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Accessing 3D Printable Structures Online

Accessing 3D Printable Chemical Structures Online<p>We have been exploring routes to create 3D printable chemical structure files (.WRL and .STL). These digital 3D files can be generated directly from crystallographic information files (.CIF) using a variety of software packages such as Jmol. After …

Wall Street Wakes Up to 3D Printing, Predicts Massive Growth

An analyst sees the market tripling in the next 5 years.<p>Wall Street is starting to wake up to the potential of 3D printing. This morning Citi analyst Kenneth Wong released a bullish note projecting that the market for 3D printing and related services will triple by 2018, citing the leading …

3D Printer Company Stratasys Acquires GrabCAD

Stratasys, a manufacturer of 3D printers and materials, has acquired GrabCAD. GrabCAD is a Cambridge, Massachusetts based startup that created collaborative product development software for engineering teams to manage and share CAD files. The terms of the all-cash deal were undisclosed, but …

3D printing, recycling and will.i.am unite in the Ekocycle Cube

Guardian sustainable business,Collaboration,Renewables,Waste and Recycling,3D printing,Coca-Cola,Food & drink industry,will.i.am,Environment,Business,DIY<p>Will.i.am, Coca-Cola and 3D Systems are promoting a simple-to-operate 3D printer, aiming to make the technology accessible beyond hardcore …

Pi-Top: The 3D-printable Raspberry Pi laptop anyone can build

People have done some pretty creative things with the Raspberry Pi -- and some pretty creative things with 3D printing, sometimes even putting the two together. But this is the first time we've seen a 3D-printed, Raspberry Pi-powered laptop -- AKA the Pi-Top.<p>The aim, according to its creators, is …

Now You Can 3D Print Your Designs at Nearly 100 UPS Stores Across the US

Want to 3D print your own robot? The UPS Store can help you. After a successful trial in six locations over the last year, 3D printing is now …

3D Printing With Sand Using The Power Of The Sun

“So what are you doing this weekend, Markus?”<p>“Oh, you know. Heading out to the desert and harnessing the <i>power of the sun</i> to make a 3D printer that can print objects <i>out of sand</i>. You?”<p>“… catching up on Breaking Bad.”<p>You know the kid in your old neighborhood that spent his spare time frying ants with …

This 3D Printer Will Print With Your Old Plastic Bottles

Recycling is awesome. Duh. Sure, it’s gratifying to know that all those plastic water bottles are getting put to good use somehow. But wouldn’t it be cool to know exactly how? And wouldn’t it be even cooler to be able to do it all yourself? Well, it looks like you might be able to soon.<p>Web …

Apple buys LuxVue for its low-power, micro-LED display tech

Apple may soon tap micro-LEDs for its next generation of devices.<p>Apple tacitly confirmed its purchase of LuxVue, a low-power, micro-LED display maker, in a statement today, following a TechCrunch report about the acquisition.<p>“Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we …

MIT Develops Self-Assembling Cubes

Aeryon Labs' portable SkyRanger UAV brushes off harsh weather conditions

Aeryon designed its new small Unmanned Aerial System (sUAS) as a portable surveillance tool built especially to handle rough weather conditions. In …

Humans are becoming more carnivorous

Study reveals global shift towards animal-based diet — a bad omen for the environment.

Ecology

Dreambox 3D4D: Protective Sunglasses for Children | Engineering & Design Challenges

• Description<br>• Entries 60<br>• Results<p>Develop highly cost effective sunglasses for children as a preventative measure for Pterygium (known in the US as …

How to make the most of the Internet of Things

David Cameron's announcement of an extra £45 million to develop the Internet of Things is great news – that's £73 million that the UK has earmarked …

Cisco invests in UK internet of things startup Evrythng

Evrythng, which aims to give every object in the world a unique URL, has received $7m funding<p>British internet-of-things startup Evrythng has secured a $7m Series A round, including investment both financial and in-kind from US networking giant Cisco.<p>Evrythng is one of a wave of British startups …

Caterpillar’s Bad Breath Scares Off Predators

Wildlife<p><b>The foul-breathed tobacco hornworm (Manduca sexta) may not get many dates, but the odor keeps predators at bay, a new study says.</b><p>The key to the hornworm’s halitosis is nicotine, a toxin it ingests while eating its favorite meal of tobacco leaves. New experiments show that the hornworm …

Tooth decay first ravaged human society 15,000 years ago

New study finds bad cases of tooth decay in humans long before the arrival of carb-heavy agriculture.<p>In the Moroccan cave known as Grotte des Pigeons, life was good some 15,000 years ago. The people who occupied the cave had a varied diet, fine living quarters and a close-knit community. What they …

How Your Internal Organs Could Power Implanted Devices

A stamp-size patch generates electricity from the beating of a heart or the expansion and contraction of the lungs.<p><b>Many of the life-saving electronics</b> surgeons can now implant in the human body—pacemakers that correct abnormal heart rhythms, deep brain stimulators that treat Parkinson's, neural …

These Tiny Windmills Work, and Ten Will Fit in a Grain of Rice

Imagine a world where your iPhone was out of juice and there wasn't a Lightning cable for miles—wouldn't it be great if you could just blow on your …

DNA Origami to Nanomachines: Building Tiny Robots for the Body and Beyond

In 2010, Caltech’s Paul Rothemund gave a TED talk on a field of study called DNA origami, or the creation of microscopic shapes and forms from DNA. …

Kindhearted Techies 3D Print Prosthetics for Ducks With Disabilities

Thanks to a few thoughtful individuals and a 3D printer, Dudley the duck has a new lease on life. Still a duckling, Dudley and his siblings were …

Can 3-D Printing and Recycling Come Together?

In the future, if you need a new smartphone case, you might not have to drive to the store and purchase one that comes wrapped in even more plastic. …

Mobile phones have been a gift for development, says Jeffrey Sachs

Access to, and the use of, technology should not be a standalone goal in any future development agenda because it will be the tool by which the targets will be achieved, according to Jeffrey Sachs.<p>Speaking at a roundtable event at the Social Good Summit in New York on Sunday, the director of the …

Scientists Find Sea Louse Has Tidal 'Body Clock'

One thing you can say about the diminutive speckled sea louse: it's always on time.<p>Scientists studying the tiny crustacean, a marine cousin of the wood-louse, found that it runs not one, but two internal clocks. Not only does the creature have a circadian rhythm, or so called "body clock" like most …

39 Raspberry Pi 3D Scanner

[Richard] just posted an Instructable on his ridiculously cool 39 Pi 3D Scanner! That’s right. 39 individual Raspberry Pies with camera modules.<p>But …

DIY Filament: The Filabot Wee

Now there’s yet another option for making your own 3D printer filament: the Filabot Wee. It looks like their once open source model that they pulled …

Custom Rostock 3D Printer Makes Use of IKEA Components

After discovering 3D printers, [Turi] had to make one. This past summer he did, and it looks fantastic.<p>He chose the Rostock design not only because …