3D printing

BMW is 3D printing thumbs for its workers

BMW is 3D printing thumbs for its workers

3D printing and scanning is already commonplace in car production, but BMW is experimenting with upgrading its staff with the technology. A new trial at BMW's Munich plant is giving assembly workers individually-tailored thumb guards to help avoid over-stretching, having first scanned the digit with a portable 3D camera.

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3D printed electric cars are happening, and they look amazing

3D printed electric cars are happening, and they look amazing

Can you 3D print a car? Sure you can! Local Motors, who have been working with the public for years in bringing their designs to the road. Dubbing their method “co-creation”, they also use “micro-manufacturing” to get you your vehicle (and even let you pitch in on the build). A contest of theirs to design a 3D printed, electric vehicle has just wrapped, but the submitted designs were phenomenal.

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Google “Made with Code” tackles girls in tech

Google “Made with Code” tackles girls in tech

Google is challenging the paucity of women in tech, launching Made with Code alongside MIT Media Lab, Girl Scouts of the USA, and several other organizations to encourage girls to get involved in coding. Along with a $50m fund to support programs, the new scheme puts together projects designed to appeal to young women, such as making tumblr-worthy animated GIFs, putting together music tracks, and designing 3D printed jewelry.

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MakerBot Z18 starts shipping to pre-order customers

MakerBot Z18 starts shipping to pre-order customers

MakerBot, the company leading the charge to get 3D printing everywhere, has announced their Replicator Z18 printer is ready to ship. For those who backed the device early on via pre-order, shipments will start going out soon. MakerBot says they’re working down the order sheet, sending out printers as soon as they’re ready to go.

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CreoPop cold-printing 3D pen kicks off campaign

CreoPop cold-printing 3D pen kicks off campaign

CreoPop's 3D printing pen has begun its crowdfunding campaign, with the cool-running stylus taking on 3Doodler and others with its unusual ink. The pen - which we played with in prototype form earlier this month - allows for freehand sketching of 3D objects, but unlike other such startups uses a completely cold ink that's set with ultraviolet light.

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Made In Space 3D printer for ISS gets NASA nod

Made In Space 3D printer for ISS gets NASA nod

NASA has given the green light to a 3D printer specially designed for the International Space Station, with the microgravity-ready fabricator now expected to blast off in August this year. Made In Space announced plans to put a 3D printer in orbit last year, working with the US space agency on the idea that, rather than ship specific components and parts to the ISS, it makes more sense to produce them on-demand.

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Arup 3D printing creates steel parts for construction

Arup 3D printing creates steel parts for construction

From makers to builders, Arup is taking 3D printing into a new frontier. The UK-based professional services company has just commissioned the development of 3D printing techniques that will produce steel components that themselves will be used as parts of a larger construction work.

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CreoPop 3D Pen hands-on: Freehand object sketching gets cool

CreoPop 3D Pen hands-on: Freehand object sketching gets cool

3D printing has segued from the niche lab to very nearly the mass market, and new startup CreoPop is hoping to tip it over the edge with its new 3D Pen. Built around an intriguing range of unusual "inks", as well as the promise of more child-friendly hardware, the CreoPop 3D Pen is hoping to follow in the illustrious footsteps of previous similar crowdfunding projects. I caught up with the team to try my hand and see what makes CreoPop different.

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3D printed martini glass lets you drink in style on the Moon

3D printed martini glass lets you drink in style on the Moon

If you plan on going to outer space someday, it might be on Richard Branson’s aircraft. Maybe once you get up there, you’ll feel the need to celebrate — you’re in space, after all. That doesn’t happen daily. Rather than drink from some sort of pouch meant to hold TANG, a new Martini glass might be what you’re looking for.

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3D printed robot will be ready by end of year, says Intel

3D printed robot will be ready by end of year, says Intel

If having your own robot to do your bidding sounds enticing, it’s fast becoming a reality. Instead of waiting around for someone to engineer a companion robot, Intel is letting you do it yourself. At home. The company says that by the time 2015 is here, we’ll have a 3D printable robot model we can assemble at home.

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Mod-t wants to be the 3D printer for all, monetize your designs

Mod-t wants to be the 3D printer for all, monetize your designs

We all like good products at a low price point, which is why things like Chromebooks sell as well as they do. Another product set to invade your home are 3D printers, which are currently experiencing increased interest and desire from consumers. A new printer, currently being crowdfunded, might be the first to actually make sense for your home.

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Can you 3D print fruit? Startup Dovetailed is closer than most

Can you 3D print fruit? Startup Dovetailed is closer than most

Can you print food? That’s a tricky line to walk, but with 3D printing, the day of taking molecules and enzymes essential to food and combining them piecemeal is approaching. One startup thinks they’re on the right track, and have begun 3D printing fruits. Don’t get too excited, though, it may not be what you think.

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