3d printing

The First 3D Printer In Space 3D-Printed Its First Object

While you were probably wishing Thanksgiving break would start already, the astronauts on the International Space Station made history. They 3D-printed a spare part for the 3D printer. In space.


3D-Printed Toy Parts Will Finally Make Kids Love Fruits And Vegetables

Did you know that originally Mr Potato Head was just a box full of random body parts that kids were supposed to jab into actual potatoes? It sounds like a crazy idea, but Mr Potato Head went on to become an incredibly popular and iconic toy — and we can only assume the creators of these Open Toys parts that let kids turn fruits and vegetables into planes and race cars are hoping for the same level of success.


The ISS Now Has A 3D Printer

After being shot up into space, the International Space Station’s first 3D printer has arrived. Now installed, the device will allow astronauts aboard the ISS to manufacture equipment and spare parts to demand.


This 3D Welder Could Bring Metal 3D Printing To The Masses

3D printing in its current guise is kinda cool, but it’s also limited by its use of plastic — there’s only so many combs you can print before you get bored. An affordable 3D printer that uses metal would be a major step up in practicality, which is exactly what this team is hoping to achieve by mating a MIG welder to a conventional 3D printer.


Not Even Martha Stewart Can Take 3D Printing Mainstream

Martha Stewart’s affinity for drones has been well-documented, and now she’s trained her domestic eye on another buzzy emerging technology. Stewart has launched a line of custom designs with 3D printing darling MakerBot. But will the celebrity backing really create an insatiable rush for at-home fabrication? Will a 3D printer suddenly become as indispensable to the occasional crafter as a hot glue gun? It seems unlikely.


This 3D Printer Produces Biopolymers From Orange Juice And Bacteria

3D printers can make all sorts of great things, but they don’t do it out of thin air. First, there’s the model and then there are the materials. In most cases this is some sort of thermoplastic that can be heated and squirted from the printer’s head. But 3D printers don’t have to be the mechanical, polymer-ejecting gadgets we’re familiar with. What if all you needed was some genetically-modified bacteria and orange juice?


Would You Buy A 3D Replica Of Yourself?

3D printing, once an arcane technology used mainly for developing industrial prototypes, is rapidly moving into everyday life. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the phenomenon of the 3D self replica.


Would You Live In A 3D Printed House?

The potential of additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, to change the way buildings are made is indisputable. It’s being touted as a solution to challenges in our cities ranging from the need for affordable housing to infrastructure modernisation. The process has been slow, but it may well be a key ingredient in the future of the building industries.


Plastic 3D-Printed Guns Just Got Bullets That Actually Work

The idea that just about anyone with access to a 3D printer could theoretically spit out a gun with a few clicks is certainly disconcerting, but up until now, the person firing the damn thing was putting themselves in just as much danger as the person on the other end. A new type of ammo, though, is promising to make these plastic firearms fare more reliable — and consequently, way more dangerous.


Brilliant Dual-Nozzle Faucet Doubles As A Drinking Fountain

When your kitchen lacks a dishwasher you’ll do anything imaginable to cut down on dirtying dishes — including drinking directly from the faucet. But instead of having to lean over and use your hand as a cup, Alice Spieser has designed a simple dual-nozzled faucet that easily becomes a drinking fountain with some strategic finger placement.


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