3-D Printing Made Easy

Researchers at Cornell University have created a website that will hasten the adoption of 3-D printing by allowing users to create sculptures virtually and render them in physical form. 

3-D Printing Made Easy

What's the Latest Development?


A new website called EndlessForms could hasten the adoption of 3-D printing by allowing individuals to create sculptures virtually and render them in physical form. After choosing and refining a shape from an online gallery, users can "send the object to a 3-D printing service to render it in a variety of materials, including plastic, silver, and gold-plated steel. A five-to-seven-centimeter plastic model typically costs less than $10." The system was created by researchers at Cornell University and takes advantage of evolutionary development. 

What's the Big Idea?

One of the researchers behind the new idea, Jeff Clune "believes this approach is a critical advance over earlier attempts to produce objects and shapes through digital mutation and selection." The website produces variations of each prospective printing object by manipulating its mathematical D.N.A., although this means a limit number of object can currently be produced. "However, the Cornell group and collaborators plan to develop the system to enable a user to input a 3-D scan of an existing object and then evolve variants from that."

No, the Yellowstone supervolcano is not ‘overdue’

Why mega-eruptions like the ones that covered North America in ash are the least of your worries.

Ash deposits of some of North America's largest volcanic eruptions.

Image: USGS - public domain
Strange Maps
  • The supervolcano under Yellowstone produced three massive eruptions over the past few million years.
  • Each eruption covered much of what is now the western United States in an ash layer several feet deep.
  • The last eruption was 640,000 years ago, but that doesn't mean the next eruption is overdue.
Keep reading Show less

Smartly dressed: Researchers develop clothes that sense movement via touch

Measuring a person's movements and poses, smart clothes could be used for athletic training, rehabilitation, or health-monitoring.

Technology & Innovation

In recent years there have been exciting breakthroughs in wearable technologies, like smartwatches that can monitor your breathing and blood oxygen levels.

Keep reading Show less

Do you worry too much? Stoicism can help

How imagining the worst case scenario can help calm anxiety.

Stoicism can help overcome anxiety

Credit: OLIVIER DOULIERY via Getty Images
Personal Growth
  • Stoicism is the philosophy that nothing about the world is good or bad in itself, and that we have control over both our judgments and our reactions to things.
  • It is hardest to control our reactions to the things that come unexpectedly.
  • By meditating every day on the "worst case scenario," we can take the sting out of the worst that life can throw our way.
Keep reading Show less
Quantcast