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3D printing is still in its infancy. But, to use an overused phrase, it is the future. From home use to enterprise use, 3D printing will continue to grow and break into new areas. With that comes price reductions. So much so that Gartner predicts enterprise-class 3D printers (read: 3D printers not made by hipsters in Brooklyn) will drop under the $2,000 mark by 2016.
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While doctors have experimented with 3D-printed prosthetics in the past, none have been quite as prominent or incredibly detailed as Eric Moger’s newest addition. He has a prosthetic, 3D-printed face.
If you've been following the recent explosion of interest in 3D printing, you've probably seen pretty much anything made with those amazing pieces of equipment. Guns, clothes, skulls, bikes, shoes, cars, exoskeletons, sex toys — the list goes on. The latest hot trend in the hot trend of 3D printing is experimenting with methods to make colossal objects. This takes a big of ingenuity, a lot of money and a ton of money, but it is possible.
British shoe designer Victoria Spruce has pushed the boundaries of fashion design thanks to help from rapid prototyping and tooling services provider CRDM.
A Kickstarter is trying to raise funds to get an ultra-cheap 3D-printed robotic hand into production. If you are missing a hand, getting a replacement isn't exactly cheap. The BeBionic — which is, admittedly, a higher-end model — can cost up to US$35,000. We imagine that's a little out of the price range of most amputees.
Arcam AB is a Swedish 3D printer company that manufactures expensive 3D printers which use titanium as their raw material. Arcam's printers are meant for industrial use only and their price tags are around 0.5M-1.1M€. Arcam does not compete directly with the largest players of the field due to major differences in their products. That enables an excellent opportunity to diversify investments in 3D printing industry.
Scientists at Oxford University have developed a 3D printer that can create living tissue without the problems associated with stem cells.The custom-built machine is able to print materials that share several of the properties of living tissues and can perform some cellular functions.
A 3D scanner which only uses a Windows PC Kinect and a free Windows SDK, Kinect Fusion. The software works by taking multiple images and fusing them together to create a 3D scan. It is still in beta developer mode, so can be subject to glitches, but it's a great way to allow people to have a go with this technology.
Products and Designs
The Flower Pump is a vase that holds several roses. Inspired by the muscle of love, every artery leads straight to the heart....
A printable model of GlaDOS that functions as a ceiling lamp. It also has servo mounts and can function as a 4 DOF robotic arm.