Nintendo NX Controller Was a Fake – Here’s How It Was Done

Earlier this week, a programmer, claiming to be in possession of the Nintendo NX dev kit, revealed photos purporting to be the controller for the new console (above), the design of which certainly matched a patent Nintendo filed last year, and the object itself appeared of a high build quality. The leaker – Frank Sandqvist, posting under the name kankki, Senior Project Lead, NX Hardware Design at Nintendo of Europe –  has subsequently revealed on Friday morning that the controller is a fake, writing on NeoGAF:

“I made this fake. Let’s see if I just got myself banned.”

He then posted a link to a YouTube video, exposing how he created the fake controller:

Sandqvist – inspired by a similar hoax the previous week – created the black, button-less gamepad using a copy of the Nintendo controller patent, some nifty CAD skill, and a 3D printing lab. The printed body of the controller was then primed, painted, and decorated with a shiny front plate, shoulder wheels, and a ‘confidential property’ sticker. It sure seems like a lot of work for a hoax that lasted little more than a few days, but it certainly had some fooled.

“When I saw that Photoshopped/rendered white fake, I thought it looked quite easy to reproduce, albeit with a switched-off display,” Sandqvist told Digital Trends. “So that same night I started modeling it up in Autodesk Fusion 360. And I thought it would be interesting to see if I could fool the Internet. At the same time, I guess it could stand as a reminder to people that you can’t really believe these kind of leaks nowadays with the rise of 3D printing.”

Ciclop – A 3D Scanner For $99!

These days we keep hearing about 3D printers, the devices that can print everything from railguns and computer cases to bridges and organs. This is all great, but how about the other way around, you see a nice model and you want to bring it into a game, what can you do other than painstakingly map out every twist and turn? That’s where 3D scanners come in, and now you can get one for just under $100.

The CowTech Ciclop is a 3D scanner designed around two lasers and a Logitech webcam acting as a 720p camera. The Ciclop is also open-source but does require some assembly. In order to get the Ciclop up and running you will need to print off a few parts, but with it only requiring small parts, any small 3D printer should be able to create them.

The total size of the object that the scanner can capture is 200mm wide by 205mm tall. The total scan though will only take between 2-8 minutes, much shorter time than it takes to print off anything you’ll want to scan in.

If this is interesting to you and you want to scan in and create your own models, parts or toys then you can find the project on Kickstarter now.

Ultimaker 2+ 3D Printer Demoed @ CES 2016

CES 2016: 3D Printing is possibly the most exciting technological development in recent years and has the potential to change the world. This is a bold statement, but the option to scan any custom design and create a working 3D model is astonishing. Since 2013, Ultimaker have been a popular choice in the medical profession and small production lines due to the precision and reliability of their 3D printing hardware. Furthermore, the company has priced their 3D printers quite competitively which makes them a great value proposition. During CES 2016, the company showcased two new products; the Ultimaker2+ and the Ultimaker2 Extended+.

As the name suggests, the Extended+ is designed to print off larger items. Both units now feature interchangeable nozzles which can be easily changed in seconds. This makes maintenance extremely easy. Additionally, the products now have a more powerful gear feeder and enhanced print head cooling. In terms of pricing, the Ultimaker2+ retails for $2,499 while the Ultimaker2 Extended+ costs $3,030.

Scientists Manage to 3D Print “Live” Blood Vessels

The 3D printer is considered by some futurologists, such as Jeremy Rifkin, the beginning of the third industrial revolution. 3D printing has come a long way over the last few years, and it can now be used to replicate almost any kind of object, including blood vessels. Replicating blood vessels in this way doesn’t sound very natural or risk-free, but a team of scientists has recently reported great progress in this particular field. Blood vessels have been 3D printed by Lawrence Livermore researchers, and the most impressive part is that they are not all that different from the real ones found within our bodies.

