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May 8, 2013
The book explains the world of 3D printing in all its technologies, design tools, and downstream implications, covering corporate R&D labs to the DIY initiatives we see in the DIY and Maker communities.
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April 18, 2013
The potential for 3D printing on space travel is endless. The technology itself can theoretically allow structures like satellites and spacecraft to be built in space, and it’s being developed here on earth. VentureBeat reports.
One private company, Made in Space, is already piloting zero gravity 3D printing. It started testing in early 2011, and has made great strides in the future of out of this world 3D printing and design.
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April 10, 2013
China suppliers have started manufacturing and exporting 3D printers even though the technology is just starting to gain momentum the world over. The global industry, growing 30 percent annually, is expected to be worth $6 billion by 2020, with China accounting for 15 to 20 percent of supply, according to Global Sources.
The country is an early adopter, with the government jumping on this particular bandwagon about 20 years ago by investing in R&D. As a result, China now has four major research centers, including Xi'a Jiaotong University, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, and Tsinghua University, working to bring 3D printing into the mainstream.
March 27, 2013
Right in the heart of London’s emerging tech scene, a startup called 3D Industri.es, aims to revolutionize both manufacturing and internet search.
In their own words:
Imagine being able to search for components, supplies, designs, industrial parts... using shape and geometry alone. Imagine the ease of no longer having to use vague keywords that differ between companies and countries. Imagine the end of language barriers, misunderstandings and inaccuracies.
March 22, 2013
At the new Designs of the Year show, Open-source design and 3D printing make up a large percentage of entries
Now in its sixth year, Designs of the Year 2013, the annual exhibition is a snapshot of innovation in digital, fashion, product, architectural, transport, furniture and graphic design, with industry-nominated entries from across the world.
At the heart of the show is a great enthusiasm for the democratised, DIY, human-centred design made possible by new technologies.
The Wilmington Robotic Exoskeleton (WREX) is one of the nominees.
Winner to be announced 17 April.
[via New Scientist]
Image above left, artist Yayoi Kusama's polka dot vision, one of the nominees. Not 3D printed, just a personal favorite.
Read full article in Y-Axis Magazine.
March 15, 2013
A unique aspect to Twikit is the simplicity of the whole process. You can already start playing around with the design tools on the homepage, without having to click any “Start now” “Design yours” etc. buttons. The user can select from existing models and then just type in the words required on the trophy or medal.
March 8, 2013
New Balance, much like Nike a couple of weeks ago — which announced having 3D printed cleats, has brought 3D printing into the manufacturing process — at least for one of its highly customized running shoe designs. 3D PrintingIndustry reports.
Athletes are measured and monitored using 100 sensors to understand their precise running style. The data gather is then used to make a custom spike plate for their running shoes
March 6, 2013
Stratasys reports on a first for 3D printing - a functional keyboard prototype featuring keys that depress in a similar fashion to a real keyboard.
This entire keyboard was 3D printing in a single print job - with no assembly of the keys into the board required.
WebPro News points out that these keyboards can’t actually connect to a PC as they are only plastic prototypes. Real keyboards will have to be produced via traditional means until 3D printers can start creating circuitry.
March 5, 2013
While 3-D printing of toys, iPhone covers, and jewelry continues to grab headlines, much of 3-D printing’s impact could be at a much smaller scale. Micrometer-scale printing has shown promise for making medical and electronic devices. MIT Technology Review reports.
... So far, 3-D microprinting has been used only in research laboratories because it’s pretty slow.
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Spotted at the Geneva Auto Show this evening, at the Ford stand, 3D printers busy making a toy car (print time: over 5 hours), a 3D logo and a toy Ford motor (print time: over 12 hours).
The person able to explain why Ford was showcasing 3D printing at the Auto Show was not at the stand when I was there, however 3D PrintingIndustry recently published an article explaining that the car manufacturer was using the technology for prototyping.
February 27, 2013
Now that the promise of 3-D printing has landed on the national agenda, researchers want to increase the stakes — with so-called 4-D printing. Bits reports.
Scientists claim that their “fourth dimension” refers to time — as in the space-time continuum described by the mathematician Hermann Minkowski early in the 20th century. The 4-D structures are first generated by 3-D printers but then transform when activated.
February 24, 2013
If you're waiting for desktop additive-manufacturing technology to move closer to professional-level results, be prepared to wait for a very long time.
