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]

Keeping 3D projects in one piece

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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]

Graphene and 3D printing

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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]

The Peachy Printer

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The last couple of years have seen the price of 3D printers fall rapidly, but to a lot of people it still seems like an expensive item. After all when a basic laser printer costs less than £40 even £250 for an entry-level 3D model looks like a lot. Prices keep falling though, and a 3D printer that costs $100 (about £70) should be hitting the US market soon. Thanks to the mysterious way American [Read More]

ThingMaker – Mattel’s new family 3D printer

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If you think 3D printing is just for engineers and hobbyists, you’re wrong. Toy company Mattel have just announced that they’re relaunching an old favourite with additive manufacturing technology, and the new version is due to hit the shops in the next few months. Mattel introduced ThingMaker in 1964. It was basically a home moulding kit; each set came with a selection of metal moulds, mostly for revolting-looking insects. Children could fill the moulds with [Read More]

Inside 3D Printing 2016

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3D printing has now grown big enough to have its own trade shows, and the next one will be held in Düsseldorf later this month. Running at the Congress Center Düsseldorf Ost from 24-25 February, Inside 3D Printing 2016 will be one of the largest exhibitions yet. So far nearly 40,000 visitors have registered and there’s a busy programme of presentations and workshops lined up, as well as displays of all the latest developments in [Read More]

Polaroid unveil the new ModelSmart 250S

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Polaroid is a familiar name, best known for their iconic instant cameras. In the days before digital photography a Polaroid was the closest you could get to instant images, and while it was an expensive way to take photos they built up a bit of a cult following. What’s not so well known is that Polaroid were also a pioneer of digital cameras, and although they were too far out in front there – and [Read More]

3D Printing techniques – The basics of supports

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Printing 3D objects isn’t always as simple as designing a model and sending it to your printer. It can be, but a lot of that depends on the shapes you want to print. The process of building up an object layer by layer offers unique possibilities that can’t be matched by any other manufacturing process, but it also has unique challenges. Imagine you want to print a horse. You design your model in a suitable [Read More]

Scientist uses 3D printing to recreate trilobites

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Few technologies are as up to date as 3D printing, and it’s still developing at incredible speed. Its open source nature means there are dozens of teams, and thousands of enthusiastic hobbyists, constantly working to advance its capabilities. The result is a pace of progress that the careful, methodical R&D department of a big company could never match. But in among all this cutting-edge activity, a scientist is using 3D printing to create the most [Read More]

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