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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.

By Hanna Watkin

Mar 2, 2018
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No More Cords!
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.

Mar 2, 2018
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Say Cheese
3D Printed Hyperspectral Imagers Brings Better Imaging to Drones

Researchers are using 3D printing to create lightweight hyperspectral imagers which can be carried by drones for a cheaper cost than usual which will make the technology more accessible.

Mar 1, 2018
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Smokin'
Scent Tray is a Beautiful 3D Printed Incense Holder and Ashtray

An artist based in Vancouver is using direct metal laser sintering technology to create beautiful incense holders and show off the possibilities for designing with and using 3D printing. 

Mar 1, 2018
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3D Printing Driving Innovation
Material Research Laboratory in Ireland Gets €4.3-Million for 3D Printing

Game changing 3D printing technology is coming to Ireland's Amber materials science research center at Trinity College Dublin, thanks to €4.3 million in funding from the Science Foundation Ireland and European Research Council.

Feb 28, 2018
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A Present Fit for a Tsar
Designing and 3D Printing a Faberge Egg from Scratch

For his wife's birthday, maker Aleksander Wróblewski took inspiration from Russian Tsars to design and 3D print a Farberge egg from scratch which could hold a surprise. 

Feb 27, 2018
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DIY Tank Project
YouTuber 3D Prints and Tests a Screw Drive RC Tank

Create your own radio controlled 3D printed screw driver tank by following along with YouTuber Ivan Miranda's latest six part project.  

Feb 27, 2018
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Save the Bees
Can the 3D Printed Synthetic Pollenizer Help the Bee Population?

A conceptual 3D printed idea called the Synthetic Pollenizer by an artist from Brisbane could help us keep bee populations alive and thriving. 

Feb 26, 2018
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Streamlining Services
Voxeljet to Send 500,000 Liters of 3D Printed Sand to TEI During Three-Year Contract

Voxeljet announced that it's signed a three-year contract with Tooling and Equipment International (TEI) meaning they'll supply the company with 500,000 liters of 3D printed sand over this time.

Feb 24, 2018
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New Ways to Learn
Wikimedia Commons Enables 3D Model Uploads and Downloads

Wikimedia Commons has enabled a new feature which will allow you to upload 3D models and the first to be uploaded is a model created by the #NEWPALMYRA project, honoring Bassel Khartabil. 

Feb 23, 2018
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Ready, Set, LEGO
Legoland to Open VR Roller Coaster Ride in Florida

Lego is now opening the first VR roller coaster ride called the "Great Lego Race" in March at the Legoland Florida resort. Visitors have the option of wearing a headset and plunging themselves into the Lego world.

Feb 22, 2018
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Bigger and Better
Voodoo Manufacturing Goes Big with Large-Format Print Service

Voodoo manufacturing is supersizing its offerings with the announcement that the company now provides large-format 3D printing. Its customers can now order 3D printed parts in PLA up to eight times larger than before with a five day turnaround.

Feb 21, 2018
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New Ways to Share
Facebook Supports New Format for Interactive 3D Model Uploads

You can now digitally sculpt a 3D model and upload it straight to Facebook to share with your friends. But, better yet, Facebook is now offering support for higher-quality glTF 2.0 files.

Feb 21, 2018
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3,2,1 Gnome Off!
3D Printed Gnome Goes to Space to Celebrate 100 Years of Polish Independence

The symbol of the Polish city of Wroclaw has been 3D printed and launched into the stratosphere to prove that the only limits are ones we set in our minds. That, and it's in celebration of 100 years of Polish independence.

Feb 19, 2018
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Flying Over the Ice
How 3D Scanning and Printing Helped Team GB to Win Winter Olympics Gold and Bronze

Skeleton skinsuit engineers for Team GB used 3D scanning and printing to help athletes get a slight advantage over their competitors at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

Feb 17, 2018
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Bespoke Titanium Implant
Surgeons use 3D Printed Titanium Implant to Rebuilt Man’s Breastbone and Ribs

Surgeons in Wales used a 3D printed titanium implant to rebuild the chest of a 70-year-old man after a cancer removal operation which took three ribs and part of his breastbone.