NEW YORK -- MakerBot wants to put a 3D printer in every school in the United States, and it's drumming up support from the industry and general public to make it happen.
While 3D printing, for now, remains a gimmick to many, it garnered enough attention for President Barack Obama to mention the emerging technology in his recent State of the Union Address. He described 3D printing as having the potential to "revolutionize the way we make almost everything."
That sparked an idea in MakerBot founder and Chief Executive Bre Pettis. A former teacher, Pettis said MakerBot … Read more
Flexible material for 3D printing hit the market earlier this year, allowing for objects like jelly shoes, but 3D-printed cloth-like material seemed like a bit of a pipe dream.
A Manchester, UK-based husband-and-wife team from Israel might just be about to change all that. Tamar Giloh of Tamicare has invented what she calls "Cosyflex" -- a stretchy, biodegradable fabric 3D printed using a variety of materials.
The process is a little different from what we have come to know as 3D printing. Rather than an extruder nozzle, the "printer" uses a spray nozzle to create layers of natural rubber-latex polymers and cotton fibers to construct a pair of disposable underpants in less than 3 seconds. The process is fully automated and can produce up to 10 million pairs of the underpants -- pitched at women who experience particularly heavy menstrual flow -- in a year. … Read more
While the first known 3D-printed gun has been more-or-less dismissed because it can't reliably shoot, a new 3D-printed firearm has now been invented -- and it has no problems firing a round. In fact, it appears this handgun can fire dozens of rounds without a hitch.
What's the difference between the two? Instead of plastic, the new gun is made of metal.
The 3D-printed metal gun is made by the Texas-based 3D-printing services company Solid Concepts. The company used a laser sintering process to create the gun and powdered metals for the firearm's material. The weapon's design is based on a classic 1911 handgun and is made up of 33 different stainless steel and Inconel components, along with a carbon fiber filled nylon handgrip.… Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- J.J. Abrams apologizes for overusing lens flares in his movies.
- Digital motion sickness will be the occupational disease of the 21st century.
- Architect programmers complete the first 3D-printed room.
- The world's craziest toothbrush cleans your teeth in 6 seconds and is 3D-printed.
If you had a choice between spending 2 minutes or 6 seconds brushing your teeth, you would probably go with the faster method. The Blizzident custom 3D-printed toothbrush is a bizarre-looking toothbrush alternative that promises a 6-second scrub of your pearly whites.
There is no one-size-fits-all Blizzident. Each one is custom-made to fit an individual's mouth. The process starts with an impression or 3D-scan of your teeth. If you have a dentist make an impression, it still needs to be scanned into a 3D file. That scan is uploaded to Blizzident, which then manufactures the toothbrush using 3D printing.… Read more
LONDON -- Consumer 3D printing is now big enough to warrant its own exhibit area at the 2014 CES, said Gary Shapiro, CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, today. He was in the UK with other CEA members, ratcheting up interest in the CEA's event that takes place in January in Las Vegas.
The 3D printing tech zone has sold out, said Shapiro. The new zone will complement other zones focused on motion tech, robotics, and other electronics.
Shapiro predicted that 20,000 new products will launch at CES 2014, which will boast more than 3,200 exhibitors. He … Read more
As the world becomes more digitized, smartphones, smart watches, and smart cars have begun to hit the market -- and smart guns are no exception.
High-tech weapons, gun-centric apps, and tech-infused optical shooting scopes are popping up not only at hunting and gun shows but also at consumer-focused electronics shows. Earlier this year, one of the world's most high-tech long-range shooting rifles, Tracking Point's XS1, went on sale. And it has competition.
While many of these firearms and apps are geared toward perfecting a shot or feeding the shooter ballistics information, some new inventions are focused on making … Read more
Life's peachy for the Peachy Printer, a prototype 3D printer that collected more than $140,000 on Kickstarter in a little more than 48 hours.
What's causing all of the hubbub? People mostly seem attracted to Peachy's open-source hardware and software, as well as the catchphrase that refers to the device as "the world's cheapest 3D printer." With a suggested price point of $116 (per kit) that would most certainly be a true statement, but there are a few catches -- more on that in a bit.… Read more
I've always wanted a "Star Trek"-style replicator. I'd use it to prepare my Earl Grey tea as well as a top hat for every day of the week.
Kids at a school for the blind and visually impaired in Japan, though, already have a replicator of sorts. It's a 3D printer that creates various objects in response to voice commands.