3D printing

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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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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