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5 Bizarre Uses for 3D Printing

Applications for 3D printing continue to evolve. Here are five uses cases that might surprise you.
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5 Bizarre Uses for 3D Printing
By Heather Redding · 9 August, 2017 • Applications for 3D printing continue to evolve. Here are five uses cases that might surprise you.
EduExo DIY Kit Lets You Build Exoskeletons
By Steve Crowe · 11 May, 2017 • EduExo is a 3D-printable, Arduino-powered kit for students, hobbyists and educators that teaches how to build exoskeletons.
Meet the LiveWorx Robotics Lineup
By Steve Crowe · 8 May, 2017 • Meet the speaker lineup for the Robotics & Autonomous Vehicles Track at LiveWorx 2017, including Boston Engineering, CyPhy Works, Jibo, MIT, Soft Robotics, Vecna, WPI and more.
Dancing Robot Teapot Brings Mrs. Potts to Life
By Steve Crowe · 21 April, 2017 • This 3D-printed robot teapot includes four servos, two in its hips and two in its ankles, to dance to the music it plays.
NASA Wants 3D-Printed Houses on Mars for Astronauts
By RT Staff · 21 February, 2017 • Habitats for the first astronauts on Mars could be 3D printed, by extracting and refining metals from the soil. A professor from the University of Central Florida is working with NASA on how to do so.
Mini 3D-Printed Lens Could Help Robots See Better
By Steve Crowe · 21 February, 2017 • Researchers at the University of Stuttgart have developed a tiny 3D-printed camera lens that allows for speedier image processing. This lens could help drones, robots and self-driving cars see better.
Coffee Maker Turns into 3D Printer
By RT Staff · 7 February, 2017 • If you're a tinkerer looking to build yourself a 3D printer, check out what Tropical Labs did with an old coffee maker. The company turned a Norelco 12 coffee maker into a working 3D printer.
3D-Printed Heart-on-a-Chip Could End Animal Testing
By RT Staff · 24 October, 2016 • The first entirely 3D-printed organ-on-a-chip with integrated sensing has been built by researchers from Harvard University. The 3D-printed heart-on-a-chip can be customized to a patient's disease or heart structure to help scientists collect reliable data for short-term and long-term studies.
MIT Wants to Reinvent 3D Printing
By MIT News · 17 May, 2016 • As MIT course challenges students to reinvent 3D printing, professor John Hart aims to share approach with others.
MIT 3D Prints Hydraulic Robots
By MIT News · 8 April, 2016 • MIT's method of printing solid and liquid materials simultaneously allows them to create robotic structures that can be hydraulically powered.
How to 3D Print a Working Ghostbusters Ghost Trap
By Steve Crowe · 15 March, 2016 • Have you always wanted a Ghostbusters ghost trap of your own? Here's how you can build a working ghost trap with doors, sounds, lights and smoke using a 3D printer.
3D Printed Vascular Tissue Lives Up to 6 Weeks
By RT Staff · 10 March, 2016 • The Wyss Institute's new bioprinting technique creates thick 3D tissues composed of human stem cells and embedded vasculature, with potential applications in drug testing and regenerative medicine.
MakerGirl 3D Printing Workshops Inspire Future Female STEM Leaders
By Steve Crowe · 4 March, 2016 • MakerGirl introduces young girls to STEM through interactive 3D printing workshops where the girls brainstorm, design and print their own projects.
Scientists 3D Print Transplantable Human Bone
By Steve Crowe · 17 February, 2016 • The Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine has built a 3D printer that makes human-sized muscle, cartilage, and bone that all grew and developed blood vessels after being implanted into mice.
3D Printing Plays Major Role in Super Bowl 50
By Steve Crowe · 5 February, 2016 • Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis will wear a 3D-printed brace during Super Bowl 50 to protect his broken right forearm.

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