Think 3-D printing is cool? Try 4-D

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Discussion:  Skylar Tibbits, a senior fellow at MIT, explains 4-D printing as printing a 3-D object that has the capacity to change over time.  Instead of being a static object with a fixed life, a 4-D object would be more adaptive and responsive to its environment.  The application of such technology are mind-boggling, and span… Read more »

A 3-D pen that lets you draw objects in the air

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Discussion:  WobbleWorks, a startup company out of Boston, has created a pen that you wave in the air in order to create three-dimensional pictures.  They are calling it the 3Doodler, the world’s first 3-D printing pen.  The reaction to the pen on Kickstarter, a crowdfunding site, has been phenomenal–they raised $1.1 million within 48 hours.  The pen works… Read more »

Print your own life-size robot for under $1,000

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Discussion:  Gael Langevin, a French sculptor, has designed a robot whose parts can all be printed on a common 3D printer and assembled in one’s home.  InMoov, Langevin’s animatronic creation, can be made by anyone with access to little more than a basic 3D printer, a few monitors, a cheap circuit board and about $800.  The project… Read more »

Architect to build home using 3-D printer

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Discussion:  A Dutch architect is building a home made from 3-D printed blocks–the first of its kind.  Instead of printing small items and trinkets as we are used to seeing, the D-Shape, a mega-scale free form 3-D printer, will print 20 by 30 foot marblelike blocks that will make up the structure.  The “Landscape House”  is designed in… Read more »

3-D printer MakerBot cracks down on blueprints for gun parts

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Discussion:  A MakerBot is a 3-D printer that “prints” or creates physical objects.  These 3-D printers use design files as blueprints, then fabricate items from layers of plastic material like powder or liquid.  The printers can be used to create just about anything the user can design, including figurines, iPhone docks, coffee cup holders, and gun parts. … Read more »

Descriptive camera developed by student Matt Richardson

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Discussion:  A student at New York University developed a “camera” that prints a verbal discription of a photo, instead of a picture.  Though the full technology might not currently exist, the idea is to have the camera recognize what it is taking a picture of and to print out a detailed description.  The printouts can then become… Read more »

A 3-D printer created this shoe

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Discussion:  3D printers, now available for use in your home, can print real objects just like regular printers print documents.  The CEO of 3D Systems Corp states that, “if you dream it, if you think it, you can print it.”  The printers print objects one layer at a time, fusing the layers together as it… Read more »

3D printed glasses are Fashion Week’s hottest accessory

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A model poses next to a MakerBot printer wearing 3D printed glasses. Discussion:  3D printed sunglasses by MakerBot were the hottest accessory on the Runway at Fashion Week.  The device allows users to download and scan designs which are then “printed” as physical objects.  The MakerBot machine was used at designer Asher Levine’s show, where… Read more »

Transplant jaw made by 3D printer claimed as first

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Discussion:  3D printing recently produced its first patient-specific human jaw.  The jaw was made out of titanium powder which was heated and fused together by a laser one layer at a time.  The implant involves articulated joints, cavities to promote muscle attachment and grooves to direct the regrowth of nerves and veins. Source:  BBC News… Read more »

Klaus Stadlmann: The world’s smallest 3D printer

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. Discussion:  Klaus Stadlmann has created the world’s smallest 3D printer.  With the use of laser systems that can focus on microscopic points, and a sophisticated positioning system that moves the lasers, Stadlmann is able to produce 3D models.  All that needs to be done from a users perspective is to import a 3D file,… Read more »