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  • Hurco files for hybrid CNC 3D printer adapter patent

    07/24/2014 2:01:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Design Engineering ^ | July 23, 2014 | Mike McLeod
    CNC firm’s 3D printing adapter to combine additive and subtractive processes in one machine. CNC machine maker, Hurco, announced that it recently filed a U.S. patent application for a new technology that combines 3D printing and CNC machining. According to the company, it has developed an additive manufacturing adapter that will allow Hurco machines to 3D print directly. “We designed an additive manufacturing adapter that, in combination with proprietary Hurco control software, effectively turns a CNC milling machine into a 3D printer,” said Gregory Volovic, President of Hurco Companies, Inc. “With this new additive manufacturing capability, users may go from...
  • MatterFab Reveals Their Affordable Metal 3D Printer, ‘An Order of Magnitude Cheaper’

    07/18/2014 9:50:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    3D Print.com blog ^ | July 18, 2014 | Brian Krassenstein
    Metal 3D printing is the Holy Grail of additive manufacturing. Unlike with other materials that can be printed, metal enables manufacturers to create end-use objects via 3D printing, objects which oftentimes outperform matter-1those produced with traditional casting techniques. In fact General Electric and Airbus are already saving money money using metal laser sintering machines to produce parts for anything from aircraft, to fuel nozzles. Additionally, once those products are installed for end-use, they continue to save money because of their light weight, great strength, and precise fit. The reductions of just a few kilograms on board an aircraft can save...
  • Transformer jets, self-healing aircraft and UAVs printed with 3D printers....

    07/14/2014 1:50:49 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Jul 09 2014 | David Cenciotti
    Scientists and engineers at BAE Systems have released some interesting details about some futuristic technologies that could be operative by 2040. Or earlier. BAE Systems has been studying futuristic aircraft shapes for quite some time. The projects the British Defense company is working on were recently unveiled through a series of animations which show how civil and military aviation of the future could be based on 3D printers capable to print UAVs on-the-fly during a mission; aircraft that can heal themselves; a Transformer long range aircraft which splits into a number of smaller aircraft when it reaches its target, and...
  • 3D Printed Semi-auto Ruger Pistol is Assembled and Fired – ‘If you take my gun, I’ll print another!’

    07/10/2014 10:31:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    3D Print.com blog ^ | July 7, 2014 | Whitney Hipolite
    When 3D printing is discussed, one of the most debated topics is that of 3D printed weaponry, specifically guns. Last year, Solid Concepts created a 3D Printed replica of a 1911 pistol. At the time, it brought up quite a bit of debate, as the 3D printing of guns could severely undermine national and world-wide security. If anyone with a 3D printer could print an operational gun, then what good are laws that prevent people from obtaining guns? TodayÂ’s consumer level 3D printers can, for the most part, only print in plastic or plastic-like materials. Many people argue that guns...
  • 15-Year-Old is Creating a 3D Printer ’10X Faster, Most Reliable & Advanced Ever’

    07/06/2014 10:32:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    3D Print.com blog ^ | July 6, 2014 | Eddie Krassenstein, CEO, AY.com, Web Developer, Domain Investor, Internet Marketer
    The number one issue that people have with 3D printers today, is the speed at which they print at. People now-a-days want things quickly, at the touch of a button. Over the years, many of our everyday jobs, chores, and desires have reached a point of almost becoming instant. For example, when you want to print a document from your computer or tablet, its done in approximately 5-10 seconds. When you want to bring up a website on your smartphone, itÂ’s up in a matter of 1-2 seconds. Just about every aspect of our lives, when compared to that of...
  • Chinese Create Huge 40×40 Foot Graphene / Fiberglass 3D Printer – Planning on Constructing Homes

    06/28/2014 2:43:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    3D Print.com blog ^ | June 25, 2014 | Randall Desmond ·
    “Bigger is better,” as the old adage goes. When it comes to a juicy steak, or a diamond ring, these words always hold true. When it comes to 3D printing, however, there still remains some debate. The 2nd World 3D Printing Technology Expo was held in Qingdao, Shandong, China this past week (June 19-22). It featured thousands of individuals from China, United States, Germany, Belgium, the United Kingdom, and almost a dozen other countries. They were there to discuss the latest breakthroughs in 3D Printing, including possible applications, material use, business models and more. Qingdao Unique Products Develop Co., Ltd,...
  • Virginia Man Creates a 3-In-1 3D Printer, Laser Engraver, & CNC Machine For Under $250

