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3D Print Your Face in Chocolate

Do you ever wonder what your face would be looking like of it would be made of chocolate? Well, Choc Edge will have the answer for you: very brown. This company has recently launched the Choc Creator, which is a 3D printer that prints out chocolate figurines. Their newest creation is a 3D print of someone’s face.

Dr Liang Hao from the University of Exeter in the UK, set up the company in 2011, and it  started selling the machines from the start of 2013. Since the technology was featured on well-known TV show The Gadget Man, sales have increased. Host Stephen Fry threw a dinner party for friends using the 3D chocolate printer as well as other innovative devices to prepare a great meal. The company has been selling its printers to people in Colombia, the USA, Singapore, China, France, Germany as well as Brazil.

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2013 in 3D Printing News: Year in Review (Part 2)

2013 has been a remarkable year for 3D printing and – needless to say – a lot has happened. In addition to the first part of our Year in Review, we now present you the second part of 3dprinting.com‘s Year in Review 2013. What have been the most striking news facts related to 3D printing last year? We bring you the ultimate summary with per month the biggest news fact.

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2013 in 3D Printing News: Year in Review (Part 1)

2013 has been a remarkable year for 3D printing and – needless to say – a lot has happened. Yesterday we gave you Shapeways‘s Year In Review, but today and tomorrow we will bring you 3dprinting.com‘s official Year in Review. What have been the most striking news facts related to 3D printing last year? We bring you the ultimate summary with for every month the biggest news fact, starting with part 1 today.

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Student Creates 3D Printer For Less Than 500 Dollars

While many think it takes a lot of experience to create a 3D printer, reality shows a student can do the work. A college student from the US, called Shai Schechterhas, has developed an easy to use, affordable 3D printer. His device only costs a third of the price of a conventional 3D printer. Schechterhas is a student at Purchase College, State University of New York and his 3D printer is called Deltaprintr.

The groundbreaking thing about this is that the 3D printer costs less than 500 dollars. Unassembled it only costs 475 dollars and if you want the assembled large version of 2 feet high, it costs 685 dollars. Extra large (2,5 feet) will cost 705 dollars, according to Mashable. These prices are equal to the costs of a new smartphone, while the new MakerBot 3D Printer still costs as much as 2000 dollars.

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First Children’s Book On 3D Printing

3D printing is having a giant breakthrough, as the first-ever children’s book about 3D printing has been written and released. The book was made in order to give young children a chance to get involved with this new way of producing objects.

The book is called LEO the Maker Prince and it tells the story of Carla and her robot LEO. LEO is a walking, talking robot who has the unique ability to print out anything Carla draws. As he takes Carla by the hand in a walk through New York’s Brooklyn they discover other robots with different specialities. There is a robot who can make metallic prints, as well as the so-called Sinclair-10 who can print out objects from a lot of different designs and a lot of different robots with hypermodern names such as AL1C3-D, IRIS-7 and NiXie.

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Man Designs 3D Printed Christmas Ornaments

Only just a couple more days and it will be Christmas. Do you already have a Christmas tree decorating your living room? Zach Burhop, an engineer, designer and television personality for National Geographic, has come up with something very modern: a Christmas tree with 3D printed ornaments and flickering LED-lights.

Regular Christmas trees didn’t fit his taste, as he told Solidoodle: “my birthday is Christmas day, so I wanted to try to do something different this year. I was very disappointed in what you can buy–mostly just classical decorations. I saw the ornaments and had started playing around with the LEDs and thought this would be an awesome mashup!”

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