3d printing

Early Universe Cosmic Microwave Background 3D Printed

A 3D printed map of the oldest light in the universe has been created by researchers at Imperial College London, and you can download the files and your print your own baby universe. The cosmic microwave background is a glow that the universe has in the microwave range that maps the oldest light in the [...]

3D Printed Seahorse Tail Model Inspires Engineers

Researchers test 3D-printed skeletal models of the seahorse tail, and the results may help design stronger and more flexible robots. Seahorses, small marine fishes in the genus Hippocampus, have tails that are square in cross-section. But why are seahorse tails square? A team of researchers set out to find the answer. They found that the [...]

Hewlett-Packard announced Thursday a new accessory and application for its Sprout PC, designed to fuse virtual and 3D printed worlds. The $299 3D Capture Stage, which comes with an upgrade to Sprouts’s 3D Snapshot software, called 3D Capture, is designed to make 360-degree capture of 3D data easier. The Sprout on its own, was able [...]

Electroluminescent lighting is widely used as backlighting in a variety of panels, such as aircraft cockpit readouts, automotive gauges, computer controlled thermostats and, of course, liquid crystal display panels in everything from wristwatches to e-reader devices. But one drawback of conventional electroluminescent panels is that they can only be bent up to a certain degree [...]

3D Printed Microactuators for Liquid Materials Transport

Scientists at ETH Zurich have developed new forms of tiny magnetic actuators with new materials and microscopic 3D printing technology. Research has been ongoing into micrometre-sized actuators, which could eventually make it possible to transport drugs or chemical sensor molecules to specific locations throughout the human body. (Remember the sci-fi movie Fantastic Voyage?) Development of [...]