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”

Researchers Develop Algorithm to 3D Print Vibrational Sounds (Video)

What if we could ease the design of musical instruments while also making their shapes wildly different, and use these underlying techniques to reduce unwanted sounds and vibrations in everyday objects?

In creating what looks to be a simple musical instrument — a glockenspiel with keys shaped like zoo animals — computer scientists at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), Columbia Engineering, Disney Research, and MIT have demonstrated that they can control the sound of an object by altering its shape through computational design. Continue reading “Researchers Develop Algorithm to 3D Print Vibrational Sounds (Video)”

3D Printed Hair: Fused Deposition Modeling of Soft Strands, Fibers, and Bristles (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)”

Harvard researchers design most durable anti-fouling material to date

Steel is ubiquitous in our daily lives. We cook in stainless steel skillets, ride steel subway cars over steel rails to our offices in steel-framed building. Steel screws hold together broken bones, steel braces straighten crooked teeth, steel scalpels remove tumors. Most of the goods we consume are delivered by ships and trucks mostly built of steel.  Continue reading “Harvard researchers design most durable anti-fouling material to date”

Anglian Water, Sheffield University launch 3D printing trial

Anglian Water has become the first UK water company to explore the future of 3D printing technology. This was achieved through collaboration with The Sheffield Water Centre, an interdisciplinary research centre at the University of Sheffield, dedicated to solving major challenges in the water sector.

This project saw engineers in the University’s Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Civil and Structural Engineering working in partnership with Anglian Water to develop ways in which the emerging technology of 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, could be used to produce vital parts more efficiently and at a lower cost. Continue reading “Anglian Water, Sheffield University launch 3D printing trial”

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”