printing when I first witnessed the technology in 2012, and I am very eager to share my passion over the coming days.

Right now I’m on the train heading north towards Portland from Los Angeles. I am in a car that has been retrofitted into a lounge area and work station for our 3D printing units. This experience is surreal, riding in a vintage train car with 3D printers building away, and a view of the Pacific coast out the window. I am excited for the true journey to begin tomorrow. I hope you’ll join us!

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 16:30
Fox 46 Carolinas

Good design is its own reward, but official recognition is certainly icing on the cake. 3D Systems is proud to share that our Bespoke design innovations for the Ekso Bionics Exoskeleton received bronze in the Social Impact category of the 2014 International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) from the IDSA and Core77, while Bespoke Braces received honorable mention.

The suit is the first-ever 3D printed hybrid robotic exoskeleton, created by 3D Systems’ designers Scott Summit and Gustavo Fricke in collaboration with Ekso Bionics. Using 3D scanning to generate a personalized 3D model of patient Amanda Boxtel’s unique shape, Summit and Fricke crafted a 3D design to custom fit her while seamlessly incorporating the electronics needed to help her walk. Witness Amanda’s exoskeleton in action here.

Bespoke Braces for the hand and wrist enable the automated scanning of limbs to create custom 3D printed braces using 3D Systems’ SLS technologies. The braces can be shipped to patients within a matter of days. Andy Miller, Andrew Zukoski and Gustavo Fricke were the lead designers around the technology of this innovation.

Read more here.

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!



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

In the ongoing commitment to more easily enable 3D software and printing education in classrooms, 3D Systems is making available new lines of classroom curricula, videos and discounted bundles on 3D printers and software.

Students use 3D printers at school

These resources have been created in partnership with 3 independent groups – the CityX Project, SteamTRAX and Blokify. 3D printing, scanning and software can now be incorporated into school and after school programs and integrated across both STEM and STEAM subjects. From introductory activities, to week long projects to full year curriculum, 3D printing brings 21st century skills and project based, experiential learning into your classroom.

Find out more and review curriculum options at: http://www.cubify.com/en/Education/EducationResources

3D printing keeps turning heads in Bern, Switzerland, due to the hard work and passion of the team at 3D-MODEL, the premier reseller in the region for 3D Printers, software and 3D scanners from 3D Systems.

Now, Bern residents can get a 3D scan of themselves and get a 3D-printed version while they shop at the stores of the Westside shopping center on select Friday nights until the end of June! Several lucky shoppers will be a winners of a free 3D selfie!

Visit Westside, which is located in Switzerland’s captial city, Bern, between 4.00 p.m. – 10.00 p.m. to scan yourself into 3D on the following days:

  • Friday April 25, 2014
  • Friday May 30, 2014
  • Friday June 27 2014

See more details by clicking here.

3D printing of scan data is completed using the ProJet 660, a part of the world’s only line of full-color 3D printers. 3D-MODEL is on hand to provide training and equipment for these events.

3D Systems Brings New Digital Literacy to USA Science and Engineering Festival

ROCK HILL, South Carolina – April 22, 2014 – 3D Systems  (NYSE:DDD) announced today that it will be bringing its 3D PRINTING


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