3D printing

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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3Dom’s Wound Up 3D printing filament recycles coffee grounds

3Dom’s Wound Up 3D printing filament recycles coffee grounds

The rise of 3D printing has brought many advantages to the industry and to the world, chief among which is the democratization and increased accessibility of printing processes and products. One of the unsung benefits, however, is the potential to look for and use materials to replace toxic, fossil-burning plastic. Heading to the forefront of this mission, 3Dom, one of the USA's biggest 3D printing filament manufacturers, teamed up with bio-composite company c2renew to cook up all kinds of alternative filament material, first among which is made from coffee grounds.

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MIT’s MultiFab 3D printer can handle 10 materials at once

MIT’s MultiFab 3D printer can handle 10 materials at once

3D printers are great, useful, and fun, but the typical hobbyist printer that you can buy for yourself or for your home business has a problem with single-mindedness. For one, it can only really produce one part at a time, leaving the task of assembling parts together into a functional whole to humans. For another, it can only work with one material at a time, though more professional, and more expensive, 3D printers can work with up to three. MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory or CSAIL, however, has a solution that solves both of those at a fraction of the cost of a professional 3D printer.

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Glass 3D printing method unveiled by MIT

Glass 3D printing method unveiled by MIT

3D printing has come a long way in the last few years with printers getting cheaper and printing materials becoming easier to work with. Typically, a 3D printer works with plastics of some sort for creating objects that the user wants to build. Researchers at MIT have created a new 3D printing process that uses glass for the print material, the process is called G3DP.

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3D printed circle saw actually works

3D printed circle saw actually works

Back in March, we talked a bit about a dude named Lance Abernethy from New Zealand who 3D printed a working drill. That little drill was very cool and Abernethy is back with a new 3D printed contraption, this time a circular saw. Like the drill, the saw was 3D printed using an Ultimaker 2 3D printer.

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3D-printed ‘Bubble Bucket’ blows 14,000 bubbles per minute

3D-printed ‘Bubble Bucket’ blows 14,000 bubbles per minute

You can use your 3D printer for utilitarian things like printing a replacement battery cover for the TV remote, or you can use it for something fun like building your own bubble-blowing contraption. The latter is what one designer decided to do, and the end result is a relatively simple-to-make 5 gallon bucket full of watery soap, a revolving band of bubble-blowing wands, and a motor that takes it in a loop. The output is enough to drive dogs and kids alike crazy: 14,000 or so bubbles per minute.

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3D printed medicine gets FDA stamp of approval

3D printed medicine gets FDA stamp of approval

Is there anything 3D printing can't do these days? From toys, to chocolate, to dog legs, to house parts. And now we even have 3D printed drugs. Now that in itself isn't really a novel feat, considering 3D printed food. The success that Aprecia Pharmaceuticals achieved is in actually getting the US Food and Drug Administration to approve it. This makes its SPRITRAM seizure drug to be the first 3D printed medication to receive FDA approval, perhaps opening the doors to even more such products in the future.

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Researchers use bone powder, bio-glue to 3D print bones

Researchers use bone powder, bio-glue to 3D print bones

This Friday's dose of macabre comes courtesy of researchers in China who are testing a new method to 3D print bones. The bones aren't like past 3D printing attempts we've heard of, however -- they are being printed using powered bones and a biological glue. Past efforts have seen researchers using metal elements for printing 3D bones as potential medical implants, but this latest method is producing potentially implantable bones that made entirely of, you know, bones ground into a powder.

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3D printed robot built like a squid, hops like a rocket

3D printed robot built like a squid, hops like a rocket

A squishy, explosively-bouncing robot might herald the next age of 'bot design and could almost be a robo-squid, if only it had a beak. 3D printed robots aren't new, but this is the first time graduated layers of hardness have been used, allowing the explosion-powered blob created by engineers led by Nicholas Bartlett at Harvard University to not only adjust the direction it bounces off in, but to deform in a controlled way on landing that balances preserving the electronics while landing elegantly.

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