In a recent sit-down conversation, Pettis said MakerBot doesn’t have any plans to manufacture different styles of printers. His main goal is to make 3D printing as accessible as possible. Read more »
Autodesk artist in residence Pamela Pascual is very close to her final 3D print for the glasses she has been designing. Read more »
Human and canine herders make cows nervous. Researchers from the University of Sydney have shown that robotic herders don’t, allowing cows to live longer and more productively. They think that future versions of their herder robot could also provide important data to farmers, such as soil quality and the location of damaged fences.
Researchers were able to store information at 77 degrees fahrenheit for 39 minutes, which is a huge improvement over the previous record of 2 seconds. Read more »
Autodesk’s 123D Catch app offers a quick way to take photos of an object with your mobile device’s camera and then stitch them into a 3D model, but there are still snags that the inexperienced user can hit. Autodesk released an updated version today that is greatly improved. It tracks what parts of an object you’ve already photographed (see bottom left in photo below) and alerts you when an image is too dark or shaky. Comments and social sharing are also now a core part of the app.
Researchers genetically engineered viruses to build nanowires the batteries rely on when they charge and recharge. The process is safer and more green than traditional techniques. Read more »
Shapeways plans to double the 3D printers operating at its New York factory by January. While the industry is changing fast, CEO Peter Weijmarshausen is looking forward with excitement. Read more »
The company is a go-to resource for people who don’t own a 3D printer or are looking for a higher-quality print. Here’s a look at the process each order goes through as it is turned into a physical object. Read more »
PAL Robotics‘ new bipedal robot REEM-C looks like a cross between a crash test dummy and your worst humanoid robot nightmare. But it is an excellent walker, which has researchers excited to get their hands on it. Check out REEM-C’s cautious steps in the video below. Don’t miss the dramatic pan out at the end.
Metal printers aren’t ready to enter the average home, but a new printer on Indiegogo offers a workaround at a fairly affordable price. Read more »
Panoramas and selfies can be a tough shot to get. The $599 Panono uses 36 embedded cameras to get the best shot. Read more »
This bot is tough and efficient. As promised, its new cylinder system did not collect hair or other debris. Read more »
There is energy in the air all around us, traveling in the form of sound, Wi-Fi and other signals. Duke University researchers announced they successfully converted microwaves into electricity, which could be used to power electronic devices. Their system is about as efficient as a solar cell, and they hope it could someday be built into mobile phones.
Working with an Autodesk artist in residence has shown me there is much more to 3D modeling than creating a basic shape in 123D Design. But learning the tools isn’t easy. Read more »
The EX¹ printer can print on materials like paper and fabric, making it an interesting tool for creating wearable electronics. Read more »
The device is handheld and $1,000 cheaper than MakerBot’s Digitizer scanner. Read more »
When Cody Wilson 3D printed a plastic gun earlier this year, people freaked out. But metal 3D printed guns aren’t going to be printable by the average person anytime soon. Read more »
Despite directions from Congress to give drones open access to U.S. skies by September 2015, the FAA said today that flying a drone will require a permit for longer than initially expected. Officials are concerned about drones’ ability to avoid other aircraft and hacking attempts.
Amazon can find and sell you an exact product in moments, but a new breed of websites are rising to provide a shopping experience online. Read more »
A laser-based technology allows transfer speeds of up to 40 gigabits per second. The researchers hope the development will solve some of the bottlenecks facing the computing industry. Read more »
3D printers are excellent at making little plastic figurines. McDonalds’ United Kingdom IT director Mark Fabes said that means the fast food chain could potentially manufacture Happy Meal toys in-store, dispensing the perfect toy to every child. It’s just an idea, but Fabes said he’s considering a range of applications for 3D printers.
A robot with a knife can be scary. Even if it isn’t planning some kind of uprising, it can act dangerously around humans by swinging the knife too close to them. Cornell University researchers modified a Baxter robot to take input from “shoppers” in a mock supermarket checkout line, allowing them to correct its dangerous behaviors.
