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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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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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Audi 3D prints its way to a Union Typ C sports car replica

Audi 3D prints its way to a Union Typ C sports car replica

When you think of 3D printing, chances are, you'll be thinking of materials and products made of out plastic. Or sometimes sugar and chocolate. But that presumption might soon be a thing of the past, if Audi Tooling has its way. The toolmaking arm of the car maker, together with other family members from Volkswagen, has just practically 3D printed the Grand Prix sports car Audi Union Typ C. More than just a throwback to history, the feat was made possible by actually printing the parts using metal materials.

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Local Motors LM3D Swim will be a $53,000 gamble for potential buyers

Local Motors LM3D Swim will be a $53,000 gamble for potential buyers

The odd looking car you see in the image here is the winning design from the contest that Local Motors held to design a roadworthy 3D printed car. The car will be called the LM3D Swim and it will cost about $53,000. Local Motors plans to kick off retail sales in 2016, no exact date has been offered.

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MakerBot Desktop 3.8 brings 30% faster printing

MakerBot Desktop 3.8 brings 30% faster printing

MakerBot has announced an update to its desktop software, MakerBot Desktop 3.8. This new version brings with it a few changes and improvements, not the least of which is 30-percent faster printing over previous editions. In addition to the faster speeds, the new version also boasts the ability to print with “stronger structural support,” something facilitated by a new Brilliant Cut Diamond infill pattern.

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eora 3D scanner uses your smartphone and a green laser

eora 3D scanner uses your smartphone and a green laser

People that are heavily into 3D printing can get new things to print into their computer for the printer to work on using a 3D scanner. A new 3D scanner has debuted called eora 3D and unlike some other scanners on the market the eora aims to be inexpensive. The way it cuts the price is by using something you already own to control the scanner- your smartphone.

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Canon not only has a resin 3D printer but a VR headset too

Canon not only has a resin 3D printer but a VR headset too

If you think of Canon as simply a plain printer and camera company, then you might have been hiding under a rock for the past two years. That or you're not in Europe. The company has been into 3D printers around that time, but mostly as a distributor of 3D Systems' own printers. At the Canon EXPO in Paris, however, it might be trying to say it's ready to break out on its own, unveiling a 3D printer concept that could be the first piece of its "Imaging of Things" plans.

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You can now 3D print custom gold jewelry

You can now 3D print custom gold jewelry

Sure, you can 3D print yourself a house, and in the future you may be able to 3D print yourself a replacement eyeball. Neither of those are likely to ever be something you need and/or want, but customized gold jewelry? It has existed for a large portion of human history, and it'll likely persist as a favorite many years into our future. The big difference, though, is that now you can 3D print it courtesy of Trove.

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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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MIT researchers convert MRI scans into 3D printed hearts

MIT researchers convert MRI scans into 3D printed hearts

Some of the challenge for surgeons in preparing for a surgery is getting a good idea of what the area they will be working with looks like. Surgeons use lots of tools to do this such as MRI, x-ray, and other methods to see inside the human body before they cut. Researchers at MIT and Boston Children's hospital have developed a new way to help surgeons see inside the body of children.

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Massive Big Delta 3D printer can print houses from mud and clay

Massive Big Delta 3D printer can print houses from mud and clay

3D printers have been on the market for a long time now and typically, they print small objects using some sort of plastic filament. Some 3D printers out there can print with other materials such as glass. A 3D printer called Big Delta has been unveiled and it is so massive that it can print entire homes out of mud or clay.

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XYZ Printing Handheld 3D Scanner uses Intel RealSense tech

XYZ Printing Handheld 3D Scanner uses Intel RealSense tech

During IFA 2015 XYZ Printing unveiled a new handheld 3D scanner aimed at people who want to get 3D models of objects and people into the computer. The scanner uses Intel RealSense technology and produces full color 3D models. Since the scanner is handheld, it can produce full color images of objects just about any shape.

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