3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing News

Basic training

A sign above the door says it all: MakerLodge. Here MIT students build things: a four-legged robot, a zoetrope, a gumball machine, an alpha particle spark detector. In fact, a...

MIT News - 3-D printing | Meg Murphy | School of Engineering | September 9, 2016

Lincoln Laboratory lends a 3-D-printed hand

Cyborg beast, phoenix, talon — although these names seem fitting for superhero characters, they are actually names for devices that make people feel like superheroes. These...

MIT News - 3-D printing | Megan Cichone | Lincoln Laboratory | September 1, 2016

3-D printed structures “remember” their shapes

Engineers from MIT and Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) are using light to print three-dimensional structures that “remember” their original shapes. Even after...

MIT News - 3-D printing | Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | August 26, 2016

A makerspace for students, by students

If there is one word that embodies the spirit of MIT MakerWorks, the all-access Department of Mechanical Engineering (MechE) makerspace, it would have to be “students.” Not “maker...

MIT News - 3-D printing | Alissa Mallinson | Mechanical engineering | June 22, 2016

Featured video: Making makers at MIT

"MIT has more than 130,000 square feet of hands-on workshops and makerspaces across the campus (with even more to come). We design, prototype, and invent the future of technology...

MIT News - 3-D printing | MIT News Office | June 20, 2016

Need hair? Press “print”

These days, it may seem as if 3-D printers can spit out just about anything, from a full-sized sports car, to edible food, to human skin. But some things have defied the...

MIT News - 3-D printing | Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | June 16, 2016

3-D Printing 101

It’s been more than 30 years since the invention of 3-D printing, and yet in some ways the technology is still a frontier of unexplored potential. Three-dimensional printing —...

MIT News - 3-D printing | Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | May 11, 2016

First-ever 3-D printed robots made of both solids and liquids

One reason we don’t yet have robot personal assistants buzzing around doing our chores is because making them is hard. Assembling robots by hand is time-consuming, while...

MIT News - 3-D printing | Adam Conner-Simons | CSAIL | April 6, 2016

Celebrating 15 years of innovating for the greater good

Over the past 15 years, the MIT IDEAS Global Challenge has helped MIT students turn their innovative ideas for a better world into reality. From projects such as a water-filter...

MIT News - 3-D printing | Carolyn Escobar Kent | Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center | March 25, 2016

Acoustic tweezers manipulate cells with sound waves

Engineers at MIT, Penn State University, and Carnegie Mellon University have devised a way to manipulate cells in three dimensions using sound waves. These “acoustic tweezers”...

MIT News - 3-D printing | Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | January 25, 2016

3 Questions: Neil Gershenfeld and the spread of Fab Labs

Ten years ago Neil Gershenfeld, professor of media arts and sciences and the founder and director of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms (CBA), began an outreach project that has...

MIT News - 3-D printing | David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | January 4, 2016

Data, drones, and 3-D-printed hearts

It’s been a busy year for MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). Researchers won the Turing Award, created groundbreaking algorithms to fix code...

MIT News - 3-D printing | Adam Conner-Simons | CSAIL | December 8, 2015

Interplanetary architecture

We are in the midst of a “Mars moment.” This fall, the Matt Damon film, "The Martian," a story about a stranded astronaut who must learn to survive on Mars, grossed a whopping $55...

MIT News - 3-D printing | Michael Blanding | School of Architecture and Planning | October 15, 2015

Soft robotic hand can pick up and identify a wide array of objects

Robots have many strong suits, but delicacy traditionally hasn’t been one of them. Rigid limbs and digits make it difficult for them to grasp, hold, and manipulate a range of...

MIT News - 3-D printing | Adam Conner-Simons | CSAIL | September 30, 2015

Personalized heart models for surgical planning

Researchers at MIT and Boston Children’s Hospital have developed a system that can take MRI scans of a patient’s heart and, in a matter of hours, convert them into a tangible,...

MIT News - 3-D printing | Larry Hardesty | MIT News Office | September 17, 2015