Pokémon Go players benefit from 3D printing


Pokémon Go has been this year’s surprise entertainment sensation. Millions of people are taking part in this enhanced reality game, searching for imaginary monsters to capture, train and use in battles with other players. The game has already caused some controversy, with some praising it for getting gamers to be more physically active while others complain about people being attracted to inappropriate locations – cemeteries, memorials and private gardens, for example – but nobody can [Read More]

Dollo 3D – the next RepRap?


The Dollo 3D has a lot of 3D printing enthusiasts very excited. Their goal is a printer that can create replicas of itself. Self-replicating machines are an idea that go back to the mathematician John Von Neumann in the 1940s, and they’ve been involved in more than their fair share of apocalyptic science fiction, but for printers the benefits are obvious – a technology that can replicate itself is able to spread more quickly. The [Read More]

M3D Pro unveiled at CE Week 2016


US company M3D caused a stir a couple of years ago when they released the Micro 3D printer. Selling for $199 on Kickstarter, this was a small entry-level device with a respectable print envelope and some innovative technology. It did have its limits though, the main one being the 4.5-inch cube it could print into, but now the company has taken the concept a stage further with the launch of their new M3D Pro. If [Read More]

Daihatsu Copen introduces 3D printed custom jobs


Car customisation is big business already, but thanks to 3D printing it could be about to reach new heights. Printing specialists Stratasys have just announced a collaboration with Daihatsu that will let people personalise their vehicles like never before. Part of the ritual of choosing a new car is deciding what colour to buy, but if you’re looking at Daihatsu’s new Copen roadster you can go a lot further than that. As well as a [Read More]

Keeping 3D projects in one piece


3D printers are already common and affordable enough that they’re finding all sorts of uses nobody could have predicted. It’s now possible to order many objects online and, instead of waiting for them to be shipped, you simply download the design and print them out. If you have some fairly basic software skills you can often customise them before printing, giving even more flexibility. One area where downloadable objects are catching on is the games [Read More]

Project Archinaut – 3D printing heads for the stars


NASA has been interested in 3D printing for a while; it has obvious potential for replacing parts during long space missions. Now they’re working on a more ambitious plan, though. A $20 million contract was awarded late last year to Made In Space, who are now developing a 3D printer that can be launched into orbit and could help to assemble future satellites and space stations. The official title of the contract is the “Versatile [Read More]

MIT breakthrough brings 3D-printed robots closer


One limitation of 3D printers is that while they can make components there are restrictions on their ability to create complete, ready to go systems. The idea of a printer that could create robots without human intervention is still in the realms of science fiction. It’s just moved a little bit closer to reality though, because researchers at MIT have made a major step forward in printing diverse materials. Their latest innovation is able to [Read More]

Graphene and 3D printing


We’ve looked at quite a few different print materials here – various plastics, metals and even food – but one of the most exciting developments in 3D printing could be the ability to print graphene. This is a new material, one which was first made in 2004. Scientists had been sure in could exist before that but they hadn’t managed to actually create any, but already it’s been successfully printed. Graphene is a very interesting [Read More]

3D scanning on your phone


A 3D printer is a powerful tool, but combine it with a 3D scanner and whole new worlds open up. Scanners are quickly becoming more affordable, and you can now get a decent one for under £200, but this is one place where the technology might be overtaken before it really has a chance to get going. Believe it or not, you probably already have a device that contains all the technology needed to scan [Read More]

Pizza printing – Food that’s out of this world?


Is there anything that can’t be produced with a 3D printer? Well yes, of course there are – lots of them. But while the list of things you can’t print is long, it seems to be getting shorter every day. Tech pioneers are constantly developing new printers that can print new things, and now there’s a Kickstarter funding drive under way for one that can print pizzas. Printable food isn’t exactly a new idea. There [Read More]

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