3D printer

Singapore students print 1st 3D Concept Car in Asia

Singapore students print 1st 3D Concept Car in Asia

When you think of printers, you probably think of the big, heavy boxes on or under your desks. For quite a while now there have been 3D printers capable of printing any 3D object you can dream up in CAD, for example. The new technology has come a long way from its infancy only a few years ago. These days you can print everything from replicar dinosaur bones, to a Stradivarius imitation, to ultra-light bicycles, and now even whole cars. Students from the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore have succeeded to print an entire urban solar electric car.

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Mansion and apartment block created using 3D printer in China

Mansion and apartment block created using 3D printer in China

Last year news began surfacing of industrious folks who had big dreams -- literally big -- for 3D printing, namely using the technology to "print" houses one layer at a time. One Chinese company in particular demonstrated this last year by printing single homes, and it seems it has been busy refining the technology since then. Latest among its creations are two massive structures, both likewise created using 3D printing: a mansion and an apartment block. Both of them are said to be proof-of-concept creations, but they demonstrate how the future of affordable, quickly-produced homes might come about.

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Voxel8 3D printer can print working electronics

Voxel8 3D printer can print working electronics

There are plenty of 3D printers on the market that makers use to create the enclosures for all sorts of electronic devices. A new 3D printer has hit the market called the Voxel8 and this 3D printer can print actual working electronics, something few other 3D printers are capable of doing. This printer turned up at CES earlier this month and lets users combine plastic, conductive ink, and electronic components into the same object.

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Polyes Q1 3D printing pen includes integrated blue light

Polyes Q1 3D printing pen includes integrated blue light

By this point, 3D printing pens aren't anything new. We've seen different versions of them, including the 3Doodler pen that hit Kickstarter back in 2013. Now the crowdfunding website is home to a similar device, one that promises to trump all of its competitors via the inclusion of an integrated blue light. With this blue light, the Polyes Q1 3D printing pen's photo-polymer "ink" is cured quickly for a safer three dimensional drawing experience, improving upon the ABS/PLA materials used by alternatives.

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Geek builds Bluetooth Smart Ring with OLED display

Geek builds Bluetooth Smart Ring with OLED display

An enterprising geek has set about building a custom smart wearable device in the form of a fat ring that has Bluetooth tech inside. The Bluetooth Smart Ring also features a 64x32 monochrome OLED display and a touch button that allows the wearer to receive and reply to notifications from a smartphone using the ring.

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3D printed yearbook helps the blind remember high school

3D printed yearbook helps the blind remember high school

In this digital and visual age, we usually take for granted some of the things that we can see. But what about those who don't have the gift of sight? Fortunately, the same technology that can produce plastic models or artificial dog limbs has become sophisticated and accessible enough that even the blind can benefit from advances in 3D printing. Like for example, this 3D printed yearbook that gives blind students a chance to remember not just the names but also the faces of their classmates and friends.

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3D Printing gives a dog back his legs

3D Printing gives a dog back his legs

We've seen 3D printers churn out amazing things, sometimes even unbelievable things, and once in a while ridiculous things. But what if 3D printing could do something amazing, selfless, and heart-warming as well? That can definitely happen with a bit of imagination, creativity, science, and the will to put the technology to even better use, as in this case of Derby, a handicapped canine that was able to experience first hand the empowering benefits of 3D printing. With a little help from humans, of course.

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3D printer on ISS makes first item: a part for itself

3D printer on ISS makes first item: a part for itself

Made In Space’s 3D printer, which is currently housed on the International Space Station, has printed its first item. While Earthbound printers might be used for toys or other trinkets, the 3D printer in space has a better idea: parts. The first item the printer printed was a spare part. For itself. the 3D printer orbiting the one on your desk is very similar, too: ABS plastic, fed through a filament, that lays out items on a base. The printer arrived via SpaceX’s Dragon ship.

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