Items tagged with 3D Printer

3D printing has caught on in a way that few really expected. What began as a niche hobby for technology lovers has spilled over into the mainstream, with 3D printers now available for under $1,000 and finding shelf space at brick-and-mortar retailers. We're only starting to see the fruits of labor from those who are dreaming up what items to print with plastic, but one hot-button issue that has arisen is 3D-printed firearms. It was only a matter of time before someone realized that a printer could produce a pistol, but early prints have proven to be of little threat. Why? Because traditional ammunition essentially destroys the printed firearm after a single shot, plus, misfires are common. In... Read more...
Readers of HotHardware are no doubt aware of the impact that 3D printers are having on the world, as well as the fact that they're rapidly growing in popularity. The layman might not understand this, though, so when a big chain store decides to bring some units into select locations, and start selling them online, it's a pretty big deal. MakerBot's Replicator Desktop 3D Printer The focus of the latest deal is Home Depot, which has begun selling MakerBot's Replicator online, along with a number of accessories. In addition, 12 stores located in California, Illionois, and New York, will soon be seeing a kiosk like the one below: The purpose of this kiosk isn't to allow people the ability to... Read more...
By now, it should come as a surprise to no one, but the 3D printer market is on fire. While a year or two ago, printer options were limited, today the selection is quite vast, with cheaper, more advanced models coming out all of the time. We've even seen a couple of Kickstarter projects which have promised units costing under $500 - pricing that's far easier to stomach than the $10,000 quotes we saw really not too long ago. Canalys' latest report highlights that the 3D printer market isn't slowing down, and much of the continued growth owes its thanks to regular consumers. The firm notes that in 2013, 43% of units sold were to end-users, a figure I find pretty impressive given the arguably high... Read more...
Technology isn't just about improving the speed of graphics cards to push more pixels on a display, nor is it limited to the pursuit of bigger and faster storage devices, though we're fans of such advancements. More than that, we're passionate about technology because of the wonderful things it can accomplish. Case in point, at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil this year, the first kick will be made by a teenager who is paralyzed from the waist down. Say what? There's no voodoo magic involved, just awesome technology. The teen will use a mechanical exoskeleton that he'll control with his brain. Yes, it sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie, but it's real, and it's going to happen very soon.... Read more...
Where 3D printers are concerned, two things are certain: prices are continuing to plummet, and people are going to continue creating some amazing stuff. Just yesterday, we talked about how a 3D printed splint was created to help save a baby's life, and I'm certain that won't be the last time we hear of such a thing. This past December, a 3D printer was used to create an exoskeleton for a little girl, which allowed her to regain use of normal movements, such as picking something up. Of course, 3D printing can be used for fun and interesting things as well, such as creating an LP, a case for your smartphone, or, as we can now see, a shotgun slug. The topic of 3D printed guns are nothing new, with... Read more...
For all the weird uses of 3D printing, there are many that stand to make the world a better place. One of those is printing liquid scaffolds for use in artificial human tissue engineering, according to C&EN. With these new scaffolds, engineers are expected to have better control over tissue growth when attempting to grow artificial tissue. Video and image credit: C&EN Although 3D printers are known for creating solid objects, the custom 3D printer developed by researchers at Oxford University prints liquid droplets. The printer sprays these water droplets (which have been injected with lipids) into an oil/water mixture, at which point the droplets attach to each other, forming scaffolds.... Read more...
German tech company 4tiitoo wants you to meet the NUIA eyeCharm, which transforms your Microsoft Kinect from a motion sensor to an eye motion sensor. The distinction means the difference between waving your arms to control your computer and simply moving your eyes. The project recently appeared for funding on Kickstarter and is seeking $100,000. Forget Google Glass - put these glasses on your Kinect and control your computer with your eyes. Image credit: 4tiitoo. If you have a Kinect, you’ll be able to pick up the eyeCharm for $60. Once you snap the device onto the Kinect, you place it in front of your monitor and plug it into your computer via the Kinect’s USB cable. (More on Kinect... Read more...
Years ago, 3D printing may have seemed like little more than a cool toy, but as we've seen things progress leading up to today, we can now see otherwise. Look no further than our recent roundup of three different consumer-level printer models. Sure - building miniature models is one thing, but others have even found even more important uses - such as building an exoskeleton for a little girl. I think it's safe to say that things are only going to be getting better. For music lovers, the lingering question has been what can be accomplished here. I'm sure we'll learn of some musical instruments created with 3D printing in the future, but for now, we have a story of someone who created an entire... Read more...
3D printing is a fascinating new technology and an exploding new market. The process involved is pretty basic actually. Heat up some plastic, and sort of like that Play-Doh Fun Factory you were so fond of as a kid, you extrude the melted plastic out to create objects of magnificence -- because you built it yourself... It all started back in 2007 when the first RepRap machine was built.  The idea behind RepRap was to design a machine that could build complex parts in three dimensions using extruded molten plastic and that machine could also "self-replicate" or build a copy of itself. Since then 3D printers of all types have emerged from the community, so we decided to reach out to a few of... Read more...
3D printing is a fascinating new technology and an exploding new market. The process involved is pretty basic actually. Heat up some plastic, and sort of like that Play-Doh Fun Factory you were so fond of as a kid, you extrude the melted plastic out to create objects of magnificence -- because you built it yourself.  However, 3D printers are much more akin to their cousin the 2D inkjet printer, though objects are being printed not only on the traditional X-Y plane but with that magical third "Z" dimension of height. In addition, advancements in 3D CAD software packages like Google SketchUp (now a product of Trimble) are making it increasingly easier for the novice DIY designer... Read more...
We headed down to Maker Faire 2012 in New York this weekend to check out the expo's massive spread of engineering awesomeness and creativity in the fields of robotics, electronics, computing and much more.  When you arrive at the fair, the first thing that strikes you is how completely organic the whole scene is.  Inventors, creators, engineers and entrepreneurs from all walks of life have their gadgets, science projects, creations and wares on display for all to see. Some of the creations you see on display range from downright amazing to completely bizarre. One of the big attractions, a technology area that has experienced explosive growth recently, is the land of 3D Printing. ... Read more...
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