    06/17/2014 6:42:26 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    3D Print.com blog ^ | June 17, 2014 | Eddie Krassenstein
    When it comes to 3D printers, they can be used to make all sorts of objects, via additive manufacturing. However, many ‘makers’ (people who utilize their creative abilities to ‘make’ things) use more than just 3D printers when trying to visualize their ideas in creating tangible objects. CNC machining, as well as laser engravers are used by many individuals in creating complete products, made from a multitude of materials and processes. One problem with this, is that all of these processes currently require individual machinery. For example, many ‘makers’ end up needing to purchase, store, and operate a 3D printer,...
  • 15-year-old Plans to Launch 3D Printing Filament Recycling Program & Store via Kickstarter

    06/15/2014 8:56:14 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    3D Print.com blog ^ | June 15, 2014 | Monica Aderholt
    The Filastuder One question arises quite often when talking to people who utilize FDM 3D printers on a daily basis. What do you do with your 3D printed scraps and junk? When an object doesnÂ’t print correctly or when an object just simply is not wanted or needed any longer, where do they eventually end up? Most likely they get tossed in a the trashcan, and end up in a landfill for the next 500 years before the earth reclaims them. That filament that you paid $40/roll for becomes wasted money. One 15-year-old boy, named Grayson Galisky, has taken it...
  • 17-Year-Old Creates Affordable 3D Metal Printer – Hopes to Launch Kickstarter Campaign

    06/11/2014 9:09:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    3D Print.com blog ^ | June 11, 2014 | Eddie Krassenstein, CEO, AY.com, Web Developer, Domain Investor, Internet Marketer
    Materials, materials, materials. When it comes to 3D printing, the biggest improvement that most in the industry wish to see, is the ability to print in more materials. Currently, most consumer level 3D printers are restricted to printing primarily in plastics, however, one 17-year-old from Virginia, named Sagar Govani, is well on his way to changing this. He is in the process of creating a 3D printer, more specifically a 3D printer extruder, that is capable of printing using metal filament. WeÂ’ve seen attempts at this before. For example, others have creating 3D printers that are basically robotic welding machines,...
  • The Largest Makerspace On The Planet Opens In Columbus, Ohio

    06/02/2014 6:34:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Tech Crunch ^ | June 2, 2014 | Jay Donovan
    Announced as far back as January, the efforts of founder Alex Bandar, COO Casey McCarty and Shop/Production Manger Matt Hatcher have finally come to fruition; the Columbus Idea Foundry — a 65,000 square ft. “makerspace” in the heart of Columbus, Ohio — is open in its brand new location. The new space, nestled in a downtown district called Franklinton, celebrated its official open house yesterday and it is going to mean a lot to central Ohio. What is it though? According to Hatcher and McCarty, it is “the largest community ‘makerspace’ on the planet.” Built in a 100-year-old shoe factory,...
  • French Man Developed 3D Metal Printer for Just 600€: Capable of printing in steel, titanium and more

    06/02/2014 6:03:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    3D Print.com blog ^ | June 2, 2014 | Eddie Krassenstein
    The TIG process, utilized by StrongPrint With today's technology, we have seen some major progress being made within the 3D printing space. Within a couple of years, we have seen 3D printers go from being priced in the $2500+ range, to becoming as affordable as purchasing a video game console. Today, just about anyone can afford to purchase a 3D printer, yet mass adoption has not begun to take place. One of the reasons for this, is because of the limited number of materials that affordable consumer level 3D printers are capable of printing with. We are limited to the...
  • MediaBistro to Sell Media Assets to Focus on 3D Printing, and Bitcoin Trade Shows

    05/31/2014 10:15:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    3D Print.com blog ^ | May 31, 2014 | Tiffany Orr
    Come July, popular education, writing and media job hub, MediaBistro, may look completely different. The parent company of the website, Mediabistro Inc., announced recently that it was selling off its editorial and e-commerce assets to Prometheus Global Media for $8 million. mediabistro What’s left of MediaBistro will become Mecklermedia Corporation and focus on the company’s growing trade-show business. Via a statement, the company’s CEO Alan Meckler said the change is necessary because he thinks a narrowed focus is best for all involved.  “The new Mecklermedia will be able to significantly reduce debt, add working capital and concentrate on being...
  • What part will you play in your future?

