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Michigan University's metal 3D printer

Cheap 3D printer works with steel

The one thing that made 3D printed guns tolerable to the non-gun-owning community was that they were made of plastic, because metal 3D printers were costly. Now, a bunch of scientists from Michigan Tech are showing off a cheap 3D printer that fabricates in metal. Metal 3D printing isn't new, but it's been expensive until now. …

Behold the world's first full-colour 3D printer

Those of you frustrated by the monochrome, single material output of 3D printers, and who happen to have very deep pockets, are directed to the Stratasys Objet500 Connex3, hailed as the world's first full-colour machine. The Stratasys Objet500 Connex3. Pic: Stratasys Full colour at a price: The Stratasys Objet500 Connex3 …
Lester Haines, 28 Jan 2014
3D Systems Cube

Dixons preps home 3D printer for plastic-piping punters

When a technology hits the High Street, you know it's making its way into the mainstream. 3D printing isn’t there quite yet, but it’s perhaps only a step away as Dixons’ stores PC World and Currys will tomorrow start selling a consumer-oriented additive manufacturing rig online. The printer in question is 3D Systems' Cube, a 26 …
Tony Smith, 02 Oct 2013

Hopefuls rattle tin for customisable snap together 3D printer

DIY 3D printing is very much flavour of the month, and whether it's the third industrial revolution or a load of old cobblers remains to be seen, but there's a veritable extrusion of makers vying to get their print nozzles in the trough. Kickstarter is the street corner of choice for these pioneers to rattle their tins, and …
Lester Haines, 13 Jan 2014
The Register breaking news

HP plugs password-leaking printer flaw

Security flaws in a range of HP printers create a way for hackers to lift administrator's passwords and other potentially sensitive information from vulnerable devices, infosec experts have warned. HP has released patches for the affected LaserJet Pro printers to defend against the vulnerability (CVE-2013-4807), which was …
John Leyden, 08 Aug 2013
Meg Whitman at the Canalys Channels Forum

HP to enter 3D printer market in mid-2014 says CEO Meg Whitman

HP CEO Meg Whitman has told the Canalys Channels Forum in Bangkok that the company will enter the 3D printer market in the middle of 2014. "We are excited about 3D printing," Whitman said, adding that it is a natural business for HP to enter given its heritage in printers. "We want to lead this businesses. HP labs is looking at …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Oct 2013
Kateeva OLED screen printer

New inkjet printer spits out cheap OLED monitors better than your inkjet prints letters

In a presentation at the Printed Electronics USA 2013 Conference in California, local startup Kateeva has shown off a new method of producing OLED screens that it claims will last twice as long as current models and be much cheaper to manufacture in bulk. Kateeva OLED screen printer Don't ask how much the toner costs... OLED …
Iain Thomson, 22 Nov 2013
Cthulu springs from HP desktop printer

BOFH: Don't be afraid - we won't hurt your delicate, flimsy inkjet printer

"There's a problem with my printer," a user whines down the phone at the PFY. "The multifunction - what, is it jamming again?" the PFY asks. "No, it's my desktop printer." "Put it in the bin and use the printer in reception," the PFY says in a manner that bears all the hallmarks of professionalism. "No, no, it's just not …
Simon Travaglia, 26 Jul 2013

Makerbot vows to plonk a 3D printer in every one of Uncle Sam's schools

Makerbot, one of the most visible companies behind 3D printing, has kicked off a new program that aims to get one of its mini-manufacturies in every school in America. "As a former teacher, I believe strongly in creating a new model for innovation. A MakerBot is a manufacturing education in a box," gushed Makerbot CEO Bre Pettis …
Iain Thomson, 13 Nov 2013
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Tea, Earl Grey, hot! NASA blows $125k on Star Trek 3D FOOD PRINTER

A small company in Austin, Texas, has received a $US125,000 grant from NASA to develop 3D printed food for astronauts. The challenges are multifold – not least among them producing something palatable out of a printer – but the idea is that with enough development, NASA might be able to come up with something that beats the …
Ear

3D printer spits out CYBORG EAR... but where will you PUT it?

Princeton's finest boffins have managed to print out an ear, and it's not just a simple prosthetic, it's actually an enhancement with a radio antenna built in. The process of combining electrical circuits with flesh is fraught with difficulties, and building ears is a common challenge given the complexity of shape and their …
Bill Ray, 03 May 2013

Ex-HP printer veep's job deal inked, jets off to outsourcer

Former HP printer veep and industry vet Vyomesh Joshi has joined the board at Indian outsourcer Wipro. Joshi retired from the troubled US titan in March after the PC and printers businesses were stitched together and PC honcho Todd Bradley was asked to head up the expanded unit. As is customary with high-level appointments, …
Paul Kunert, 02 Oct 2012

Gartner forecasts pro 3D printer prices below $2,000 by 2016

Analyst house Gartner has caught the 3D printing bug with its latest forecast on the future of the industry, and predicts enterprise-quality printers being cheap and plentiful by 2016. "3D printing is a technology accelerating to mainstream adoption," said Pete Basiliere, research director at Gartner. "The hype leads many people …
Iain Thomson, 29 Mar 2013
Makerbot Replicator 2 3D printer

Buy a household 3D printer, it'll pay for itself in MONTHS!

