3D printer

Palette 3D printer accessory fuses filaments for multicolor printing

Palette 3D printer accessory fuses filaments for multicolor printing

The latest 3D-printing innovation, Palette, can fuse various filaments end-over-end to create multicolored objects and embedded circuitry by using electrical filaments. 3D-printing has come a long way, and as the technology becomes more popular, we're seeing cheaper models hit the shelves and 3D-printers capable of using bio-materials to make medical-grade implants. Previously, single-nozzle 3D-printers have only been able to print monochrome creations. Palette wants to give the ability to print multiple filaments to any single-nozzle 3D-printer, creating smooth, multicolored creations.

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Disney’s prototype 3D printer makes things from soft fabric

Disney’s prototype 3D printer makes things from soft fabric

As the 3D printing boom continues, there's one thing that is almost always the same: objects are printed from rigid plastic. How are we supposed to print soft, plushy things like stuffed animals from that kind of material? Well, the folks at Disney Research are way ahead of you, as their new prototype 3D printer is able to produce flexible things made from fabric. Instead of normal 3D printers that use plastic, adding portions of the material in specific spots, Disney's machine cuts shapes in sheets of fabric, which are then layered on top each other.

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da Vinci Junior 1.0 3D printer brings 3D printing to the masses

da Vinci Junior 1.0 3D printer brings 3D printing to the masses

If you have ever thought that having a 3D printer would be cool only to look at the price of 3D printers and decided the purchase isn't in your budget, the da Vinci Junior 1.0 3D printer might change your mind. This is the most affordable 3D printer on the market and sells for $349. With many other 3D printers running into the thousands of dollars, the Junior 1.0 is priced well for the masses.

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3D-printed clothes to be shown off at fashion show

3D-printed clothes to be shown off at fashion show

If you're lucky, you can find clothing that fits you perfectly at clothing stores. For some, the clothes available fit well enough, but it takes a tailor to make them perfect. Soon enough that could be a thing of the past thanks to 3D printing, which could be used to produce clothing tailored to a single person's specific measurements. While the ability to have a fresh t-shirt printed on your lunch break is still fantasy, some have already started dabbling with the technology.

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Tiko unibody 3D-printer keeps it simple and cheap

Tiko unibody 3D-printer keeps it simple and cheap

Tiko is a small, unibody 3D-printer that is designed to be simple and user-friendly. 3D printers are revolutionizing the "maker" scene, but the numerous selections can be complicated and expensive. If you want to create basic plastic designs on the cheap and don't have space for a complicated printing setup, then Tiko might be for you. Best of all, Tiko can be yours for only $179 USD, but that's only the price for Kickstarter pledges. The price could go up when Tiko enters the market, but its creators haven't specified a retail price yet.

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Retouch3D lets your put the finishing touches on 3D prints

Retouch3D lets your put the finishing touches on 3D prints

The democratization of 3D printing has made many a dream and idea come true, but for all the fairy tale stories, some things are kept out of the media. Yes, 3D printing does seem like magic, almost instantly giving physical existence to otherwise digital only objects, but the product that comes out of the printer is rarely the polished finished product you get to see in the end of the process. There's still a lot of cruft to be cut out first, a tiresome and ugly process that Retouch3D wants to cut out as well.

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3D-printed drill is smaller than a quarter, and it actually works!

3D-printed drill is smaller than a quarter, and it actually works!

We've seen some amazing 3D-printed things these days. From sonic art installations to human noses ready for transplant, the 3D printers of today know no bounds. At first, it seemed the trend in 3D printing was to go bigger and better. Companies were dreaming big and creating 3D printed houses. Now, 3D-printing is going the opposite direction as makers are creating tiny objects to showcase their skill. Introducing the world's tiniest drill, engineered using CAD and a 3D printer by Lance Abernathy, who hails all the way from New Zealand.

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BoXZY crams a mill, laser, and 3D-printer into one desktop maker

BoXZY crams a mill, laser, and 3D-printer into one desktop maker

Makers and artists, rejoice! BoXZY wants to bring the power of manufacturing-level tools, once only available to industry giants, to your desktop. BoXZY is setting itself apart on Kickstarter by offering more than just 3D-printing. BoXZY is designed to be an all-in-one machine shop, functioning as a 3D-printer, mill, and a laser engraver. Each tool exists as a rapid-change attachment, allowing the user to swiftly switch between mechanisms. Its creators, Justin and Joel Johnson, want to break the barriers like cost, location, and space that individual makers encounter in the industry.

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Bioprinter 3D-prints living cartilage nose in 16 minutes

Bioprinter 3D-prints living cartilage nose in 16 minutes

While traditional 3D-printers build objects using layers of plastic, we've seem some great strides in 3D-printing like lattices emerging from amorphous, resinous goo. Now bioprinters are entering the ring with their ability to create 3D models from biological materials. There's no need to wait for an ear to grow on the back of a mouse; this bioprinter from the ETH Zurich Cartilage Engineering and Regeneration Group can print a nose from biopolymers and living cartilage cells in only 16 minutes. Best of all, no mice are harmed in the process!

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