3D printing

Palette 3D printer accessory fuses filaments for multicolor printing

Palette 3D printer accessory fuses filaments for multicolor printing

The latest 3D-printing innovation, Palette, can fuse various filaments end-over-end to create multicolored objects and embedded circuitry by using electrical filaments. 3D-printing has come a long way, and as the technology becomes more popular, we're seeing cheaper models hit the shelves and 3D-printers capable of using bio-materials to make medical-grade implants. Previously, single-nozzle 3D-printers have only been able to print monochrome creations. Palette wants to give the ability to print multiple filaments to any single-nozzle 3D-printer, creating smooth, multicolored creations.

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GE gets first 3D printed aircraft part approved by FAA

GE gets first 3D printed aircraft part approved by FAA

GE is a massive company that produces all sorts of products including aircraft components. 3D printing has been around for a while now and some companies are starting to take advantage of 3D printing in their manufacturing process. GE has announced that it has received FAA approval for the first aircraft part that is made using a 3D printer.

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Autodesk, Mattel to bring the magic of 3D printing to kids

Autodesk, Mattel to bring the magic of 3D printing to kids

We guess it was inevitable. When smartphones and tablets became the hot tech toys, kids become the next target of device makers. Now that 3D printing is the buzzword, it's only a matter of time before children become the next big, or in this case, small, customers. Autodesk, one of the foremost players in the 3D software scene, and Mattel, one of the biggest toy companies, are joining forces to do just that. Though, for now, kids are still safe as the two have yet to reveal concrete products from this partnership.

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Disney’s prototype 3D printer makes things from soft fabric

Disney’s prototype 3D printer makes things from soft fabric

As the 3D printing boom continues, there's one thing that is almost always the same: objects are printed from rigid plastic. How are we supposed to print soft, plushy things like stuffed animals from that kind of material? Well, the folks at Disney Research are way ahead of you, as their new prototype 3D printer is able to produce flexible things made from fabric. Instead of normal 3D printers that use plastic, adding portions of the material in specific spots, Disney's machine cuts shapes in sheets of fabric, which are then layered on top each other.

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This Apple II Watch is a 1970s-inspired wearable

This Apple II Watch is a 1970s-inspired wearable

Miss out on pre-ordering the Apple Watch this week? Or did you, but can't expect your new wearable to arrive until sometime in June? Cure those Cupertino smartwatch blues with the Apple II Watch, and feel like you stepped out of an alternate dimension 1970s. That's right, you can actually wrap one of these around your wrist, assuming you're a DIY tech wizard with a lot of time on your hands. This custom creation comes from Instructables user Aleator777, and eschews a "digital crown" for a mini floppy disk drive!

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Google expands online museum with 3D objects

Google expands online museum with 3D objects

The Google Art Project expands online today with a collection of more than 200 objects displayed in full 3D. These objects are available - to the public - to be rotated and zoomed in on, allowing users to get up close and personal with them in ways never before possible, online or off. Oddities and rare pieces of artwork can now be turned around and inspected from all angles, all thanks to 3D scanning technology Google is now making available to museums around the world for free.

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3D-printed clothes to be shown off at fashion show

3D-printed clothes to be shown off at fashion show

If you're lucky, you can find clothing that fits you perfectly at clothing stores. For some, the clothes available fit well enough, but it takes a tailor to make them perfect. Soon enough that could be a thing of the past thanks to 3D printing, which could be used to produce clothing tailored to a single person's specific measurements. While the ability to have a fresh t-shirt printed on your lunch break is still fantasy, some have already started dabbling with the technology.

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Caltech designs smartphone camera chip capable of 3D scanning

Caltech designs smartphone camera chip capable of 3D scanning

As one of the most popular new technologies, 3D printing is likely to continue its rapid growth in the consumer market over the next few years. With 3D printers becoming more common in homes, another possible growth might be in the use of 3D scanners. Users find something they'd like to make a replica of, and with a few quick photos they can go home and get to work. This could become even easier than expected, as a team of researchers at Caltech have designed a new camera chip that would allow your smartphone to take those 3D scans.

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iPad stays strange with INKO: electric ink and tatooed leather

iPad stays strange with INKO: electric ink and tatooed leather

Straight from the crew at Appropriate Audiences, the iPad cover/keyboard known as INKO uses electric ink to create a unique approach to tapping out sentences. This piece of equipment functions as a cover for the iPad as well as a full-functioning keyboard and is made primarily of leather. Standard ink was applied to the inside to create a keyboard with a 3D printer hacked to be a tattooing machine - a marvel in and of itself. Under the hood, electric paint makes circuits and sensors on leather to make for a truly odd piece of work.

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Retouch3D lets your put the finishing touches on 3D prints

Retouch3D lets your put the finishing touches on 3D prints

The democratization of 3D printing has made many a dream and idea come true, but for all the fairy tale stories, some things are kept out of the media. Yes, 3D printing does seem like magic, almost instantly giving physical existence to otherwise digital only objects, but the product that comes out of the printer is rarely the polished finished product you get to see in the end of the process. There's still a lot of cruft to be cut out first, a tiresome and ugly process that Retouch3D wants to cut out as well.

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