Wired has uncovered 10 patents that could severely stifle innovation in the low-cost segment of the 3-D printing market and keep you from making colorful, smooth-finished figures and precise, articulating parts.
February 23, 2013
More efficient, less complex and cheaper, 3D solar cells can also capture more sunlight than conventional photovoltaic (PV) models. The Guardian reports.
... Researchers at MIT believe 3D solar panels could be roughly 20% more efficient than flat solar panels. 3D printing can extend the amount of solar absorbed into cells, which may turn some haters of solar power into believers.
February 19, 2013
The World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Emerging Technologies identifies the top 10 most promising technology trends that can *help to deliver sustainable growth in decades to come as global population and material demands on the environment continue to grow rapidly".
Listed in 2nd place, 3-D printing and remote manufacturing
Three-dimensional printing allows the creation of solid structures from a digital computer file, potentially revolutionizing the economics of manufacturing if objects can be printed remotely in the home or office. The process involves layers of material being deposited on top of each other in to create free-standing structures from the bottom up. Blueprints from computer-aided design are sliced into cross-section for print templates, allowing virtually created objects to be used as models for “hard copies” made from plastics, metal alloys or other materials.
via The WEF Blog.
February 18, 2013
China looks to lower the cost of 3D printing and make large titanium components to build the next-gen fighter jet and self-developed passenger plane. ZDNet reports.
By using laser additive manufactured titanium parts in its aviation industry, China is looking to become a global leader in commercializing 3D printing technology.
February 13, 2013
President Obama mentioned 3D printing during his State of the Union address, while talking about ways to create new jobs and manufacturing in the United States. Here's the passage from the transcript, via C/net:
After shedding jobs for more than 10 years, our manufacturers have added about 500,000 jobs over the past three. Caterpillar is bringing jobs back from Japan. Ford is bringing jobs back from Mexico. After locating plants in other countries like China, Intel is opening its most advanced plant right here at home. And this year, Apple will start making Macs in America again.
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February 8, 2013
Two days after the bones of Richard III were found in a parking lot, 528 years after his death, a 3D-printed reproduction of his face reveals his features. Mashable reports.
The reconstruction project, led by Caroline Wilkinson, Professor of Craniofacial Identification at the University of Dundee, was commissioned and funded by the Richard III Society.
January 31, 2013
A faster and cheaper alternative to traditional methods of manufacturing is making its way into the mainstream market, and it looks to be changing the way people do business—including advertising.
January 18, 2013
...We are going to release 3D templates, case specs, recommended materials and best practices — everything someone versed in 3D printing needs to print their own custom Lumia 820 case.
According to GigaOM, by releasing the 3DK, Nokia is reintroducing that customizability in its hardware and potentially stimulating a whole new ecosystem that may actually feed back to its own internal development efforts — effectively outsourcing rapid prototyping to its customers.
January 14, 2013
REF is able to set up mobile labs at remote operating bases equipped with 3D printers, CNC mills, laser cutters and water cutters for fabricating parts on the spot.
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January 11, 2013
3D Systems announced today it won a Best of CES Award for its CubeX™ 3D printer, the ultimate desktop 3D printer that can print as big as a basketball in triple color. Produced and judged by editors from CNET the winners of the Best of CES Awards were announced Thursday, January 10, at 2013 CES in Las Vegas. Congrats!
January 8, 2013
Inside 3D Printing 2013 is the first U.S. conference and expo dedicated exclusively to the 3D printing industry. It will be held APril 22-23 at the Javits Convention Center in Manhattan.
Two full days of tutorials and conference sessions, as well as an exhibition of 3D printing applications and services. Register now.
A companion west coast conference will take place at the Santa Clara Convention Center in September 2013.
It happens almost everyday that things you made are copied by others. Chris at TheNewHobbyist has come up with a speical solution: signing your 3D prints with a digital/physical signature.
In his own words:
I had looked into subtracting a logo or initials on the bottom of my prints but leaving an outline in the first few layers. Unfortunately this wasn’t always practical depending on your intended application for the part. So I took the idea of “stamping” a design into the bottom of the part and moved it up and into the center of my print.
January 4, 2013
3D Systems will be acquiring Geomagic, a company that provides 3D imaging software to scan physical objects into 3D CAD models. In this video, Motley Fool industrial analysts Blake Bos and Isaac Pino discuss why they like this merger.
December 31, 2012
I'm new to 3D printing but everything I read fills me with excitement and anticipation. There is such a sense — just like the early Internet days — that something big is happening and the world is about to change irrevocably, again.
