3d printing

Hasbro Won't Mind If You Design (And Sell) Your Own 3D-Printed Toys

The advent of online file sharing made it easy for anyone to copy and distribute media for free, and many feel — and fear — that 3D printing will eventually do the same for physical products. So it’s surprisingly refreshing to hear that a corporation like Hasbro has decided to embrace 3D printing, and will work with Shapeways to allow fans to design and sell their own toys based on the company’s properties.


3D-Printed Ice Cream Guarantees The Perfectly Balanced Cone

The MIT students who hacked together a Cuisinart soft-serve machine, a Solidoodle, and a freezer to create this wonderful 3D ice cream printer have no plans to commercialize it; they just built it as a proof-of-concept. And that’s too bad, because if perfected this machine has the potential to engineer a perfect ice cream cone that’s far less likely to topple.


Watch As Laser Scanners And CNC Millers Restore A Castle's Gargoyles

Even a building made of stone is still subject to the ravages of time, and the intricately carved gargoyles on Kronborg Castle in Denmark were in desperate need of repair before they crumbled into dust. We all know how easy it is to replicate something using a 3D printer, but if you need something made of stone, it’s a slightly more involved process.


NASA Has 3D Printed 'The Great Eruption', A Nebula 7500 Light-Years From Earth

While we’re all excited about the possibilities of 3D printing cars and organs, NASA has another use in mind — physical representations of galactic phenomena. Its first such creation is that of the Homunculus Nebula, a massive, fast-expanding formation centred on Eta Carinae star system.


Build Your Own Jet Engine With This Mesmerising 3D-Printed Model

Here’s the good news: General Electric has created a wonderful 3D model of a jet engine that anyone — even those lacking an aerospace engineering degree — can build themselves, complete with moving parts and a cutaway design so you can see everything in motion.


The Best (And Worst) Famous Works Of Art You Can 3D-Print At Home

Last month, Scott Kildall and Bryan Cera published a 3D digital model of artist Marcel Duchamp’s chess kit. The original, hand-carved by Duchamp, is gone — but now anyone with a 3D printer can recreate the artist’s kings and rooks at home. As it turns out, this is far from the only piece of great art you can recreate with a 3D printer.


This App Will Make You Perfect Fitting Earbuds From Photos Of Your Ear

We wear headphones and/or earbuds for hours every day, so comfort is imperative. Want some designed just for you? A new company called Normal wants to sell you perfectly customised earbuds by using a nifty app to get you fitted — instead of having to pay a visit to an expensive audiologist.


An Oversized 3D-Printed Tourbillon Reveals The Marvels Of Watchmaking

Even though they’re lacking the ability to notify you when a text message arrives, traditional mechanical watches still cost thousands of dollars more than the smartwatches released this year. And if you’ve always wondered why they’re so expensive, this 3D-printed over-sized model of one of the components that makes them tick will help explain why.


This New Nanomaterial Can Withstand Forces 160,000 Times Its Weight

MIT engineers have taken inspiration from architecture to create a new material that combines high stiffness with low weight — by using a repeating geometric structure that’s airy, yet remarkably strong.


OK, Fine, The 3Doodler Can Do At Least One Cool Thing

After trying it out at CES earlier this year, we weren’t completely blown away with what the 3Doodler — a sort of handheld 3D printer — was capable of. Producing anything remotely recognisable requires an enormous amount of time and patience, which Matt Butchard must have in spades since he used the pen to create a 3D-printed model plane that actually flies.