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MyMiniFactory and the rich future of 3D Printed Fashion

3D printing is a process that is fast making its way into all areas of design and production. We’ve discussed its applications in environmental & ethical aid, RC vehicles, tabletop gaming and art history. But there is one other, rather significant, area of design that we would like to touch upon. An industry that many believe will be embracing 3D printing more and more throughout 2019 and beyond. That of course, is fashion. What’s so significant about fashion that makes it one of the most important fields of design? Fashion affects our lives in a way that very few sectors ever

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Introducing the Creative Commons licenses

In our efforts to liberate the platform, remaining transparent and supporting creatives working in 3D design, we are implementing Creative Commons licences for all objects shared on MyMiniFactory. CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 will be the default license. It might seem we have taken our time in rolling out the appropriate licenses, but in order to support designers working with 3D printing we have had to undertake extensive research into whether Creative Commons was ideal for protecting our users. The resulting licenses needed to be as clear as possible for both people sharing their designs and those enjoy

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Top 10 Best Tabletop Game Designs to 3D Print Now!

MyMiniFactory is lucky enough to be home to some incredible 3D printable designs. Our designers are inspired across all industries and create from a wide range of fields and fandoms. From Art to RC, from Avengers to Apex Legends they’ve done it all! If there’s one category of design that really gets makers excited however, it’s Tabletop Gaming. From skirmish wargames like Warhammer, to roleplaying games like Dungeons and Dragons, to strategy board games like Pandemic, Tabletop Gaming is a varied past time suiting all types of players. One thing that connects them all is the

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3D printing inspires innovative new designs worn at the Met Gala!

We love seeing additive manufacturing being embraced for innovation, especially when we can see it come together at the annual Met Gala! Every year in May, The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute opens a new exhibition dedicated to fashion reflected in a certain theme. Previous themes have been Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty (2011) and China: Through the Looking Glass (2015). The exhibition opens with the museum hosting a spectacular event, described by Vogue’s André Leon Talley as “the Super Bowl of fashion”. As Talley states, “The world&rsqu

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Top 10 Best Pokémon Designs to 3D Print Now!

Pokémon: Detective Pikachu is in theatres now! If you’re a lifelong Pokéfan the release of this movie is a big deal, as it’s the first time the franchise has ventured into live-action movies! You might be shocked to learn that the Pokemon franchise is the highest grossing media franchise of ALL TIME, making more money than Marvel, Star Wars and even the giant that is, Mickey Mouse. Pokémon has already conquered the world of animated movies and TV with its wildly successful anime, which I'm sure many of us watched as kids. Now it’s time to see if they can

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Make Anything X MyMiniFactory Polypanels Design Competition

There’s only a week until submissions close for the Polypanels design competition, so it’s time you thought about entering your designs and/or makes.   This 3D design competition is centred around the MyMiniFactory community creating wonderful, wacky and workable 3D printable designs and 3D printed inventions using Make Anything's signature Polypanels.   Before the 3D design competition comes to an end, we thought we’d take the time to inspire those of you who’ve not yet entered, to have a go at designing and entering. We will also share some incredible d

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Avengers: Endgame, Top 10 Best 3D Designs to Print Now!

If you haven’t seen Avengers: Endgame yet what have you been up to? The film is already shattering records at the box office with the biggest opening weekend in history at $1.2 billion, obliterating the previous record holder which was last year’s Avengers: Infinity War with a $640 million opening. The next big question is can Endgame unseat 2009’s Avatar (remember that movie?) as the highest grossing movie of all time? It’s not such a big leap from $1.2 billion to $2.8 billion. For those of you that have yet to see it, do not fear, there will be no spoilers here. #Do

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Top 10 Best RC Car Designs to 3D Print Now!

