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The world’s first 3-D printed car took to the streets this weekend after being built in an amazingly short 44 hours. The vehicle, called Strati, was designed by Italian designer Michele Anoé, who won an international competition held by crowdsourcing carmaker Local Motors.  It was printed and rapidly assembled by a Local Motors team during a manufacturing technology show held last week in Chicago, then went on a drive on Saturday. 

Strati’s chassis and body were made in one piece out of a carbon fiber-impregnated plastic on a large-area 3-D printer. The machine put down layer after layer of the material at a rate of 40 pounds per hour.

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Plastic Style

These plastic products have gotten a style upgrade from designers using 3-D printers. Two lamps and a 3-D printed heart made to help surgeons visualize complicated procedures before they begin are on display at the 2014 Euroscience Open Forum being held now in Copenhagen. 

The models, built by Belgian additive manufacturing company Materialize with support from the European Commission, calls attention to advancing artistic, medical and scientific applications for 3-D printers. 

All pictures by Michael Keller.

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Need Some Telepresence At Europe’s Largest Science Meeting?

by Michael Keller

This is Mike Keller, the editor of Txchnologist. I’m interrupting our regular science and technology stories to let you know that we’ll have a bit of a change to our programming next week. We’ll be coming to you from Copenhagen’s Carlsberg district, where we’ll be roaming the halls of the 2014 Euroscience Open Forum. The event happens every two years and is Europe’s largest general science meeting.

This year’s conference includes hundreds of speakers on eight cross-cutting themes: The Healthy Society; A Revolution of the Mind; Global Resource Management; Learning in the 21st Century; Green Economy; Material and Virtual World; Urbanization, Design, and Livability; and Science, Democracy and Citizenship.

We’ll be digging in to the most promising and interesting science and technology the continent has to offer, and we’d like to take you along for the ride. Check out the full program and let us know if there’s any talk you really wish you could attend. We’ll do our best to get to it and report back on the discussion and debate. Consider us your telepresence. Drop a line through Fanmail or leave a comment below.

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Interactive 3-D Platform Pulls Viewer Into Art And Architecture

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by Michael Keller

We rediscovered 3-D interactive content-sharing platform Sketchfab last week, and we haven’t been able to stop exploring ever since. The site, begun in Paris in 2012, lets makers share their work with the world.

Sketchfab says it now comprises a community that includes artists, designers, architects, engineers, brands, museums and schools. Check out some of our favorites below, and head to the site to find more.

The first comes from aerial photographer Philippe Graindorge, who writes: “The beautiful “chateau” of the small village of Hautefort in Dordogne, France. Its flowerbeds are wonderful, when in full blossom, which wasn’t the case here :(“

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