This Intricate Creature Skitters Across Your Desk on 3D-Printed Legs

As a genre, "desk toys" are usually pretty corny, from Newton's Cradle sculptures to creepy meditation balls. But these tiny creatures—which are miniatures of the giant self-propelled sculptures designed by Dutch artist Theo Jansen—are anything but. Read More >>

Would You Trust a 3D Printer to Give You a Tattoo?

Feeling brave? How about getting a tattoo? A tattoo from a 3D printer? That's not as ridiculous as it sounds, as a group of students from the ENSCI-Les Ateliers design school in Paris has shown. Armed with some inspiration and a MakerBot 3D printer, they swapped the extruder for a pen to see if the hardware could be used to ink up someone's arm. Read More >>

This Robot Arm Can 3D-Print Molten Metal in Midair

Joris Laarman Studio's prototype software instructs a robotic arm, which debuted at Fabricate2014 in Zurich earlier this month, to recreate 3D models in midair, using molten metals of all kinds. It looks as cool as it sounds. Read More >>

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This 3D Printer is Big Enough to Make Furniture

The newly announced BigRep 3D printer lives up to its name: with a whopping 46 cubic feet of working volume, it's big enough to print furniture. Read More >>

Nine Pieces of Art Sculpted Entirely by 3D Printing

This week, Gizmodo got a peek at some seriously awesome sculptures made entirely by 3D printers at the 3D Printshow. The exhibit, hosted by Adobe and Shapeways, shows how you can create stunning art with nothing more than Photoshop and a 3D printer. And maybe a whole lot of talent, but we're not sure where you can buy that. Read More >>

Hack a 3D Printer Into a Surprisingly-Skilled Air Hockey Robot

Good news for anyone who dropped a small fortune on a 3D printer and found themselves bored of creating novelty keychains and meme-based figurines. Jose Julio successfully turned the parts needed to build a RepRap 3D printer into an air hockey-playing robot that looks pretty tough to beat. Read More >>

All of the Real Life Technologies That Star Trek Predicted

Believe it or not, over the years the Star Trek writers have predicted everything from tablets, to Google Glass, to even 3D printers. Of course the replicators aboard the USS Enterprise were far more advanced than even the most cutting-edge 3D printers we have now, but it's only a matter of time before a mug of piping hot Earl Grey tea is just a voice command away. [YouTube via Tastefully Offensive] Read More >>

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MakerBot Mini: A Smaller 3D Printer You Can Maybe Actually Afford

If a tiny workshop has prevented you from adding one of MakerBot's Replicator 3D printers to your toolkit, today is your lucky day. The company has announced a smaller version of its Replicator 3D printer -- aptly called the Replicator Mini -- with a smaller footprint, easy one-touch printing, and even a networked camera inside allowing you to remotely keep tabs on a print job in process. It will be available sometime this spring for $1,375 (a shade under £850). Read More >>

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You Can Now 3D Print a Fully Functional Speaker

There's no doubt that 3D printing is going to play a huge part in the future of manufacturing, especially now that researchers at Cornell University have managed to print every component of a fully functional speaker—including the cone, the wiring, and even the magnet. Read More >>

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This Insane Six-Axis 3D Printer Even Works On Curved Surfaces

Still upset about breaking the handle on your favourite mug? A 3D printer can make it as good as new, and thanks to researchers at the University of Southern California, the process is even easier now since they've developed a printer that can build directly on curved surfaces. Read More >>

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One Giant Leap for 3D Printing as NASA Plans to Launch the Tech Into Space

Spacewalking astronaut repairmen need never worry about misplacing their allen keys in the never-ending void of space again, as NASA has today announced plans to send a 3D printer up into space to help with repairs and the construction of spare parts beyond our atmosphere. Read More >>

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This 3D Printer Could Also Be the World's First 3D Fax Machine

As new models are announced every week, 3D printers are slowly but steadily becoming as common as iPhone cases. But thankfully there are a few standouts that boast features other than a cheaper price tag, like the Zeus from AIO Robotics that's set to première on Kickstarter in just a few weeks. It's a 3D printer that doubles as a 3D scanner, allowing you to print, copy, and thanks to a built in network connection, even fax 3D objects to another machine.
If it succeeds in reaching its funding goal when it launches on September 4th, the Zeus has the potential to be a leading contender in the 3D printer market. After all, even the creators of the MakerBot are introducing a 3D scanner in the near future, but why buy separate machines when you get an all-in-one device that's easier to use? Read More >>

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Here's Why 3D Printers Might Get Way Cheaper After 2014

The 3D printing 'revolution' isn't just being held up by the state of the technology, it's also being held up by the sheer cost of a 3D printer. But in February 2014, some key patents will expire, leaving an opening for competitors to come in with cheaper alternatives. Read More >>

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You Can Buy a 3D Printer on the High Street Now

Up until now, 3D printers were still the preserve of the wealthy and the industrious, or at least those prepared to buy something online. But now you can purchase your very own DIY creation marvel, direct from a high street brick and mortar store -- no internet needed. Read More >>

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A Lame Duck Is Walking Again Thanks to a 3D Printed Foot

Buttercup the duck was born with his left foot turned backwards, making it nearly impossible and extremely painful to walk. But now he's waddling again with a 3D-printed foot. Read More >>

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A Tour of the New Makerbot Factory, Where 3D Printers Are Born

MakerBot is building an empire selling printers that make things—but have you ever wondered where the printers themselves are made? On June 7th, the company opened a huge new factory to accommodate the booming demand for Replicators, and we got a first-hand look inside. Read More >>


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