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Shapeshifting: 3D printed materials that change shape over time. Dan Raviv/Scientific Reports

Explainer: what is 4D printing?

Additive manufacturing – or 3D printing – is 30 years old this year. Today, it’s found not just in industry but in households, as the price of 3D printers has fallen below US$1,000. Knowing you can print…
Ian Burkhart moves his paralysed hand using the thought-controlled Neurobridge brain implant. Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Nanotechnology to outer space: ten top tech innovations of 2014

Don’t be mesmerised by cool apps and flashy new gizmos – the top technology inventions of the year are ones that will have a lasting effect. Most are advances in fields that are already changing us. Some…
The 3D printing market is expected to be worth US$16.2 billion a year by 2018. EPA/Bas Czerwinski

The 3D revolution is upon us – and designers need better protection

3D printing is predicted to transform the business landscape of design-led innovation. But how well protected are Australian designs from unauthorised use? IP Australia – which administers Australia’s…
Nothing to wear this evening? Sorry, but 3D printing can’t help. Rain Rabbit

3D printing possibilities are beautiful but not limitless

3D printing has to be a contender for the most talked about technology award at the moment. Gone are the days when I’d start talking about my research in this area only to be met with glazed eyes or polite…
The floodgates are open, bring on the age of 3D printing. S zillayali

The printed face is just the beginning of a 3D revolution

The news that a man in Wales was able to have his face reconstructed after a serious motorbike accident has brought the wonder of 3D printing to the mainstream. It’s the result of changes in regulation…
3D printed hat - just the thing for Melbourne Cup. Flickr/ Hindrik S

What price our fascination with cheaper 3D printing?

The future of 3D printing is firming up as it moves from do-it-yourself tinkerers to key players selling complete consumer solutions. This shift brings important ecological and socio-economic implications…
A home-made hexapod robot on display at a Mini Maker Faire at Somerville in the US. Chris Devers

Makers bridge the gap between science and art

One evening when I was young, my father confiscated my radio because he said I was playing it too loud (I wasn’t). Fortunately, I had a bunch of broken down receivers in my room, so I built a new one…
A scan of a 380million-year-old tooth from a fossil shark found at Gogo, Western Australia, showing internal canals and other features. Tim Senden

Resurrecting dinosaurs with medical scanners and 3D printers

Accurate copies of fossilised bones can now be made from the combined use of computed tomography (CT) scans and 3D printers…
Bacteria, such as Staphylococcus aureus, communicate via chemical signals – and can now be studied in three dimensions. NIAID

3D printed structures reveal bacterial ‘chit-chat

In an article published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers from the University of…
3D printing holds many advantages for the manufacturing industry, including the ability to print moving parts. John Biehler

Can 3D printing rebuild manufacturing in Australia?

It’s not easy being a small business in the current manufacturing environment. The face of manufacturing is changing, and businesses are eager for technological advances that could give them a competitive…
Cheap construction of intricate designs. fdecomite

3D printing market is booming as the buzz catches on

3D printing stocks jumped early this week following analyst Kenneth Wong’s assertion that the market could triple in the next five years. But why the sudden attention? The possible economic impact of 3D…
Very good Miss, but how do I print a gun? RiAus

Are you ready for your child, the 3D printing genius?

In his new National Curriculum for schools in England, announced this week, Education Secretary Michael Gove pledged to modernise design and technology education. This is thought to include introducing…
In the wake of gun blueprints freely available online, 3D printers have had a bad rap, even though their benefits will vastly outweigh any negatives. Garry - www.visionandimagination.com

Don’t shun 3D printers – they might save your life one day

Talking only about 3D printers and guns is like watching a movie in fast forward, slowing down only to watch the bits where people die. But in the whole story of 3D printing, guns are only one short scene…

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