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 Friday 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 Friday 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 Friday 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 Thursday 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 Thursday 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 Wednesday 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 Wednesday 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

This Electron Gun Turns Titanium Powder Into Turbine Blades For Planes

Titanium aluminide is a 3D-printable metal compound that holds great promise for lighter, stronger aircraft turbines but is notoriously difficult to work. That is, it was notoriously difficult to work with, until additive manufacturing firm Avio developed this metal-melting 3 kW electron gun. » 8/18/14 11:55am 8/18/14 11:55am

How a 3D-Printed Wind Turbine Could Power Your Gadgets

3D printers are a technology with tons of potential applications, we just have to dream them up. Polish 3D printer manufacturer Omni3D decided to dream big with its wind power project. The team hopes to create an easily portable wind turbine that can pump out up to 300 watts of energy. Not enough power to keep your… » 8/17/14 10:00am 8/17/14 10:00am

NASA Released Free 3D-Printable Models Of Its Probes and Spacecraft

There are very few private citizens with enough money to recreate NASA's fantastic space explorations. But, there are plenty of private citizens with enough money to buy a 3D printer, and now that NASA has released a bunch of free 3D models of many of its interstellar crafts and probes, almost anyone can build their… » 8/14/14 10:37am 8/14/14 10:37am

Disney Can Turn Any 3D-Printed Object Into a Perfectly Spinning Top

Believe it or not, Disney has a team of researchers at its disposal that do more than just make that robot Lincoln seem more lifelike. The team's latest research involves a custom algorithm it created that can turn any 3D model, even one that's oddly-shaped and asymmetrical, into a perfectly-balanced spinning top by… » 8/08/14 5:11pm 8/08/14 5:11pm