A 3D printer has been used in space for the first time on board the International Space Station (ISS). The first item produced was a ratchet and the technology paves the way for astronauts to produce their own essential items.
British defense manufacturer BAE Systems announced, Sunday, that a Royal Air Force (RAF) Tornado fighter plane flew from an airfield in north-west England fitted out with components made using 3D printing technology.
3D printers are continuing to find more everyday uses, and a team at Harvard have now created a lithium-ion battery the size of a grain of sand that could greatly benefit medical and communications technology.
The US Statement Department asked the designer of the Liberator 3D-printed firearm to take down the blueprints from the Internet. However, popular file-sharing website The Pirate Bay is, well, sticking to its guns by keeping the torrent available.
A 2-year-old-girl diagnosed with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (AMC), a rare disease that cripples joints and limbs, is now able to use her hands. The newly-designed WREX jacket helps her lift her arms and hands to eat or hug someone.
A titanium lower jaw generated by a 3D printer was transplanted into the face of an 83-year-old woman in June 2011 in the Netherlands, becoming a surgical first, according the doctors who performed the procedure, the BBC reported.