I have been filled with awe reading about how the medical field is experimenting with 3D printing of cells, organs, vaccines and prosthetics. I have been amazed at the creativity of designers and plain hobbiest as they came up with the most amazing innovative looking objects. I have had the best time reading about 3D printing photo booths and was amused by the first feeble attempts at making 3D printed sex toys. I've been appalled by a pro gun group called Defense Distributed who is committed to printing a 3D gun and concerned about the challenges to copyright law which might clip the wings of this amazing technology on the verge of going mainstream thanks to affordable printers, an ever increasing choice of materials and vast collection of software models available online.
But what I loved the most, was finding out how 3D printing could be used for the social good. Here are my favorite projects for 2012:
1. 3D printing could make a huge difference to emergency responses, saving a fortune by printing things like tools, basic items and equipment on the ground from recycled materials, rather than flying them in from other countries.
2. 3D printed houses could rid the world of poverty-stricken slums characterised by make-shift corrugated iron shacks. Professor Behrock Khoshnevis' project would use materials costing 25 per cent less than traditional houses and would cut labour costs in half.
3. Perhaps my favorite project, from Kenya, 3D Printed shoes to alleviate jigger sufferers. Called Happy Feet, the project aims to use 3d printing to make customised shoes for people suffering from Jigger. Thus a right shoe can be made differently than a left, depending on the level of infestation. The shoes would be manufactured from reused plastic and would also be recyclable once they are worn out.
4. And finally, the "Homeless snow globe" a jewel of a concept and campaign by clever ad agency BBH to raise awareness on the plight of the homeless in Birtain. The homeforxmas.org website invited visitors to make a donation. Each day BBH selected one donor and made them a 3D printed snowglobe — featuring their own house.
Fabaloo shares their top ten stories of what mattered in 3D printing in 2012.
1. Staples announces the will be offering 3D printing services in in Belguim and the Netherlands. ...
2. 3D Printing Electronics happened this year. ...
3. 3D Printing of Guns (or more accurately, parts of guns) was probably the most written about story this year. ...
4. How Musems are getting involved in 3D printing to restore ancient artifacts. ...
5. French 3D printing company Sculpteo raised $2.5 million. ...
6. Shapeways Opens 3D printng factory in Long Island, New York. ...
7. 3D printed sex toys made an appearance - but it's still early days. ...
8. 3D Printing Photo Booths made headlines around the world. ...
9. Scientists worked on 3D printing of veins and arteries. ...
10. Stratasys and Objet merged creating a monster-sized 3D company with more diverse capabilities than either company had previously. ...
Other favorite "year in reviews":
December 26, 2012
Amongst BuzzFeed's list of the 27 Science Fictions that Became Science Facts in 2012, 3 were about 3D printing innovations:
-- A 3D Printing of full-size houses
-- A 3D printed jaw implant made for a 83-year-od woman
-- A 3D printed solar photovoltaic film to create cheap and flexible solar panels.
December 21, 2012
Business Week reports that Ford Motor now puts 3D printers at workstations for its engineers.
Furthermore, the car company plans to put the smaller MakerBot replicators at every engineer’s desk in the coming months. Ford pitches this as its commitment to engineering, but I see it as the future of distribution if the desktop replicator technology follows the path taken before it by the minicomputer and then the PC.
December 17, 2012
China plans to invest in locally-invented 3D printing technologies to boost its manufacturing power, according to a senior industrial official, reports NZWeek.
Su Bo, Vice Minister of Industry and Information Technology, said the country should establish plans and use tax incentives to speed up research and development (R&D) and application of 3D printing technologies.
Next year in New Zeland 3D printers will be incorporated into K-12 education. The new curriculum standard 91622 will give students the chance to design a Chess piece that will need to be made on a 3D printer.
December 13, 2012
The first step is to choose from any of 12 different pre-selected basic shapes, after which you can add your own decoration by clicking and dropping the decorative item on your chosen ornament.
November 30, 2012
... The old rules of manufacturing, such as “you must seek economies of scale” and “you must reduce unit-labour costs”, are being cast aside. New machines can print every item differently. More flexible robots are getting cheaper and better at doing all the boring and dirty stuff.
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Report: McKinsey Global Institute: Manufacturing the future: The next era of global growth and innovation
November 29, 2012
Mark Fleming, founder of 3D Printer, reports on how 3D printer stocks are faring on the market and how investing in them is within the reach of any size investor.
