3D printers haven’t quite ushered in a new industrial revolution, but every day it seems there’s another irrational reason why you might consider buying one.As this soothing timelapse reveals, if you’ve got the patience to wait almost ten days, you could 3D print yourself an impressive replica of the Millennium Falcon in a single pass.Typically, when we see 3D-printed replicas as large as this 2.3-foot long Millennium Falcon, they’re assembled from hundreds of smaller 3D-printed parts.But YouTube’s stonefx83 didn’t want to go to all that trouble, so he simply scaled up Andrew Askedall’s 3D model of the Falcon, and then let his printer run for over nine days and 21 hours straight.The machine consumed over six-and-a-half pounds of plastic filament in the process, and thankfully didn’t screw up once, which would have required the entire print to be restarted from scratch.Oh, that’s why no one 3D-prints giant models like this in one pass.
Metal products produced by additive manufacturing had a value of about $210 million in 2016, a fraction of the $10-plus trillion global Manufacturing Market.By 2021, BCC Research predicts new SLM software, alongside consistent optimized powders, could drive this figure just more than $2 billion.The 3D metal print industry anticipates that solutions to obstacles faced by the metal additive manufacturing (AM) are ready to galvanize a ten-fold increase in AM-produced metal products by 2021.Ask for Report Brochure  @ http://orbisresearch.com/contacts/request-sample/2093803The research study of Global 3D Metal Printing Market 2018-2021 offers a strategic valuation of this Industry.It enhances the top executive level key decision making capabilities by providing In-depth analysis comprising key market players, market forecasts, supply, demand, profit, latest market trends and production information.The report contains qualitative and numerical valuation by top industry analysts in this 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future Baseline forecastMarket forecast with technology and other improvementsOverall impact on global manufacturing economyRelated BCC Research ReportsBrowse Full 3D Metal Printing Market Report @ http://orbisresearch.com/reports/index/3d-metal-printing-dark-art-or-modern-blacksmithList of TablesSummaryTable 1 : Global 3D printing market, through 2021Table 2 : Global 3D printed metal material market, by end use, through 2021Table 3 : Metals used in 3D printingTable 4 : Global metals used in 3D printing market, through 2021Table 5 : Baseline market forecast for metal AM technologies, by segment, through 2021Table 6 : Market forecast with technology and other improvements, by segment, through 2021List of FiguresFigure 1 : SLM test system at LLNLFigure 2 : T25 sensor housingFigure 3 : Global 3D printed metal material market, by end use, 2016 and 2021 Figure 4 : SuperDraco Engine Chamber being testedFigure 5 : Spacecraft valve body 3D printed in titanium Figure 6 : 3D titanium printing of 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In a world first, Australian researchers have harnessed the power of diamonds in a breakthrough that could lead to radical improvements in the way human bodies accept biomedical implants.The development is the first step toward 3D printed diamond implants for biomedical uses and orthopaedics -- surgical procedures involving the human musculoskeletal system.While titanium offers a fast, accurate and reliable material for medical grade and patient-specific implants, our bodies can sometimes reject this material.The breakthrough has been made by biomedical engineer Dr Kate Fox and her team at RMIT's School of Engineering."Currently the gold standard for medical implants is titanium but too often titanium implants don't interact with our bodies the way we need them to," Fox said."To work around this, we have used diamond on 3D scaffolds to create a surface coating that adheres better to cells commonly found in mammals.
A match made in high-tech heaven was unveiled at South by Southwest (SXSW) when Icon, a revolutionary design and construction company, announced its partnership with New Story, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that invests in international housing solutions.Their goal: To deploy a 3D-printer capable of manufacturing an 800-square-foot house in under 24 hours for less than $5,000.It’s an ambitious project but one that has a headstart; Icon also brought to SXSW a fully functional 3D-printed model that demonstrates how the company can in produce a low-cost, livable home designed to function with zero waste and work under constraints such as limited water, power, or labor.For its efforts, Icon won this year’s SXSW Accelerator “Pitch Event,” receiving $4,000 and vital exposure to potential investors and constituents in the housing market.New Story is an ideal test platform for the new 3D-printing technology as it’s a non-profit that already has deep roots in communities in Mexico, Haiti, El Salvador, and Bolivia.In three years, the nonprofit has funded more than 1,300 homes for families in need at a cost of about $6,500.
How can you participate in a Nerf gun fight if you’re missing a hand?The ingenious Hackerloop collective of tinkerers solved that problem by putting together a prosthetic Nerf gun that you can control with your arm muscles.In other words, Nicolas Huchet became Barret Wallace from Final Fantasy VII or Mega Man for a day.And here’s what it looks like:Let’s look at the device more closely.In particular, Hackerloop had to find a way to replace the trigger on the Nerf gun with another firing gesture.
