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Monday, 13 February 2017 00:00

Cheap, 3D-Printed Smartwatches from Home

The O Watch Base Kit retails for $85, but the lessons learned could prove far more valuable -- especially as the world of 3D printing continues to migrate from printing centers to machines that can be operated in one's home. In fact, a prototype of a 3D-print-at-home smartwatch recently cost as little as $25 to make, according to the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia.

The cost is anticipated to keep going down each year, according to Muhammad Mustafa Hussain, an electrical engineer at KAUST, who told IEEE Spectrum, “I really would like to disrupt the technology world by making technologies available to everyone specially those who cannot afford them. Therefore, my objective is to reduce the price [by] $5 per year in the next five years until it reaches to a point where literally everyone has one.”

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Friday, 11 November 2016 00:00

Honda Unveils 3D-Printed Electric Vehicle

The compact commuter vehicle, envisioned as a delivery car for a Japanese bakery, formally emerged at the 2016 Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies (CEATAC) trade show held in in Japan -- an event that's considered to be on par with the Consumer Electronics Show held annually in the U.S.

Not everything about the new mini-car is produced on a 3D printer. Honda has sourced the frame chassis, which is constructed of pipe. What sits on top, however, comes from the printer. This includes a cargo bay and exterior body panels. According to Top Speed, "Providing the go are the same electric drive components as were used in the MC- β (Micro Commuter Beta), another single-seater prototype that was revealed back in 2014."

Owing to a lithium-ion battery pack, the new vehicle can travel at 15 horsepower. The pack can recharge in fewer than 3 hours when connected to a 200-volt outlet and more like 7 hours when plugged into a 100-volt socket.

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More than five centuries after he was killed at the Battle of Bosworth Field on August 22, 1485, England's King Richard III was finally given the honor of a formal burial ceremony.

The fallen monarch's remains had reportedly been discovered in 2012 under a parking lot on the site of the former Grayfriars Friary Church in Leicester. The bones were tested and compared against genetic samples from a couple of living relatives, with the result seeming to confirm that the remains were indeed those of Richard.

Within days of the initial discovery, a Scottish university professor created a 3D-printed likeness of Richard. It was hoped that the life-sized bust of Richard might greet those who would make a pilgrimage to a planned visitor's center where the remains were found.

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