Monday December 29, 2014

Media Monday: 3D Printing

Printed carSome are calling 2014 the year of 3D printing. 3D printers such as the Makerbot Replicator Mini and the XYZprinting Da Vinci 1.0 AiO have become more affordable, allowing for more people to be able to experiment with the technology. The world's first 3D-printed car design competition was held this year, and pictured at left is the Bloodhound SSC that is partially created from 3D-printed parts. It is powered by a jet engine and rocket that carries it to 1,000 MPH. Also this year, a YouTuber figured out how to play The Imperial March from Star Wars using the sounds of the motors that moved the printhead of a 3D printer. Other cool endeavours include a 3D-printed beak for a penguin, a duck named Buttercup who received a 3D-printed flipper foot, and a cart for a puppy who was born without legs. Check out the coolest things 3D-printed in 2014!

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