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YouTube is full of videos of defunct and outdated computer hardware that's been hacked and turned into musical instruments.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

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

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

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

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

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

The DohVinci Is the First Handheld 3D Play-Doh Printer For Kids

The 3Doodler was the first handheld 3D printer to hit the market, but its use of heating elements and hot plastic meant that it couldn't be used by kids—arguably one of its main demographics—without parental supervision. So Hasbro's come up with a much safer alernative called the DohVinci that uses a new kind of… » 2/19/14 1:40pm 2/19/14 1:40pm