3D printer

3Doodler scores over $2.3 million on Kickstarter

3Doodler scores over $2.3 million on Kickstarter

One of the coolest projects that I've seen turn up on Kickstarter in recent memory was the 3Doodler pen device. The pen uses small sticks of plastic to create small threadlike strings that the user can craft into just about any three-dimensional shape they can dream up. We knew the project was going to be popular when it crushed its $30,000 Kickstarter goal in only a few hours.

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MakerBot Replicator 2 hands-on with Nokia Lumia 820/520 shells

MakerBot Replicator 2 hands-on with Nokia Lumia 820/520 shells

This week at Mobile World Congress 2013 we've seen Nokia's own Lumia 820 and 520 getting their own custom casings (not just covers, that is) with the MakerBot Replicator 2 - live and in-action! While it was just this January when Nokia first released their own 3D case printing files for the Lumia 820, MakerBot quickly revealed their own MakerBot Replicator 2 Destkop 3D Printer optimized shell that Nokia uses this week. This ultimate team-up showed what it could do with the publicly available files - all you need is your own maker to make your own!

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3Doodler 3D printer pen hits Kickstarter

3Doodler 3D printer pen hits Kickstarter

3D printers are undeniably cool, but their price also puts them out of the reach of most; that's where 3Doodler steps in, a 3D printing pen hitting Kickstarter today and promising to make sketches physical. The chubby stylus squirts out of a stream of thermoplastic from its 270 degree-C nib, which is instantly cooled by an integrated fan. By laying different streams of plastic, tugging up streams of it to make 3D structures, and piecing different layers together, you can create 3D designs on a budget.

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Laser 3D-prints tiny spaceship the width of a human hair

Laser 3D-prints tiny spaceship the width of a human hair

3D printers are pretty awesome, but none are quite amazing as this particular one that crafted a tiny spaceship that sits at 125 micrometers long, which is about the diameter of a human hair. The printer that made the spaceship was unveiled at the Photonics West Fair by Nanoscribe, which is a German company that specializes in nanophotonics and 3D laser lithography.

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ESA proposes 3D-printed buildings on the Moon

ESA proposes 3D-printed buildings on the Moon

The European Space Agency and London-based architecture firm Foster are exploring the possibility of constructing buildings on the Moon that are 3D printed using lunar soil and inflatable domes. While the soil itself wouldn't be durable enough to be used in structures, scientists have mixed simulated lunar soil with magnesium oxide to produce a more robust solution.

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MakerBot Replicator 2X experimental 3D printer hands-on

MakerBot Replicator 2X experimental 3D printer hands-on

MakerBot has made a name for themselves recently with their line of 3D printers. Today, the company is at CES 2013 showing off their new experimental 3D printer known as the Replicator 2X, which is the successor to the Replicator 2. What's most impressive about this new model, is that it has two printing heads. We ended up stopping by the crowded booth to get a look at the new printer.

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