food
Researchers Use 3D Printed Food to Discover That People Like to Eat Sweet Things to Feel Good

Flying in the face of long-established tradition that sees humans forage for ice cream, sweets, and the odd doughnut when they're feeling gloomy, Lancaster University wants you to taste every bitter defeat. Literally. Read More >>

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How to Make Your Own Functional Spider-Man Web Shooters

You can hang around as many laboratories as you want, but there are zero chances you’ll ever get bitten by a spider and find yourself with superpowers. The easiest (and safest) way to realise your Spider-Man fantasies is to build this DIY web shooter instead, which also ensures no music stands will ever pose a threat to you. Read More >>

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Guy Spends Three Years Making an Ultra-Realistic LED Candle That Even Puffs Smoke When Blown Out

Candle technology hasn’t changed much in thousands of years—you add fire to a wax-soaked wick, and it provides light for hours. It’s simple, it’s effective, and it doesn’t need an upgrade. So of course someone on the internet spent three years redesigning the candle from the ground up with digital guts—while managing to preserve its old-school usability. Read More >>

science
New Noise-Blocking Material Could Make Jets and Drones Super Quiet

The most effective way to block an annoying sound is to simply build a barrier—the thicker, the better. But instead of everyone living in sound-blocking caves in a few years as noisy drones criss-cross the skies, researchers at Boston University have engineered an acoustic metamaterial that’s designed to silence annoying sounds at their source, without blocking the movement of air. Read More >>

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Dr. Scholl’s Found a Good Use for 3D Printing, and My Feet Are So Much Happier for It

If a large part of your day is spent on your feet, a good pair of shoes can only do so much to keep you comfortable. Every foot requires different levels of support and cushioning, and ideally, we’d all visit a pedorthist for a custom set of shoe inserts, were it not so expensive. Dr. Scholl’s has a cheaper solution that uses your smartphone to help create 3D-printed insoles that are customised for every foot. Read More >>

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There’s a Fully Working Computer, Including a Retractable Keyboard, Hidden Inside This Mouse

Some hardware hacks only exist as a way to prove they’re actually possible. Such is the case with this ‘Computer Mouse’ that was designed, 3D-printed, and assembled by YouTube’s Electronic Grenade. It’s a fully working portable computer that’s smaller than even the thinnest laptops, but at the same time infinitely less convenient to use. Read More >>

gadgets
Add to the World’s Plastic Problem with Polaroid’s Play 3D Pen

Does the world need any more random plastic mess? That was a question we pondered over when the Polaroid Play 3D Pen turned up in the post. The planet is already drowning in oceans of the synthetic stuff, so having fun creating slightly pointless 3D plastic creations didn’t exactly make us warm to this new gadget. Nevertheless, if you’re tempted to explore the world of 3D printing then this is worth a go for around 20 quid or so. 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 >>

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Restoring a Die-Cast Tractor Toy With 3D-Printed Parts Looks Like a Great Way to Zone Out

They’re becoming more prevalent in manufacturing, but if you’re still wondering if you need a 3D printer at home, there’s just one other question you need to ask: Do you have any old die-cast toy cars in need of a restoration? Read More >>

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These New Photos of the World’s First 3D-Printed Steel Bridge Are Stunning

The creators of the world’s first 3D-printed steel bridge, a 40-foot stainless steel structure titled simply “The Bridge” that looks tantalisingly otherworldly thanks to its unique construction methods, say it is now ready for installation in Amsterdam following its ongoing week on show at the Dutch Design Week from 20-28 October. Read More >>

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Lion King Puppet Maker Charged With 3D-Printing Gun at Broadway Theatre

A puppet master who helped bring to life Disney’s vision of an African animal kingdom was arrested last week for allegedly 3D-printing guns in the prop room of the Broadway theatre in the US state of New York, court records show. Read More >>

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A Dog With Cancer Got a New, 3D-Printed Titanium Skull

A nine-year-old dachshund suffering from an unusually large brain tumour – seen in the picture above – just got a new lease on life thanks to the powers of 3D-printing technology. Read More >>

crime
3D-Printed Gun Activist Accused of Child Sexual Assault Reportedly Arrested in Taiwan

Gun rights activist Cody Wilson reportedly fled from the US state of Texas to Taiwan after getting tipped off that he was going to be charged for allegedly paying a 16-year-old girl $500 (£383) for sex. But now local news outlets in Taiwan report that he has been captured. Read More >>

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Despite Everything, You Can Now Buy 3D-Printed Gun Plans Online

The DEFCAD file repository of 3D-printable gun blueprints is live. There, you can buy the plans to print parts for anything from an AR-15 to the plastic Liberator pistol. Defense Distributed, the controversial organisation that wants to enable easier access to firearms, started selling these files last week, despite a day-old court order that forbids it from posting gun blueprints online. Read More >>