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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3D-Printed Hearts Help Surgeons Save Babies' Lives
printed heart
November 19th, 2014
New 3D printed heart replicas are helping to improve surgery in babies with congenital heart defects, researchers say.
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In Photos: Creepy-Crawly Experiment Reveals Spider's Brain
jumping spider takes bait
October 24th, 2014
The vision of jumping spiders is almost equal to the sight of humans. Researchers, however, didn't know how to study the arachnids' visual system for one simple reason: every time they tried to look at the spiders' brains, the animals would explode.
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5 Cool DIY Tech Trends from World Maker Faire
3D-Printed Objects at Maker Faire
September 23rd, 2014
About 700 inventors and innovators gathered here at the New York Hall of Science last weekend (Sept. 20-21) to show off cool creations and fun DIY projects at the fifth annual World Maker Faire.
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Photos: 3D Printed Hearts
printed heart
November 19th, 2014
New 3D printed heart replicas have helped improve surgery in patients with congenital heart defects
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Creepy: Peering into Spiders' Brains Without Exploding Them
Jumping spider
October 24th, 2014
Researchers have developed a new technique that helps them peer into the brain of a jumping spider, an arachnid famed for its excellent vision, and record how the brain cells in its visual system process images.
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Maker Faire Celebrates Innovation and Tech in NYC This Weekend
This image was taken on May 17, 2013 at a past Maker Faire
September 19th, 2014
The World Maker Faire is coming to the New York Hall of Science in Queens this weekend (Sept. 20-21).
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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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White House Sponsors First-Ever 3D-Printed Ornament Contest
The "Boflake" ornament from 2012.
November 10th, 2014
Calling all 3D printing enthusiasts! Today (Nov. 10) is the last day to submit designs for the first-ever White House 3D-Printed Ornament Challenge.
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3D-Printed Rocks Could Change Fracking Practices
These models were 3D-printed at the GeoFabLab at Iowa State University
September 26th, 2014
Geologists are using 3D-printed rocks to study how oil and gas moves through underground rock and the research could have important implications for fracking.
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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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