3D printing

Robots are about to replace lockpicking kits

Robots are about to replace lockpicking kits

If you're protecting treasured first edition comic collection with a combination lock, you may want to upgrade your security. traditional combo locks are about to be toast thanks to this new robot. The contraption is the creation of Samy Kamkar, the same hacker who brought us the pocket-sized KeySweeper, capable of sniffing keystrokes from wireless keyboards. With a little help from a 3D-printer and Arduino, Kamkar's device exploits a trick he discovered which allows anyone to crack a Masterlock in eight tries or less. The programmable motor is more efficient than any lock picker, opening the lock in seconds.

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Hydrographic printing adds detailed paint jobs to 3D-printed objects

Hydrographic printing adds detailed paint jobs to 3D-printed objects

3D printing allows for creating unique and complex objects, but detailed, mechanical painting of such a diverse range of shapes has proven difficult. Water-transfer printing has been used for everything from car dashboards to press-on nails, but the technique falls short when trying to combine "complex shapes" with more detailed paintings. Previously, it was unpredictable how the paid would distort around complex shapes. A new technique for water-transfer printing has been created by a team of researchers from Zheijiang University in China. From knick knacks to 3D-printed leopards and tiger masks, detailed painting of complex objects can now be achieved through water transfers.

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Engineers 3D printed a working mini jet engine

Engineers 3D printed a working mini jet engine

It might not be enough to power a real jet, but this mini engine could certainly be the first step to a new method of manufacturing full-size ones. A team of engineers at GE have not only successfully 3D printed a small jet engine that works, but one that can handle 33,000 rotations per minute. But this wasn't made with the same MakerBot you have at home. The team behind the engine is responsible for developing additive manufacturing, which is based on melting metal powder into layers and making 3D structures.

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3D printed iconic Shelby Cobra is all electric under the hood

3D printed iconic Shelby Cobra is all electric under the hood

We've seen some 3D-printed cars evolve from rough, inexpensive designs to dreamy, printed concept cars. In honor of the iconic Shelby Cobra's 50th anniversary, the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory 3D-printed an electric Shelby Cobra. The vehicle's whole body and chassis, even interior details like the headrests, were 3D-printed from lightweight, reinforced ABS. To give the cobra a modern twist, they gave the car a non-printed, electric engine. The DoE created the car, from design inception to final production, in six weeks.

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Lowe’s adds in-store and online 3D printing service

Lowe’s adds in-store and online 3D printing service

Lowes is a hardware store known for being relatively welcoming to new technology, something it recently showcased with the addition of a robot worker. Now the company is again expanding its customers' access to new technology by adding in-store and online 3D printing and scanning for 3D printing, making it a whole lot easier to get a replacement part of a hard to find bolt or curtain end piece, for example. Unfortunately, though not coming as much of a surprise, the in-store 3D printing options are limited right now.

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3D-printed splint keeps babies breathing

3D-printed splint keeps babies breathing

This isn't the first time we've seen printed bio-materials find a place in the medical sphere. Last month a bio-printer created an implantable nose made from 3D-printed cartilage. In this case, a team of researchers from the University of Michigan created tracheal splints from 3D-printed bio-material that can be inserted into a child's windpipe to treat tracheobronchomalacia, a condition that causes spontaneous airway collapse. Babies born with the condition are often given a terminal diagnosis and shortened lifespan.

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AstroGro: a modular 3D-printable garden pod for astronauts

AstroGro: a modular 3D-printable garden pod for astronauts

Humans need to eat every single day, and that requirement puts an extra burden on space missions. Fresh food in space will be a necessity at some point, and dreamers have long developed ideas for how this could be achieved. One team in particular took those day dreams a step further and created a functional pod able to actually grow food, and though it can be used on our own crowded planet, it is made specifically for growing fresh food in space. Among many other things, it is scalable so that it can work in different environments, and it is modular.

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Palette 3D printer accessory fuses filaments for multicolor printing

Palette 3D printer accessory fuses filaments for multicolor printing

The latest 3D-printing innovation, Palette, can fuse various filaments end-over-end to create multicolored objects and embedded circuitry by using electrical filaments. 3D-printing has come a long way, and as the technology becomes more popular, we're seeing cheaper models hit the shelves and 3D-printers capable of using bio-materials to make medical-grade implants. Previously, single-nozzle 3D-printers have only been able to print monochrome creations. Palette wants to give the ability to print multiple filaments to any single-nozzle 3D-printer, creating smooth, multicolored creations.

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GE gets first 3D printed aircraft part approved by FAA

GE gets first 3D printed aircraft part approved by FAA

GE is a massive company that produces all sorts of products including aircraft components. 3D printing has been around for a while now and some companies are starting to take advantage of 3D printing in their manufacturing process. GE has announced that it has received FAA approval for the first aircraft part that is made using a 3D printer.

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Autodesk, Mattel to bring the magic of 3D printing to kids

Autodesk, Mattel to bring the magic of 3D printing to kids

We guess it was inevitable. When smartphones and tablets became the hot tech toys, kids become the next target of device makers. Now that 3D printing is the buzzword, it's only a matter of time before children become the next big, or in this case, small, customers. Autodesk, one of the foremost players in the 3D software scene, and Mattel, one of the biggest toy companies, are joining forces to do just that. Though, for now, kids are still safe as the two have yet to reveal concrete products from this partnership.

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Disney’s prototype 3D printer makes things from soft fabric

Disney’s prototype 3D printer makes things from soft fabric

As the 3D printing boom continues, there's one thing that is almost always the same: objects are printed from rigid plastic. How are we supposed to print soft, plushy things like stuffed animals from that kind of material? Well, the folks at Disney Research are way ahead of you, as their new prototype 3D printer is able to produce flexible things made from fabric. Instead of normal 3D printers that use plastic, adding portions of the material in specific spots, Disney's machine cuts shapes in sheets of fabric, which are then layered on top each other.

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This Apple II Watch is a 1970s-inspired wearable

This Apple II Watch is a 1970s-inspired wearable

Miss out on pre-ordering the Apple Watch this week? Or did you, but can't expect your new wearable to arrive until sometime in June? Cure those Cupertino smartwatch blues with the Apple II Watch, and feel like you stepped out of an alternate dimension 1970s. That's right, you can actually wrap one of these around your wrist, assuming you're a DIY tech wizard with a lot of time on your hands. This custom creation comes from Instructables user Aleator777, and eschews a "digital crown" for a mini floppy disk drive!

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