3-D printing an entire house in less than 20 hours – is this the future?

We haven’t actually shied away from praising the marvels of 3D printing. We’ve told you all about printing fossils, medical implants,  even skin, bones, bacteria or organs! Of course, these are some eccentric uses since, after all, 3-D printing was designed for manufacturing in mind. It’s easy imagine a not so distant future where most goods are 3-D printed, even by

CT and 3D printing combined to reproduce fossilized dinosaur bones

  Most fossils are very fragile, difficult to handle and transport Researchers conducted CT scans on fossils still trapped in sedimentary material, creating 3D models The models were then 3D printed – an accurate, non invasive method to replicate fossils for schools, museums and other researchers   Doctors and dinosaurs Being a paleontologist and working with dinosaur fossils is a

Dad 3-D prints prosthetic hand for his son. Costs only $10

On ZME Science we’ve showcased on more than one occasion the wonders of 3-D printing, and how this remarkable piece of technology is going to change a lot of things in the future, especially small scale manufacturing. It’s not just manufacturing it’s changing, it’s people’s lives too. For instance, we reported how 3D printers are becoming widely used in medicine

Study Finds Natural Compound Can Be Used for 3-D Printing of Medical Implants

Researchers from North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Laser Zentrum Hannover have worked together to discover a natural compound which can be used in the 3D printing process of creating medical implants out of non-toxic polymers. The compound goes by the name riboflavin, but is better known as vitamin B2. “This opens the

Taking 3D printing into the metal age, and into outer space

We’ve already written novels on how much 3D printing has evolved and what magnificent things we can accomplish through it: from printing bacteria to printing baroc rooms, from saving babies’ lives to rocket engines and from ears and cartilages to nanoscale objects, 3D printing promises to revolutionize the world we live in. Now, the European Space Agency (ESA, the “European

4D printing may pave way for a new kind of smart materials

A team of scientists, part of a collaborative effort involving multiple Universities from the U.S., are proposing to take 3D printing one step further by adding a new dimension – time. Their work involves building a new class of materials that can morph, change their physical properties and functionality over time based on external stimuli by exploiting the high precision

The World’s First 3D Printed Room – Featuring a fantastic baroque interior

3D printing took the world by storm, and there’s almost no limit to what you can create: from ears and organs to rocket engines and dinosaur skeletons. This technology is so efficient and advanced that in fact, a study concluded that the average American could save money each year by printing household items. Now, two architects, Michael Hansmeyer and Benjamin

Software extracts 3-D objects from 2-D photos. Might change 3-D printing market

The 3-d printing industry is growing, and it’s growing darn fast. It’s no wonder why too. We’re on the brink of a small-manufacturing revolution, similar to how inkjet printers revolutionized home offices only at a totally different scale. So, your kid’s toy broke? No need to buy a new one, just print the broken part and fix it yourself. It

3D Printing and the Future

Recently, major developments have been made in the field of 3D printing. The process of 3D printing is certainly not a new process, originally emerging in the late 1970’s. However, the process was incredibly limited back then, with the printers often large and expensive to buy and run. Skip to 2013 and the process of 3D printing has been revolutionised,

Households can save big time by using 3D printers for common items

To most people, 3D printers are still sci-fi, and as a result, envisioning a 3D printer in every home is a huge stretch. But a study conducted by Michigan Technological University scientists concluded that personal manufacturing, like personal computers in their time, will become a common thing – soon. “For the average American consumer, 3D printing is ready for showtime,”

NASA successfully tests 3D printed rocket engine injector

NASA and a company called Aerojet Rocketdyne recently finished testing a rocket engine injector created purely through 3D printing. The future – today 3D printing is pretty much what it sounds like – it is a process of making a three-dimensional solid objects of virtually any shape from a digital model. Adopting the technique even in a delicate industry such

World’s tiniest sculpted bunny is the size of a bacteria

Researchers in Japan made good use of a new, state-of-the-art micro sculpting technique to create objects so small that they are the size of a single bacteria. One of these objects is the smallest bunny in the world, only a few micrometers wide, but the researchers have also demonstrated other shapes as well. Their work has applications in new technology that may

Baby’s life saved with groundbreaking 3D printed device

3D printing is the stuff of the future, today. Basically you can create absolutely anything, just by using a digital computer model of it. In the latest of its remarkable feats, 3D printing has saved the life of a 20 year old baby by creating a bioresorbable splint that stopped a life-threatening condition called tracheobronchomalacia. Tracheobronchomalacia or TBM is a

3D printed skull implant is ready for surgery

3D printing is the stuff of the future – today. It’s one of the most stunning pieces of relatively accessible technology; most notably in medicine, the precision offered by 3-D printing can make tiny surface details on the replacement part that encourage the growth of cells and allow the bone to attach more easily. In a specific case, 3D printing

3D printer ear looks and works just like the real one

3D printing is like a piece of future in the present – the number and extent of applications are just staggering. Recently, researchers from Cornell University have reated an artificial ear using 3-D printing and injectable molds that works pretty much just like the real thing. In a study published in PLOS One, Cornell bioengineers and physicians described how using