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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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ICON 3D-Printed Home

ICON has developed a method to 3D print single-story 650-square-foot homes using cement in a mere 12-24 hours. Currently a 100-home community will be fabricated for residents in El Salvador next year. The Vulcan printer can print an entire home for $10,000, but eventually, the company plans to bring the cost down to just $4,000. "It's much cheaper than the typical American home. It's capable of printing a home that's 800 square feet, a significantly bigger structure than properties pushed by the tiny home movement, which top out at about 400 square feet. In contrast, the average New York apartment is about 866 square feet," said co-founder Jason Ballard. Continue reading for more interesting images from around the web.

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Open Bionics 3D-Printed Hand

Let's face it, bionic hands are quite expensive to say the least, with some of the higher-end prosthesis costing up to $120,000. Open Bionics aims to change that, with a 3d-printed bionic hand that offers the same functionality priced at under $1,200. How does it work? Well, after 3D scanning the wearer's residual limb, a prosthetic design is made with modeling software, and then both the hand as well as its socket, are 3D printed. All the mechanical components of the hand can be 3D printed, thus making it a cost-effective alternative to the traditional, expensive prosthetic. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one explaining why Bluetooth sucks.

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3D-Printed Acoustic Levitator

Ultrasound researcher Asier Marzo has managed to 3D-print a levitator capable of levitating liquids and solids in mid-air using acoustic waves. He lined both ends with 72 transducers, connected them to an Arduino board, and then when 6-10 volts are run through them, it generates sound waves at a frequency of 40 kHz. Those sound waves can support objects in mid-air, while levitating the liquids require lower voltage. 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 of the nine weirdest things on Amazon.

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Bugatti 3D-Printed Brake Caliper

Bugatti doesn't mess around when it comes to hypercars, and all of their current offerings not only cost millions, but are the fastest on the road. The automaker decided to take things one step further by rethinking the manufacturing process, and in the process of doing so, recreated the world's first caliper produced using 3D printing technologies. It's made entirely from titanium, the same material used in the SR-71 Blackbird jet. Bugatti teamed up with Laser Zentrum Nord for the production process, which utilized 2,213 layers of titanium powder fused together by four high powered lasers over 45-hours. 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 explaining why cities even exist as well as more Pokemon disappointed with their evolutions.

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