Is new scanning technology threatening your privacy in new ways? (Image courtesy of adamr / FreeDigitalPhotos.net)
Maybe you’ve heard about some of the privacy worries and fist fights or people getting kicked out of businesses over Google Glass and fears of being filmed. It seems to be the thing replacing 3D printing of guns in mainstream media in terms of new technology concerns. I’ve also heard of door mats that will weigh everyone who comes to visit you. Are these things invasion of privacy or just the natural evolution of cellphone video cameras and cameras at every street intersection? Continue reading
This is now open source!
You may have seen in the press this week that Elon Musk has released all of Tesla’s electric car patents into the public domain. In doing this he channeled a classic video game quote titling the release, “All Our Patent Are Belong to You.” Just like it has benefited computer software (WordPress, Firefox, OpenOffice, Audacity, etc.) , it appears “open source” is benefiting 3D printing with low cost and high quality alternatives to commercial 3D printers and traditional CAD software. Continue reading
The new Amazon Fire Phone and the video above demonstrating the “dynamic perspective” immediately had me thinking of 3D printing applications. The way you could design, modify and check models could be revolutionary. The 4 face tracking cameras could easily also be reapplied for fast 3D scanning. Continue reading
The Made In Space 3D printer will be the first manufacturing device ever used off Earth. It will be installed in the International Space Station to print a series of test items in 2014.
Our friends at Made In Space have a HUGE announcement! We’ve written about their work to put a 3D printer in space in the past and now it appears later this summer it will become a reality! Please see their exciting release below, we’re hopeful to attend the launch and report live in August! Continue reading
We wrote a year ago about 3D printed guns and it seems like they continue to be one of the most talked about issues related to the technology. Michigan Tech even launched a contest called Print for peace in order to highlight non-weapon aspects of 3D printing. I’ve seen 3D printing in popular culture from TV episodes of Elementary to CSI. You can even watch a documentary about it and and one museum has even added it to its display because of the historical value. It seems like when you mention 3D printing, a 3D printed gun comment is soon to follow. Continue reading
I love Beaker. My background is chemistry, so I was excited to hear about the 3D printing of chemical reaction labware and the material to handle it. As a scientist I’ve know a few times the frustration of not having the perfect piece of equipment to do the job. Continue reading
With my background in pulp and paper I was thrilled to see some new filaments made from wood! MCor has been around for a while with paper 3D printing, but we’re now talking real wood with texture, rings and the general look and feel you’d expect. Continue reading