Hospitals in U.S. Turn to 3D-Printed Donations for Sorely Needed Supplies in Covid-19 Outbreak

A network of 3D printer-users has stepped in to help hospitals in the U.S. grappling with critical shortages of protective gear and other vital medical supplies during the Covid-19 pandemic, NPR reports. It’s the latest unorthodox emergency measure American health workers, who are pleading for equipment, have been increasingly forced to rely on as their country has soared past all others in total confirmed cases. Read More >>

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3D Printers Are Finally Starting to Work More Like Star Trek’s Replicators

Transporters? Spaceships that can travel at the speed of light? Star Trek introduced us to many fantastical technologies that have us looking forward to the 23rd century. But we might not have to wait that long for all the tech Captain Kirk had to play with, as 3D printing has taken another big step toward making replicators a reality. Read More >>

Lazy Artists Will Love This Plastic Bead Printer That Automates Your Arts and Crafts

Painstakingly laying out multi-coloured plastic beads (also known as Perler or Hama beads) to create mosaic images can be a relaxing way to unwind. It’s a long process, though, and if you don’t have the patience for arts and crafts, you can always dedicate your free time to finding a shortcut as one clever hacker did by building an automated Perler bead printer. Read More >>

Aldi’s 3D Printer is Back in Stock

Aldi is a weird and wonderful shop where impulse buying a chainsaw when you were looking for some bread is a very real possibility. Lidl is the same, but Lidl also never stocked a 3D printer as far as I can recall. Aldi did just over 18 months ago, and now it seems they're back in stock for slightly less money. Read More >>

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Aldi’s Popular 3D Printer is Back

This time last year, discount grocery chain Aldi launched a £300 3D printer. It was immensely popular, selling out entirely and causing enough demand that the company is bringing in reinforcements this year. Read More >>

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New Study Details Toxic Particles Spewed by 3D Printers

Researchers have that found that 3D printers spew tiny particles into the air as they operate, though the quantity and nature of these potentially toxic aerosols are poorly understood. A new study identifies a startling variety of these emissions, and the conditions under which they’re produced. Read More >>

Super-Sizing Lego Sets is the Only Reason You Need a 3D Printer

They’ve been used by large companies for rapidly creating prototypes for at least a few decades, but finding a reason to put a 3D printer in every home hasn’t been as successful. Making accessories for your vacuum? Boring. Building pop bottle bridges? Meh. Super-sizing Lego? Hello holy grail of 3D printing. Read More >>

The First 3D Printed Cheese Was as Bizarre As You’d Expect

Imagine a future in which humans can produce a vast variety of foods with all sorts of textures and shapes at the flick of a switch. Just throw a mix into your 3D printer, and, presto, gooey gorgonzola globules! Crunchy candy cubes! Incredible! Read More >>

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A 3D-Printed, PIN-Protected Door Lock Won’t Protect Your Home But it Definitely Looks Cool

3D printers may have failed as a home appliance, but researchers at the Hasso-Plattner-Institut aren’t ready to give up on them just yet. Last year they successfully 3D-printed a working door handle without any moving parts, and this year they’re following it up with a 3D-printed, PIN-protected door lock. Read More >>

This Simple 3D-Printed Door Handle Works Without Any Moving Parts

Instead of just working on improving what 3D printers are capable of, researchers at the Hasso-Plattner-Institut are also finding ways to make everyday objects more 3D printer-friendly, including those that rely on moving parts that can’t be reproduced during the printing process. Read More >>

Make Your Commute a Nightmare With a 3D Printer Backpack

The nomadic lifestyle of a 3D printsmith is made all the more difficult when it comes to carrying your 3D printer from town to town. Ultimaker has heard your lamentations and came up with a solution that promises to make transporting a 3D printer a little easier: a £60 pair of shoulder straps. Read More >>

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3D-Printed Gatling Gun Fires 48 Rubber Bands in Mere Seconds

Matthew Davis’ Arcus is officially the most impressive thing we’ve ever seen come out of a 3D printer. Sure, cheap prosthetics and replacement body parts are important uses of the technology, but this spinning rubber band blaster is what finally makes us want to put a 3D printer on our desks. Read More >>

Infant With Brain Growing Outside His Skull Saved By Pioneering Surgery

Bentley Yoder was born with his brain outside his skull. Doctors said he didn’t have a chance, but he not only survived—he thrived. Now, some seven months later, Bentley has undergone reconstructive surgery to move his brain back into his skull. Read More >>

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New 3D Printer Draws in Midair Like Magic

Lasers and metal were part of 3D printing for decades before the machines became affordable for personal use. But researchers at Harvard are demonstrating a new technique by which 3D metal structures can be printed in midair, without the need for anything supporting them. Read More >>

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Giant Multi-Headed 3D Printer Can Create Massive Objects in One Pass

The trade-off of an affordable 3D printer is that they’re usually small and can only produce small objects. To make something big, you have to break it down into smaller parts first. But Autodesk has come up with a better approach: a 3D printer with multiple heads that all work together to churn out massive creations. Read More >>