World’s First 3D-Printed Car
The body for the Urbee 2 prototype from Ecologic is printed using “Fused Deposition Modeling” formed by thin layers of strong plastic sprayed one at a time for 2,500 hours.
3D Printing in Space
In October of 2014 NASA will deliver a 3D printer to the International Space Station so that replacement parts can be printed out as needed. The European Space Agency is working on plans for a 3D-printed moonbase that would feed lunar dust into a printer that fuses it into structural components.
Military Marches Ahead with 3D Printing
The U.S. military is already using 3D printing to let soldiers in the field modify pretty much anything as needed.
Boy Gets 3D-Printed Hand
On the medical front, a 3D printer has been used to produce a $150 prosthetic hand for a boy that would cost $10,000 through traditional means.
Surgeons Practice with 3D-Printed Bones
Data from CAT scans fed into 3D printers produce exact models of patients’ bones so their doctors can practice complex surgical procedures before wheeling them into the operating rooms.
3D-Printed Bone Replacements
A woman in the Netherlands was outfitted with a ceramic jaw in 2012, and researchers in Washington state are printing out the next best thing to bone: a scaffolding that can be attached to damaged bone to allow the body to regrow and repair bones.
Solidoodle Puts 3D Printing Within Reach
The Solidoodle 2 3D printer earned a rare Geekbeat Editor’s Choice Award. This 3D printer starts at $499, putting it within the budget of just about anyone. During our tests we were able to easily replace a lost mounting joint for one of our camera rigs. You can find the full review at Geekbeat.TV/solidoodle.
Turning Recyclables into 3D Printing Material
Researchers at Michigan Tech have created a plastic extruder called the Filabot that turns home recyclables into usable spools of filament for your 3D printer. The first model is going into production now and is expected to sell in the under-$400 range.