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UK Researchers Develop 3D Printing Method for Fully Functional Electronic Circuits

<i>A research group from University of Nottingham has developed a novel method to 3D print functional electronic circuits.</i><p>This article was authored by …

Engineering

What are the Possibilities of 3D Printing?

When 3D printing–or additive manufacturing (AM)–technology became a reality in the mid-1980s, creative and imaginative inventors likely started to …

3D Printing

Get Medieval With a 3D Printed Crossbow

There comes a time in just about everyone’s life when you realize “I could really do with a crossbow right about now.” Whether you’re trying to knock down some cans from across the room, or build up your arsenal for inter-cubicle skirmishes in the office, there’s nothing like a crossbow for cool …

Crossbows

Google is launching an AR and VR object library called Poly

Google is opening a new platform called Poly where people can find and distribute virtual and augmented reality objects. The tool is integrated with Tilt Brush and Blocks, respectively Google’s VR painting and sculpting apps, and is meant to provide an art library for people building with Google’s …

Augmented Reality

In One Click, Adobe’s ‘ProjectQuick3D’ Transforms Your Sketch Into A 3D Model

[Click here to view the video in this article] <br>Composite image by DesignTAXI. Image screenshot via Adobe Creative Cloud<br>At this year’s Adobe MAX …

3D Modeling

This Algorithm Turns Your Selfies Into 3D Models

Is there an uncanny valley for selfies? Researchers at the University of Nottingham and Kingston University have created an algorithm that can translate any front-facing 2D photo into a bizarrely realistic 3D image.<p>The algorithm works on photos of faces, fictional or real. It was trained using a …

Machine Learning

3D printing has been taken to a whole new level: Color

3D printing is driving a huge revolution in the world of design and technology. In the process, it is changing the way we think about the design, …

3D

This 3D printing pen is on sale for only $99

Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission.<p>So you've mastered crochet, knitting, and …

3D Printing

MakerBot attempts to embrace the open-source community with its new Labs platform

The topic of open source has been a touchy one for MakerBot over the past decade. The one-time 3D-printing darling was the subject of some serious smack talk among the maker community when it stopped disclosing machine design in 2012 — a departure from the company’s roots as in the open-source …

Innovation

Platonics Ark is “the first 3D printer made specifically for architects”

A technology company based in Finland has been working the past 2 years at perfecting a new 3D printer made especially for architects. Currently, the company is seeking crowdfunding from Indiegogo and has 24 days left to get the backing necessary to produce this printer. They call it the Platonics …

3D Printing

Australian-made 3D-printed sternum and rib cage implanted into NY patient

A New York woman previously diagnosed with a rare bone cancer has received a 3D-printed sternum and rib cage produced by the CSIRO and Anatomics.<p>An …

3D Printing

3D Printing: Solar Sinter Makes Objects From Glass

The vast majority of 3D printing technologies, also known as additive manufacturing (AM), use a layer-by-layer strategy.<p>But thanks to some rapid …

The Marine Corps wants to 3D print cheaper drones

A new prototype scout drone can be printed for less than the cost of the latest iPhone<p>In three minutes, the Scout drone is assembled. One minute more, and it's airborne, tossed by a Marine. The flight is short, maybe 20 minutes at the most, but the information gained is valuable, a real-time video …

Drones

What’s New In 3D Printing

Students at Charter High School for Architecture and Design in Philadelphia (PA) are working with an Ultimaker 2 Extended+ to learn about art, …

3D Printing

Make your own 3D-printed mask that reacts to your emotions

This wild mask which looks like a cross between Hello Kitty and a face-hugger is made of soft electronics and colored liquid. It is based on a Masters thesis project made by Sirou Peng, Adi Meyer, and Silvia Rueda and uses Harvard’s Soft Robotics Toolkit.<p>The mask is mapped to the wearer’s face and …

How to create a digital copy of dinosaur fossils

Palaeontologists are turning to technology to preserve dinosaur fossils.<p>A 3D laser scanner is able to map a fossil and create a digital copy which can then be shared with other labs and museums using 3D printing.<p>BBC Click finds out more.<p><b>See more at</b> Click's website <b>and</b> @BBCClick<b>.</b>

Chattanooga startup’s 3D-printed space habitat wins NASA competition

Chattanooga-based Branch Technology joined with an architectural firm to win first place in a phase of a NASA competition to build a 3D-printed habitat for deep space exploration.<p>The 3D printing company, based in Chattanooga’s small business incubator GigTank, built a number of structural …

Exploration

Atom’s New 3D Printer Offers FDM and SLA Capabilities

Every so often a new idea comes forward that makes you wonder how this hasn’t been done before. The latest to come across our desk was Layer One’s Atom 3 3D Printer. No longer must you sit and fret, having to choose between committing your money to a proven FDM workhorse, or throwing caution and …

Eiffel Tower

Open source tool for making 3d characters

MAKEHUMAN IS...<p>...the free and open source software to create realistic 3d humans for:<p>Illustrations<br>• Animations<br>• Games<br>• Zbrush/Mudbox sculpting<p>THE MOST …

ZBrush

Analysing 3D Printer Songs For Hacks

3D printers have become indispensable in industry sectors such as biomedical and manufacturing, and are deployed as what is termed as a 3D print …

3D Printing

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This 3D-printed robotic arm is built for sign language

While we usually see robotics applied to industrial or research applications, there are plenty of ways they could help in everyday life as well: an autonomous guide for blind people, for instance, or a kitchen bot that helps disabled folks cook. Or — and this one is real — a robot arm that can …

Design Tips to Follow and Mistakes to Avoid When 3D Printing Metal

Although heavily embraced by the automotive, aerospace, and medical sectors, metal 3D printing has yet to fully reach a mainstream audience of makers, product designers, and engineers. However, it is starting to find its place in smaller niche markets, such as jewelry making. It may not be too long …

How 3D printing will change the pharmaceutical world forever

New possibilities in 3D printing may open up a whole new chapter of opportunities for pharmaceutical research and bio-technology applications. There are a number of ways it could be used — drug dosage forms, supporting delivery, or helping to research cures. Let’s explore how that might work.<p>3D …

Medicine

Bone Machine: 3D Printing Is Revolutionizing Plastic Surgery

At first glance, the line of cheerfully colored plastic skulls atop professor Laurent Lantieri’s bookshelf might be out-of-season Halloween …

Determine

A new dimension in home shopping

Over the last four years, the British Museum has been producing 3D models that can be viewed by anyone online. The roots of this work can be traced …

Creative Commons

3D-printed fruit will help your real apples taste better

There may be a pretender in your next box of fruit, a fake fruit that tracks temperatures, motion and shocks to ensure your plums are sweet and hard and your peaches are pretty as can be.<p>Created by Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, the project involves a …

Fruit

New Matter MOD-t Desktop 3D Printer

Forget trying to hide an industrial-looking box. Thanks to a sleek design penned by Frog, the New Matter MOD-t Desktop 3D Printer is a gadget you'll …

3D Printing

Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week – View and Print Museum Artifacts in 3D

It doesn’t replace the experience of being inside the museum, but The British Museum’s 3D objects collection and X 3D from Smithsonian gives students …

British Museum