Image: Flickr/kqedquestI’m a fan of 3D printing, but not a fan of all the trashy plasticky trinkets most of them are limited to making now. I’ve always thought the only compelling reason for using a 3D printer of the tabletop, plastic filament variety is to make something unique that you otherwise couldn’t. Bespoke sex toys, bespoke parts for your drone, bespoke bits of your face—that kind of thing.But I’m willing to relax that rule if you’re making trashy trinkets out of actual trash, turning what was literally waste into something that, though perhaps not the most useful thing in the world, holds some value for someone. That’s the idea behind a project called Plastic Bank, which is using 3D printing in its efforts to help reduce the waste plastic in the oceans

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Seventy years ago, roughly 45,000 American and allied infantry stormed the sands at Omaha Beach, Normandy, France. It was part of the largest coordinated maritime invasion in history, and involved a pair of US battleships, three cruisers, a dozen destroyers, and more than a hundred other warships. Three thousand US and allied soldiers died.Today, Omaha is eerily quiet. It’s gently lapping waves and sweeping bluffs has made the site of D-Day’s bloodiest, most iconic battle into a drone hobbyist’s playground

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[Sefi Attias] just sent us a heartwarming little video of how he proposed to his girlfriend [Tania] — using a little help from technology and other makers.
As a maker, [Sefi] was always building things which impressed [Tania], so he thought it was only fitting to make the proposal a one-of-a-kind maker experience.
He started by designing the engagement ring himself, to be 3D printed. It’s an amazingly complex little thing made up of the repeating words of the quote “I will betroth you to me forever”. It was almost too complex in order to print — but they managed to do it in wax, which allowed them to create a mold and then cast the final part in white gold

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How do you design a drone to handle the demands of shipping packages? Make it redundant.In the wake of Amazon’s audacious plan to employ delivery drones someday, there’s now another company working to create a drone that could lead the way to airborne automatic deliveries and tackle some of the specific problems of package delivery. Called the HorseFly, this drone comes equipped with eight rotors–twice the amount of the standard consumer drone–and has its sights set on becoming your new delivery man.Read Full Story

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Weeks after a federal regulator first publicly described a near miss between a drone and an airliner, officials and drone enthusiasts are still puzzling over exactly what happened.

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