3D-print a brain with patterns from free government library

People can now download, share and edit files for use in 3D printers from the National Institutes of Health.

People can now download, share and edit files for use in 3D printers from a new government website. The site has files that can be used to create models of anything from a human brain to deadly viruses.

The website, launched by the National Institutes of Health, is called theNIH 3D Print Exchange, and contains a library of files that a 3D printer can read and print. The files all relate to health and science; the available files include models of a human femur bone, theWest Nile virusand a white matter section of the brain.

Users can also share their own files, edit exiting ones or create files using a tool that converts scientific data into ready-to-print 3D files. [How 3D Printers Work (Infographic)]

We created this website as kind of a way to have a YouTube-like experience, but instead of exchanging and sharing and commenting on and remixing videos, instead we are doing all of those same things with 3D-print files, said Darrell Hurt, a researcher at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases who helped develop the 3D Print Exchange, speaking in avideo from the NIHabout the new site.

A3D printercreates three-dimensional objects from digital models by printing material (such as plastic or metal) one layer at a time.

The NIH already uses 3D printing for a number of purposes, including making special lab equipment and creating anatomy models that doctors can then use to plan medical procedures. Scientists who study very small things, such as proteins, bacteria or viruses, can also enhance their understanding by creating 3D models.

A researcher whos been using a computer model of this for 15 years learns something as soon as they put their hands on a real, tangible model, Hurtsaid in the video, referring to a 3D-printed representation of a protein.

All of the files on the site are free, and the site also features a tutorial for new users.

The library is not intended only for professional scientists. We want this to be a place where people from all different walks of life can come together and download and share [files], Hurtsaid. Who knows what some kid somewhere might come up with in using some of the 3D-modeling software, and then share that model out, and someone half a world away may learn something.

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Computer files to create a handgun almost entirely from parts made with a 3D printer have been posted online, alarming gun control advocates after it was successfully test-fired by its inventor.

The single-shot .380-caliber Liberator bears a vague resemblance to its namesake, the FP-45 Liberator pistol the US developed during World War II to be air-dropped to French Resistance fighters.

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In late 2012, while still a student, Cody Wilson developed a gun designed to be built with a three-dimensional printer.

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Well build the trigger first … Next, well build the hammer subassembly … Next, drop the hammer into the frame … reads the accompanying set of instructions, which come in English and Chinese.

Finally slide the grip on the frame and insert the grip pin. Your Liberator is now ready to go!

For the Liberator to conform with US firearms law, the instructions call for an inch-large chunk of steel to be sealed with epoxy glue in front of the trigger guard, so that the weapon can be spotted by metal detectors.

The only other non-plastic part is a tiny nail that acts as the firing pin.

Business magazineForbesposted avideoof the Liberator being remotely test-fired outside Austin, Texas last week, with a yellow string tied to the trigger of the toy-like white-and-blue handgun.

The verdict: it worked,Forbesreported, adding however that the Liberator exploded (sending shards of white ABS plastic flying into the weeds) when its inventor Cody Wilson attempted a second test using a rifle cartridge.

I feel no sense of achievement, the 25-year-old University of Texas law student toldForbes. Theres a lot of work to be done.

CAD files for gun parts have been available on the internet for some time, but the Liberator is apparently the first entire weapon ever to be fabricated almost exclusively with parts created with 3D printing technology.

Supporters of tougher gun laws in the US where there are nearly as many guns (an estimated 300 million) as there are people (about 315 million) and more than 30,000 gun-related deaths every year expressed alarm.

Security checkpoints, background checks, and gun regulations will do little good if criminals can print plastic firearms at home.

Stomach-churning, said Senator Charles Schumer of New York. Now anyone a terrorist, someone who is mentally ill, a spousal abuser, a felon can essentially open a gun factory in their garage. It must be stopped.

In the US House of Representatives, Congressman Steve Israel, also from New York, is sponsoring an Undetectable Firearms Modernisation Act to outlaw plastic home-made guns.

