Christopher Barnatt decided to try this using the service provided by i.Materialise to create a metal model of a carbon nanotube structure built in the 3D package LightWave.
Robin Bäckman made a video of himself designing and 3D printing a replica of his current sunglasses on his RepReap 3D printer.
Hobbyists of very near future are going to have a much easier time at making model planes, as 3D printer maker Objet's materials engineer Shai Hirsh demonstrates.
3D printing service Shapeways has set up the Shapeways Skillshare School to teach people about 3D design and printing, on location hands on.
Here's a video of a runway fashion show, highlighting winners of the i.materialise contest, Hats Off to 3D Printing Design Challenge; plus another video of winner Mark Bloomfield and his winning hat, Daisy.
Researchers have created software that will 3D print the molds that are used to manufacture balloons of nearly any shape you can design.
The Economist's Special Report on 3D printing includes two excellent videos interviews on the future of digital manufacturing.
Lesa Childer, teacher at Notre Dame de Sion, inspires her students in 3D design and 3D printing. Watch the video by and of her kids.
A team at the University of Glasglow has developed a 3D printer may lead to one day printing customized drugs.
A 3D printed model of Fenway Park has been created by the Boston office of Objet. It's a 105 pound, exact replica, built in 40 interlocking pieces.
Stratasys and Optomec have gotten together to combine the printing of electronics with the 3D printing of physical objects. First project: a UAV.
Huge news: 3D printer companies Stratasys and Objet have merged to create the largest 3D printer company in the world.
Paramount Pictures and director Jon Favreau used an Objet Eden260V 3D printer to create the "Iron Man 2" suit.
The much-anticipated Cube 3D printer is now in pre-order status at Cubify.com! Unlike most other home 3D printers, this $1299 unit simply looks ultra-hip and cool.
Miicraft is creating an SLA (resin-based) 3D printer that promises to let users create very high-resolution 3D objects, for just $2,000.