59 results for “3d printing”

Adding a new dimension to marine restoration: 3D printing coral reefs

David Klinges
September 28th 2018

The local fishermen looked on skeptically. From the deck of a small motorboat, scuba divers grabbed odd chunks of ceramic – which could be described as rocky brains stuck on stumpy stilts – and plunged into the aquamarine waters.…

Rethinking 3D Printing for the Future

Nadine Roestenburg
December 27th 2016

You don’t have to visit New York for a nice plastic souvenir of the Statue of Liberty anymore, you can easily 3D print one yourself.…

Analogue vs Digital: 3D Printing

May 13th 2015

In both vases pictured, you can put your flowers into water. Both are analogue objects. The manufacturing process is the analogue/digital difference in this case.…

Hyperform: the Future of 3D Printing

Louise Huyghebaert
February 13th 2015

"However, while 3D printers are becoming increasingly accessible and capable of rivalling the quality of professional equipment, they are still inherently limited by a small print volume, placing severe constraints on the type and scale of objects we can create."…

3D printing Tumors to Cure Cancer

Van Mensvoort
April 29th 2014

The idea of 3D printing living cells opens a lot of opportunities ranging from 3D printed organs to tissue on demand to skin replacement for burn victims.…

3D Printing a New Face

Van Mensvoort
June 9th 2012

Earlier this year, Belgian surgeons successfully performed the country's first full-face transplant using 3D printing. The operation was conducted by a medical team of Ghent University Hospital, led by Phillip Blondeel, assisted by Belgian 3D-printing company Materialise.…

3D-printing food waste into tasty products

Meike Schipper
November 27th 2018

Globally, humans produce enough food to feed 10 billion people (we are only 7 billion now) yet somehow we waste a third of this.…

3D Organ Printing

Van Mensvoort
April 8th 2010

Slowly but steadily moving from science fiction to science faction. Via Discovery.…

This 3D-Printed Structure Can Fold Itself

Charlotte Kuijpers
January 16th 2018

Researchers at the University of Technology in Delft have created flat structures able to fold themselves into three-dimensional constructions. Inspired by the art of origami, they designed 3D printed new shape shifting objects.…

3D Printed Ovaries

Julie Reindl
June 30th 2017

Bones, skulls, skin cells, 3D printing plays a big role in today's medicine and its presence will continue to grow. Researchers developed a new 3D printed bioprosthesis: in vitro ovaries made of biodegradable scaffold that might one day help women struggling with infertility.…

World’s First 3D Printed Building

Margherita Olivo
June 7th 2016

The various advantages of 3D printing technology are widely known. According to some, it will radically change how we look at the world in the near future.…

3D-Printed Shell to Save Tortoise’s Life

Margherita Olivo
May 26th 2016

It is widely known that 3D printing is a revolutionary technology. Several surgeons and medical students are using it to improve the learning process and to advance medical science, forging new frontiers in the field.…

Listening to 3D Printed Records

Alexandra Bremers
November 4th 2015

Amanda Ghassaei, currently a student at the Center for Bits and Atoms at MIT Media Lab, is a former employee at the do-it-yourself website Instructables.com.…

Bioprinting in the Kitchen of the Future

Alessia Andreotti
May 25th 2015

Bioprinting is already used in experimental medical applications, but it could probably also be employed in the meat-industry. Cultivator, by German Interaction Design students Sarah Mautsch and Aaron Abentheuer, is a speculative design project on how this technology could find its way into the kitchen of the future.…

New 3D Printer Can Save Hours of Time

Yunus Emre Duyar
April 10th 2015

From buildings to artificial organs, 3D printing has the potential to print almost anything. However, one of the biggest limits of 3D printing is its slow printing speed.…

3D Printed Eyes with WiFi Connection

Alessia Andreotti
April 1st 2015

Nowadays 3D printing is increasingly used for medical purposes and body upgrades to design devices, implants, and a variety of customized prosthetics, from a 3D printed face, to a skull, and even organs.…

The Emergence of 4D Printing

João Paulo Miranda Lammoglia
March 12th 2015

The way we build our structures has become more and more sophisticated over the last decades. But the materials used are always static, waiting for us to fit them to the required shape. What…

Interview: Chloé Rutzerveld, Designer Who Wants to Grow Healthy 3D Printed Food

Alessia Andreotti
November 30th 2014

The next guest in our interview series is Chloé Rutzerveld, young talented and promising Food and Concept designer, from Eindhoven University of Technology.…

The First 3D Printed Canal House

Francesca Barchiesi
May 6th 2014

The new way of erecting houses is no longer brick by brick, but layer by layer of 3D printed materials!