Security checkpoints, background checks, and gun regulations will do little good if criminals can print plastic firearms at home and bring those firearms through metal detectors with no one the wiser, he said.

No longer prohibitively expensive, 3D printers can now be bought for about the same price as a top-end laptop. Brooklyn-based MakerBot, for instance, markets its desktop Replicator 2 for $US2199 with delivery in a week.

After the December 2012 massacre of 20 children at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, MakerBot took down CAD files for semi-automatic rifle parts that gun enthusiasts had posted on its open-source 3D printing library.

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40 Best Websites to Download Free STL Files for 3d Printing 2018

The trend of 3d prints is growing; more and more users are looking for new and fun projects they can 3d print at home. You can also start once you get a 3d printer. All you need ismaterialand3d blueprintto print your product.

The 3d blueprint comes as .STL format (stands forSTereoLithography), which contains data describing the layout of a three-dimensional object.

Weve gathered the useful websites that offer free ready-to-print 3d models. The list contains the best 3d printing sites, marketplaces, content repository, and search engines for free STL files to download.

We know the site looks gray and boring, but dont let the interface fool you. The is a cool collection of free stl files for 3D printing, created by none other thanNASA. You can consider it as a one-stop shop for 3D models, images, textures, and visualizations. You can find landmark objects of space exploration like the Apollo landing site, Deep Space satellite, Europa Orbiter and more. The printable files are available for educational purpose only.

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Bld3ris a 3d printing social network a community of makers who like to feature their creations. Its an open source community where users can vote on the best creations, so popular models rise to the top and get better exposure. Along with objects, the site features tutorial and news related to 3d printing.

3dSystemsprovides the most advanced and comprehensive 3d digital design and fabrication solutions, including 3d printer, print materials and cloud-sourced custom parts. The platform encourages you to buy 3d printed items and files. They also supply on demand parts, including prototype and casting patterns.

Instructablesis a site where you can explore, document and share your creations. People share their DIY projects and this includes 3d printed models. They also show how they have designed these models and some generous designers answer the questions asked by viewers.

Libre 3Dis a new online community of 3d printing fans, showcasing interesting 3d models. There is a lot of cool models of vehicle, art, animal, food, electronic, fashion, robotics, toys and tools, along with add-ons.

Fabblycontains some of the latest 3d models and stl print files. Most of the models featured here are free of cost, which you can download after registration. If you are interested you can upload and sell your creation.

3dFileMarketaims to provide the best user experience by ensuring that all 3d printing files are proven printable before appearing for download. They show the final product outcome of each design uploaded. They also secure streaming of 3d printing files, that means you can sell copies of your creation without releasing the stl file.

Aipos3dis an online network for searching 3d CAD models. You will find the ready-to-download 3d models from external websites. Thats why all contents shown on the website is not necessarily the property of Aipos3d. You can search by keywords, image, category, tags and filter the results based on number of downloads, views and likes.

YouWant3d is a 3D printing models repository where you can collect project instructions, images, files and parameters. You can search the free downloadable files and filter the results according to category, dates, number of downloads and rating. You need to join the community to upload a simple 3d printable model or document your DIY project.

Pileprintis a Spanish website where you can get the best content for 3d printing in the most convenient and accessible manner. Here, you can discover thousands of printable objects and share your work with the rest of the world. Free stl files are available for different printing structures, including toys, gadgets, handbags, sculptures, elements of robotics and more.

The Forgeis a repository of free 3d-printable models designed by Zheng3, a prolific character in the maker scene, and the most of his 3d models are either showcase or playing element. All models are distributed under the Creative Common License, so you are free to share and alter them as long as you give credit to the website.

3DShookhas a catalog of over thousand ready-to-print STL models, sorted into more than 10 categories from art and icons to work and office. They also offer a subscription print-on-demand service, and package deals ranging from $10 to $50, as well as monthly, yearly and commercial subscription.

Shapetizeris an online store for Chinese market, which offers sizzling 3D print models in most categories from video games to jewelry. There is a good mix of free and paid STL files to download. Once you have registered, you can upload your own work.

