New Compact Printer Can 3D Print a Building in One Day (Video)

At first glimpse, the world of 3D printing does seem magical, as do the projections for the future. This includes every level, from manufacturing to the desktop. It would seem that one day, thanks to many thousands of innovators creating and competing around the world, there will be a 3D printer and a material for meeting our every personal and very customized need. With new processes in manufacturing and production that offer greater quality, speed, and affordability, our lives will become different–and better–due to greater efficiency and the ability to be more independent and self-sustainable. And the bottom line is, we will do a lot less waiting. Continue reading “New Compact Printer Can 3D Print a Building in One Day (Video)”

Research Opens Door to New Fuel Cell 3D Printing Techniques

With 3-D printing changing the world, one Northwestern University undergraduate spent this past summer in the lab doing his part to use this exciting new technology to create efficient and economic energy.

Nick Geisendorfer won an undergraduate research grant to employ 3-D printing technology to test the possibilities of making a particular kind of fuel cell more efficient and marketable.

He thinks solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology, which produces electricity from the electrochemical oxidation of fuel without burning, could be an answer in the race to reduce carbon emissions. Continue reading “Research Opens Door to New Fuel Cell 3D Printing Techniques”

Dutch startup MX3D to 3D print steel bridge in Amsterdam

“A bridge to the future in the ancient capital of innovation”

With their robots that 3D “draw” in steel, MX3D will print a bridge over the water in the center of Amsterdam. The Dutch company researches and develops groundbreaking, cost-effective robotic 3D printing technology. MX3D can 3D print beautiful, functional objects in almost any form. Much larger and more efficiently than possible until now, using sustainable materials. Continue reading “Dutch startup MX3D to 3D print steel bridge in Amsterdam”

Dollo 3D: The next step toward a completely self replicating machine (Video)

A couple of weeks back, I wrote about the Snappy, a new RepRap 3D printer that consists of over 70% 3D printable parts. As the RepRap project’s stated goal is to eventually develop a fully self-replicating 3D printer, the Snappy would mark a significant step towards that goal. After the article, I was made aware of the Dollo 3D printer, a project by a father-son team that may be even more self-replicating than the Snappy. With instructions available online and an upcoming Kickstarter, the Dollo 3D printer is something to look out for and will hopefully bring us closer to true self-replication. Continue reading “Dollo 3D: The next step toward a completely self replicating machine (Video)”

3D-Printed Silicone Rubber Robotic Hand Can Grip and Identify Wide Range of Objects (Video)

Robots have many strong suits, but delicacy traditionally hasn’t been one of them. Rigid limbs and digits make it difficult for them to grasp, hold, and manipulate a range of everyday objects without dropping or crushing them.

Recently, CSAIL researchers have discovered that the solution may be to turn to a substance more commonly associated with new buildings and Silly Putty: silicone. Continue reading “3D-Printed Silicone Rubber Robotic Hand Can Grip and Identify Wide Range of Objects (Video)”

New York State to Invest $125 Million in Building World’s First Industrial-Scale 3D Printing Facility

New York state will invest $125 million to build the world’s first industrial-scale 3D printing facility as part of a private-public partnership with Norway’s Norsk Titanium AS, according to sources familiar with the deal.

A groundbreaking for the plant is expected in late October or November in Plattsburgh, New York, about 160 miles north of the state capital of Albany, said the sources, who could not speak publicly before an announcement by the state. Continue reading “New York State to Invest $125 Million in Building World’s First Industrial-Scale 3D Printing Facility”

Additive Manufacturing, Alternative Energy Used for Construction of High Tech Experimental Building

At this point, it has become cliche to say that 3-D printing is the fabrication technology du jour. But the innovations keep coming: molten glass as a medium, sky-high kicks, and sweet-sounding musical instruments, to name a few. One thing, however, has remained elusive: 3-D printing at an architectural scale. Continue reading “Additive Manufacturing, Alternative Energy Used for Construction of High Tech Experimental Building”