The two publicly traded companies, 3D Systems (DDD) and Stratasys (SSYS), today saw some of the biggest gains on Wall Street, on an otherwise mixed day that had the S&P down 0.20%. The 3D printer stocks made an incredible showing, with Stratasys rising 7.33% and DDD rising even further, 11.52%.
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November 28, 2012
In 2010, researchers from NASA initiated discussion with Amit Bandyopadhyay from the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Washington State University, asking if their research team might be able to print 3-D objects from moon rock.
First demonstration on direct laser fabrication of lunar regolith parts
Related article from C/Net - 3D printer on moon or Mars could make tools from local rocks - Rocks on the moon or Mars could be used to print useful objects like tools or replacement parts.
November 23, 2012
As par of the Technology and Innovation Futures report, the evaluating team has selected their favoured technology. Leading the way in the list are 'smart' fabrics, 3D printing and energy transition. [via GrowthBusiness]
Links in report related to 3D Printing:
-- Technology and Innovation Futures: UK Growth Opportunities for the 2020s: 2.2(11) 3D printing and personal fabrication - (pdf) scroll to bottom of report.
-- Technology Annex (pdf)
Way beyond playing the devil's advocate, Willard Foxton at The Telegraph goes all out in tearing down the hopes, and dreams surrounding 3D printing.
Pick up any technology magazine, and you'll find gushing articles about how the world is going to be completely transformed by 3D printing – everyone from Wired to the Economist has speculated on changes to society that 3D printing will bring.
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November 21, 2012
More than 2,000 users contributed over $2.9m to help Massachusetts-based Formlabs build the device.
Wohlers Report 2012. Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing State of the Industry Annual Worldwide Progress Report
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Related article. - 3D Printing Industry Will Reach $3.1 Billion Worldwide by 2016 (Forbes)
... Here are just a few of the companies the report mentions or discusses that you’ll recognize: EOS, ExOne, Fab@Home, MakerBot Industries, Materialise, Objet, Optomec, ReaLizer, RepRap, Shapeways, Stratasys, and 3D Systems. He covers Australia, China, Europe, India, Israel, Japan, South Africa, and some other places you might not have known were active in 3D printing.
November 18, 2012
Students at Virginia Tech have created a 3D printer in a vending machine. You supply the files on a SD card, the part comes out in a bin.
In their own words:
The DreamVendor is an interactive 3D printing station for Virginia Tech students to enable them to quickly fabricate prototypes for their academic, and even personal, design projects.
November 17, 2012
Chris Anderson has exited one of the top jobs in publishing - Editor-in-Chief of Wired magazine - to pursue the life of an entrepreneur, making a big bet that 3D printers represent a massive new phase of the industrial revolution. ZDNet reports.
Speaking at a Wired "Culturazzi" event, Mr Anderson explained, there is Aliaba - an online registry of factories that will make anything for you. He told a story of ordering thousands of small electric motors, custom designed, paying with PayPal and receiving them via the mail in just a few weeks.
Makers: The New Industrial Revolution by Chris Anderson [Amazon]
November 16, 2012
A top-performing school has been selected to take part in a Government study about high-tech printing, reports This is Kent.
Simon Langton Girls' School in Canterbury is one of 20 maths and science schools across the country to take part in the trial of 3D printing and how it could help with teaching academic subjects.
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November 15, 2012
3D-printed biobots might one day roam the insides of our bodies, sensing and neutralizing toxins, targeting tumors and releasing drugs, and acting as cellular repairmen. Research published today in Scientific Reports takes a first step toward that goal.
[via Popular Mechanics]
Imagine if after an earthquake you could airdrop machines that build houses in under a day. Imagine if you had cheap and accessible medical kits that could produce bespoke medicine on demand. Imagine if you could fabricate shoes, clothes, solar cells, lamps, toilets, pipes, water pumps, and just about anything else on site and at the touch of a button.
The scenario is still a fantasy, but could a process called 3D printing ever make it a reality? Could the technology ever make a significant impression on the humanitarian world? Ian Byrne reports for trust.org.
3D printing could make a huge difference to emergency responses, saving a fortune by printing things like tools, basic items and equipment on the ground from recycled materials, rather than flying them in from other countries,” said Steve Haines, mobilisation director for global campaigns at Save the Children International.
Related: - 3D printer could build a house in 20 hours