5 Of The Coolest Things 3D Printing Can Do

3D printing is a remarkable technology. Really, if someone had said 20 years ago that we’d soon be able to use printers to create complex 3D objects out of anything from plastics to metals, it might have sounded almost insane. And yet, we can now do just that thanks to the remarkable advances we’ve seen with this technology in recent years.

As exciting as this is though, there’s almost surprisingly little attention paid to the specific things 3D printing can do. At this point, there are far too many applications to list in one place, but from general capabilities to specific uses, these are – in our estimation – some of the very coolest things 3D printing can do….

1. Recreate Exact Anatomy

Generally, the coolest thing about 3D printing might just be that it’s never approximate. It’s a computer-driven process that essentially comes down to math and measurements, meaning that objects come out of the printer exactly as intended, barring a malfunction of some kind. It’s this precision that is behind some of the technology’s most interesting applications in medicine, where it can do everything from producing an exact human skeleton for use in classrooms, to creating replica organs that may soon be suitable for transplant.

Then again, not all anatomy-related applications have to be medical in nature. In fact they don’t even necessarily have to concern human beings! You might have seen a recent article here discussing the discovery of a new species of dinosaur – one that was previously unknown, and which we don’t have full, exact fossils of. So why couldn’t 3D printing be used to create an exact, to-scale model for exhibit in a museum or science center of some kind? Naturally it wouldn’t quite be the real thing, but through this example we can understand the broader uses for anatomy-related printing to educate and intrigue us.

2. Enable New Artists

When you really think about it, it isn’t very often we see an entire new medium of artistic expression created. But that’s just what 3D printing is! We actually started to see hints of the technology’s potential in the artistic world several years ago, when 3D printing was a brand new phenomenon. For instance, Bored Panda posted an article about 3D-printed versions of classical paintings way back in 2016, noting that such pieces gave the blind a way to “see” the art. Since then though, it’s become clear that 3D printing is also becoming a medium for original art. Whether you want to refer to it as a way to print a painting, or a new form of sculpting, the technology gives artists the ability to create digital work that can then become physical. Don’t be surprised if in a few years’ time some of our most impressive contemporary artists are working with 3D printers.

3. Empower New Startups

Just as 3D printing is creating new avenues for modern artists, it’s also vastly expanding the potential for startup businesses – or at least, any such businesses that seek to deal with physical products of any kind. Printing out an entire product line through one’s own 3D printer may be somewhat ambitious, not to mention time-consuming. But with on-demand 3D printing services now accessible to the public, people running startups essentially have a whole new way to manufacture goods.

To give you some idea of what this might look like for a startup today, Fictiv’s look at 3D printing services suggests a 24-hour turnaround for prototypes and just three days for larger orders, indicating that entire 3D printing projects can be handled with impressive efficiency. Clearly there’s more to the whole process: Someone involved with the startup has to create the digital design and save it to a file, materials have to be chosen, and the specifics of the order have to be worked out. But it’s pretty amazing that 3D printing can now provide a startup with its inventions or inventory in what’s ultimately a matter of hours. The number of new businesses this could enable to succeed must be staggering.

4. Create Food

It’s almost hard to imagine 3D printing can be used to create food, but there’s a chance this winds up being its most significant application. While it may not be the cheeriest topic, we’ll need to confront potential food shortages worldwide at some point in the near future. Late last year NBC News reported that if climate change continues and temperatures rise, there are high risks of food supply shortages. Naturally, there are numerous organizations and scientific initiatives working to avoid and/or prepare for this eventuality. But we might be able to add 3D printing to the list. Remarkably, the process is already being used to create edible food.

5. Change The Retail Business

Lastly, we’ve begun to see and imagine some incredibly cool ways that 3D printing can impact the retail world. To this point, Retail Dive pointed out that there are some brands (like Adidas) that have already experimented with on-demand, 3D-printed apparel, introducing the possibility of walking into a store, helping to create your own product from scratch, and walking out with it. The same process could expand customization options in online retail. And for that matter, it could even be that in the near future you’ll be able to connect your own compatible 3D printer to a given retail company through an app or website, pay for a product, and see it printed into existence right in your own home!

As stated, there are too many applications of 3D printing to mention in one place. Hopefully these examples have effectively showcased how broad the technology’s impact is already though, and just how incredible it could be.

Apple Patches Security Flaw Used for Jailbreaking

The 12.4 iOS update which was released in arrived with a selection of bug fixes and changes which aimed to improve the user experience.

Alongside the benefits a small security flaw made into the stable version, allowing jailbreak developers to bring their patches on newer iPhones. To address this issue Apple decided to push an emergency update which should remove the vulnerability. It was also noted that the bug offered more access to rights to the accounts which were registered on vulnerable devices.

Some iPhone or iPad users prefer to install a jailbreak solution on their devices. The software modification will allow them to install apps which aren’t available in the App Store and to gain access to settings and functions which aren’t available under the default version of the OS.

The bug was discovered by a bug hunter who worked with Google Project Zero. Apple acknowledged his effort, and he receives official thanks in the release note for iOS 12.4.1. It seems that the bug allowed a malicious application to run code with admin privileges.

