Michael Harper for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online What began as a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign last summer has finally resulted in a very real and very shippable product. Ouya , developer of the world’s first indie-friendly, Android-based gaming console, has begun shipping the first of these devices to Kickstarter backers today.
Most 3D printed objects are made out of hard plastic. While its great for some projects, others require a material with more elasticity
While debate rages over using 3D printers to make guns or gun parts, technologies for other possible abuses are emerging — including the ability to cheaply copy and reproduce works of art and jewelry. A few days ago at the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas, 3D-printer company MakerBot introduced the other end of the equation — a device called the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner that can create a computer model of any small object. Makerbot founder and CEO Bre Pettis didn’t name a price for the new gadget, which goes on sale this fall.
Austin-based re:3D just started a Kickstarter campaign for the Gigabot, a large-format 3D printer designed to build things on a 24x24x24 inch built envelope, allowing you to make much larger objects than you can with similar printers like the Makerbot .
[Sponsor Post] As of right now, 3D printing remains a bit of a novelty. Sure, you can design your own shoes, pretend you’re on “Star Trek,” or dream up a three-wheel hybrid car , but 3D printing’s practical implications for business have yet to capture the public imagination. When will 3D printing start fundamentally changing the business landscape—or are we there already?
Engineer Jim Kor wants to make a car that is efficient, affordable, simple, and safe, and that can be easily produced in small or large numbers. And he’s doing it with 3D printing. The car he’s developed is the Urbee 2, a two-seat, three-wheel hybrid.
3D printers have already been used to build lamps, kitchen tools and working locks . All of this stuff is useful on Earth and uses relatively small desktop printers