Since these vessels can deliver nutrients and assemble on their own when they are inside a living body, they can be considered “live” vessels, but there is still a lot of work to be done in order to successfully replicate mother nature’s original design. In order to create a totally functioning blood vessel, some essential steps must be taken into consideration. First, scientists need to print an initial structure from cells and organic materials, and then they need to supplement the result with bio-ink and other special materials that would be tolerated by the body. As you can probably imagine, this is a long and difficult process that requires a lot of research in order to be completed successfully. Moreover, even though the cells themselves can be created, they still need to be organized properly into structures. If the organizing step also goes well, we’ll witness some very impressive advancements in the fields of medicine and biology.

Glass 3D Printing Technique Is Stunning

Recent years have seen the technique of 3D printing evolve from a niche concept to a mainstream phenomenon, which in turn has opened up a whole new horizon for product manufacturing. If you thought this was exciting, then be prepared to be blown away as a new development centres on glass 3D printing.

MIT’s Mediated Matter Group has unveiled a first of its kind optically transparent glass printing process which goes by the name of G3DP, If you are wondering, it stands for “Glass 3D Printing”. In order for this process to become a reality, an additive manufacturing platform is applied with dual heated chambers. The first or upper chamber is a “Kiln Cartridge,” which operates at an intense heat of 1900°F, while the lower chamber works with the aim of heating before cooling in order to soften the glass.

This technique is not creating glass but rather building layers upon layers with pre-existing materials. Below is a video to convey this process in action, as you can see, it is compelling, mind-blowing and quite relaxing to watch, the building up of an object looks similar to a lava lamp which used to be popular.

https://vimeo.com/mediatedmattergroup/glass

The consistency looks to be incredibly hot syrup which is drizzled onto a sugary treat, yep I know, perhaps a poor observation but I have included a screenshot below which kind of backs it up, sort of.

It’s intricate and opens up a whole new set of possibilities for everyday applications in the near future, for now, if your feeling stressed and would like a few moments to relax, then by all means watch the video, aside from the fact that it is pretty amazing to view, it might also soothe you.

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Disney Fabric 3D Printer – Creations You’ll Want to Cuddle

3D printing isn’t known for creating soft toys that you would want to pick up and hug, nor that you would want to put into the hands of young children. They’re often made from hard plastics that can be quite brittle and they’re certainly not suitable for all kinds of toys. With that in mind, Disney have been working to create something a little more soft and play time friendly with a 3D printer that uses layers of felt.

The Disney researchers working at Cornell University and Carnegie Mellon University created the felt 3D printer. It takes a 3D model of an object, much like any other 3D printer, then creates the object by slicing layers of felt into the required shape and then does the same with a layer of adhesive fabric, allowing them to effectively bond together to make a single soft object.

The stacking process is repeated, cutting and stacking and bonding the layers. The technique isn’t perfect yet, as it’s a little rough around the edges, but the concept is sound and one they’re keen to develop further.

I wouldn’t expect to see 3D printed felt toys at your local Disney store just yet, but who knows what they’ll come up with in the next few years.

Thank you PCWorld for providing us with this information.

Artists Recreate Animation Frame-by-Frame with 3D Printing Technology

Have you ever wondered how beautiful an animation can be? Well, now you can view it at its best, frame-by-frame, in the real world. The MOVE ON…! exhibition in Netherlands is apparently hosting a CGI animation which has been converted into a real-life frame-by-frame illustration of it using 3D printing technology.

The video below shows the progression of the character as he moves around the room, including the objects he interacts with.

“The whole animation is made in CGI, and we used a 3D printer to print each frame. The result is a weird string of characters in different poses. This explains the principles of animation beautifully, without a single bit actually moving. It is a static installation: a frozen movement. If you look closely, you can figure out what happened on that table.”

More pictures of the animation can be viewed below:

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Create Your Own Fully Working 3D Printed Guitar

3D printing may not be a technology we all have at our disposal, but there’s no doubt that it’s still an incredible technology, that is becoming more affordable almost every day. YouTuber Solstie has created a fully functional 3D printed guitar that can be created without supports, contains a fully 3D printed neck and frets; you can even print your own today, so long as you have access to a printer of course.

