3D printing

Nefertiti bust secretly scanned, 3D model released to public

Nefertiti bust secretly scanned, 3D model released to public

The Bust of Queen Nefertiti has resided in the Neues Museum in Berlin since German archaeologists nabbed it from an Egyptian site in the early 1900s. It is one of the museum’s biggest bragging points, and is a hot point of contention among many: Egypt has long sought to bring it home, and many have pressed the museum to return it. Two artists have taken things a step further, though -- they secretly created a 3D scan of the bust and have made the model public.

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Mattel remakes ThingMaker into a toy-making 3D printer

Mattel remakes ThingMaker into a toy-making 3D printer

In 1964, Mattel introduced the first ever ThingMaker, which was more popularly known as "Creepy Crawlers". The ability to cook up, literally, toys of your own, albeit limited to said crawlers, might have been too far ahead of its time. Mattel was believed to have axed the product due to the fact that it required kids to work with miniature furnaces. Thanks to advancements in technology, particularly 3D printing, making toys no longer need be that dangerous. And so Mattel saw it fit to revive the ThingMaker, but now as a child-friendly 3D printer and app instead.

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Fastest Rubik’s Cube solving robot does it under two seconds

Fastest Rubik’s Cube solving robot does it under two seconds

Building robots that are able to solve the Rubik's Cube puzzles from the '80s is a past time for many folks who are always after a world record with their name on it. Two guys named Jay flatland and Paul Rose have built what they claim to be the world's fastest robot for solving the puzzle cube.

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This donkey has a prosthetic leg and her name is Bella Burro

This donkey has a prosthetic leg and her name is Bella Burro

A donkey in Minnesota is living the good life thanks to a prosthetic leg made specifically for her. Her name is Bella Burro, and if it weren't for a couple in Minneapolis, she'd be dead. Totally dead. But she's alive, and she's got her own Facebook page, and it's all thank to both that couple of folks and the fine people at Arise Orthotics. As of this article's posting, Bella is 2 years and 5 months old, and fabulous as ever.

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3D printing and horology meet in an actual working watch

3D printing and horology meet in an actual working watch

We've seen 3D printing applied to many wondrous, and sometimes absurd, things, from toys, to confectionery, to replacement dog limbs, and even to car parts. One thing we rarely see is 3D printing applied to watches. Not smartwatches, but plain timepieces. Sure, there may have been times when watch parts are 3D printed, but Swiss engineer Christoph Laimer might have earned the distinction of having made what is possibly the world's first working 3D printed pocket watch. Sure, it's not going to compete with a TAG Heuer or even a Swatch, not by a long shot, but it's still a manufacturing achievement worth bragging about.

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MakerBot Smart Extruder+ promises longer lifespan, less waste

MakerBot Smart Extruder+ promises longer lifespan, less waste

A fresh nozzle might not seem worth getting excited about, but MakerBot is promising big things from its Smart Extruder+. Announced at CES 2016 today, the swappable extruder for the company's 3D printers beefs up its thermal management system, among other things, for a longer lifespan as well as swifter-startup.

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Derby the Dog gets new prosthetics

Derby the Dog gets new prosthetics

Prosthetic limbs are common for humans who are injured are born with some sort of deformity that limits their mobility and ability to live, work, and play. Prosthetics for animals and pets are becoming more and more common as well. One such pet is Derby the dog who got a new lease on life a while back with prosthetic paws that allowed him to walk and run again.

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Adidas and Parley for the Oceans unveil running shoe made from ocean trash

Adidas and Parley for the Oceans unveil running shoe made from ocean trash

Last summer Adidas showed off a running shoe that had an upper made from trash found floating in the oceans. Adidas and Parley are back for a new running shoe with a sole and upper that is made from trash found floating in the oceans. The running shoe is made with a 3D printed ocean plastic midsole.

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Bio-ink used to print ‘living’ blood vessels

Bio-ink used to print ‘living’ blood vessels

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers have 3D printed living blood vessels using a “bio-ink” — that is, a mash of materials that the human body finds agreeable. Using this ink, principal investigator Monica Moya and team have printed blood vessels that lead to further growth of capillaries. Said Moya, "This technology can take biology from the traditional petri dish to a 3D physiologically relevant tissue patch with functional vasculature."

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PM522 Washbear is first functional 3D-printed revolver

PM522 Washbear is first functional 3D-printed revolver

Though many places have taken action to make 3D-printing firearms illegal, there's still a thriving community of industrious designers who have tasked themselves with designing the perfect printed firearm. We've seen various prototypes of single-fire handguns; there's a new notable design being shown off, though, and this one comes in the form of a fully functional printed revolver.

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New South Wales bill bans 3D-printed gun blueprints

New South Wales bill bans 3D-printed gun blueprints

3D-printed gun blueprints caught the public’s attention a couple years ago, leading to several publicized blueprints and prototypes. Though not as effective as traditional firearms, the 3D-printed variety are able to fire ammo and could be lethal in the wrong hands. Lawmakers across the world responded quickly, and latest among them is New South Wales, which has passed legislation that makes possessing 3D-printed firearm blueprints illegal.

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New Balance unveils its own 3D-printed running shoes

New Balance unveils its own 3D-printed running shoes

New Balance has introduced its first 3D-printed running shoe, making it the latest shoe maker to introduced a pair made with the technology. In this case, New Balance’s shoe features a 3D-printed midsole made in collaboration with 3D Systems and, more specifically, the latter company’s DuraForm Flex TPU. Says New Balance, it used some breakthroughs in both materials and printing technologies to produce the shoes.

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