TNO Researchers Are Investigating Virtual Material Design in 3D Printing

3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, has been a popular topic of discussion on the COMSOL Blog and throughout the scientific community. New initiatives have furthered the capabilities of this technology, while extending its reach in various fields of research, manufacturing, and design. With the help of COMSOL Multiphysics, researchers at the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) are investigating the promise of 3D printing in the realm of material design. Continue reading “TNO Researchers Are Investigating Virtual Material Design in 3D Printing”

“IP and liability: who cares?!” – Presented by Ernst-Jan Louwers, Louwers IP|Technology Advocaten

Ernst-Jan Louwers will guide you through legal swamps of 3D printing and additive manufacturing. To enable businesses and platforms to operate responsibly, he will share practical tips on intellectual property, new forms of licensing in open design, consequences of changing supply chains, warranty and liability issues. His key message will be: “Be aware of pitfalls but don’t let legal challenges scare you off.”

In addition, he will present the services of the recently established 3D Clearing House foundation.

About Ernst-Jan Louwers, LLM Continue reading ““IP and liability: who cares?!” – Presented by Ernst-Jan Louwers, Louwers IP|Technology Advocaten”

3D printing trends to watch in 2016

Even as the overhyped consumer 3D printing market continues to fall back down to earth, 2016 looks to be a breakout year for the industry as senior executives’ eyes and checkbooks are opening wide to the technology’s potential. The industrial market for 3D printing real end-use parts looks poised to begin its long growth run, with far reaching implications. 2016 will likely usher in 3D printing’s first “killer apps,” impacting both product design and supply chains. No matter what, 2016 will be a year when leaders across industries will be compelled to pay close attention to the emerging opportunities and disruptions that 3D printing is creating.

Here are eight 3D printing trends to watch in 2016. Continue reading “3D printing trends to watch in 2016”

3D Printing Technology Could Bring about the Fastest, Cheapest and Greenest Construction Ever Seen

Optimists tend to envision a future with perfectly automated cities, full of technology and without poverty or hunger. Most tend not to think of the path needed to create this new urban fabric, as if it will miraculously emerge like the futuristic, planned settlement of Masdar City in Abu Dhabi.

But that is not the most probable scenario for the future of cities — at least, not if we keep supporting broken models of urban planning. Continue reading “3D Printing Technology Could Bring about the Fastest, Cheapest and Greenest Construction Ever Seen”

Gripping Developments by ABB and Materialise: 3D printed robotic grippers ‘YuMi’ (Video)

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)”