There’s no wood core or anything like that to deal with, the only parts you’re going to need are a set of tuning pegs and the strings, which you can get from virtually any guitar store for around £20/$30.

You can download the file and print your own guitar here. Want to see the guitar in action? Check out the video below!

As a guitarist of 15 years, I find this very cool, to have a readily available, playable and cheap guitar that can be made in a day. They’re perfect for a cheap learning tool and a fantastic demonstration of what can be done with 3D printing technology.

Amazon Experimenting With Fitting 3D Printers in Delivery Vehicles

Amazon is pretty much doing everything it can to get goods to you as quickly as possible. From Amazon Prime next day delivery to their conceptual Prime Air drone service. It’s almost like they’re working towards having no time between clicking the buy button and receiving your goods.

Well now the company has got one step closer to that goal, by filling a patent for a system that would produce the goods in the delivery van while on the way to your house. The application details that Amazon’s delivery trucks,  or “mobile manufacturing hubs,” would contain 3D printers that could physically manufacture the items you ordered. They say that the concept could mean “time delays between receiving an order and shipping the item to the customer may reduce customer satisfaction and affect revenues generated.”

Such a system is purely conceptual at the moment, but could mean delivery of goods in significantly less time than ever before. Perhaps Amazon should try and get the drones in the air first though.

Source: The Verge

BS Toy: the Kid-Friendly 3D Printer

Most 3D printers rely on superheating filaments to over 200oC to print objects, making them unsafe for use by children, but Bonsai Labs of Japan has developed a 3D printer, made with kids in mind, that only heats to 80oC.

The printer, called BS Toy, was revealed at the recent Nuremberg Toy Fair, and employs LT80 (Low Temperature), flexible filament developed by Polymakr LLC, to produce items. The diminutive printer measures 200 (W) x 200 (D) x 200mm (H), weighing 2kg, and can print objects of up to 130 (W) x 125 (D) x 100mm (H).

Bonsai Labs hope to release the BS Toy later this year.

Source: Nikkei Technology

Man Saves Wife’s Sight With 3D Print-Out of Her Tumour

Back in 2013, Californian 3D graphic artist Michael Balzer took it upon himself to intervene in the treatment of his wife’s brain tumour, and saved her sight in the process.

Pamela Shavaun Scott, Balzer’s wife, discovered after an MRI scan in August 2013 that she had a brain tumour, positioned behind her left eye. Neurologists claimed that such a growth was common amongst women – nothing to be too concerned about – and suggested having a follow-up scan in a year.

Balzer was unconvinced, and sought the advice of the best doctors in the country. The neurologists Balzer sent the MRI results to agreed that Scott would require surgery. The proactive Balzer researched possible treatments for his wife. He settled on Center for Robotic Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where surgeon-controlled robotic arms use micro-movements to perform delicate operations.

Balzer requested Scott’s DICOM files (the digital format for MRI scan data) and used his expertise in 3D imaging to to convert them into a 3D model of his wife’s skull, complete with tumour. “I thought, ‘why don’t we take it to the next level?’” Balzer said. “Let’s see what kind of tools are available so that I can take the DICOMs, which are 2D slices, and convert them into a 3D model.”

Using the digital 3D creation he had formed, Balzer created a physical facsimile of Scott’s head with a 3D printer. After showing this model to neurosurgeons, it became feasible to avoid the usual high-risk method of operation – cracking the skull and lifting the brain to reach the tumour – and instead enter Scott’s skull with a micro-drill through the top of her eye cavity.

The operation was a success: Scott’s tumour was removed at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in May 2014. During surgery, the neurologist discovered that the tumour had started to entangle the optic nerve to Scott’s left eye. If she’d waited a year, as initially advised, she would have suffered damage to the nerve, possibly losing her sight. The procedure took eight hours, with 95% of the tumour removed. The scar above Scott’s left eyelid is barely visible.

