3D printing

3D-printed bikini proves they’ve thought of everything

3D-printed bikini proves they’ve thought of everything

Revealing swimwear isn't usually the topic of conversation at RAPID, an annual trade show for the market of "additive manufacturing." The industrial tech show is usually more focused on manufacturing processes and how to reduce bottlenecks in large-scale plants. If you see someone in a bikini, you're probably at the wrong show. At least, we could safely say that about past years.

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B9Creator 3D printer uses light to create stuff

B9Creator 3D printer uses light to create stuff

When it comes to emerging technology trends, one could very easily argue there is nothing cooler than 3D printers. The idea of using a "printer" to create things as mundane as keychains and mugs to objects as important as artificial limbs is something with which absolutely anyone can find some sort of fascination. So any new road that a company wants to pave in this emerging space is exciting, which is probably why B9Creator hit its Kickstarter funding goal in one day.

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Stratasys unveils sub-$10,000 professional 3D printer

Stratasys unveils sub-$10,000 professional 3D printer

There has been a lot of movement in the world of consumer 3D printers this year - attractive price points like $2,000, and even going as low as $500 for a very limited model - are making 3D printing accessible to the consumer market for the first time. But there are also a lot of developments going on in the market of professional-grade 3D printers, and those are coming down in price point as well, relative to the rest of thast segment of the industry.

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Solidoodle 3D printer is just $500

Solidoodle 3D printer is just $500

It’s hard not to be amazed by the advancements that have come to the niche 3D printing market in the last year or so. But until now, even if you were fascinated by the subject, chances are you don't have enough money to buy one. It was incredible when MakerBot created a $2,000 3D printer, a drastically cheaper option than other printers out there, but that's still a good chunk of change.

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Stratasys and Objet solidify a new 3D printing merger

Stratasys and Objet solidify a new 3D printing merger

The 3-D printing market is growing all the time. 3-D printing is becoming more and more common as a way for companies prototype parts before moving into mass production. 3-D printing generally involves the use of some sort of resin material and lasers. As the laser shines on the resin material it hardens allowing a solid object to be built layer by layer.

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MIT project envisions custom 3D-printed robots

MIT project envisions custom 3D-printed robots

A new project led by MIT researchers envisions a future where you can three-dimensionally print your own custom robot at a "Robot Kinkos." These robots could help with household tasks or be great for keeping pets or children busy. And you don't need to be a robotics expert to make your own. A program with templates and task categories would help you design a robot to suit your needs.

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One.61 3D printed guitar pushes the envelope further

One.61 3D printed guitar pushes the envelope further

How would you like a new guitar? If you have an industrial-grade 3D printer at home, Derek Manson may be the guy you're looking for. Even if you don't, though, Manson's creation is showing another step in what is becoming an increasingly interesting and exciting industry of legitimate, functional products that can be made through the power of 3D printing. In fact, Manson even made a direct link between his creation and Metallica.

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3D printer promises super-fast nanoscale implantables

3D printer promises super-fast nanoscale implantables

3D printing has been tipped as the next frontier of piracy, but it could also be the next frontier of high-speed nanoscale construction if research at the Vienna University of Technology pans out. A team there has produced a 285 micrometer long 3D printed F1 car model using a system called "two-photo lithography", hardening liquid resin using a precisely focused laser. The scale, although impressive, isn't the real advance however, it's the speed at which the model was created: just four minutes, orders of magnitude faster than previous printers.

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