The Hershey Company plans to inject some modernity into its 120 year old chocolate making operation by pairing with 3D Systems to explore ways to 3D print chocolate. 3D Systems, which just announced two machines capable of 3D printing sugar and chocolate, said in its press release that it sees the Hershey’s partnership as an opportunity to expose more people to the emerging technology. While neither company said exactly what the deal will entail, involving 3D printing means people will likely be given the option to print custom chocolate shapes.
Adobe Creative Cloud subscribers will have immediate access to 3D printing capabilities in Photoshop today. The graphic design program can now be used to add color and texture and inspect objects before printing them. Read more »
San Diego-based Illumina revealed a $1 million machine today that can sequence tens of thousands of genomes each year. Read more »
The partnership will focus on the creation of eye tissue, which can be used for toxicology tests and to study the advancement of diseases. Read more »
Stereolithography and digital light processing are coming out of the shadows and appearing alongside fused deposition modeling 3D printers as legitimate options. This year will see an even bigger boom in options. Read more »
Chris Fenton and Andras Tantos decided they wanted a model of the famed supercomputer for their desk. It turned out to be a more complicated project than expected. Read more »
Being a robot can mean a lot of different things these days. Parrot, EcoVacs and Kickstarter-backed startups are among the companies that showcased interesting applications at CES. Read more »
Consumer options for printers are growing, and not just from the big established players. A $500 printer that uses filament cartridges and a $99 chocolate printer were among the surprises. Read more »
Inspired by Planet Labs’ recent success sending 28 shoebox-sized satellites to space? It’s not exactly cheap, but an online shop launched by PocketQube today offers up all the components an individual or business would need to buy, design and launch their own satellite. CubeSat structures start at $499 and can be paired with a year-long partnership with a mentor and help finding a rocket to courier the satellite to space.
Due to nanotubes’ natural qualities, they can convert even small amounts of light into heat, leading to no-battery-needed motion. Researchers think the system could be used to create smart curtains that automatically draw when there is light. Read more »
The “flock” of Doves will be released late this month or in February at the earliest, when they will begin sending back high-quality images of the Earth. Read more »
3D System‘s big press conference today starring will.i.am actually turned out to be about will.i.am himself, who will partner with brands and lead educational initiatives to speed the mainstream-ification of 3D printing on behalf of 3D Systems. This isn’t the former Black Eyed Peas frontman’s first tech venture; in 2012, the NASA Curiosity rover played a specially-recorded version of one of his songs from Mars. will.i.am was last seen innovating Intel in 2011, and I gotta feeling this partnership will be just as fruitful. At the very least, it should lead to some awkward 3D Systems/Intel CES chitchat. And to think Alicia Keys was available.
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology researchers foresee their creation being used to monitor the human body, generate power and run small devices. Read more »
Priced $5,000 to $10,000, the four new printers will offer relatively affordable options for artisans, bakers, businesses and the advanced hobbyist. Read more »
MakerBot will also offer a new mobile app and desktop software suite to further refine the process of designing and sending an object to one of its 3D printers. Read more »
The printers will retail for around $1,000 and $5,000. Both are attractively designed and appear to be solid additions to 3D System’s consumer lines. Read more »
HP has had a series of tumultuous ups and downs over the last decade. Entering the 3D printing market could represent a renewed focus on what matters for the company. Read more »
If the French team behind the robot can deliver on their promises, Keecker will please both audiophiles and internet of things junkies. Read more »
The smaller 3D printer maker says Stratasys’ four patents either do not cover their machines or were invalid in the first place due to preexisting inventions. Read more »
Personal 3D printing isn’t the only industry that’s getting more crowded. Huge Japanese trading company Mitsubishi will begin selling a professional-grade metal laser sintering 3D printer in North America this month, 3Ders reports. The printer is made by Matsuura and starts at roughly $850,000. Laser sintering, which uses a laser to seal together powdered particles of a material, has yet to be adapted to the desktop, meaning large, professional machines like these are the norm.