    05/31/2014 1:18:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    The Dubai National ^ | May 31, 2014 | Ambassador Umej Singh Bhatia
    Human Capital I was honoured to be invited to speak recently at Dubai International Academy’s graduation ceremony for the class of 2014. This diverse class spanned 32 nationalities.What was remarkable for me was how the UAE provided an invaluable setting for this net increase in human capital development. Dubai and the UAE had offered these young people a solid base for the next step of their academic and personal journey. As a Singaporean, whose country relies on developing human capital as its key resource, this resonated strongly with me. They were a talented and dedicated group of young men and...
  • Large Enough to 3D Print a Boat or SUV, New Full Color Chinese 3D Printer is Unveiled

    05/31/2014 3:15:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    3D Print.com blog ^ | May 30, 2014 | Eddie Krassenstein
    China seems to be one of the nations who are establishing themselves at the forefront of 3D printing innovation. Last month, it was reported that China has begun 3D printing full sized homes, and now there is news of something that may be even more incredible. After 3 1/2 years of research and development, Sanya Industrial Innovation Design Center, in Sanya, China, has developed a 3D printer that, according to the company, is the largest of its kind. It also touts the ability to print in multiple and extremely affordable materials, print at high speeds, and in full color. The...
  • Soon You Can Buy The World's First Commercial House 3D Printer for Ł9,800 ($16,000 USD)

    05/31/2014 2:57:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    International Business Times ^ | May 30, 2014 | Mary-Ann Russon
    Have you always wanted to try your hand at 3D-printing a building? Are you jealous of the Chinese architect who 3D-printed 10 houses in 24 hours? Well, you might be interested in buying the world's first commercial house 3D-printer for Ł9,800 (€12,000, $16,000). Slovenian firm BetAbram have designed a 3D printer capable of printing a house, and they plan to release it in August under the name BetAbram P3. This 3D printer can print buildings measuring 12 sq m, and so far, the company has only produced miniature houses and sculptures with the printer. BetAbram is also planning to release...
  • One contractor wants to build an entire house with a cement 3D printer

    05/30/2014 12:00:19 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    BGR ^ | May 28, 2014 | Chris Smith
    While houses of varying quality have been 3D-printed before, one contractor in Minnesota wants to build one such home by using a specially designed 3D printer that uses cement as a filament, without compromising on build quality or design, 3DPrint reports. Furthermore, the contractor’s aim isn’t to finish the house as fast as possible, but rather to 3D print it efficiently and securely. “A cheap house built in 24 hours is not my goal,” Andrey Rudenko said. “My current focus is building well-insulated small or medium-sized homes of a contemporary design, definitely onsite. As an experienced builder, I know that...
  • A 3D Printer for the Rest of Us: New Matter Builds $199 Device

    05/28/2014 9:45:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Mashable ^ | May 28, 2014 | Lance Ulanoff
    MakerBot arguably put 3D printing on the map, but it could be New Matter that ultimately puts it average people’s hands. Backed by Idealab, the startup launched a Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign on Wednesday and hopes to deliver an end-to-end 3D printing solution for less than $200 by early 2015. Aside from DIY 3D printer kits, it’s an unheard of price point for 3D printing technology and it comes with quite a pedigree. New Matter is working with and backed by Frog Design, the legendary design firm that has worked with everyone from Apple and Microsoft to GE and Sony, and...
  • Fruit Printed, not Picked, by Scientists

