The Space Station Now Has Manufacturing Capability

The 3D printer on the International Space Station is up and running! The first object manufactured on the station instead of delivered to it is a faceplate for the extruder's casing. This opens up not just in-orbit manufacturing, but another self-repairing machine. » 11/26/14 11:33am 11/26/14 11:33am

Rocket Engine Made With 3D Printed Parts Survives First Hot Fire Tests

Parts of this engine were 3D printed using copper alloy materials. All of them survived their first-ever hot fire test, and 18 more hot fire tests in different injector and thrust chamber assembly configurations. The future is so cool. » 11/13/14 2:00pm 11/13/14 2:00pm

NASA Scientists Have 3D-Printed A Replica Of A Meteorite On Mars

We're still several years away from a Mars Sample Return Mission. So, for now, we'll have to settle for the next best thing. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has created a true-size facsimile of "Block Island"— a Martian meteorite discovered by the Opportunity rover in 2009. » 4/30/14 3:17pm 4/30/14 3:17pm

But how does it taste? Watch NASA's 3D pizza printer in action

Last year, NASA announced that it would be funding 3D food printing, kicking things off with a 3D pizza printer. Now we can watch the project in progress as the 3D printer builds a possibly tasty pie. » 1/24/14 11:20am 1/24/14 11:20am

Dinosaurs! DNA! Space Shuttles! 10 Things to Make With Your 3-D Printer

It'll probably be a few more years before 3-D printing begins revolutionizing the world of retail, but it's already making a sizable splash in today's DIY community. For around 1500 bucks, it's now possible to get your hands on a consumer-grade 3-D printer that's capable of churning out some pretty cool objects. » 5/14/12 10:00am 5/14/12 10:00am

Need your jaw removed? Why don't you just print out a new one?

That's what an 83 year old woman in Belgium did. Her seriously infected jaw needed to be removed, but reconstructive surgery would have been too dangerous for such an elderly patient. That's when the doctors fired up the 3D printer. » 2/05/12 2:00pm 2/05/12 2:00pm

How to make a glass bowl out of sand and sunlight, in the middle of the…

This gorgeous, mysterious video is a glimpse of one possible Earth future. Imagine that we abandon fossil fuels for solar, but not before our once-green world grows sprawling new deserts. » 6/27/11 3:35pm 6/27/11 3:35pm

The world's smallest 3D printer

Behold the world's smallest 3D printer. About the size of a milk carton and weighing only 3.3 lbs, this breakthrough brings us that much closer to a reality of DIY 3D printing production. A multi-disciplinary team of chemical researchers and mechanical engineers at the Vienna University of Technology collaborated on… » 6/09/11 7:30am 6/09/11 7:30am

Father-daughter team use a 3D printer to create awesome nanobot art

Jeff and Ashley Sierzenga recently took it upon themselves to bring to life the flesh-eating nanobots from Jeff Carlson's bestselling series Plague Year. Here you can see their entire project, from schematics to the final model. » 10/22/10 9:49am 10/22/10 9:49am