We're already used to 2D copiers and printers. Slip a piece of paper in, push a button, and a copy comes out. Now, that same sort of capability is coming to the 3D world with the AIO Robotics Zeus all-in-one 3D scanner, copier, and printer on Kickstarter.
The process is fairly simple. You place an object inside Zeus, the machine scans it, and then creates a copy. You can also load your own 3D files for printing.There is a one-touch automatic-copy button if you want the machine to just go to town. All of this is controlled through a friendly 7-inch touch-screen interface.… Read more
A new initiative by SpaceX founder Elon Musk would make science fiction author Issac Asimov proud.
In a SpaceX YouTube video (see below), Musk describes how he's endeavoring to build new rocket ship parts using only hand and finger movements and a high-grade 3D laser metal printer. He won't use a typical desktop computer, he won't use a keyboard.
SpaceX is a private company founded by Musk in 2002; it designs, builds, and launches spacecrafts and rockets into low-Earth orbit. The company's goal is to one-day send humans into space so that they can live on … Read more
BERLIN -- Riding the crest of the 3D-printing wave like a perfectly poised plastic surfer, 3Doodler stormed Kickstarter earlier this year with a massive $2.3 million campaign. That was more than enough (its initial goal was just $30,000) to start production of this quirky 3D-printing pen, which will soon go on sale to the public for $99 a pop.
It's a simple idea: feed a stick of plastic into the pen and an extruder at the nib melts it, so you can make a brightly coloured model of whatever you can think of.
We saw it in … Read more
Somewhere in China, an entire province recently went without plastic cups for a month, according to DC Comics' co-publisher Jim Lee, in the service of the nefarious needs of DC Comics' "Villains Month."
The comics publisher bought the equivalent of a month's worth of plastic production from a factory in China to produce the unusual 3D covers that will be invading comics shops starting on Wednesday, throughout the month of September.
The cover art showcases 3D motion without the use of 3D glasses by printing the artwork directly in the plastic, said Lee's publishing partner Dan DiDio. … Read more
Skype is working on three-dimensional video calling, but release is hampered until camera and video capture technology catches up.
In an interview with the BBC, Microsoft's Skype vice president Mark Gillett said that the popular video chat and instant-messaging app has the potential to support 3D conversations in the future, but it may be "many years" before the technology can be launched.
"We've done work in the labs looking at the capability of 3D-screens and 3D-capture," the senior executive commented. "We've seen a lot of progress in screens and a lot of … Read more
Haptix is a compact 3D motion sensor that turns any flat area into a multitouch surface. It could help do away with the traditional keyboard as well as the mouse.
Life isn't quite at the point where it's completely practical to get whatever you want from a 3D printer. But if it were, I sure would be keen to give designer Sam Abbott's artsy skateboard a brief spin.
From afar, the 3D-printed, twin-lipped skateboard may appear to sport an unusual texture, but it's actually a crazy collage of wacky creatures adorning the backside. A white version of the board, printed up by 3D Print UK, celebrates Abbott's recent win in a competition hosted by the company and 3D model archive CG Trader. The impressive deck measures 30.5 inches wide, 6.8 inches deep, and about 2 inches high.… Read more
We loved the NES modded with a built-in screen, but it looks like former computer science Ph.D. and current software engineer Dave Nunez has done it one better. He's created a portable NES, which he calls the NESPo, almost entirely from the ground up.
Rather than cannibalize an existing NES ("Call it honor among the elderly," Nunez said), he started with an NES hardware clone known as a NES on a chip (NOAC) called the NES Retro Entertainment System (RES). This would form the guts of the machine.
For NESPo's screen, he used a 4.3-inch color TFT camera screen that plugged into the RES, and to power it, he picked up a 1500mAh NiMH rechargeable battery that gives the device around two hours of gameplay. For a speaker, he used a LM386-based amp module. Once that was all put together and tested, the next step was creating the case. … Read more