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The Cirin rubber band racer (Photo: Max Greenberg)

When you were a kid, did you ever have one of those toy race cars that was powered by a wound-up rubber band? If you did, chances are it wasn't quite as striking as Cirin. Modeled after mid-1950s Formula 1 cars, the one-off mini racer features state-of-the-art construction, and 16 ft (5 m) of looped elastic that allows it to travel 500 ft (152 m) at speeds of up to 30 mph (48 km/h).  Read More

Bonsai Lab shows a model of its BS Toy at the Nuremberg Toy Fair (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag...

3-D printing has been one of the biggest crazes in tech over the past few years. And as with other big tech crazes before it – think smartphones and tablets – the age of entry is lowering. Last year, we took a look at the ill-fated Printeer kids' printer. The all-new Bonsai Lab BS Toy we checked out at the recent 2015 Nuremberg Toy Fair picks up where that one left off, offering a simple design aimed at families and children.  Read More

The NV 8 and the bullet-shaped NV 9 will both participate at the Shell Eco-marathon Asia (...

A 3D-printed, partially-solar-powered, battery electric car created by students at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is all set to zoom across the racetrack at Shell’s Eco-marathon Asia later this month. With a body shell comprising 150 printed parts, mounted on a carbon fiber single shell chassis, the NTU Venture (NV) 8 is an urban concept car that can reportedly achieve a top speed of about 60 km/h (37 mph). Racing in the solar prototype category will NTU's prototype three-wheeler, the NV 9.  Read More

3DRacers is a car racing game for which the cars are 3D printed and controlled via smartph...

A new car racing game is bridging the real and the digital worlds. 3DRacers makes use of 3D printing, Arduino-based electronics and smartphone control. Users can design their own cars, 3D print them at home or via 3D Hubs, customize their performance and control them via a mobile app.  Read More

Printing a 2-inch (5 cm) long section of windpipe takes less than two hours

Researchers at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research have successfully created cartilage using a MakerBot 3D printer. The team made use of the technology to quickly and affordably prototype and refine the bioprosthesis, and even used it to create a low-cost bioreactor to facilitate the growth of the cells.  Read More

The Shelby Cobra replica 3D-printed by ORNL is designed as a rolling automotive laboratory...

It stands to reason that if you had a big enough 3D printer, one of the first things you would do is print a replica of a vintage 1965 Shelby Cobra sportscar, and that's what the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) did for the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. The result of a project that took only six weeks from conception to finished product, the vehicle not only celebrates the Shelby Cobra's 50th anniversary, but also acts as a demonstration of modern additive manufacturing and rapid prototyping technology.  Read More

Can't see the faces in this photo? Check out the shape of the black background where it me...

If you're a fan mind-bending illusions, then chances are you're familiar with Rubin's vase. It incorporates the facial profiles of two people, which can be seen in the negative space along either of its sides. Should you like the idea of owning such a vase, but that features the profiles of you and people you know – well, that would be the fahz.  Read More

WobbleWorks has announced a new version of its 3Doodler 3D-printing pen (Photo: WobbleWork...

When WobbleWorks announced its 3Doodler pen a couple of years ago, it caused quite a stir. The device allows users to sketch in three dimensions, using strands of molten plastic that harden on contact with the air. Now, the company has announced an updated version. The 3Doodler 2.0 is said to be slimmer, lighter, quieter and easier to use.  Read More

A South African man has used his garage-sized printer to produce a 3D-printed lawn mower

It might not offer the same durability as your trusty ol' Husqvarna, but a 3D-printed lawnmower has shown it is up to the task of keeping your lawn in shape. South Africa's Hans Fouche designed and produced his new machine with a custom-made 3D printer dubbed Cheetah, which he has hopes of eventually bringing to market.  Read More

A 3D printed prosthesis has improved the wellbeing of a three-legged turtle (Photo: Britta...

Stumpy the box turtle had been short of a limb since the amputation of her injured front leg. But a group of fifth graders have put its school's 3D printer to use and produced a custom-made prosthetic inspired by a classroom chair, saving Stumpy from life with a lopsided hobble.  Read More

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