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Hanna Watkin

Hanna is a freelance journalist and writer from a dead-end county in deepest England who has come to Berlin to seek her fortune and write about the future (see:3D printing). Avid internet enthusiast and night owl.

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No Foam, Thank You Mar 16, 2018
Loop High-Fidelity Earplugs Protect Your Hearing and Prevent Tinnitus

Loop is a Belgium company helping people avoid hearing loss without "looking like a dork". 3D printing is used to create the earplugs which combine an acoustic channel and filter for natural sound. Choose from eight colors.

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Best of Both Worlds Mar 15, 2018
Fraunhofer IPA Combine 3D Printing and Injection Molding Advantages

Fraunhofer IPA researchers combined additive manufacturing and injection molding to create the Additive Freeform Casting process which benefits from the advantages of both technologies.

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At One with Nature Mar 15, 2018
3D Printed Cabin of Curiosities Aims to Address Housing Shortage

Startup Emerging Objects has used the 3D printing of recycled material to create the "Cabin of Curiosities". A proof of concept as part of a research project, the cabin, built in a backyard in Oakland, is made up of 3D printed tiles which have pockets for vegetation.

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Glitter Shooting Superhero Mar 14, 2018
Project Unicorn Glitter Prosthetic Gets Extra Sparkle from colorFabb

Nonprofit organization, Born Just Right, has partnered with Netherlands-based 3D printing filament company, colorFabb, to iterate on "Project Unicorn". Part of an endeavor of 12-year-old Jordan Reeves, the project is to design and build a custom prosthetic which shoots glitter.

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Improving the Drone Mar 13, 2018
MakerBot Design Series Improves a Micro Drone using 3D Printing

A MakerBot employee reverse engineered a micro drone, using 3D printing to create a new outer shell for the motors, electronic boards and battery.

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"Alexa, Break Out The Time Machine" Mar 13, 2018
Gramazon: Turn Your Amazon Echo Dot Into a Gramophone with 3D Printing

Recently purchased an Amazon Echo Dot but not in love with its eerie futuristic attitude? Maker Baard Fleistad has created the Gramazon, a 3D printable gramophone attachment to give your AI device a 1920s makeover.

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Gimmie Shelter Mar 12, 2018
Live at SXSW: $4,000 3D Printed Homes for Those Who Lack Shelter

The construction company ICON is working together with the charity New Story to combat inadequate housing across the globe. Using ICON's Vulcan 3D printer, the collaborative effort aims to 3D print 650-square-foot homes that are affordable and sustainable.  

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No Highs, No Lows, Must be a Bose ;-) Mar 12, 2018
Bose Develops AR Sunglasses which use Sound

Bose, the American audio systems company, used 3D printing to create a prototype for AR sunglasses which use sound rather than a camera and screen. 

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Lights, Camera, Action Mar 9, 2018
Turn Your Phone into an Action Camera with the 3D Printed Periscope Case

Defox has launched the 3D printed Periscope Case on Crowd Supply. The case is dubbed the working man's Go Pro and can turn your phone into an action camera. 

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Better Together Mar 9, 2018
Sony Mobile and PostNord Group Work Together on 3D Scanning, 3D Printing, and Distributing

PostNord Group and Sony Mobile are working together to make the 3D market accessible for both businesses and consumers. The first stage is enabling customers to print models from the Sony Mobile app which are then distributed by PostNord.

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Light Fantastic Mar 8, 2018
Werteloberfell 3D Prints onto Japanese Silk Paper to Create “Panel Light” Structures

German design studio WertelOberfell experimented with 3D printing to create"Panel Light", based on Isamu Noguchi's paper lanterns. They can be printed very quickly and use very little material.

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Kim Kardashian Kake Mar 8, 2018
Baker Creates Life-Size Kim Kardashian Cake With 3D Printing

A Kim Kardashian double has commissioned a baker to create a life-size cake of the celebrity. The cake took ten days to make and 3D printing was used to create Kim K's face.

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Puzzles for Learning Mar 8, 2018
3D Printing and Distributing the Fittle Puzzle to Help People in India Learn Braille

Fittle is the world's first 3D printed braille puzzle which is open source. It's helping visually impaired people in India learn to read braille quickly and efficiently.

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Bringing Together Art and Awareness Mar 7, 2018
Venus de Milo Receives 3D Printed Prosthetics for Handicap International Campaign

Venus de Milo and other statues in Paris, France received 3D printed prosthetic arms as part of Handicap International's #BodyCantWait campaign.

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Wheels of Change Mar 7, 2018
Goodyear Creates Oxygene 3D Printed Concept Tire to Improve Air Quality

American tire company Goodyear will debut a 3D printed tire concept this week at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show. Called Oxygene, the tire touts many potential environmental benefits, including improving air quality in cities and recycling old waste rubber.

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"The Future is Bright" Mar 6, 2018
3D Printable Gallium Alloys Could Lead the Way for Flexible Electronics

Oregon State University's College of Engineering researchers have made progress in the ability to rapidly manufacture flexible electronics and soft robotics.

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When the going gets tough... Mar 5, 2018
3D Ecoprinters and Scavenged Plastic Help Disaster Recovery Teams in the Solomon Islands

Dr Mazher Mohammed is working on a project with Deakin University and Plan International to use waste plastic and "ecoprinters" to help disaster recovery teams.

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Better Treatments Mar 5, 2018
3D Bioprinting Models to Better Understand and Treat Neurodegenerative Diseases

Scientists from Manchester, UK are using 3D bioprinting to investigate and better understand the brain's neurovascular unit (NVU) which will hopefully lead to improved treatments for neurodegenerative diseases.

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Floating in Berlin Mar 4, 2018
Suspended Tree Sculpture Created with 3D Pen and Wood Filament

On display at the Super Bien! greenhouse for contemporary art in Berlin is the sculpture Portrait of a Birch by artist Martin Binder. Entirely drawn by hand using a 3D printing pen, it is some 4 meters of suspended wood-blended filament.

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No More Cords! Mar 2, 2018
Safely Charging a Smartphone with a Laser Beam

Researchers from the University of Washington are developing a method for charging a smartphone once it's placed on a tabletop by using a laser beam and safety features, such as 3D printed retroreflectors.

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