3D Printing

  1. Tech

    Buttercup, the Duck With a 3D-Printed Foot, Can Walk Normally For the First Time Ever

    Buttercup the duck was born with a deformed foot that he hobbled around on for most of his ducky life, causing him a lot of pain and setting up the possibility of serious infections down the line. This is basically the saddest thing ever, so the Feathered Angels Waterfowl Sanctuary in Tennessee decided to team up with NovaCopy Inc. to provide him with a new 3D-printed prosthetic foot. Buttercup's foot has been in the works for some time and gotten a lot of attention from the media, but it wasn't until last night that the completed foot was finally fitted onto his leg and he was able to work normally for the first time. Even better, there's video of his very first steps and yes, it's as adorable as it sounds.

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  2. Tech

    Pics or it Didn’t Happen: We Visit the MakerBot Store

    We're pretty excited about 3D printing here at Geekosystem. When we realized how close our office is to the MakerBot retail store in New York City, we decided we had to go down to check it out. If you live in the area or are looking for a geeky stop on a New York visit we highly recommend giving the store a look.

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  3. Tech

    Don’t Break Your Arm, But If You Break Your Arm Get This Sweet 3D Printed Cast

    I'm fortunate enough to never have broken a bone, and part of the reason I'm so glad about that is traditional plaster casts seem torturous. The idea of having my arm or leg encased in heavy plaster is almost as unappealing as the idea of snapping a bone in the first place. Designer Jake Evill has a better solution -- The Cortex. It's a 3D-printed cast, and it's awesome. I'm not saying I want to break a bone now, but I kind of want to break a bone now.

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  4. Tech

    NASA Wants a 3D Printer That Prints Pizza and So Should Everyone Else

    People are using 3D printing technology for all kinds of things -- even guns! Anjan Contractor thinks 3D printing can solve the world's hunger problem, and NASA is backing him with a $125,000 grant to build his food printer. Since 3D printing food requires that food to be built in layers, what better food to start with than pizza?

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  5. Tech

    Distribution for Liberator 3D-Printed Gun Moves to Pirate Bay

    In a perhaps unsurprising turn of events, the U.S. State Department is uncomfortable with the idea that people can download plans for the Liberator --  a 3D-printed plastic gun capable of firing a single round -- online. Apparently, that sort of thing may be in violation of laws governing arms trafficking. Defense Distributed, the open source weapon firearms aficionados behind the project have received a request to remove files containing blueprints for the Liberator from their site, which they've complied with. The Pirate Bay, though, also has copies of the files available for download, and, well, they're not exactly quick to take things down in the face of government requests.

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  6. Tech

    100,000 People Have Downloaded Plans for a 3D-Printed Gun, California Already Moving Towards Ban

    It seems like just the other day we were bringing you the first footage of a 3D-printed plastic gun being test fired, mostly because it was totally just the other day. Since video of the successful test fire and plans for the gun -- a single-shot affair known as the Liberator -- were posted earlier this week, more than 100,000 people have downloaded the instructions and blueprints for the weapon. Meanwhile, proving that Newton's third law of motion holds up pretty much everywhere, a California State Senator is already drafting a bill to outlaw 3D-printed guns in that state.

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  7. Tech

    World’s First Entirely 3D-Printed Gun Test Fired [Video]

    Last Friday, we brought you news of the Liberator, the world's first firearm created using nearly entirely 3D-printed parts. This weekend brought the update that the one-shot Liberator -- a pistol made entirely of ABS plastic with the exception of a nail you can find at any hardware store as the firing pin -- has been successfully test fired by its lead designer, Cody Wilson. And courtesy of Forbes' Andy Greenberg, here's the video to prove it.

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  8. Tech

    Say Hello to the Liberator, Supposedly the Word’s First Entirely 3D-Printed Gun

    3D printing has come a long way in a relatively short time. You don't have to look far to find people people scoffing at the technology even today. That's not to say it doesn't still have many issues to overcome, but certain groups are making leaps and bounds pressing forward. Take, for example, Defense Distributed. They've long been working on creating a 3D-printed gun, and it looks like their efforts might finally have paid off. They've supposedly created an entirely 3D-printed gun, and they're calling it the Liberator.