Fabribles is a very small community of 3d printer fans. You wont find a big collection here, but there are plenty of unique 3D models, constructables, kits and other physible. You can download them free of cost, or upload/share your own creation.

3D Warehousefeatures millions of models created in popular 3D modeling software, SketchUp. If you are looking for architecture, product design or scale models, this is the place to visit at. The advanced search option lets you filter the database by dynamic and printable model, creation date, author, tag and model complexity.

3Dagogois a California based startup that allows you to buy and sell 3d models, while also offering a wide collection of completely free STL files for 3d printing. Every single design uploaded to the site is proven-to-print and each one includes an image of the final 3d printed model.

Redpahoffers a mixture of paid and free 3d models so that both makers and designers could get the benefit. You can use this platform to find free print files as an open source library or just to reach more people with your amazing creation. There are plenty of categories to choose from.

Rinkakis Japanese marketplace that offers 3d print models together with the professional 3d printing service. Most of the models featured are premium only, but once you register, you can also browse through a tiny section of free STL files to download for your 3d printer.

TurboSquidis a great source of professional 3d models. Their aim is to focus on creativity of artists around the world to improve their library of models, while helping them to build a career as professional 3d modelers. There are thousands of premium and free models available in different formats.

Yobi3dis a quick search engine to find free stl models from all over the websites. The search engine features sharing, 3d visualization, one-click 3d printing via 3d Hubs. It also helps you to filter the results using advanced options like min or max polygon used, texture and printability.

FreeDeesis a large collection of simple and free 3d print files. There is more than a dozen of categories to select from, including gadgets, jewelry, miniatures, fashion, tools, toys and games. You can also upload your own model by signing up.

Trinpyprovides a subscription service, where you can download unlimited standard designs and one premium design per month without paying any fees. Designers can retain 100% right of their design and get extra money every time their premium model is downloaded.

Yet anothersearch enginethat crawls all the websites in search of free STL files. The user interface is clear and plain it simply displays the last model added on the homepage. You need to make an account to bookmark your favorite models for future reference.

YouMagineis run by an open source 3d printer company, Ultimaker. Its an online community of 3d printing enthusiasts who wish to work together to remix, share and provide tools in order to improve and invent. Here you will find over 12,000 designs that are ready to download and print.

Cultsis a marketplace that brings together all the fans of the 3d printer world, so they can interact with each other. It has a collection of high-quality models that you can download for free (some of them are available for purchase). You can follow your favorite designers or makers to get instant updates when a new creation is posted. The name of the site is inspired by St. Luc, patron saint of artists and sculptors.

Sketchfabis the fastest growing 3D and VR repository. It integrates with all major 3D creation tools and publishing platforms, and is the 3d publishing partner of Microsoft HoloLens, Adobe Photoshop and Intel RealSense. There are hundreds of printable model to explore, or you can upload files in almost any 3d format.

Yeggiis a search engine for 3d printable models. It collects data from all 3d communities and marketplaces, and searchers from over 880,000 printable files. The site interface is quite simple most search and clicked models are displayed on the front page.

Autodesk 123Dis a place to design, create and share 3d printing models. You can start by browsing existing models made by other users to get inspired, and then try them yourself using their application. Either start from the scratch or use their app to create models from photos. The site consists more than 10 thousand models along with the suite of tools.

Repablesis a simple 3d printable file repository, nothing more than this. You can explore the different models, download free stl files, or upload your own creation to share with others. The site usually contains small and basic 3d models to print. So overall, its a great place for beginners.

Threedingis a 3d printing marketplace and file sharing website where you can buy, sell or exchange any model suitable for 3d printing. The website contains thousands of premium as well as free models of unique 3d pieces. Furthermore, if you are interested to showcase or sell your creation, this is the place to look at.

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New Matterwas founded in 2014 with the aim to bring 3D printing to every home, school, and office. They make the MOD-t 3D printer, a little machine with an amazing price tag. Their online store contains dozens of premium and free models, in a range of categories like home, toys, education, fashion and more. You need to register first in order to download free stl files.

