You may have seen reports this week that a team at MIT is developing so-called "4D printing" technology, which would go far beyond current 3D printing technology's capacity to print three-dimensional objects with a machine.
A new contest, the 3D Rocket Engine Design Challenge, asks people to design open source 3-D printed rocket engines. The contest's sponsors hope to spur innovation and drive down costs. Whether or not this will truly be possible remains to be seen.
We’ve said our peace over Makerbot and their interpretation of what Open Source means, but the fact remains if you’re sourcing a 3D printer for a high school shop class or a hackerspace, you really can’t do much better than a Makerbot Replicator.
At South By Southwest (SXSW), DIYROCKETS and Sunglass announced a new competition for an "Open Source 3D Printed Rocket Engine" that would be capable of sending nano-satellites into orbit. The competition starts today and runs through June.