The Bay Area has big city problems and a surplus of startups. The mayor’s office wants to put them together to solve its greatest problems. Read more »
Co-founder Jenny Young grew up building things in her garage with her dad. In Brooklyn, kids don’t have garages. So she provides them with one. Read more »
A former Willow Garage senior researcher called for an overhaul in user experience, which could make robots friendlier to humans. Read more »
India could be the first Asian country to reach Mars after it launched a spacecraft bound for the planet this morning. The craft is expected to arrive at the planet next September, when it will begin monitoring methane levels and Mars’ surface. ”The journey has only begun,” Indian Space Research Organization chairman Koppillil Radhakrishnan said, according to the Wall Street Journal. “Challenging days are coming.”
The sensors could survive for a year in the human body, which is longer than any previous sensor. Read more »
Copyrighted material like cartoon characters and designer products can easily be 3D printed with the right tools, and many industry players are attempting to stop their dissemination. A program released by artist Matthew Plummer-Fernandez introduces glitches into designs to turn them into a different scrambled design, allowing them to be uploaded unnoticed to websites that store 3D printable files for download. People can then download the file and use the program to reverse the glitches, leaving them with the original design.
An Autodesk artist in residence demonstrates her creative process for me, which involves laser cutting and a giant Stratasys printer. Read more »
The app would compete with Autodesk 123D Catch, but build design files in a slightly different way. Read more »
JumpStartFund, a crowdfunding site that has taken it upon itself to make Elon Musk’s ultrafast hyperloop transit system a reality, has formed a now-operating company around the project called Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Inc. JumpStartFund released a timeline of planned milestones the company has set, including demoing hyperloop technology in early 2015. JumpStartFund announced last month that former SpaceX director of operations Marco Villa and former American Society of Civil Engineers president Patricia Galloway would lead the company.
Gimball flies around in an elastic cage, which absorbs the shock of crashing into walls and other obstacles. Read more »
A Stanford startup has created a circuit and algorithm that cancels interference, allowing incoming and outgoing signals to utilize the same frequency. Read more »
The pen is noisy, smelly and sometimes difficult to control. But it is simple and addicting to use. Read more »
An October IDTechEx report states that by 2015, the market for 3D printing material like plastics and metals could be worth $244 to $615 million. The spread comes from a big question: whether or not the industry will become competitive. Right now, companies can get away with charging upward of $40 or $50 for 2.2 pound spools of plastic.
The report also states that metal powders, which currently make up about 1.4 percent of the market, will see the most growth.
NASA has exactly 20 days when conditions will be right to launch the MAVEN spacecraft, which will spend 10 months journeying to Mars. Those 20 days begin November 18. So when the government shutdown went into effect a month ahead of the planned launch, MAVEN officials couldn’t help but sweat a little.
Those officials announced today in a televised press briefing that the mission will go ahead as planned, with no delay as a result of the shutdown. MAVEN will explore Mars’ atmosphere to determine how it has changed over time, which could expand knowledge of the history of life and water on the planet.
While advanced 3D printers can print in metal and ceramic, personal 3D printers are mostly limited to plastic varieties known as PLA and ABS. Design and fabrication firm ProtoPlant wants to help them take a small step forward by offering plastics with additives like carbon fiber that are stronger and able to withstand higher temperatures. It is one of the first instances of a company commercializing unusual materials that are compatible with personal printers. In the next few years, we will see the emergence of lots of materials beyond PLA and ABS, with an emphasis on strength and flexibility.
The company behind the software built it to think and learn like humans do. It could eventually have applications in robotics and image and video search. Read more »
At long last, I 3D print my water bottle cap. But is the finished product something I would actually put on a water bottle? Read more »
The funding will go toward expanding manufacturing, R&D and customer service for the unusual Form 1 printer. Read more »