Law and Order
The “Maker Movement,” which seeks to revitalize American Manufacturing with open source tools and 3D printers, and has captured the attention of everyone from Silicon Valley entrepreneurs to the White House. So why shouldn’t an ecommerce giant like Amazon try to edge their way into the action?
Amazon launched a new store for 3D-printed goods Read More
Megumi Igarashi is being held by Japanese authorities on suspicion of breaking obscenity laws, the Guardian reports. Ms. Igarashi isn’t suspected of flashing someone, or even sexting. Instead, she was arrested because she scanned her vagina and distributed the code for it to be 3D-printed.
Ms. Igarashi was hoping to turn the code into a Read More
Welcome to Freshly Minted, where we examine an overlooked deal or funding announcement in tech from the past week, and tell you what you need to know, and why it matters.
This week’s deal: Matterport, a real estate startup that uses 3D camera technology, closed a $16 million Series B.
Matterport makes an expensive Read More
Some Assembly Required
Everyone can name a friend or two who complains that standard-issue earbuds fall out of their ears or cause them pain after a while. A new startup is seeking to solve that problem by creating 3D-printed earbuds with photos of customers’ ears.
Called Normal, the company was founded by Nikki Kaufman, a founding team member Read More
Each year, smarter, more efficient robots join assembly lines and put skilled mechanics out of a job. But BMW is helping its workers fight back, and has started 3D printing physical enhancements for its factory workers so they can break the rising tide of the machine takeover.
BMW has started custom-designing and 3D printing thumb carapaces to protect workers from the strain of their labor. To develop the super-thumbs, the team at the BMW manufacturing plant in Munich teamed up with the Technical University of Munich’s Ergonomics Department to use 3D printing — which BMW calls the “talk of the town” — to solve the problem of thumb strain.
As long as we’ve had 3D printing, scientists have been working on the science fiction utopian vision of using stem cells to 3D print custom organs. The trouble with printing human hearts, kidneys, lungs and other organs is that they need blood vessels — a 3D printed liver is just a lump of dead tissue unless it Read More
The Future Will See You Now
On my desk sits a small marble bust of the emperor Marcus Aurelius. It was carved in 1840, twenty years before Matthew Arnold’s famous essay about the philosopher king, but a thousand and a half years after the great man walked on earth.
Marcus and the other stoics would say that these years matter very little in the grand scope of time. That between then and now, people have done the same thing they’ve always done: lived, died, slept, cheated, hated, loved, excelled, failed and on and on.
The tech world has been buzzing about Amazon’s new Fire Phone, which has a small array of simple 3D cameras on the front. But today, Intel showed off their new 3D camera tech, and it already makes Amazon’s attempt seem quaint.
Intel has been working for years and has spent “hundreds of millions of dollars” on developing the depth-sensing cameras. They call the technology RealSense because of the lifelike way the cameras take the world in.
Don't Phunk With My 3D Printer
With all of the bizarre, generally needless applications for 3D printers, it’s easy to forget there are effective humanitarian uses for the technology.
A 3D printing competition next week called the Tikkun Olam Make-a-thon (TOM) will bring “makers” together with the disabled to design unique tools for those with special needs. On the third day, Read More
While the unveiling of tiny houses and prosthetics for baby ducks shows the industry has potential, we didn’t expect to see a Black Eyed Peas star leading the 3D printing parade.
Will.I.Am has partnered with Coca-Cola to release 3D Systems’ newest printer, The Ekocycle Cube, later this year.
In a short video Read More