Install a 3D printer in your house and it could pay for itself in just four months, a group of university engineers have claimed. This is according the Michigan Tech "Open Sustainability Technology Group" (also home to "3D Printers for Peace"). Dr Joshua Pearce and his acolytes say that anyone who uses an open source "self- …
FormLabs Form 1

Formlabs preps first home stereolithic 3D printer

3D printing geeks have become very excited about Formlabs' Form 1, the first home-oriented stereolithography 3D printer. While affordable 3D printers are becoming more widespread, what makes the Form 1 special is that instead of piping resin through an extruder, it uses lasers to heat and harden a point within a bath of liquid …
Simon Rockman, 01 Oct 2012

BOFH: Tenacious B and the Printer of Destiny

"The printer's jammed again," the Director's PA says, ducking into Mission Control for a brief status update. To be fair the PFY asked for this level of information when he suggested she notify him of any problems. As far as poorly thought-out pickup techniques this one has far outlasted his patience. The moment an orange light …
Simon Travaglia, 02 Nov 2012

Bloke rattles tin for giant 3D two-headed beast

We suspect that the Kickstarter-funded 3D printer bubble is fast approaching burst point, as hopefuls queue up to rattle their tins and get their necks in the DIY-extruded trough. It's a tough market. California outfit TJIKO Labs recently failed to raise the $35k it needed to get a snap-together printer into production, so it'll …
Lester Haines, 06 Mar 2014
Spam

Malware-flingers target gullible corporate bods with office printer spam

Sneaky cybercrooks are disguising links to malicious sites in spam emails posing as messages from Hewlett-Packard ScanJet printers. The attack takes advantage of the fact corporate users often receive emailed messages from scanners and multi-function printers located in their own offices, which contain attachments of the scan …
John Leyden, 09 Apr 2013
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'Liberator': Proof that you CAN'T make a working gun in a 3D printer

People are missing one important point about the "Liberator" 3D-printed "plastic gun": it isn't any more a gun than any other very short piece of plastic pipe is a "gun". Parts for the Liberator 3D printed pistol1 You can take my Liberator ... and shove it Seriously. That's all a Liberator is: a particularly crappy pipe, …
Lewis Page, 10 May 2013
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HP finally decides the future of the PC: It's a printer accessory

HP has confirmed the rumours anent the future of its Personal Systems Group - the globocorp's PC-making arm, which at one point seemed likely to be sold off - by announcing that it will merge with the company's printer tentacle. According to a corporate announcement issued today: HP’s Imaging and Printing Group (IPG) and its …
Team Register, 21 Mar 2012
The Register breaking news

HP douses firebomb printer hack threat

Researchers claim to have discovered a security flaw in HP LaserJet printers that permits the installation of malicious firmware that might be capable of disabling safety controls. In a demo, Columbia University's Professor Salvatore Stolfo and Ang Cui show how it might be possible to instruct a hacked printer to overheat a …
John Leyden, 30 Nov 2011

Hobbyist builds working assault rifle using 3D printer

Hobbyists have used 3D printers to make guitars, copy house keys, and bring robot dinosaurs to life, but a firearms enthusiast who goes by the handle "Have Blue" has taken this emerging technology into a new realm by assembling a working rifle from 3D-printed parts. Specifically, ExtremeTech reports, Have Blue used 3D CAD files …
Neil McAllister, 30 Jul 2012
The Register breaking news

Culture jammers connect Lego clones with 3D printer files

Sy-Lab and The Free Art and Technology (F.A.T.) Lab, a self-described “organization dedicated to enriching the public domain through the research and development of creative technologies and media”, have released a set of 3D printer files that will “enable complete interoperability between ten popular children’s construction …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Apr 2012
Cthulu springs from HP desktop printer

Boffins demo re-usable paper and waterjet printers

Most of what gets spat out of office printers is read once and consigned to the recycling, so why do prints have to be permanent? One answer to that question is that they don't – and a water-jet printing technology published in Nature Communications suggests a way to make printing vastly cheaper. The idea is that by treating …
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HP's PC-printer lovechild is cash boon for resellers

HP's decision to stitch together its PC and printer businesses is likely driven by cost cutting but it could bring financial benefits to channel partners. In a move first mooted by former CEO Carly Fiorina but not implemented before Mark Hurd placed his butt on the hot seat, HP yesterday confirmed the formation of the Printing …
Paul Kunert, 22 Mar 2012
Polaroid GL10