To find out how it stacks up, we put the printer through its paces over the course of a month.Some other neat features you’ll find on this machine are: a heated bed (which boosts adhesion and helps prevent print warping), semi-automated bed leveling, a small LCD screen for navigation, and removable front/side panels.Unfortunately, this seemed to be a running theme with the printer.After that, you can fire the printer up and start feeding filament through to the hot end, which Zortrax’s onboard instructions will walk you through.Overall, the M300 certainly isn’t the simplest machine we’ve ever set up, but it’s still pretty damn easy.Needless to say, the M300’s unfinished software led to some annoying usage issues down the line.
When adidas unveiled its Furturecraft technology last year the idea was to use a 3D printed sole to create a custom made fit to meet each individual’s needs.The long-term goal is for athletes to walk into an adidas store, run on a treadmill for a few minutes to obtain a scan of their foot and stride, and a short time later leave with custom made shoes designed just for them.That vision is still a few steps away, but in January of this year the company began shipping its first Futurecraft models that use a 3D-printed sole.Now, that same technology has found its way into more shoes as part of Adidas’ Y-3 line of high-end sneakers.Designed by Yohji Yamamoto, the Y-3 line has been a part of the Adidas catalog for more than 15 years.During that time, Yamamoto has earned himself a reputation for being a designer who likes to push boundaries, particularly in the area of new technology.
However, in an electronic and digital world, what good is a D-printed body with no brains?You can buy Arduino kits that come with parts familiar to those kits: resistors, LED lights, and breadboards.They are the logical evolution of those electronics kits we had as kids from Radio Shack.However, Arduino kits go much further than those old Radio Shack kits.These usually include programmable controller boards.You can write code and upload it via your USB port.
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Researchers in Oregon State University's College of Engineering have taken a key step toward the rapid manufacture of flexible computer screens and other stretchable electronic devices, including soft robots.The advance by a team within the college's Collaborative Robotics and Intelligent Systems Institute paves the way toward the 3D printing of tall, complicated structures with a highly conductive gallium alloy.Researchers put nickel nanoparticles into the liquid metal, galinstan, to thicken it into a paste with a consistency suitable for additive manufacturing."With the paste-like texture, it can be layered while maintaining its capacity to flow, and to stretch inside of rubber tubes.We demonstrated the potential of our discovery by 3D printing a very stretchy two-layered circuit whose layers weave in and out of each other without touching."Findings were recently published in Advanced Materials Technologies.
Li is an assistant professor at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, and creator of open source robotic cat OpenCat.After his robot was featured on IEEE Spectrum’s fantastic weekly roundup of robot videos, he tells me his email has been flooded with possibilities for the future development of his “sophisticated personal artwork,” as he labels it.OpenCat didn’t start out as a cat, Li writes.With two infrared lights besides the camera, it looks like the face of a cat.Soon the rest of a cat’s body popped up in my mind and started to patrol.I felt urged to pull it out to the reality,” he says, adding that he didn’t sleep well for a year – until he finally managed to make it walk.
-- Purdue researcher Luis Solorio has helped create a lifelike cancer environment out of polymer to better predict how drugs might stop its course.Previous research has shown that most cancer deaths happen because of how it spreads, or metastasizes, in the body.Studies in the past have used a 3-D printer to recreate a controlled cancer environment, but these replicas are still not realistic enough for drug screening."We need a much finer resolution than what a 3-D printer can create," said Solorio, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering.Rather than 3-D printing, Solorio and a team of researchers have proposed 3-D writing.The device that they developed, a 3-D jet writer, acts like a 3-D printer by producing polymer microtissues as they are shaped in the body, but on a smaller, more authentic scale with pore sizes large enough for cells to enter the polymer structure just as they would a system in the body.
Planning a road trip this summer?Why not 3D print your very own camper van to go in?Created over the course of nine days, and requiring hundreds of feet of plastic 3D-printing filament, their world record-breaking 3D printed camper has a volume of 507 cubic feet, and measures in at 13 feet by 6.5 feet with a height of 6 feet.That is more than three times bigger than the previous world record and easily big enough to sleep in.Making it more impressive is the fact that it was printed in one piece.This was achieved through the team’s use of a custom-built ErectorBot 3D printer, measuring a massive 28 feet by 8 feet by 7 feet.
WASHINGTON -- In a new study, researchers used 3D printing and low-cost parts to create an inexpensive hyperspectral imager that is light enough to use onboard drones.They offer a recipe for creating these imagers, which could make the traditionally expensive analytical technique more widely accessible.Each pixel of a hyperspectral image contains information covering the entire visible spectrum, providing data that can be used, for example, to automatically detect and sort objects or measure ocean color to map harmful algae blooms.In The Optical Society (OSA) journal Optics Express, the researchers detail how to make visible-wavelength hyperspectral imagers weighing less than half a pound for as little $700 (USD)."The instruments we made can be used very effectively on a drone or unmanned vehicle to acquire spectral images," said research team leader Fred Sigernes of University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS), Norway."This means that hyperspectral imaging could be used to map large areas of terrain, for example, without the need to hire a plane or helicopter to carry an expensive and large instrument."
