3D printing has been on the rise for some time now. Anything from plastic jewellery and car bodywork to biomaterial tissue and organs can now be printed, with industry experts continually learning about how to optimise materials, machinery, processes and procedures. Continue reading “3D Printing of Metal Vacuum Seals”
Polaroid, one of the world’s most trusted brands, has confirmed a three-year partnership with UK manufacturer Environmental Business Products (EBP).
EBP is Europe’s largest and longest established collector and remanufacturer of inkjet cartridges with over 20-years experience and credibility in the print industry. In 2014, the company diversified into the 3D printing market introducing the technology to their European customers. Continue reading “Polaroid becomes first global household name to launch 3D printer range”
If you want to visualize the supermarket of the future, you need the tools of the future. At the EXPO MILANO 2015, the Future Food District featured all kinds of new technologies working on different areas of the food chain. Among them, we saw ABB’s exhibit YuMi, originally designed to automate small parts assembly in the consumer electronics industry. And Materialise’s 3D-printed grippers are giving YuMi a hand. (For a deeper look into how we designed the grippers, check out our case study!) Continue reading “Gripping Developments by ABB and Materialise: 3D printed robotic grippers ‘YuMi’ (Video)”
Gierad Laput, Xiang ‘Anthony’ Chen, Chris Harrison (UIST 2015)
We introduce a technique for furbricating 3D printed hair, fibers and bristles, by exploiting the stringing phenomena inherent in fused deposition modeling 3D printers. Our approach offers a range of design parameters for controlling the properties of single strands and also of hair bundles. Continue reading “3D Printed Hair: Fused Deposition Modeling of Soft Strands, Fibers, and Bristles (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)”
We’ve heard of new materials being developed for 3D printing use in order to enhance the quality of additively manufactured products, but two researchers at the Missouri University of Science and Technology have been developing a way to use 3D printing technology in order to create wholly new materials. Continue reading “Researchers Use 3D Printing Technology to Create New Materials”
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)”
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”
Glowforge has launched a new desktop laser. It’s easier to use, more flexible, and more affordable than traditional 3D printers and CNC laser cutter/engravers. Continue reading “Glowforge Launches 3D Laser Printer that Prints Wood, Fabric and Leather (Video)”
Nathan Matthews, by day a web developer in California, has designed and built Delta Tower, Core XY, and Cartesian style 3D printers. While he says he’s currently working on a 2.8W, 245nm laser cutter and etcher, it’s his 3D printed brushless pulse motor that caught our attention. Continue reading “Designer 3D Prints Brushless Pulse Motor (Video)”