3D printing

Stratasys, Aurora Flight Sciences 3D print UAV in record time

3D printing is everywhere these days, from DIY parts, toys, prosthetics, and even cars. So why not drones? That's exactly 3D printing solutions company Stratasys and Aurora Flight Sciences thought when they banded together to 3D print a UAV. But it's no ordinary 3D printed UAV. The two lay claim to the record of having made the largest, most complex, and fastest flying 3D printed drone in the industry, with a wing span of 3 m and top speeds of 150 mph. And apparently, it's just as fast to build and design.

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Audi 3D prints its way to a Union Typ C sports car replica

When you think of 3D printing, chances are, you'll be thinking of materials and products made of out plastic. Or sometimes sugar and chocolate. But that presumption might soon be a thing of the past, if Audi Tooling has its way. The toolmaking arm of the car maker, together with other family members from Volkswagen, has just practically 3D printed the Grand Prix sports car Audi Union Typ C. More than just a throwback to history, the feat was made possible by actually printing the parts using metal materials.

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Adidas Futurecraft Leather makes shoe of single piece of material

While the shoe does still need support of a sole - and strings, of course - this Adidas shoe needs but one piece of leather. The upper bits of this Originals Superstar are cut from a single piece of material, making use of the company's newest innovations in what's called the Adidas Futurecraft series. We previously showed you the first chapter in this story, one in which Adidas created the sole of a shoe using a 3D printer for otherwise-impossible shapes for support.

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Forget hoverboards, this 3D printed electric skateboard is cooler

Hoverboards that don't really hover may be fashionable right now, but a 3D printed open-source electric skateboard has the potential for far more impact. Faraday Motion's HyperBoard R2, tucked away at the Stratasys booth at SEMA 2015 this week, takes the flexibility of custom 3D printing and uses it to deliver a personal transporter that can be adapted to the needs - and budget - of each user.

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Sponge Suit 3D printed bikini cleans the water as you swim

Researchers at the University of California Riverside have created a new "super-material" that has the ability to repel water while absorbing and storing toxins inside. What that means is that the bikini can clean the water while you swim and stores those toxins in the fabric. The material the bikini is made from is called Sponge.

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Canon not only has a resin 3D printer but a VR headset too

If you think of Canon as simply a plain printer and camera company, then you might have been hiding under a rock for the past two years. That or you're not in Europe. The company has been into 3D printers around that time, but mostly as a distributor of 3D Systems' own printers. At the Canon EXPO in Paris, however, it might be trying to say it's ready to break out on its own, unveiling a 3D printer concept that could be the first piece of its "Imaging of Things" plans.

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Disney-themed bionics include Iron Man and Star Wars prosthetic hands

Remember that awesome video back in March where Robert Downey Jr. brought a custom 3D-printed Iron Man prosthetic arm to a 7-year-old boy? Well, it turns out that affordable kid-friendly bionic limbs are much closer to reality than expected. The startup Open Bionics (which, to be clear, was not involved in the prosthetic delivered by Downey Jr.) has teamed up with Disney to make bionic hands designed after characters from Iron Man, Frozen, and Star Wars.

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You can now 3D print custom gold jewelry

Sure, you can 3D print yourself a house, and in the future you may be able to 3D print yourself a replacement eyeball. Neither of those are likely to ever be something you need and/or want, but customized gold jewelry? It has existed for a large portion of human history, and it'll likely persist as a favorite many years into our future. The big difference, though, is that now you can 3D print it courtesy of Trove.

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Adidas 3D-printed shoes will be uniquely personalized

The team at Adidas have announced the program called Futurecraft 3D, a plan for 3D-printing shoes with unique specifications. "Futurecraft 3D is a prototype and a statement of intent," said Eric Liedtke, Executive Board Member of adidas AG, "We have used a one-of-its-kind combination of process and material in an entirely new way." In the future, a customer will walk in to an Adidas store, run on a treadmill, and walk out with a pair of running shoes printed with their exact physical specifications in mind.

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Form 2 brings pro 3D printing to your home

The folks at Formlabs have created a 3D printer they think can bust open the market for the everyday citizen. This is the Form 2, a 3D printer made for your desktop. Your actual desk's top, not just your desktop computer. This machine works with a new integrated resin system for top-notch cleanliness, a new peel mechanism and heated resin tank for super detailed printing and bits and pieces of large prints. While this printer may seem small, it's Formlabs' biggest.

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