This Is What 3D Printed Space Garments Look Like

It has fascinated mankind for thousands of years: being able to live on other planets. With rapidly developing techniques leading to possible future human settlement on Mars, interplanetary travelers need to be equipped with the right kind of garments to make them survive on other planets. Neri Oxman and a team at MIT Media Lab, a research department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, have designed four kinds of 3D printed garments that look more spacey than your worst galaxy … [Read more...]

15-Year-Old Wants to Start Filament Recycling Program

The biggest disadvantage of 3D printing today is that it produces a lot of plastic waste. Technical progression unfortunately also leads to environmental degradation, and we know it. Many parties creatively tried to do something about this environmental degradation, for instance a team of Taiwanese people who created a bike that turned garbage into art. Or Chinese company WinSun, which created 3D printed houses from garbage. New in the game is Grayson Galisky, a 15-year-old, who wants to go to … [Read more...]

Doctors Replace an Entire Woman’s Skull By a 3D Print

For the first time in history, doctors have replaced a patient's skull by a 3D printed version. A 22-year-old woman from The Netherlands suffered from a rare disease, which made her skull grow. She knew something had to be done to make her survive, so she went for a risky operation, which lasted as many as 23 hours. The operation at UMC Utrecht however turned out to become a great success, making it the first time in history a patient's skull was replaced by a 3D printed counterpart. The … [Read more...]

Taiwanese Bicycle Turns Garbage Into Art

Young Taiwanese researchers recently came up with something highly interesting: a bicycle that can turn garbage into art. They 'invaded' the streets of Taipei on a mini-factory bike, called the Mobile Fab. This bicycle uses plastic bags or PET bottles to create 3D printed pieces of art. The time required to print out such objects? Only half an hour. The goal? bringing 3D printing and recycling closer to the people. The great thing about this project is that the factory-ish bike uses PET … [Read more...]

3D Printing in Your Living Room: How Healthy is it?

Today, we can purchase 3D printed products online at Amazon, and tomorrow websites such as Amazon or Ebay might only be selling files to be printed out on our own 3D printer at home. A lot of benefits are there, such as the advantage of reduced costs due to the absence of physical postal delivery. However, what we still don't know is whether 3D printing plastics in our living room could become healthier in the future - because research shows today it certainly isn't anywhere near it. Did … [Read more...]

Is 3D Printing Always a Safe Activity?

You can't just print out anything. That sounds a little odd, because 3D printers have the aim to turn the sky into the limit. However, doing so must be safe and not all materials can guarantee a sufficient kind of safety, namely ABS plastics contain some health risks. Let us explain you something about the possible risks of ABS and give you some alternatives. If you would use ABS plastic to print out something, it often contains BPA: the industrial chemical bisphenol A. Some studies have … [Read more...]

Using Plastic Waste for 3D Printer Filament is Cheaper Than Recycling It

One of today's biggest environmental problems is the high amount of plastic waste. Although Western countries are gradually taking action with successful recycle programs, Third World countries still have a very high amount of polluting litter lying on the streets. On the other hand there's 3D printing, where plastic is needed for filament to make certain products. Filament prices for 3D printing are extremely high, with average costs of about 30 dollars for a spool of plastics. Why wouldn't we … [Read more...]

ESA Works on a 3D Printed Lunar Base

The European Space Agency (ESA) and London-based architectural firm Foster+Partners are working on a way to 3D print a lunar base. For this project they will be using local soil - regolith - instead of plastics, in order to reduce the amount of brought materials and lower the overall costs. The idea is to create a weight-bearing dome with cellular structured walls to provide for shelter against micrometeoroids and space radiation. The base needs to be sufficient to take in up to four … [Read more...]

Dutch Company 3D Prints an Entire Canal House

It is expected that in the future houses will be built with the help of a 3D printer. Southern Californian company Contour Crafting has already been working on a way to build concrete buildings with a 3D printer, but the company has now found a fellow thinker in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. DUS Architects is working on building a 3D printed canal house, which will be opened to the public by March 1. The project is called 3D Print Canal House and the home will be 3D printed room by room, using … [Read more...]

3D Printing Can Make the World More Green

3D printing can help to make the world more green. Michigan Technology University's Joshua Pearce conducted a lifecycle economic analysis on 3D printing in an average American household. The main conclusion from his inquiry is that making objects with a 3D printer uses less energy than producing it in a factory. The work of a 3D printer. Credits: Subhashish Panigrahi. Pearce is a professor of materials science and engineering/ electrical and computer engineering. With his team he … [Read more...]