Manufacturing has seen a dramatic downturn in Australia, particularly in the automotive sector. So how do we keep this trend from continuing? As the great Billy Hughes said "science will guide the manufacturer into greener pastures", and CSIRO has a plan - we're talking sensors, data analytics, robotics, automation, 3D printing and augmented - or virtual - reality.
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There's no need to elaborate on the benefits of 3D printing in medicine. While transplants will remain the most practical option for replacing whole organs, lab-constructed replicas for simpler body parts are making significant inroads every year. Australia, or more accurately, Queensland, will take a massive step towards being a world leader in this burgeoning field come 2017, when the Herston Biofabrication Institute opens its doors in Brisbane.
Conceptually, a camera lens isn't a complicated piece of kit. Still, the quality of images photographer Mathieu Stern managed to take with his 3D-printed lens, featuring a single front element and mounted on his Sony Alpha 7ii, is still surprising. Only the blur and distortion in the corners gives the game away.
Good news! Our most concerning first world problem might finally be solved, if you're willing to properly accessorise. M3D, makers compact 3D printers, have designed a pair of earbud-catching earrings that promise to save your Apple AirPods from falling into the toilet when they inevitably slip out of your ears.
MakerBot was going to change the world. It was going to bring 3D-printing, long a product limited to designer offices and workshops, into the home (or at least the garage). But earlier today, under a veil of marketing speak and glitzy videos, the company announced a new focus on commercial — not consumer — products, and in so doing, finally admitted what we've all known for a while. No one really wants a 3D printer in their house.
FutureHear is part of a partnership between QUT and Hear and Say, a charity providing hearing, listening and speaking solutions for children, to develop next-generation 3D printed prosthetic ears.
The prosthetic ears are the first step in a program that will eventually create real tissue and bionic ears as well, and the team is turning to crowdfunding to finance the project.
Video: These days all you need to recreate Hollywood-calibre visual effects is a fast PC and some expensive 3D software. But if you want to try your hand at recreating old-school special effects, find yourself a 3D printer, make a miniature version of Ghostbusters' Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and go to town with a blowtorch.
30 years ago, every kid who was lucky enough to see Transformers: The Movie in theatres must have had something stuck in their eye when Optimus Prime died. But if the Autobots had had access to a 3D printer, maybe Optimus wouldn't have had to die before passing the Matrix of Leadership on to Hot Rod — they could have just 3D-printed a perfect duplicate like Bob Clagett did.
If you win at the 2016 Olympics, not only do you get yourself a gold, silver or bronze medal — you also get a pretty nifty pair of shoes to take home with you as well. Adidas has an ultra-exclusive "winner's shoe" for the Olympic elite, 3D printed and with colour-coded laces to suit gold, silver and bronze.
One of the best accounts to follow on Instagram belongs to the Transport Security Administration. It's a never-ending list filled with photographic evidence that many people don't understand basic rules of airline travel. However, over the weekend the TSA documented an atypical and horrifying discovery: A 3D-printed handgun with live rounds.
A new guide into 3D printing rights and responsibilities has been launched to explain what consumers need to know before printing in 3D, including the potential risks in creating and sharing 3D printable files, and what kinds of safeguards are in place.
The website "Everything you need to get started in 3D printing" was developed by staff at the University of Melbourne in response to the growing number of users keen to find, share, and create 3D printed goods online.
Watchmakers are always striving to add more features to their timepieces, but it's the most simple and obvious feature — accurately keeping the time — that's the holy grail of horology. And now you can 3D-print a tourbillon, a complex device that improves a watch's accuracy, and marvel at its mechanics.