Beyond making guns at home, 3D printing could help countries secretly develop nuclear weapons and terrorists stage more effective attacks. How do we protect innovation and ourselves?
3D printing is opening doors to amazing opportunities and benefits – as well as some undeniable dangers. Patience and caution about regulating it will yield more innovation.
Why carry building materials from Earth into space, when we can build structures by 3D printing using materials found out there?
Work is already underway to repair the damage to the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria, but we need to question if technology will take things too far.
Computer simulation and 3D printing are allowing scientists to develop faster, safer ways to test medical devices without installing them in live humans or animals.
Face transplants are one of the great leaps forward of 21st-century medicine. But soon they may not be necessary.
As 3D printing gets cheaper and easier to use, what might children - the next generation of innovators - make?
Our civilisation is built on chemistry, and the science has a bright future, with the launch of a new Decadal Plan that will steer the science into the future.
There's a lot of hype around 3D printing – should we believe it?
It won't happen overnight but it will happen.
Researchers have found a way to turn cheap 3D printers into a simple method for making super-strong but light composite materials for things like aircraft.
Copyright law had to figure out how to deal with digital media. Now 3D printers – and their capacity for infringement – are poised to challenge the patent system in a similar way.
The discovery of Homo naledi has been a social media sensation, recording an extraordinary number of views – more than 170,000 – for a scientific paper.
Using technology to recreate heritage items can help connect nations.
At the nexus of medical science, engineering, computer science and 3D printing is the biofabricator, a new career for the 21st century.
A new study has shown that high frequency vibrations can cause bricks to self-assemble into a larger 3D cylinder, a finding that may one day help do away with the need for assembly lines.
Imagine if you could build a home on the moon out of moon dust. That just one of the possibilities being explored for 3D printing.
Here's how some of the world's oldest cultural institutions are using drones and 3D printing to bring their collections to life.
A new hopping robot shows how unusual 3D printed structures could pave the way for machines that better mimic living creatures.
Australia has a bright future in advanced manufacturing, but it will be a turbulent transition that we need to manage carefully.