Cremation Urns Replicate The Deceased As Action Figures

If you have any doubt that 3D printing is a transformative technology, then look no further than the cremation industry where companies can rapidly customize urns designed to be enduring keepsakes. But, one Vermont company has gone to the extreme by duplicating your loved one's head for urns shaped as action figures. » 11/25/14 3:55pm 11/25/14 3:55pm

Here's How We'll Build A Cheap, Safe Lunar Base

The "magnificent desolation" of the Moon might offer some great views, but otherwise it's a lousy place to live. Human explorers would need protection from a constant bombardment of radiation and extreme temperature shifts. A new video shows how we can inexpensively build an ideal shelter with robotic 3D printers. » 11/07/14 11:30am 11/07/14 11:30am

Doctored 3D Models Of The Rosetta Comet Are the Best

As the Rosetta spacecraft acquires more precise measurements of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, scientists are able to create detailed 3D models. Last week, the ESA made that data available for downloading, allowing people to make their own comet replicas—sometimes, with a few creative embellishments. » 10/09/14 11:47am 10/09/14 11:47am

Hackers Could Sabotage 3D Printers, Turning Some Of Them Into Bombs

For years, aerospace and defense companies have used 3D printers to mass-produce precision parts. Guided by digital blueprints, the printers create solid objects from layers of metal powder. A new report, however, warns that hackers could reconfigure the machines' settings, turning them into volatile explosives. » 9/12/14 6:20am 9/12/14 6:20am

​Recreation of Richard III's Skeleton Shows Why He Was Called an Imp

Tourists visiting the Richard III Visitor Centre in Leicester can gaze into the empty grave where the king's skeleton was discovered in 2012. His actual bones are being reinterred in Leicester Cathedral. But a 3D-printed replica is there, revealing details such as the late monarch's twisted spine and mortal wounds. » 7/29/14 3:30pm 7/29/14 3:30pm

This Guy Is Making A 3D-Printed, Steampunk-Inspired Xenomorph Suit

James Burton's UK-based company, XRobots, specializes in building science fiction props and costumes. His latest project, which he is documenting through a series of YouTube videos, is designing and printing an Alien Xenomorph costume. And, best of all, his 3D models are available for downloading! » 7/17/14 8:25am 7/17/14 8:25am

Now You Can Print 3D Models of Your Internal Organs

The National Institutes of Health has joined the Maker movement with the launch of its 3D Print Exchange, a website that allows users to download, edit and share models of anatomy, bacteria and lab equipment. The goal is to provide a creative commons where people from all walks of life can advance medical research. » 7/03/14 8:00am 7/03/14 8:00am