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Automata's low cost 3D printed Eva arm hopes to bring robotics to the masses

July 20, 2015 | By Alec<p>Over the past few years, it has become increasingly evident that robots will play a very important role in the near future – …

Why A Man Who Hates Plastic Water Bottles Is Making Plastic Water Bottles

Donald Thomson’s water bottle solution? Throw them on the roof.<p>Donald Thomson, a 56-year-old, Canadian-born builder, entrepreneur, and self-taught designer, launched ‘A’Gua-brand water bottles in Costa Rica earlier this year. But he sees no contradiction in his current endeavor: converting …

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7 Free STL Editors + How to Edit and Repair STL Files

How to edit and repair an STL file with 7 free STL editors: FreeCAD, SketchUp, Blender, Meshmixer, Meshlab, 3D Slash and SculptGL.<p>How do I edit STL …

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10 Surprising Facts About LEGO

You're never going to look at your favorite toy the same way again.<p>Like Easy-Bake Ovens and Troll dolls, you probably remember these famous plastic bricks fondly from your childhood. But did you know the first one was made in 1932 and out of wood? Didn't think so. Here are a few more facts you …

China is falling into a vicious circle as it burns through cash reserves faster than ever before

China spent $93.9 billion in August, reducing its cash pile to $3.56 trillion. This is almost double the drop in July, when $50 billion was spent.<p>The People's Bank of China is spending all this cash on propping up its currency, the yuan, which has been suffering since China devalued it against the …

Blazing Fast 3D Printer Makes Objects in Just 6 Minutes

Closer to replicators every day<p>In the past few years, 3D printing has gotten better and better. Now it just needs to get faster.<p>Gizmo 3D claims it can build a 6-inch x 3-inch x 1-inch object in just six minutes with the new GiziMate printer. CEO Kobus Toit calls the process "animated printing," and …

Bitcoin market value grows 800%, and other stats from an amazing year (chart)

Bitcoin has had a splendid year. Despite being an unstable facilitator of black-market transactions created by an anonymous hacker to skirt government control, consumers can’t get enough of the cryptocurrency.<p>Bitcoin news site CoinDesk released some impressive numbers on Bitcoin’s year-over-year …