On MyMiniFactory we have an expansive range of categories for design, which include many 3D printable projects for designers and makers. One of our particular favorite collections is our range of 3D printable Radio/Remote Controlled (RC) Car designs. 3D printing brings a new wave of creativity to the RC Car Community, with growing potential for customization and invention. The ability to print your own parts, or even whole cars for your RC collection at home also provides greater value and accessibility to the pastime. For example, a replacement bumper for a 1/10 scale RC will set you back be

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How to Repurpose Your Failed 3D Prints!

Sometimes you just can’t get your 3D prints to work. There's too much stringing. There's not enough supports. Salmon skin!   When you finally get your print to come out perfectly, you’re left with a huge pile of failed prints, and wasted filament. Naturally,  you have just one question; “what the heck am I gonna do with all of this?”.   You could just throw them all in the trash, but nowadays we know better - and should be more environmentally conscious. If you don't want a landfill loaded with your failed 3D prints, recycling is your best bet.

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Top 10 Best Scan The World 3D Printable Models.

Scan The World bill themselves as ‘A Museum Without Walls’ and they certainly live up to it.   With over 15,000 scans of cultural artefacts in their collection, and many more still to come, they aim to bring culture to your home in a very literal sense.   Scan The World use 3D scanning technology to create a digital model of an artefact, be it from a museum, a public space or even a private collection. All these models are then optimized for 3D printing and made available through MyMiniFactory for anyone to download and 3D print for free.   They have worked w

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3DPI & Protolabs X MyMiniFactory Design Competition

With less than a month until submissions close for the 3DPI & Protolabs 2019 3D Design Competition, it’s time you started finishing up your designs to submit!   Your model could be the next Official Trophy for the 3D Printing Industry Awards 2019! Can you think of a better way to get noticed by the best in the industry? Plus, you have the opportunity to win your very own Ultimaker 3!   Before this terrific competition ends, we wanted to delve deeper into what this competition can mean for you, as well as your future as 3D designer and maker. Find out what an amazing op

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Top 10 Best Easter Designs To 3D Print

We’re already halfway through April 2019, and that means its nearly Easter. Birds are chirping; chicks and lambs are being born; and your Nan is brushing off her Sunday best to force you to go to church with her.   One of the best things about Easter, of course, is having an extra long weekend. Which  means more time for 3D printing! It also probably means you should be thinking of activities to partake in with your family and friends.   Easter Sunday comes around once a year. And while its a fun time to celebrate, buying lots of expensive decorations and memorabilia

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Hope3D X MyMiniFactory Design Competition

There are only two weeks left until we close the incredible design competition in partnership with Hope3D! But that’s plenty of time to get your submissions in.   This competition is all about making the world a better place.   So before submissions close, we want to give you more insight into this spectacular challenge and show you what a remarkable opportunity you have when you choose to enter. What Is Hope3D? Hope3D was started by an ambitious 16 year old boy named Sam Suchin. His organization is one that aims to use the mechanism of 3D printing and crowdsourcin

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Zbrush vs Fusion 360 vs Blender, Which Program is Right For You?

There are plenty of tools out there for designing and sculpting incredible models to 3D print, so how do you figure out which one is right for you?   It can be stressful and overwhelming to decide on a specific 3D design software when you’re first getting started. But have no fear friends; we’ve done our research, spoken to some of the MyMiniFactory Premium and Studio designers and done the comparison leg work for you!   This handy little guide will give you all the info you need to decide what 3D design program can help you create the best models for your genre of w

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Top 5 Apex Legends 3D Printable Designs!

If you haven’t heard of Apex Legends by now you must have made a home for yourself under that metaphorical rock we’re always hearing about. Having been released only a month ago, on February 4th 2019, it has already surpassed over 50 million players worldwide!   So what’s all the hype about?   For those of you not yet in-the-know, Apex Legends is a free to play battle royale game from EA. Similar to Epic Games’ smash hit, the other hot game-of-the-moment, Fortnite. Though we shall leave you to decide amongst yourselves, which one is better; we can’

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