In the 3D realm of CES 2014 we caught up with 3D Systems, a crew that brought so many new products and services to the show that it was difficult keeping up with it all! Two of the more late-breaking items we were introduced to were the Chef Jet and the Chef Jet Pro, both of them capable food-safe 3D printing. Both printers are fully certified and ready to head to the kitchen this year.
MakerBot ha some brand new 3D printers on display at CES 2014. The company, which is at the forefront of 3D printing, unveiled some interesting new machines for consumers. While not the most petite printer we’ve seen, they certainly are the flashiest — and maybe best.
CES is an opportune time to show your wares to one of the largest congregation of technology-minded people on the planet and MakerBot is definitely not going to let that chance pass by. Using CES 2014 as its stage, MakerBot is announcing three new 3D printers to cater to the still growing 3D printing industry in the hopes fulfilling its dream of putting a 3D printer in every home.
The technology behind 3D printing is being used for a vast range of activities -- printing eye cells to help develop a future without blindness, to create firearms, casts and prosthesis, and more. Added to the list is a small printer made out of CD-ROM drives that, using a needle and type of ink, prints 3D designs inside of JELLO.
3D printing has been used to print a variety of objects -- firearms, casts, limbs, food. One of the most recent uses falls into the more altruistic efforts, with researchers announcing they've successfully printed eye cells, something that could eventually lead to a cure for blindness. The work was done by researchers at The University of Cambridge, and was published in the journal Biofabrication.
Surgeons and technicians based at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia have produced a 3D-printed skull. But this isn't just a mono-textured model. Every layer -- from the skin to the skull to the various soft tissues of the brain and even the blood vessels -- are reproduced from scans of specific human skulls.
Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside has confirmed that a Project Ara prototype is nearing completion. Project Ara is a collaboration between Motorola and 3D Systems to produce something similar to the "Phonebloks" project -- modular smartphones whose components can be replaced like Legos. The confirmation occurred yesterday in a Google+ Hangout.
Ramping up to the release of the second Hobbit movie in theaters, the folks at Microsoft have let it be known that they'll be sending out a file for 3D-printer users that'll have them creating the mythical Key to Erebor. This oddity means that Microsoft and Warner Bros. UK will be the first in history to be making use of 3D printing in an advertising campaign.
High fuel efficiency is an important part of a vehicle for most people, especially as fuel prices rise and environmental concerns increase. Hyper-mile drivers go to great lengths to increase their car's gas mileage, but some cars bring it to the table as its default offering. Such is the case with the URBEE2, a 3D-printed car that is about to head out on a cross-country journey with only 10 gallons of fuel.
3D printing has been used for all sorts of research projects over the years to make things like prototype parts and more. Scientists from Harvard have now devised a new ink and tools that allow them to 3D print lithium-ion battery components. The same process can also be used to print other electronic components using 3D printing.
If there was any doubt that Motorola would continue to push forward with their modular smartphone project through the future, it's been given another kick in the pants today. Motorola Mobility LLC, A Google Company, has today announced their new partnership with the 3D printing group 3D Systems for the modular smartphone system called Project Ara. This partnership will allow Motorola to get one step closer to what they describe as "production-level speeds and volumes."