• Creopop: This 3D Pen Ditches Hot Plastic In Favor Of Light-Sensitive Gels For Kid-Safe Use

    Creopop: This 3D Pen Ditches Hot Plastic In Favor Of Light-Sensitive Gels For Kid-Safe Use

    3D printing pens will make great toys for kids, literally giving them the power to sketch real-world objects into life.  Except they extrude piping hot plastic, which makes it a bad idea to give to children without parental supervision.  The Creopop changes this, ditching the plastic spools in favor of light-sensitive photopolymer gels. With the elimination of heated plastic, the pen becomes completely safe for children to use on their own.  Plus, there are no vapors of burning plastic to [...]

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  • Strooder Lets You Make 3D Printing Filament At Home

    Strooder Lets You Make 3D Printing Filament At Home

    Buying a 3D printer doesn’t mean you can build every plastic toy you fancy for free. Instead, it means you can build every plastic toy you fancy provided you can manage to design it in CAD, as well as pay for all the 3D filaments you’ll need to produce the actual object. And filaments ain’t cheap. With test prints and misprints being a regular part of the game, it’s not improbable that you can burn through a hundred bucks’ worth of filament [...]

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  • Mink Printer Lets You 3D Print Custom Makeup At Home

    Mink Printer Lets You 3D Print Custom Makeup At Home

    The premise behind Mink is simple: you choose the kind of makeup you want to produce, specify the color, and manufacture it directly from a desktop-sized printer inside your home. No need to spend hours trying to find the closest shade to the eye shadow you saw on Cara Delevingne in a magazine — any makeup you want is always just a couple clicks away. According to Mink founder Grace Choi, all types of makeup, from that powder foundation to that cream [...]

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  • Lix Is A Portable, Professional-Grade 3D Printing Pen

    Lix Is A Portable, Professional-Grade 3D Printing Pen

    As much as we love the 3Doodler’s ease of use, we have to admit, the things it lets you churn out aren’t always the prettiest creations. If you’re interested in producing elaborate 3D objects, you’ll be better served learning 3D modeling and picking up a 3D printer instead. That may change soon, however, with Lix, a 3D printing pen that lets you fashion some professional-looking creations. Just like other 3D printing pens, it lets you draw sketches in the air, extruding plastic [...]

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  • M3D Micro Is A $299 3D Printer

    M3D Micro Is A $299 3D Printer

    Chances are, we won’t see mass adoption of desktop 3D printers for a long while.  Not only will the price need to go down severely, we’ll likely need a massive public library of downloadable 3D designs to spare folks from having to learn 3D modeling from the ground up.  The M3D Micro is a step towards that direction. With prices starting at $299, it takes consumer 3D printers to a new level of accessibility, making price a less-daunting obstacle than [...]

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  • ChocaByte Is A $99 3D Chocolate Printer

    ChocaByte Is A $99 3D Chocolate Printer

    Instead of taking current 3D printing technologies and then rigging them into a 3D printer for chocolates, ChocaByte went about it with the goal of trimming everything down to a mechanism that’s as simple as possible.  And after all the unnecessary functionality has been stripped, they ended up with an affordable $99 machine that can adequately perform the job. Using a syringe-based design, the extrusion printer can build small, edible chocolate shapes that measure up to 2 x 2 x [...]

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  • Foodini Will 3D Print Your Dinner

    Foodini Will 3D Print Your Dinner

    At first thought, the idea of a 3D printer for food is ludicrous.  I mean, how the heck are you going to produce a breakfast sandwich, baked potatoes, or smoked salmon out of extrusion nozzles?  Then again, there are plenty of food items that are processed into slurry form before being made into presentable meals, which, I’m guessing, are the kind of provisions you can make with the Foodini. Made by Florida-based Natural Machines, it’s a 3D printer designed to [...]

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  • Someone Built A 3D-Printed Kayak And It’s Awesome

    Someone Built A 3D-Printed Kayak And It’s Awesome

    Who says you can only build small toys and little trinkets with the current crop of desktop 3D printers?  Certainly not this dude, who built the World’s First 3D Printed Kayak. No, it’s not a toy kayak that can only ride around in pools and bathtubs.  Instead, it’s a fully-functional paddle boat that you can use along real bodies of water.  Just pick up a kayak paddle, hit the beach, and you’re good to go. Heck, the kayak even has [...]

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  • You Can Soon 3D-Print An Entire Table In One Go With The BigRep One

    You Can Soon 3D-Print An Entire Table In One Go With The BigRep One

    Will the day ever come that we can 3D print an entire house in our backyard?  Between advancement in materials (3D printing in carbon fiber and fiberglass) and larger build sizes while retaining reasonable prices, we have a feeling it may come sooner than later.  Here’s another product pushing the boundaries in that space: the BigRep ONE. Billed as the “biggest FDM 3D printer in the market,” it boasts a ridiculous 1.3 cubic meter build size.  For the metric-impaired (and [...]

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  • Mark One Is World’s First Carbon Fiber 3D Printer, Costs $5000

    Mark One Is World’s First Carbon Fiber 3D Printer, Costs $5000

    As awesome as today’s desktop 3D printers are, they’re just not that useful for building actual parts and tools. I mean, you can’t exactly replace a broken car part with 3D-printed plastic, can you? That won’t be an issue with the Mark One 3D Printer, which gives users the ability to print carbon fiber, nylon and fiberglass objects.  For real. That’s right, mad scientists can now make real usable parts for doomsday devices straight from their desks, rather than merely [...]

