Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

3D Printing

The CreoPop 'cool ink' 3D sketch pen

Last year, the folks over at CreoPop started working on a 3D drawing pen that always kept its cool. Instead of heating of ABS or PLA plastic filaments like the 3Doodler from WobbleWorks, the CreoPop uses light-sensitive inks that solidify when exposed to UV light, so sketchers young or old don't need to worry about having to steer clear of the piping hot creative end. Now the company is preparing to go into production.  Read More

New Matter has launched what it calls an 'end-to-end 3D printing system' made up of an ine...

If you don't want to spend a whole heap of cash on a 3D printer, the OneUp looks like a pretty sweet deal. But, will it look anyway near as good on your desk as the similarly budget-friendly MOD-t from New Matter? This Wi-Fi-enabled device boasts some novel tech designed to produce quality 3D-printed objects at an affordable price, while also tapping into an online shopping and sharing portal for MOD-t-optimized models.  Read More

The SuperDraco engine test firing

SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft is set for an upgrade with the company announcing the successful qualification testing of its SuperDraco rocket engine. Designed to replace the Draco engines used for attitude control on the Dragon orbital spacecraft, the SuperDraco will act as the Dragon’s launch emergency escape system, as well as giving it the ability to make a powered landing on Earth and other worlds.  Read More

The 3D fruit printer uses spherification to create hybrid fruits, or to recreate existing ...

By now we're all quite used to seeing blended fruit juices such as banana-strawberry or apple-lime, but what about solid three-dimensional hybrid fruits that are made to order? Well, that's just what Cambridge, UK-based design company Dovetailed is promising, with its 3D fruit printer.  Read More

Assorted QU-BD printers on display at Maker Faire

Over 1,400 backers committed over $400,000 to the crowdfunding campaign for the $199 QU-BD 3D print. The Little Rock, Arkansas-based company has been scrambling to fulfill all those orders ever since, but have managed to also bring forth a few new versions of their 3D printer kit and also prepare to start taking new orders.  Read More

UK-based OwnFone has released a 3D-printed mobile phone with braille buttons

UK-based mobile phone company OwnFone has launched what it says is the world’s first commercially-available braille mobile phone. The OwnFone is a simple, light and low-cost device that can be set up with braille quick-dial buttons. It is customized by the user before being 3D-printed by OwnFone.  Read More

The 3D printed liver mimicking device completely neutralizes toxins in the blood (Image: U...

What if you could 3D print small devices that mimicked some of the functions of human organs, to address specific issues? That's what scientists at the University of California, San Diego have done by 3D-printing a liver-like device that's claimed capable of safely detoxifying blood.  Read More

Researchers at Australia's CSIRO have developed a 3D-printable mouthpiece that enables cle...

According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, an estimated 22 million Americans suffer from various forms of sleep apnea, a condition where the throat passage is blocked during sleep. Further to an immediate inability to breathe, if left untreated the condition can lead to more serious ailments, such as heart problems, stroke and diabetes. Current solutions can be both costly and uncomfortable, but researchers from Australia's CSIRO have developed a 3D-printed mouthpiece that can be personalized for each patient, potentially adding a more practical alternative to the mix.  Read More

The 3D-printing robotic quadcopter hovers over its target (Photo: Aerial Robotics Lab)

The swiftlet may not look much different than other little birds, but it has one unique ability – it builds its nest out of its own saliva. Inspired by the swiftlet, scientists at Imperial College London's Aerial Robotics Lab have created a robotic quadcopter that can extrude polyurethane foam while in flight. By targeting where that foam goes, it can build up simple structures, essentially becoming a flying 3D printer. The technology could have some very important applications.  Read More

The MINK 3D printer lets users print out makeup like eye shadow, foundation and blush, in ...

Finding the exact shade of lipstick or eye shadow you have in mind can be tough, which is why Grace Choi, a Harvard Business School alumni, came up with the Mink – a 3D printer that lets you print out makeup in any color you fancy. Whether it's the color of a fruit, your friend's purse or a sunset, transforming that color into any kind of makeup is simply a matter of choosing it and hitting print.  Read More

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