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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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This Batshit Sports Car Was 3D Printed From Laser-Melted Metal

The hype around consumer 3D printers has mostly died down, but that hasn’t stopped the startup Divergent3D from barrelling full steam ahead in the industrial printing world. The company debuted the first 3D-printed supercar—the Blade–two years ago and has since continued developing its printing methods. Now, it’s working with major industry players like Peugeot and SLM Solutions to use its printing methods at mass scale. Read More >>

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How to Make Your Own Sonic Tractor Beam at Home

We’ve all been there: building a scale model of the Death Star in our basement and thinking, “I just wish this had a tractor beam to grab onto my tiny styrofoam Millennium Falcon.” Now, thanks to a team of scientists, you can put the finishing touches on that model with your very own sonic tractor beam. Okay, maybe we haven’t all been there, but I’m sure someone has been there. Read More >>

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Simple Software Turns any 3D-Printed Model Into a Playable Instrument

You no longer have to be a Stradivarius, a Gibson, or even a Steinway to make your own musical instruments. Anyone with access to a 3D printer and this simple software, developed by Autodesk Research, can turn any 3D model into a wind instrument capable of playing a variety of different notes. Read More >>

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These 3D-Printed Earrings Catch Apple’s AirPods When They Fall Out

Good news! Our most concerning first world problem might finally be solved, if you’re willing to properly accessorise. M3D, makers compact 3D printers, have designed a pair of earbud-catching earrings that promise to save your Apple AirPods from falling into the toilet when they inevitably slip out of your ears. Read More >>

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Trippy Video Uses 3D Printing and Stop-Motion Animation to Make a Statue Sing

Here’s a really cool music video that uses 3D printing, stop-motion animation, and projection mapping to make a model come alive to sing a song. It’s a especially trippy, because it’s like seeing a statue start talking out of nowhere. Read More >>

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This Smartphone Microscope Lets You Play Games With Microbes

Introducing the LudusScope, a 3D-printed, open-sourced system that lets you control and play games with living microbes on your smartphone. Tormenting single-celled organisms has never been so much fun. Read More >>

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How a Roller Coaster Can Help You Pass a Kidney Stone

A team of researchers rode a roller coaster more times than they probably care to remember, just to figure out why roller coasters trigger the passage of small kidney stones. With the further help of a 3D-printed model of a kidney filled with urine, they think they’ve solved the puzzle. Read More >>