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CUDA Underwater Jetpack

New 3D printers are quite affordable, and that means many inventors have taken it upon themselves to create new gadgets, like CUDA, designed by student Archie O'Brien. This underwater jetpack was designed to help users glide through water weightlessly, and is powered by rechargeable batteries. Its custom flow system allows water to enter an upper valve intake before being pushed through stator fins, which reduce radial flow and enable you to go faster. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Eyeball Camera Lens

Photo credit: Matheiu Stern via Peta Pixel

Mathieu Stern is a photographer who thinks outside the box, and his latest project is definitely no exception. Put simply, he used a 3D printer to created a lens that is shaped like an eyeball. "If the model of the camera lens is the human eyeball, why not reverse the process and create a camera lens in the shape of a human eyeball," said Stern. To make it fully-functional, a viewfinder part from a microscope was used to focus light through the single-element lens, and then a 3D modeling program designed the lens before the printing process. Continue reading for a video, two sample images taken with the lens, and more information.

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3D-Printed Concrete Houses

Photo credit: Houben / Van Mielo Architects

If Hanna-Barbera created a futuristic version of The Flinstones, the characters would probably live in these 3D-printed concrete houses. However, should that not happen, you will soon be able to find these structures in Eindhoven, which is south of the Netherlands, as part of an initiative called "Project Milestone" led by TU/e. Continue reading for another picture, a bonus video, and more information.

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3D-Printed Human Corneas

Photo credit: The Verge

Newcastle University researchers have 3D-printed the world's first human corneas. This was made possible by creating a special bio-ink using stem cells mixed together with alginate and collagen, which enabled them to print the cornea using a simple low-cost 3D bio-printer. After further testing, they hope this new technique could be used to help combat the world-wide shortage of corneas for the 15 million people requiring a transplant. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of the smallest chainsaw in the world.

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3D-Printed Airless Tires

BigRep has revealed the world's first 3D-printed airless bicycle tire, using their very own PRO FLEX Filament, a TPU-based industrial-grade filament. What does this mean? The material is flexible enough to bend, while still easily being able to fit on a regular tire hub, and durable enough to handle roads. Its honeycomb-style construction provides shock protection, shape-memory, and "high-temperature resistance, low-temperature impact resistance," according to the company. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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iGUANEYE Flip-Flops

Let's face it, running efficiently in flip flops is near impossible with today's designs, but iGUANEYE aims to change that with their 3D-printec creation. Simply put, it's a 2-piece rubber ergonomic sole that perfectly conforms to the contours of your feet. The 3D model was first created in Rhinoceros 3D, and then, with the help of Inpact, a prototype developing company based in Leiria, Portugal, the intricate design became a reality using a 3D System SLS printer. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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3D-Printed Steel Bridge

Photo credit: Joris Laarman Lab

This isn't a prop from an upcoming science fiction movie, just the world's first 3D-printed stainless steel bridge by Dutch company MX3D. What made it all possible? Well, it took the company four robots, almost 10,000-pounds of stainless steel, 684-miles of wire, and 6-months of printing. It was designed by Joris Laarman Lab, and measures approximately 41 feet by 20 feet, fabricated from a new kind of steel, as 3D-printing created a ribbed surface since robots added layers upon layers. The bridge will be installed over the Oudezijds Achterburgwal canal in Amsterdam some time in 2019. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of sculptures that disappear into thin air.

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LSEV 3D-Printed Car

Italy-based X Electrical Vehicle is heading to China to manufacture LSEV, the world's first mass produced 3-D printed car that it hopes will hit the streets by 2019. Comprised of just 57-parts and priced at around $9,500, this low-cost electric vehicle boasts a top speed of 42 miles per hour and a range of 93 miles, perfect for getting around the city. The tiny vehicle is mostly made of nylon, weighs just over 950 pounds and can comfortably seat two people. The company claims that it has already received 7,000 orders, and if manufacturing remains on schedule, it will arrive in China by Q2 2019. Continue reading for more pictures and the full video overview.

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Hackrod 3D-Printed Car

Hackrod, a custom car company, has partnered with Siemens PLM Software to give consumers the chance to design their own 3D printed cars. They have just unveiled "La Bandita," the world's first virtual reality-designed, AI-engineered, 3D-printed car. The startup uses generative design, virtual reality, 3D printing, and a cloud-based supply chain technologies to allow customers to build their own cars to their own liking, while the company's staff also offers years of experience in the movie industry. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one that shows a secret lab where you can make your own hologram.

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3D-Printed Portable N64

Portable N64s are nothing new, but this one by Downings Basement features a plethora of 3D-printed parts. "Just like the Hesline, this is an N64 portable but NTSC instead of PAL. It's got virtually the same specs and component list, other than the fact this was mostly 3D printed using my new SLA Form 2 3D printer. Thought the learning curve was steep with this one and the amount of problems I had trying to make it all work were a royal PITA, this is certainly one of my better works and I'm excited to see where this might lead, given who this was made for," said its creator. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one showing how to make your very own gumball machine.

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