3D Printers

  1. Weird

    You Can Help This Library Buy a 9-Foot-Tall Hulk Statue

    If there's a better use of crowdfunding sites like Indiegogo than getting the Northlake Public Library a nine-foot-tall statue of The Hulk, we don't know what that use is. The librarians of Northlake have big plans, and those plans involve a giant Hulk statue, and helping people read and create more comic books. They also have one of the most awkward campaign videos we've ever seen.

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  2. Tech

    New Technique 3D Prints Skeleton of Living Animals, Brings Us One Step Closer to Weapon X

    An interesting challenge presented by 3D printing is coming up not only with what to print, but where to get the designs of things to print. One engineering student looked to the natural world for inspiration and has come up with a way to 3D print skeletons of living animals based of models generated from their CT scans. Right now the skeletons are plastic, but once 3D adamantium printing is perfected we'll all have claws and be indestructible. It also has practical uses.

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  3. Tech

    3D Printing and Bioengineering Work Together to Print a Working Human Ear

    3D printing has brought us all sorts of neat household gadgets and delightful statuettes and toys, but the real advances made possible by the technology might not be in the home, but in the lab. Take, for example, this replacement human ear, engineered from rat tail cells and cow cartilage and given shape in a 3D printed mold of a patient's own ear.

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  4. Weird

    Maker Faire 2012: Robots and 3D Printers and Fiery Unicorns, Oh My

    We spent this Saturday at New York's Maker Faire 2012 gawking at  cool DIY gadgets and gear from labs, garages, and hackerspaces near and far. We'll have a gallery of some of our favorite pictures from the show up soon, but for now, here are our first reactions on this year's Maker Faire.

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  5. Tech

    Laser Guidance Allows 3D Printing on Molecular Scale

    3D printing is getting easier, more cost effective, and more household friendly every year. Some of its most impressive applications, though -- like its potential in the world of medicine -- won't be making their home debuts anytime soon. This is because while printing, say, a Mario statue in your Makerbot is very simple, printing things on a nanometer scale is still very hard. Doable, but very, very hard. Researchers at the Vienna University of Technology have made a step toward simplifying that task, though, using a laser beam to place single molecules on structures just a few nanometers wide.

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  6. Tech

    Makerbot Knock-Off Tangibot Looks To Bring Cheaper 3D Printing to Market, Eat Makerbot’s Lunch


    Right now, you can pop on Kickstarter and order yourself a Tangibot, pictured above. If it looks a little familiar, well, it should -- Tangibot is a proud clone of Makerbot.  In fact, a couple of tweaks aside, it is exactly like a Makerbot -- except that it's made in China, and thus costs about 1/3 less than the Brooklyn-based originals. Matt Strong, the man behind the Tangibot, isn't shy about the similarities between the two products, either. Up until a few days ago, he leaned heavily on the Makerbot name -- which is trademarked, even though the tech that runs it is open source. He's recently replaced that wording with more generalities -- Tangibot is now "a clone of a very popular open source 3D Printer." But Strong's reliance on the Makerbot's reputation to sell his own, barely modified version have earned him some bad blood from the very community he's trying to appeal to.

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  7. Weird

    Cubify’s Colorful 3D-printed Toy Robots Can Trade Parts, Are Totes Adorbz

    Cubify's new line of Cubify Robots can be taken apart and put back together, letting kids indulge in bouts of destruction, construction, and Frankensteinian creation. They currently have 6 colorful robots to mix-and-match -- 7,776 different kinds of adorable should keep them occupied until they're old enough for LEGO.

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  8. Entertainment

    3D Printed Chess Set Combines Together to Form Awesome Fighting Robot

    Chess is all well and good, but Joseph Larson was distraught by the lack of giant fighting robots in the ancient board game. He fixed that with his 3D-printable chess pieces that combine together to form a super-powered robot ala Voltron. Forget Kasparov and Deep Blue -- this is the ultimate test for chess grand masters.

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  9. Tech

    Researchers to Build 3D-Printed Robotic Dinosaur Skeletons for Completely Benign Reasons, Really

    While humans have been studying the bones of dinosaurs for over a hundred years, there are still some fundamental questions that we simply cannot answer. Without being able to directly observed these enormous creatures, we can only guess at how these creatures moved about their environment. Even our best hypothesis are limited by the few remains available, and the fragility of bones millions of years old. However, some scientists are trying to change that with a new effort to create 3D-printed robotic dinosaur skeletons.

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  10. Tech

    The Pirate Bay Predicts the Next Wave of Piracy Will be 3D-Printed

    A recent blog post on The Pirate Bay predicts that the next form of piracy will be piracy via 3D printer. They predict piracy will move from tangible to digital, as it is now, to digital to tangible. The blog post says that in the modern world in which we live, data begins digitally, but relents that humans also require tangible objects as well -- something anyone with a bookshelf full of alphabetized books or drawer full of neatly organized video games would agree with. Making a bold prediction, The Pirate Bay predicts that within twenty years, humans will be downloading sneakers or spare car parts and manifesting them in physical form with the help of the 3D printer. They even coined a term for this kind of object, the "Physible."

