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World’s Largest 3D Printer Will Build Affordable and Sustainable Housing

How cool is this? WASP (World’s Advanced Saving Project), an Italian company, has built BigDelta, the world’s largest 3D printer (40-feet-tall and 20-feet-wide) which will print out green-friendly homes using nothing but earth and water.

Here is a demonstration of WASP’s smaller-sized, 13-foot clay 3D printer:

Via UpWorthy:

The company explained in a press release that it wasn’t money that motivated them to build BigDelta, it was the need. According to UN-Habitat, 40% of the global population (roughly 3 billion people) will be in need of adequate housing by 2030, which means nearly 100,000 housing units need to be built every day between now and then.

By combining the new world technology of digital fabrication with the old world technology of adobe (buildings made with water, dirt, clay, and plant fibers), they believe they can print new digs without all the labor, equipment, and materials that typically make home building expensive and time-intensive.

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No Donor Required: 5 Body Parts You Can Make With 3-D Printers

Robert J. Szczerba via Forbes:

3-D printing has been around in various forms since the 1980s, originally as a means of quickly producing affordable prototypes for the manufacturing industry. Recently, researchers have found some amazing healthcare and biological applications for 3-D printing technology, called bioprinting.  As a result, the 3-D printing market for healthcare is predicted to reach roughly 4.04 billion by 2018. From custom prosthetics to living tissue, 3-D printing is a versatile means of providing cost effective and individualized care to patients.

With the advent of 3-D bioprinting, cells can now be dispensed from the printer onto a biologically compatible scaffolding, layer by layer, to create a three dimensional viable tissue. Numerous tissues have been constructed that can be used for a number of clinical applications from transplants to scientific research.

Although 3-D bioprinting is still a relatively new technology, there is notable success within this field with greater implications as the technology develops.

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Can a Molecular 3D Printer Change the Way We Make Everything?

Kyle Maxey via engineering.com

Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, has become one of the wonder-techs of the new millennium. Granted, while the vast majority of 3D printers on the market are little more than souped-up trinkets, some machines are leveraging the technology’s additive assets to instigate real change.

Chemistry has always been a daunting subject. When confronted with working on the molecular level, extreme precision is required. For many researchers the process of working with small molecules requires such long-durations and precise equipment to synthesize that it prevents them from doing any fundamental research.

To stop this production bottleneck Martin Burke, a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, has been developing a “3D Printer” that can replicate what nature does when it builds small molecules. Key to Burke’s machine is an understanding that there is a small number of small molecules that nature uses to produce a large portion of life’s chemistry.

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Inside the Weird World of 3D Printed Body Parts

3D printed tissue construct in a Petri dish (right after printing). Photo courtesy of University of Iowa.

3D printed tissue construct in a Petri dish (right after printing). Photo courtesy of University of Iowa.

Via Andrew Leonard at Medium:

Laura Bosworth wants to 3D print breast nipples on demand. The CEO of the Texas startup TeVido Biodevices is betting on a future in which survivors of breast cancer who have undergone mastectomies will be able to order up new breasts printed from their own living cells.

“Everyone,” she says, “knows a woman who has had breast cancer.” Right now their options are limited. Reconstructed nipples using state-of-the-art plastic surgery techniques, she says, “tend to flatten and fade and don’t last very long.” A living nipple built from the patient’s own fat cells, and reconstructed to the precise specification of the original nipple, could go a long way to ameliorating the psychological trauma often associated with mastectomies.

Bosworth readily acknowledges that significant obstacles must be overcome before 3D printed breast parts become an affordable reality.

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3D Printing and the Translation of Imagination – Free Radical Media Podcast

In this episode, Free Radical Media Technology Correspondent Atom Jaay re-joins the crew to discuss the newest developments in 3D printing and the Maker community. The conversation also turns to virtual reality technologies and the “translation of the imagination,” the process of creating new things in the virtual realm and translating them into actual objects. We discuss the potential of these technologies for radical social change, transformative culture, and new economic models. Join us and Atom for these and other topics in this fun, engaging conversation.

Atom Jaay can be reached on Twitter.

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Nanotechnology to outer space: ten top tech innovations of 2014

This article was originally published on The Conversation.
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By David Green, Monash University

Don’t be mesmerised by cool apps and flashy new gizmos – the top technology inventions of the year are ones that will have a lasting effect.

Most are advances in fields that are already changing us. Some will have immediate impact; others are portents of transformations that may take decades to complete. In this vein, and in no particular order, here are what I consider to be ten of the best technological innovations from 2014.

1. DNA nanobots injected into cockroaches

Nanotechnology is a growing research field that manipulates materials on a molecular scale. One prospect is to transform medicine by injecting nanobots into the body where they perform functions such as treating disease.

Researchers injected DNA into cockroaches. Tom Spinker/Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND

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Young French Maker 3D Prints a Replica of His Fiancée


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When French 3D design company Le FabShop set up its booth near the Shapify space at the Autodesk Pop-Up Gallery in Paris last October, one young designer with Le FabShop, Samuel N. Bernier, could not resist collaborating with the neighbors. Le FabShop is a major distributor of Makerbot 3D printers and scanners in France, organizes Maker Faires, and provides retailers such as the upscale gift shop at the Versailles Palace with high-quality 3D printed objects such as architectural models. Shapify, a branch of Artec, the 3D scanner manufacturer, has begun setting up 3D scanning photo booths in Europe, the UK, and the US. The booths allow users to create full-body 3D scans and then 3D prints of the scan subjects. In short, they are 3D photo booths.

Enter Le FabShop’s young maker, who saw an opportunity to combine the resources of Le FabShop and Shapify to pay homage to his unnamed fiancée.

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The Replicator Is Still Sci-Fi, But Here’s A Start


via Gizmodo:

The dream of the Replicator-a machine that can create or copy any object-has mesmerized us ever since Star Trek used one to conjure a glass of water out of thin air. Yet, like so much other sci-fi tech invented by show business, it’s always been just out of reach. The 3D printer company XYZ Printing wants to change that.

What Is It?

XYZ is a one-year-old Taiwanese company that has found a niche in offering 3D printers at bargain-basement prices ($500 for a one-color model). But today, the company is launching its ambitious next step: The Da Vinci 1.0 AiO-or All-in-One. For $800, you get the bones of XYZ’s Da Vinci 1.0 model 3D printer, which prints one color of ABS or PLA filament on a bed that can fit objects up to 6 inches by 6 inches. But in addition to the printer, the AiO includes laser scanner at its base that lets it record and digitize objects as well as print them.

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3D Printing’s Killer App? Sex Toys!

What’s going to make a 3D printer an essential home appliance? Sex toys, that’s what! Pando Daily dissects a report from UK retailer Pink Rocket:

For a week in December 2012, a store popped up in New York called 3DEA. For $250 men could get a 3D scan of their manhood, which would be sent to the New York Toy Collective who would then create a truly one-of-a-kind sex toy. A Christmas gift for the lady that really does have it all…

It turns out that while everyone was declaring 3D printing to be too simple for much practical use now, its ability to replicate objects precisely in one solid piece is more than enough for it to start having big relevancy in the sex toy industry, at least according to UK-based retailer Pink Rocket’s new Sex Toys & 3D Printing report.

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Given that vibrators are 145-years old this year and the first blow-up doll went on sale 110-years ago, it fits with history that the adult industry would be an early adopter of 3D printing.

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