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Khora Image prints '3D art' from your 2D pictures

A new project called Khora Image aims to let you craft "3D art" from any 2D picture or photo. The digital fabrication technique, which Khora calls "subtractive printing," carves any image onto a recycled board in a variety of textured patterns. Customers can choose the color, whether they want …

The Makerbot Digitizer Is Nearly Magic

When I was a kid I was amazed by advances in technology. I went to a friend’s house when I was in fifth grade and his father had a PC – an IBM PC, I believe – with a built-in hard drive. We loaded King’s Quest and Colossal Cavern in seconds and he even had a menu of apps that you could select by …

Hands On With The Afinia H-Series 3D Printer, A Rugged Printing Rig For Home And School

In the kennel of 3D printers, I’d equate the oddly-shaped and homegrown RepRap printers to lovable mutts. The Makerbot is a golden retriever, ready to please. And the $1,599 Afinia H-Series is a solid, scrappy Jack Russell terrier, willing to get dirty and able to take on all comers.<p>The H-Series …

Charity Targets 3D Printing’s Plastic Waste Problem With Standards For An Ethical Alternative

As more 3D printers fire up and start chewing through plastic filament to extrude the objects of your dreams, more and more spools of PVC are going to be required to build our DIY future. And that means more plastic waste. Which, let’s face it, we have more than enough of already.<p>But perhaps there …

The Ex¹ Rapid 3D Circuit Board Printer Launches on Kickstarter Today

The Cartesian Co. has launched its EX¹ circuit board printer project on Kickstarter today aiming to raise $30,000 in 30 days.<p>The device, its engineering student creators say, will transform product prototyping in the same way that 3D printers have made things possible that previously seemed …

USC Professor Receives NASA Grant to Develop 3D-Printed Space Homes

We wrote about Dr. Berokh Khoshnevis’ revolutionary robot-builder that could 3D print entire houses, and now the ‘contour crafting’ technology has …

Microsoft debuts 3D printing app for Windows 8.1

On Friday, Microsoft released its 3D Builder app, which allows Windows 8.1 users to print 3D objects, but not much else.<p>The simple, simplistic, free app from Microsoft provides a basic way to print common 3D objects, as well as to import other files from SkyDrive or elsewhere. But the degree of …

Metal Casting with Your 3D Printer

The ever-growing variety of 3D printing filaments is amazing — we can now print in strong, flexible, glowing, and dissolvable plastics — but sometimes plastic isn’t the right material for the job. Sometimes, you just need metal!<p>Although the big boys in the industrial world can directly 3D print …

Microsoft’s First 3-D Printing App Is Made For The Average Joe

Recognizing that 3-D printing is an esoteric concept, Microsoft has designed its first 3-D printing app for crafty moms, bright kids, and pretty much anyone but the typical maker.<p>Just a few months ago, Windows 8.1 became the first OS to support 3-D printing natively. That essentially meant …

3D Printing Market Expected to Reach 8.41 Billion by 2020

If there was any doubt on how hot the 3D printing market is right now, sales are expected to reach $8.41 billion by 2020, according to a recent …

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Metal Printing on the Desktop – the Mini Metal Maker

It's a sort of a Holy Grail in the 3D printing community; a machine light, small and safe enough for consumers that can create metal objects on the …

Revealed: How surgeons will reconstruct road accident victim's face using 3D printing

• <b>Computer image shows how specifically-designed plates will be used to reconstruct road accident victim's face</b>• <b><br>Unaffected side of the biker’s face has</b> …

Ralf Holleis Unveils Ultralight Custom Track Bike With 3D Printed Lugs

European product designer Ralf Holleis created this stunning super lightweight track bike using 3D printing technology. The VRZ 2’s 3D printed lugs …

Apple applies for 5 patents tied to Liquidmetal, 3D printing

Apple has applied for five new patents, all related to Liquidmetal technology.<p>The US Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published five patent applications Apple has filed on the process by which it would use Liquidmetal to build next-generation products. The patents are heavily technical, …

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3-D Printing Goes DIY

Shapeways lets anyone design and sell products online. our writer gave it a try and found big opportunities–but no quick riches.<p>I am neither an artist (I can barely draw a decent tree), nor am I a computer programmer (unless knowing how to add links to WordPress posts counts, which it doesn’t). …