Every complex human tool, from the first spear to latest smartphone, has contained multiple materials wedged, tied, screwed, glued or soldered together.But the next generation of tools, from autonomous squishy robots to flexible wearables, will be soft.Combining multiple soft materials into a complex machine requires an entirely new toolbox -- after all, there's no such thing as a soft screw.Current methods to combine soft materials are limited, relying on glues or surface treatments that can restrict the manufacturing process.For example, it doesn't make much sense to apply glue or perform surface treatment before each drop of ink falls off during a 3D printing session.But now, researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed a new method to chemically bond multiple soft materials independent of the manufacturing process.
Inspired by our bodies' sensory capabilities, researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have developed a platform for creating soft robots with embedded sensors that can sense movement, pressure, touch, and even temperature."Our research represents a foundational advance in soft robotics," said Ryan Truby, first author of the paper and recent Ph.D. graduate at SEAS."Our manufacturing platform enables complex sensing motifs to be easily integrated into soft robotic systems."To address this challenge, the researchers developed an organic ionic liquid-based conductive ink that can be 3D printed within the soft elastomer matrices that comprise most soft robots."To date, most integrated sensor/actuator systems used in soft robotics have been quite rudimentary," said Michael Wehner, former postdoctoral fellow at SEAS and co-author of the paper."By directly printing ionic liquid sensors within these soft systems, we open new avenues to device design and fabrication that will ultimately allow true closed loop control of soft robots."
3D printing is one of the most revolutionary technologies of the 21st century.If you don’t know your laser sintering from your Shapeways or your bioprinting from your RepRaps, read on.These are the milestones we’ve passed so far on the road to making 3D printing a reality!A few years later, in 1892, inventor Joseph E. Blanther is awarded a patent for a method of creating 3D topographical maps using a layering method — similar in concept to today’s 3D printers.The first patent relating to the technology is filed in May 1980 by Dr. Hideo Kodama of Nagoya Municipal Industrial Research Institute, describing a photopolymer rapid prototyping system.This 3D printing technique refers to a method of printing objects layer by layer using a process in which lasers selectively cause chains of molecules to link together, forming polymers.
For a technology that’s being billed by some as the next wave in computing, virtual reality, and even augmented or mixed reality, is pretty slow in coming to shore.Qualcomm just recently sang praises about how its Snapdragon 845 will power future wireless VR headsets.It seems to have fallen on deaf ears however, and if CES is any indication, interest around VR, AR, and MR may have waned considerably.And while the democratization of 3D printing have made it possible to bring some of those objects from the virtual to the real world, it also made those objects beholden to the unforgiving laws of physics and reality.Not only that, you aren’t limited to just one screen per wall.We know that the images, as real-looking as they may be, just exist behind a flat screen.
Over the past few years, citizen scientists have helped illuminate our universe.From mapping refugee camps to cataloging nearby stars, these amateurs often work after hours and without pay, making access to data and the affordability of tools key to their success.Now a new smartphone microscope might help make science even more accessible for professionals and amateurs alike.Developed by researchers from the ARC Center of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University in Australia, the 3D-printable device can be attached to most smartphones to turn it into a fully functional microscope, strong enough to visualize specimens as small as a two-hundredth of a millimeter.That means it can be used to view microscopic organisms and blood cells, making it potentially useful for testing water cleanliness and analyzing blood samples.“There’s a lot of great work out there by scientists who have adapted mobile phones into microscopes for use in medical diagnostics in areas where it might be impractical to bring a normal, heavy, expensive microscope,” Antony Orth, the RMIT researcher who led the development of the microscope, told Digital Trends.
After months of searching, Shapeways announced today the appointment of Gregory Kress as CEO of the 3D printing marketplace.Kress, the former president and COO of online learning service Open Education, becomes the New York-based company’s second chief officer, replacing co-founder Peter Weijmarshausen, who stepped down in August to pursue other opportunities.Shapeways has been something of a quiet success in the world of 3D printing, opting to provide the technology as an online service rather than attempting to sell users pricey desktop machines.As such, the company has weathered the hype storm that has found many startups crashing against the rocky shores of reality.Like many others, we’ve compared the company to Etsy in the past — though Shapeways does a lot of the heavy lifting when it comes to actually bringing the product into existence.Essentially, the company buys those multi-hundreds-of-thousands-of-dollars machines so you don’t have to, promising a much better print quality than you’ll get on your desktop MakerBot.
3D printing service Shapeways has named Gregory Kress as CEO as the company tries to figure out its future.Kress replaces Tom Finn, who served as interim CEO since August 2017, when cofounder and former CEO Peter Weijmarshausen stepped down after a decade on the job.Since its founding in 2007, New York-based Shapeways has focused on enabling creators to be successful with their 3D-printed products through the development of sophisticated back-end production, distribution, and supply chain fulfillment.This breadth of the network enables Shapeways’ customers to 3D print in over 60 different materials and finishes.Having accumulated millions of data points from current customers, Shapeways also tries to identify ways in which it can better support creators through the production process: from the conception of an idea, to the designing and packaging, to the first sale and beyond.With Kress’ hiring, Shapeways plans to implement services that will address both creative and business pain points for creators.