3D Printing

3D printing long ago moved from being theoretical to a reality, and in recent years 3D printers have become cheaper to produce; several models are now available for sale, as well as designs for products. Experts predict 3D printers will be common in homes in coming years. Our news and feature articles cover the science and technology behind 3D printers, from how they work to the history, progress and future of the technology and what kinds of things can be made. 3D printing’s uses range from practical objects for everyday use to commercial products and parts used in manufacturing, plus the technology holds promise for bioprinting of human parts for medical purposes.
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'4D-Printed' Objects Change Shape After They're Made
4D-Printed Orchid
January 25th, 2016
By mimicking the way orchids, calla lilies and other plants bend and twist, scientists have created shape-shifting "4D-printed" structures that they say could one day help heal wounds and be used in robotic surgical tools.
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CES 2016: Huge Tech Show Kicks Off in Vegas
The new drone from Lily
January 5th, 2016
Tech geeks and early adopters everywhere will descend on Las Vegas this week for a chance to view the latest in technology and innovation at CES, the world's largest trade show for consumer electronics.
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Adorable 'Star Wars' BB-8 Droid Brought to Life with 3D Printing
The 3D printed droid.
December 17th, 2015
The force is strong with this one.
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Asteroid-Mining Company 3D-Prints Object from Space Rock Metals
Planetary Resources 3D Prints Part Using Asteroid Metal
January 8th, 2016
Planetary Resources, which aims to extract water and other useful materials from asteroids, has 3D-printed an object using metals from a space rock.
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Tough, 3D-Printed Ceramics Could Help Build Hypersonic Planes
A ceramic cork screw created by a 3D-printing process.
January 3rd, 2016
Flawless, 3D-printed ceramics that can be formed into various shapes, from spirals to honeycombs, have been created. The new materials could find use in hypersonic aircraft and microscopic devices.
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Doctors Could 3D-Print Micro-Organs with New Technique
Stem Cells
December 1st, 2015
Scientists say 3D-printed structures loaded with embryonic stem cells could one day help doctors print out micro-organs for transplant patients.
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Swim for the Earth: 3D-Printed Bikini Scrubs Water Pollution
3D printed suit
October 28th, 2015
Engineers and designers worked together to create an eco-friendly swimsuit that can help wearers clean up the ocean one stroke at a time.
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CES 2016: Your Favorite Tech Is Finally Growing Up
The Panono camera, seen at CES 2016, creates 360-degree images in a single shot.
January 5th, 2016
Drones, 3D printing and virtual reality tech are all having coming-of-age moments at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
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Futuristic Kicks: 3D-Printed Sneakers Are Tailor-Made to Your Feet
Adidas' 3D printed shoe.
December 19th, 2015
Adidas' new shoes will meet your "cushioning needs."
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Jet-Propelled 3D-Printed Drone Claims Speed Record
The 3D printed drone.
November 19th, 2015
A new jet-powered drone might be the most complex flying machine ever built using 3D printing.
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