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  11. Entertainment

    Stop Motion Video About a 3D Printed Princess, Looking For Love

    To herald the arrival of their new bigger, two-color 3D printer The Replicator, MakerBot released a stop motion animated film about a 3D printed princess called The Right Heart. It's even got a catchy tune, too. In the video, the princess goes looking for her missing heart, finding it in an unexpected place. It's cool because the aforementioned princess doesn't need rescuing, or someone else to (in this sense, literally) complete her, she goes out and earns what she's looking for on her own. It's a good message, and fits with the MakerBot ethos, as well -- she didn't receive what she wanted, she made it herself. But I can't help myself feeling a little sorry for those fellas with their hearts on the ground. See the video, after the break.

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  12. Science

    Makerbot Aims to Help Homeless Hermit Crabs With Crowdsourced, 3D-Printed Shells

    Here's another ecological crisis you probably weren't aware of: Hermit crabs, which normally live the discarded shells of other sea creatures, are facing a massive shell shortage. That's why Makerbot, the creators of consumer grade 3D printers, have launched a crowd-sourced endeavor to house these crustaceans called Project Shellter. The aim of the project, which is headed by Makerbot's artist in residence Miles Lightwood, is to create shells using the company's 3D printers that hermit crabs can use to live in. Without shells, the soft exoskeletons of the crabs make them an easy target for predators. Furthermore, a lack of natural shells has forced hermit crabs to use garbage such as shotgun shells and bottles as makeshift homes. It's an ambitious project which will have to overcome issues of biodegradabilty, safety for the crabs (non-toxic shells, please), and what kind of shells crabs will prefer. If you've got a 3D printer, or are a keen designer, head over to Makerbot's Thingiverse and create some shells of your own!

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  13. Sponsored

    6 Unusual Innovations in Tech

    We're currently living in a world in which technology seems to innovate more quickly than it ever had previously, partly due to the kind of technological Golden Age we're experiencing, and partly due to the current Golden Age of communication, in that news travels as quickly as ever, which both helps get the word out on new innovations and gives said new innovations a chance to shine. Only a decade ago video games looked like something akin to not wearing your contact lenses and were controlled with plastic controllers, and it was a pain to transfer a single large file. Sleek tablet computers were things only seen in science fiction and PDAs were kind of silly, and printers generally only printed flat words and images on flat paper. Technology has come a long way, and as time goes on, innovation in tech seems to be picking up speed. So, let's take a look at some of the more unusual innovations in technology.

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  14. Gaming

    Print Your Minecraft Creations With a 3D Printer

    There seems to a common narrative amongst Minecraft players. You first play the game in single player survival mode, and it's great fun. You discover amazing landscape and learn to build a base that is completely safe from invading monsters. You build everything your character could ever need into your base and become self-sufficient, but then the game isn't challenging anymore, so you think of a few large-scale projects to build. After finishing those, you think to yourself, "Who am I building this for? What's the point?" So, you eventually find a multiplayer server and can explore anew and rebuild your base, but you remember what happened the first time, so you build a much bigger, prettier base, and keep the rest of the players on the server in mind and give each of them their own room within the base. You explore some more, build a few new large-scale projects, then think "Everyone else builds crazy things too, so who am I building this for? What's the point?"

    Well, Cody Sumter and Jason Boggess might've finally provided an answer to that question with Minecraft.Print(), a project that outputs a standard model file of a Minecraft creation which can be read and printed by a 3D printer. To avoid printing the entire Minecraft map, the player simply places a combination of an obisidian, diamond, gold and iron block (the blocks were chosen because, if a player isn't invoking objects at will, these blocks are difficult to come by and rarely used for much) at two points to designate the area of the desired object to be printed, then Minecraft.Print() outputs the aforementioned standard model file which can be read by a 3D printer. From punching wood, to creating tools, to gathering materials, to building structures, to being displayed on your desk at work. Head on past the break to check out a video tutorial of Minecraft.Print().

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  15. Tech

    Solar Powered 3D Printer Prints Using Desert Sand

    For his graduate project, student Markus Kayser created a 3D printer that is not only solar powered, but prints with sand. 3D printers tend to use resin to print their objects, since it can be layered and hardened, but Kayser's printer, dubbed the Solar Sinter, uses the hot rays of the sun to melt the silica in desert sand in place resin to form 3D objects. The device can heat layers around a quarter of an inch thick, though considering it uses sand, the device isn't as precise as other 3D printers, but judging from the above picture, the printer holds its own. Head on past the break to see a video of Kayer's neat project.

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