3d printing

Hasbro's FanArt Collaboration Is Now More Than Meets The Eye

Hasbro’s expanded its officially sanctioned fan 3D model printing setup to include a bevy of additional brands, including Transformers and Monopoly. You know, for all that derivative Rich Uncle Pennybags art you’ve been hiding from their lawyers.


Monster Machines: This Electron Gun Turns Titanium Powder Into Turbine Blades For Planes

Titanium aluminide is a 3D-printable metal compound that holds great promise for lighter, stronger aircraft turbines but is notoriously difficult to work. That is, it was notoriously difficult to work with, until additive manufacturing firm Avio developed this metal-melting 3 kW electron gun.


How A 3D-Printed Wind Turbine Could Power Your Gadgets

3D printers are a technology with tons of potential applications, we just have to dream them up. Polish 3D printer manufacturer Omni3D decided to dream big with its wind power project. The team hopes to create an easily portable wind turbine that can pump out up to 300 watts of energy. Not enough power to keep your home running, but more than enough to power laptops, smartphones, and other gadgets.


NASA Releases Free 3D-Printable Models Of Its Probes And Spacecraft

There are very few private citizens with enough money to recreate NASA’s fantastic space explorations. But there are plenty of private citizens with enough money to buy a 3D printer, and now that NASA has released a bunch of free 3D models of many of its interstellar crafts and probes, almost anyone can build their own miniature space fleet.


These Wireless Earbuds Are 3D-Printed To Fit Your Ears (And Style)

For as long as I can remember, I’ve dreamed about a pair of earbuds that could pump music into my brain without the fuss of wires or plugs. And in recent years, various companies have tried (and failed) to make good ones. A funded Kickstarter project promises to finally succeed.


Disney Can Turn Any 3D-Printed Object Into A Perfectly Spinning Top

Believe it or not, Disney has a team of researchers at its disposal that do more than just make that robot Lincoln seem more lifelike. The team’s latest research involves a custom algorithm it created that can turn any 3D model, even one that’s oddly-shaped and asymmetrical, into a perfectly-balanced spinning top by simply creating empty cavities inside the model to perfectly distribute its weight.


Disney Research 3D-Prints Figurines With The Most Lifelike Hair Ever

3D printing can make an action figure copy of your body and face, but the hair usually ends up looking like a Lego minifig wig. The mad scientists at Disney Research just solved that, with an algorithm so powerful it can trace your hair’s shape and colour with ultra-realism.


The First 3D-Printed Saxophone Sounds Surprisingly Decent

We all know that 3D printers are great for churning out plastic trinkets and tiny sculptures of questionable artistic worth, but what makes the technology truly exciting is when users push the its current limitations to create something remarkable, like a playable plastic saxophone that doesn’t sound half bad.


Solidoodle Press: An Affordable 3D Printer That Looks Like A Home Appliance

The thing about 3D printers is a lot of them look like big weird machines that don’t exactly fit in with your office feng shui or what-have-you. But Solidoodle Press is a new little 3D printer that looks a little less out of place, and a little more like a regular old home appliance.


Amazon Now Has A Create-Your-Own 3D-Printing Store

Amazon has just opened a new 3D Printing Store, which allows customers to customise and then purchase “more than 200 unique print-on-demand products”. Customer can take their pick from a wide variety of products to tweak: from cufflinks to credit card holders, iPhone cases to… err, custom bobbleheads.


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