Beer: A Beautiful Artistic Symphony via The “Pope of Foam”

UC Davis brewing science professor Charles Bamforth is known as the “pope of foam.” His lab delves into the science behind creating the perfect beer foam, which is essential to a great tasting brew. That’s because most of the flavor of beer is detected by smell, which is why Bamforth says you must drink beer from a glass and not straight from a bottle or can.


3D Print Your Own Real-life N64 GoldenEye Remote Mines

Blinks, and beeps. Other than the electronic components the entire thing has been 3D printed on a Makerbot 2. 

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The Dreambox: The First Fully Automated 3D Printing Vending Machine

The first fully automated 3D printing vending machine is open for business at UC Berkeley’s Etcheverry Hall. In the background, Richard Berwick, Dreambox co-founder and chief technology officer, makes some adjustments to “Dolly,” the prototype’s nickname. (Sean Greene/KQED)

Combining 3D printing technology with the convenience and accessibility of the DVD-dispensing Redbox service, student entrepreneurs at UC Berkeley have built a vending machine with a seemingly infinite selection of products.

The Dreambox, which now lives in the campus’s Etcheverry Hall, is the first fully automated 3D-printing vending machine, representing a step forward in the democratization of the still-young technology.

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VICE Documentary: 3D-printed guns via Cody R Wilson of Defense Distributed (DD)

Erin Lee Carr produced this VICE Motherboard documentary on Cody R Wilson ofDefense Distributed (DD), who “figured out how to print a semi-automatic rifle from the comfort of his own home” and is now spreading the gospel of “wiki weapons.” Yes, they even have a manifesto.

Wilson, who recently pitched his ideas at SXSW, is sharing the HOWTO online and encouraging others to join him.

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Nanoscribe Micro 3-D Printer

3D printer closeup

Nanoscribe, a spin-off from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany, has developed a tabletop 3-D microprinter that can create complicated microstructures 100 times faster than is possible today. “If something took one hour to make, it now takes less than one minute,” says Michael Thiel, chief scientific officer at Nanoscribe.

While 3-D printing of toys, iPhone covers, and jewelry continues to grab headlines (see “The Difference Between Makers and Manufacturers”), much of 3-D printing’s impact could be at a much smaller scale. Micrometer-scale printing has shown promise for making medical and electronic devices.

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Drones: Not just for military use

1) Unmanned mini-gunship

As the debate rages over the U.S. government’s use of drones for military and other operations, unmanned vehicle technology is also starting to be used for a range of other applications, from law enforcement and agriculture to pipeline monitoring and commercial photography. Perhaps not surprisingly, law enforcement agencies are at the forefront of domestic use of unmanned aircraft systems. For example, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office in Texas uses “ShadowHawk,” a 29-poundunmanned helicopter with optional attachments such as a grenade launcher and shotgun. The mini-gunship outweighs the 25-pound limit for so-called “unmanned aerial systems,” which is regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration.

CREDIT: Vanguard Defense Industries, CBS

Aerial video platform

2) Aerial video platform

HoverFlow, a Maine-based aerial filming and photography service, uses unmanned aircraft systems to capture high-definition film and photography. The company’s GPS-guided unmanned aerial vehicles provide aerial footagefrom locations where even helicopters won’t fly.

CREDIT: HoverFlow, CBS

Scientific drone

3) Scientific drone

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and National Aeronautics and Space Administration in April 2005 launched the Altair Integrated System Flight Demonstration Project. They use drones for climate research and nautical charting, among other uses.

CREDIT: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, CBS

Autonomous mapping rover

4) Autonomous mapping rover

Chris Anderson, the CEO of 3D Robotics and a former editor in chief of Wired Magazine, and his team are designing the ArduRover as a development platform for a self-driving car. The robot can also map terrain, evaluate real estate, plan development projects and more.


Drones for kids

5) Drones for kids

UAV technology is also showing up in toys. Parrot’s AR Drone 2.0, which sells for $299.99at Toys R Us, appears in this image.


City planning robot

6) City planning robot

This robot looks inside of bridges to ensure they’re safe, inspecting them to see if any parts are deteriorating. According to Rutgers University, the prototype “is able to combine various data sets and render an almost instantaneous three-dimensional snapshot of bridge deck condition that is easy to interpret.”


Autonomous farming equipment

7) Autonomous farming equipment

Some so-called “autonomous” machines are designed to kill people. This one kills weeds.Blue River Technology says its system, slated for production later this year, is a weed-killing machine that offers an automated alternative to herbicides.

CREDIT: Blue River Technology, CBS


Jim Kor, president of KOR EcoLogic, and his invention, Urbee

Jim Kor, president of KOR EcoLogic, poses with his invention, Urbee, a two-person lightweight hybrid vehicle that could be ready for the road and mass production in two years.   (Source: KOR EcoLogic)

With major car manufacturers like Daimler and Ford already exploring the use of 3D printing for prototyping car parts, it seems inevitable that a road-worthy 3D-printed car is not too far on the horizon.

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