3D printing

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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3D-printed vertebra successfully implanted for the first time

3D-printed vertebra successfully implanted for the first time

Spinal injuries are often life-changing, and the solutions are decidedly archaic, sometimes involving surgical cement and screws. The future is finally upon us, however, and with it comes the first implanted 3D printed vertebra. Using 3D printing, the vertebra is designed to match the patient's spine.

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3D printed Apple Pi Mac: DIY creator speaks up

3D printed Apple Pi Mac: DIY creator speaks up

This week we’ve had a tiny chat with the creators of the tiniest Mac ever made. With the power of 3D printing and Raspberry Pi, Adafruit Industries have created a Mac desktop computer that works with a 2.8-inch display - it’s nearly pocketable! It’s relatively easy to make yourself, too!

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Man makes concrete castle using 3D printer

Man makes concrete castle using 3D printer

Who needs a house when they can have a castle? Enthusiast Andrey Rudenko has 3D printed his own castle out of concrete, and though it isn't outfitted as a complete home, it would make quite the spectacular man cave or playhouse. The castle was printed 10mm at a time.

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SLS 3D printers see price drop following patent expiration

SLS 3D printers see price drop following patent expiration

Selective Laser Sintering 3D printers, more commonly called SLS 3D printers, have long been the most expensive among 3D printing technologies, not the least of which was due to the existence of many patents related to the tech. With those patents expiring this year, the cost of these printers -- though certainly not "budget-friendly" in the traditional sense -- have seen a drastic drop in price.

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3D-printed skin grafts are poised to transform reconstructive surgery

3D-printed skin grafts are poised to transform reconstructive surgery

When it comes to 3D printing, most people think of common objects, both large and small: houses, toys, tools, and such. But researchers have been busy at work using the technology for medical purposes, figuring out how to do things like print eye cells and create futuristic casts. TeVido BioDevices is counted amongst this latter category, working on 3D-printing skin grafts for patients.

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Amazon 3D Printing store pushes personalization

Amazon 3D Printing store pushes personalization

Amazon has already turned the retail world on its head, showing just how much scope there is when you stock vast quantities of products in equally vast warehouses, and now it's dipping its toe into on-demand 3D printing. The new 3D Printing Store offers a range of jewelry, tech accessories, and home decor, which shoppers can customize before they have them delivered.

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Hasbro opens doors to 3D-printed Fan Art sales

Hasbro opens doors to 3D-printed Fan Art sales

In an initiative called "SuperFanArt", Hasbro has teamed up with Shapeways to create a portal through which fans of Hasbro’s characters can create and sell their own 3D-printed toys. The first line to have its license opened to fans through this program is My Little Pony. This should appeal to some of the stranger fans out in the fan universe - but Hasbro’s collection has some far larger names in the mix as well.

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MIT students make 3D ice cream printer

MIT students make 3D ice cream printer

The filament used for 3D printing is useful, but not terribly interesting. Others have taken to printing using other substances, some for notable purposes, others more or less for novelty. The 3D pancake printer is one such machine, but in recent times MIT students have trumped it.

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MakerBot 3D printers arrive at select Home Depot stores

MakerBot 3D printers arrive at select Home Depot stores

Home Depot is looking to get you into the 3D printing game, adding MakerBot's Replicator 3D printers to its inventory. If you happen to live near one of the select stores carrying the machine, you can grab it in person, but otherwise it is available through the hardware store's website.

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Using Raspberry Pi to make your own 3D-printed Game Boy

Using Raspberry Pi to make your own 3D-printed Game Boy

Old Gameboys are available aplenty on eBay, Craigslist, and maybe that old box in your mom's garage, but for some people, there's something special about a device crafted with one's own hands. If you fall into that category (and often wax poetic about your ol' Gameboy), Adafruit has introduced a project right up your alley.

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