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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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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Arms, Cells … Faces? How 3D Printing is Reconstructing Medicine (Gallery)
Captain America fan with prosthetic
February 24th, 2015
If 3D printed organs and prosthetics weren't already cool, now Marvel is on board.
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Seahorse's Amazing Tail Could Inspire Better Robots
Seahorse
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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4D Implant Saves Babies with Breathing Problems
This is the final 3D-printed tracheobronchial splint used in one of the baby boys.
April 29th, 2015
A new "4D" medical device has saved the lives of three baby boys with life-threatening breathing problems, researchers say.
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Surgeon's Helper: 3D Printing Is Revolutionizing Health Care (Op-Ed)
printed heart
February 23rd, 2015
Beyond the genome, 3D printing is bringing a new dimension to personalized health care.
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3D Printing Molecules Can Reveal New Insights
beta sheet
December 29th, 2014
Using a 3D printer to visualize tiny molecules can help scientists develop new drugs and completely synthetic molecules.
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This is the Dinosaur That Tested Life's Size Limits (Video)
Dreadnoughtus
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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Bye, Bye Baubles: New 3D Printers Could Build Implants, Electronics
Voxel8's 3D printer.
January 15th, 2015
3D printers are best known for churning out brightly colored plastic doodads, but two companies are exploring the scientific uses of these machines.
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