The rush to make personal protective equipment like facemasks and face shields using 3D printers shows that the technology can help circumvent global supply chain disruptions.
A manufacturing engineer describes the concept for a technology that could lead to more efficient production – and perhaps a tool to revive US manufacturing.
Why wait for parts and equipment to arrive from Earth when you can print your own from moondust?
Manufacturing errors, undetected by inexpert consumers, may be more dangerous than other threats from 3D-printed guns.
Seniors and other people suffering from arthritis could do more daily tasks for themselves, and save money, by 3D printing their own small plastic aids, like key holders and pill-splitters.
Is 3D printing better for the environment than conventional manufacturing? The jury is still out.
There are plans to build the world's first 3D printed house – but the potential for construction could be far greater.
Scanning physical items constructed with nefarious intent can introduce malware into a smartphone or computer.
There are loads of applications for 3D printers in space.
The work of Australian designer Berto Pandolfo shows how 3D printing can be claimed as a craft technology.
People will still be needed on factory floors, even as robots become more common. Future operators will have technical support and be super-strong, super-smart and constantly connected.
Today, the U.S. is leading the robotics revolution. But without timely investment, China will overtake us, and could permanently put Americans out of work.
3D printing still exists in a legal grey area. This area is slowly being defined as courts prosecute the first cases but, is current copyright and criminal law keeping up with the technology?
3D printed food is already here, but not everyone is convinced it looks edible.
Latest Queensland raids suggest criminals are potentially adopting 3D printers at an industrial scale
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?
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.