3D printing

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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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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