3D printing

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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Arduino formally joins 3D printing with Arduino Materia 101

Arduino formally joins 3D printing with Arduino Materia 101

No, it isn't a combination of the popular microcontroller and Final Fantasy VII. Arduino Materia 101 is, instead, an almost foreseeable and completely expected merging of two of the hobbyist world's most popular toys: microcontrollers and 3D printing.

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Pi-Top is a 3D printable Raspberry Pi laptop

Pi-Top is a 3D printable Raspberry Pi laptop

We seen some interesting things result from mixing a Raspberry Pi with 3D-printing, the latest of which is the industrious Pi-Top, a 3D-printed kit for transforming one of the tiny computers into a functional laptop. Though not the prettiest machine out there, the Pi-Top lets DIYers tinker and makes for a really cheap system.

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WikiHouse open source project: fast and cheap homes

WikiHouse open source project: fast and cheap homes

We've seen examples of low-cost 3D printed houses (and an unrelated castle), and while they're all interesting, they are out of the reach of most prospective home buyers. That could change with WikiHouse, a project that aims to provide the public with plans for cheap homes that can be built in a matter of days.

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UPS reveals plan to expand 3D printing locations

UPS reveals plan to expand 3D printing locations

As with Staples, 3D printing is available at UPS stores, something that has thus far been a pilot program. According to the company, it will be rolling out an expansion to almost 100 stores across the US, marking the highest number of printing locations available by a nationwide retailer.

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3DPlusMe will 3D print you as a superhero starting tomorrow

3DPlusMe will 3D print you as a superhero starting tomorrow

Fancy yourself a superhero? Marvel and Hasbro have kicked off a new partnership with 3DPlusMe that will allow anyone to get their face 3D-printed on a superhero's body...assuming they're near one of the Walmarts or Sam's Clubs that are participating.

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Meet Jimmy, the robot pal to put Intel’s Edison in your home

Meet Jimmy, the robot pal to put Intel’s Edison in your home

The idea of domestic robots isn't new, but Intel and Trossen Robotics are aiming to make it actually happen with the 3D-printed Jimmy powered by the chip firm's new Edison development board. Trossen has been offering the original Jimmy for some time now, a $16,000 'bot powered by an Intel Core i5 chip, but its new little brother - the HR-OS1 - promises to come in at a tenth of the price and, so the theory goes, open up the space to those who aren't adept at robotics programming.

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Inside the Moto 360: Touring Motorola’s design labs

Inside the Moto 360: Touring Motorola’s design labs

3D printing, laser-cut leather, and a whole suitcase full of fake arms. The path to market for the Moto 360 certainly wasn't typical, as our behind-the-scenes photo tour of Motorola's design and testing labs in its Chicago headquarters proved. Read on for plastic wrists, Gorilla Glass, and more.

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