Transporters? Spaceships that can travel at the speed of light? Star Trek introduced us to many fantastical technologies that have us looking forward to the 23rd century. But we might not have to wait that long for all the tech Captain Kirk had to play with, as 3D printing has taken another big step toward making replicators a reality.
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There are lots of reasons not to eat greasy deep-fried fast food, the least of which being the challenges involved with disposing of used cooking oil (clogged sewers). But researchers at the University of Toronto found a way to turn oil from a deep fryer into a light-sensitive plastic for 3D printers.
Painstakingly laying out multi-coloured plastic beads (also known as Perler beads) to create mosaic images can be a relaxing way to unwind. It’s a long process, though, and if you don’t have the patience for arts and crafts, you can always dedicate your free time to finding a shortcut as one clever hacker did by building an automated Perler bead printer.
Security experts have identified thousands of instances in which owners of 3D printers have made their devices available online and without the need for authentication. That certainly makes remote access to 3D printers convenient, but wow, what an awful idea given the tremendous potential for abuse.
Video: They have been used by large companies for rapidly creating prototypes for at least a few decades, but finding a reason to put a 3D printer in every home hasn't been as successful. Making accessories for your vacuum? Boring. Building soft drink bottle bridges? Meh. Super-sizing LEGO? Hello holy grail of 3D printing.
Video: Thanks to Jonathan Odom, a clever designer and builder who's created everything from animatronics for films to museum exhibits, the fidget spinner has just taken a giant leap forward. Odom created One Spinner To Rule Them All: One with an animated cat video that comes to life when you flick it.
3D printers may have failed as a home appliance, but researchers at the Hasso-Plattner-Institut aren't ready to give up on them just yet. Last year they successfully 3D-printed a working door handle without any moving parts, and this year they're following it up with a 3D-printed, PIN-protected door lock.
Anyone remember Markforged's Metal One carbon fibre 3D printer? Turns out the company was onto something -- it's just come out with a new model, the Metal X, which uses Atomic Diffusion Additive Manufacturing (ADAM) to pump out metal components.
If you're feeling a little bit sniffly and you don't want to go into the office -- don't worry, we've all been there -- the time-honoured tradition is to put on your best sick-person voice and make a gurgly phone call to your boss. If that all sounds a little bit too low-tech for your 21st century job, how about 3D printing an entire human doppelganger?
In a raid this morning on a Mongols outlaw motorcycle gang member house in the west of Melbourne, police have seized 3D printers and other equipment allegedly used to manufacture firearms. Along with drugs and ammunition, the police raid on the group has found consumer-grade desktop 3D printers, which have the potential to be used to produce single-use firearms or to manufacture components to convert semi-automatic weapons to fully automatic.
With 3D printers moving further into the mainstream, companies are pushing to make their printers easier to use and more accessible for first-time buyers. LulzBot's latest offering has added a whole bunch of new features into the TAZ 6 which make it easier to use -- such as a self-levelling bed, self cleaning and support for even more types of filament material.