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Mummies Coming to Life Thanks to 3D Printers

This new industry is changing the way one of the oldest artifacts exists – mummies aren’t getting poked and prodded anymore! Instead, they’re scanned into a digital design – then 3D-printed mummy models can be made. What will 3D printing

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You Can Print Your Own Car

A man in New Zealand is designing and printing his own car by printing and combining separate parts. “The 3D printing should be finished in October, a mold/body cast will probably be a year after that and the final road

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Freeform 3D Printer Sans Support Structures Plus “Undo” Function

There is new method of 3D printing called “freeform,” which doesn’t print support structures along with the needed object (unlike this one). It is well-exemplified by a new 3D freeform printer from the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los

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3D Printer Made Out of Legos

This Lego 3D printer can print with hot glue, but will eventually print with resin or wax. No surprise that a male engineering student was the maker – Matthew Krueger “always wanted a 3D printer, but […] doesn’t currently have

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NASA Approves 3D-Printed Rocket Engine Injector

3D printing a rocket? Sounds like science fiction, but it’s happening. And this 3D-printed rocket part passed a key NASA test – hot-fire trials. The part was printed in part thanks to the capability of printing liquid metals – and

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3D Printing Technology: Interactive Optics

Disney has been working on 3D printed optics for interactive electronics. “Optical mechanics are more reliable and efficient than wires because they’re more protected and are comprised of fewer parts.” What does ‘optical mechanics’ mean? “By printing “light pipes,” buttons,

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Baby’s Life Saved by 3D-printed Airway Splint

Thanks to a 3d-printed airway splint, an Ohio baby with tracheobronchomalacia can live life separately from hospital machines. “This is the first time 3D printing has been used to treat tracheobronchomalacia-at least in a human.” Now that the Food and

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3D Printing Liquid Metals

Researchers at North Carolina State University have come up with a way to 3D print liquid metals and keep their new form. A syringe pushes out the metals, liquid at room temperature, and the metals are covered in an oxide

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3D-Printed Alternative: Cortex Cast

New Zealander Jake Evill has designed a new type of cast for broken limbs using 3D printing technology. This ‘Cortex Cast’ is a lightweight, hygienic, and aesthetically pleasing alternative to the traditional hard, plaster casts we have grown up with.

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Canadian 3D Printed Gun

At the University of Toronto, a 3D-printed gun has been printed. It isn’t functioning yet because its makers are abiding by Canadian gun laws, but they can easily modify it to shoot. The lab in Toronto downloaded the American 3D-printed

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