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R/C Drift Car Arduino 3D Printing
Photo credit: Dimitar Tilev
Auto enthusiast Dimitar Tilev decided to take remote-controlled drift cars to the next level by building one that’s powered by an Arduino microprocessor and four servo motors connected to an accelerometer. Combine those with several 3D-printed parts and you have an active suspension that leans just like a real car while drifting. Read more to see it in-action and for additional information.

Family 3D-Printed Lamborghini Aventador
Sterling Backus, 54, and his 12-year-old son Xander were inspired to build their own Lamborghini Aventador after playing the racing simulation video game “Forza Horizon 3,” and the rest was history. Backus, a physicist at Thorlabs, says the creation is a tribute car for a STEM (Science, technology, engineering and mathematics) project that is not marked as a Lamborghini, so the company was ok with it. He used a toy model that was enlarged in 3D-drafting software Solidworks to help 3D print many of the parts used in their project car. Read more for two videos and additional information.

3D-Printed Community
Photo credit: Joshua Perez | New Story
New Story has opened the world’s first 3D-printed community in Mexico, and the first two 500-square-foot homes took approximately 24-hours to print over several days of construction. The company spent around 18-months planning and designing the project, while also partnering with construction technologies company ICON for the initial build. ECHALE a Tu Casa, a nonprofit company based in Mexico, completed the final build-out. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.

LOCI Podcar 3D-Printed Vehicle
Startup BigRep has just revealed the LOCI Podcar, a prototype vehicle that consists of fourteen fully 3D-printed parts, paired with an electric powertrain and self-driving technology. At 85 x 146 x 285 cm, the body is printed using BigRep’s Pro HT, while the company’s PLX material is used for the bumpers. Nylon 6 was used on the beams and joints, while the tires from thermoplastic polyurethane. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.

3D Printing Glass Sculpture
ETH Zurich researchers have developed a new technique to create complex glass objects with 3D printing. It’s based on stereolithography, one of the first 3D printing techniques developed during the 1980s. David Moore, Lorenzo Barbera, and Kunal Masania in the Complex Materials group led by ETH processor André Studart needed to create a special resin that contains a plastic, and organic molecules to which glass precursors are bonded to make this possible. Read more for a video and additional information.

Prusa MINI 3D Printer
Not all 3D printers are created equal, and Prusa Research’s Mini is one designed for all ages. Featuring a build plate area of 180mm x 180mm x 180mm (7-inch x 7-inch x 7 inches), it’s significantly smaller than its predecessor, the Prusa Mk3s, and features auto bed leveling, a removable powder coated PEI sheet, which hold the print firm, and a small, full-color LCD to control your printing, all controlled with the company’s brand new custom 32-bit Buddy mainboard with silent 2209 Trinamic drivers. Read more for two videos, including one showing how to print your very own mini drone.

Hero Arm Prosthetic
How about a prosthetic arm that grows with you? Meet the Hero Arm by Open Bionics. Each one of these bionic arms is custom-built using 3D scanning / printing technologies, and it’s also the first to be medically certified. It utilizes multiple sensors to enable its wearer to control the hand, complete with haptic vibrations, sounds, buttons, and lights for intuitive operation. Read more for a video and additional information.

3D-Printing Lamborghini Aventador
Colorado laser physicist Sterling Backus’s son was fascinated by the Lamborghini Aventador he drove in the Forza video game, and wondered if it was possible to build one, and thus project “Interceptor” was born. This isn’t going to be a 1:1 replica, as they budgeted $20,000 to the project. Som, to start, Backus hand-built the steel chassis and sourced an LS1 V8 from a Corvette for the engine. The panel layouts were found on the online design community called GrabCAD, and then those were modified for 3D printing. Read more to finally see the car in-action.

GalaXsea Solar Sailboat
Eugeni Quitllet has revealed GalaXsea, a proposed solar-powered sailboat that can be 3D-printed directly in space. He envisions it as a place where space visitors, artists, and scientists alike can embrace the future, all the while surrounded by the great expanse of the unknown and immersed in a unique spatial experience to awaken the senses. Read more for a video and additional information.

3D-Printed Homes Austin
Construction technology company ICON is currently 3D-printing homes for the homeless in Austin, Texas using its Vulcan II 3D printer. This machine is used to print the frames of these homes and then humans install the windows, doors as well as roofing. Each one takes around 48 hours to fabriate at a cost of just $10,000 USD. They’re also exploring low-cost homes in Latin America for families that live on less than $200 a month. Read more for a video and additional information.