3D printing

The Micro 3D printer storms Kickstarter for home use

The Micro 3D printer storms Kickstarter for home use

3D printing may be the future, but it's generally a relatively expensive one, something startup M3D hopes to change with its compact The Micro model. Fresh to Kickstarter today - and already more than quadrupling its target of $50,000 in under an hour - The Micro is scaled to produce jewelry, custom toys, and other small objects, hooking up via USB to Windows, Mac, or Linux.

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Philips wants to sell you 3D printed hue luminaires

Philips wants to sell you 3D printed hue luminaires

Philips' hue system of smart home lighting is already pretty eye-catching when it cycles through colors, but the company is turning to 3D printing to make things even more dramatic. The new Philips 3D-printed smart luminaires will be available in table-lamp and pendant versions, and combine the color changing that hue is known for with unique designs from WertelOberfell and Strand+Hvass.

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HP 3D printers tease super-speed and quality

HP 3D printers tease super-speed and quality

HP is promising to shake up the 3D printer industry with new technology that not only makes the process faster but delivers higher-quality models, with CEO Meg Whitman teasing a reveal in June. Waiting for a current-gen 3D printer to finish is "like watching ice melt" Whitman snarked during HP's shareholder meeting this week, going on to suggest that the company had figured out a better, swifter way.

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LEGO weighing 3D printing to stave off Minecraft

LEGO weighing 3D printing to stave off Minecraft

LEGO is exploring 3D printing as a potential way for fans to produce their own custom bricks, as a way to stave off all-virtual world building games like Minecraft. The plastic brick company - which has already worked with Google on a virtual LEGO game playable in the Chrome browser - describes its attitude toward 3D printing as one of trying to convert it into "an opportunity for us," CMO Mads Nipper suggests.

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Meta.01 wearable demos 3D printing as dev release nears

Meta.01 wearable demos 3D printing as dev release nears

Wearables start-up Meta has spilled its first demo of the latest Meta.01 developer edition augmented reality headset in action, promising shipping of the wearable computer from as early as the end of April. The wearable, which uses twin transparent displays to overlay digital graphics on top of the real-world, will come preloaded with a gesture-controlled sculpting and 3D printing app, which Meta has demonstrated in its new video: the wearer is able to indicate the shape of the required object in front of them with their fingers, and have that virtual shape automatically rendered for a 3D printer and made real.

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MarkForged Mark One 3D printer prints carbon fiber objects

MarkForged Mark One 3D printer prints carbon fiber objects

When it comes to making parts for high-end racecars, many of them are made from carbon fiber. Making parts with carbon fiber is a labor-intensive process that requires lots of work by hand to create the parts. A man named Gregory Mark knows how labor intensive the process is because he owns a company that makes racecar wings using carbon fiber.

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