Source: Make

Man Uses 3D Printer to Make His Own Batman Suit

Over the last few months we’ve heard some impressive 3D printer-related stories, like NASA e-mailing a wrench into space, the manufacture of bionic eyes, and even a disabled dog getting new legs. All impressive, but Stevie Dee of Crimson Coscrafts has taken 3D printing to the next level by creating his own Batman suit.

Inspired by the ‘Dark Knight’ skin from the Arkham Origins videogame, Dee’s Batman costume was created in conjunction with Tundra Designs and Gauntlet FX, and every piece, with the exception of the cape, was built using a 3D printer.

Jealous? Well, Tundra and Gauntlet are taking orders very soon, though no price has been announced yet.

Source: io9 Toybox

GP3D Introduces The Simple and Affordable Sprout 3D Printer

GreenProject, or GP3D, will unveil their new Sprout affordable 3D printer at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. GP3D is ready for production but will launch it with a Kickstarter crowd-funding program to get it going. Sprout said that the production will begin immediately after the funding goal is met.

“Our focus is to make an affordable and high quality 3D printer for everyone” said Joseph Wu, president of Green Project

Sprout is small enough to be a desktop printer but can still print objects with a size up to 5.9 x 5.9 x 5.5 inches. The metal body itself measures 11.7 x 8.7 x 15.9 inches and it uses PLA plastic filament, a biodegradable thermoplastic from renewable resources. You can create a lot of fancy details with its print resolution of 0.18mm and you can start printing directly from an SD card or a Windows connected PC.

Sprout looks very solid and with the promise of being ready to ship in a few months, the whole thing gets a little better. The MSRP is set to $549.

thanks to PRweb for providing us with this information

Image and video courtesy of GP3D

NASA e-Mail a Wrench into Space

There are no hardware stores in space. That’s the unfortunate reality that Barry Wilmore, Commander of the International Space Station (ISS), faced when he was left needing a wrench. Once staff at NASA became aware that Wilmore was missing the tool that he needed, they decided to e-mail him one.

Aboard the ISS is a 3D printer, designed by California-based Made In Space. The company designed a CAD template for the ratcheting socket wrench Wilmore required. The CAD file was e-mailed to him at the ISS, he fed it into the 3D printer, and the wrench was created within minutes. Although many objects have been printed on-board the ISS before, this is the first time custom item has been designed and then transmitted to the station and manufactured.

Mike Chen from Made In Space said, “On the ISS this type of technology translates to lower costs for experiments, faster design iteration, and a safer, better experience for the crew members, who can use it to replace broken parts or create new tools on demand.”

Source: Wired

Disabled Dog Gets New 3D-Printed Legs

A disabled dog has been given a new lease of life, thanks to a 3D printer. Derby the dog was born with crippled front legs and abandoned at a shelter. Luckily, Derby found a loving home, and his new owner just happened to be director of a 3D printing company.

Derby previously relied on a front-mounted wheelcart, but it proved impractical. His owner, Tara Anderson, and her team at 3D Systems embarked on a mission to design and produce prosthetic attachments to help Derby run and play with other dogs.

With his new legs, Derby runs 2 to 3 miles day and is said to be happier than ever.

Source: Gawker

3D Printer Helps Create Bionic Eye

An LED 3D printer at Princeton has integrated quantum dot LEDs with a standard contact lens to create a device capable of projecting beams of coloured light. Essentially, an artificial eye. Though not wearable, it is an important step forward in the creation of 3D printed electronics.

Michael McAlpine, Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University’s McAlpine Research Group said, “This shows that we can use 3D printing to create complex electronics including semiconductors. We were able to 3D print an entire device, in this case an LED. We used the quantum dots [also known as nanoparticles] as an ink. We were able to generate two different colours, orange and green.”