Dutch architects at Dus, together with Ultimaker company, developed a giant version of the small desktop 3D printers.…

First 3D-printed Skull implanted

Julia Weber
March 31st 2014

Almost one year ago we reported about the first full-face transplant using 3D-printed bones in Belgium. Now the first 3D-printed skull has been implanted on a 22 years old Dutch women, affected by a rare bone disease.…

Printing with Grass

Alessia Andreotti
January 14th 2014

The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence? Try a completely new way of gardening! This 3D Grass Printer allows to create a garden in any shape you can imagine!…

3D Print a New House in One Day

Jonathon Markowski
November 3rd 2013

3D printing technology is becoming more accessible, more affordable, and more useful every day. From factory tooling to movie props, 3D has countless applications – and now, you can even print your own house!…

3Doodler, a Pen for Drawing in the Air

Alessia Andreotti
September 28th 2013

3D printers have hit the mainstream. We've already talked about different sorts of 3D printing, including food, organs, buildings, and thoughts, although these are all expensive and require complicated software.…

3D Print Your Thoughts

Alessia Andreotti
June 27th 2013

How incredible would it be to imagine a thing and have it magically appear in concrete form? After food, organs and virtuality, here comes the thought printer! Thinkerthing,…

3D Print Your Body in Gummy Candy

Hendrik-Jan Grievink
March 24th 2013

People use 3D printing for various reasons, from toys to surgery to yes, even candy-making. The FabCafé in Tokyo allows you to print a perfect copy of yourself as a gummy candy.…

Swap Your Bones for an Improved, 3D-Printed Version

Alice Fumey
March 21st 2013

3D printing technology is improving quickly. The applications of these revolutionary devices are obvious regarding medicine and body science. Scientists have already created 3D-printed ears.…

3D-Printed Skin Cells as an Aesthetic Statement

Insoo Hwang
March 6th 2013

Here is a next natural form of body modification, a 3D printed tattoo. Maria, a 23 year old girl from the Netherlands, printed her skin with a design made from stem cells. For…

Printing virtuality

Arnoud van den Heuvel
September 17th 2007

Phone, internet, television, photography, even books or music: today it is hard for the mind to escape from virtual worlds. A day without communication or interaction could make us feel like we left home without a wallet.…

Who should win the ECO Coin Award 2019?

October 31st 2019

Each year we celebrate ecological heroes as part of our ECO Coin Award and this year is no different. Have you seen an inspiring person who is making the world a more sustainable place?…

Elzelinde van Doleweerd wins the ECO Coin Award 2018

December 17th 2018

The ECO Coin Award honours outstanding ecological heroes. In 2015, we handed out our first ECO Coin award to Yoyo Yogasamana for his digitalization of sustainable knowledge to preserve more than 130 existing rice varieties without any use of insecticides.…

How AI and genomics will impact the future of making babies

Vanessa Bates Ramirez
November 22nd 2018

As if stand-alone technologies weren’t advancing fast enough, we’re in age where we must study the intersection points of these technologies.…

Interview: Designer Shahar Livne is geomimicing the future of plastics

Kelly Streekstra
April 18th 2018

What if plastics one day become a rare commodity that we desire and mine from the depths of the earth’s crust?…

Games become jobs: Looking through the eye of the submarine with an X-Box controller

Kelly Streekstra
April 10th 2018

Submarines feature a special device called a periscope that allows people inside the submarine to see what's going on above water.…

From Industry 1.0 to Industry 4.0

Megan Ray Nichols
August 14th 2017

The modern warehouse has come a long way since its earliest iterations at the beginning of the industrial revolution, where massive storage facilities were needed to accommodate the mechanically produced goods of the era.…

Print Your House in a Day!

Julie Reindl
March 9th 2017

Tomorrow you could already move into your very own $10,134 home! Weather its gonna look like a spaceship, a castle or a huge piece of cake its up to you.…

Grow Your Own Bio Bot

Julie Reindl
February 28th 2017

Today on the menu, the recipe for your very own biological soft bot! Always wanted a army of self walking skeletons?…

Plastic Exoskeletons for Turtles

Nadine Roestenburg
February 25th 2017

Turtles love jellyfish. Unfortunately, they often mistake plastic bags for their favorite food. According to the United Nations Environment Program each year 100,000 marine mammals, including sea turtles, die from ocean pollution and ingestion or entanglement in marine debris; waste directly or indirectly disposed in oceans, rivers and other waterways.…

Designer Dave Hakkens is putting plastic waste to better use

Ruben Baart
November 11th 2016

We recently assigned this year’s ECO Coin Award to Dutch designer Dave Hakkens, founder of the Precious Plastic movement. With his open-source recycling machines, he gives people around the world the knowledge to locally start recycling plastic.…

Interview: Leanne Wijnsma, Designer for the Instinct Who Uses Smell as Medium

Ruben Baart
September 24th 2016

Consider this, early humans had a more developed olfactory sense. As we are slowly evolving, our sense of smell is degrading because we need it less to survive.…

