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NASA Has Just Launched the First 3D Printer Into Space

A couple of days ago, the SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft lifted off from Cape Canaveral in Florida carrying something that's never been taken into space: A 3D printer. When it docked with the ISS, it delivered the first machine capable of making things in orbit—a huge step forward for exploration. Read More >>

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How 3D Printing Supercharges Nike’s New NFL Shoe Designs

Almost a full year ago, Nike introduced its first shoe ever built with the help of 3D printing technology. The thing was, that cleat, the Vapor Laser Talon, was built for an absurdly specific purpose and market—just the 40 yard dash, just for NFL players. Now, though, Nike is bringing what it's learned from the VLT to the consumer market—innovations that, without 3D printing, we might not have seen for years to come. Read More >>

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8 Objects That Signal a New Industrial Revolution

Are we on the verge of a third industrial revolution? The editors at The Economist certainly think so. But while rapid prototyping and the open source movement have been around for decades now, we had yet to see anyone take a truly comprehensive look at the transformation in manufacturing. That is, until the New Museum's latest show, Adhocracy, came along. Read More >>