Polaroid goes Gaga with instant printer refresh

She may have a strange sense in fashion, but as Polaroid's Creative Director, Lady Gaga must have picked up a thing or two about product development, with the latest addition to the company's range of portable printers appearing as the festival season approaches. The Polaroid GL10 Instant Mobile Printer, from House of Gaga's …
Caleb Cox, 31 May 2011
The Register breaking news

HP sneaks out printer firebomb firmware security fix

HP has quietly patched a serious security vulnerability that had left its LaserJet printers open to attack by net villains. The security bug, first discovered by researchers at Columbia University, created a means for miscreants to install malware on vulnerable devices simply by uploading new firmware to them over a network or …
John Leyden, 09 Jan 2012
Made in Space 3D printer

NASA finds use for 3D printers: Launch them into SPAAACE

NASA has commissioned a custom 3D printer capable of working in microgravity that will be sent to the International Space Station to build parts for the facility and the scientific experiments it contains. Testing zero G printing in space Zero G flights are good for testing, bad for hair The printer has been designed by Made …
Iain Thomson, 01 Oct 2013
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Pint-sized 3D printer produced

3D printers are generally so large, that even if you had a daily use for one, it would be an implausible prospect to set up beside your home PC. This could be about to change. A team from the Vienna University of Technology has developed a machine much smaller, lighter and cheaper than a standard 3D printer. The concept draws …
Caleb Cox, 18 May 2011
Parts for the Liberator 3D printed pistol

You want to put 3D gun designs on the web? You'll need a 2D printer

Much fun has been had over the Liberator, the 3D printed plastic gun. Our editor - a man who knows about such things - here at El Reg has pronounced it a piece of crap. Innumerable people have declared that it's either the end of civilisation as we know it or proof perfect that the Commie statists will never win. My own …
Tim Worstall, 14 May 2013
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HP confirms Hunter to head up PC-and-printer borg

HP UK and Ireland PC boss Paul Hunter is the new chief of the merging Personal Systems and Imaging and Printing Groups. An HP spokesman confirmed the move to The Register but added: "There is no further comment to make at this time". The next role for Imaging and Printing Group (IPG) UK vice president Norman Richardson has yet …
Paul Kunert, 26 Apr 2012

Graphene circuits from an inkjet printer

Long gone are the days when the inkjet printer was the consumable that people bought for school projects and family photographs: a group of researchers from Cambridge University has added graphene-based transistors to the list of things that you can take from the output tray. The researchers, led by Andrea Ferrari of the …
Printed Key

3D printer produces working house keys

3D printing tools have been used to roll out working house keys, meaning trips to the hardware store could soon be replaced by a straightforward PC set-up. Apple software engineer Nirav Patel generates a key's blueprint with the manufacturer's lock code, which contains all the relevant bit dimensions. This information is fed …
Caleb Cox, 01 Jun 2011
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Mail my printer - I'm busy!

Take a picture on your phone, email it to your printer and Hey Presto!, it's waiting for you when go home. This is what HP has in mind with its launch today a bunch of printers that all come with their very own email addresses. The company has already spilled the guts of the announcement to The NY Times' Ashlee Vance (once of …
Drew Cullen, 07 Jun 2010
Makerbot Replicator 2 3D printer

Put down that airbrush, now you can touch up hot models in REAL LIFE

Adobe has updated its Photoshop Creative Cloud (CC) so that users can output their designs to 3D printers. The company hopes the upgrade will simplify the process of refining and fabricating stuff using the trendy gear: models, created using Adobe's software or imported from third-party tools, and built as three-dimensional …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Jan 2014

IRON MAN MUSK: Elon reveals Tony Stark-style 3D design smarts

Elon Musk has posted the video of his Iron-Man-esque 3D design process, where he makes rocket parts using a Leap Motion controller and a 3D printer. Kicking off with an onscreen representation of the part that Musk can flick around with his hands, the design then moves to an actual 3D projection, just like in the movie and an …
Zoybar Tor

Make your own guitar with a 3D printer

Check out this dude - jammin' on a guitar he designed using 3D modelling software. This is the Zoybar Tor, created by a musician called Bård S D, using the open-source 3D modelling software Blender. Bård then had the body parts printed by Shapeways on a 3D printer for $175. The body parts are designed by Zoybar, which …
Caleb Cox, 22 Feb 2011
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Ink cartridge scammers forced to pen cheque for $AUD100k fine

A company called Artorios Ink has been slugged with an $AUD100,000 fine after the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) busted it for a scam that saw it cold call businesses and claim it was time for them to buy more ink cartridges. The company's modus operandi saw it call companies and claim: That the business …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Dec 2013
Stratasys Mojo 3D printer

