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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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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Organs on Demand? 3D Printers Could Build Hearts, Arteries
Bioprinted Coronary Artery
October 23rd, 2015
Off-the-shelf 3D printers could one day help create living organs to aid in repairing the human body, researchers say.
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Seahorse's Amazing Tail Could Inspire Better Robots
July 2nd, 2015
Slinky snake robots could get a better grip when climbing, thanks to new research on how a seahorse's tail works, according to a new study.
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How Robots Are Building a 3D-Printed Metal Bridge in Amsterdam
An artist's depiction of the finished bridge.
November 11th, 2015
These torch-wielding robots might be the new face of manufacturing.
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3D-Printed Spy Drones Could Be Built at Sea
3D-Printed Drone
August 5th, 2015
A 3D-printed drone was recently launched from a British military warship and successfully flew to shore, a demonstration that could pave the way for futuristic spy drones that can be printed at sea.
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This is the Dinosaur That Tested Life's Size Limits (Video)
May 26th, 2015
"Astoundingly huge" dinosaur Dreadnoughtus schrani is rewriting the book on the physical limits of life.
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Bio-Art: 3D-Printed Faces Reconstructed from Stray DNA
3D Portraits Created From DNA Analysis
March 16th, 2015
Could genetic information that is left on cigarette butts, chewed gum and fingernail clippings be harnessed for nefarious purposes?
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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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New Hybrid Robot Has Soft 'Skin' But Hard 'Guts'
Hybrid Robot
July 10th, 2015
It may seem soft and squishy to the touch, but a new robot is tough on the inside and ready to pounce, researchers say.
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