3D printing

3D printer enthusiasts create cake-icing machine

3D printer enthusiasts create cake-icing machine

We might not quite be at the level of technological brilliance that allows us to sit at home on the computer, press the "print" button, and have a cake appear next to you in a few minutes. But that didn't stop a group of creative 3D printing fanatics from using similar technology to create a machine that autonomously prints icing onto a cake, allowing custom, advanced designs.

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Objet Ltd sets 100-material 3D printing record

Objet Ltd sets 100-material 3D printing record

A new, significant milestone has been reached in the world of 3D printing. You may know 3D printing as a neat, novelty kind of technological advancement that allows people to print their own mugs, earrings, etc. Or you may know it as a significant achievement in medical research. Or you may know it as something else. But there's one thing that every application of 3D printing relies on - available printing material. That's where Objet comes into place.

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Shapeways 3D printing creations eclipse 1 million

Shapeways 3D printing creations eclipse 1 million

Although 3D printing is one of the most captivating emerging technologies right now, there are markedly few companies that have managed to show worthwhile profits or success at this point. Most of the players in this nascent market are still going through the research and development stage, but not Shapeways. It has managed to print and sell more than one million user-created objects.

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Burrito “3D printer” makes tastiness on the spot

Burrito “3D printer” makes tastiness on the spot

As a sign of what might soon be heading to the exciting world of 3D printers, an ingenious NYU student has created a contraption that makes a burrito perfectly to the specifications of the user. By punching in the condiments and amount of toppings you want via an iPhone, the machine will dispense the exact amount of ingredients needed to make your Mexian delicacy to your liking.

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Fujifilm 3D printing kiosks might become reality

Fujifilm 3D printing kiosks might become reality

So what does a company that was built around the market of film cameras do when the very basis of its founding is now completely irrelevant? In some cases (read: Kodak) you go into chapter 11 bankruptcy. But in other cases, you turn to the latest explosive trend in emerging technology - enter Fujifilm and the idea of 3D printer kiosks.

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Bukobot $42,000 3D printing Kickstarter hits $167,000+

Bukobot $42,000 3D printing Kickstarter hits $167,000+

3D printing may still seem like a science fiction concept to the uninitiated, but to those who are willing to open their eyes, it is very apparent that it is here, it is now, and it is exploding in popularity. Don't take my word for it. 3D printer projects are among the most happening things on social venture capital platform Kickstarter. Case in point - Bukobot, an open-source 3D printer. Startup Deezmaker was seeking just $42,000 in funding.

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RepRap 3D printer can print a RepRap 3D printer, sort of

RepRap 3D printer can print a RepRap 3D printer, sort of

A student at Virginia Commonwealth University wants to bring the reality an idea that 3D printing enthusiasts have so far only dreamed about - printing all the necessary parts for a 3D printer, with a 3D printer. Of course we are not talking about various electronics and hardware needed to actually give the thing its power, but if a few electronic components are the only things you have to buy, 3D printing could be much more accessible.

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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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