3D printers now emitting merged manufacturers

The 3D printer market is starting to carve itself into a new shape after Stratasys, purveyor of the consumer-friendly Mojo and the industry-focussed devices like the bar-fridge-sized uPrint will hand over $US403m worth of stock to acquire MakerBot and its rather more prosumer-friendly Replicator range. Stratasys will operate …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jun 2013
Cthulu springs from HP desktop printer

Yes, HP will still sue you if you make cartridges for its inkjet printers

HP is trumpeting new victories in its longstanding war against makers of ink cartridges that work in its inkjet printers, having scored recent legal wins in Germany and Poland. The dead-tree-coloring king said on Tuesday that it had closed two separate lawsuits with German firm BestUse, which failed to mount any kind of defense …
Neil McAllister, 29 Jan 2014
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HP UK channel man Bourguet to be crowned consumer veep

HP UK's local channel PC and printer bigwig Pascal Bourguet is set to move into a senior position in the firm's EMEA retail biz. Bourguet rocked up at HP in 2001 as a retail manager and went onto look after major accounts including CarreFour and Dixons in Europe, as well as overseeing consumer PC sales in Blighty. He was made …
Paul Kunert, 01 Aug 2013
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Want a licence to print cash? Move to 3D printing

Thought that 3D printers sales weren't going to help you buy a flashy new motor, a luxury holiday or that new pad in the country? Well think again, channel business type. That's according to Canalys CEO Steve Brazier, who stood in front of 600 channel partners at his firm's recent forum in Barcelona, and told them that despite …
Paul Kunert, 21 Oct 2013
Tablet PC and Hantarex CRT monitor

El Reg's contraptions confessional no.2: Tablet PC, CRT screen and more

Before wandering to pastures new, Bill Ray revealed he is definitely of the mind that, if it still works, why chuck it? His old kit isn't sitting in a box in the attic, he uses it all regularly. Hantarex, HP and Motion Computing Hantarex hails from Italy but established a UK operation in 1981 and is still going strong. The CTM …
Bill Ray, 07 Dec 2013
The Register breaking news

Lexmark adds Twitter to printer

It was recently joked that Twitter's downtime marked a boom in worker productivity - or would have if World+Dog hadn't been spending its time by posting 'why is Twitter down?' messages on Facebook. So popular are these social networks in the workplace that Lexmark has added the ability to use them through its networked printers …
Hard Reg, 15 Oct 2010
The Register breaking news

Speedy 3D printer creates 285µm Formula-1 speedster

Scientists at the Vienna Institute of Technology have demonstrated a polymer and laser etching technique that promises to dramatically speed up the printing of tiny 3D objects. The technique uses a fluid polymer developed at the university, which hardens when hit by a strong light source. A laser was used to create a series of …
Iain Thomson, 12 Mar 2012
Sticking the boot in on inkjet printer

Have you reinstalled Windows yet? No, I just want to PRINT THIS DAMN PAGE

Unable to print. Well, thanks, but I think I could have guessed that by myself based on the simple evidence that the printer is still in Sleep mode and output tray is ominously empty. Oh well, I have a bit of time spare and I’m in need of a laugh so let’s run the Troubleshooter. Check your network connections. Good advice. Who …
Alistair Dabbs, 01 Nov 2013
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HP's server, PC, and printer businesses stumble

New HP CEO Meg Whitman sure does have her work cut out for her, but she managed to notch up a quarter that was slightly better than Wall Street expected on the revenue and profit fronts. But don't call victory quite yet. HP took some significant hits in its core PC, server, and printer businesses in the past three months. In …
Bolle BP-10

Bolle BP-10 iPhone photo printer

Here’s a home photo-print ‘toaster’ with a difference: it can’t be plugged into a computer, nor does it support Wi-Fi. Instead, it comes with a built-in dock for an Apple iPhone. As such, the Bolle BP-10 is promoted as the world’s first dedicated iPhone printer. In other words, it won’t print from anything else. Bolle BP-10 …
Alistair Dabbs, 19 Jan 2011
Bitcoin bloodbath

Mt Gox staff tried to warn CEO of Bitcoin loss risks – reports

Staff at fallen Bitcoin exchange Mt Gox in Japan have claimed that they raised alarms about how the company was handling client funds as long ago as 2012, according to Reuters. In this report, the unnamed “current and former employees” of Mt Gox were concerned that “customer funds were diverted to cover operating costs” of the …

Xerox names former HP veteran as UK channel royalty

Former HP veteran Norman Richardson has landed at Xerox to run UK channels, the copier titan has confirmed. After 23 years at HP, he left in April '12 when the printer business he ran in Blighty was slapped together with the PC operation and Paul Hunter, who headed that biz was given the top job of the merged organ. In back …
Paul Kunert, 07 Feb 2014