3D printing

Casio Mofrel 2.5D printer makes realistic fabric and leather samples

Casio Mofrel 2.5D printer makes realistic fabric and leather samples

Casio is the latest company to showcase a cool new technology at Japan's CEATEC event. The company recently demonstrated Mofrel 2.5D printing, an almost-3D printer that can produce materials with a texture like that of leather or fabrics. With this technology, sheets of textured 'leather' and 'fabrics' can be printed on-demand with various designs, then colored through a separate printing process.

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Hearthstone 3D printed cases bring game art to your phone

Hearthstone 3D printed cases bring game art to your phone

The company FabZat has announced a new collaboration with Blizzard Entertainment that allows it to 3D-print phone cases featuring artwork from the game Hearthstone. Any fan can use FabZat's website to design their own Hearthstone phone case, choosing from a handful of art options for the back of the shell, as well as various card options for the front of the case.

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Students develop robotic arm that specializes in sign language

Students develop robotic arm that specializes in sign language

These days, we're used to seeing researchers and scientists create robotic limbs with a purpose of adding or enhancing the abilities of existing body parts. But here's one that's designed with the simple purpose of helping communicate with hearing impaired people. At the University of Antwerp in Belgium, a team of engineering students have built a 3D-printed robotic arm that can perform sign language.

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Nintendo Switch 3D printed Joy-Con grip makes play single-handed

Nintendo Switch 3D printed Joy-Con grip makes play single-handed

One of the features of the Nintendo Switch that makes it so interesting is its unique control scheme. Rather than a traditional controller like we'd see with the Xbox One or the PlayStation 4, the Nintendo Switch uses detachable Joy-Con controllers, which can be used in a number of different configurations. You can, for instance, attach them to both sides of the Switch, use them with the Joy-Con grip, or hold one in each hand. Now, a new 3D printed grip even allows you to use both Joy-Cons in one hand.

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The US Navy 3D-printed a full-size ‘disposable’ submersible

The US Navy 3D-printed a full-size ‘disposable’ submersible

The US Departments of Energy and Defense teamed up to create the first of what may prove to be many submersible craft described as 'disposable' with on-demand availability. Unlike traditional submersible vessels, this model was created using a 3D printer, and the entire process -- including design -- took only four weeks. This makes it the US Navy's first-ever 3D-printed submersible hull.

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Give three thumbs up with this robotic extra finger

Give three thumbs up with this robotic extra finger

Prosthesis is nothing new but the 3D printing and robotics have made it both more accessible as well as more advanced. But what if you don’t have any missing limb or body part? What if you just wanted to add one more? That’s the very question that Dani Clode from UK’s Royal College of Art is trying to answer. And her first answer comes in the form of a thumb that you can attach to your hand and control with your feet.

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This Galaxy Note 8 3D print video raises release questions

This Galaxy Note 8 3D print video raises release questions

This week a video has appeared with a 3D print of a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 3D print. It is believed that this print was made using plans for a real-deal Galaxy Note 8 which would normally be seen by the eyes of a 3rd-party accessory manufacturer. With these plans, a user such as "Concept Creator" is able to get a handle on what the Galaxy Note 8 will feel like and generally look like, too.

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This functional, fiery MIT rocket was 3D printed with plastic

This functional, fiery MIT rocket was 3D printed with plastic

The words "plastic" and "fire-blasting rocket" don't typically go together, but that didn't stop MIT from pulling off the seemingly impossible. The MIT Rocket Team recently demonstrated the successful use of a rocket motor that was 3D printed from plastic, the first time this has ever been accomplished. The successful test was performed at about noon on April 21, and was the culmination of two weeks of parts' design and printing.

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Snapmaker is a 3D printer that can also do engraving and CNC carving

Snapmaker is a 3D printer that can also do engraving and CNC carving

There's a device known as Snapmaker coming to home creator workshops that'll allow several sorts of DIY creating in one place. The device is known as Snapmaker, and it'll allow the user to do three things: 3D printing, laser engraving, and CNC carving. All of this is included in the device that's made with an "all metal" design that's made to be easy-to-use for beginners and expandable for more experienced "makers."

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Adidas unveils Futurecraft 4D, its latest take on 3D-printed shoes

Adidas unveils Futurecraft 4D, its latest take on 3D-printed shoes

Adidas has been experimenting with different ways of manufacturing sneakers for a few years now, from using recycled ocean plastic to a single piece of leather to 3D printing, all under the Futurecraft name. The company hopes to one day use the latter method for mass-production, and has just unveiled their attempt, the Futurecraft 4D, which it plans to sell 5,000 pairs of by the end of this year.

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McLaren will 3D print spare parts for F1 race car

McLaren will 3D print spare parts for F1 race car

We already know 3D printing is poised to revolutionized the manufacturing industry, and the technology has already been used to produce mechanical parts for everything from watches to bikes to motorcycles. But McLaren's Formula 1 racing team has come up with the idea to use it to make spare parts where they're most needed: trackside in the pit.

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R.A.M.B.O. is the US army’s 3D-printed grenade launcher

R.A.M.B.O. is the US army’s 3D-printed grenade launcher

Chuck Norris and Sylvester Stallone in one week? It’s definitely an action-packed past few days. No, there isn’t going to be a new Rocky or Rambo themed game. We are, instead, veering off into the real world for once. Short for “Rapid Additively Manufactured Ballistics Ordinance”, which is really just a convoluted way to name something after an iconic fictional soldier, R.A.M.B.O. is the US army’s latest, and so far most successful, attempt to 3D print its own weapons.

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