3d printing

  • Matterfab 3D Metal Printer Demo

    MatterFab Launches To Make Metal 3D Printing Affordable

    Metal 3-D printers exist now, but they can be expensify to purchase. A new startup called MatterFab hopes to reduce the cost associated with metal 3-D printing, with a machine that houses a high-powered laser to basically weld metal together. Read More

  • MIT Students Create An Ice Cream Printer

    MIT Students Create An Ice Cream Printer

    You scream, I scream, we all transform an off-the-shelf Cuisinart soft-serve maker to extrude super-cooled and 3D-printed shells of ice cream! Three students at MIT, Kyle Hounsell, Kristine Bunker, and David Donghyun Kim, have created a homemade ice cream printer that extrudes soft serve and immediately freezes it so that it can be layered on a cooled plate. The system is a proof-of-concept… Read More

  • Tokyo-Based Artist Arrested For 3D Printing Her Vagina

    Tokyo-Based Artist Arrested For 3D Printing Her Vagina

    A 42-year-old artist named Megumi Igarashi has been arrested in Tokyo for transmitting 3D models of her vagina which, under Japanese obscenity laws, is considered illegal. She sent the files via email to customers who bought copies on her website. She was raising money to build a vagina-shaped boat. The files in question are, to be clear, fairly stylized representations of the female form, as… Read More

  • Squink Lets You Print A Circuit Board For The Price Of A Cup Of Coffee

    Squink Lets You Print A Circuit Board For The Price Of A Cup Of Coffee

    3D printing has changed the way engineers test products, allowing them to cut down on time and costs. But what about 3D printing the components that go into most of these products? Read More

  • The Orange Maker Spins The Plate To Make Better 3D Prints

    The Orange Maker Spins The Plate To Make Better 3D Prints

    We’ve just passed the stage where 3D printers themselves were exotic devices of magic and wonder, and now individual types of 3D printers are exotic devices of magic and wonder. To wit: Orange Maker. This stereolithographic (SLA) printer is fairly standard – a UV light shoots through a special liquid which hardens into an object. However, thanks to a spinning print base, the… Read More

  • Gunmaker Skirts Laws By 3D-Printing A Single Firearm Part

    Gunmaker Skirts Laws By 3D-Printing A Single Firearm Part

    A gunmaker who calls himself Buck O’Fama (get it?) has posted a video of his 3D-printed Ruger Charger receiver. This single part, which usually holds the serial number and is an integral part of the firing mechanism, is, technically, the only part that defines a weapon as an actual gun. By printing his (or her) own, O’Fama has essentially skirted the law that requires all firearms… Read More

  • Watch This Beautiful 3D-Printed Tourbillon In Action

    Watch This Beautiful 3D-Printed Tourbillon In Action

    I’ve been watching my buddy Nicholas Manousos for a few years now. He’s been designing and printing large representations of various watch parts and movements and posting them on Facebook for a while, and he’s just completed his pièce de résistance: a working tourbillon in brightly colored plastic. Read More

  • Normal Makes Headphones 3D-Printed To Your Ear

    Normal Makes Headphones 3D-Printed To Your Ear

    Hello, world. Meet Normal, the customized, high-end earphone manufacturer that’s looking to bring 3D printing to the mass market. From its offices and manufacturing facility in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, Normal is looking to sell $199 customized ear buds made to the shape of an individual’s ear. Read More

  • Researchers Now Able To 3D Print Working Blood Vessels

    Researchers Now Able To 3D Print Working Blood Vessels

    One of the biggest problems with printing human meat was the creation of blood vessels and ventricles. Making a solid mass of flesh was easy but adding a way to pump blood and other nutrients through the flesh was more difficult. Now researchers at the University of Sydney, Harvard, Stanford and MIT, have solved some of these problems by creating a skeleton of vessels and then growing human… Read More

  • 3D Systems Shows Off Its Super-Fast 3D-Printing Assembly Line

    3D Systems Shows Off Its Super-Fast 3D-Printing Assembly Line

    The biggest problem in 3D printing is mass production. While prototyping one or two items per day is fine for small manufacturers, what if you want to customize hundreds or thousands phone cases for Google’s Project Ara phone? Read More

  • Formlabs 3D Printing Workshop | TechCrunch Makers

    TC Makers: Making The Future With The Team At Formlabs

    A few weeks ago I visited the headquarters of Formlabs in Somerville, Mass. where I had the pleasure of meeting the entire team in their small – but growing – workshop. There I saw a repair bay, research room, and even a molecular lab where materials scientists are hard at work making new solutions for the company’s unique SLA printer. When I first met the guys from… Read More

