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You can find here articles about the world of 3D printing, and behind-the-scene news about Aniwaa!

How to start a 3D figurines business: the best solutions for 3D printed figurines

What’s a 3D figurine, mini-me, 3D portraits or 3D selfie? 3D printed figurines are photo realistic miniature versions of a person made with a 3D printer. They’re basically a 3D printed replica of a subject who must first be captured in 3D by a 3D full body scanner,... read more

[Hands-on] Test and review of the Creaform HandySCAN 700, a high end portable 3D scanner

Disclaimer: the comments and opinions expressed in this hands-on review are the results of our own (limited!) experience with the product. As always, we try to provide context to give a fair overview of the product. We strive to remain impartial and unbiased, and... read more

[Review] The Dremel 3D40 Idea Builder, a great 3D printer for classroom

Disclaimer: the comments and opinions expressed in this review are the results of our own (limited!) experience with the product. As always, we try to provide context to give a fair overview of the product. We strive to remain impartial and unbiased, and we have not... read more

[Hands-on] Test and review of the Creaform Go!SCAN 50, a professional-grade portable 3D scanner

Disclaimer: the comments and opinions expressed in this hands-on review are the results of our own (limited!) experience with the product. As always, we try to provide context to give a fair overview of the product. We strive to remain impartial and unbiased, and... read more

[Review] The Magicfirm MBot Grid II+, an average desktop 3D printer

Disclaimer: the comments and opinions expressed in this review are the results of our own (limited!) experience with the product. As always, we try to provide context to give a fair overview of the product. We strive to remain impartial and unbiased, and we have not... read more

[Review] The Artec Eva, a powerful handheld 3D scanner

Disclaimer: the comments and opinions expressed in this review are the results of our own (limited!) experience with the product. As always, we try to provide context to give a fair overview of the product. We strive to remain impartial and unbiased, and we have not... read more

The five best (and free!) 3D scanning mobile apps

Despite being an essential component of the 3D printing ecosystem, 3D scanning is often overlooked. Sure, advanced users have long known how to leverage 3D scanning for professional applications such as reverse engineering or metrology. But consumers, even the makers... read more

The complete list of metal additive manufacturing companies and metal 3D printer brands.

Metal 3D printing is one of the most fascinating sides of 3D printing. Talking about metal 3D printers brings scenes of Terminator 2 to mind, with the infamous scene where the T1000 rebuilds itself from liquid metal. But metal additive manufacturing is no longer a... read more

[Review] The CEL Robox Dual, a small and intuitive desktop 3D printer

Disclaimer: the comments and opinions expressed in this review are the results of our own (limited!) experience with the product. As always, we try to provide context to give a fair overview of the product. We strive to remain impartial and unbiased, and we have not... read more

The best free 3D printing online courses

3D printing can be a quite complicated concept to grasp. To help people get a better understanding of the basics of 3D printing and its general principles, there are many online courses about 3D printing available for all. These online courses, trainings and MOOCs... read more

[Hands-on] Test and review of the Creaform MetraSCAN 750, an optical CMM 3D scanner solution

Disclaimer: the comments and opinions expressed in this hands-on review are the results of our own (limited!) experience with the product. As always, we try to provide context to give a fair overview of the product. We strive to remain impartial and unbiased, and... read more

[Review] The Proto-pasta Carbon Fiber PLA, an exotic filament for 3D printers

Disclaimer: the comments and opinions expressed in this review are the results of our own (limited!) experience with the product. As always, we try to provide context to give a fair overview of the product. We strive to remain impartial and unbiased, and we have not... read more

[Review] The Ultimaker 2+, one desktop 3D printer to rule them all?

Disclaimer: the comments and opinions expressed in this review are the results of our own (limited!) experience with the product. As always, we try to provide context to give a fair overview of the product. We strive to remain impartial and unbiased, and we have not... read more

[Review] The Proto-pasta HTPLA Aromatic Coffee, a flavorful filament for 3D printers

Disclaimer: the comments and opinions expressed in this review are the results of our own (limited!) experience with the product. As always, we try to provide context to give a fair overview of the product. We strive to remain impartial and unbiased, and we have not... read more

[Review] The Voltivo ExcelFil EVO and the Voltivo ExcelFil PLA, two great filaments for 3D printers

