3D printing

Dubai will be home to first 3D printed office building

Dubai will be home to first 3D printed office building

We’ve seen 3D printed home concepts and low-cost housing printed using giant 3D printers. Functional 3D printed buildings and homes are still a thing of the future, though, a future that is now upon us: Dubai has announced a project that will result in the first ever 3D printed office building — a building that will be functional and will include printed furniture. It will be a 2,000 square foot building, and will be made from a 20ft-tall printer.

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Brick-laying robot can ‘3D print’ a home in two days

Brick-laying robot can ‘3D print’ a home in two days

Robots can do a lot of things, from smart pills to 3D printing an entire steel bridge. This robot-powered invention from Perth, Australia's Fastbrick Robotics can lay bricks more efficiently than a team of humans, building a brick exterior of a home in just two days. It's really a giant 3D printer for homes. The creators dubbed the robot Hadrian, named after the Roman emperor who built the vast, eponymous Hadrian's Wall.

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This 700hp 3D printed supercar wants to reinvent manufacturing

This 700hp 3D printed supercar wants to reinvent manufacturing

Supercars may be outlandish by default, but Divergent Microfactories' Blade goes one step further, blending 3D printing with a 700 HP bi-fuel engine. While it's not the first use of 3D printing in automotive we've seen - Local Motors revealed its fully-printed Strati last year, for instance - Blade distinguishes itself with its combination of 3D printing and carbon fiber assembly that, its inventors argue, deliver the best of flexibility and speed of construction.

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Ford begins 3D-printing parts with Carbon3D

Ford begins 3D-printing parts with Carbon3D

This afternoon Ford announced their collaboration with Carbon3D to begin producing high-quality automotive-grade parts with speed. This team-up began in December of 2014 when the companies began talks on how they might speed up production of certain elements in vehicles while retaining quality control. Redwood City-based Carbon3D presented CLIP - Continuous Liquid Interface Production technology. This technology is able to grow parts from UV-curable resins "at speeds as much as 25 to 100 times faster than conventional 3D printing processes." With quality Ford expects, of course.

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This 3D-printed flute can play new microtones

This 3D-printed flute can play new microtones

3D printing has the opportunity to revolutionize yet another industry, music. We've seen some amazing 3D-printed instruments like this violin from Monad Studios. Now, a research group from the Australian University of Wollongong has created a new type of flute that can play notes that are unreachable on a traditional flute. Nitpicking, but this flute does resemble a traditional recorder more than an orchestral flute. The 3D-printed flute operates on a microtonal scale, which utilizes tuning rations that vary from the traditional Western scale. The microtonal creation allows more opportunities for varied harmonies and pitch.

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V-MODA 3D-prints $40,000 headphones with gold plates

V-MODA 3D-prints $40,000 headphones with gold plates

V-MODA announce their team-up with 3D printers to bring the most uniquely customizable headphones ever to the public. These headphones will have custom-designed shields made of a wide variety of materials, making them anywhere from $200 to $40,000 apiece. While V-MODA have been making laser-engraved shields for their headphones for many years, now they're going the extra mile. Now you're going to have the ability to make some of the strangest designs ever, in full 3D, in materials you'd never otherwise have jammed in a pair of cans.

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HP Sprout adds 3D scanning turntable for DIYers

HP Sprout adds 3D scanning turntable for DIYers

HP's oddball all-in-one PC, the Sprout, is gaining a rotating turntable accessory to enable 3D scanning. Priced at $299, the 3D Capture Stage will land alongside a scanning software update that, together, will allow Sprout users to turn physical objects into digital versions that can be manipulated in all dimensions. Meanwhile, a deal with Dremel will make producing 3D prints of such items more straightforward, too.

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3D printed guns targeted in new legislative proposal

3D printed guns targeted in new legislative proposal

The introduction of 3D printing brought about a much cheaper -- and "invisible" -- way for individuals to get their hands on a firearm. The Internet is filled with blueprints for such devices, and though the earlier models featured some problems (breakage, namely), enthusiasts have refined the plastic weapons. There are some inherent problems with these guns, at least from the government's point of view. Such weapons can be acquired by anyone with the right technology, and aren't able to be detected by metal detectors -- hence the "invisible" gun label.

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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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