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3D Systems announces $400 3D scanner

When MakerBot released its Digitizer 3D scanner in August, it signaled 3D scanning was on its way to becoming a mainstream fixture for 3D printer …

New 3-D Printer Makes Ladies Panties by the Millions

In what undergarment observers call a first, a 3D printer has produced a pair of lady's panties—in three seconds, no less. The day when you'll be …

The Mini Metal Maker: An Exclusive Look at the World's 1st Desktop 3D Printer for Metal

They're among us. And their numbers are growing. They are the maker culture.<p>These do-it-yourself 3D printing aficionados are frequently found working …

Meet Sense, 3D Systems’ Cheap, Dead-Simple 3D Scanner For The Masses

We’ve seen more than a few startups cook up their own impressive 3D scanners — there’s Makerbot and its Digitizer, and dark horse Occipital with its mobile Structure sensor just to name a few — but one of the oldest and biggest names in 3D printers is clearly itching to get in the game too. South …

Video: A 3-D Printed Silicone Robot Tentacle

And it's open source, so you can make your own at home.<p>The fact that this soft tentacle robot bears such a striking resemblance to the male sexual organ is not entirely accidental: its maker, Matthew Borgatti, thinks that the "inflexible skeletal elements" used in state-of-the-art soft robots like …

The World’s First 3-D Chocolate Printer

Researchers at Exeter University have built a mini chocolate factory with the goal of introducing “co-creation” to the masses. Rejoice!<p>Three-dimensional printing has gained steam in recent years, with designers and artists seizing the technology to fabricate everything from plastic trinkets and …

This Amazing 3-D Desktop Was Born at Microsoft

LONG BEACH, California – The history of computer revolutions will show a logical progression from the Mac to the iPad to something like this SpaceTop …

3-D Design for Idiots: An Interview With Tinkercad Founder Kai Backman

Think 3-D design requires specialized software and an MFA? Think again. Tinkercad, the brainchild of former Google engineer Kai Backman, is making it …

Why 3-D Printing Won't Turn Your Home Into a Factory

You’ve probably heard that 3-D printing is going to save U.S. manufacturing. All those “makers” say it, even President Obama has chimed in of late. …

3-D printers: putting a factory on every corner

People love the idea of 3-D printers. These devices can build (or print) all kinds of things from toys and (gulp) guns to houses. And some say as the …

If you can dream it, you can print it at this free 3-D printing kiosk

Students at Virginia Tech have all the fun. Not only do they have the uber-geeky RoMeLa, or Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory, but they also have …

Thinking of Starting a Business? Print Profits in 3-D Printing

From prosthetic limbs to funky jewelry, the advent of 3-D printing has brought huge opportunities.<p>Imagine you hit a button on your printer, and out emerges a prototype of a prosthetic leg or a component for a space shuttle. The moment has arrived, and it means big things for 3-D printing companies. …

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Resin-Based 3-D Printer Adds $290K With Second Kickstarter Campaign

Inventor Michael Joyce has developed a 3-D printer that uses an off-the-shelf data projector to create amazingly complex and detailed models instead …

Continuum's 3-D Printed Clothing Offers A Glimpse Into The Future Of Fashion

One clothing company is producing what it calls "fashion for the digital age."<p>Continuum, a San Francisco-based startup, lets people design their own apparel online and manufactures personalized garments for them using its 3-D printers.<p>Until recently, 3-D printing was limited to large companies. But …

Shapeways Raises $30M for 3-D Printing Led by Andreessen Horowitz’s Chris Dixon

The idea of dreaming up a physical object and having a computer help you bring it to life — a.k.a. 3-D printing — is very cool today, but there’s a …

What 3-D Printing Means To The Future Of Advertising

The rise of 3-D printing, argues TBWA’s Aki Spicer, forces ad practitioners to broaden their vision of brand expression–and take a hard look at whether their outputs are adding value.<p>Around the dawn of the personal computer, advocates proclaimed that there would be one of these fancy boxes in every …

What, Exactly, Is a 3-D Printer?

You can make anything from a pistol to a doll to an airplane wing. Here's how it works.<p><b>This week a 25-year-old law student at the University of Texas named Cody Wilson made international headlines when he used a 3-D printer to "print out" a functional .38 caliber pistol.</b><p>He then put design software …

Support Material: How One Company Built the 3-D Printer Market Layer by Layer

Upstart 3-D printer companies have captured the attention of makers, but a 30 year old company called 3D Systems is having a record year on Wall …

3-D Printers Allow People to Print Food

The next frontier in the fight against hunger may be manufacturing food through 3-D printers.<p>by <i>Christopher Mims</i><p>Anjan Contractor’s 3D food printer …

Will you soon be printing in 3-D?

<i>Persuasion Notebook offers quick hits on the business of persuasion from The Globe and Mail's marketing and advertising reporter,</i> Susan Krashinsky. <i>Read more on</i> The Globe's <i>marketing page and follow Susan on Twitter @Susinsky.</i><p>Silkworms are surprisingly cute.<p>As they duck and weave, moving their little …

Uncovering The Private Life Of A President In “Hyde Park On Hudson”

Director Roger Michell tackles FDR’s secret romance (and a public visit from royalty) in the Bill Murray-starring feature.<p>Most people who saw <i>The King’s Speech</i> back in 2010 were charmed by the story, the unlikely collision of characters, and the way Colin Firth’s King George VI was humanized through …

DIY Market Slows Dramatically as 3-D Printing Hits Its Industrial Stride

Buyers hit the brakes on purchasing hobbyist 3-D printers in the past year, even as industrial-grade printers are playing a larger role in …

3-D printing: Creating ‘a new class of entrepreneurs’

In an industrial park on the outskirts of Tijuana, Chris Anderson is building drones.<p>The former editor-in-chief of Wired magazine readily acknowledges that just a few years ago, he knew almost nothing about the aerospace industry. But after building a small plane out of Lego parts with his kids, …