3D printing

BMW, Google and more pump cash into 3D metal printing startup

BMW, Google and more pump cash into 3D metal printing startup

BMW, Google Ventures, and Lowe's have pumped $45m into a metal 3D printing startup, which plans to launch printers that can create complex one-off parts. Desktop Metal emerged back in late 2015, promising to do for custom metal fabrication what 3D printing has already done for plastic prototyping. Now, as the company's printer debut gets closer, it's cranking up its fundraising.

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Boeing’s Starliner capsule will use 3D printed components

Boeing’s Starliner capsule will use 3D printed components

Boeing's CST-100 Starliner capsule won't start flying until next year, but when it does, a significant number of its components will be made through 3D printing. Boeing has recruited Oxford Performance Materials to produce around 600 parts for these space taxis, and these parts are offering some major benefits to Boeing without much in the way of negative trade-offs.

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3D graphene is lighter than steel but ten times stronger

3D graphene is lighter than steel but ten times stronger

Yes, that is almost an oxymoron but almost a material scientists’ dream come true. A material that has 10 times the strength of steel, one of the hardest man-made materials, and yet also just 5% of its density. But that is precisely what researchers at MIT might have just accomplished by taking graphene, believed to be the strongest materials in existence, and forming it into a structure that resembles a coral more than a bar of steel.

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Legend of Zelda fan 3D-printed the original game’s overworld map

Legend of Zelda fan 3D-printed the original game’s overworld map

The original Legend of Zelda is a classic for a number of reasons. Not only did the gameplay and story excite players for years to come, but its huge and expansive overworld, an impressive feat in the NES days, kept players exploring for the next dungeon and other secrets. Back then, if players weren't lucky enough to get their hands on the 2D map from Nintendo Power, they'd have to resort to graph paper to keep track of where they'd been.

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Yeehaw is a 3D printer ideal for kids (priced that way, too)

Yeehaw is a 3D printer ideal for kids (priced that way, too)

Yeehaw is a 3D printer made specifically with kids in mind - made to be safe, simple to use, and inexpensive. This printer was built to allow kids to print their own toys, and tools, and all manner of tiny oddities. It does so with an always-expanding library of 3D objects available for download as well as an app that allows kids to create 3D objects with big pixels in 3D space.

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Ultimaker 3 printer lets you create more complex shapes

Ultimaker 3 printer lets you create more complex shapes

3D printing started out as a movement that democratized the production process away from big businesses and into small groups and even individuals. Naturally, over time, the benefits and savings of 3D printing found its way back to groups and businesses that can afford to throw more cash at a problem. Ultimaker is one of the biggest names in the 3D printing industry catering to professionals. And after more than three years, it is launching its next gen flagship box, the Ultimaker 3D.

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3D printed wristband turn prosthetic hands into a mouse

3D printed wristband turn prosthetic hands into a mouse

While prosthetic limbs have been around for years, we’re still not there yet when it comes to the agile, dexterous, precise replacement hands of science-fiction future. Even something as critical moving a mouse and clicking on it is something that’s extremely difficult for these people to do. Fortunately, 3D printing is again coming to the rescue, with a group of researchers developing a pair of bands, one for the wrist and one for the arm, to allow people with prosthetic hands to click on anything as much as they want. They call it “Shortcut”.

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Makerbot Replicator+ and Mini+ get larger build volumes

Makerbot Replicator+ and Mini+ get larger build volumes

Makerbot has announced some new 3D printing hardware and software that are designed to make it easier for professionals and educators to more quickly and effectively develop ideas and to offer educators a way to integrate 3D printing into the classroom. The Makerbot Print and mobile applications are designed to easily integrated Makerbot into their workflow and to help teachers introduce students to 3D printing.

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Print A Drink creates edible 3D objects in your cocktail

Print A Drink creates edible 3D objects in your cocktail

We’ve seen dozens of uses of 3D printing, some of them even bordering on the bizarre or the insane. This one, however, probably takes the cake. Or in this case, the drink. Forget 3D printed chocolate car. But while Print A Drink doesn’t exactly print a whole drink for you, it does print out fascinating 3D structures inside them. All while there’s already an existing, drinkable liquid sitting inside the glass, making it almost too wasteful to actually drink the thing.

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SLO film camera is 3D printed from scratch – including the lens

SLO film camera is 3D printed from scratch – including the lens

3D-printing technology has been used to create everything from bio items like eye cells to large structures including concrete houses. Some items are more functional than others, but any success serves as a proof-of-concept showing a particular thing can be done, and the work of designer Amos Dudley is no exception. Detailed on his blog in recent days is a project in which Dudley successfully creates a film camera from scratch using nothing but a 3D-printer... and this includes the lens itself, which is functional (though not terribly suitable for the task).

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Wacom’s Intuos 3D tackles 3D design and printing from all angles

Wacom’s Intuos 3D tackles 3D design and printing from all angles

Joining yesterday's reveal of the Slate and Folio smartpads, Wacom is back at it today, announcing something of a refresh to its Intuos pen-and-tablet line. From a hardware perspective, not much is changing with the launch of the Intuos 3D, as users will still be getting a medium-sized Intuos with a 6-inch by 8-inch active area. The real shake up comes in the form of partnerships that transform the Intuos into a product designed to be an all-in-one solution for those looking to create and eventually publish or print 3D designs.

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3Doodler PRO gets into serious, professional business

3Doodler PRO gets into serious, professional business

Let’s face it, with a name like “3Doodler”, it might be hard to take this product seriously in a “professional” setting. But that is precisely the misconception that WobbleWorks, the company behind the pen, is trying to defy with the new 3Doodler PRO on show here at IFA 2016. Just as it had shattered the perception of what 3D printing was limited to, it is now challenging the image of what this portable 3D printing magic wand is capable of. With a sleeker design and a new range of plastics, including wood and bronze, the 3Doodler PRO is billed as the perfect tool to bring engineers’, artists’, and professionals’ ideas into the real and physical realm. Just like magic!

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