There are more than seven billion people in the world, and life expectancy keeps growing thanks to the unbelievable advancements in modern medicine. However, the human body can’t outlive its expiration date, and organs often fail and require viable replacements. But because there never seem to be enough donors around, doctors are looking at various ways to create artificial organs that are either built out of human flesh or mechanical parts, and that could replace some of our internal components.
In a few weeks, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will premiere in cinemas across the world. Given this, we can expect the Star Wars universe to expand significantly as it adds many new characters, including a cute robot we’ve fallen in love ever since we saw him appear in the movie’s first trailers.
BB-8 is the robot in question and he has already became a hit toy with fans and has sold out in stores well before the movie’s launch.
And now, you can even 3D print your very own BB-8 Christmas decoration, using the following instructions. More →
Say you’re Brienne of Tarth and you’ve just run out of armor. Would you trust scary 3D printing machines to weave a dress around you while you’re laying completely still on a giant table? Wait… that’s a silly scenario. Brienne of Tarth would never have access to 3D printers. OK, so what if you’re fashion designer Iris van Herpen looking to impress the audience by creating a 3D printed mesh dress while models are wearing your latest creations on the catwalk; would you hire actress Gwendoline Christie, who plays Brienne in Game of Thrones, to sit still on that workbench? More →
We can’t resist a heartwarming cat story, especially when it has a technology angle to it. In this case, IFLScience points us to a story from GlobalNews.ca about a disabled feral kitten named Cassidy who was taken in and given a chance to walk thanks to a 3D printed wheelchair created by a pair of high school students. More →
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 →