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Robotic Microfish Can Sense And Remove Toxins From Their Environment

In the not-too-distant future, tiny robotic fish could be cruising around inside our our bodies, delivering drugs and cleaning up toxins. This week, engineers at the University of San Diego unveiled the first prototype: a chemically powered, magnetically controlled swimmer.


Cheaper, Faster, Better: The Plan To Build An Open-Source Prosthetic Hand 

Over the past five years, 3D printers have gotten cheaper, hardware has gotten smaller, and tinkerer communities have boomed. All of that has spurred a renaissance of prosthetic design, bolstered by an open source ethos and crowdfunded budgets.


Doctors Print A Medical-Grade Stethoscope For Less Than Five Bucks

The stethoscope is a staple of modern medicine; but in parts of the developing world, off-the-shelf models are prohibitively expensive. That’s why a team of doctors and hackers in Gaza has started 3D printing their own.


Kid Gets Awesome New Bionic Hand, Reminds Us Not Everything Is Garbage

The stock market is tanking, North and South Korea are on the brink of war and a cartoon character from a dystopian future is the most popular candidate for US President at the moment. But don’t despair. While most things are garbage, there are some things in the world that aren’t. Like this adorable kid who just got his own high-tech bionic hand.


MIT's MultiFab 3D Printer Is One Giant Leap Towards A Real-Life Replicator

One day 3D printers will be able to churn out working electronics and fully-functional machines, instead of just plastic parts. And that day is now slightly closer with MIT CSAIL’s MultiFab 3D printer that can use ten different materials to build working devices in a single print run.


NASA Released A Free 3D-Printable Model Of The Curiosity Rover

Last year NASA started releasing 3D models of its probes and spacecraft that anyone could download and use to 3D print their own space fleet. That collection now finally includes a tiny replica of the Curiosity Rover that’s been exploring Mars since 2012, and will soon be exploring your desk as well.


A 3D-Printed Electric Violin Sounds As Good As The Real Thing

Manufacturers are getting nervous as 3D printers are getting more and more skilled at perfectly recreating every last detail of a physical object. But on the flip side of that coin is the possibility that musicians might soon be able to afford their own copy of a Stradivarius — made from 3D- printed plastic, not wood.


This Bizarre Concrete Beam Is The Smartest Use Of 3D Printing In Architecture Yet 

I’m going to put this as gently as possible: 3D printing entire buildings, right down to the fixtures, doesn’t make a ton of sense yet.


Objects That Couldn't Be Made Before 3D Printers Existed

3D printing isn’t just for making unique stuffed animals or weird fake meat. It allows us to fabricate objects we never could with traditional manufacturing. Here are some of the incredible things we can print now, which were nearly impossible to make before.


Upgrade Your Foosball Table's Players To Stormtroopers

Foosball is one of those simple games that doesn’t need fixing. It’s already the perfect way to waste four years of college. But it turns out there is actually a way to make table soccer even more enjoyable: by turning all of the players into opposing squadrons of stormtroopers.


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