Normally, printers are designed to print on flat sheets of paper. But this ingenious little gadget can print on smooth, curved, or bumpy surfaces, and all kinds of materials, including wood, metal, fabric, rocks, or even your skin.
Hydrographics or water transfer printing lets you apply graphics to objects in one pass. It gives a uniform finish and can be used even with large objects. And watching it is a great timewaster. But it’s not ideal for items with complex shapes, and it can be used to apply only graphics with repeating patterns, because it’s hard to align the film that holds the pattern with the substrate object.
Devices with paper-thin or flexible displays have yet to become mainstream. But the researchers behind PrintScreen recently proved that we can make simple but incredibly thin and flexible displays right now, without the need for high end materials or equipment.
Want free prints of your favorite pictures? Don’t mind seeing an ad on the back of each print? Then you’ll love Flag. It’s an upcoming image-printing service that comes with its own dedicated app that lets user print 4″x6″ photos for free.
The printed word is dying, but the printed keyboard is alive and kicking. And no, you won’t need a 3D printer to make one. A company called Novalia has made an incredibly thin Bluetooth keyboard made of photo paper, conductive ink and its proprietary electronic module.
For those of you unfamiliar with MOO, they make some of the coolest looking business cards you can buy. They offer an online printing service which makes it easy for you to print awesome looking cards in a snap – and in full color.
Sure, Siri can be bossy or frustrating at times, but it’s certain that she’s safe to stay in iOS 6 (and probably iPad 3 and the iTV, too.) In tribute to the digital personal assistant, 3D printing company Shapeways has assembled a group of artists to shed new light on Siri and her impact in our lives.
3D printing has been used in a variety of different ways, but this is the first time that I’ve seen it being used to print out a whole airplane. UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) are pretty important in the military these days, and even on science missions.
Ever wanted to print something using one of those 3D material printers, but didn’t like how it just spat out some sort of weird plastic composite? Well thanks to new advances in the technology, you can now print 3D objects out of sturdy titanium.
Amazingly, this beautiful 3D printer was built by some guy named Jim in New York. Just like normal printers, 3D printers allow you to print stuff but in 3D. No glasses required! Although this seems straight out of science fiction, the technology has been used since 2003 in the manufacturing segment.