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  9. Science

    New 3D Printer Makes Synthetic Shapes Imitate Living Tissue

    As 3D printing becomes more popular, accessible, and advanced, researchers and hobbyists alike are using the technology to produce more and more sophisticated items. Crossbows. Animal skeletons. Pretty much anything that fits in an 8-by-8-by-8 inch box. Some of the medical grade work being done on 3D printing, though, makes all of that awesome stuff look like child's play. In the latest example of that sort of work: Scientists at the University of Oxford have created a 3D printer capable of building synthetic shapes that imitate living tissue.

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  10. Tech

    Plastic, One Piece 3D Printed Crossbow Is Just The Thing To Intimidate Your Foes [Video]

    We've been thoroughly unnerved at the idea of 3D-printed firearms already. Now, one maker has taken it on himself to bring the 3D printed weapon movement back to the Dark Ages... or at least the Renaissance, using his 3D printer to build this nifty pistol-style hand crossbow. Check out the video below to see the gizmo -- because really, this isn't a weapon unless you're in middle school and assaulting some poor teacher's sanity -- in action.

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  11. Tech

    MakerBot Announces New 3D Digitizer That Allows You to Scan and Print Pretty Much Whatever You’d Like

    Man, 3D printing keeps getting more and more popular! The tech keeps getting better, so it makes sense that its popularity should rise as well. Soon everyone will have their very own 3D printer. You'll be able  3D print your friends, your pet, maybe even yourself! But until that day, let's consider MakerBot's new Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner, which lets you duplicate a dirty garden gnome, or at least whatever fits inside its scanning frame.

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  12. Tech

    Welcome to the Future: 75% of Man’s Skull Replaced by 3D-Printed Implant

    If you needed any further indication that we are living in an age of great technological advancement, now you have it. 3D printing is one of those things that's currently being explored that has huge ramifications for the future of, well, everything. Case in point, it's been revealed that 75% of an unnamed United States man's skull was replaced with a 3D-printed replica in a surgical procedure earlier this week. Yeah. Let that sink in a bit.

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  13. Tech

    PBS Off Book Asks: Will 3D Printing Change the World? [Video]

    3D printing is most certainly going to have a profound effect on the way we do business going forward, but will it actually change that world? That's the question asked by PBS Off Book's latest video. They look at what can be accomplished in the future when it comes to 3D printing, and even what's already been done. It's a brave new world in a lot of ways, and we're only just getting a real glimpse of the horizon.

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  14. Tech

    3D Printed Robotic Suckers Make Robot Octopus A Terrifying Possibility

    When we think of robots, we tend to anthropomorphize a bit. Years of TV and movies have gotten us used to thinking of the machines as mechanical versions of us. The fact is, though, the next generation of robots will come in a staggering variety of shapes and sizes, many of them -- or at least come of their traits -- inspired by the animal kingdom, like DARPA's AlphaDog or this inflatable "soft robot" from Harvard. Researchers are hard at work trying to repurpose animal parts that could be useful to new robots, and the latest entries in that field are these 3D printed robotic suckers, which mimic the suctioning ability of a squid or octopus, and could help tomorrow's robots grip objects, move around, and of course one day restrain human prisoners. Until that day, though, they will be pretty cool!

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  15. Tech

    People Really Want to Draw in 3D: 3Doodler Crushes Kickstarter Goal in Mere Hours

    I messed up. Yesterday, I saw the Kickstarter campaign for the 3Doodler, a pen that lets you draw in three dimensions, and didn't think it was something most people would be interested in, so I ignored it. It turns out I was wrong in a big way. The project met its goal in only a few hours, and already has more than 7,000 backers and pledges of $639,955 as I write this. I underestimated how much people want to draw squiggly 3D plastic things.

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