One of the cool things about NASA is that in the last 10 years they have become a little less anal about their work product. They have opened an entire resource library dedicated to 3D visualizations. Everything from highly realistic graphic 3D models of the Eta Carinae Homunculas nebula (Clearly they are still working on creating cool names for space stuff) to an exact topographical map of the mars surface including rover paths which can be 3D printed.
Barring the usual open source limitations, all of the materials are royalty free and available for download just in time for your kid's next science project.
Carbon3D is partnering with Adidas to print part of their shoes using a process called digital light synthesis. Carbon 3D's printers are able print the soles of Adidas shoes faster and cheaper than ever before, allowing the venerable shoe brand to keep up with changing fashion trends. The new system is expect to cut development time of a new pair of trainers down to just two weeks. The two factories running these printers are expected to produce up to 500,000 pairs of Adidas per year (each).
Chances are if you spend anytime on youtube you have come across the controversial, scantily clad Naomi "Sexy Cyborg" Wu. If you watch her videos she seems to be a capable maker/hacker. Check out her videos and let us know what you think.
A new study describes 3D printing of Shape Memory Polymers to produce active meta-materials that can be programmed to form versatile shapes and are then able to recover their original state when heated to above their activation temperature. The future of 3D printing relies heavily on the development of cutting edge polymers and meta materials.
Saw this over at Tested recorded at Maker Faire 2016. Researchers at the Galileo University in Guatemala have created a robot's body with remote control via an Oculus DK2 headset and Perception Neuron motion capture system allowing for almost a conscious form of telepresence.
We all know by now that before we throw away plastic six-pack rings we should cut them apart so animals won't choke on them, but that doesn't solve the problem of animals trying to eat them. Saltwater Brewery in Florida has taken a 3D-printed step toward fixing that problem with edible six-pack rings.
Mother's Day is this Sunday, and with that comes obligatory pampering, phone calls, flowers, jewelry, and visits. But what if you just can't swing a plane ticket this year? Groupon wants you to send your mom a 3D printed you, and it's more than a little disturbing.
Anyone who has a pet knows how often you hold "conversations" with them, whether you're talking about your day, letting off some steam, or sharing happy news. But you've always had to supply the dialogue since they don't speak human language... At least not until now.
File this under, "Things We Didn't Know We Needed Until We Saw Them". Not only is this 3D design by Gambody incredibly detailed both inside and out, but the StereoLithography (STL) files to make one yourself are available for download!
Youtuber Mehdi Sadaghdar a.k.a ElectroBOOM is know for his occasional on screen electrical mishaps, quirky takes and minor explosions. Frankly, it's a wonder he survives some of his builds. Today, he takes a look at 3D how 3D printing works and how to 3D print .... a BOMB!
Jordan Reeves was offered a chance to create her own prosthetic arm through KIDmob's and 3D software company Autodesk's Superhero Cyborgs program in San Francisco, and she designed something that just might make the other kids so jealous they'll be disappointed with their own two standard-issue arms.
We've seen any number of 3D printed body parts for both animals and humans, but a team from St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne, is taking us into the future with the Biopen, which can customize 3D printed cartilage as it's needed.