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3D printing DRM could open new age of consumerism

3D printing DRM could open new age of consumerism

The ominous warnings of easy counterfeiting and cloned products confusing consumers issued back in the early days of 3D printing may not have panned out quite yet, but a new breed of 3D content DRM demonstrates brands are taking no chances. The technology, which will replace local files - that could in theory be copied and distributed, with content owners only paid once - with a streamed version, is lurking behind some familiar smiling faces, with MakerBot using the system for the first time with Sesame Street characters.

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HP’s next-gen 3D printers are headed to Shapeways

HP’s next-gen 3D printers are headed to Shapeways

HP may have only just taken the wraps off of its 3D Multi Jet Fusion printer technology, but it already has at least one customer, with Shapeways announcing plans to pilot the high-accuracy 3D printing system in 2015. The inkjet-based tech - which squirts tiny amounts of thermoplastic out of thousands of nozzles, and can mix together different colors and finishes in the same pass - should not only increase flexibility for what Shapeways can print, the company says, but dramatically reduce turnaround time for the impatient.

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Here’s how HP plans to shake-up 3D printing

Here’s how HP plans to shake-up 3D printing

HP promised something big in 3D printing, and this is it: the HP 3D Multi Jet Fusion system, promising ten times the speed of existing printers, a huge leap in quality, and eventually the ability to print electrical components as easily as you might a PDF. The new system borrows tech from HP's inkjet printer playbook, spitting out tiny droplets of materials - initially thermoplastics, but with some ambitious plans in the pipeline for other substances - to build up objects. Unfortunately, you shouldn't bother clearing a spot on your desk any time soon: this probably isn't for you.

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XYZPrinting’s da Vinci 1.0 AiO packs 3D printer and scanner

XYZPrinting’s da Vinci 1.0 AiO packs 3D printer and scanner

There is perhaps no more doubt in anyone's mind that 3D printing is here to stay. But while a multitude of companies and startups have made 3D printing a breeze, creating something to be 3D printed isn't yet equally so. Either you design your own object or you employ the use of a dedicated 3D scanner, which isn't exactly easy to come by, not to mention cheap. XYZPrinting, however, might now have the solution to that. Introducing the da Vinci 1.0 AiO, claimed to be the first combo unit available for consumers at a relatively affordable price.

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Forget 3D printing: Carvey 3D wants to domesticize the CNC

Forget 3D printing: Carvey 3D wants to domesticize the CNC

3D printers aren't exactly rare beasts these days, even those intended for your table-top, and so you need to do something different if you want to stand out in the space. Inventables believes its done just that with Carvey, not so much a 3D printer as a 3D carver, domesticating the same sort of CNC processes as big-name firms use to craft laptop casings, unibody smartphones, and jewelry. With a custom carving app, and the ability to machine everything from cork and wax through metals like copper, brass, and gold, and even carbon fiber and circuit boards.

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3D printed car takes 2-days to build, 40mph top speed

3D printed car takes 2-days to build, 40mph top speed

You can 3D print just about anything these days from parts for assault rifles to components for just about anything else you can think of. We have talked about a company in the past called Local Motors that has developed cars using 3D printed parts. Local Motors is based in Arizona has built what it claims to be the world's first fully functional 3D printed electric car. The vehicle is called the Strati and has 49 parts.

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Arduino formally joins 3D printing with Arduino Materia 101

Arduino formally joins 3D printing with Arduino Materia 101

No, it isn't a combination of the popular microcontroller and Final Fantasy VII. Arduino Materia 101 is, instead, an almost foreseeable and completely expected merging of two of the hobbyist world's most popular toys: microcontrollers and 3D printing.

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UPS reveals plan to expand 3D printing locations

UPS reveals plan to expand 3D printing locations

As with Staples, 3D printing is available at UPS stores, something that has thus far been a pilot program. According to the company, it will be rolling out an expansion to almost 100 stores across the US, marking the highest number of printing locations available by a nationwide retailer.

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3DPlusMe will 3D print you as a superhero starting tomorrow

3DPlusMe will 3D print you as a superhero starting tomorrow

Fancy yourself a superhero? Marvel and Hasbro have kicked off a new partnership with 3DPlusMe that will allow anyone to get their face 3D-printed on a superhero's body...assuming they're near one of the Walmarts or Sam's Clubs that are participating.

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3D-printed vertebra successfully implanted for the first time

3D-printed vertebra successfully implanted for the first time

Spinal injuries are often life-changing, and the solutions are decidedly archaic, sometimes involving surgical cement and screws. The future is finally upon us, however, and with it comes the first implanted 3D printed vertebra. Using 3D printing, the vertebra is designed to match the patient's spine.

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Man makes concrete castle using 3D printer

Man makes concrete castle using 3D printer

Who needs a house when they can have a castle? Enthusiast Andrey Rudenko has 3D printed his own castle out of concrete, and though it isn't outfitted as a complete home, it would make quite the spectacular man cave or playhouse. The castle was printed 10mm at a time.

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SLS 3D printers see price drop following patent expiration

SLS 3D printers see price drop following patent expiration

Selective Laser Sintering 3D printers, more commonly called SLS 3D printers, have long been the most expensive among 3D printing technologies, not the least of which was due to the existence of many patents related to the tech. With those patents expiring this year, the cost of these printers -- though certainly not "budget-friendly" in the traditional sense -- have seen a drastic drop in price.

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