Using a 3D printer, researchers created a device that allowed a baby to breathe.
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Now software can quickly generate some guesses about a photograph’s properties in the third dimension, and 3D printing can create a print that simulates them.
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NASA is reportedly giving a 3D printing company a six month, $125,000 grant to work on the project.
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Don’t let the excitement around 3D printed guns obscure the reality about 3D printing which can be a great force for good.
People are using 3D printing technology for all kinds of things — even guns! Anjan Contractor thinks 3D printing can solve the world’s hunger problem, and NASA is backing him with a $125,000 grant to build his food printer. Since 3D printing food requires that food to be built in layers, what better food to start with than pizza?
Contractor imagines a world where every home has a food printer loaded with shelf-stable powders and oils used to build food. NASA just wants to solve the problem of keeping food from spoiling on extended space missions like a manned mission to Mars. If the end result is 3D-printed space-pizza, then I think we all win in the end.
A prototype of Contractor’s design was seen 3D printing chocolate back in November:
The proposed system would use powdered versions of basic elements of foods. They would be combined with other powdered food elements, water, and oils and extruded through a nozzle. In the case of the pizza, the machine would first print the dough, which would cook while being printed. It would then add some version of tomato sauce and a “protein layer.”
We’re willing to bet the first batch of 3D-printed space-pizzas won’t hold up when compared to some of our favorite pizza places here in New York, but since none of those are 3D-printed or can be prepared in space, we think Contractor’s pizza still might have the edge.
Now how soon before we get the food hydrator from Back to the Future II? Also hoverboards. I want to skate around on a hoverboard and eat 3D-printed space-pizza.
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Anjan Contractor’s 3D food printer might evoke visions of the “replicator” popularized in Star Trek, from which Captain Picard was constantly interrupting himself to order tea. And indeed Contractor’s company, Systems & Materials Research Corporation, just got a six month, $125,000 grant from NASA to create a prototype of his universal food synthesizer
But Contractor, a mechanical engineer with a background in 3D printing, envisions a much more mundane—and ultimately more important—use for the technology. He sees a day when every kitchen has a 3D printer, and the earth’s 12 billion people feed themselves customized, nutritionally-appropriate meals synthesized one layer at a time, from cartridges of powder and oils they buy at the corner grocery store Read more…
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Making food with 3D printers is not a new concept, but it is still largely in the realm of science fiction. NASA wants to make science fiction into reality sooner than later, however, and it’s throwing plenty of money towards those at the cutting edge of the technology.
Quartz reports that NASA has awarded Systems & Materials Research Corporation a $125,000 grant to continue work on what company head, Anjan Contractor, calls a universal food synthesizer. As currently envisioned, the technology would use cartridges of powders and oils to create complex foods one layer at a time.
NASA is understandably interested in the technology as it would provide plenty of inexpensive food to space travelers. The current goal is to have the food cartridges last up to 30 years. It would ensure that any long distance space travel plans to Mars and beyond wouldn’t suffer from food spoilage.
Of course, space travel isn’t the only thing that this particular 3D printer would make easier. Feeding the world’s population would be a cinch if everybody owned a 3D printer and a number of inexpensive food cartridges that only doled out what a person needs so no food is wasted. It seems impossible Continue reading »
We now live in a world where a 3D printed gun is not out of the realm of possibility. In fact, it’s very real, and people are improving the design in minor ways every day. Now one 3D printing enthusiast has taken the next logical step – 3D printed ammunition.
YouTube user taofledermaus has what he reckons is the first 3D printed bullet. There’s a small bit of metal in the front of the bullet to add weight, but it’s still mostly plastic.
Now, this is mostly just a hobbyist thing for now. You’re probably not going to see 3D printed bullets being loaded into guns anytime soon. Even then, 3D printed bullets, at least when fired from a shotgun, lack any kind of spin. Much like plastic riot bullets, these bullets aren’t lethal when handled correctly.
We may see more videos from taofledermaus in the future as he mentioned that he and his friends are attempting to make The Liberator. It will be interesting to see if the first fully 3D printed gun can fire what I assume to be the first 3D printed bullets.
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