One of the many challenges of colonizing Mars is that the planet is lacking many of the natural resources we rely on here on Earth. We’ll need to bring as much of what we need to survive as possible, but you can only pack so much into a spaceship. So scientists are developing ways to utilize at least one of the red…
Ford Motor Company announced this week that it’s testing 3D printing of large-scale car parts, a move that could eventually lead to the manufacturing of more fuel-efficient vehicles. 3D printing hasn’t really gone large scale like this yet, but the potential upsides are huge.
I think what’s most outstanding about Divergent’s 3D printed car tech is that it envisions a future that I would want to live in.
The hype around consumer 3D printers has mostly died down, but that hasn’t stopped the startup Divergent 3D from barreling full steam ahead in the industrial printing world. The company debuted the first 3D-printed supercar—the Blade–two years ago and has since continued developing its printing methods. Now, it’s…
One of my favorite displays at auto shows are the engine cutaways. I love seeing how the parts move together and what does what. Imagine my delight when I saw this video of a working, 3D printed General Motors LS3 V8 engine.
Following new car unveilings is and endless series of disappointments in a slow grind into dull, globular sameness until the robots take over. Why put up with all of that? Why not go your own way?
A team of researchers rode a roller coaster more times than they probably care to remember, just to figure out why roller coasters trigger the passage of small kidney stones. With the further help of a 3D-printed model of a kidney filled with urine, they think they’ve solved the puzzle.
The Oak Ridge National Laboratory is charged with applying science and engineering for the U.S. Department Of Energy. That work includes transportation research, and as of last month, making the biggest-ever 3-D printed thing.
The magical, almost Star Trek-replicator quality of 3D printing is still new enough to be novel and exciting, and one of the best parts about seeing fascinating 3D-printed stuff, like this Subaru EJ20 WRX engine, is knowing that, if you have a 3D printer, you could download it and have one of your very own. We live in…
This NASA rocket is, bewilderingly, mainly built from 3D-printed parts. And yet pumped full of liquid hydrogen and oxygen it spews flame and generates an insane 20,000 pounds of thrust.
Volkswagen announced their European-market fix for their dirty, cheaty 1.6-liter TDI engines recently, and it’s a deceptively simple-looking tube with a bit of screen on one end. They give it the exciting name of flow transformer, which sounds like either something that opens a wormhole in space or something you can…
I present to you the engineering equivalent of peanut butter and jelly: A self-driving vehicle that was 3D-printed. A prototype is currently being tested, and in the future, it could shuttle jet-lagged passengers across terminals or hungover college kids across the quad.
3D printing has just reached another major milestone as the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has officially approved GE’s T25 as the first 3D printed part cleared for use on a commercial jet engine.
You may recall that Top Gear's current scandal has to do with Jeremy Clarkson's intense hunger. One might say he's hungry hungry. Not unlike certain hippos I've encountered. Thankfully, people have recognized this synergy and produced a kit to adapt your Hungry Hungry Hippos game to Hungry Hungry Clarksons. Finally!
If you're planning to build a plastic, subscale 80s Toyota Hilux using a 3D printer so you have a sweet ride when you get zapped by a shrink-ray, but have balked at the difficulty of making the drivetrain, boy are you in luck. You can thank Eric Harrell, because he's made a 'working' Toyota 22R-E engine and 4WD…
Jonathan Brand always wanted a motorcycle, but life got in the way. So the New York artist did the next, next, next best thing and created his own with CAD, a 3D printer, and 40 pounds of plastic.
"Butch" Wilmore needed a socket wrench. That's a problem since he's 155 vertical miles from the nearest Ace Hardware.
If we're going to venture out into space in a serious way, at some point we're going to need to be able to manufacture stuff. Replacement parts, tools based on needs we don't yet know, novelty Pez dispensers, etc. 3D printing is probably the best way to do this, and a major first milestone was reached on Tuesday.