An Artist 3D-Printed 100,000 Parts To Make This 26-Foot Long Sculpture

What's more impressive than this 26-foot long version of Taiwanese artist Hung-Chih Peng's Noah's Ark sculpture is the fact that it's assembled from over 100,000 3D-printed pieces. And what's even more impressive than that is the 3D printer farm that Peng has been using to churn out all those pieces. No single person… » 12/23/14 3:10pm Tuesday 3:10pm

A Real-Life Laser Tri-Blade Lightsaber Is the Best Worst Idea

A Wicked Lasers product has long been the closest you can get to a real-life lightsaber, but there are some Jedi weapons better left on the screen. If the tri-blade lightsaber revealed in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser has caught your eye, and safety isn't your utmost concern, with the help of a 3D printer… » 12/22/14 11:08am Monday 11:08am

You Can 3D Print Official Hoover Vacuum Accessories Now 

There's still no definitive reason why every home should have a 3D printer, but as more and more companies allow consumers to print their own parts and accessories, the case for owning one gets stronger and stronger. And following in the footsteps of Hasbro and Martha Stewart, Hoover will now let consumers print their… » 12/22/14 9:01am Monday 9:01am

You Can Already 3D Print Yourself a Copy of That Star Wars Ball Droid

If you've foolishly gotten yourself all excited for Star Wars: The Force Awakens after just the teaser trailer (really? did no one else watch Lost?) you'll be ecstatic to hear that you can already 3D-print yourself a copy of that adorable rolling ball droid we barely got a glimpse of. » 12/01/14 2:20pm 12/01/14 2:20pm

3D-Printed Toy Parts Will Finally Make Kids Love Fruits and Vegetables

Did you know that originally Mr. Potato Head was just a box full of random body parts that kids were supposed to jab into actual potatoes? It sounds like a crazy idea, but Mr. Potato Head went on to become an incredibly popular and iconic toy—and we can only assume the creators of these Open Toys parts that let kids… » 11/24/14 5:59pm 11/24/14 5:59pm

This 3D Welder Could Bring Metal 3D Printing To The Masses

3D printing in its current guise is kinda cool, but also limited by its use of plastic — there's only so many combs you can print before you get bored. An affordable 3D printer that uses metal would be a major step up in practicality, which is exactly what this team is hoping to achieve by mating a MIG welder to a… » 11/17/14 9:00pm 11/17/14 9:00pm

Not Even Martha Stewart Can Take 3D Printing Mainstream

Martha Stewart's affinity for drones has been well-documented, and now she's trained her domestic eye on another buzzy emerging technology. Stewart has launched a line of custom designs with 3D printing darling MakerBot. But will the celebrity backing really create an insatiable rush for at-home fabrication? Will a 3D… » 11/17/14 4:29pm 11/17/14 4:29pm

Could These Modular Print Heads Be What 3D Printing Really Needs?

Bringing 3D fabrication tools directly to the consumer has been fraught with challenges; these at-home printers are either insanely expensive or limited in scope. A new concept called FLUX claims that it's solved all those conundrums with an all-in-one 3D printer that offers modular extruders for ultimate… » 11/11/14 9:50pm 11/11/14 9:50pm

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

Brilliant Dual-Nozzle Faucet Doubles As a Drinking Fountain

When your kitchen lacks a dishwasher you'll do anything imaginable to cut down on dirtying dishes—including drinking directly from the faucet. But instead of having to lean over and use your hand as a cup, Alice Spieser has designed a simple dual-nozzled faucet that easily becomes a drinking fountain with some… » 11/06/14 10:33am 11/06/14 10:33am

Plastic 3D-Printed Guns Just Got Bullets That Actually Work

The idea that just about anyone with access to a 3D printer could theoretically spit out a gun with a few clicks is certainly disconcerting, but up until now, the person firing the damn thing was putting themselves in just as much danger as the person on the other end. A new type of ammo, though, is promising to make… » 11/05/14 10:19am 11/05/14 10:19am

SimCity IRL: Be the Mayor Of Your Own Tiny 3D-Printed Metropolis

Automobile enthusiasts can collect die-cast cars, animal lovers can collect plush toys, but architecture fans can't really collect towering skyscrapers or sprawling art galleries. And that's what inspired Steve Fox, an architecture enthusiast himself, to create a collection of tiny noteworthy 3D-printed buildings that… » 11/01/14 7:24pm 11/01/14 7:24pm

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

3D-Printable Cookie Monster and Grover Figures Hit the MakerBot Store

The first series of Sesame Street characters to hit the MakerBot Digital Store weren't exactly its A-list residents. We all love Snuffleupagus, but he can't hold a candle to Big Bird. So thankfully Series 2 is finally here, just in time for Halloween, bringing with it some bigger Sesame Street stars you can 3D print… » 10/30/14 10:47am 10/30/14 10:47am

HP Just Launched Its Own Super-Fast 3D Printer

Today, HP announced a new technology and 3D printer it thinks is going to revolutionize the industry. This massive machine isn't meant to sit in your home, but rather be a new piece of tech in the arsenal of additive manufacturing. Using a new technology that HP calls "Multi Jet Fusion," the company says printing… » 10/29/14 10:38am 10/29/14 10:38am