Print Your Own Body Parts

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By now, everyone knows that 3D printing can be used to create replacement body parts. We’ve seen printed prosthetic hands, and replacement beaks for parrots. Now someone has taken it a step further. Instead of simply replacing a body part that’s been lost, how about printing yourself an extra one? This sounds like a pretty wacky idea, but it’s actually been done. And, surprisingly, it was done by an art student. Dani Clode, a New [Read More]

Kodama Kickstarter teases with $99 printer

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The cost of 3D printing is falling at an amazing rate. Just a few years ago it was hard to find a quality printer that would run straight out of the box for much less than £1,000; now there are dozens under the £300 mark, and some mid-range kits that don’t need too much assembly for £200 or a bit less. But now a San Francisco-based startup is launching a kickstarter for a fully assembled [Read More]

3D Printers Could Solve Diet Problems

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There aren’t many limits to what you can make with a 3D printer, and enthusiasts are always pushing the envelope to come up with both new materials and new uses for them. Some of these turn out to be genuinely practical, while others are on the wild and wacky side. Sometimes the only way to find out is to try it and see. One thing we’ve looked at before is 3D printed food. The technology [Read More]

Print your own teeth!

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There was an amusing story in the news last year about a US student who came up with an imaginative solution to his dental issues. Amos Dudley had a brace when he was young, but he didn’t wear it as much as he was supposed to and his teeth became slightly uneven. Although this is considered normal almost everywhere on the planet, Americans have their own ideas about teeth and having them perfectly straight is [Read More]

3D Printed Guns – Are They A Problem?

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A lot of people are very excited about 3D printing, because it gives us all the ability to print out objects ourselves instead of having to obtain them through traditional manufacturing and retail channels. Other people are very alarmed about 3D printing though, because some of the objects we can print out are guns. In most western countries – the USA is the only real exception – access to guns is controlled. Before you can [Read More]

Formlabs Form 2 – Professional printer review

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From a niche start, 3D printing is rapidly becoming mainstream. With the way prices are going it’s soon going to be feasible for anybody who wants one to have an entry level printer at home – and, unlike earlier models which are very much aimed at hobbyists, it should be user friendly too. On the down side, most affordable printers use fused filament fabrication. This is pretty economical and uncomplicated, but lower priced printers often [Read More]

How 3D printers will colonise Mars

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Every week, someone seems to find a new use for 3D printing here on Earth. The first 3D-printed parts have been certified for use in airliners, all sorts of medical prostheses for both humans and animals have been created, and there’s no shortage of printed phone case and e-cigarette designs floating around the internet. But could 3D printing be the technology that really opens up space? So far, manned space missions have mostly been fairly [Read More]

Dollo 3D – the next RepRap?

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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

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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

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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]

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