Tiny hairs allow the robot’s feet to adhere to angled surfaces and walk in low-pressure, low-temperature and zero-gravity settings. Read more »
The aeroponic growing system’s creators say they would like to launch a Kickstarter campaign this summer to get them into the hands of backers by the end of 2014. Read more »
By now, we’ve all heard of 3D printing. But before they have a chance of making their way into everyone’s home, here are some features companies need to master. Read more »
A new video out of the University of Illinois Aerospace Robotics and Control Laboratory depicts a swarm of drones that can sense their surroundings to respond to commands and avoid obstacles. Watch from the beginning to see a person use their hands to guide the drones, or skip to the 1 minute mark to see the tiny quadcopters avoid a person that walks through their midst.
The winning teams will move on to the final competition a year from now. In the interim, they’ll work at improving their robots. Read more »
The printer will be available to the public in early 2014 for about $1,400. CEL CEO Chris Elsworthy said the machine could someday be used to 3D scan an object or ice a cake. Read more »
I started the process of making custom pawns on a 3D scanner, which allowed me to 3D print a replica of a small train. Then I created a silicone mold to replicate the pieces even faster. Read more »
Seventeen teams will spend two days navigating robots through difficult scenarios meant to mimic a rescue in a disaster situation. Read more »
The glasses are available today on IndieGoGo and will ship to backers in the last quarter of 2014. A developer kit is also available. Read more »
The companies have been partners for 15 years and plan to continue working together. 3D Systems plans to ramp up research and development by 75 to 100 percent. Read more »
Over the past year, San Francisco space startup Planet Labs sent a trickle of shoebox-sized satellites into space. Next month, it will send a deluge when its new fleet of 28 “Doves” launch. It announced today that it will do so with the help of $52 million in Series B funding, led by Russian entrepreneur Yuri Milner. Felicis Ventures, Lux Capital, Industry Ventures and Ray Rothrock also joined as new investors. Planet Labs’ satellites take images of the Earth, which can provide data to the agriculture, environmental and other industries. The images are available to anyone for a fee.
Like other organs, eyes sometimes need to be replaced with a transplant, and that transplant comes from a person who agreed to donate their organs upon their death. In the future, it might be a lot easier to acquire an eye transplant thanks to 3D printing. University of Cambridge researchers published a paper today detailing how they used an ink printer to print multiple types of rat eye cells; the first time anyone has been able to keep eye cells healthy and at the right consistency to flow out of a nozzle. It’s a first step toward being able to 3D print an artificial eye for a human.
President Robert Weiss said the private race to the moon is midstream and some teams are beginning to drop out. But others are doing well and ably on their way to space. Read more »
With the MetaPro glasses, you can watch a movie, play an interactive tabletop game or interact with the real world in totally new ways. Read more »
The Massachusetts lab’s robots are some of the best walkers, runners and climbers in the world. The acquisition means Google now has a well-rounded stable of robotics technologies. Read more »
KeyMe is the modern alternative to getting your keys copied at the hardware store. You can make a copy at a kiosk machine or upload photos to the cloud and have a copy delivered. Now, you can also order a 3D printed copy of your key, complete with a top customized to look like anything from your kid’s face to your initials. KeyMe paired up with 3D printing company Shapeways to offer the service. Prices range from $10 to $4,000 for plastic, brass or gold keys.
NASA announced today it has entered negotiations with SpaceX to allow private use of the historic Kennedy Space Center launch pad, where every NASA launch since 1968, including the first mission to the Moon, took place. NASA plans to open the center up to both government and private sector use. SpaceX has already completed contract work for the government, including delivering supplies to the International Space Station.
Fancy live streaming a 360 degree selfie? Then at $500, the Bublcam is probably your best option. Today is the last day to get one on Kickstarter. Read more »
Using a laser cutter turns out to be painless compared to a 3D printer. After about three hours of work, I successfully create a nice looking chess board. Read more »
Researchers were able to grow graphene directly on a silicon wafer, reducing the number of steps it takes to manufacture graphene electronics. Read more »