The bionic eye is part of a larger project at the McAlpine Research Group, aiming to augment and/or replace defective body parts. In 2013, the team used living tissue with a 3D printer to create an artificial ear, with an embedded cochlea implant.

Source: CNET

Royal Mail Embracing 3D Printing Technology, Wants to Custom Print Your Items

The Royal Mail has partnered with 3D printing specialist iMakr to install 3D printers at its New Cavendish Street delivery office, hoping to entice the public.

Customers can purchase custom designs or ready-to-print objects, and the pilot program could be rolled out nationwide based on demand.

Here is what Mike Newnham, Royal Mail chief customer officer, said in a statement:

“3D printing is an emerging technology that has many applications and offers an innovative way to create unique or personalized objects. It can be prohibitively expensive for consumers or small businesses to invest a 3D printer, so we are launching a pilot to gauge interest in 3D printing.”

Consumer 3D printers can be purchased in the UK, but prices typically top £1,000, not including required filaments. Analysts think it will take at least five years before the pricey custom printers become more commonplace among consumers, with price cuts necessary to increase interest.

The 3D printing market is growing as consumers become more aware of 3D-printed products – but high acquisition and start-up costs are delaying investments, according to the Gartner research group. In fact, 60 percent of organizations interested in 3D printing have delayed implementation because of such high start-up costs.

(Image courtesy of UK In The Press)

Flux’s Modular 3D Printer Can Also be a Scanner and a Laser Engraver

With consumer interest in 3D printers waning after early excitement, the latest offering on Kickstarter may reignite its appeal. Flux, with its unique modular design, can also become a 3D scanner, a laser engraver, and even a ceramics and pastry printer, just by swapping out the included modules, making the all-in-one machine a hobbyist’s dream.

For such a versatile creation, Flux is simple and intuitive to set up, designed to be used from the box, with easily reparable or replaceable parts due to its modular construction. It features a Bluetooth-based control system and user-friendly interface software. Flux is currently available for pre-order on Kickstarter for $499 on early-bird special, and £599 after that period. The device has already surpassed its $100k Kickstarter goal with 39 days left to go.

Source: TechCrunch

Amazon.com Now Selling Customisable 3D Printed Items

3D printing continues to shake up the world of manufacturing and has begun offering innovative and creative solutions for consumers. The latest to jump on the 3D printing trend is Amazon.com as they begin to offer customisable and pre-designed products that are 3D printed for you after you order them.

Amazon have set up a dedicated store front on their US site, which will allow you to browse over 200 products such as jewellery, homeware, toys and more. With the ability to customise the items so easily thanks to a simple user interface, it means you can create one of a kind items that would make great little gifts, or even just something for fun.

The site comes with a 3D mockup of what you’re creating too, so you can check every detail of what you are about to order before it is sent off to the printers and with a company as big as Amazon behind it, it’s got a great chance of being a big success.

Check out the official store front here and let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Solderdoodle, a USB Rechargeable Wireless Soldering Iron

It seems I have to crack out my dusty old soldering iron less and less these days, but the one thing that really bugs me about having to use it is that it has to be plugged in; I have to create a work space and move what ever I am doing to a suitable area to use the soldering iron.

The Solderdoodle looks set to solve this problem by offering up a simple, open source device that can be part-made from a 3D printer, is USB rechargeable, doesn’t require mains power and can be easily transported for use on the go. The 18.8cm device runs from a USB rechargeable lithium Ion battery which can charge from a standard USB port on a laptop, desktop computer, mains adapter or similar device that have a USB 2.0 Type A connection. It takes three hours to charge and is said to last “hours” on a single charge.

Personally I think the best part is that it uses a standard soldering tip, so you can go down to your local hardware store and pick up replacement tips, no need for propitiatory hardware! The only downside is that it’ll only reach 500f (260c), which means it can’t handle non-leaded solder, but for something this portable I don’t really care, as it looks idea for those little electronic patch jobs that were just impractical with a wired soldering iron.

Thank you Instructables for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Instructables.

