3-D printing set to break out of niche
Some of the oddest items on display this week at the International CES gadget show were edible, origami-like sculptures made of sugar, their shapes so convoluted as to baffle the eye.
New live-cell printing technology works like ancient Chinese woodblocking
With a nod to 3rd century Chinese woodblock printing and children's rubber stamp toys, researchers in Houston have developed a way to print living cells onto any surface, in virtually any shape. Unlike recent, ...
Engineering breakthrough will allow cancer researchers to create live tumors with a 3D printer
(Phys.org) —Drexel's Wei Sun, PhD, Albert Soffa chair professor in the College of Engineering, has devised a method for 3D printing tumors that could soon be taking cancer research out of the petri dish.
Bridging gap between 'internet of things' and mobile networks: Mystery of the printed diode solved
For 13 years the mystery has remained unsolved, but now Negar Sani, Ph.D. student at Linköping University's Laboratory of Organic Electronics, Campus Norrköping, has succeeded in explaining how a printed ...
Students launch desktop recycler that turns pop bottles into 3D printer plastic
Three engineering physics students at the University of British Columbia have developed a desktop plastic recycler and extruder that turns plastic waste into the material needed for 3D printing.
3D Builder is free 3D printing app for Windows 8.1
Contact lens merges plastics and active electronics via 3-D printing
(Phys.org) —As part of a project demonstrating new 3-D printing techniques, Princeton researchers have embedded tiny light-emitting diodes into a standard contact lens, allowing the device to project beams ...
Carbon-fiber epoxy honeycombs mimic the material performance of balsa wood
In wind farms across North America and Europe, sleek turbines equipped with state-of-the-art technology convert wind energy into electric power. But tucked inside the blades of these feats of modern engineering ...
3-D-printable materials deform to change surface area, enabling curvature rather than rigid folding
Today's 3-D printers, in which devices rather like inkjet-printer nozzles deposit materials in layers to build up physical objects, are a great tool for designers building prototypes or small companies with ...
World's first rotary 3-D printer-cum-scanner unveiled at AAAS meeting
Nanyang Technological University's (NTU Singapore) start-up Blacksmith Group today launched the world's first compact 3D printer that can also scan items into digitised models.
Sparks fly as NASA pushes the limits of 3-D printing technology
(Phys.org) —NASA has successfully tested the most complex rocket engine parts ever designed by the agency and printed with additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing, on a test stand at NASA's Marshall Space ...
3D printers' could change our economy and our lives
(Phys.org) —"When you produce something yourself instead of purchasing it, that changes your relationship to it," says Chelsea Schelly, assistant professor of social sciences. She's discussing the current ...
Chemists unveil 'water-jet' printer (w/ Video)
Like any ordinary printer, this machine ingests a blank page and spits it out covered in print.
From earphones to jet engines, 3D printing takes off
Many manufacturers are at an early stage of discovering the benefits of 3D printing, but one of the clearest strengths is customization.