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All posts tagged "3d printing"

  • 3D-printed leg brace gives Quack-Quack the duck second lease at life

    Not all technology promises to lead the world into a robot apocalype. While 3D printing will inevitably lead to the creation of destructive technologies (like warheads), it also has its golden advantages. Quack-Quack the duck is one such creature that’s benefited from the wonders of 3D printing, according to 3D Print. After surviving a dog attack, the duck’s left leg required intensive surgery. After the procedure, it was found that Quack-Quack would need a bespoke leg-support to help heal the bone structure and allow him some degree of mobility. The National Taiwan University Animal Hospital, a design firm dubbed Lung X...

  • US inventor 3D-prints castle in his backyard

    3D printing will undoubtedly change the world in a big way. The technology allows for the easy creation of rather complex structures, so one could imagine its value in areas like construction. That sentence nicely leads to this revelation, that a construction guru in the U.S. has 3D printed a castle in his back garden from a bespoke cement printer. Printing cement is not a common practice, and comes with its own set of problems and advantages. Currently, only one other company is known for diving head-first into the practice, until now. Andrey Rudenko, through his engineering expertise and love for...

  • Phase-changing material edges shapeshifting Terminators closer to reality

    Robots will soon be everywhere, and we all (just like Will Smith) will have to deal with it. But for now, the rigid, metallic materials used in robotic construction don’t allow them the ubiquitous freedom they crave. But this may soon change. Researchers from MIT have now developed a new phase-changing material that could allow future robots to shift between soft and hard states. Developed by Anette Hosoi, along with Nadia Cheng, robotics company Boston Dynamics and DARPA, the new material is a low-cost breakthrough for the robotics industry. Just like an octopus or a mouse, or if you love movie references...

  • Prepare your face: this Kickstarter gadget lets you 3D print icing and Nutella

    Ever thought your icing gun was just not enough? Wished for more precise placings in your Nutella art? Well, you can now dream bigger — thanks to a new extruder attachment, it’ll be easier than ever to print paste-like substances. It’s called the Discov3ry and it’s a universal extruder that will fit with existing desktop 3D printers on the market (like the popular Makerbot) and allow them to print materials like silicon, icing, Nutella, wood filler, ceramics and polyurethane. It’s currently raising funds over on Kickstarter, where it has already passed its 30 000 Canadian dollar goal by more than...

  • 8 3D printed foods that will change the future of cuisine

    Like it or not, 3D printed food will be at the forefront of future cuisine. The technology to print edible foodstuffs practically on demand is around the corner, but the real issue for companies will be ridding 3D printed food of its unnatural, synthetic taboo. Food supply is a global issue and as the population continues to balloon, alternative resources must be found. 3D-printing provides a potential solution to the problems of food and time wastage, by producing 3D-printed food that one can enjoy  immediately, without the added strain placed on the environment. As human existence moves closer to a fully-automated life,...

  • MOD-t: an affordable, stylish home 3D printer for under $300

    The US$249 New Matter MOD-t aims to bring 3D printing to the home, after its developers this week launched the machine on Indiegogo. The two-day old project, launched by a Pasadena, California upstart and co-developed with frog, has blown past its US$375 000 goal with more than four weeks left on the funding platform. “Breakthrough” technology featuring a “2-axis motion system that simultaneously moves and supports the build plate with very few components” allows a less expensive construction and in turn a much lower retail cost. This has allowed its developers to practically give away the machine to early backers for...

  • Adobe Photoshop update adds 3D printing

    The more commercialised 3D-printing has become over the past few years, the more friendly it’s become. Adobe is without a doubt responsible for the most widely used design software available today and has now released an update that gives Adobe Creative Cloud subscribers 3D printing and design capabilities in Photoshop, reportsGigaom. By integrating certain tools, Adobe is bringing 3D capabilities to graphic designers’ hands the world over. What it exactly allows you to do is edit your 3D designs and print them directly from Photoshop. This update enables you to easily adjust the object’s colour, add texture or do minor...

  • Shrink your kid with Fotofig’s 3D printing service

    3D printing is not yet an everyday mundanity, so there are many ways in which it’s still a great novelty. Japanese startup Fotofig has recognized this and is creating mini figures of people using only photos as a source. It’s a fun way to see you or the kids shrunk to about the size of a paperback book. There’s no specific app for this, as you only need to send in a bunch of photos of the person/pet you want to shrink into figurine form to Fotofig. And then pay up. The service is not cheap, costing about US$400 for...

  • Meet Mataerial: the ‘anti-gravity’ 3D printer

    3D printing from any surface, at any angle, without fail. While 3D printing has yet to become a household gadget, it’s far from reaching its creative zenith and Mataerial, a prototype 3D printer that can extrude shapes from any surface, creates new possibilities for an extremely young medium. Saša Jokić and Petr Novikov (from the Spain-based Institute for advanced architecture of Catalonia), together with the Joris Laarman Studio, have developed a printing arm called Mataerial that can form surfaces and objects without support material. Standard 3D printers use sandwiched 2D layers to create a three-dimensional form. What Mataerial does...

  • Lynx A: the Kickstarter project for the world’s first 3D point-and-shoot camera

    It might look a little clumsy and uses a VGA camera, and yes you will look like a tourist from a developing country walking around with this, but the Lynx A is the world’s first 3D modeling camera. The Kickstarter project already has more than 150 backers with a collective pledge amount of over US$62 000. Shaped like a tablet, and a big one at that, the camera consists of a 3D sensor and a VGA camera that produces 3D models of whatever you point it at. A user can choose from three types of “photography”, or rather modelling: scene...