3D printing

3D printing DRM could open new age of consumerism

3D printing DRM could open new age of consumerism

The ominous warnings of easy counterfeiting and cloned products confusing consumers issued back in the early days of 3D printing may not have panned out quite yet, but a new breed of 3D content DRM demonstrates brands are taking no chances. The technology, which will replace local files - that could in theory be copied and distributed, with content owners only paid once - with a streamed version, is lurking behind some familiar smiling faces, with MakerBot using the system for the first time with Sesame Street characters.

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HP’s next-gen 3D printers are headed to Shapeways

HP’s next-gen 3D printers are headed to Shapeways

HP may have only just taken the wraps off of its 3D Multi Jet Fusion printer technology, but it already has at least one customer, with Shapeways announcing plans to pilot the high-accuracy 3D printing system in 2015. The inkjet-based tech - which squirts tiny amounts of thermoplastic out of thousands of nozzles, and can mix together different colors and finishes in the same pass - should not only increase flexibility for what Shapeways can print, the company says, but dramatically reduce turnaround time for the impatient.

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Here’s how HP plans to shake-up 3D printing

Here’s how HP plans to shake-up 3D printing

HP promised something big in 3D printing, and this is it: the HP 3D Multi Jet Fusion system, promising ten times the speed of existing printers, a huge leap in quality, and eventually the ability to print electrical components as easily as you might a PDF. The new system borrows tech from HP's inkjet printer playbook, spitting out tiny droplets of materials - initially thermoplastics, but with some ambitious plans in the pipeline for other substances - to build up objects. Unfortunately, you shouldn't bother clearing a spot on your desk any time soon: this probably isn't for you.

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XYZPrinting’s da Vinci 1.0 AiO packs 3D printer and scanner

XYZPrinting’s da Vinci 1.0 AiO packs 3D printer and scanner

There is perhaps no more doubt in anyone's mind that 3D printing is here to stay. But while a multitude of companies and startups have made 3D printing a breeze, creating something to be 3D printed isn't yet equally so. Either you design your own object or you employ the use of a dedicated 3D scanner, which isn't exactly easy to come by, not to mention cheap. XYZPrinting, however, might now have the solution to that. Introducing the da Vinci 1.0 AiO, claimed to be the first combo unit available for consumers at a relatively affordable price.

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Forget 3D printing: Carvey 3D wants to domesticize the CNC

Forget 3D printing: Carvey 3D wants to domesticize the CNC

3D printers aren't exactly rare beasts these days, even those intended for your table-top, and so you need to do something different if you want to stand out in the space. Inventables believes its done just that with Carvey, not so much a 3D printer as a 3D carver, domesticating the same sort of CNC processes as big-name firms use to craft laptop casings, unibody smartphones, and jewelry. With a custom carving app, and the ability to machine everything from cork and wax through metals like copper, brass, and gold, and even carbon fiber and circuit boards.

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3D printed Iron Man prosthetic arm includes LED thruster

3D printed Iron Man prosthetic arm includes LED thruster

It's possibly the coolest prosthetic in existence, and it is made specifically for kids: a 3D-printed Iron Man glove that lets wearers channel their inner superhero. It is the latest beautiful example of creations being born from 3D-printing technologies, and though it isn't available on the mass scale (yet, at least), it can be ordered by those who need it from the designer Pat Starace. Best of all, the design isn't static -- the prosthetic includes a working LED palm thruster, among other things.

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