STL Hiveis probably the best place for students, hobbyists and inventors to download very high quality 3D models for 3D printer. They offer a wide range of ready-to-print models and many models that are made to modify. The site also provides tutorials to help you design difficult features by copying their designs.

MyMiniFactoryis curated social platform for 3D printable objects managed by iMakr. It connects 3d designers, users, makers and brands. Designers can upload their creations, share them, and earn money. Makers can print for others while users can download thousands of stl files for free, buy printed objects or follow their favorite designers and makers.

Zortraxis an open library, means anyone can browse and download the free STL files, and fabricate them on any FDM machine. Most of these models are optimized for ABS filament. Along with sharing your model, you are free to share your experience, knowledge and creative ideas.

Gambodyis a premium marketplace where you can download computer games models in STL format. They are amazingly detailed and error-free 3d model files optimized for all types of 3d printers. You can upload your model, and get a private shop for your 3d printings with a unique URL that you can forward to customers/friends, and earn some hard cash from your creation. Overall, this a site for video game fans and 3D printing enthusiasts.

CGTraderis a 3d model marketplace for computer graphics and virtual reality, backed by Intel Capital and Practica Capital. There are more than half million models are available (few of them are free of cost). You can browse through plenty of different 3d print model categories from trendy gadget accessories to eye-catching jewelry designs. You can also showcase your work, get valuable feedback from the community, interact in a designer-friendly environment and grow your brand value.

3DExportis a large store where you can buy and sell 3d models, 3d print model textures, and plugins for using in CG projects. Here you will find tons of free 3d models in different format, including max, 3ds, fbx, c4d and obj. You can subscribe to receive fresh tutorials and tips, and free products news.

Thingiverseis operated by MakerBot Industries, the creators of the Replicator series of 3D printers. All designs are licensed under Creative Common License, that means any one can use or alter any design. The community has uploaded over half million 3d models. You can checkout or download all the incredible objects people have created, and get inspired to create your own.

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GrabCADhelps engineers develop product faster by offering tools and unique platform. They have the largest community of designers, engineers and manufacturers, and over 1 million CAD models and tutorials are available for free download. You can participate in design challenges and stay up to date with eBooks, industry blogs, etc.

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Pinshapeis a place where you can find, share and sell 3d print files. Its a community of 70,000+ makers, designers, manufacturers and they are growing really quick. Along with free high-quality 3D printable designs, the platform gives you the opportunity to make money by selling 3d models and build your brand. Moreover, if you are a beginner, they can help you with the 3d printing basics to get you started.

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3D Systemshas, for a while now, used original 3D printed shoes quite prolifically as part of its various marketing campaigns. 3D printed shoes in various styles, colours, sizes and quantities are a familiar site at the companys caf style booths at shows and exhibitions in particular.

One of the things that has been intermittently leveled at the company though, is which 3D printers produced the shoes. Often in the Cube caf, a pair of high resolution shoes would be sitting next to or on top of a Cube 3D printer implying that the shoe came off said printer, even while the more informed 3D printing community members would assume that this was not the case. Ive seen the tactic challenged a few times over the last couple of years, but never seen or heard a direct answer. Rather it has been one of those marketing ploys that has been left, more or less, alone.

Until now.Cubifyhas now released 3D files for four pairs of shoes, designed by Janne Kyttanen of 3D Systems (formerly Freedom of Creation) that can specifically be printed, unattended apparently, on the CubeX 3D printer. The files are freely downloadable at Cubify. So this gives the critics a two-part answer really. In that now it is possible to print these designer shoes on a consumer machine, but the shoes that have been demonstrated to date, almost certainly, were printed on higher calibre machines.

Anyway, not to detract from the shoes themselves, which are kind of cool and funky, although, despite the best efforts of the model, do not look that comfortable. Regardless, my favourites are the white ones shown 3rdin the video below.

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