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Once considered science fiction, the ability to do 3D printing – to produce objects on demand at relatively low cost – has become a reality. And the trend is going to pick up steam in 2013. Here’s a look at 10 trends to watch in 3D printing next year and beyond.
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FormLabs, the same folks that are bringing the Form 1 3D printer to market, has announced on its blog that things are still going well, with engineers “hard at work building ten beta Form 1 printers.” The beta units will have design upgrades from the alpha units the team has been working with, and will allow for further prototype testing.
Researchers study statues, carvings and other artwork to piece together the lives of ancient people. Unfortunately, many of these ancient statues were lost to time, or were destroyed by those who have little appreciation for them. Now archaeologists are hoping to undo this damage with the use of everybody’s favorite modern technology – 3D printing.
In October, 3D-printing startup Shapeways opened its New York production facility in Long Island City, Queens, the biggest consumer-focused 3D printing factory in the world. An video shows a tour inside the factory.
Kurzweil AI reports that a new 3D printer has been developed, and this one prints drugs.
3DEA — a new pop-up shop in NYC — is now offering the service. It's pretty simple: Your guy gets a quick tutorial, then hops in the booth for a quick penis photo shoot. A 3D model is then created from the photos and shipped off to New York Toy Collective and the pros there create the one-of-a-kind dildo.
The following article is an excerpt from Chris Anderson's upcoming book "Makers," that takes you to the front lines of a new industrial revolution as today’s entrepreneurs, using open source design and 3-D printing, bring manufacturing to the desktop.
The Wiki Weapon Project has already attracted its fair share of controversy. The project was put on hold earlier this year after its 3D printer was seized by the company they leased it from. Now one Congressman is calling for the renewal of the Undetectable Firearms Act to counter the perceived threat of 3D printed guns.
This year, why not take advantage of the whole DIY craze that's taking our country by storm? Instead of buying a gift, just print one. Heck, if that's not what 3D printers are for, then I've haven't the slightest idea why we've got them.
Realität, a Mexico City-based design firm, has devised a way to translate music into a snazzy physical form. They’ve mapped the soundwaves and printed the models using a Makerbot.
Products and Designs
A 3D Printed ring with 3 inscriptions. The ring comes in one size only and is designed to be worn around your neck (or on your finger if it fits, it's a US size 10).
A stand for your iPad Mini. It's fully functional and holds the iPad in either horizontal or vertical orientation.