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

9 Amazing Pieces of Art Sculpted Entirely by 3D Printer

This week, Gizmodo got a peek at some seriously awesome sculptures made entirely by 3D printer 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… » 2/17/14 9:00am 2/17/14 9:00am

Hands On With the 3Doodler 3D Printing Pen: Patience Is a Virtue

CES 2014 is flush with 3D printers this year, and while they're getting cheaper and easier to use, you still need to either buy 3D models online to print, or design your own which requires know-how of 3D modelling software. But we all know how to use a crayon or magic marker to draw, and the folks behind the 3Doodler » 1/07/14 2:15pm 1/07/14 2:15pm