3D printing is slowly, but certainly becoming an evolution or even a revolution of manufacturing. Every week we receive news pitches from companies claiming they’re the next big thing in the world of 3D printing, but there are innovations which are really making you think we’re changing for the better. From 3D printed vertebrae and skin in medicine to airplanes and rockets, 3D printing or ‘additive manufacturing’ is becoming an everyday reality for mission critical tasks. One company known for its innovation since inception – Hughes Research Laboratories (known today as HRL Laboratories, LLC – a joint-venture of General Motors and Boeing) just announced a technological breakthrough in
At the 2015 Conférence des Nations Unies sur les Changements Climatiques (UN Conference on Climate Change), which takes place in Paris, France, manufacturing division of Oak Ridge National Laboratories presented what they believe is a watershed moment for the future of manufacturing. ORNL Manufacturing demonstrated a 3D printed version of legendary Shelby AC Cobra, printed using an all-metal process. The organization used several different printers to achieve a life like look and feel. By polishing the metal, they ended with the same ‘experience’ as a conventionally manufactured sheet metal would look like. Leather seats were not 3D printed though, but pretty much everything else was.
3D printing or Additive Manufacturing is slowly, but certainly changing the world for the better, and shortening the time-to-market. In the world of medicine, shortening that ‘time to market’ literally means saving lives. There are numerous theoretical examples where 3D printing could save lives, and we have now witnessed three surgeries where the technology moved patients from their death beds to recovery rooms and regular life. Only over the past 12 months, we started to see doctors using 3D printed vertebrae to help their patients. First two operations happened in China, on two separate patients. A 12-year old was operated in August 2014, while a 21-year old cancer patient was operated
In true reality, the 3D Printers are a great technological advancement, albeit they haven’t invaded our offices as much as we’d want them to. The reason why is simple; their price. Usually a 3D Printer runs around $250,000 for the basic variants that are able to deliver some impressive 3D printed objects, while the more multi-layered stuff can cost even more than that. On the other hand, the solution made by MIT in the form of the MIT’s MultiFab is a machine costing just $7,000 to build. How is that possible? The MIT scientists and engineers have worked to make this as cheap as possible,
Last week, news broke that ZhuoDa Group, a Chinese 3D printing company manufactured i.e. ‘printed’ the house using 3D printing technology, or ‘Additive Manufacturing’ (as it is called by western companies). Unfortunately, most of news outlets didn’t even name the company properly. We took the time to contact the company and learn a bit more about the process used and why the company decided to move on what might be a pivotal upset for the construction industry. Typical house build lasts anywhere from 4 weeks to 4 months, depending on the continent where you live, and materials used. It is widely accepted that houses in the North America
Electronics manufacturing is a very labor-intensive process, employing a combination of robotic and chemical processes and treatments, manual labor but above all – it is a very dislocated process. Over the course of past 15 years, we managed to witness the manufacturing changed in its scale, employing tens of millions of people and massively reducing time to market. Still, the process takes a lot of time, and not all can be done as efficiently as possible. There are two base components of any piece of electronic equipment on the market: chip and PCB (Printed Circuit Board) and revolution is coming to both: IBM / GlobalFoundries
The group over at Le FabShop in France just released a set of 3D printable modular lightsaber plans.
he worlds smallest, quietest, and least expensive 3D printer is trying to become a full fledged product on Kickstarter.
Instructables.com is a site that has user created guides that can teach you how to make things and this year they’ve got multiple Halloween contests
Sprout is HP’s newest initiative to reinvent the way people work with computers to create art, presentation, and media.
Move over MakerBot. Another company’s 3D printer will be looking down on you from the International Space Station (ISS). A small startup, or up start company if you prefer, that came out of Singularity University Graduate Studies Program got NASA’s attention. The result is a 3D printer whirling around in space ready to meet its final tests aboard the space craft. Speakers on the CES 2014 panel The Future of 3D printing never predicted this momentous event. Made In Space, founded less than five years ago, boosted by more than half a million dollars from a Small Business Innovation Research grant from NASA, has achieved its goal
In aircraft business, fuel efficiency is the key metric upon which airlines rise and fall. Good example of successful strategies are gulf carries, all of whom are abandoned older planes in favor of brand new ones, which significantly reduce the fuel consumption. For example, a passenger on Emirates Airlines flies as much as 87 mpg, while older aircraft belong to the sub 60 mpg range (numbers are derived from seat miles per gallon metric). The key to fuel efficiency relies on components that reached its limits in terms of conventional manufacturing. At the 2014 Farnborough International Airshow, GE Aviation, a division of General Electric announced that it plans
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is constantly planning venues to showcase new technology. They are already setting the stage for 2015 International CES (Consumer Electronics Show), a show typically held in Las Vegas, Nevada in January each year. 3D printing will be a big part of the convention. CES plans to double the footprint of the 3D printing category. More than 30 companies will be showcasing their latest advancements – many of which probably are still on the drawing board. 3D printing technology has caught fire. With only six months to go before show time, those companies are in hustle mode to announce new products or