  • New 3D Print Head Makes It Easier To Print Nutella

    New 3D Print Head Makes It Easier To Print Nutella

    As a man who loves things that come out of tubes, I am excited about the Discov3ry Extruder. Designed as an add-on to popular 3D printers, the system is essentially a plunger connected to a nozzle that squirts out pastes of various types including icing, Nutella, spackle, and silicone. Read More

  • Modio Lets Kids Make 3D Printable Monsters On Their iPads

    Modio Lets Kids Make 3D Printable Monsters On Their iPads

    I’ve seen a lot of design programs ostensibly marketed at kids, but none are as cool as Modio. Created by Hilmar Gunnarsson, an Icelandic entrepreneur, the system allows you to build Lego-like creatures that snap together and can be printed in multiple colors. Why is this so cool? Because each part sticks together like magic and you can change sizes, textures, and even colors on the fly. Read More

  • Low-Cost Hardware Merchant Monoprice Now Offers A $1,199 3D Printer

    Low-Cost Hardware Merchant Monoprice Now Offers A $1,199 3D Printer

    Monoprice, everyone’s favorite source for cheap $20-foot HDMI cables and other stuff that you don’t feel like going to Best Buy for, has just announced the availability of a new 3D printer, a dual extruder model that looks to be based on the original Makerbot Replicator. The $1,199 comes with two spools of PLA filament and has a 225 x 145 x 150 mm build volume. Read More

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    A 3D Printed Cast That Can Heal Your Bones 40-80% Faster

    A 3D Printed Cast That Can Heal Your Bones 40-80% Faster

    It looks like something from the Borg (read, cool), but it’s actually a cast for healing bones. The Osteoid, created by Turkish student Deniz Karasahin, incorporates 3D printing and ultrasonic tech to make healing a broken bone more bearable. The idea of ultrasonic healing vibrations to heal bones (and other wounds) has been around for a while. But the problem was doctors couldn’t… Read More

  • The Next Open Source Battle Is Being Waged In The 3D Printing Industry

    The Next Open Source Battle Is Being Waged In The 3D Printing Industry

    After its creation in 1991 it took another eight years or so to be widely recognized, but during that period, arguments arose as to what Linux really was. Could Red Hat, a company founded in 1993, sell services around it? Who made money when you sold a CD containing the latest version of Mandrake Linux? Who owned code written on top of Linux for specific purposes? To the open source community… Read More

  • A Paralyzed Teen Will Kick The First World Cup Ball Thanks To A Robotic Exoskeleton

    A Paralyzed Teen Will Kick The First World Cup Ball Thanks To A Robotic Exoskeleton

    The 2014 World Cup begins next month in Brazil and will feature something truly amazing: the plan is for a paralyzed, non-ambulatory Brazilian teenager to stand up and kick the first ball of the first game using a motorized exoskeleton and special 3D-printed helmet. Created by an international team of designers and engineers, the video shows Colorado State University’s design for the… Read More

  • A Microscope-Inspired Extruder Design Could Add Fine Detail To 3D Prints

    A Microscope-Inspired Extruder Design Could Add Fine Detail To 3D Prints

    If you’ve ever used a microscope you’ll recognize the C.E.M. Crown Extruder. This specially designed head, the brainchild of German engineer Cem Schnitzler, can twist to bring hot filament in contact with multiple styles of printing head, allowing you to lay down different diameters of 3D-printed plastic. A system of motors and pulleys controls the head position and can turn to… Read More

  • Autodesk Announces A Cheap, Open-Source 3D Printer Called The Spark

    Autodesk Announces A Cheap, Open-Source 3D Printer Called The Spark

    Autodesk has been moving decisively in the home 3D printing space, buying 3D modeling software Tinkercad and releasing apps to help amateur modelers create 3D goodies using their phones. Now they have somewhere to send all those 3D models: a new 3D printer called the Spark. The project is two-pronged. First, Spark will exist as a platform that users can build upon and use to render 3D prints. Read More

  • PrintToPeer Networks Your 3D Printer So You Can Build Your Own Bot Farm

    PrintToPeer Networks Your 3D Printer So You Can Build Your Own Bot Farm

    Calgary-based PrintToPeer is a crowdfunded project aimed at networking open-source and commercial 3D printers in one location or around the world, thereby allowing users to send jobs to distant printers. It’s not something you’d think you’d need, but if you harken back to the old days of central laser printers, you can understand the value of having one expensive… Read More