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Howdy - I attended the Inside 3D Printing Expo in Chicago last week.  There was a wide array of commercial 3D printers (e.g. additive manufacturing) but the most jaw-dropping for me was the Mcor IRIS: image source: mcortechnologies.com It took me awhile to grasp what was going on with this machine.  Their software slices a full color 3D model into layers that are printed by a normal inkjet printer onto regular copier paper.  The stack of paper is then loaded into the Mcor IRI ...
This ticks so many boxes for me. Spotted on Instructables, 'Matstermind' has been working on this project for the past year. Daunted by the high price of 3D printers, he decided to take matters into his own hands and create his own using (mostly) Lego. Check out the full build here.       For more news and blogs, check out the 3D Printing area of the community. http://www.element14.com/community/groups/3d-printing   Also see the recording of our recent 3D printing w ...
"Drone It Yourself" kit, and in action (via Jasper van Loenen)   3D printers are just beginning to blossom into the giants they will soon become. Due to the declining price and increased support in the community, it is becoming more commonplace to see small companies and hobbyist with access to these machines. For the people with or without one it has been truly inspiring to witness what has been made by these machines and how quickly they are progressing. One area that will soon flourish ...
Microsoft Research Labs embraces 3D printers. Is OS standardization the way to get 3D printers in people's lives? (via Microsoft)   When Microsoft launched Windows 8 back in October of last year (2012) it was received with lack-luster reviews from a majority of PC users (it was initially targeted for mobile device users). Some of the more notable issues that have user’s flummoxed were the removal of the ‘Start’ button, lack of tutorials on how to use the software (specific ...
3D printed cast prototype. I wonder if the hideous coloring of a lot of people's broken limbs will be a deterrent to this option. I hope not, it looks so futuristic. (via Jake Evill)     People who have ever broken their arm or wrist usually are fitted with a fiberglass-based cast. The casts are much lighter and stronger than the plaster kind however they are not without their problems. The first problem to come along with wearing a cast is the incessant itching, which can drive the mo ...

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