NASA blasts first 3D printer into space

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The machine hitching a ride on the Space X cargo shuttle isn’t your average, off-the-shelf MakerBot printer.

The SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft lifted off from Cape Canaveral in Florida last week carrying something that’s never been taken into space: A 3D printer. When it docked with the ISS, it delivered the first machine capable of making things in orbit—a huge step forward for exploration. (Video)

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CultLab3D scanner digitally immortalizes invaluable artifacts in 5 minutes

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CultLab3D Scanner

The Smithsonian opened a virtual museum last year. The Smithsonian X 3D Explorer allows users to take a virtual tour of (and even 3D print) high-definition digital models of artifacts like Lincoln’s life mask or the Wright Brother’s plane. (Video)

 

 

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Shapeways launches new full color 3D printable plastic material

shapewaysShapeways has announded full color plastic material.

The leader when it comes to on-demand 3D printing services is Shapeways. They lead in both, total business, as well as the variety of products and printing materials they offer to consumers. The company seems to be on a road of continued improvements, making sure they stay well ahead of the competition.

 

 

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Affordable 3D printers are revolutionizing the world of product development

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Printeer is a $450 3D printer for kids.

Cheap 3D printers have been getting a bad rap. They are seen as toys for enthusiasts, most work by squeezing melted plastic filament through a thin nozzle (Fused Filament Fabrication, or FFF). But in reality, these devices are revolutionizing the world of product development. They are set to educate a generation and are home to some of the most innovative developments in the 3D printing world.

 

 

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This fabric pen can magically mend torn clothing

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Fabric Pen

The average American throws out around 70 pounds of clothing and other textiles like shoes and sheets every year. The problem is that clothes are so cheap that it’s easier to replace something than repair it if a piece happens to tear. Many of us no longer even know how to sew. One survey in the U.K. found that 7 in 10 young adults couldn’t even sew on a button, let alone make a more complicated repair.

 

 

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Home Depot starts selling MakerBot 3D printers

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3D printed nuts and bolts from a MakerBot.

Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement chain, announced the start of a pilot program to sell MakerBots. They are described by the manufacturer as a type of professional-grade 3-D printing machine and will be in a dozen stores following a three-month period of online-only sales. (Video)

 

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Mcor Technologies improves their paper-based, full-color 3D printer

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Mcor Iris 3D Printer

Most people think 3D printing involves a machine that either extrudes molten plastic, in a way similar to how a hot glue gun works, or think of one of the larger industrial level 3D printers manufactured by 3D systems or Stratasys. These huge machines print objects in a variety of materials, but come with price tags that are only affordable for a select few.

 

 

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By 2040, 3D printer drones will become reality

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The Transformer is a futuristic long-range aircraft that divides into smaller ones during or upon arrival at its mission.

By 2040, 3D printers could be so advanced they could create small unmanned aircraft, BAE Systems claim. These unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) could then potentially be used as a group of wide-winged aircraft for protracted or enduring surveillance or as rotary-winged UAVs to rescue single civilians or soldiers from dangerous situations, the defense firm’s scientists and engineers suggest.

 

 

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Buy a 3D house printer for $16,000, print a house

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3D house printer

You might want to consider printing your own house after all of the news surrounding the 3D printed Canal House in the Netherlands, the concrete homes printed in 24 hours in China, or the Minnesotan printing his own home in his garage.  But you’ll need a house printer.  Maybe you should try contacting Slovenian business BetAbram. They want to be the first to sell 3D house printers themselves. (Video)

 

 

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Foodini: World’s first 3D food printer prints fresh, nutritious foods

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Print different shapes to encourage kids to eat healthy foods.

Food replicators used to be science fiction. But 3D food printers came along and started giving us things like chocolate on demand. But what about people who want to eat healthier food? Welcome Foodini, the world’s first 3D printer designed to print meals with fresh, nutritious ingredients. (Video)

 

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‘The night I invented 3D printing’: Chuck Hull

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Chuck Hull

Chuck Hull, a 74-year-old pioneering innovator is the man responsible for a breakthrough that’s now driving forward the world of manufacturing. He is executive vice president and chief technology officer of 3D Systems, a company built on his creation: the 3D printer. (Video)

 

 

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