MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer (Fifth Generation Model)


Synopsis. MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis introduces the fifth generation MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer, now available at This video was first published to YouTube on 6 January 2014. (source)


CNN: China reveals its first 3-D bio printer to make human body parts


Originally published to YouTube by CNN on Aug 9, 2013. (source)

Synopsis. “China reveals its first 3-D bio printer to make human body parts, as Patricia Wu reports.”


3D Printing in Animatronics: Easton LaChappelle at TEDxMileHigh

This video was first published to YouTube on Jul 15, 2013. (source)

Synopsis. “How is 3D printing changing the future of prosthetic and animatronic limbs? Tinkering with this new technology 17-year old inventor Easton LaChappelle is creating robotic limbs with strength and dexterity beyond human, and will create new models for custom prosthetics in the not-so-distant future.”

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Smithsonian Channel: Using a 3D Printer to Make Human Body Parts


Synopsis. “Many of the technologies first fictionalized in Star Trek are now a reality. Using x-rays, scans, and a mixture of cells, scientists can actually print human tissue and organs.” This video was originally published to YouTube on 13 May 2013. (source)


TEDxYouth: Easton LaChappelle – Prosthetics and technology revolution


Originally published to YouTube on May 10, 2013.

Synopsis. What do you get when you combine prosthetics and 3D printing? In this inspiring talk, 17-year old Easton LaChappelle shows us how he has been using new technologies to print and build cheaper, customizable prosthetics that could change millions of lives.


4D Printing: Self Assembling and Self Adaptive Materials

Skylar Tibbits: The emergence of “4D printing” – 3D printing has grown in sophistication since the late 1970s; TED Fellow Skylar Tibbits is shaping the next development, which he calls 4D printing, where the fourth dimension is time. This emerging technology will allow us to print objects that then reshape themselves or self-assemble over time. Think: a printed cube that folds before your eyes, or a printed pipe able to sense the need to expand or contract. Originally published to YouTube on Apr 4, 2013.


Introduction to 3D Printers: The Promise and Pitfalls of Desktop Manufacturing


Synopsis. Home 3D printers are getting more affordable every year. But they still require lots of troubleshooting, practice, and patience. Here’s the state of modern 3D printing, based on our experience with four generations of MakerBots. Watch this video if you’re just getting started with 3D printing or just curious about exactly what the process entails. First published to YouTube on 27 March 2013.


KGAN: University of Iowa Works To Create Human Organs


Synopsis. KGAN/KFXA’s Sadie Hughes shares how the University of Iowa’s College of Engineering is working to create human organs by using a 3D bioprinter. This video was first published to YouTube on 8 March 2013. (source)


University of Iowa Biomanufacturing Laboratory: Printing Organs


Synopsis. The University of Iowa Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department is working on organ printing, where they use a 3D printer to print living structures with bio-ink. The goal is to eventually print a working organ that can be transplanted into a human. This project is supported in part by the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Iowa. This video was first published to YouTube on 20 February 2013.