3D printing

Xbox One controller mod adds a 3D printed mini steering wheel

Xbox One controller mod adds a 3D printed mini steering wheel

The illusion of simulation in games and VR is often shattered by the less than convincing controls. You can't really feel what you're holding in VR and driving with a thumbstick is just as unnatural. Unless you have on of 'em steering wheel accessories or a Wii-mote or Joy-Con you slot into those. But what if all you have is an Xbox One controller? It's 3D printing again to the rescue! Presuming you have one or know someone who does.

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3D printed gun ruling: What you need to know

3D printed gun ruling: What you need to know

There has been a lot of commotion lately surrounding 3D printed guns and whether or not easy access to CAD files for weapons is something that should be allowed. For a while, it seemed that the years-long debate was over, but yesterday, the situation took another turn. Now, parties on both sides of the debate are heading back to court, essentially starting the process over once more and making for a disagreement that might be very confusing for people who haven't been following it for long.

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3Doodler Create+ Review: a different kind of creativity

3Doodler Create+ Review: a different kind of creativity

3D printing has definitely changed the way we make things, especially when it comes to creating things previously impossible if not impractical for hobbyists and small groups. But “normal” 3D printing still had an industrial and utilitarian feel to it. While you can definitely print out intricate and beautifully designed objects, it was less hands-on than some creatives might like. That’s where 3D printing pens like 3Doodler’s new Create+ comes in and we put our hands and minds on one to see just how well promise translates to reality.

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3Doodler Create+ makes creativity easier and safer

3Doodler Create+ makes creativity easier and safer

3D printing has revolutionized and democratized the way we produce things, allowing small companies, groups, and even individuals to manufacture objects and designs previously only possible with expensive equipment. That said, 3D printers aren't exactly cheap and their bulky, boxy forms don't lend themselves easily to the way some creative people work. They aren't child-friendly either. 3Doodler is to 3D printing what 3D printing was to traditional manufacturing and its new Create+ pen is promising to change the way you see and do 3D printing.

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Nintendo Labo’s piano turns into a mini grand with this 3D printed mod

Nintendo Labo’s piano turns into a mini grand with this 3D printed mod

From the second Nintendo Labo was announced, it was clear that people were going to do cool things with it. While most of those cool things will revolve around the capabilities of Labo's cardboard constructions and the accompanying software, today we're seeing a mod that makes Labo's piano look a bit more familiar. In short: This 3D printed mod turns your Nintendo Labo piano into a miniature grand, or at least gets it most of the way there.

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GM to harness 3D printing for lighter and less costly parts

GM to harness 3D printing for lighter and less costly parts

GM has announced that it is the latest in the automotive industry to begin looking to 3D printers to make lighter and cheaper parts for its cars. Lighter and less costly parts could be particularly important for the EVs that GM plans to roll out in the coming years. Less weight means longer driving distances and less cost means cheaper vehicles, both of which are good for buyers.

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Nike Flyprint is a 3D printed textile upper for shoes

Nike Flyprint is a 3D printed textile upper for shoes

Nike is always on the lookout for new ways to make shoes and materials. The latest innovation from the company is called Flyprint and it is hailed as the first 3D printed textile upper for performance footwear. Flyprint uppers are made using solid deposit modeling (SDM). The process uses a TPU filament that is unwound from a coil, melted, and laid down in layers.

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LSEV to be first mass produced 3D printed car

LSEV to be first mass produced 3D printed car

LSEV certainly isn’t the first automaker to use 3D printing to build its vehicle. Local Motors has been 3D printing cars for a while now. However, those Local Motors 3D printed cars are made in small batches. LSEV has laid claim to the title of first mass-producible 3D printed electric car in the world.

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Future Tech: what’s coming based on what’s already here

Future Tech: what’s coming based on what’s already here

It’s fun to think of what the future holds, especially in tech. Presuming you don’t have apocalyptic visions or homicidal computers in your mind. But technology, unlike fiction, doesn’t just spring up out of ideas and minds fully-formed and ready to use. They will always have roots in reality and history. Here are just some of the cool things we expect to see in the future, both near and not so near, based on what’s already in development today.

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These 3D printed homes cost $4k and take less than 24 hours to make

These 3D printed homes cost $4k and take less than 24 hours to make

Non-profit New Story has unveiled a 3D-printed house that may help provide safe and affordable homes in developing countries. Each printed home ranges in size from 600 to 800sqft and can be created within a 24-hour timespan, greatly reducing the time and effort that goes into constructing a house. At the same time, the printing technology keeps waste to a minimum.

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3D printer used to synthesize drugs paves way for on-demand medicine

3D printer used to synthesize drugs paves way for on-demand medicine

The idea of printing a 3D object was utterly bizarre many years ago when the idea first became popularized. Now that the technology has become commonly available, printing a small item like a statue or DIY gadget shell isn't unusual. However, the technology holds promise for applications beyond that, ones that sound almost magical: printing organs ("bioprinting"), for example, or synthesizing on-demand pharmaceutical drugs.

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Bugatti 3D-printed new titanium brake calipers for the Chiron

Bugatti 3D-printed new titanium brake calipers for the Chiron

When you're driving a near-1,500 horsepower Bugatti, slowing down is arguably just as important as going fast, and now the hypercar maker has come up with a new world's first in brake technology. The company has figured out how to 3D print a brake caliper, and not just any old caliper. It's the largest in the industry today and, as you'd expect from Bugatti, uses a particularly high-tech and unusual material.

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