Having significantly damaged nerve tissue is bad for a lot of reasons because it doesn’t regenerate easily and it can lead to various serious medical conditions including paralysis. But many scientists are already studying ways of fixing this issue, and a team of researchers from the University of Minnesota, Virginia Tech, University of Maryland, Princeton University, and Johns Hopkins University has figured out how to use 3D printing for nerve growth. More →
In spite of the many security policies it enforces, the TSA isn’t really on top of its game when it comes to guarding its own secrets. Not long ago, a publication ran a story on TSA security measures complete with a high-resolution image that showed the master luggage keys the agency uses to open locked luggage. At the time, it was believed the picture would provide enough details for anyone their own master keys – and it looks like that’s exactly what happened. Anyone with a 3D printer can download the schematics off the Internet and print their own keys.
While the technology has certainly generated plenty of buzz over the past few years, 3D printing is still quite a young space. Advancements in 3D printing are coming hot and heavy — just think about how affordable this technology is now, for example. Nearly anyone with a need for a 3D printer can now purchase one for just a few hundred dollars.
But affordability is hardly the only area where huge advancements are being made in 3D printing. More →
Advanced 3D printing technology lets us quickly create various objects, including real buildings and cars, but one of the most unusual uses for 3D printing might be creating glass objects by using a unique 3D printer model. Scientists from MIT have already figured out how to put molten glass through a 3D printer and have released a video that shows the mesmerizing process of creating objects using this particular material. More →
The knife is a chef’s most important tool, yet it hasn’t changed much over the centuries.
Knife specialist NextGen believes that it’s time for knives to get a high-tech design upgrade. Ask almost any chef to show you their hand, for example, and you’ll see a callus on their index finger. Somerville, Massachusetts-based NextGen has designed a knife that aims to correct this problem. More →
There have been 3D-printed apartment complexes and cremation urns, and now one company out of The Netherlands is planning to “print” a bridge. MX3D, a 3D printing company, developed a robotic 3D printer to construct a steel bridge over a canal in Amsterdam, reports CNET. More →
Have you ever just wanted to order a new batch of skin tissue on a whim? That’s apparently something that might happen in the not-too-distant future, as at least one company is researching technology that would allow it to grow human skin using 3D-printing techniques. The company in question is French cosmetics company L’Oreal, which partnered with bio-engineering start-up Organovo for the gig. More →
I’m going to totally sound like a hipster here but… I liked the Black Eyed Peas before they were cool. I was playing “Joints & Jams” on my college radio station in the early 2000s just a couple of years before “Where Is The Love?” blew up and made them household names. But unlike actual hipsters, I didn’t begrudge the BEP when they “sold out” and found massive success — I’m just not a hater like that. More →
As always, there was a huge focus on motor vehicle innovations at CES this year, from hydrogen fuel cells to dashboard operating systems. But here’s one thing you probably didn’t see: a 3D-printed car.
Chris Ziegler at The Verge had a chance to ride around in the Local Motors Strati at the North American International Auto Show this week and found that a 3D-printed vehicle shares a surprising More →
We’ve all wanted to watch a show or movie late at night and missed the end of it because we were just so exhausted and fell asleep… but it doesn’t have to be that way for long. 3ders informs us that there’s a new 3D printed digital wristband that’s able to tell when you’ve fallen asleep and then instruct your DVR to start recording whatever you’re watching. More →
3D printers may not be an everyday household item just yet but there’s no doubt that 3D printing technology is leading to some incredible technological breakthroughs. If you want evidence, look no further than a heartwarming video posted by 3D Systems showing a disabled dog named Derby who can now walk thanks to new 3D printed prosthetic legs. More →