You Can 3D-Print This Kid-Friendly Rubik's Bear Puzzle For Free

If there's one surefire way to make a Rubik's Cube less frustrating for kids—or less-gifted adults—it's to make it in the shape of a loveable bear that no one could possibly get angry with. Just look at Emmanuel Carrillo's adorable Ozobear, even when it's all mixed up it's impossible to want it to smash it against a… » 3/04/15 9:30am Today 9:30am

Recreate Your Favorite Calvin and Hobbes Comics With Tiny Snowman Molds

In the comics world, a little kid like Calvin can churn out a small army of miniature snowmen in a single afternoon. In reality, it takes a lot longer, and you'll end up with a pair of freezing soaking wet gloves well before you're finished. But if you have access to a 3D printer, you can make the process of building… » 2/24/15 5:49pm 2/24/15 5:49pm

Inverted Skyscrapers Hang Like Glowing Stalactites From Your LED Bulbs

LED bulbs are not only more energy-efficient than the incandescents they're slowly making extinct, they also run cool to the touch. Which means if you're bored by their uninspired shape, you can snap on these wonderful 3D-printed hanging skyscrapers that glow like stalactites, turning your living room into an art-deco… » 1/27/15 5:00pm 1/27/15 5:00pm

A 16-Foot Elastic Band Powers This Sleek 3D-Printed RC Car

Elastic-powered toys don't sound particularly exciting these days when you can get a buy a flying toy helicopter that fits in the palm of your hand. But three students at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena created this stunning RC car, made from 3D-printed plastic and carbon fiber, that's propelled using a… » 1/26/15 12:43pm 1/26/15 12:43pm

This Destructive 3D Printer Is the Closest We've Come to Teleportation

Many equate the 3D printer as being the earliest form of a real-life teleporter—or transporter, if you prefer to get your science from Star Trek. The only problem is that you're not actually moving an object from point A to point B, you're just creating a duplicate somewhere else. So "Scotty" might actually be the… » 1/22/15 8:32am 1/22/15 8:32am

Mind-Melting Animations Made From 3D-Printed Fibonacci Sculptures 

Inspired by the naturally-occurring mathematical Fibonacci sequences found in pine cones and sunflowers, Stanford University's John Edmark designed and 3D-printed these sculptures that appear come to life—with bizarre undulating animations—when filmed spinning using a strobe light or video camera with a high-speed… » 1/14/15 2:10pm 1/14/15 2:10pm

This Cheap 3D-Printed Rolex Would Be Perfect For Spendthrift Giants

There's no easier way to humblebrag about your success than by wearing a Rolex watch, and that's probably why the brand is also synonymous with knock-offs and replicas. Why pay tens of thousands of dollars for the real thing when you can get a close facsimile for less than $100? And why even spend that much when you… » 1/12/15 9:34am 1/12/15 9:34am

3D Printing Your Own Lawn Mower Sounds Like a Great Idea Until It Fails

After building a garage-sized high-speed 3D printer called the Cheetah, Hans Fouche decided that he needed to actually print something useful to convince people to buy his new machine—especially given its $10,000 price tag. So as a proof-of-concept he created what has to be the world's first—and quite possibly its… » 1/06/15 6:44pm 1/06/15 6:44pm

3D-Printed Guns Are Only Getting Better, and Scarier

A couple years ago, when a 25-year-old law student in Texas said he was going to 3D-print a gun, nobody took him seriously. Then, he actually did it. And then, a lot of people started doing it. Now, it's so easy that some protestors are going make a gun inside the Texas State Capitol with a special gun machine. This… » 1/06/15 1:15pm 1/06/15 1:15pm

Makerbot Is Letting You 3D Print With Metal, Limestone, and Wood

Makerbot—perhaps the most consumer-friendly of 3D printer manufacturers—is about to go a long way toward turning the tech into something consumers can actually use. Starting late this year, MakerBot is going to let you 3D print with a range of new materials, including composites of limestone, iron, and wood. » 1/06/15 10:40am 1/06/15 10:40am

This $9K Machine Could Usher in the Era of 3D-Printed Electronics

The technology that would enable us to 3D-print electronics along with the circuits that make them work has been around for a while, but a team of Harvard researchers just announced a new 3D-printer that could change the game. Soon, you could 3D print a drone in your living room—which is insane. » 1/05/15 4:00pm 1/05/15 4:00pm

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 12/23/14 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 12/22/14 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 12/22/14 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