We've already told you why you need a 3D printer. Still not sold 3D printing is the future? Researchers at Drexel University plan to print robotic dinosaurs cast from real fossils to aid them in their studies.
When an 83 year-old Belgian woman had a seriously infected jaw, a 3D printer came to the rescue. When aren't 3D printers coming to the rescue these days?
With a 3D printer, you can create anything you want by adding multiple layers of material one on top of another. With a 3D mill, you can create anything you want by removing multiple layers of material, one after another. It's the other half of your desktop DIY kit, and it's now affordable, more or less.
As technology evolves, so do our households. We now have all kinds of standard tools to make our lives better and easier, like vacuum cleaners and dishwashers and washing machines and dryers. And pretty soon, 3D printers are going to be part of the household kit, making all kinds of things you didn't know you needed until you printed them out.
As 3D printers become more popular (and cheaper), users are going to demand more things to print up. The Pirate Bay wants to help you, that's why it introduced Physibles: data objects that are able (and feasible) to become physical. The goal is to help you print up your next inflatable tire or pair of Nikes.
The notion I find most seductive when it comes to 3D printing is its parallels to digital distribution. If I want something, I can find it on the Internet and zap it right into the home — my 3D printer will whip it up. We're not there yet, but we've got a little peek of that future through MakerBot Playsets.
Many of us have been waiting for the moment when 3D printers would not only be offered ready-to-use without the need of DIY assembly, but at a price comparable to a common computer. Well get excited, because that day has arrived.
There's a global shortage of hermit crab shells out there, forcing our crustacean friends to make new homes in trash such as bottles and shotgun shells. But our 3D printers are here to help!
The country is Japan. The company: REAL-f. For a whopping $4,000, REAL-f will use "3-Dimensional Photo Forms" to crank out a crazily detailed replica of your face and turn it into a mask. Because, you know — why not.
Robot Santa's going to be busy this year. With all the shiny new gadgets he needs to deliver, his elves will have it hard. You want one toy? Pfft. What you want is a whole elf workshop of your own — a place that pumps out unlimited amounts of toys — or at least, something similar. That's a 3D printer.