Further Reading

R. Ehrenberg. “The 3-D printing revolution.” Science News. Feb. 20, 2013.

 

S. Ornes. “The return of a king.” Science News for Kids. Feb. 14, 2013.

 

R. Ehrenberg. “Plastic implant replaces three-quarters of man's skull.” Science News. March 11, 2013.

 

R. Ehrenberg. “Printed robot moves with a beat.Science News. Nov. 19, 2012.

 

J. Raloff. “Curiosity lands on Mars!Science News for Kids. Aug. 8, 2012.

 

R. Ehrenberg. “Book Review: Fabricated: The New World of 3D Printing.” Science News. Feb. 21, 2013.

 

See all kinds of 3-D printing projects at the web site of Materialise, a company at the forefront of the technology.

 

Learn more about the ESA’s plans to print a moon base.

 

Ready to make your own 3-D printer? Download plans from Cornell University’s Fab@Home project.

 

Teacher’s questions: Questions you can use in your classroom related to this article.

 

In this video, researchers from the University of Notre Dame and MakerBot Industries LLC explain how they used a scanning technique called X-ray Computed Tomography to image rats and other small animals. They then used a 3-D printer to create exact copies of the critters’ skeletons and organs.