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Disney Research Invites You to Share the Magic of Augmented Reality with a Seat on the Magic Bench

As an important part of The Walt Disney Company, the Disney Research company’s mission is to increase the value for the company by developing and delivering scientific and technological innovation…

Disney Research Uses 3D Printing to Bring Animated Characters to Life

As one would expect, the team at Disney Research is very familiar with 3D printing, and has of course used the technology for countless innovations. They have been behind the…

Disney Research Uses 3D Printing to Design Bendable Machines

In the construction world, certain characteristics like strength, stiffness and rigidity are highly valued for the integrity and stability of structures. In nature, however, those characteristics are rarely found –…

Disney Files Patent Application for “Anti-Scanning” Material that Would Make Figurines Harder to Scan and 3D Print

While consumers use 3D printers for a wide variety of reasons, one thing that many people love to do is to 3D print figurines of characters from their favorite movies,…

Disney Research Devises a Method of 3D Printing Models That Balance or Breakdance

It’s incredibly frustrating when you spend hours – or days – designing and 3D printing a perfect figurine or other decorative object only to have it refuse to stand up…

Electroloom Going Out of Business – But the News Isn’t All Bad for 3D Printed Clothing Fans

It’s always a sad day when any company goes out of business – it’s a sadder day when that company is as interesting and unique as Electroloom. We covered the…

Disney Research Creates Compiler for Industrial 3D Knitting of Apparel & Structures

Although learning to knit has always been one of my aspirations, thus far I’ve been a well-known failure in this area amongst my artsy-craftsy friends, who have given up on…

Looking Toward Cloaking & Acoustic Tagging: Researchers Implant 3D Printed Objects with Sound Data

For many, 3D printing has an aura of magic about it, allowing for objects to appear before your eyes as you summon them at will. And while the technology is…

Disney Research Just Invented a “3D Copier” That Uses Light-Cured Resin to Duplicate Entire Objects Instantly

Using light-cured resins to 3D print physical objects is not a new technology. In fact, the oldest form of 3D printing is stereolithography (SLA), a process that uses a laser…

Is Disney Getting into the 3D Printing Business? They Just Filed for Three New Related Patents

When you hear Disney you usually think theme parks, big budget movies, animated fairy tales and merchandise licensing deals that just won’t quit. But Disney didn’t become one of the…

Check Out ‘Saber,’ the 3D Printed Mechanically Complex Character Inspired by Disney Research

Disney is a never-ending source of entertainment–and a bottomless well of inspiration. Steeped in the world of wonderment and innovation for decades, their team is known for having the creativity…

Never Miss a Connection Again with 3D Printed Connectors from Disney Research

On a road trip last year, I relied on my friend’s GPS to get me through the eight-hour drive. It was working just fine, until the suction cup mounting the…

Making New Music with 3D Printed Metallophone Instruments

I am a university professor, and I have been guilty of this myself. Taking a subject which is actually a great deal of fun to explore and then, in the…

Disney Magic Creates Varying Elasticity within Single 3D Printed Objects

Disney Research, not surprisingly, is bringing their latest project home with some new 3D printed materials that are unlike anything we’ve ever seen, even perhaps bordering on–dare we say it?–the…

Disney Research Lab Creates 3D Printed Robots that Emulate Animated Characters

As annual passholders to Disney, my family and I spend many weekends there getting more than our money’s worth of fun–as well as deep inspiration. While I lumber in the…

3D Printing Allows Researchers to Control a Smartphone with Sound Waves

It’s no secret that Disney Research is incredibly interested in all aspects of 3D printing. We’ve seen what seems like a laundry list of innovative applications for the technology, coming…

Disney is Researching Variable Activation 3D Printed Controls

Like many others in the millennial generation, some of my fondest childhood memories involve a Disney character, story, or toy in some way. I remember spending hours playing the Toy…

Disney Research Develops New Fabric 3D Printer

As a kid, I loved going to the Disney Store at the local mall, usually with my grandma. At the back of those iconic stores was a bin of stuffed…

3D Printing Technology Helps Disney Research Design Realistic Human Eye Model

There’s an old saying that the eyes are the “windows to the soul” because they are very individuated and play a big part in establishing our unique appearances. Not only…

Disney Research Can Turn Any 3D Printed Object Into a Seemingly Impossible Spinning Top

When you were a kid, did you ever wish you could take your G.I Joe or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle action figures and spin them around on the table like…

Incredible Advancement in the 3D Printing of Hair on Figurines is Presented by Disney Research

There seems to be a growing trend fueled by several companies, a trend in which I have yet to take part in, but certainly look forward to doing so sometime…

Disney Researchers Use 3D Printing to Create Electrostatic Speakers In Any Shape Desired

We have seen a few iterations of 3D printed speakers in the last year or so, but nothing compares to the technology being developed by scientists at Disney Research, in…