According to security researchers, the bug was spotted in a previous version of iOS, and it was patched when iOS 12.3 was released. Any devices which run iOS 12.4 or a version lower than iOS 12.3 are vulnerable and can be targeted by an exploit.

A functional jailbreak for iOS 12.4 is already available. Apple has fought against jailbreak solutions since the first versions appeared, arguing that using them will make the device vulnerable to malicious third-party apps which can be used to steal valuable data from the device.

The developer who created the jailbreak for 12.4 mentioned that the vulnerability could be exploited to create powerful spyware by escaping the sandbox restrictions imposed by the operating system. There other ways to inject malware, among which we can count the use of a fake webpage linked to a browser exploit.

Tesla Pickup Truck Update – Best Ford F-150 Alternative

The upcoming pickup truck from Tesla is getting a lot of attention from prospective buyers. But no one has actually seen the vehicle yet. The only promotional material that Tesla have offered is a vague teaser. This happened earlier this year during the launch of the Model Y.

As you can imagine, the truck from Tesla has a real futuristic look on it. It looks like something from Bladerunner. Elon Musk referred to the vehicle as a cyberpunk truck. We currently have no idea whatsoever on how the pickup truck will be like but Elon says it will be ready to showcase by the end of the year.

Little things we know

Elon gave us some tidbits concerning the truck. Namely that it as a towing capacity of 300.000 pounds and it has been built to be a futuristic alternative to the Ford F-150. Because it will be electric, the truck will be quite fast.

As Elon even said it will be better than a Porsche 911. That means it will reach 60 mph in around 4 seconds, a little bit slower than the R1T truck.

So, the upcoming Tesla pickup truck will be a rival for the Ford F-150. That means it should also be competitive in terms of price. Reports are confirming this, as the price should start at $49.000, making the vehicle relatively affordable.

Will the Tesla pickup truck be for you?

Elon commented that the consumer should get a great truck for the sum of $49K and his company will deliver on that. The R1T will struggle a little bit to compete with the new Tesla as it is priced at $69K for the base model. The R1T Rivian will still win out with the more conservative customers that need pickup trucks.

The futuristic design might be kept but this means that it will take some time for consumers to adapt to the trends. Alternatively, Tesla might just provide a more conservative design to try and please everyone.

Best Methods to Turn Off iPhone X / XS

Turning off an iPhone in the past was easy enough. You just needed to press a button. And that button was at the top of the phone. After pressing the power button you had a slider on the screen that you needed to activate to confirm the shutdown.

Because people don’t usually turn off their phones very often, Apple has shifted things around with the introduction of the iPhone X and XS. Turning off these phones requires a little more effort. The side lock button now has a couple of new functions. Siri has been moved there as well as Apple Pay. So, how do you turn the iPhone off?

Shutdown with buttons

A button power off can still be used on the new iPhones. But pressing the lock key that used to be the power button does not work. What you need to do is press the lock button together with a volume button.

Keep pressing them both for a few seconds and you will get the slider to shutdown. If you do not hold down the keys, you will get a popup that you do not want. Either Siri, Apple Pay, locking the phone, or taking a screenshot.

Shutdown with Settings

If you can’t be bothered to keep pressing the buttons, there is another option. Go to Settings – General – Shut Down and move the slider. The Shutdown option is at the bottom of the screen, near to the Reset. Don’t press that one.

Shutdown with Assistive Touch

In case you’re having issues with your buttons, you can create a digital one with Assistive Touch. The virtual button has a lot of uses. Enable it and press Shut Down when needed. You can also restart your iPhone with this function.

Settings – General – Accessibility – Assistive Touch – Enable – Select Shut Down

Google warns the public that tens of millions of Android Phones come preloaded with malware

Google’s security research team found out that millions of shiny new Android phones are purchased with dangerous malware that is factory – installed. That is right, malware, not bloatware. Unfortunately, many users trust that their newly purchased smartphones are safe and clean, and nobody suspects that hidden factory – installed malware can download other malware in the background, committing fraud and in some cases taking over the host device.

Great number

New phones can be bundled with as many as 400 apps factory-installed, most of which are just plain bloatware.

Maddie Stone, security researcher for Google’s Project Zero says that her team found out that in the case that malware or security issues come as a “feature” straight from the factory, the possible damage is greater and this risk greatly impacts Android’s Open – Source Project (AOSP), which is a low cost alternative to the full-fat version designed for budget phones to keep prices low.

While Google didn’t officially reveal details about the involved brands of phones, it turns out that more than 200 device manufacturers are guilty, featuring some malware that allows devices to be attacked remotely.

Effort from Google

Google is working on helping device manufacturers protect and prevent users from such trouble. Approximations say that the number of infected devices decreased from 7.4 million to “only” 700.000 over the course of a year.

Unfortunately, not even apps from Google’s PlayStore are safe, as some are basically just malware disguised as useful apps. Time will pass and it will all change, but as for right now, users need to keep careful track of what’s happening on their smartphones.