3D printing

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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NASA sets $2.25m prize for 3D printed Mars habitats

NASA sets $2.25m prize for 3D printed Mars habitats

Getting astronauts safely to Mars is only the start of your problems when you're trying to explore the red planet: then you have to give them somewhere to live. NASA has kick-started a competition to figure out just how to do that, challenging inventors to come up with a way to not only 3D print a habitat - preferably using materials found on-site - but do so at least semi-autonomously. To encourage the best brains in construction, NASA is dangling a $2.25m prize in the 3-D Printed Habitat Challenge.

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Robots are about to replace lockpicking kits

Robots are about to replace lockpicking kits

If you're protecting treasured first edition comic collection with a combination lock, you may want to upgrade your security. traditional combo locks are about to be toast thanks to this new robot. The contraption is the creation of Samy Kamkar, the same hacker who brought us the pocket-sized KeySweeper, capable of sniffing keystrokes from wireless keyboards. With a little help from a 3D-printer and Arduino, Kamkar's device exploits a trick he discovered which allows anyone to crack a Masterlock in eight tries or less. The programmable motor is more efficient than any lock picker, opening the lock in seconds.

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Hydrographic printing adds detailed paint jobs to 3D-printed objects

Hydrographic printing adds detailed paint jobs to 3D-printed objects

3D printing allows for creating unique and complex objects, but detailed, mechanical painting of such a diverse range of shapes has proven difficult. Water-transfer printing has been used for everything from car dashboards to press-on nails, but the technique falls short when trying to combine "complex shapes" with more detailed paintings. Previously, it was unpredictable how the paid would distort around complex shapes. A new technique for water-transfer printing has been created by a team of researchers from Zheijiang University in China. From knick knacks to 3D-printed leopards and tiger masks, detailed painting of complex objects can now be achieved through water transfers.

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Engineers 3D printed a working mini jet engine

Engineers 3D printed a working mini jet engine

It might not be enough to power a real jet, but this mini engine could certainly be the first step to a new method of manufacturing full-size ones. A team of engineers at GE have not only successfully 3D printed a small jet engine that works, but one that can handle 33,000 rotations per minute. But this wasn't made with the same MakerBot you have at home. The team behind the engine is responsible for developing additive manufacturing, which is based on melting metal powder into layers and making 3D structures.

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3D printed iconic Shelby Cobra is all electric under the hood

3D printed iconic Shelby Cobra is all electric under the hood

We've seen some 3D-printed cars evolve from rough, inexpensive designs to dreamy, printed concept cars. In honor of the iconic Shelby Cobra's 50th anniversary, the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory 3D-printed an electric Shelby Cobra. The vehicle's whole body and chassis, even interior details like the headrests, were 3D-printed from lightweight, reinforced ABS. To give the cobra a modern twist, they gave the car a non-printed, electric engine. The DoE created the car, from design inception to final production, in six weeks.

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Lowe’s adds in-store and online 3D printing service

Lowe’s adds in-store and online 3D printing service

Lowes is a hardware store known for being relatively welcoming to new technology, something it recently showcased with the addition of a robot worker. Now the company is again expanding its customers' access to new technology by adding in-store and online 3D printing and scanning for 3D printing, making it a whole lot easier to get a replacement part of a hard to find bolt or curtain end piece, for example. Unfortunately, though not coming as much of a surprise, the in-store 3D printing options are limited right now.

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3D-printed splint keeps babies breathing

3D-printed splint keeps babies breathing

This isn't the first time we've seen printed bio-materials find a place in the medical sphere. Last month a bio-printer created an implantable nose made from 3D-printed cartilage. In this case, a team of researchers from the University of Michigan created tracheal splints from 3D-printed bio-material that can be inserted into a child's windpipe to treat tracheobronchomalacia, a condition that causes spontaneous airway collapse. Babies born with the condition are often given a terminal diagnosis and shortened lifespan.

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AstroGro: a modular 3D-printable garden pod for astronauts

AstroGro: a modular 3D-printable garden pod for astronauts

Humans need to eat every single day, and that requirement puts an extra burden on space missions. Fresh food in space will be a necessity at some point, and dreamers have long developed ideas for how this could be achieved. One team in particular took those day dreams a step further and created a functional pod able to actually grow food, and though it can be used on our own crowded planet, it is made specifically for growing fresh food in space. Among many other things, it is scalable so that it can work in different environments, and it is modular.

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