3D printing

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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James Bond Skyfall crew turned to 3D printers for Aston Martin DB5 stunt double

James Bond Skyfall crew turned to 3D printers for Aston Martin DB5 stunt double

The Aston Martin DB5 is a classic piece of machinery, and it was featured in earlier James Bond films like Goldfinger and Thunderball over 50 years ago. The car also made an appearance in the latest Bond movie, Skyfall, where it exploded into flames during an intense action scene. However, what you saw in the movie was actually a 1:3 scale 3D-printed model of a DB5.

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3D Printable Gun effort cut short by Stratasys

3D Printable Gun effort cut short by Stratasys

We're not quite in a place where the world is about to collapse in on itself because guns can be printed, but we're certainly in shooting range. A collective by the name of Defense Distributed, lead by UT-Austin law student Cody Wilson, has made it clear that they want to be the first to create a 3D-printable model of a gun that anyone can make themselves in the comfort of their own home. The problem with this (if you consider this situation to have just one problem) is that the group that'd been leasing a DD their printer didn't agree with the idea, and have come to Wilson's home to seize the printer before any illegal printing activities occurred.

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Everest Bands creator talks Kickstarter effort and 3D printing innovation

Everest Bands creator talks Kickstarter effort and 3D printing innovation

If you're a lover of the Rolex timepiece lines Submariner, Sea Dweller, GMT, and more, you're about to get strapped with a brand new technologically forward-thinking addition to your collection, the Everest Band - here combining futuristic 3D printing production with the crowdfunding environment known as Kickstarter. With the technology used by the team behind this project, the Everest Band was made specifically for the Rolex family (Explorer II and Yacht-Master included too!) With a tolerance for error so small it'll make you flip, our short interview with Michael DiMartini of Everest Horology Products (the group behind the Everest Band), shows the real effort that must be put into creating 3rd party accessories for fine-tuned equipment as well!

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Man makes guns with a 3D printer

Man makes guns with a 3D printer

We've seen no shortage of 3D-printed masterpieces over the last several months, but this is reportedly the first time that someone has used the technology to create a firearm. It comes from a users on the AR15 message boards, a community for gun fanatics. He used a Stratasys 3D printer to create a .22 pistol. And yes, it actually works; it can shoot bullets just like a normal gun.

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3D printing market to hit $3 billion by 2018

3D printing market to hit $3 billion by 2018

If you think that 3D printing is just a fad, or that it's too specialized of a technology to truly make a different in the market in the long run, then you might want to check out the latest report from Global Industry Analysts, which projects that the 3D printing business will reach nearly $3 billion ($2.99 billion) by the year 2018. The US will be the biggest chunk of that market.

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3D printer used to create keys for opening handcuffs

3D printer used to create keys for opening handcuffs

3D printers have been able to print some pretty incredible things for us, and now someone has successfully used one to produce replica keys for opening high-end handcuffs. Demonstrated at a Hackers on Planet Earth conference last week, cheap plastic keys produced with a 3D printer and laser cutter were able to open handcuffs to German maker Bonowi and British maker Chubb, both of which limit the distribution of keys to law enforcement agencies.

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