3D printers have been getting cheaper and better, but I've never really seen why they'd be useful. But the Origo 3D printer, which is designed to turn kids' drawings into toys, shows the potential that this tech has.
Most of the time, when you buy something, you end up getting someone else's idea of what you really want. With custom 3D printing becoming cheaper and more available, the options for customization are endless, and a new service could allow the "evolution" of new products that are perfect for you.
Michael "Skimbal" Curry has honed in on the best use ever for the budding 3D printing technology: recreating Mario Kart's much loved (or hated, depending on what side of the shell you're on) turtley projectile. The Turtle Shell Racers are small, remote controlled and oh my god my fingers don't work anymore I just want one.
We all own lots of very complicated things, from cars to laptops, and they always cost way more to fix than they should. It's definitely not because the parts actually cost that much, because as it turns out, you can just make them yourself for 10x cheaper.
3D printers have been around long enough for prices to gradually decrease enough to allow independent shops to harness them for a myriad of innovative uses. One tiny shop in Tokyo has now decided that one of those uses should be getting a head start on creating mechanical replicas of ourselves.
They say that with a 3D printer, you can make whatever you want. I want a snack. And I'm in luck, because in what may be the best coincidence ever, chocolate can be used as a 3D printing material. Computer, make me a bonbon!
The Sahara desert: it's hot, with lots of sand and not much else. To you and me that might look like nothing more than a recipe for boredom and an epic sunburn, but to Markus Kayser and his solar-powered sand printer, it's just a giant pile of raw materials which can be used to make anything you want out of glass.
Engineers at the Vienna Institute of Technology have created what they claim is the world's smallest 3D printer, one that could conceivably be sold as a consumer product so pretty much anyone could print out small objects for themselves.
"3D printing" sounds like something that'll remain on the pages of science fiction — really, look no further than Star Trek's replicators — yet it's very real, and it already works on a small scale. The large scale? It could...
If you send Netherlands-startup Shapeways a 3D rendering or design, they can send you back a fully three dimension representation for your work rather cheaply — fees usually range from $50 to $150. Considering that 3D printing units typically...