Breaking a bone often means a stinky, itchy cast that hinders personal hygiene arrangements and means your friends seem to suddenly think it's ok to scrawl obscene graffiti on you (although some people find ways of making them super awesome)
. But what about a 3D-printed cast
? [more inside]
posted by greenish
on Jul 1, 2013 -
What do 3D printing, jelly, liver transplants, chainmail, dental fillings, ferrofluids, and the Six Million Dollar man have to tell us about our future? Materials scientist and engineer Mark Miodownik lets us know in this Royal Institution lecture
posted by cthuljew
on Mar 22, 2013 -
This is the story
of an artist who was able to take numerous photos of a sculpture of a horse's head, "Head of a horse of Selene" now found in the British Museum - but originally from near the Acropolis in ancient Greece (circa 438-432 BC) - and who then fed the said photographs (taken from many different perspectives) to a revolutionary (free) software/app called 123D Catch
(by AutoDesk, makers of AutoCAD), which then created the wireframes needed to print out exact replicas (in pieces that must then be assembled) on a 3D printer
. The artist makes it available on Thingiverse
, if you'd like to make one on your own on your
3D printer. If the demo video for 123D Catch
doesn't blow your mind, your mind has probably already been blown. With apologies to Dr. Hook
posted by spock
on Mar 7, 2013 -
Two-year-old Emma wanted to play with blocks, but a condition called arthrogryposis meant she couldn't move her arms. So researchers at a Delaware hospital 3D printed a durable custom exoskeleton with the tiny, lightweight parts she needed
posted by Foci for Analysis
on Aug 3, 2012 -
We all know Instructables, the crowd-sourced how-to site that brought us great tutorials like "Garbage Bag + Rice Cooker = Alcohol Still
," and "Quick Sauerkraut with Caraway Seeds and a Baseball bat
" - wait, what?
Oh, you must be reading some of Tim Anderson's 200-plus Instructables
. Tim's a curious fellow best known for
co-founding 3-D printer manufacturer Z Corp (previous-Z)
um, no, wait, maybe
for writing the Heirloom Technology column in Make Magazine?
No? Hmm, then what is he "best known for?" Well, there's a bunch of other stuff in here
. . . . [more inside]
posted by richyoung
on May 25, 2011 -
Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories has made a 3D printer that forms objects out of sugar.
posted by exogenous
on May 9, 2007 -
Three-dimensional printing's a reality.
While this technology will certainly help out mass production, here's the big question: Who will be the first to exploit this technology for odious purposes? And how far are we away from the transporter?
posted by ed
on Mar 2, 2001 -