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4 Brand Spanking New 3D Printing Innovations You Have to Check Out

CES is already blowing things up this week, and it’s only Tuesday! Newly announced just yesterday are four brand new ways to print in 3D, and we can’t wait to start trying these new gadgets and systems. If you’re new to the world of 3D printing, be sure to check out our 3D printing archive for stories about all the awesome things you can do, including a handful of 3D printed projects created right here at Brit HQ. Now, onto the new stuff!


1. MakerBot 3D Ecosystem: First up, we’re swooning hard over MakerBot’s new 3D Ecosystem. The main star here is the suite of MakerBot Apps, which provide new ways to connect with your MakerBot machine. From your desktop computer to mobile devices, these apps make your 3D printing creation process totally seamless, and work across multiple platforms. The MakerBot Desktop keeps all of your projects organized in a library, lets you monitor and control your prints even if you’re not right next to your printer, and lets you preview your 3D prints based on your actual printer.

MakerBot Mobile is our favorite part of this ecosystem, for sure. It’s a free mobile app that gives you the power to monitor and control any 5th Generation MakerBot Replicator and access everything from MakerBot right from your mobile device. We love the idea that you could be out for lunch, monitoring your 3D printing project right from your phone. You can easily reprint files based on history, you can watch, pause, cancel, or even swap filament. It’s great for days when you need to crank out of a ton of 3D printed objects, but can’t babysit the printer all day long.

And the final piece of the ecosystem, MakerBot PrintShop! This simple app is a fun, easy, and free way to create and 3D print all sorts of things. The thing we’re digging most is the TypeMaker, which lets you print out signs, letters, name plates, and more.

2. MakerBot Replicator Mini: Of course, you’ll need some printers to work with this whole ecosystem, right? MakerBot’s class of 2014 introduces us to the 5th generation of MakerBot 3D Printers. The one we’ve got our eyes on is definitely the MakerBot Replicator Mini, available for just $1,375. (And don’t question our use of “just” there — it’s actually quite reasonable in the world of 3D!) It’s powered by the new replicator platform, making it a breeze to use and is awesome for creating high resolution prototypes before graduating to a larger printer. It also features an on-board camera, so you can easily monitor prints and share projects to social networks. How cool is that?

3. Cube3: Next up, we’ve got the latest printer from the folks at 3D Systems. Cube3 boasts more than 20 colors and dual-color jetted mashables, meaning your possibilities for color are more limitless than before. The touchscreen is ready for wireless printing, and claims to be 2x faster than other printers. What we’re into is that it is kid-friendly. Using a Cube is super straightforward, and the surfaces don’t become so hot that they could hurt a curious kiddo. And they’re on the mobile printing ticket too! The Cubify app (available on iOS, Android, and Windows) lets you print on-the-go. Love it.

4. Intel RealSense 3D Scanning: And finally, we’ve got 3D tech powered by Intel. There’s a lot here, and we have to give props to Venture Beat for boiling at all down to a few key innovations. First up, a hybrid laptop-tablet with a built-in 3D scanner on the back. This scanner is Intel’s RealSense 3D Camera, which involves multiple sensors and lets you scan 3D objects into virtual ones.

Next up, 3D glasses that work with the screen of said laptop-tablet, letting you model onscreen using hand gestures in the space in front of the screen. That’s right — gestural 3D modeling. What the what?! The next use for the 3D camera naturally turns to gaming. You can play games in 3D involving both real objects and virtual ones, which seems like something straight out of Weird Science.

Finally, Intel showed how a 3D camera could be used to project 3-dimensional images in space — of course, they chose to superimpose a flying whale from the book Leviathan over the auditorium. Boom.

And we’re sure CES isn’t finished serving up new 3D printing innovations — stay tuned for coverage all week long here on Brit.co.

What do you think of this latest batch of innovations? Talk to us in the comments below.

Alright, folks. We've officially made it to fall. And if you haven't already started switching out your decor (as long as it's ready by Friendsgiving, right?) you still have time to do so. Draw inspiration from this round-up of new home products that includes harvest-inspired candles, cozy linens and textiles, and a v. practical piece of furniture. One scroll through these, and you'll have all the motivation you need to transition the seasons. Scroll on to start shopping.

Prism x LOREM Collection ($96+): Calling all Cali babes. The popular Long Beach boutique, Prism, announced a boho-fabulous collab with home decor line, LOREM, that we can't get enough of. Shop everything from plant hangers (eight options, to be exact) to artwork, all inspired by the very colorful vibes of the brands. If you were looking for a cheery way to tide you through winter, this. is. it!

Floyd Mattress (Price TBD): Fans of the cult-favorite Detroit-based brand will love their latest launch debuting on October 29. The highly-coveted Floyd Mattress will have the same made-to-last design and superior comfort as their other furnishings, tailored perfectly to fit the line's in-demand bed frame. Additional details for the mattress include a breathable foam material, highly-mobile packaging, and a low-profile design to secure your best night's sleep yet. Check back on the last week of the month to get one for yourself.

Dims 'Composed Vanity' ($595): Small space? No problem! Direct-to-consumer brand, Dims, is giving you a quick and stylish solution to your storage needs with their newest item that doubles as both a desk and vanity. The functional piece is made with non-toxic, chemical-free materials and can be assembled in seven minutes or less. Throw in four sleek shades to choose from, and this may just be your best purchase of 2019 yet!

Saatchi Art x The Citizenry Holiday Collection ($225+): Get ready to deck your walls this holiday season. Saatchi Art partnered with The Citizenry in a one-of-a-kind collection that features a curation of art across styles. Explore everything from modern to abstract creations in a selection so stunning, it's bound to spark a conversation at your next gathering.

NEST Spiced Orange & Clove Collection ($16+): If you haven't experienced the addicting aromas of the beloved NEST fragrance brand, this is the perfect time to get on board! The label recently released their latest scent — spiced orange & clove — just in time for all your gatherings. Inhale festive notes of orange pomander, spiced brandy, cinnamon, and gingered honey across their suite of candles and diffusers to bring all the good vibes to your home.

Bloomingdales x RiLEY Home ($19+): RiLEY Home gets millennials. So they teamed up with Bloomingdales to make shopping their selection more attainable than ever. Now, you can get in on long-lasting, luxurious staples like flannel sheets, bedding, printed throws, premium pet beds, and more, by shopping online and in-stores at the department store. (Trust us: These dream goods are ones you're going to be *glad* you stocked-up on.)

Italic Serene Towels ($12+): The luxury brand that prides itself on using the *same* factories namesake brands (like Calvin Klein and Lacoste) use, but without the price tag behind them, brings you a new product for fall. Treat yourself to Italic's ultra-soft towel set spun from fluffy, 100% Australian cotton, in a convenient set of six. Consider it the perfect indulgence after a long soak in the tub on a cozy FNI (Friday night in)!

Hyascent x Neiman Marcus ($169): 'Tis the season for a delightfully scented home. Warm your abode with scents like bourbon joy, cheeky rose and more in a unique diffuser that doubles more as decor than a fragrance-inducer. Fresh off the (online) shelves of Neiman Marcus, explore nine scents that last up to six months in a specialized hourglass holder. (Shhh! Your friends will never know the secret of why your place smells so darn good!)