The next rover is being designed as we speak. When we do land the first rover on Mars–or maybe first an asteroid–the astronauts will be driving a rover with 3D-printed parts.
We may be flying the world in 3D-printed planes by 2050. Airbus is exploring the concept of printing the airplane with an estimated 80 meter square 3D printer.
Harvard researchers have developed software that analyzes 3D models and then determines and places the best types, positions, and sizes of joints in the model, bringing 3D prints more to life.
Emma Lavelle was born with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (AMC). Thanks to 3D printing, she can now wear a lightweight WREX device that enables her to move her arms. And hug mom.
What? another portable 3D printer? This time, it’s more than a 3D printer: it’s also a CNC, vinyl cutter, and a drawing tool, and maybe more in the future.
Here’s a nice video showing some results from the Statistical Studies of Peer Production’s survey of the 3D printing community.
Stanford University has developed an easy-to-make, highly-conductive, 3D-printable Jell-O-like material that could help create many futuristic uses.
Researchers at the Vienna University of Technology have created a resin-based 3D printer the size of a milk carton.
Massimo Banzi gives a terrific 15-minute TED talk, describing how the maker movement is creating the future, hands on, with the Arduino microprocessor.