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Alien Technology-style 3D printing grows objects from a pool of liquid

David Smothers March 18, 2015

Let’s talk about layers. Traditional 3D printing involves a machine stacking layers of material to create a 3D object. This takes time and leaves ripples showing where those layers were laid down. Now, imagine you could grow an object out of a pool of liquid, much like Robert Patrick emerging as the T-1000 from a… Continue Reading »

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Watch a Woman Get a New 3D-Printed Skull

David Smothers March 27, 2014

It’s not news that we can 3D print bones or even successfully implant 3D-printed skull fragments. But a team of Dutch brain surgeons has taken things to the next level by replacing the bulk of a woman’s skull with a 3D-printed dome. It’s a little bit gnarly to watch. Nevertheless, it was a life-saving operation…. Continue Reading »

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This Is How NASA Will 3D Print in Space

David Smothers August 13, 2013

NASA recently announced that it plans to take a 3D printer into space in 2014—and now it wants you to see how it will work. This video—complete with some awful music—shows off how astronauts will soon be able to print objects as they orbit Earth. Or, as astronaut Timothy Creamer puts it, how it will… Continue Reading »

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The Terrifying Future is 3D Printed Weapons

David Smothers March 20, 2013

Trailer: Click. Print. Gun. Cody R. Wilson may not be 3D printing bongs and grinders, but his reimagining of arms manufacturing poses an equally, if not more disruptive blow to social interactions on both the so-called Dark Web and in flesh-and-blood. And it’s fuelling a growing chrous of criticism. Why? Wilson, a graduate student at the University… Continue Reading »

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Dita Von Teese Flaunts the First 3D-Printed Dress You Might Actually Own Someday

David Smothers March 7, 2013

You’re looking at the first fully articulated 3D-printed dress. Printed off at Shapeways, the piece was designed by Michael Schmidt and Francis Bitoni specifically for burlesque star Dita Von Teese. In the future, this is the kind of clothing you might be able to get from a department store. Sprinkled with 13,0000 Swarovski crystals, the dress… Continue Reading »

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New 3-D Printed Rifle Magazine Lets You Fire Hundreds of Rounds

David Smothers February 9, 2013

In response to the upsurge in gun violence, politicians are proposing restrictions on the number of bullets that handgun and rifle magazines can hold. And just as they do, new printing technology blows holes right through that debate. The 3-D printing gunsmiths at Defense Distributed are about to release blueprints for an upgraded magazine that… Continue Reading »

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21 absurd iPhone cases made by the 3D printing community

David Smothers January 28, 2013

Design blog Engineer Vs. Designer challenged the 3D printing community to create “the most absurd 3D-printable iPhone accessory” one can imagine (and, in turn, have a chance to win aMakerBot Replicator). The result? A whole basket-load of crazy. We’re talking crazy like cases that turn your iPhone into a pair of brass knuckles or a medieval weapon. Crazy… Continue Reading »

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Nokia Wants You to 3D Print Your Own Lumia 820 Cover

David Smothers January 18, 2013

  Back in 1999, the coolest trend in tech was to swap the plastic cover of your beloved Nokia 5110for a jazzier, more colorful number. Now, Nokia is reincarnating that trend, by releasing mecahnical drawings of the back cover of its Lumia 820 so that users can 3D print their own. Arguably this is going to be a niche activity—3D… Continue Reading »

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