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In 2013, Investors Finally Figured Out That 3D Printing Is Going To Be Huge

(via Makerbot Industries)

3D printing has been talked about for years as a potentially groundbreaking technology, and it looks like investors finally got the memo. Funding for 3D printing companies in 2013 was 319 percent higher than the previous year, says a report on the CB Insights blog.

“Previously, consumers didn’t really know how to get things printed with their 3D printers,” CB Insights founder Anand Sanwal told Betabeat. “By having a growing marketplace to lead the space, the applications will be more clear and usage will have a lower barrier of entry.” Read More


You Can Now Buy a Totally Fake, Plastic Google Glass Replica Online

Here's a Google Glass-shaped piece of plastic. (Shapeways)

Are you getting bullied by all your geeky friends because you applied to be a Google Glass Explorer, but didn’t get chosen? Now you can trick your tormenters by ordering a 3D-printed totally fake Google Glass replica. (Or better yet, go out and find a new friend group.)

The product, not-so-catchily named “Google Glass Replica Fake MK3,” is a $59.44 piece of plastic that looks like Glass, but isn’t equipped with a computer of any kind. In other words, users get to experience all the appearance-related disadvantages of Google Glass, without getting to enjoy any of its groundbreaking technology. Cool! The replica is available for purchase on Shapeways.com, an online marketplace where users can create, buy and sell 3D-printed products. Read More

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Military Vet Opens 3D Printing Store in Washington Heights

Mr. Castanos smiling for the camera in 3D Heights

Something really cool is happening in Washington Heights—like, a thousand times cooler than that random MTV reality show from last year.

Military veteran Jerry Castanos—who spent eight years in Afghanistan and eleven years, total, overseas—recently opened a 3D printing store in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Upper Manhattan, where he grew up. The store, aptly named 3D Heights, is located on Broadway between 172nd and 173rd Streets, and is run by military veterans and local community members. Read More

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Startup Rundown: Birchbox Hits the Red Carpet, And Now You Can 3-D-Print Food

Check out these sweet Birchboxes. (Birchbox)

Birchbox Hits the Red Carpet

Never ones to miss out on a culturally relevant partnership, Birchbox announced today that it’s teaming up with Us Weekly in honor of Oscar season. Launching in February, the Oscars-themed Birchbox will feature items hand-picked by Us Weekly Beauty Director Gwen Flamberg and inspired by the most popular looks on this year’s red carpets. Following the awards show, on March 2, Birchbox will be offering Oscars fanatics even more red carpet-inspired goodies in its online “Get the Look” shop. Will J. Law be for sale? Read More

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Soon You Will Be Able to 3D Print Your Own Disposable Undies

Like an ACE bandage for your junk (Photo: Tamicare)

Modern life is full of mundane problems like lukewarm coffee and linty sweaters. One issue we’ve never run into is that of inaccessible, too-permanent undies. But tech is going to solve it anyway, with disposable underwear you can 3D print from the safety of your own 3D printing room.

An Israeli couple has invented “Cosyflex,” a material that feels like cloth and can be made into the stunning beige briefs seen at left. It’s biodegradable, stretchy and disposable, CNet reports. Read More

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Scientists Are 3D Printing Poop Now–You Know, For Science

So lifelike.

We’ve been wondering what 3D printers can really be used for aside from manufacturing hairless Troll dolls and illegal guns. Lo and behold, the answer is full scale replicas of poop–special eff-excrements, if you will.

In researching this story, Betabeat learned of a whole new world of poop categorization known as the Bristol Stool Form Scale, or BSFS, via Discover Mag. It’s a measurement system for figuring out how long your doo doo has been traveling through your intestines. It involves looking at one’s waste and describing it with a range of verbal descriptors named after food, like “sausage” and “chicken nuggets.” Appetizing. Read More