BAE: Drones Able to Self-Heal Using 3D Printer Technology to Fly By 2040

BAE Systems thinks 3D printing technology will become extremely powerful, and could be able to print small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) technology by 2040.

The idea of a 3D-printed UAV able to conduct surveillance or rescue missions is a rather futuristic idea that BAE systems is currently considering.  The use of 3D printers, a robotic assembly and an additive layer could be combined to also allow UAVs to self-destruct or better position themselves to be recovered.

Here is what Nick Colosimo, BAE engineering manager for the R&D team noted this:

“Of course we don’t know exactly what sorts of aircraft technologies will be used in 2040 with any certainty, but it’s great to be able to show the public some concepts that might be possible through projecting where today’s technology could get to.  BAE Systems has a rich heritage in research and development, and our team builds on literally decades of previous R&D work by thousands of scientists and engineers.”

Military contractors are pushing UAV technology further, typically for military operations, though could also become more prevalent in commercial airspace.

Meanwhile, 3D printing is still too expensive for most consumers, but is receiving tremendous support from government agencies and military researchers.

Thank you to The Guardian for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of Think Defence

European Space Agency Studying Potential Benefit of 3D Printing in Space

The lure of 3D printing technology in space is appealing, and the European Space Agency (ESA) is now studying implementing 3D-printed technology.

The use of 3D printing could help reduce waste, so the ESA Clean Space initiative wants to see how effective it would be on the International Space Station (ISS).  Although the current generation of 3D printing is still in its infancy, research to create needed parts on the ISS does have great potential.

Furthermore, a new ESA project will investigate different manufacturing techniques using laser and electron beam melting, while also looking at sandblasting, etching, nickel coating and painting as surface treatments.  Of specific note, the ESA wants to see if aluminum, titanium and stainless steel on satellites can be repaired by parts printed in space.

In the future, scientists hope to be able to make items that are currently impossible to create easily in space.  Space is a low-volume area where product design and storage considerations are analyzed – being able to 3D manufacture some technologies to avoid ferrying them to the ISS would be helpful.

Meanwhile, NASA is testing a Made in Space 3D printer that will eventually find its way to the ISS, after undergoing strict federal testing.

Thank you to the ESA for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of ESA

Will.i.am Partners With Coca-Cola to Create the 3D Systems Ekocycle Cube 3D Printer


Coca-Cola is teaming up with pop star Will.i.am to create the Ekocycle Cube 3D printer, scheduled for release later this year.  The printer from 3D Systems prints with filaments based on recycled plastics and is the first product after 3D Systems named Will.i.am chief creative officer earlier in the year.

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Here is what Bea Perez, Coca-Cola Company VP and Chief Sustainablity Officer, said in a statement:

“The Ekocycle brand initiative is a platform that aligns with our vision of zero waste and our focus on sustainability.  Together with will.i.am, we will promote recycling win a unique way with other well-known brands to create lifestyle products that consumers worldwide desire.  Today’s generation of young consumers represents an active force and the Ekocycle brand aims to be a driver in rallying their support and efforts around a global sustainability movement.”

The printer will be available with a £703 price tag, a moderate price tag for current-generation 3D printer choices.

There is a great potential, in addition to adding a unique twist to 3D printing, promoting recycling and green activities for both companies involved.  Companies like Coca-Cola have been pressured into launching green initiatives, as many cans, plastic and glass bottles end up in recycling facilities – while many of them also end up in landfills.

Thank you Coca-Cola for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of 3D Systems

3D Printed Moving and Tracking Portal Turret is Full of Win

Got a 3D printer and a few basic electronic components at your disposal? Then good news, you too can build your own motion tracking Portal gun turret, and lets be honest, why wouldn’t you want to do this!

Using 3D printed body panels, an Arduino for the movement and light, and a PC to process video from the built in webcam which decides not only where the turret needs to aim, but also the sound effects.

