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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Muscle Tissue Could Make Robots More Lifelike
June 30th, 2014
A 3D-printed "bio-bot" powered by skeletal muscle tissue could give robots more precise control over its movements.
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Artist Creates Living Replica of Van Gogh's Ear
Diemut Strebe created this living art piece with DNA from van Gogh's descendant.
June 5th, 2014
In a unique homage to Vincent van Gogh, an artist has created a 3D-printed living replica of the Dutch painter's famously severed ear.
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3D-Print a Brain with Free Government Library
3D printed models, like the one of brain tissue above, can aid surgeons in medical procedures.
June 18th, 2014
A new government website allows people to download, share and edit files for use in 3D-printing.
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3D-Printed Blood Vessels Could Be Used for Transplants
3D-printed blood vessels
June 3rd, 2014
Using 3D-printing methods, researchers have created artificial blood vessels in a lab. The bioprinted structures could be used for transplants or for testing new drugs, scientists say.
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Man-made Skin Reveals How Sharks Swim So Fast
shark fin denticle
May 14th, 2014
Sharks are known for their speed and agility under the waves, but how their jagged skin enables these feats has long mystified scientists.
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For One Night Stands, Girth Matters
June 5th, 2014
For one night stands, size does matter, but it's not penis length that women are concerned about — it's girth, a new study suggests.
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Easy-Bake Robots? 3D-Printed Bots Could Self-Assemble When Heated
Self-Assembling Robot
May 30th, 2014
Assembling a future robot could be as simple as heating it up. Two new studies demonstrate how 3D-printed robots could fold into shape and assemble themselves after being exposed to heat.
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3D Print a New House in Just a Few Hours
April 22nd, 2014
Gone are the days when building a house required months of hammering wall studs, screwing floor joists and other backbreaking tasks. If a company in China has its way, a new house can be yours in a matter of hours with a 3D printer.
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