Watch how 3D printers 3D print 3D printer parts to make more 3D printers

Like how some animals can regenerate limbs or like how humans can, uh, make babies, 3D printers can 3D print the 3D printer parts necessary to make more 3D printers. Thankfully, they still require some living person to put these parts together because if they didn’t, they could just start eliminating us one by one as… » 5/27/15 12:55pm 5/27/15 12:55pm

3D-Printed Eggs Can Even Fool Wild Birds Into Thinking They're Real

Maybe you’re familiar with the asshole behavior of cowbirds. Known as “brood parasites,” cowbirds lay eggs in another bird’s nest and trick the host bird into raising cowbird offspring at the expense of her own. Like I said, assholes. But birds can learn to recognize imposter eggs. That’s where 3D printing comes in. » 5/26/15 1:40pm 5/26/15 1:40pm

3D Tissue Engineering May One Day Solve Both Impotence And Miscarriage

A study published last week in the journal Biofabrication describes a new technique to build replacements for damaged three dimensional human tissues. The researchers running the study are trying to make an eardrum. But their technique, if successful, might also one day create replacements for complex reproductive… » 5/14/15 6:50pm 5/14/15 6:50pm

This Goo Accurately Paints Patterns on Your 3D-Printed Creations

If you try to describe 3D printing to someone, you can’t help but channel a little science fiction. “You put designs in this machine, which then just like...makes it.” I’m convinced that its the great-great-great-grandfather to the oft-referenced Star Trek replicator. Luckily, I already like my tea Earl Grey and hot. » 5/13/15 6:40pm 5/13/15 6:40pm

3D-Printing Oddly Shaped Pills Can Change How Fast They're Absorbed

Medicine is one of the more exciting fields that 3D printing promises to radically innovate. Doctors have already used the technology to help repair damaged airways in children with a 3D-printed splint, but researchers in the pharmaceutical field have instead been dabbling with custom-shaped pills optimized for every… » 5/13/15 11:05am 5/13/15 11:05am

3D-Print This Flying Toy You Launch From a High-Speed Spinning Dremel

If you thought rotary tools like the Dremel were all work and no play, Make has a fun tutorial you’ll definitely want to try. You’ll need access to a 3D printer to create this flying toy disc affectionately called the Dremel Devil, and a rotary tool that you can power outside where it’s safest to try this out. » 5/11/15 4:46pm 5/11/15 4:46pm

This Is What It Might Be Like to Fly Through a Giant Space Habitat

Want to live in a space city? You can’t move there next week, but artist Micah Ganske has designed an incredible VR experience where you drive a small spacecraft through an O’Neill cylinder, a massive tube-shaped space habitat that spins to create gravity so that people can build cities and farms on its inner surface. » 5/02/15 7:57pm 5/02/15 7:57pm

This Box Turns Any 3D Printer Into A Multi-Color, Multi-Material Marvel

3-D printers are great, as long as all you want to do is print Action Man out of one material, in one color. Multi-color machines exist, but they’re a far cry from the cheap, simple desktop manufacturing revolution we’ve been promised. I just got a peek at a nondescript box that could change all that. » 4/21/15 9:30pm 4/21/15 9:30pm