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November 2015 Hacker of the Month
Erica Derrico | Published Nov 8, 2015

Meet Todd Borrel, a man who had an idea for his video game controller and learned how to create it with 3D printing in a matter of months.

It all began when Todd Borrel was playing a football game on his Xbox when the problem started to arise. His thumbs kept slipping on the joystick controllers causing his game performance to suffer. After several torturous games, Borrel decided enough was enough - he was going to create something to solve his problem. (More)

October 2015 Hacker of the Month
Erica Derrico | Published Oct 5, 2015

How one couple combined 3D printing with their passion for homebrewing by designing a 3D printed keg dispensing system for specialty suds.

Last December, Joe Dietz and his wife Amy needed a way to dispense their homebrewed beer on the go. With a great idea and the power of 3D printing, they found their solution: Attach-a-Tap! (More)

MatterControl 1.4 Sneak Peek - See What's New
Kevin Pope | Published Sep 22, 2015

The latest version of MatterControl, scheduled for release October 5th 2015, delivers a better way to manage your 3D designs, web-based 3D printing control, support for x3g, and much more.

MatterControl is one of the most popular 3D printing programs around - it slices, it dices, and, paired with a 3D printer, it helps you turn your ideas into physical objects. Since its release, MatterControl has helped users get the most out of their 3D printer with easy setup, powerful slicing, sms/email notifications, print queuing, model editing and 3D print previewing. The latest iteration of MatterControl, version 1.4, is currently scheduled for release on October 5th. This update is set to be the finest version of MatterControl yet, with loads of new design management features and expanded connectivity giving you unparalleled convenience when it comes to managing your 3D prints. (More)

September 2015 Hacker of the Month
Erica Derrico | Published Sep 8, 2015

We've heard the sky is the limit, but what about the sea? Come explore Ruth Blue's underwater world of 3D printing and robotics.

For many of us, all it took was one glance at a 3D printer to be immediately mesmerized, and then subsequently hooked. It was no different for 15 year old Ruth Blue. Her father brought home a Lulzbot for his projects, and over one weekend Ruth began to learn about the machine before eventually designing and printing projects of her own. "From that moment forward I think the machine has been buzzing on one project after another," said Rhonda Blue, Ruth's mother, "we live in an amazing time and just have so much fun with it!" (More)

3D Printed Wind Turbines
Erica Derrico | Published Aug 4, 2015

RMRD Tech Partners with MatterHackers to Bring Power to Nicaragua. Wind turbines are the future, and we are happy to be working with RMRD Tech, the company that is developing micro wind turbines to help better the world.

RMRD Technologies, a clean technology company based in Windsor, Ontario, has found a perfect partner in MatterHackers to power production of their 3D printed micro wind turbines in non-electrified communities in Central America. (More)

Two Legged Wiener Dog Keeps Rolling with 3D Printing
Erica Derrico | Published Aug 3, 2015

What do you get when you combine animal lovers and 3D printing? 3D designed and printed solutions for our fuzzy friends in need, of course! Meet Bubbles, the adorable fur baby with two legs and a 3D printed cart.

Congratulations to Trevor Byers, the 3D printing animal lover who gave his dog, Bubbles, the ability to walk. Bubbles the weiner dog, born July 27, 2014, came into the world without her two front legs - but, as you can tell from the picture below, this did not discourage her!  (More)

July 2015 Hacker of the Month
Erica Derrico | Published Jul 6, 2015

Wait - THAT is 3D printed? Check out what Mekah Design Studios has done to make Standard PLA look like a rustic artifact.

Congratulations to Mekah Design Studios, our July 2015 Hacker of the Month! Mekah Design Studios has implemeted 3D printing into part of their craft. Printing for about a year, the Mekah team has been improving the speed and quality of their work with the use of their SeeMeCNC Orion. Less than a year ago, the team had a request for 20 trophies that they chose to fulfill with the help of 3D printing. (More)

June 2015 Hacker of the Month
Erica Derrico | Published Jun 1, 2015

3D Printing and Skateboarding? Find out what they have in common with Kevin Seele and BLOCK Riser Innovations. Let all your hobbies collide!

It all began three years ago when Kevin Seele, founder of BLOCK Riser Innovations, wanted to combine his two favorite hobbies- skateboarding and building. While the designs for a skateboard's wheels, truck, and body had already expanded and changed over the years, risers had not. In fact, they had stayed exactly the same. Seele realized there was potential for a riser mechanism that had multiple functionalities, which led to the idea of BLOCK risers. (More)