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Forget filaments; Sculptify 3D printer uses pellets

A 3D printer on Kickstarter hopes to turn the tide away from filament and over to pellets to save techies money and expand printing options.

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3D printing still years away for most consumers -- Gartner

Although the popularity of 3D printing is growing in certain niches, mainstream consumer adoption is five to 10 years away, says research firm Gartner.

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3D-printed face implant gets FDA approval

FDA gives the nod to a 3D-printed facial implant that can be customized for individual patients in need of facial-reconstruction surgery.

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A tool for creating crazy paper airplane designs (pictures)

Pteromys, from Autodesk Research, is a tool that uses science and complex computation to make nearly any-user designed paper airplane fly.

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3D-printed saxophone makes sweet plastic music

The creator of a 3D-printed band tackles the making of an alto saxophone and delivers a surprisingly soulful instrument.

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Sell your 3D-printed My Little Pony fan art with Hasbro's blessing

Bronies with 3D design skills have an official outlet for hocking My Little Pony creations thanks to a partnership between Hasbro and Shapeways.

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Need a 3D printer? Hit the hardware store

Home Depot and MakerBot team up to bring 3D printers to the masses. Here's why the unusual pairing makes perfect sense.

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BMW gives thumbs-up to 3D printing with custom-created thumbs

Workers in a BMW factory are being issued thumb guards specifically tailored to their hands as they build cars.

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3D printing helps surgeons save 5-year-old's life

Spanish surgeons frustrated by a young boy's seemingly inoperable tumor turn to 3D printing to tackle the challenging operation.

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For your ears only: Startup wants to 3D-print custom earbuds

Startup OwnPhones plans to use 3D-printing magic to tailor wireless earbuds to a wearer's ear, thus delivering the perfect fit.

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Google's Nest Thermostat talks to your car, washing machine

Nest Labs opens its platform so the smart thermostat and smoke detector can communicate with other appliances and apps. And Intel shows off a walking, talking 3D-printed robot anyone can build and program.

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This 3D-printed three-sided die is a work of modern art

If you're a dice completist, then you might want to add this beautiful three-sided die to your collection of rolling numbered objects.

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