    05/25/2014 7:42:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Guardian Liberty Voice of Las Vegas ^ | May 25, 2014 | Bryan Jones
    It may seem like the stuff of science fiction, but scientists have now printed, not picked, fresh fruit. Researchers working at a company in Cambridge, England, have used a new process to enable the 3D printing of a variety of fresh products. They recently unveiled the process and results at the TechFoodHack conference held in Cambridge, an experimental dining event that also included the unveiling of a new flavour of gelato. 3D printing was first demonstrated back in 1984, but use of the technique was not widespread until 2010 when the cost of the Additive Manufacturing machines dropped significantly in...
  • ‘In the Year 2054: Rifles will 3D print their own bullets’ – According to Call of Duty Developer

    05/24/2014 4:15:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    3D Print.com blog ^ | May 24, 2014 | Eddie Krassenstein, CEO, AY.com , Web Developer, Domain Investor, Internet Marketer
    It’s always fun predicting the future. People do it all the time because it is entertaining to imagine a world that we or our children will one day have the chance to experience. We’ve seen fictitious movies do this from time to time since the beginning of film. There was the hoverboard in ‘Back to the Future’, the jet packs in ‘The Rocketeer’, teleportation in Star Trek, and the list goes on. Some of these inventions have already become a reality, while we are still awaiting the arrival of others. Another Star Trek prediction, was that of the Replicator, which...
  • Dr. Campbell: Printing 3D organs for transplant

    05/22/2014 1:52:01 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    WNCN-TV ^ | May 21, 2014 | Dr. Kevin Campbell
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)RALEIGH, N.C. - The emerging process of 3D printing, which uses computer-created digital models to create real-world objects, has produced everything from toys to jewelry to food. Soon, however, 3D printers may be spitting out something far more complex, and controversial: human organs. Researchers are working diligently to create human organs and body parts through the use of a 3D printer. The 3D printer works in much the same way an inkjet printer does - with a needle that squirts material in a predetermined pattern. Instead of ink, the printer uses cells or human tissue. The cells would be purified...
  • ExOne M-Flex Production Metal 3D Printer

    05/20/2014 5:56:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Engineering Blog ^ | May 20, 2014 | Kyle Maxey
    Professional 3D printer for metals and for sand casting medium sized parts. Designed primarily as a metal 3D printer, ExOne’s M-Flex system is the company’s most comprehensive solution for finished product additive manufacturing. The M-Flex can print in stainless steel, bronze and tungsten and can also produce parts in silica and ceramic sand as well as glass. Unlike many other metal 3D Printers, the M-Flex can rapidly print durable end-use parts. It can print component layers in as little as 30 seconds, which represents a ten-fold increase in speed over previous ExOne systems, making the M-Flex one of the fastest...
  • The C.E.M Crown Extruder – A 3D Printer Extruder Based on Concepts of a Microscope

    05/20/2014 3:58:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    3D Print.com ^ | May 20, 2014 | Timothy Bengtson
    Innovation in 3D printing is an ongoing process. There are always new ideas popping up, and new revelations taking place. However, one aspect of FDM 3D printers that hasnÂ’t really changed all that much in the past couple of years, is that of the extruder mechanics. A German engineer, by the name of Cem Schnitzler, hopes to change this though. His innovative design of a 3D printerÂ’s extruder could eventually allow for more variety in 3D printed objects. The idea is based off the concept of a microscope, and the way in which the microscopeÂ’s objective lenses may be rotated...
  • MOD-t 3D Printer Will Be Priced at Under $300 – Indiegogo Campaign Launching May 28

    05/16/2014 12:23:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    3D Print.com blog ^ | May 14, 2014 | Eddie Krassenstein
    Just last week, we reported that ‘New Matter‘ would be launching a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for their new MOD-t 3D printer. We later reported on further mechanical details just two days ago. The MOD-t 3D printer will feature an extruder that moves only in the Z direction, while the build plate will move in the X and Y directions. This is different than most 3D printers on the market today, and because of the different mechanical aspects, New Matter is able to keep the price of this new device down. Just last week, a 3D printer called the...
  • Leaked Delaware Bill Shows 3D Gun Ban

