3D printing

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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PancakeBot 3D-prints the pancakes you can’t draw

PancakeBot 3D-prints the pancakes you can’t draw

You've heard of the MakerBot, but how about the PancakeBot? While 3D printing is the subject of many potentially life-altering projects, it also has its fun and quirky uses, such as the ink-design Jell-O shot printer. The PancakeBot can be counted among those fun uses, designing the complex pancake drawings you can never manage by hand.

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OwnFone braille 3D-printed cell phone launches

OwnFone braille 3D-printed cell phone launches

Various products have been developed to help the visually impaired have access to technology that is largely visual. The BrailleTouch app is one such offering, but perhaps easier to use is a new cell phone called OwnFone, which uses 3D printing to make personalized braille buttons.

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3D-printed filter pulls toxins from blood

3D-printed filter pulls toxins from blood

Among recent 3D printing news comes a new medical breakthrough from UC San Diego, where nanoengineers have created a 3D printed "liver" that works as a sort of filter, removing toxins from an ill person's blood stream using nanoparticles.

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Autodesk Spark 3D printer plans open-source for ubiquity

Autodesk Spark 3D printer plans open-source for ubiquity

The 3D printer market is getting some new competition, with Autodesk not only revealing its own 3D printer and the Spark software to run it, but making the design of each open-source so that other firms can use them. The unnamed printer will not only go on sale from Autodesk later in 2014, but be compatible with printing materials from a wide range of suppliers, the company says, rather than locking owners into one proprietary standard.

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3D printing drones act like dragons, use epoxy instead of fire

3D printing drones act like dragons, use epoxy instead of fire

A drone has been outfitted with a specialized 3D printing gun that dispenses a sticky material, which scientists believe can be used for removal of objects from certain situations. Like a dragon from Reign of Fire, the drone has two chemicals it mixes when firing, creating an epoxy to affix to rather than fiery death from above.

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DIY makeup could be 3D printing’s killer app

DIY makeup could be 3D printing’s killer app

3D printing could have found its killer feature, with home makeup printer Mink promising to turn any smartphone photo into a new shade for your face. Said to use the same underlying substrates as even the most expensive off-the-shelf brands, the printer can create lip gloss, blush, eye shadow, or other types of makeup, just as easily as printing a document.

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Project Ara modules to include conductive ink printing

Project Ara modules to include conductive ink printing

3D Systems, the company tasked with printing the component modules for Google's upcoming $50 Project Ara smartphone, has updated the public on its production efforts. Among talk of the production platform in the works, the company says it is working towards the development of conductive inks that will be used when printing out functional modules.

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Lix 3D printing pen destroys funding goal, launching this fall

Lix 3D printing pen destroys funding goal, launching this fall

Portable 3D printing is a neat concept, but pens that can do as much are often bulky, making extended or intricate projects a chore. A new introduction into the 3D printing pen market is Lix, who have annihilated their Kickstarter goal in mere hours. The project still has nearly a month to go, and is already funded nearly 700%.

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Rabbit Proto adds circuitry to 3D-printed objects

Rabbit Proto adds circuitry to 3D-printed objects

The latest work in the world of 3D printing is the Rabbit Proto, an attachment for 3D printers that prints circuitry at the same time an object is being printed, making it possible to print electronic prototypes that are functional.

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Design company 3D prints 10 houses in a single day

Design company 3D prints 10 houses in a single day

Back in January, we detailed the work of Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis, the brain behind a giant machine that could 3D-print a 2500 square foot house in 24 hours. While that is an astonishing figure, it has already been beat. A Chinese company has successfully 3D printed 10 hours in a 24 hour time span.

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