Disclaimer: the comments and opinions expressed in this review are the results of our own (limited!) experience with the product. As always, we try to provide context to give a fair overview of the product. We strive to remain impartial and unbiased, and we have not... read more

[Review] The Lulzbot Mini, a powerful and compact desktop 3D printer

Disclaimer: the comments and opinions expressed in this review are the results of our own (limited!) experience with the product. As always, we try to provide context to give a fair overview of the product. We strive to remain impartial and unbiased, and we have not... read more

[Review] The Rangevision Smart, an affordable desktop 3D scanner

Disclaimer: the comments and opinions expressed in this review are the results of our own (limited!) experience with the product. As always, we try to provide context to give a fair overview of the product. We strive to remain impartial and unbiased, and we have not... read more

[Review] The Recreus FilaFlex, a great flexible filament for 3D printers

Disclaimer: the comments and opinions expressed in this review are the results of our own (limited!) experience with the product. As always, we try to provide context to give a fair overview of the product. We strive to remain impartial and unbiased, and we have not... read more

The best 3D printing services

UPDATE: we have released our list of the best 3D printers with meta-rating calculated using ratings from four reliable sources (3D Hubs, Pinshape, Amazon and Make). Find out which are the 20 top rated 3D printers currently on the market! __________________ 3D printing... read more

[Review] The bq Witbox 2, a powerful desktop 3D printer

Disclaimer: the comments and opinions expressed in this review are the results of our own (limited!) experience with the product. As always, we try to provide context to give a fair overview of the product. We strive to remain impartial and unbiased, and we have not... read more

4 fails by major 3D printing companies

3D printing can be a tough industry and companies, no matter their size, sometimes make big mistakes. From the outside, it’s sometimes hard to understand how they manage to fail when it seems they have all it takes to succeed. We’ve selected 4 of the most... read more

[Review] The Dagoma Discovery200, an affordable entry-level 3D printer

Disclaimer: the comments and opinions expressed in this review are the results of our own (limited!) experience with the product. As always, we try to provide context to give a fair overview of the product. We strive to remain impartial and unbiased, and we have not... read more

The best podcasts about 3D printing

Podcasts are great. They’ve been around for a long time and the popularity of this medium is still on the rise in 2016. An increasing number of content producers are turning to podcasting to reach their audience, especially on niche topics such as 3D printing. We’re... read more

[Review] The Flashforge Creator Pro, an affordable dual extruder 3D printer

Disclaimer: the comments and opinions expressed in this review are the results of our own (limited!) experience with the product. As always, we try to provide context to give a fair overview of the product. We strive to remain impartial and unbiased, and we have not... read more

[Review] The Fuel3D SCANIFY, a lightweight portable 3D scanner

Disclaimer: the comments and opinions expressed in this review are the results of our own (limited!) experience with the product. As always, we try to provide context to give a fair overview of the product. We strive to remain impartial and unbiased, and we have not... read more

[Review] The Voltivo ExcelFil TECH Wood Composite and Aluminium filaments

Disclaimer: the ratings, comments and opinions expressed in this review are the results of our own (limited!) experience with the product. As always, we try to provide context to give a fair overview of the product. We strive to remain impartial and unbiased, and we... read more

[Hands-on] The Artec Space Spider, a portable 3D scanner

Disclaimer: the comments and opinions expressed in this review are the results of our own (limited!) experience with the product. As always, we try to provide context to give a fair overview of the product. We strive to remain impartial and unbiased, and we have not... read more

[Hands-on] The Shining 3D EinScan-Pro, an affordable and powerful portable 3D scanner

Disclaimer: the comments and opinions expressed in this review are the results of our own (limited!) experience with the product. As always, we try to provide context to give a fair overview of the product. We strive to remain impartial and unbiased, and we have not... read more

The Gold Rush: Are Giant Companies Taking Over 3D Printing?

First it was Autodesk with its own Ember 3D printer, then HP making a disruptive announcement in late 2014. After that Ricoh and Canon presented their own powder and resin based 3D printers. Now Polaroid launched its own desktop machine, with Apple and Google investing heavily both in 3D scanning and rapid, full color, 3D printing technologies. Microsoft, with its Hololens, is not far behind.

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Welcome to the new Aniwaa

We’re Pierre-Antoine and Martin, two childhood friends from France, passionate with 3D printing. We started Aniwaa in 2012 as a side project, and left our jobs last year to take it to the next level. Today, we’re super excited to launch our new website,... read more
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