In 2014, 3D printing burst onto the scene in fields ranging from medicine to music. Here’s a look back at the best projects in 10 categories. See original here: The best 3D-printing projects of 2014 (pictures)
Defense Distributed, the organization that created the 3D printed Liberator pistol, is back with a new way to exploit legal loopholes. The $1200 Ghost Gunner can built a crucial and highly regulated component of the AR-15 assault rifle.
Who could forget the scene in Terminator 2: Judgement Day where the shape-shifting T-1000 reassembles itself from thousands of blobs of molten metal? Researchers from North Carolina State University (NCSU) have taken the first steps to such science fiction becoming reality by developing a way to control the surface tension of liquid metals with the application of very low voltages
We've seen this many times before, how patents can hold back very useful developments. Notice how 3D printing is suddenly a big thing? It's not because of any new miraculous breakthroughs, but because some key patents finally started expiring , allowing real innovation to move forward
Remember the cassette tape? Back in the day, countless romantics created the first mixtapes with nothing but a tape player and good taste
As Techdirt noted a couple of years ago, patents have been the bane of the 3D printing world, holding it back for years, possibly decades. Now it looks like patents have reared their ugly head again in this world : In a stunning display of madness, makerbot industries files a patent application on a mechanism clearly derived from content created by their users. What's almost worse is the article they wrote praising the invention, presumably while they were filing the paperwork
Back in the days , we w e re all crazy about cartoon s and waiting eagerly for the next episode of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or Masters of the Universe. Many of us are still fond of them today , as they can easily take us back to our childhood. But why stick to classic heroes, if you can create several of your own?
New advances in 3D printing are making it not only possible but also viable to manufacture cheap, print-on-demand, disposable drones designed simply to soar off over the horizon and never come back. Some British engineers did just that , and this is only the beginning. Read more…