Without a PC connected, the turret because remote controlled, allowing you to use a joy stick and aim it manually. I wish I had the skills to do something similar, perhaps even equip it with a Nerf gun for maximum effect.

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Thank you Instructables for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Instructables.

NASA Clears 3D Printer For International Space Station

NASA will send a 3D printer to the International Space Station (ISS) in August, utilizing the printer manufactured by Made In Space.  The custom unit was completed and finished testing ahead of schedule, which is why it will head into space three months earlier than initially expected.

As part of the “3D Print” project, NASA tested the 3D printer to ensure it would be able to survive being transported into space – and for day-to-day use by astronauts stationed aboard the ISS.  The new 3D printer will be installed in the Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG), a custom dedicated space science facility.

Once installed, astronauts will print 21 different demonstration objects, including tools and ISS parts, with NASA and Made In Space monitoring progress.

Here is what Niki Werkheiser, NASA 3D Print Project Manager said in a press statement:

“NASA was able to provide key guidance on how to best comply with strenuous space certification, safety and operational requirements and Made In Space excelled at incorporating that insight into the design.  As a result, the hardware passed testing with flying colors.  Made In Space now has first-hand experience of the full ‘A-to-Z’ process for designing, building, and testing hardware for spaceflight.”

If everything goes according to plan, Made In Space hopes to add an Additive Manufacturing Facility in space, so 3D-printed objects can be made in larger quantities.  There is great potential to be able to custom print necessary items layer-by-layer, using plastic, metals, and other materials in space.

Source: Time
Image courtesy of Made in Space

Cheap 3D Food to Help Bring Delicious Meals in Nursing Homes

People who have been in a nursing home and inside the cafeteria will know that eating is one of the most difficult activities for an elderly person. They are most probably being served food which is easy to chew, such as puree and mashed food, but in most cases this comes at the expense of taste. However, a German company by the name of Biozoon Smoothfood is seeking to change the way elderly people eat and aims to bring some taste to their meals by using 3D-printed, easy-to-chew food.

THe company states that it is using liquified ingredients such as vegetables, meat, carbs and others instead of ink or PLA which a 3D printer would normally use. The ingredients then are inserted into the printer’s cartridge and come out as food which ‘melts in your mouth’, thanks to a binding agent. Bizoon currently makes six types of food, namely peas, pork, chicken, cauliflower, pasta and potatoes, but the company states they will add more diversity in the future.

Given that is a 3D printer, the food can be made in any shape dictated by the software. However, nobody wants to eat for example meat in the shape of fruit, therefore the company makes the food in the shape of its food items. Currently, the food is made off-site, but Bizoon plans to place printers directly inside nursing homes in the future since it makes it more practical and at hand to serve the food as soon as it is made.

Thank you Gizmodo for providing us with this information
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3D Printing For Just $250! Latest 3D Printing Crowdfunding Campaign Is Launched

3D Printing has captured the public imagination so it probably isn’t surprising when I tell you that a new $250 3D Printer reached its crowd funding target in less than 2 days. New Matter’s MOD-t 3D printer reached its $375,000 target on Indiegogo in under 2 days as the printer packages were snapped up like hot cakes. The first 500 units went for $149, the next 1000 for $199 and now the price is starting at $249 with an unlimited number available for purchase. The concept is simple: a low cost end-to-end 3D printer with complementary software and a store full of 3D Printable designs from just $249.

“Our printer (the MOD-t) uses an ingenious 2-axis motion system that simultaneously moves and supports the build plate with very few components. Translation: It’s breakthrough technology, it prints more consistently, and it makes the printer way cheaper.” States the Indiegogo campaign page.

It won’t just be a 3D Printer, the team at New Matter are also looking to build a community around their 3D Printer. A store where people can share and download designs specifically tailored for the MOD-t printer, in addition consumers can sell their own designs through the New Matter store and earn some money from doing so. The first units are expected to ship to consumers from early 2015 starting with the early backers first.

Source: Indiegogo

Images courtesy of New Matter