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3D Printers

  1. You Can Help This Library Buy a 9-Foot-Tall Hulk Statue

    If there's a better use of crowdfunding sites like Indiegogo than getting the Northlake Public Library a nine-foot-tall statue of The Hulk, we don't know what that use is. The librarians of Northlake have big plans, and those plans involve a giant Hulk statue, and helping people read and create more comic books. They also have one of the most awkward campaign videos we've ever seen.

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  2. New Technique 3D Prints Skeleton of Living Animals, Brings Us One Step Closer to Weapon X

    An interesting challenge presented by 3D printing is coming up not only with what to print, but where to get the designs of things to print. One engineering student looked to the natural world for inspiration and has come up with a way to 3D print skeletons of living animals based of models generated from their CT scans. Right now the skeletons are plastic, but once 3D adamantium printing is perfected we'll all have claws and be indestructible. It also has practical uses.

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  3. 3D Printing and Bioengineering Work Together to Print a Working Human Ear

    3D printing has brought us all sorts of neat household gadgets and delightful statuettes and toys, but the real advances made possible by the technology might not be in the home, but in the lab. Take, for example, this replacement human ear, engineered from rat tail cells and cow cartilage and given shape in a 3D printed mold of a patient's own ear.

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  4. Maker Faire 2012: Robots and 3D Printers and Fiery Unicorns, Oh My

    We spent this Saturday at New York's Maker Faire 2012 gawking at  cool DIY gadgets and gear from labs, garages, and hackerspaces near and far. We'll have a gallery of some of our favorite pictures from the show up soon, but for now, here are our first reactions on this year's Maker Faire.

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  5. Laser Guidance Allows 3D Printing on Molecular Scale

    3D printing is getting easier, more cost effective, and more household friendly every year. Some of its most impressive applications, though -- like its potential in the world of medicine -- won't be making their home debuts anytime soon. This is because while printing, say, a Mario statue in your Makerbot is very simple, printing things on a nanometer scale is still very hard. Doable, but very, very hard. Researchers at the Vienna University of Technology have made a step toward simplifying that task, though, using a laser beam to place single molecules on structures just a few nanometers wide.

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  6. Makerbot Knock-Off Tangibot Looks To Bring Cheaper 3D Printing to Market, Eat Makerbot’s Lunch


    Right now, you can pop on Kickstarter and order yourself a Tangibot, pictured above. If it looks a little familiar, well, it should -- Tangibot is a proud clone of Makerbot.  In fact, a couple of tweaks aside, it is exactly like a Makerbot -- except that it's made in China, and thus costs about 1/3 less than the Brooklyn-based originals. Matt Strong, the man behind the Tangibot, isn't shy about the similarities between the two products, either. Up until a few days ago, he leaned heavily on the Makerbot name -- which is trademarked, even though the tech that runs it is open source. He's recently replaced that wording with more generalities -- Tangibot is now "a clone of a very popular open source 3D Printer." But Strong's reliance on the Makerbot's reputation to sell his own, barely modified version have earned him some bad blood from the very community he's trying to appeal to.

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  7. Cubify’s Colorful 3D-printed Toy Robots Can Trade Parts, Are Totes Adorbz

    Cubify's new line of Cubify Robots can be taken apart and put back together, letting kids indulge in bouts of destruction, construction, and Frankensteinian creation. They currently have 6 colorful robots to mix-and-match -- 7,776 different kinds of adorable should keep them occupied until they're old enough for LEGO.

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  8. 3D Printed Chess Set Combines Together to Form Awesome Fighting Robot

    Chess is all well and good, but Joseph Larson was distraught by the lack of giant fighting robots in the ancient board game. He fixed that with his 3D-printable chess pieces that combine together to form a super-powered robot ala Voltron. Forget Kasparov and Deep Blue -- this is the ultimate test for chess grand masters.

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  9. Researchers to Build 3D-Printed Robotic Dinosaur Skeletons for Completely Benign Reasons, Really

    While humans have been studying the bones of dinosaurs for over a hundred years, there are still some fundamental questions that we simply cannot answer. Without being able to directly observed these enormous creatures, we can only guess at how these creatures moved about their environment. Even our best hypothesis are limited by the few remains available, and the fragility of bones millions of years old. However, some scientists are trying to change that with a new effort to create 3D-printed robotic dinosaur skeletons.

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  10. The Pirate Bay Predicts the Next Wave of Piracy Will be 3D-Printed

    A recent blog post on The Pirate Bay predicts that the next form of piracy will be piracy via 3D printer. They predict piracy will move from tangible to digital, as it is now, to digital to tangible. The blog post says that in the modern world in which we live, data begins digitally, but relents that humans also require tangible objects as well -- something anyone with a bookshelf full of alphabetized books or drawer full of neatly organized video games would agree with. Making a bold prediction, The Pirate Bay predicts that within twenty years, humans will be downloading sneakers or spare car parts and manifesting them in physical form with the help of the 3D printer. They even coined a term for this kind of object, the "Physible."

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