Concrete-Printing Bees And Other Living 3D Printers

Gizmodo's 3D Printing Week, a collaborative project with GE that comes to a close this evening, would only be partially complete without a look at the use of animals as living 3D printers. They are sentient printheads, we might say: biological sources of material, whether it's silk and honey or plastic and even, as… » 12/06/13 5:20pm 12/06/13 5:20pm

How The AMNH Is Using 3D Printing To Copy Dinosaur Bones

You’re a high school science teacher and your class is learning about dinosaurs. You can’t exactly run to the local dino bone barn and buy some bargain bones for them to see first-hand. But what if you had access to a 3D printer? Enter the American Museum of Natural History’s education department, which is… » 12/06/13 12:20pm 12/06/13 12:20pm

This Building is Controlled by a 3D-Printed Rubik's Cube

If you were walking down the street and someone handed you a completely colorless Rubik's cube and asked if you wanted to have a go, chances are you'd hand it back with a quick, "nahhhh, I'm cool." And you would just keep on walking. BUT! What if you looked up and saw the device was actually controlling an entire,… » 12/04/13 4:00pm 12/04/13 4:00pm

Army 3D-Prints Futuristic Electronics In Its Own New Jersey Mini-City

Defense Systems reports on the Army's 3D printing operation at the Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey, describing how they've been using additive manufacturing to print antennas into helmets, sensors into clothes, and even whole functioning batteries—among other things. Gizmodo was at the lab last week to see these… » 12/04/13 1:35pm 12/04/13 1:35pm

9 Sexy 3D-Printed Heels That Objectify 9 Real Women (NSFW)

The technical process of 3D printing can lack a personal touch, so Sebastian Errazruiz decided to mine his romantic past for some—er—intimate creative inspiration. The designer-slash-artist has been working for a year to produce 12 Shoes for 12 Lovers, a series that quite literally objectifies a dozen former flames.… » 12/04/13 11:00am 12/04/13 11:00am

Play Chess And Plant Herbs on This Bauhaus-Inspired Game Board

In the ultimate power ranking of common domestic herbs and succulents, which would you say reigns supreme? It's an important question that deserves serious consideration before playing the green-themed Micro-Planter Chess Set, which ingeniously doubles as a mini indoor-outdoor checkerboard garden. » 12/04/13 10:00am 12/04/13 10:00am

You Can 3D Print Your Very Own Movie Prop From The Hobbit

If you fit into the piece of the Venn diagram between "Fans of The Hobbit," "Microsoft Users," and "Folks Who Have a 3D Printer," Microsoft and Warner Bros. UK have a treat: On December 13th, when the second Hobbit movie debuts, you'll be able to download plans to 3D print your own souvenir: the Key to Erebor. » 12/03/13 5:20pm 12/03/13 5:20pm

Step Inside the U.S. Military's Advanced Weapons R&D Mini-City

Picatinny Arsenal is considered its own municipality by the New Jersey State government—which makes sense, given its 6,500 acre property. The difference between it and a normal town is that, inside Picatinny, nearly 2,500 engineers and scientists work with advanced weapons systems, military-grade 3D printers, and… » 12/03/13 11:00am 12/03/13 11:00am

How 3D Printers Are Cranking Out Eyes, Bones, and Blood Vessels

At the dawn of rapid prototyping, a common predication was that 3D printing would transform manufacturing, spurring a consumer revolution that would put a printer in every home. That hasn't quite happened—-and like so many emerging technologies, rapid prototyping has found its foothold in a surprisingly different… » 12/03/13 9:01am 12/03/13 9:01am