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Home 3D Printing ‘Just Not There Yet’ Admits MakerBot

MakerBot was going to change the world. It was going to bring 3D-printing, a product long limited to designer offices and workshops, into the home (or at least the garage). But earlier today, under a veil of marketing speak and glitzy videos, the company announced a new focus on commercial — not consumer — products, and in so doing, finally admitted what we’ve all known for a while. No one really wants a 3D printer in their house. Read More >>

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How I Finally Learned to Love 3D Printing

I started thinking about 3D printing, I mean really started thinking about it, in 2012. I was eking out an existence as a penny-pinching grad student at the time, so a machine costing thousands that squirts out hot plastic and builds frivolous knick-knacks wasn’t exactly allowed to be a priority. Read More >>

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MakerBot’s iPad App Can Now Turn Your Drawings Into 3D-Printable Models

One of the biggest reasons there isn’t a 3D printer in every home—yet—has nothing to do with price or availability. It’s the fact that if you want to design and print your own objects, you need to know how to use relatively complex 3D modelling software. So MakerBot has updated its free PrintShop iPad app to include a new feature that can photograph and easily convert your hand-drawn sketches into 3D models. Read More >>

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Medical Researchers 3D Print Replacement Windpipe

A new technique to repair damaged neck pipes involves printing a 3D scaffolding, harvesting cells, then letting them grow into the right shape, a bit like building yourself a new friend out of chicken wire and papier mache. Read More >>

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Makerbot is Letting You 3D Print With Metal, Limestone and Wood

Makerbot, perhaps the most consumer-friendly of 3D printer manufacturers, is about to go a long way toward turning the tech into something consumers can actually use. Starting late this year, MakerBot is going to let you 3D print with a range of new materials, including composites of limestone, iron and wood. Read More >>

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This £6k Machine Could Usher in the Era of 3D-Printed Electronics

The technology that would enable us to 3D-print electronics along with the circuits that make them work has been around for a while, but a team of Harvard researchers has now announced a new 3D-printer that could change the game. Soon, you could 3D print a drone in your living room – which, when you think about it, is insane. Read More >>

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You Can Already 3D Print Yourself a Copy of That Star Wars Ball Droid

If you've foolishly got yourself all excited for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens after just the teaser trailer (really? did no one else watch Lost?) you'll be ecstatic to hear that you can already 3D-print yourself a copy of that adorable rolling ball droid we barely got a glimpse of. Read More >>

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3D Printing Doc: This is the Future, But What About That Gun Thing?

3D printing is a number of things, depending on who you talk to: It's the future! It's dumb! It's a dangerous tool for psycho gun enthusiasts! Print the Legend, Netflix's 3D printing documentary, explores all those topics. Read More >>

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Start Your Own Private Museum With a 3D Printer and This T-Rex Model

Does waiting in line at a museum just to check out some old dinosaur bones that may or may not be real sound like a terrible way to spend a weekend? If you've got a 3D printer at home, MakerBot's Digital Store is now selling this anatomically correct T-Rex skeleton model that you can print at home as a start to your own personal private museum. Read More >>

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Photoshop is Getting Support For 3D Printing

Adobe is updating Photoshop to let you create 3D-printable files within the program. Hooray! Read More >>

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MakerBot Mini: A Smaller 3D Printer You Can Maybe Actually Afford

If a tiny workshop has prevented you from adding one of MakerBot's Replicator 3D printers to your toolkit, today is your lucky day. The company has announced a smaller version of its Replicator 3D printer -- aptly called the Replicator Mini -- with a smaller footprint, easy one-touch printing, and even a networked camera inside allowing you to remotely keep tabs on a print job in process. It will be available sometime this spring for $1,375 (a shade under £850). Read More >>

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MakerBot’s New Digitiser Scanner Is a Copier For 3D Items

Today MakerBot introduced what's basically a Xerox machine for physical items: the Digitiser Desktop 3D Scanner. It'll make 3D-printing at home a lot easier, but that doesn't mean it'll make it cheaper. Read More >>

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Someone Finally Invented 3D-Printed Inkjet Printer Cartridges

At some point, the world of 3D printing had to fold back onto itself, leaving us all slack-jawed and wondering when 3D printers will start printing things for printers themselves? That moment is now. Read More >>

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Windows 8.1 Is Getting Native 3D Printer Support

Microsoft is adding native support for 3D printers to Windows 8.1. That means you don't have to jump through any hoops to 3D print an item — if your computer is hooked up to a 3D printer, you can just hit print. Read More >>

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One of the World’s Largest 3D Printing Companies Bought MakerBot

Last night, 3D printing giant Stratasys announced the £260 million acquisition of MakerBot. And while it won't change anything about MakerBot's brand, Stratasys could supply the know-how to scale up business in a big way. That could mean more stores, more factories, and even more offices. Read More >>