Bold Machines: MakerBot Founder Bets Big on 3D Printing's Next Wave

When Bre Pettis, the co-founder of MakerBot, began his company in 2009, the mission was clear: make 3D printing accessible. Five years later, the company has sold tens of thousands of printers and joined forces with the industry stalwart Stratasys. Now that these creation machines are (relatively) financially… » 9/22/14 5:18pm 9/22/14 5:18pm

This Shot of the Moon Is the First Photo Taken By a 3D-Printed Telescope

You might spend a few thousand dollars on a telescope that can see the moon's surface in detail, but a team of astronomers at University of Sheffield spent just a fraction of that. Using a 3D printer and a Raspberry Pi camera module, they built a telescope that can shoot 5MB images of sky. » 9/22/14 10:00am 9/22/14 10:00am

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

In The Boxtrolls, 3D Printing Makes Stop Motion Animation Look Magical

The Boxtrolls takes you into a beautiful bright Dickensian world where cheese means status and box-clad trolls are at the bottom of society. It's the biggest stop motion production ever, and it would've been impossible a few years ago. But the creators of the film took a 75-year-old technique and introduced a whole… » 9/19/14 3:00pm 9/19/14 3:00pm

3D Printing Just Wireframe Models Can Vastly Speed Up Prototyping

When 3D printing technologies were first adopted for manufacturing decades ago, they were referred to as rapid prototyping machines because compared to old methods, they were able to churn out parts with remarkable speed. But even today's 3D printing technology has room for improvement, and a new technique that… » 9/19/14 11:15am 9/19/14 11:15am

3D Printing Is Being Used to Restore a Frank Lloyd Wright Classic

The largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in the world is at Florida Southern College. Depending on how you count, there are 7 to 12 buildings, the most distinctive of which is Annie Pfeiffer Chapel. Time has taken its toll on the chapel's one-of-a-kind concrete blocks, but it's the 21st century, and we… » 9/18/14 9:08pm 9/18/14 9:08pm

You Can Finally Personalize a Marvel Action Figure With Your Own Face

Convinced you're handsomer than Tony Stark? Or look better in blue than Captain America? Marvel (Disney), Hasbro, and a 3D printing company called 3DPlusMe have joined forces to give comic book fans a brief opportunity to turn themselves into an action figure—as long as their favorite characters are either Iron Man or… » 9/18/14 12:40pm 9/18/14 12:40pm

A Robotic 3D Printer Could Print Anything, Anywhere It Wants

3D printers are far from a perfect technology at this point, but one of their most glaring issues is that their printing capacity is limited to the size of the machines. The print head on a 3D printer can only travel so far, which is why moving it onto a wheeled platform that's completely mobile is a brilliant idea,… » 9/17/14 11:53am 9/17/14 11:53am

A 3D-Printed Book Lets You Touch Precious Art With Your Grubby Meathooks

3D scanning and printing has changed the way medicine is practiced and businesses are run, but some of the less life-altering things it does are no less awesome. Take Tom Burtonwood's Folium, a book of printed "pages" that each contain a different piece of art you can actually feel with your hands. » 9/17/14 10:43am 9/17/14 10:43am

3D-Printed Wolverine Claws Turn Kids With Prosthetics Into Superheroes

A handful of enterprising engineers and artists are using 3D printers to design and build cheap but functional prosthetic hands for kids who otherwise wouldn't be able to afford them. And taking things one step further, Aaron Brown, a volunteer over at E-nabling The Future (the group behind the 3D-printed prosthetics… » 9/08/14 9:33am 9/08/14 9:33am