The First Fully Autonomous Soft Robot

Ruben Baart
September 3rd 2016

Behold the Octobot! This robot is the first of its kind fully made of soft materials and aimed to pave the way towards a more safely interaction with humans.…

Growing Drones From Chemicals

Ruben Baart
July 15th 2016

Researchers from BAE Systems together with the University of Glasgow are experimenting with a new technology that in theory would be able to grow small-scale Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) from chemical compounds.…

The Biosphere Code Manifesto

October 10th 2015

As a result of a discussions that took place during the event The Biosphere Code in Stockholm on 4th October 2015, Stockholm University researcher Victor Galaz and colleagues outlined a manifesto for algorithms in the environment.…

Virtual Reality Dining Experience

Alessia Andreotti
January 10th 2015

Ever wished to eat anything you want without worrying about calories or allergies? It could be possible thanks to augmented reality experiments.…

Professions Of The Future

Francesca Barchiesi
October 27th 2014

As technology evolves, what today seems science fiction may become the job market of tomorrow. Experts predict that 60% of employments in the next 10 years haven't even been invented yet.…

Innovative Nostalgia

Van Mensvoort
January 1st 2014

A battle is underway between designers and engineers; at stake is the design of our technological future. It rages subtly like a moorland fire.…

The “Silk Pavilion” Combines Digital and Biological Architecture

Alessia Andreotti
August 3rd 2013

To explore the connection between biological and digital fabrication, the Mediated Matter Research Group at the MIT Media Lab studied the behavior of silkworms and designed the Silk Pavilion, a machine that creates a geodesic structure with the support of 6,500 computer-guided insects.…


Bastiaan Ekeler
June 19th 2011

Artist Dolf Veenvliet (Macouno) is creating future fossil trilobites that have yet to exist. Using generative computer models, his Entoforms are not the result of millions of years of evolving biological DNA.…

Death: An in your Face type of Business

Marco van Beers
December 6th 2010

Everyone wants to be remembered after his or her death. Some choose to be buried, others to be cremated. The company Cremation Solutions has a new service which ensures you will be remembered by your loved ones.…

How to print a building

Van Mensvoort
May 7th 2009

In the nineties laser printers revolutionized graphic design. Currently 3d desktop printers are revolutionizing industrial design. Next we will be printing buildings and revolutionize architecture.…

Aleph Farms just grew meat in space for the first time

Freya Hutchings
October 9th 2019

Hello meat lovers! In vitro meat innovator Aleph Farms has taken the saying 'one small step for man and one giant leap for mankind' to a whole new level.…

Next Nature Gift Guide 2018

December 19th 2018

The season of giving has come and to make sure you can find the perfect gift for your loved ones we have brought together a collection of Next Nature inspired goodies.…

Should lab-grown meat be labelled as meat when it’s available for sale?

Hope Johnson
March 25th 2018

Australian regulators will soon be faced with a challenge: can animal flesh produced in a lab be called meat?

Amid reports that lab-grown meat could be on sale this year, the US Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) last month filed a petition to the US government advocating for a legal definition of “beef” and “meat”.…

HUBOT: Meet the Organ Designer

October 27th 2017

Now that organ printing is a reality, we can start designing body parts as well. As an organ designer, you develop genetic algorithms from which organs are grown to perfectly fit the recipient’s body, but also to meet the personal wishes of the patient.…

Heart Repair with Spinach Leaves

Julie Reindl
April 19th 2017

Want to become a "plant-org", half plant half human? This might soon be possible thanks to a new engeneering technique. Scientists are developing a new approach in tissues regeneration to replace damaged human heart tissues with decelluralized spinach leaves.…

Meeting the Future at TodaysArt

Monika Kozub
September 29th 2016

Last week The Hague hosted the 12th edition of TodaysArt, a festival dedicated to contemporary experiments in music, art and digital culture. As the event - called "Public Under Construction" - incorporated meetings, performances, installations and concerts all focused on the future, it gave more questions than answers.…

No-Waste Architecture From Seawater

Margherita Olivo
April 28th 2016

Erosion and desertification are two of the biggest changes we are facing today. According to the United Nations they are "the greatest threat to our planet".…

Bio-Printer Creates Living Body Parts

Margherita Olivo
February 29th 2016

Hopes for easier and more affordable transplant surgeries are getting higher thanks to a new bio-printer able to use living cells to 3D print body parts.…

Digital Gastronomy

Van Mensvoort
January 23rd 2010

The food printer seems to be one of those lustrous concepts that continues to pop-up in the fantasy of techno-connoisseurs. Some years ago James King already proposed a printed designers steak after being inspired by the disembodied cuisine project.…

Do It Yourself Pet

October 30th 2009

Image: A. Sidorov

Have you ever fantasized about creatures which carry the biggest smile? Or creatures which are so deeply covered with fur that you wish they were real?…