Modeling a 3D sculpture and printing it up is now easier than ever with Autodesk's 123D Creatures app for iPad.
Access to guns is (and should be) a hot button issue in the U.S., but 3D printing could make it possible for just about anyone to get their hands on a working weapon. At least that was the dream of Cody Wilson from Defense Distributed, until the company that made his leased 3D printer had other thoughts about how the machine should be used.
Look, I'm not saying a burrito is my favorite food to eat, but I have to give credit to NYU grad student Marko Manriquez for creating this modded 3D printer that'll basically build you a burrito to your liking (kind of).
How would you like to fill you home with priceless sculptures from the Metropolitan Museum's collection? While they're not exactly giving their stuff away, they are making it pretty easy to create your own scaled down replicas at home using a 3D printer.
In the distant future, everybody will have a 3D printer and will print out their products directly from places like the Pirate Bays' Physibles collection. NASA too, is interested in 3D printers — and wants to print spacecraft to scour Mars for research data.
Recently there has been a lot of buzz around the subject of 3D printers, but who knew that their output was detailed enough to let you spit out a record that you can play on a record player?
MakerBot's Thing-O-Matic 3D printer is totally worth it. We already established that. How can the company improve on its homemade toy-printing potential? By making it bigger and more powerful. That and giving it a cool name like "The Replicator."
The era of printing your own plastic action figures, human veins, and even food is finally upon us. After years of prototyping, the cost to build an affordable 3D printer has come down enough so that even regular guys like you and I can bring one home — with a little saving, of course. We scoured Maker Faire NY 2011 this past weekend and were surprised to see that so many small startups were pushing their 3D printers — wowing kids and adults left and right. Here's our pick of the top six 3D printers available to take your cash that are worthy of it to boot.
Remember those photo booths where you would go to take goofy pictures of you and your friends on vacation? Well, it's just received a 21st century makeover, and now makes little 3D figurines of yourself so you can capture that special moment.
You know how on Star Trek Captain Picard is always going up to his replicator and coming away with tea, mug and all? Well, MIT's "Cornucopia" food printer won't create the plate, but it is designed to build you a meal from the ground up to exact specifications.