3D printing

Adidas Futurecraft Leather makes shoe of single piece of material

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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This is Local Motors 3D printed car: It could change everything

This is Local Motors 3D printed car: It could change everything

3D printing may be mainstream enough not to raise an eyebrow any more, but Local Motors' plan to print cars is still ambitiously unusual. The Phoenix, AZ company brought its latest LM3D Swim prototype to SEMA 2015 this week, promising to kick off production in 2016 of what's shaping up to be one of the most interesting - not to mention customizable - eco-friendly vehicles around.

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Forget hoverboards, this 3D printed electric skateboard is cooler

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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You can 3D print your own Homo naledi replica

You can 3D print your own Homo naledi replica

Have a 3D printer and a taste for unusual home decor? Thanks to modern technology and some industrious researchers, you can now print your own replica of the newly discovered and subsequently published Homo naledi species -- at least replicas of the portions that were found. Homo naledi isn't the only hominid replica you can print at home, however, thanks to freely available printing plans.

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Bulbing lineup expands with new optical illusion lamps

Bulbing lineup expands with new optical illusion lamps

Bulbing Lamps, for those unfamiliar, are trippy 3D-printed lamps that use an optical illusion to produce unique, somewhat mind-bending lighting arrangements. The design company behind the lamps, Studio Cheha, saw ample success with its first array of Bulbing Lamps, and due to popular demand it has launched its newest lineup. Says the maker, its new Bulbing offerings are “classically designed” and entirely refined.

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This whiskey glass lets you enjoy booze in microgravity

This whiskey glass lets you enjoy booze in microgravity

Japanese distillery Suntory has already sent a batch of its finest whiskey to be aged in space, but what about when it comes time for astronauts and other space dwellers to partake of a drink? Whiskey deserves something more dignified than a vacuum-sealed pouch with a straw. That's why distillery Ballantine, with the help of Open Space Agency’s James Parr, has designed a glass specifically drinking whiskey in microgravity.

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