3D printing

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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3D print your own custom Halo 5 Spartan

3D print your own custom Halo 5 Spartan

When I play a game for any length of time, I tend to get attached to the character. This only really applies to characters that I've created, named, and customized. If I'm playing a Mario game, I don't care nearly as much as an RPG or an MMO where I've battled foes for the weapons and armor that they wear. Eventually, I'll move onto other games and forget about those characters. But what if you could save them, and display them for all to see? Well, Halo 5 players will be treated to that ability.

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Meet Blade, the world’s first 3D printed supercar

Meet Blade, the world’s first 3D printed supercar

3D printing has really come a long way in so short a time. A wave that democratized the manufacturing industry has now found its way to automobiles. Although we have indeed seen several examples of the intersection of cars and 3D printing, like Audi Tooling's most recent 2:1 scale of the Union Typ C race car. But that was just a small scale model. Kevin Czinger and his company, Divergent Microfactories, has 3D printed the chassis of a supercar, and one that actually drives as fast as the real thing.

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

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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