From churning out great works of art to replicating your own guns, the era of 3D printing is upon us. Now a couple of hardware designers have made the process even easier by creating a portable version of the technology.
The ability to print out your own 3D objects from open source schematics in your very home is absolutely the future. But technology enables all kinds of gray areas, such as people printing out homemade weapons. In this case, one guy managed to print himself parts for an assault rifle using a 3D printer. This article has been updated.
The 3D printing revolution is upon us — with people printing everything from new jaw implants to entire museum collections. Surely NASA's cranking stuff out left and right? Well, sort of. NASA has been experimenting with special 3D printers for years now, but has only recently tested the equipment in parabolic flight. That means space could be the next step
Even your most advanced toaster won't ask that much of you these days. No matter what you're browning, it all boils down to lowering that lever and knowing that something is about to get toasty. So, how do you make a complex piece of technology such as a 3D printer easy enough for everyone to use, like a toaster? Well, to start, you focus around a one-button design. There are 3D printers on the way that want you to be able to start fabricating cool stuff just like that — just with one button. For the most part, it really can be that easy. Here we preview 3D System's forthcoming Cube 3D printer, which is looking toward a nearer-than-you-think future where 3D fabrication is commonplace and something anyone can do.
Owning a phone back in the 1980s was a sign you had arrived — arrived at destination cool, even. Owning a 3D printer today is much the same. So imagine the awesome power you'll wield with your fully functioning, 3D-printed 1980s iPhone case made from plastic.
Easter: the one day a year you don't have to hide the fact that eating a giant chocolate-shaped animal for breakfast is delightful. And this Easter, you can follow that gluttonous breakfast by purchasing a printer that will allow you to create giant chocolate-shaped animals (or any chocolates) whenever you want.
Design blog Engineer Vs. Designer challenged the 3D printing community to create "the most absurd 3D-printable iPhone accessory" one can imagine (and, in turn, have a chance to win a MakerBot Replicator). The result? A whole basket-load of crazy. We're talking crazy like cases that turn your iPhone into a pair of brass knuckles or a medieval weapon. Crazy cases that say yes, the iPhone really can be used for anything, but you'd have to be a nut to use it for this. Crazy cases that uses your iPhone for unspeakable things. 180 designs were submitted. The contest ended yesterday. For the brave, here are 21 iPhone cases that are thoroughly bananas. The craziest part? There's really no reason why you couldn't print these out and use them for real. Well, except for the last one, maybe.
The Free Universal Construction Kit (which we are taking great pains not to abbreviate anywhere in this article and will henceforth refer to it as "the Kit"), is a set of about 80 adapter blocks that can be used to connect all of those childhood construction sets you used to play with (Legos, Tinkertoys, etc.) to one another. And it's about freakin' time, too.
For less than an iPad 2, you could buy a 3D printer. That's what Jon Buford is telling the world with his MakiBox A6, "the first 3D printer designed from the ground up to be simple, completely self-contained, reliable and most important of all, affordable!"
In a move that already has me checking the prices on 3D printers, CNET's Daniel Terdiman is reporting that the Smithsonian will be making swathes of its collection available online as 3D printable objects. Admittedly, I may just be a tad too excited — here's what's going on.