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  • Peachy Printer Is A $100 3D Printer… With Lasers

    Peachy Printer Is A $100 3D Printer… With Lasers

    Over the past couple of years, 3D printing has evolved into a much more inexpensive undertaking, with desktop-grade rigs costing as low as several hundred dollars.  While that is plenty affordable, we all know printers will likely need to retail at a hundred bucks or less if we want it to go full mainstream.  The guys behind Preachy Printer think they have just the design to make that happen. Unlike 3D printers from companies like Makerbot and Cubify, the new [...]

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  • MakerBot Digitizer Scans Real-World Objects Into 3D Models

    MakerBot Digitizer Scans Real-World Objects Into 3D Models

    Buying a Makerbot Replicator 2X sounds like fun.  Until you actually try creating original designs and realize working with 3D modeling programs are way harder than editing your Facebook pics on Photoshop.   The MakerBot Digitizer seeks to bridge the skill gap, allowing you to scan real-world objects into 3D models that you can use as starting points for your own designs. To use, simply hook the machine up to a computer, put any object you want to “copy” onto the [...]

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  • Protos 3D-Printed Eyewear Customizes Glasses To Your Facial Features

    Protos 3D-Printed Eyewear Customizes Glasses To Your Facial Features

    Most eyewear are created as one-size-fits-all.  There’s nothing wrong with that.  We’ve been wearing them that way for as long as they have existed.  If you’d like a more tailored fit for your glasses, though, your best bet is to pony up serious cash and have custom eyewear made.  Protos 3D Printed Eyewear wants to change this, offering eyewear frames that are custom 3D-printed according to the wearer’s exact size. Don’t worry, Protos isn’t going to require you to learn [...]

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  • Qumarion Is A Toy Mannequin For Automatically Animating 3D Models

    Qumarion Is A Toy Mannequin For Automatically Animating 3D Models

    Creating a 3D model is hard enough.  Animating them takes the skill required a whole other level.  The Qumarion Humanoid Input Device aims to simplify the process, allowing animators to simply move a humanoid model to register a movement on the computer. Made by Celsys, it’s a miniature articulated mannequin that you can position in various poses.  While similar contraptions have been available in the past, most mannequins have served to act as reference for artists — something they can [...]

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  • Filabot Reclaimer Recycles Old Plastic Into 3D Printing Filaments

    Filabot Reclaimer Recycles Old Plastic Into 3D Printing Filaments

    Home 3D printing is quite economical now.  Still, the expenses on those $30 spools of plastic you use to form your finished products can add up after many projects.  The Filabot Reclaimer could change that. Created by researchers at Michigan Technological University, it’s a plastic extruder that turns throwaway plastics into usable filament for 3D printing.  That means, all those milk jugs you clean out drowning your cereal, plastic water bottles, old toys and all sorts of plastic products that [...]

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  • 3Doodler Is A 3D-Printing Pen

    3Doodler Is A 3D-Printing Pen

    Home 3D printing is hot right now.  Problem is, the learning curve isn’t quite that low — you’ll need to understand 3D modeling at a competent level to really get anything done.  The 3Doodler lowers the bar on the skills front, letting you produce 3D-printed creations by simply doodling with a pen. Unlike other 3D printers, this isn’t a tabletop rig hooked up to a computer.  Instead, it’s just an unusually chunky pen that contains all the hardware, software and [...]

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  • Cubify Cube, A 3D Printer That Looks Like A Home Appliance

    Cubify Cube, A 3D Printer That Looks Like A Home Appliance

    Most home 3D printers look like mini versions of industrial machines.  Which is why they belong more in a workshop or a home office than next to the family laptop in the living room.  Cubify (who also makes the CAD modeler, Invent) is looking to change that with the Cube, possibly the first desktop 3D printer that looks more like a home appliance than an industrial contraption. Granted, the Cube is far from the prodigious 3D-printing beast that the Makerbot [...]

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  • MakerBot Replicator 2X 3D Printer Can Print In Two Colors

    MakerBot Replicator 2X 3D Printer Can Print In Two Colors

    Desktop 3D printers — they are improving.  And I wouldn’t be surprised if we can make some incredibly detailed toys out of them in just a few short years.  The MakerBot Replicator 2X takes us closer to that, bringing two-color printing and a much finer printing resolution. A two-color version of the recently-released Replicator 2, it brings the same 100 microns per layer of resolution, allowing you to produce 3D objects that are smoother with little post-production work (e.g. sanding) [...]

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  • Staples Easy 3D Offers Commercial 3D Printing In-Store

    Staples Easy 3D Offers Commercial 3D Printing In-Store

    The era of cheap 3D printing is upon us.  That is, if you’re willing to make do with the less-detailed and size-limited results that can be produced with home 3D printers.  If you want industrial-quality creations, you’ll still need an industrial 3D printer.  Soon, you might be able to get just that from your local office supply store with the Staples Easy 3D. A new partnership between the office supply chain and MCOR Technologies, it seeks to make getting a [...]

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