3d printing

Doctors Implanted A 3D-Printed Vertebra For The First Time

Doctors in Beijing successfully replaced a 12-year-old boy’s damaged second vertebra with a 3D-printed custom implant made from titanium powder. The boy, who had bone cancer, is now in recovery.


3D Print Your Own Nerf Blaster For All Out Office WAR!

Nerf guns are great fun, but they’re not exactly cheap things to buy in large quantities. So why not print your own?


This Man 3D-Printed An Entire Castle

An architect has built a 3D-printed castle in just under four months. Whether he used the world’s largest MakerBot or something else to print it is unclear. All we know is that whatever he used was capable of extruding layer upon layer of smooth concrete.


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.


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