The popularity of 3D printing has exploded, but even as prices for the devices have fallen, not everyone is prepared or able to shell out the cash necessary start experimenting. But what if there was a 3D vending machine that made experimenting quick and easy, without the printer investment? Well, now there is.
When technology meets art, the results can sometimes inadvertently produce something that not only entertains, but also offers a tool for real scientific study. Such is the case with a new project in which an artist figured out a way to create an accurate self-portrait of his own skeleton.
The Shapeways team had dozens of entries for their 3D Print Contest for iPhone 5 accessories back in October. ArtizanWork won the top prize — $500 worth of 3D printing — with its "knitted" Sweater case.
Imagine if buying a custom made 3D-printed object were as easy as buying a hotdog on a city street. Although it sounds a set-up to a sci-fi scene, one Belgium-based company has actually launched a device that does exactly that.
Although 3D printing efforts from the likes of MakerBot are making headway, such machines are still far from mainstream. Hoping spur more adoption of 3D printing, one inventor came up with a quick and cheap solution anyone can put together in just a couple of hours.
The new Replicator 2 looks good on a shelf, but also boasts two notable upgrades: it's insanely accurate with a 100-micron resolution, and can build objects 37 percent larger than its predecessor without adding roughly any bulk to its size.
We write about 3D printing a lot. A lot. One area that has always showed promise — but never commitment — is using 3D printers to crank out edible replacements. Today, that commitment's there.
The rise of 3D printers has been interesting. They've been praised for being able to build a house and simultaneously questioned for their ability to create weapon components. For one little girl, though, they stand for a second chance at a normal life.
In recent years Bruce Sterling, one of the fathers of cyberpunk, has shifted his interests toward imagined cities in which the buildings have walls made out of greenery and fungi. Now a design team has stumbled on to a building process that could eventually make such a world a reality.
3D printing seems to be everywhere these days, but usually it's just for making small machines or mechanical parts. Now a professor from the University of Southern California says that we need to think bigger, and has developed a system to print entire buildings in less than a single day.