Home Depot is looking to get you into the 3D printing game, adding MakerBot's Replicator 3D printers to its inventory. If you happen to live near one of the select stores carrying the machine, you can grab it in person, but otherwise it is available through the hardware store's website.
Can you 3D print a car? Sure you can! Local Motors, who have been working with the public for years in bringing their designs to the road. Dubbing their method “co-creation”, they also use “micro-manufacturing” to get you your vehicle (and even let you pitch in on the build). A contest of theirs to design a 3D printed, electric vehicle has just wrapped, but the submitted designs were phenomenal.
MakerBot, the company leading the charge to get 3D printing everywhere, has announced their Replicator Z18 printer is ready to ship. For those who backed the device early on via pre-order, shipments will start going out soon. MakerBot says they’re working down the order sheet, sending out printers as soon as they’re ready to go.
CreoPop's 3D printing pen has begun its crowdfunding campaign, with the cool-running stylus taking on 3Doodler and others with its unusual ink. The pen - which we played with in prototype form earlier this month - allows for freehand sketching of 3D objects, but unlike other such startups uses a completely cold ink that's set with ultraviolet light.
NASA has given the green light to a 3D printer specially designed for the International Space Station, with the microgravity-ready fabricator now expected to blast off in August this year. Made In Space announced plans to put a 3D printer in orbit last year, working with the US space agency on the idea that, rather than ship specific components and parts to the ISS, it makes more sense to produce them on-demand.
From makers to builders, Arup is taking 3D printing into a new frontier. The UK-based professional services company has just commissioned the development of 3D printing techniques that will produce steel components that themselves will be used as parts of a larger construction work.
If you plan on going to outer space someday, it might be on Richard Branson’s aircraft. Maybe once you get up there, you’ll feel the need to celebrate — you’re in space, after all. That doesn’t happen daily. Rather than drink from some sort of pouch meant to hold TANG, a new Martini glass might be what you’re looking for.
If having your own robot to do your bidding sounds enticing, it’s fast becoming a reality. Instead of waiting around for someone to engineer a companion robot, Intel is letting you do it yourself. At home. The company says that by the time 2015 is here, we’ll have a 3D printable robot model we can assemble at home.
We all like good products at a low price point, which is why things like Chromebooks sell as well as they do. Another product set to invade your home are 3D printers, which are currently experiencing increased interest and desire from consumers. A new printer, currently being crowdfunded, might be the first to actually make sense for your home.
Can you print food? That’s a tricky line to walk, but with 3D printing, the day of taking molecules and enzymes essential to food and combining them piecemeal is approaching. One startup thinks they’re on the right track, and have begun 3D printing fruits. Don’t get too excited, though, it may not be what you think.
You've heard of the MakerBot, but how about the PancakeBot? While 3D printing is the subject of many potentially life-altering projects, it also has its fun and quirky uses, such as the ink-design Jell-O shot printer. The PancakeBot can be counted among those fun uses, designing the complex pancake drawings you can never manage by hand.