lasers
This 3D-Printed Contraption Turns Laser Pointers Into Trippy Little Light Shows

Wave a high-powered laser around fast enough, and the human eye will perceive an image in the light trail left behind. That’s how laser projectors that cost thousands of pounds work, but it’s also how this cheap, 3D-printed plastic contraption turns a simple laser pointer into a full-on light show. Read More >>

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This Futuristic Shape-Changing Pasta Was Inspired by Star Wars

Pasta might not make you think “science.” But then again, you’ve probably haven’t shouted “holy shit” while you watched it curl up before your eyes. Read More >>

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Lunar Colonists May Make Bricks From Moon Dust and Sunlight

Scientists with the European Space Agency have shown that it’s possible to make durable bricks using simulated Moon dust and concentrated sunlight. A similar approach may eventually allow lunar colonists to 3D-print their own habitats and structures using materials found on the Moon. Read More >>

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A New Approach to 3D Printing Removes the Limitations of Gravity

The potential for 3D printing to revolutionise manufacturing is astounding—if the technology can overcome a few limitations. Researchers at MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab have come up with a novel way to both speed up the 3D printing process, and free it from the restrictions imposed by gravity. Read More >>

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NASA Is Developing 3D-Printed Chain Mail to Protect Ships and Astronauts

Chain mail was an essential tool for medieval warriors hoping to avoid a quick (or slow) death by a sword. But NASA engineers hope a similar material, with a few modern upgrades, could prove to be just as useful for spacecraft and astronauts looking to survive the rigours of outer space. Read More >>

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Hold Up, We Can 3D Print Glass Now?!

Forget glassblowing, now we can 3D print intricate glass sculptures from a silica compound. This is awesome - just look at that pretzel. Read More >>

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You Can Now 3D Print Your Own Add-Ons For Oculus’s Touch Controllers

At the moment, we think the Oculus Rift plus its optional Touch controllers is the best VR experience you can get in the comfort of your own living room. But it could be better — you now have the option of creating your own customised controller accessories. Read More >>

cars
Ford Is Testing 3D Printed Car Parts

Ford is exploring how large one-piece auto parts, like car spoilers, could be printed for prototyping and future production vehicles, as the first automaker to pilot the Stratasys Infinite Build 3D printer. Read More >>

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The US Army’s New 3D-Printed Grenade Launcher Is Straight Out of Science Fiction

Building a gun out 3D-printed parts is so 2013. Now, the United States Army has managed to 3D-print an entire grenade launcher, and it looks roughly like an assault rifle from the realms of science fiction. Also, the new weapon is named RAMBO. 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 >>

gaming
People Are Already Trying to Fix the Nintendo Switch’s Dumb Design Issues

The Switch, Nintendo’s new tablet console, was a big bet, but perhaps not a smart one. Despite being marketed as a step into the future, it launched with more hardware issues and irritating design flaws than playable titles. As such, fans who just plunked down £280 are already rolling up their sleeves to build solutions to make their shiny new investment work the way it ought to. Read More >>

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3D Printed Fake Turtle Eggs Use GPS To Track Poachers

A pioneering project in Central America plans to use 3D-printed dummy sea turtle eggs equipped with GPS trackers to find out where poachers are taking and selling stolen eggs. Turtle Tracks, co-ordinated by PhD candidate Helen Pheasey at the University of Kent's Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, aims to help stop the international trade in sea turtle eggs as a source of protein and for supposed aphrodisiac properties. Just 1 in 1000 hatchling turtles makes it to adulthood, and poaching is a major reason why. Read More >>

robots
Great, Robots Just Learned To 3D Print Themselves

Robots can evolve. Robots can reproduce. All hail our robot overlords. Read More >>

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These Magical Sculptures Look Like Animations But They’re Actually Real Objects

Artist John Edmark has done it again. With the clever use of a strobe light, he’s created sculptures that move like weird computer animations but are actually real, 3D printed objects that physically exist. It’s a bit hypnotising but so, so cool, because they move and grow and essentially come alive in such a bizarre way. Read More >>