Prosthetic limbs that match your body … and your style:  Industrial designer Scott Summit uses 3D printing technology to create individualized artificial limbs that users can choose and personalize to fit their unique style.

In a talk at TEDxCambridge, Summit explains how this process not only gives users autonomy over the aesthetics of their prosthetics, but also makes for artificial limbs that factor in the quirks, curves, and uniqueness of a user’s body, eliminating the need for prosthetic-wearers to hack their artificial limbs — with socks, bubble wrap, even duct tape — to feel comfortable. Watch the whole talk here»

Above, photos of some of the creations made by Summit’s design firm, Bespoke Innovations.



Why you need to make your own Oscar statuette:

1. To pretend you’re Jennifer Lawrence (with or without the cute fall)

2. To convince your parents moving to LA to pursue acting was worthwhile

3. ‘Cause it’s fancy and why not?! 

4. You have access to a 3D printer.

5. All of the above. Find out how to 3D print your own here:

What to do before (or after) you give your fake acceptance speech in the mirror: Watch our playlist of great talks on 3D printing.

Skylar Tibbits makes things that make themselves.

In this new video — part of a series chronicling the day-to-day adventures of TED Fellows — TED Fellow Tibbits reveals some of the mesmerizing, wacky, and revolutionary materials coming out of MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab, where his team prints objects with “memory” that dynamically respond to stimulation.

Think: a printed cube that folds before your eyes, or a printed pipe able to sense the need to expand or contract.

Recently, the Self-Assembly Lab has produced some delightfully brainy creations, like a strand of material that folds itself into any number of Crambin protein structures when thrown into the air. (Crambin proteins, if you didn’t know, are seed storage proteins for a type of cabbage. But you already knew that, didn’t you?)

Watch the whole video here»

How a failed attempt to 3D print a cake led to beautiful sugar sculptures you can eat … or drop into your coffee

In grad school, designers Liz and Kyle von Hasseln wanted to bake their friend a cake. The only problem? They didn’t own an oven. They did, however, have a 3D printer.

In a talk at TEDxManhattanBeach, the duo explains how this problem led to a breakthrough: they couldn’t print a cake, but they could print a cake topper.

Now, Liz and Kyle now spend their days designing and (3D) printing edible sugar sculptures — from corkscrews for your coffee to latticework for your cocktail.

Watch the whole talk to find out more about how these super sweet designs are made»

(Photos: the sugar lab)