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MIT’s MultiFab 3D printer can handle 10 materials at once

MIT’s MultiFab 3D printer can handle 10 materials at once

3D printers are great, useful, and fun, but the typical hobbyist printer that you can buy for yourself or for your home business has a problem with single-mindedness. For one, it can only really produce one part at a time, leaving the task of assembling parts together into a functional whole to humans. For another, it can only work with one material at a time, though more professional, and more expensive, 3D printers can work with up to three. MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory or CSAIL, however, has a solution that solves both of those at a fraction of the cost of a professional 3D printer.

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3D-printed ‘Bubble Bucket’ blows 14,000 bubbles per minute

3D-printed ‘Bubble Bucket’ blows 14,000 bubbles per minute

You can use your 3D printer for utilitarian things like printing a replacement battery cover for the TV remote, or you can use it for something fun like building your own bubble-blowing contraption. The latter is what one designer decided to do, and the end result is a relatively simple-to-make 5 gallon bucket full of watery soap, a revolving band of bubble-blowing wands, and a motor that takes it in a loop. The output is enough to drive dogs and kids alike crazy: 14,000 or so bubbles per minute.

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3D printed medicine gets FDA stamp of approval

3D printed medicine gets FDA stamp of approval

Is there anything 3D printing can't do these days? From toys, to chocolate, to dog legs, to house parts. And now we even have 3D printed drugs. Now that in itself isn't really a novel feat, considering 3D printed food. The success that Aprecia Pharmaceuticals achieved is in actually getting the US Food and Drug Administration to approve it. This makes its SPRITRAM seizure drug to be the first 3D printed medication to receive FDA approval, perhaps opening the doors to even more such products in the future.

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Researchers use bone powder, bio-glue to 3D print bones

Researchers use bone powder, bio-glue to 3D print bones

This Friday's dose of macabre comes courtesy of researchers in China who are testing a new method to 3D print bones. The bones aren't like past 3D printing attempts we've heard of, however -- they are being printed using powered bones and a biological glue. Past efforts have seen researchers using metal elements for printing 3D bones as potential medical implants, but this latest method is producing potentially implantable bones that made entirely of, you know, bones ground into a powder.

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Dubai will be home to first 3D printed office building

Dubai will be home to first 3D printed office building

We’ve seen 3D printed home concepts and low-cost housing printed using giant 3D printers. Functional 3D printed buildings and homes are still a thing of the future, though, a future that is now upon us: Dubai has announced a project that will result in the first ever 3D printed office building — a building that will be functional and will include printed furniture. It will be a 2,000 square foot building, and will be made from a 20ft-tall printer.

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Ripple Maker 3D printer makes coffee foam works of art

Ripple Maker 3D printer makes coffee foam works of art

A new bit of coffee tech may one day make it to your favorite coffee shop to bring a bit of caffeine and art to your morning cup of Joe. A new coffee machine has surfaced that takes advantage of 3D printing tech to make works of art in the foam at the top of a cup of coffee. The printer is called the Ripple Maker and it uses birth 3D printing and inkjet tech.

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Brick-laying robot can ‘3D print’ a home in two days

Brick-laying robot can ‘3D print’ a home in two days

Robots can do a lot of things, from smart pills to 3D printing an entire steel bridge. This robot-powered invention from Perth, Australia's Fastbrick Robotics can lay bricks more efficiently than a team of humans, building a brick exterior of a home in just two days. It's really a giant 3D printer for homes. The creators dubbed the robot Hadrian, named after the Roman emperor who built the vast, eponymous Hadrian's Wall.

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This 700hp 3D printed supercar wants to reinvent manufacturing

This 700hp 3D printed supercar wants to reinvent manufacturing

Supercars may be outlandish by default, but Divergent Microfactories' Blade goes one step further, blending 3D printing with a 700 HP bi-fuel engine. While it's not the first use of 3D printing in automotive we've seen - Local Motors revealed its fully-printed Strati last year, for instance - Blade distinguishes itself with its combination of 3D printing and carbon fiber assembly that, its inventors argue, deliver the best of flexibility and speed of construction.

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L’Oreal partners with bioprinting firm to 3D print human skin

L’Oreal partners with bioprinting firm to 3D print human skin

L'Oreal is partnering with 3D bioprinting company, Organovo to take their current skin farming to the next level. L'Oreal currently grows its own skin for testing beauty products and formulations. It is a necessary step before releasing products to market, so L'Oreal can see just how safe and effective its formulas are. Organovo is an industrial bioprinting company that 3D-printed artificial veins from living tissue in 2010.

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