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Slideshow: The 5 Coolest 3D-Printed Things
11/1/2013

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Though it is designed with the fans of the Terminator movies in mind, this 3D-printed arm could give us a glimpse into the future of prosthetics. Highlighted at the London Science Museum's 3D printing exhibition, the arm was designed by Richard Hague, director of the University of Nottingham's additive manufacturing and 3D printing research group. The model printed in clear plastic shows in detail how it would work. The circuits can sense temperature, feel objects, and control the arm's movement.(Source: NewScientist.com)
Though it is designed with the fans of the Terminator movies in mind, this 3D-printed arm could give us a glimpse into the future of prosthetics. Highlighted at the London Science Museum's 3D printing exhibition, the arm was designed by Richard Hague, director of the University of Nottingham's additive manufacturing and 3D printing research group. The model printed in clear plastic shows in detail how it would work. The circuits can sense temperature, feel objects, and control the arm's movement.
(Source: NewScientist.com)

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Rob Spiegel
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Cool bunch of objects
Rob Spiegel   11/1/2013 10:50:13 AM
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That's a pretty cool collection of 3D printed objects. 3D printing came out of nowhere and now it's going everywhere. Loved the cappuccino art.

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   11/4/2013 5:39:00 AM
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Impressive slideshow! Thanks for showing us the cutting edge of what's possible.

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   11/4/2013 5:42:23 AM
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The 3D printed arm and the Khora are especially impressive. The arm especially could go a long way to helping people and making high-tech prosthetics more affordable for people.

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ungarn   11/4/2013 10:30:19 PM
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I would really like to know how Khora will handle the licensing and copyright.  I am sure users will want "prints" of NFL Football logos, or Marvel Comics characters.

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   11/5/2013 7:05:40 AM
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Yes, you bring up a good point, ungarn. That is one thing that will have to be sorted out with all of this 3D printing--the copyrights of things being duplicated.

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Cabe Atwell   9/10/2014 6:57:20 PM
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Ah, the card connectors is cheating but the 3D art is incredible.

Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   11/4/2013 6:43:09 PM
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Yes, 3D printing has been around a while. Part of the recent explosion in interest in it stems from the name -- 3D printing. I wrote about stereolithography 20 years ago and there wasn't much interest in it. Similarly, the use of the terms "selective laser sintering" and "fused deposition modeling" didn't send anyone's heart racing, either. But the name "3D printer" captured the public's interest, and captured the interest of the mainstream press, even though many "3D printers" don't look like printers at all. The clever name will ultimately allow the world to consider it long enough to see the amazing things a that an FDM machine or SLS machine can do.

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Rob Spiegel   11/5/2013 6:02:07 AM
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Thanks for the history lesson, Chuck. I've been wondering where this techology came from. It seemed like it popped out of nowhere. As well as being an attractive name, 3D printing clearly describes the object's function.

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more history
NadineJ   11/3/2013 9:49:15 AM
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It's too bad that you didn't talk about the history of 3D printing instead.  The slideshow is nice but connecting the dots to history would have been more informative and interesting.

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Feedwire Spool for the $100 Printer
RTristani   11/4/2013 8:46:33 AM
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The $100 printer is amazing!  Cups, bowls, perhaps a version of tupperware?  We can always hope.  Does anyone know where he gets his spools of plastic?  I have wondered if one could adapt weedwacker wire.

Thank you for the article!

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William K.   11/4/2013 8:23:55 PM
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Good news, whic is that those expensive spools of plastic are not at all the only way to print with plastic. A mechanisation quite similar to a hot glue gun can dispense small drops of molten plastic, which can be from ordinary regrind plastic. LOts cheaper and available in a whole lot more places. And the mechanism may even be simpler than the feed for the plastic string stock. The main downside is needing to reload a bit more often. But extruding drops of melted regrind is a great way to make things indeed.

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Jim S   11/4/2013 10:10:43 AM
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I think the prosthetic hand points to the future. Imagine if stem cells taken from your body could be grown and printed to form a new replacement body part that was genetically the same as the owner. There would be no rejection issues. I believe this will happen, just a matter of time.

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