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Dead End on Silk Road: Internet Crime Kingpin Ross Ulbricht's Big Fall

On October 1st, 2013, inside the science­-fiction section of the Glen Park library in San Francisco, one of the Internet's most-wanted men sat typing …

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Law Library of Congress releases report on Bitcoin's legal status around the world

The question of how to legally account for Bitcoin is becoming more urgent as adoption of the virtual currency spreads and Bitcoin-related companies come under legal scrutiny. But for users and entrepreneurs, the global legal landscape is murky at best.<p>More and more governments are coming out with …

A 3-D Printer Can Pay For Itself In Less Than A Year

Routine questions for the makers of desktop 3-D printers: "what do you do with this thing?" and "why would you want one?" A study from Michigan Technical University answered that with some math: the researchers found that you could recoup the up-front cost of a 3-D printer in less than a year.<p>The …

Amazon embraces the future with its own 3D printing section

Amazon is pushing 3D printing a little bit further into the mainstream.<p>The company has launched its own dedicated section to the technology on its website, where shoppers can find printers, printer filament, books, software, and accessories all in one place.<p>The move is obviously a massive boost for …

The UPS Store to offer 3D printing service in select San Diego locations (video)

Today, The UPS Store announced its plan to bring 3D printing services to the masses. The shipping company will soon roll out Stratasys Uprint SE Plus printers to 6 locations in San Diego to test out the new service; it'll be aimed at small businesses, start-ups and retail customers in need of a …

The Dreambox is a 3D Printing Vending Machine

In the corner of a hallowed hall at UC Berkeley sits a vending machine unlike any other: The Dreambox. It has a selection of 3D printed goodies that are available for purchase, and the buyer can even watch the object being made before their very eyes.<p>The Dreambox was built and founded by David …

The audacious plan to end hunger with 3-D printed food

Anjan Contractor’s 3D food printer might evoke visions of the “replicator” popularized in <i>Star Trek</i>, from which Captain Picard was constantly interrupting himself to order tea. And indeed Contractor’s company, Systems & Materials Research Corporation, just got a six month, $125,000 grant from NASA …

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9 Ways that 3D Printing is Going to Change Business

I think we can all agree that the evolution of 3D printing technology thus far has been stunning. But I wanted to know what specific ways entrepreneurs are actually looking to use the technology in business, and why — so I asked a panel of nine founders the following:<p>As an entrepreneur, what’s most …

The 10 Coolest Things You Can 3-D Print Right Now

Cameras, guitars, RC aircraft and more!<p>One survey of the 3-D printing landscape will quickly show you that it's brimming with novelty items and useless junk. But don't let that overwhelm you! We sorted through the clutter to create this list of 10 projects that are both awesome and practical.<p>Don't …

A 3D printed future: 10 surprising things we could see printed soon

Bastian Schaefer shares a very bold idea: that in the near future, we may be able to 3D print jumbo jets. Photo: Ryan Lash<p>It is the dawn of the era …

How Many Of Those New Amazon Shows Will Fail? This Company Promises A Scientific Answer

It may not be hard science, but New Media Metrics offers data-based predictions on which shows will succeed and which brands should go along for the ride.<p>Think you can’t predict the future? Amazon just announced the launch of 14 new original show pilots. Of the eight adult comedies (the others are …

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10 3D-printable home goods that could put Target out of business

Sure, 3D printing has brought us a ton of cool creations and unique ideas (can we just go back to the whole 3D-printed Aston Martin thing?), but did …

Online OpenDesk catalog makes local craftsmen your personal IKEA

If you want to explore the long tail of furniture design, a new service called OpenDesk is worth investigating — it's a crowd-sourced database of downloadable furniture designs as well as a network of craftspeople that can build that furniture for you. While there aren't many pieces of furniture …

New 3D Scanner Could Kick Off Copyright Wars

Brooklyn-based 3D printing company MakerBot is opening a can of worms with the launch of a 3D scanner that allows users to copy objects placed on its turntable.<p>The Digitizer, due to start shipping in October, uses two lasers and a camera to scan objects up to eight inches across and weighing up to …

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 …

The Top Nine Consumer 3-D Printers For Every Budget

By David Lumb5 minute Read<p>These 3-D printer things sound pretty cool, right? Prototypes printed right on your desktop! All you need is a CAD file …

Finally, An Affordable 3-D Printer Big Enough To Print More Than Trinkets

By “large” we mean 16″x16″x9″, enough to finally print a regulation-size chessboard for all those 3-D-printed rooks you’ve been churning out. …

5 Ways Smithsonian Uses 3-D Scanning to Open Up History

What happens when 3-D scanning is unleashed on America's attic?<p><b>You'd expect to find miniature models of President Abraham Lincoln's head, renderings of five-million-year-old whale skeletons, and even busts of long-dead employees gracing the shelves at the Smithsonian Institution in</b> …

This Machine Shop In A Box Turns Your Desk Into A Factory

That project quickly turned into The Microfactory, a fully fledged miniature production facility that fits on a desktop. It uses four print heads …

All-in-one 3D printer, copier and fax machine hits Kickstarter goal in 1 day

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: AIO Robotics<p>The Zeus all-in-one 3D printer, copier and fax machine launched on Kickstarter Wednesday and handily …

As October Launch Approaches, BotObjects Releases Another Build Video

BotObjects is a 3D printer company that promises “full-color” printing in a system that uses a set of colored filaments to extract colored plastic in layers. Like the Makerbot, the ProDesk3D deposits plastic in layers and can print colors in bands around an object and not really in specific spots …

16 Useful Things You Can Make With A 3D Printer

While they've come down in price immensely ($400 versus tens of thousands of dollars), there's still the problem of making them appealing to the Average Joe. We have this once-exclusive technology shrunken down to fit on our kitchen counters, and we don't know what to do with them.<p>CGTrader, a …

4 3D printer technologies that could solve current problems

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Credit: Signe Brewster<p>3D printing companies from around the world assembled this week in San Jose for Inside 3D Printing, an …

Contour Crafting: Automated Construction: Behrokh Khoshnevis at TEDxOjai

Printing Chocolate in 3D: Does the Medium Have a Message?

It was only a matter of time before 3D printing technologies would be applied to chocolate. With its inimitable taste and ample shelf life, chocolate is the world's most popular medium of edible representation. Ever since a series of 19th century inventions allowed us to start eating the stuff in …

Automated Manufacturing for 3-D Printers - MIT Technology Review

In theory, 3-D printing gives consumers the ability to conceive of and make various products. But designing many objects requires specialized …

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