A Combo 3-D Printer, CNC Machine And Laser Etcher Makes A Lot Of Sense

3-D printers are powerful but limited tools: you can make anything you want, but only out of a specific kind of plastic. But combine that with a CNC machine that shapes metal, and a laser etcher for fine detail, and you have an all-in-one workshop that doesn't require you getting your hands dirty. » 3/18/15 11:30pm 3/18/15 11:30pm

These Terrifyingly Real Teeth Were Made By a New Dental 3D Printer

The world is still trying to figure out why every home would need a 3D printer, but in the professional world they continue to thrive. At the International Dental Show currently going on in Germany, Stratasys announced a new 3D printer that uses multiple materials at once to create startlingly realistic dental models… » 3/10/15 12:09pm 3/10/15 12:09pm

Will.i.am Really Wants You to Stop and Think Before You 3D-Print a Human

In an interview with Dezeen, perhaps that best interview that I have ever read, Will.i.am boldly pushes a new agenda calling for new laws to stop an uprising of 3D printing humans from sowing the seeds of our society's moral collapse. » 3/06/15 12:30pm 3/06/15 12:30pm

This 3D Printer Is Safer for Kids

You'd think kids would be all over 3D printers, but the filaments have to be melted at a dangerous 200+ degrees Celsius. So Japan's Bonsai Labs hopes to finally make 3D printers kid-friendly with a new machine and filament that heat to around 80 degrees Celsius (or 176 Fahrenheit) instead. » 2/02/15 7:30pm 2/02/15 7:30pm

This Destructive 3D Printer Is the Closest We've Come to Teleportation

Many equate the 3D printer as being the earliest form of a real-life teleporter—or transporter, if you prefer to get your science from Star Trek. The only problem is that you're not actually moving an object from point A to point B, you're just creating a duplicate somewhere else. So "Scotty" might actually be the… » 1/22/15 8:32am 1/22/15 8:32am

This $9K Machine Could Usher in the Era of 3D-Printed Electronics

The technology that would enable us to 3D-print electronics along with the circuits that make them work has been around for a while, but a team of Harvard researchers just announced a new 3D-printer that could change the game. Soon, you could 3D print a drone in your living room—which is insane. » 1/05/15 4:00pm 1/05/15 4:00pm

Watch a 3D Printer Play a Mean Imperial March Cover

YouTube is full of videos of defunct and outdated computer hardware that's been hacked and turned into musical instruments. Everything from disk drives to dot-matrix printers has been given a symphonic second life, and despite being a relatively new technology, even 3D printers have now been taught to play Star Wars'… » 12/09/14 11:15am 12/09/14 11:15am

The First 3D Printer in Space 3D-Printed Its First Object

While you were probably wishing Thanksgiving break would start already, the astronauts on the International Space Station made history. They 3D-printed a spare part for the 3D printer. In space. » 11/25/14 4:33pm 11/25/14 4:33pm

Inside the ESA's Plan To Build the First Moon Base

We've known for years that the European Space Agency was pursuing research aimed at developing a lunar base. And the ESA has continued to build on the concept alongside a team of architects—today, it released a video that shows more specifics about the idea, which would use lunar soil to print a habitat for four… » 11/06/14 10:51am 11/06/14 10:51am

This 3D Printer Is Made Out of a Floppy Disk Drive and Other E-Waste

When was the last time you used your computer's disc drive? What about your DVD player? E-waste is all around us, but as the brilliant Instructables user behind this $60 3D printer proves, there's plenty to be done with it—if you've got some engineering chops. » 11/05/14 4:01pm 11/05/14 4:01pm

The World's Smallest 3D Printer Costs Less Than $300

The two biggest factors when it comes to choosing a printer are price and capacity. The bigger an item you want to print, the more expensive the printer will be. But if you've decided to just tip-toe into the world of 3D printing, and are just testing the waters, the $299 iBox Nano looks like a great choice, as long… » 10/31/14 9:09am 10/31/14 9:09am

NASA Is Blasting the First 3D Printer Into Space Tonight

A few minutes after 2 AM tonight, a SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft will lift off from Cape Canaveral in Florida carrying something that's never been taken into space: A 3D printer. When it docks with the ISS, it will deliver the first machine capable of making things in orbit—a huge step forward for exploration. » 9/19/14 5:35pm 9/19/14 5:35pm

Solidoodle Press: An Affordable 3D Printer That Looks Like a Home…

The thing about 3D printers is a lot of them look like big weird machines that don't exactly fit in with your office feng shui or what-have-you. But Solidoodle Press is a new cute little 3D printer that looks a little less out of place, and a little more like a regular old home appliance. » 8/05/14 10:47am 8/05/14 10:47am

The 5 Best Things You Can Buy From Amazon's 3D Printing Store

Amazon's new 3D printing store has its share of straight-up bizarre flotsam, like an $66 decorative egg cup that absolutely no one in the world needs. I can't mislead you: A lot of the stuff on offer is overpriced and weird. But some of the store's offerings are solid. Here are our top picks. » 7/30/14 2:00pm 7/30/14 2:00pm

3D-Printed Ice Cream Guarantees the Perfectly Balanced Cone

The MIT students who hacked together a Cuisinart soft-serve machine, a Solidoodle, and a freezer to create this wonderful 3D ice cream printer have no plans to commercialize it; they just built it as a proof-of-concept. And that's too bad, because if perfected this machine has the potential to engineer a perfect ice… » 7/17/14 9:49am 7/17/14 9:49am

Starting today, Home Depot will start selling MakerBot Replicators at 12 locations in LA, SF, NY, and Chicago as part of a national pilot program. Yep, soon you'll be able to swing by Home Depot to pick up a machine that prints all the things you swing by Home Depot for. » 7/14/14 9:59am 7/14/14 9:59am

A 3D Printer That Turns Coke Bottles Into Whatever You Can Imagine

Star Trek's replicators were not only able to produce any food or products our far-off descendants wanted, they were also able to make it from any kind of waste products. It was the ultimate recycling scenario, one that the new Ekocycle Cube 3D Printer hopes to emulate by using a new filament made in part from… » 7/01/14 9:40am 7/01/14 9:40am

A 3D Printing Pen That Uses UV Light Instead of Dangerous Heat

If you've ever used a hot glue gun for a craft project, you already know how tricky and messy they can be to work with. And this is partly why the handful of 3D printing pens already on the market aren't the easiest tools to use. So maybe the CreoPop pen, which instead uses UV light to cure a liquid resin, might be a… » 6/09/14 3:20pm 6/09/14 3:20pm

Monoprice Just Gave the 3D Printer a Crazy Price Cut

With many machines well over the $2,000 mark, 3D printers are still mostly sequestered to use by professionals. Monoprice, the cut-rate technology powerhouse, is slicing more than a few hundreds off the price point with a 3D printer that costs $1,200. » 6/04/14 4:43pm 6/04/14 4:43pm

Hands-On With the World's First 3D-Printed Teddy Bear

Despite the existence of softer plastics and materials, 3D printers are still primarily designed to create hard, solid objects that don't have much bend or give. But a researcher at Carnegie Mellon University has successfully hacked a machine to create the world's first 3D-printed teddy bear using a technique called… » 4/29/14 9:20am 4/29/14 9:20am