Archives for the category: Materials for 3D printing
May 23, 2013
A new 3D printer does away with SLS layering, and is able to print gravity-defying cables in three dimensions. C/net reports.
This is the sort of thing that has to be seen to be believed. The current crop of 3D printers on the market require a printing bed, and the objects produced thereon are printed in fine layers. As there is a waiting period before the material dries, the object can only be built from the ground up.
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March 20, 2013
Ireland's Mcor Technologies Ltd manufactures affordable, full colour and eco-friendly 3D printers.
They are the only 3D printers to use ordinary business-letter paper as the build material. In their own words: "High resolution and Photo realistic".
Mcor Technologies is the company that entered into a deal with Staples’ Printing Systems Division to launch a new 3D printing service called “Staples Easy 3D. Available in the Netherlands and Belgium initially.
February 18, 2013
Undoubtedly, the most dramatic and challenging has been printing with metal. In case you missed it, ExtremeTech assembled last december a few incredible videos that showcase the power and flexibility of 3D printing with metal.
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February 6, 2013
German designer Marcus Thymark developed a 3D print shredder last year. It was built to test the geometry of blades for filabot shredder.
January 20, 2013
Jennifer A. Lewis will work on the integration of multiple platforms for materials synthesis, assembly and characterization. The goal is to design novel inks and high-precision 3D printing methods using gels, polymers, and colloidal suspensions.
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January 13, 2013
Filabot is a desktop extruding system, capable of grinding various types of plastics, to make spools of plastic filament for 3D printers. Not only is it user friendly, but it is also environmentally friendly.
The Filabot can process things such as: milk jugs, soda bottles, various other types of plastics, and bad prints, to make new filament for a future print. Filabot will bring the real power of sustainability to 3D printing, allowing for a one stop shop to make anything.
January 1, 2013
According to Francois, the list is not exhaustive and will expand over time. For now read it as a very useful generic survey of usable materials.
December 27, 2012
A must read article from Extreme Tech which traces the history of 3D printing with metal (the first attempts can be traced back to the 1880s), how the real breakthrough has been laser, plus, a look at the future.
December 14, 2012
Sculpteo has published the full list of their materials available for 3D printing.
Impressive. From all kinds of different colored resins, to bi-materials (2 materials in the same object), plastics, stainless steel, cobalt, aluminium, titanium, gold, platinum, brass, silver, ceramic...
You can also order a sample kit of their materials here.
December 12, 2012
Fabbaloo explains 3D metal printing.
Metal-capable machines are typically quite expensive and are varied in features and abilities. Generally metal printing involves some form of powder-based printing in which tiny metal particles are fused together.
December 10, 2012
Engineers from the School of Engineering at the University of Warwick. have printed working electronic devices for the first time using a standard 3D printer fitted with a new type of plastic that conducts electricity.
December 8, 2012
Materialise launches "3D Print Barometer" to help manufacturers to identify whether a plastic component is suitable for 3D printing.
3D Printing Barometer is an online application to test different parts according to size, functionality, series size, etc., and score the added benefit that 3D Printing can offer. It aims to identify where 3D printing technology can really be of benefit.
WillIt3DPrint.com, a web app that acts like spell check for the 3-D printed age, aims to alleviate the fears of trying to print an unoptimized design by letting you know how it will turn out before you output it to your printer.
December 5, 2012
The company, with a 3D printing manufacturing facility in Boston, US, uses a range of equipment to print, fire and glaze unique and customized ceramic objects for a global client base that includes consumers, artists and businesses. The company claims to be revolutionizing the design and production of ceramic objects – enabled by 3D printing processes.
November 27, 2012
Steel beams are pretty uniformly strong, but they're all run of the mill, literally. If you start 3D-printing custom beams for the exact purpose they're intended to serve though, you've got a regular space-age material on your hands. It's lighter than steel and orders of magnitude stronger. Gizmodo reports.
The process, developed byYong Mao of the University of Nottingham, UK and colleagues, isn't just the product of one innovation, but rather a whole bunch of them wrapped up into one bundle.
November 22, 2012
Researchers have developed a way to "print" cartilage that could help treat joint diseases and sporting injuries. The BBC reports.
They say that the new material is more robust and hardwearing than previous efforts to create artificial cartilage.
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November 21, 2012
High-end printers have been working with metals and ceramics for some time. But now the 3-D printing community is toying with a material more natural in origin: printed wood.
Wired explains how it happened, how one website that carries it is perpetually out of stock and with no open source sharing, it’s impossible for others in the fledgling community to continue helping its development.
3-D printing wood might not rival traditional production methods in terms of cost or quality, but it stands alone for its unique aesthetic.
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Related article: 3D Printing: Progression with Wood Filament Material