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3D Printing

— Automotive

Local Motors to commission a dozen custom 3D-printed hot rods

By - November 18, 2014 4 Pictures
Local Motors added a little flair to the International Manufacturing Technology Show this past September, by live 3D-printing its Strati car. The car used a small electric powertrain from the Renault Twizy. Now, Local Motors is about to commission a sure-to-be-more-powerful vehicle – 12 of them actually. The company repeated its live printing effort at this year's SEMA Show and opened up a new contest that will see 12 tuners customize an all-new 3D-printed car. Read More
— Science

Artist creates nanosculptures smaller than a human hair

By - November 18, 2014 9 Pictures
A sculpture so tiny that it cannot be seen by the naked eye is claimed to be the smallest sculpture of the human form ever created. Measuring a picayune 20 x 80 x 100 microns, artist Jonty Hurwitz’s tiny human statue is part of a new series of equally diminutive new sculptures that are at a scale so infinitesimally miniscule that each of the figures is approximately equal in size to the amount your fingernails grow in around about 6 hours, and can only be viewed using a scanning electron microscope. Read More
— Space

POP3D to be Europe's first 3D printer in space

By - November 17, 2014 4 Pictures
ESA is set to send a 3D printer up to the International Space Station (ISS) for a preliminary round of orbital testing in the first half of next year. The Portable On-Board Printer (POP3D), was designed and manufactured in Italy and will be one of the focusses of ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti's Futura mission. The results of the study will be instrumental in informing us on the potential uses of 3D printing in microgravity. Read More
— Space

ESA explores the concept of a 3D-printed moonbase

By - November 10, 2014 4 Pictures
The European Space Agency (ESA) is currently exploring the possibility of establishing a permanent lunar base with the aid of 3D printing technology. The space agency and Foster + Partners, the London-based architecture firm that worked closely with the agency in the exploration of the project, have released a video outlining how they envision a future mission to construct a moonbase may unfold. Read More
— Robotics

Maker Club is hoping to start a 3D-printed home robot revolution

By - November 4, 2014 8 Pictures
As confirmed by a strong robot presence in our round-up of the best tech toys for kids this year, there's something captivating and fascinating about interacting with robots. But rather than just play with a factory-assembled robot like the mesmerizing MiP we got to control at IFA back in the September, many folks want to build and customize their own. The Brighton, UK-based Maker Club has launched a project developed for the home and educational market that combines a custom control chip, a mobile app, an online learning package and 3D printing. Read More
— Electronics

Polyes Q1 aims to be the first child-safe 3D sketching pen

By - October 27, 2014 7 Pictures
Startup company Future Make 3D is developing the Polyes Q1, a 3D pen with a slew of safety features that aims to make it fun and safe for everyone – children included – to sketch out three-dimensional sculptures made of plastic. The cordless, USB-charged pen will come with standard, glow-in-the-dark, transparent and temperature-changing inks and is set to hit Kickstarter sometime next month. Read More

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