3D printing

BoXZY crams a mill, laser, and 3D-printer into one desktop maker

BoXZY crams a mill, laser, and 3D-printer into one desktop maker

Makers and artists, rejoice! BoXZY wants to bring the power of manufacturing-level tools, once only available to industry giants, to your desktop. BoXZY is setting itself apart on Kickstarter by offering more than just 3D-printing. BoXZY is designed to be an all-in-one machine shop, functioning as a 3D-printer, mill, and a laser engraver. Each tool exists as a rapid-change attachment, allowing the user to swiftly switch between mechanisms. Its creators, Justin and Joel Johnson, want to break the barriers like cost, location, and space that individual makers encounter in the industry.

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Bioprinter 3D-prints living cartilage nose in 16 minutes

Bioprinter 3D-prints living cartilage nose in 16 minutes

While traditional 3D-printers build objects using layers of plastic, we've seem some great strides in 3D-printing like lattices emerging from amorphous, resinous goo. Now bioprinters are entering the ring with their ability to create 3D models from biological materials. There's no need to wait for an ear to grow on the back of a mouse; this bioprinter from the ETH Zurich Cartilage Engineering and Regeneration Group can print a nose from biopolymers and living cartilage cells in only 16 minutes. Best of all, no mice are harmed in the process!

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Autodesk Tinkerplay tries to wean young ones to the 3D world

Autodesk Tinkerplay tries to wean young ones to the 3D world

Being at the forefront of the 3D software industry, Autodesk is in the prime position of taking advantage and profiting from the recent 3D printing renaissance. However, 3D printing has been, and still is, a relatively exclusive club made of adults and young adults with the know-how, not to mention the equipment, to turn ideas into digital models into physical objects. In order to increase those numbers, and potential customers, you need to train the next, younger generation of 3D designers. And that is exactly what the new Tinkerplay app hopes to accomplish.

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Carbon3D creates new ‘Terminator’ 3D printing technique

Carbon3D creates new ‘Terminator’ 3D printing technique

Until now, 3D printed objects have been created by printing a series of 2D lines on top of each other. The newest technique by Carbon3D is completely different; it creates an object from a pool of resin in one solid sweep using a new Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP) technology. Instead of being slowly built layer by layer, Carbon3D's objects appear to instantaneously take form from a pool of liquid, just like that scene in Terminator 2 where the T2 rises from a pool of molten metal.

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Student creates 3D extruder using hot glue gun and LEGO

Student creates 3D extruder using hot glue gun and LEGO

What do you do if your research project calls for equipment that you don't have access to or can't afford on your own? Well, you can either beg your school for it, weep to your professor about the difficulty of the project or just wing it and make your own. Whatever muse took hold of Vimal Patel, it must have been a pretty strong one. In the absence of a 3Doodler-like machine, he decided to make his own contraption using some creativity, imagination, and LEGO.

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Monad Studio’s 3D-printed violin challenges your idea of music

Monad Studio’s 3D-printed violin challenges your idea of music

It's not a bird, and it's not a plane. This strange and unique object is the newest 3D-printed instrument from Monad Studio by Eric Goldemberg and Veronica Zalcberb. The sculptural instrument is a part of their Abyecto series, which explores the relationship between sound and art. The design project takes its name, Abyecto, from the word abject which means wretched or deplorable. Showcased here is their 3D-printed, piezoelectric violin. It appears almost alien in nature, but it is designed to be played in the same way as a conventional violin.

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MakerBot announces Startup Lab for schools, businesses

MakerBot announces Startup Lab for schools, businesses

Today, MakerBot is announcing Starter Lab, an initiative to get schools up and running with 3D printing. The program provides schools everything they need to start creating, with a printer, parts and materials, and even a workshop custom designed to the school’s needs. The program is open to all schools and levels of education; even kids as young as kindergarten can start 3D printing, now. Two colleges have already purchased MakerBot’s Starter Lab, which is available now to interested schools.

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3D printed VR headset for OnePlus One has adjustable lenses

3D printed VR headset for OnePlus One has adjustable lenses

With the popularization and commercialization of 3D printing, you can almost make anything these days. With some patience and time, of course. 3D printers have been used to solve a wide range of problems, and non-problems, like replacement limbs for dogs or even chocolate. It was that same problem-solving thinking that lead Rene Meeh to face one his problems head on, almost literally. Meeh was able to make the first VR headset specifically designed for the OnePlus One smartphone. But it's not just your regular VR headset either.

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Autodesk Ember 3D printer is now available for purchase

Autodesk Ember 3D printer is now available for purchase

Autodesk, who has a lot of high-profile 3D modeling and animation software under its belt, such as 3ds Max, Maya, and AutoCAD, finally has a 3D printer under its name. And while Ember might have a pretty high price tag, that might just be fine for Autodesk's purposes. For one, it neatly ties in with Autodesk's own Spark 3D printing platform. And for another, Autodesk is making true its promise to provide an open source printer, which may very well make Ember an enticing purchase for makers and creators.

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Robotic Extrusion does 3D printing with a robot arm

Robotic Extrusion does 3D printing with a robot arm

A pair of researchers are working on a new robotic 3D printing system that has been dubbed Robotic Extrusion. The process uses a 6-axis robotic arm that is able to print items thanks to a print head attached to the arm. The goal of the project is to eliminate the line between designing and fabricating. For instance, the system could be used by architects to provide something other than flat drawings and construction notes to teams of builders.

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