3D printing

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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BioMimics 3D printed organs usher in a new era of doctor training

BioMimics 3D printed organs usher in a new era of doctor training

Stratasys has unveiled 3D-printed organs and bones called BioMimics, and with them doctors can train without using cadavers, animals, and other hard-to-obtain materials. The 3D printed models are said to be highly realistic both in how they look and how they feel, and will soon be joined by vascular structures for further medical training.

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3D printed stainless steel bridge to be installed in the Netherlands

3D printed stainless steel bridge to be installed in the Netherlands

Researchers at the Imperial College London are working with a 3D printing company called MX3D to create the world's largest 3D printed metal structure. The structure is a footbridge that will be installed in the Netherlands in late 2018. The bridge will cross the Oudezijds Achterburgwal canal in Amsterdam.

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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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