Canadian Government Investigating 3D Printed Weapons

The 3D printed weapons controversy continues. From the CBC we learn that the Canadian Government, or specifically several of its agencies (the RCMP, Canada Border Services Agency and Criminal Intelligence Service Canada) have sponsored a request for contractors to provide insight into 3D printing of firearms, ammunition and ...

Move over Michelangelo – 3D Printing with Marble

For millennia marble has been one of the most impressive materials for building and sculpture. However, marble quarrying wastes material and creates plumes of calcium carbonate dust.Unfortunately, this dust represents a major environmental and public health risk.In an effort to eliminate the negative effects of marble dust, engineers ...

Major Laser: ‘The New America’ is an Animated Short Film Using 800 Frames of Laser-Engraved Wood

Having directed both live-action and animated films for over ten years, Nando Costa is no stranger to film production, yet waiting for over 800 pieces of maple to be laser-engraved and used as individual frames for a short film is somewhat new territory. In his latest Kickstarter-backed short ...

Shedding Light on the Future of OLED Technology: A Small Glance at the Past and Present

It has been over six years since the 2007 debut of the Sony XEL-1—considered by most to be the world’s first OLED television, and inarguably the first to become widely-available to consumers. But it has been a long six years for OLED technology, which has continued to evolve ...

Europe joins the quest to create space-faring 3D printers

The European Space Agency (ESA) has recently announced that it will be diving headlong into the quest for 3D printers capable of printing in zero gravity. Dubbed the largest collaborative 3D printing initiative in existence, the project is called AMAZE, and if successful it certainly will.AMAZE is short ...

3D technology: immense promise but a work in progress

Two items created at the Prototype Studio at Hallmark in Kansas City, Missouri, include a wrench and a bicycle chain. The technology that makes this possible is becoming omnipresent and companies and ideas are booming - ranging from printable body parts and foods to musical instruments and houses.

U.K. supermarket offers 3D printed shopper replicas in store

Going a step further than photo booths, U.K. supermarket chain Asda is trialling 3D printing scanners that allow you to create miniature replicas of yourself.Starting at £40, shoppers popping in for their milk and bread can hop into a scanning booth, where a 3D digital model is generated ...

How 3D-Printed Guns Are Shooting a Hole Through Firearm Regulation

The first ever firearm to be made with a three-dimensional printer looks less like a deadly weapon and more like a Fisher-Price toy. Just slightly larger than the human hand, it has a triangular white plastic body with innocuously rounded edges. There’s a bright blue, ridged grip extending ...

Check This Out: A 3-D Printer Made From E-Waste

West African inventor Kodjo Afate Gnikou made a $100 3-D printer from leftover parts scavenged from old scanners, computers and printers. The circle of electronic life: useless printer scraps become a way to print scraps of other things! Resourceful 33-year-old inventor Kodjo Afate Gnikou, of the West African ...

The limits of 3D printing

MakerBot Industries LLC CEO Bre Pettis described the rapid evolution of consumer 3D printing at a September workshop for hardware manufacturing startups in New York."Five years ago, we were really excited to be shipping 20 MakerBots a month," Pettis told attendees at the Maker Faire event. Now the ...

Minecraft 3D Jack-O-Lantern

Happy Halloween all. In this instructable, I\\'ll be showing you how to create a Minecraft-inspired jack-o-lantern using AutoDesk\\'s AutoCAD. I used the ... The first step will be to find a picture of the jack-o-lantern for reference. I found the papercraft picture to be the most useful since ...

3D-printed bacteria may unlock secrets of disease

3-D printing allows scientists to build their own bacterial colonies in a number of custom shapes, enabling them to study bacterial defenses. More deadly are the biofilms that gather in the lungs of patients with the respiratory disease cystic fibrosis. Antibiotics can halt scattered bacteria that cause lung ...

The future of consumer 3D printing: What's real...

It’s the story not of tools but of people. A publisher. An entrepreneur. A design professor. A middle school teacher. Two museum educators. And a creative director.Each provides an important viewpoint on why new technologies and communities of making are bringing us back to something deeply human.\\'So far,

3D printing human organs - but where's the money for it?

BioTech startup TeVido faces years-long trip to getting their products FDA-approved. Photograph: Murdo MacleodWhat looks like the skeleton of a desk-size, inkjet printer sits in the offices of TeVido BioDevices in Austin, Texas. The cartridge, which usually holds ink, is filled with living human cells. Where you might ...

3D Printing and Fashion Go Hand in Hand

If you are a little bit into fashion, you will probably know about the recent hype of vintage clothes. The idea behind buying second-hand vintage clothes is to get a unique look, because the clothes you buy are not in contemporary stores anymore. However, 3D printing has the ...

3D Printing on Mars Could Be Key for Martian Colony

NEW YORK — Mars pioneers could use 3D printing to create a sustainable human colony on the Red Planet, advocates say.A team of scientists is developing a plan to use 3D printing to build locally made houses and food on the Martian surface. These resources would support the ...

Want Your Kids to Get Great Jobs? Point Them Towards This

Today\\'s parents, when thinking about their teens\\' future careers, would do well to heed the advice of two modern geniuses; albeit their individual brilliance comes in disparate areas: Wayne Gretzky and Bill Gates.The hockey legend once said, \\'I skate to where the puck is going to be, not ...

Artist Creates 3D Printed Chocolate

What do you get when you combine a background in visual art, 3D printing technology, and a desire for highly customized chocolate? Just ask Brian Begun, the visual effects artist turned chocolate maker who invented a patent-pending process for replicating three-dimensional objects in chocolate.Begun has been "making the ...

Tinyboy, a 3D Printer for Students

Chief Designer Parker Leung and team members Ben Lau and Henry Law believe "less is more" when it comes to designing an entry-level open source 3D printer.Enter Tinyboy, a machine which the trio say meets their desire for a small, easy to build, affordable 3D printing machine to ...

3D Print Your Own Map of Norway

Have you ever wished for a table full of 3D printed terrain pieces? Well apparently you aren\\'t alone because Norwegian company Bengler has created a free app that will let you do exactly that. All you have to do is visit the Terrafab website where you can select ...