3D printers have been a boon for creative people and manufacturers. The ability to design and prototype objects has revolutionised many businesses and will only become more prevalent. As the technology continues to be democratised as prices fall, more different printing substrates become available and plans become more accessible. Porsche is getting on the act. The collectors and restorers of classic Porsche vehicles can now go to the German company when they need a hard-to-find part and have one made for them.
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3D printers build models in layers, which you can see if you look at a model closely. If you want a smoother, shinier surface, you can achieve injection mould-like quality with a little acetone.
Nintendo's new Mini NES is a cool, tiny little Nintendo console that's on its way in November, but you don't have to wait that long to get one for yourself. With a 3D printed case and a Raspberry Pi, you can easily make your own.
3D printing is a great way to create something truly personal, make your awesome ideas reality, or just make perfect replacements for broken parts or components. If you're stumped for ideas though, here are 10 great resources for you to get inspired, or just find something you'd like to have printed yourself.
Despite many people understanding the concept of 3D printing, few know the 3D design and printing process well enough to try it out for themselves and take the step towards creating physical objects from scratch -- be it a personal design or a replacement part for an appliance. But there are plenty of free resources for experimenting with before taking the deep dive.
3D printers are moving into the mainstream, cropping up in schools, offices and homes. Power tool giant Dremel are getting in on the action with the Dremel 3D Idea Builder, a 3D printer intended to corner the home consumer market and provide the perfect printer for those looking to get their toes wet. Available in Australia at Bunning's Warehouse it's one of the most accessible printers for the Australian consumer -- so how does it stack up to other printers on the market?
About a month ago, Swiss freeskier and YouTuber Nicolas Vuignier impressed the internet with his clever concept for turning a smartphone into a slow motion video, bullet-time camera. Now he's sharing his design for free so you can make your own.
Low cost desktop 3D printers are becoming more and more accessible to the general public, finding a place in offices and hobbyists' homes as well as professional workshops. But recent research has revealed that some commercial desktop printers may pose a health risk because of their emission of ultra-fine particles or UFPs.
3D printing has come a long way in a few short years, and if you're interested in getting started with one, you have tons of options to choose from. This graphic from 3D Hubs can help you choose one, based on thousands of hours of tests and tons of reviews.
Dear Lifehacker, I recently bought myself a 3D Printer and was wondering what I could do to monetise this expensive purchase? I have considered options like printing on demand with sites like 3DHubs, or making something I could sell on Etsy, but are there many other options? Are there any issues or risks I should be wary of?
The Glowforge printer is unique: it's not a 3D printer in the traditional sense, but rather a laser cutter that can cut and etch a variety of material. Such laser cutters were previously complicated to use and expensive to own, but Glowforge set out to make something new and bring the technology to your desktop.
As 3D printing evolves and becomes a more common tool, new companies are sprouting up to refine the process and reinvent the way designers, engineers, and hobbyists work. Formlabs arose from a huge Kickstarter success to create an innovative high-resolution printer with an eye on quality and consistency.
We've shown you a calculator that can help you crack a master combination lock before, but this device will do all the work for you in under 30 seconds.
A few years ago, the office printer was in danger of becoming a dusty relic from a bygone era; like a floppy disk trying to stay relevant in an all-digital world. Then "3D" happened. All of a sudden, printers are one of the hottest and fastest-growing technologies on the planet and it's all thanks to the third dimension. Here are ten ways 3D printing is improving how we work and live.