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The Future Will Be 3D Printed

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I’m getting tired of everything 3D, but mostly because I’m an old curmudgeon, aggravated by the sudden wave of 3D related tech. Most of it is actually quite good; it’s really only 3D movies and TV I don’t like. So I’m kind of intrigued by the Structure Sensor, a stereoscopic sensor that attaches to mobile devices and captures structures in 3D. It has two lenses (hence the ‘stereoscopic’) and allows you to model anything from objects to rooms, and import them into a CAD program for manipulation. In other words, a scenario where you scan your coffee table vase by walking around it with your iPad, then make a copy of it in your 3D printer is now possible. If you want your own, it’s going to cost you a $379 pledge on the fully funded Kickstarter campaign.

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Scan and Print in 3D with Zeus

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You can’t do much with just a 3D printer. The same can be said for a 3D scanner. But the possibilities are endless if you put both together, and that’s what AIO Robotics has done with Zeus. It’s a 3D scanner and 3D printer in one, so you can scan whatever it is you want to print and then print it in a jiffy.

It offers convenience that other gadgets already available in the 3D printing sphere don’t offer. Zeus has been in development for the last five years, so you can be sure that a lot of thought and work went into it.

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Special 3D Printers Use Living Tissue to Print Human Ears

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No, those aren’t cooked pasta, although they definitely look like it. They’re actually human ears, albeit a whole lot smaller than the average. These ears were 3D printed with living tissue as the “ink” using a special printer developed by the Hangzhou Dianzi University in China.Continue Reading

This Guy is 3D-Printing His Dream Car…One Part at a Time!

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Everyone has a dream car. Be it the DeLorean from Back to the Future or the Aston Martin DB5 from James Bond, almost everyone’s got one. Unfortunately, these cars either don’t exist in real life or are just too expensive to even consider buying.

Those are problems that Ivan Sentch doesn’t even have to deal with, though, because even though he has his sights set on the Aston Martin DB4 (almost like Bond’s vehicle of choice, but not quite), he doesn’t have to pay close to the cost of its market value. That’s because he’s building the car himself–by 3D-printing it!Continue Reading

Looking For Stuff To 3D Print? How About A Death Star Birdhouse?

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MakerBot (behind the Replicator 2 3D printer) is running a birdhouse design competition, where the first price is an EggBot kit. This, by the way, is a cool machine that paints on small spherical-ish objects, such as eggs. In any case, the competition runs until July 16th, and there are already a few cool entries, such as the above Death Star birdhouse. The files are available on the Thingiverse, so if you own a Replicator or Replicator 2, and are a geek, and like Star Wars, and like birds… well, then, get to printing.

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3D Printed Cast Lets You Scratch And Wash

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The only good thing about being in a cast is that you get to have all your friends draw stuff all over them. Once you’re out of high school however, that starts getting old pretty quick. Instead, you’re left unable to scratch or wash your limb for weeks, which sucks. Luckily, advances in 3D printing may change all that. Called the Cortex, the 3D printed cast pictured above is a concept and prototype from Victoria University of Wellington graduate Jake Evill that could once day replace the casts of today. Made from a complex honeycomb structure, it allows for air and water to circulate, as well as making it possible to scratch and clean your skin. Sounds wonderful.

The process starts with an X-Ray and 3D scan of the limb, after which the cast is designed and printed specifically for the type of fracture present. It would be attached using non-removable fasteners that remain until the healing process is complete. Made out of polyamide, the casts take about 3 hours to make, while regular plaster casts take 3 to 9 minutes. With advances in 3D printing technology however, we may see the Cortex in hospitals within the next few years. Jake is currently looking for funding to take his idea further.

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How Long Would It Take to 3D Print Your Dream House?

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3D printing is all the rage these days. The technology has been used to print a wide range of objects, from shoes and handguns to custom splints for medical applications. What they haven’t managed to 3D print yet are houses. Don’t expect that to happen anytime soon, though, because it’ll probably take a whole new kind of plastic to actually print a house that’ll last. Aside from the material, it’s also going to take an infinitesimally long amount of time given the size and capacities of current 3D printers.

If you’re curious, real estate blog Movoto has come up with a calculator that’ll let you compute how long it’ll take to 3D print the house of your dreams. It will also provide you with a rough estimate of the cost of your 3D-printed home, along with the number of bricks your house will need. You can check out the 3D Print your House calculator online.

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3D-Printed Mouse Cover Looks Awesome and Provides Added Comfort

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Statial is a 3D-printed top cover for the Logitech M100 mouse and it looks all sorts of amazing. Aside from aesthetics, the mouse cover can be adjusted to fit your grip. So if you use your mouse a lot–whether it’s for work or image editing or for gaming–then the Statial can provide you with some added comfort while you use your mouse.

The complicated design was thought up by Pyott Design, and the downside to it is its cost, since it retails for about $70. The Logitech M100, which is the only mouse it’s compatible with, costs only $10 so it might not make much sense to spend so much on an accessory for it.

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Mataerial 3D Printer Goes Against the Laws of Gravity

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The Mataerial 3D printer is as unconventional as 3D printers can get. It deviates in design and functionality from most other 3D printers, which are usually box-like in shape and structure. The latter also requires a dedicated print surface in order to print things as you intended and designed them to be.

For this reason, the Mataerial has been dubbed as the ‘anti-gravity 3D printer’ since you can use it on virtually any surface–including those inclined at an angle–or no surface at all! Thanks to its innovative extrusion technology, users will be able to form curves and print hanging structures without the need for any support material.

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