Printing a new hand

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It’s remarkable enough that some 3D printers can print replacement parts for themselves. What’s even more impressive is that they can print replacement parts for people, too. The most amazing thing of all is that almost anyone with a 3D printer can get involved. Medical researchers are testing machines that can print surgical implants, but in the meantime a multinational network of enthusiasts has started creating prosthetic hands that have already transformed dozens of lives. [Read More]

Recycled 3D printing materials

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3D printing is a massive leap ahead in rapid prototyping as well as a huge asset for all sorts of hobbies. In fact 3D printers have so many uses it’s hard to even think of them all – the versatility of a device that can create such a wide range of objects is immense. One lesser known fact about them, however, is that they can even be good for the environment. Most of the popular [Read More]

Buying a 3D printer – the convenient option

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As the last post says, the easiest way to get a 3D printer is to buy one. It costs more than building your own but if you want to have your printer up and running as quickly as possible this is definitely the way to do it. There are several advantages in buying a printer, and for many users these more than make up for the extra cost. Mostly it comes down to why you [Read More]

How can you get a 3D printer?

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If you’ve decided to get yourself a 3D printer there are a few ways to go about it. With most electronics your only real option is to buy one, but 3D printing is a bit different. It’s a fairly new technology and has a very strong hobbyist element and that means there are several paths to ownership. The question is, which one’s right for you? That’s going to depend on several factors, including: What do [Read More]

What can a 3D printer make?

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So you’ve built or bought your first 3D printer, connected it to the computer and loaded a spool of material. It’s all ready to go. The big question now is what are you going to print with it?  With a commercial 3D printer the possibilities are almost endless. Working guitars can be printed, or custom bike frames. When the Skyfall screenplay called for Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 to be destroyed three five-foot-long replicas were printed, [Read More]

Slice by slice – how 3D printing works

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Watching a 3D printer in action is a fascinating sight. At first it’s impossible to tell what the finished object is going to be, but as the print head builds up layer after layer the shape slowly becomes obvious until the finished piece is revealed. It seems almost magical – a solid object being created apparently out of thin air, with just the moving print head to bring in into existence. In fact the concept [Read More]

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