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Category Archives: 3-D Printing
From Popular Mechanics, an article about 3-D printed bugs that work toward a common goal: Ants are known for their selflessness, working collectively for the greater good of the colony in order to move giant crumbs up giant anthills. That’s also … Continue reading
As reported on the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s web site: Scientists led by Martin Burke, an HHMI early career scientist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, used a single automated process to synthesize 14 distinct classes of small molecules … Continue reading
With new “inks” containing semiconductors, researchers have been able to print biocompatible materials, including working LEDs.
Mashable has Lance Ulanoff’s first person account of what it’s like to drive a 3-D printed car: “singularly awesome!” The Strati, made by Local Motors, has leather seats, Bridgestone Battlax (motorcycle) wheels, a small Renault Twizy electric motor and a 120 pound … Continue reading
The latest Space-X unmanned Dragon mission is set to deliver 5000 pounds of cargo to the International Space Station today. On board is a 3-D printer designed to test the concept of making parts in space from raw materials, a … Continue reading
In Minnesota, a contractor with an engineering background is almost finished printing a castle out of concrete, using a device he invented himself. Read the whole thing on 3dprint.com.
Speculation has been building that Apple and Google might be gearing up to produce consumer 3D printers (along with other tech giants). Indeed, analysts have been urging Apple to do so. Apple, of course, was primarily responsible for the desktop publishing phenomena, … Continue reading
MakerBot‘s newest 3-D printer, the Makerbot Replictor Mini, started shipping yesterday. Employing fast and easy “One Touch” 3D printing, the Mini is a cost-effective solution for small scale prototyping or teaching kids about creating and printing in three dimensions. Makerbot also sells … Continue reading
3-D printers are expected to grow into a $5 billion market over the next few years. Annually, printer shipments are projected to increase by 95% annually through 2017, by which time over a million units will ship per year. More than two thirds of them will … Continue reading
Extrapolating the 3D printer trend one step further, researchers are working on systems that can “print” large scale structures made of concrete. Like a house, for example –printed in only 24 hours.