3D printing

MakerBot unveils Digitizer 3D desktop scanner

MakerBot unveils Digitizer 3D desktop scanner

MakerBot is known for its amazing consumer-level 3D printers, but today the company unveiled a new toy unlike anything they've done before. MakerBot announced and unveiled the Digitizer at SXSW today. It's essentially a desktop 3D scanner that can scan any object and upload it onto your computer for 3D printing later on.

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Patient has 75% of skull replaced with 3D-printed implant

Patient has 75% of skull replaced with 3D-printed implant

Earlier this week, a surgical procedure saw the first-ever patient to receive a partial skull transplant using 3D-printed materials. A whopping 75% of the man's skill was replaced with the polyetherketoneketone material. However, it's not said what part of the skull was replaced, nor if the 75% accounts for just the top of head.

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3Doodler 3D printer pen hits Kickstarter

3Doodler 3D printer pen hits Kickstarter

3D printers are undeniably cool, but their price also puts them out of the reach of most; that's where 3Doodler steps in, a 3D printing pen hitting Kickstarter today and promising to make sketches physical. The chubby stylus squirts out of a stream of thermoplastic from its 270 degree-C nib, which is instantly cooled by an integrated fan. By laying different streams of plastic, tugging up streams of it to make 3D structures, and piecing different layers together, you can create 3D designs on a budget.

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Laser 3D-prints tiny spaceship the width of a human hair

Laser 3D-prints tiny spaceship the width of a human hair

3D printers are pretty awesome, but none are quite amazing as this particular one that crafted a tiny spaceship that sits at 125 micrometers long, which is about the diameter of a human hair. The printer that made the spaceship was unveiled at the Photonics West Fair by Nanoscribe, which is a German company that specializes in nanophotonics and 3D laser lithography.

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ESA proposes 3D-printed buildings on the Moon

ESA proposes 3D-printed buildings on the Moon

The European Space Agency and London-based architecture firm Foster are exploring the possibility of constructing buildings on the Moon that are 3D printed using lunar soil and inflatable domes. While the soil itself wouldn't be durable enough to be used in structures, scientists have mixed simulated lunar soil with magnesium oxide to produce a more robust solution.

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Nokia releases 3D case printing files for Lumia 820

Nokia releases 3D case printing files for Lumia 820

Nokia has released the 3D printing files for its Lumia 820 interchangeable casings, allowing owners to create their own custom shells for the Windows Phone. The free 3D-printing Development Kit (or 3DK, as Nokia is calling it) comes with not only the raw files for 3D printers, but guidance on what materials could be used, tips on what to look out for in creating a unique case, and more.

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MakerBot Replicator 2X experimental 3D printer hands-on

MakerBot Replicator 2X experimental 3D printer hands-on

MakerBot has made a name for themselves recently with their line of 3D printers. Today, the company is at CES 2013 showing off their new experimental 3D printer known as the Replicator 2X, which is the successor to the Replicator 2. What's most impressive about this new model, is that it has two printing heads. We ended up stopping by the crowded booth to get a look at the new printer.

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