Why car makers still produce life size clay models

  A fascinating look behind the scenes of automotive design by Michael Wayland (Associated Press), and the return of making models out of clay after a flirtation with technology. Twenty-five years ago, as milling and computer-aided design programs transformed the design process, it seemed clay modelers would be all but extinct. Bean counters saw the new […]

The latest advance in 3D printing: replacement teeth

Imagine teeth that remain white and pristine over time, without all the accumulation of bacteria that cause dental problems. While the thought of having a 3D-printed tooth inside your mouth might not sound so great, is it really any worse than dealing with the constant toothache from a decaying tooth? Read the full story here

Watch 3D printers weave a mesh dress around Brienne of Tarth

It looks like the opening to a film by the Wachowskis, but this is just the latest fashion show from Dutch designer Iris van Herpen, a pioneer in the world of 3D printing. Van Herpen has been using the technology to create designs for years, but her most recent show — Quaquaversal — turns the […]

26 exclusive photos of Chanel’s new 3D printed couture collection

Fashion Week has a way of making collections seem to blend together — look after look, trend after trend. Sometimes live streaming shows just isn’t enough. The meticulous stitching, beading, and draping that goes into some pieces, especially couture, rarely get the attention it deserves. In the midst of fashion month, Chanel gave us the […]

Low-cost robot hand wins Dyson prize

A prototype 3D-printed robotic hand that can be made faster and more cheaply than current alternatives is this year’s UK winner of the James Dyson Award. The Bristol-raised creator of the Open Bionics project says he can 3D-scan an amputee and build them a custom-fitted socket and hand in less than two days. It typically […]

Microsoft is turning the iPhone’s camera into a 3D scanner

Microsoft wants the camera on the back of your phone to do more than take 2D photos. A new project from Microsoft’s research lab is turning the average smartphone’s rear camera into a 3D scanner — one that can automatically create 3D models that are supposed to be good enough for printing. In a demo […]

This new 3D printed glass looks just like pouring honey

Humans have been making glass in various forms for thousands of years, from glassblowing techniques developed by the Roman empire to the industrial methods of the 1950s, floating molten glass on huge baths of melted tin. One particularly ancient process though, in which molten glass is coiled around a solid core, has been revived with […]

Are we ready to 3D print our own clothes?

Imagine going on holiday with an empty suitcase, checking out the vibe of the hotel bar on arrival, then printing out the perfect dress to match it in your room. Such a delicious possibility could be on offer – one day – thanks to 3D printing. In fact, the work of one fashion student, Danit […]