    05/10/2014 6:39:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | May 8, 2014 | Yehuda Remer
    "I only had a couple of seconds to take a picture of it with my cell phone."A new bill being circulated for co-sponsors in Delaware would make any person in possession of a firearm that is undetectable by a metal detector a felon. The bill, which has not been posted online, was leaked by State Rep. Jeffery Spiegelman (R) via a phone picture. Posted from thetruthaboutguns.com, Spiegelman writes, “First, let me apologize for the poor quality. This bill (137) was circulated today for cosponsors and I only had a couple of seconds to take a picture of it with my...
  • Israeli 3D Printing Company Offers Life-Saving Blood Recycling Machine at Fraction of the Cost

    05/08/2014 8:50:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Shalom Life ^ | May 8, 2014 | Maya Yarowsky
    Stratasys has partnered with British company Brightwake to make the production of a blood collector machine 96% cheaper.If you’re an avid reader of ours, you’ll know there are few things we love as much as 3D printing. From 3D-printed cars to 3D-printed shoes and art, we believe this technology will change the world. Now one of the world leaders in the realm of 3D printing, American-Israeli company Stratasys, has partnered with British company Brightwake (Advancis Medical) to make the production of a life-saving and religiously ethical blood collector significantly cheaper. Hemosep is a one-of-a-kind machine that recovers blood lost or...
  • Japan makes first arrest over 3-D printer guns

    05/07/2014 11:57:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    TOKYO: A Japanese man suspected of possessing guns made with a 3-D printer has been arrested, reports said Thursday, in what was said to be the country's first such detention. Officers who raided the home of Yoshitomo Imura, a 27-year-old college employee, confiscated five weapons, two of which had the potential to fire lethal bullets, broadcaster NHK said. They also recovered a 3-D printer from the home in Kawasaki, near Tokyo, but did not find any ammunition for the guns, Jiji Press reported. It is the first time Japan's firearm control law has been applied to the possession of guns...
  • 3D Printing continuous carbon fiber composites?

    05/01/2014 4:21:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Composites World ^ | May 1, 2014 | Sara Black
    Additive manufacturing startup MarkForged aims to make it happen and is already marketing systems. Additive manufacturing (AM) is one of the hottest areas in parts fabrication. Interest is high, research dollars are being spent and company stocks are attracting investor attention. Why? First, because AM has moved beyond its initial role as a prototyping tool to a process that can build finished parts. AM technologies — stereolithography, fused deposition modeling (FDM), laser sintering (LS), material extrusion, direct metal deposition and more (see "The rise of rapid manufacturing," under “Editor's Picks,” at top right) — were able from their beginnings to...
  • How test-tube meat could be the future of food

    05/01/2014 12:05:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | April 30, 2014 | Brandon Griggs
    In a nondescript hotel ballroom last month at the South by Southwest Interactive festival, Andras Forgacs offered a rare glimpse at the sci-fi future of food. Before an audience of tech-industry types, Forgacs produced a plate of small pink wafers -- "steak chips," he called them -- and invited people up for a taste. But these were no ordinary snacks: Instead of being harvested from a steer, they had been grown in a laboratory from tiny samples of animal tissue. One taster's verdict on this Frankenmeat? Not bad, actually. "It was delicious. It tasted like a thin piece of beef...
  • New giant 3D printer can build a house in 24 hours

    04/28/2014 3:38:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    NDTV Gadgets ^ | January 13, 2014
    Scientists claim to have developed a revolutionary new giant 3D concrete printer that can build a 2,500-square-foot house in just 24 hours. The 3D printer, developed by Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis from the University of Southern California, could be used to build a whole house, layer by layer, in a single day. The giant robot replaces construction workers with a nozzle on a gantry, which squirts out concrete and can quickly build a home based on a computer pattern, MSN News reported. It is "basically scaling up 3D printing to the scale of building," said Khoshnevis. 'Contour Crafting' is a...
  • 3D-Printed Osteoid Cast With Built-In Ultrsound May Heal Bones 38% Faster

    04/22/2014 6:38:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Medical Daily ^ | April 22, 2013 | Anthony Rivas
    As 3D-printing technology advances, researchers are finding new ways to apply it to health care. One of the latest advances includes a cast that uses ultrasound to stimulate bone healing. The future, it seems, will be filled with 3D printing. It's already been used to produce everything from food to organs, and there’s certainly more to come. In July last year, some of the first prototypes for 3D-printed casts were revealed. But now, researchers have taken the prototype a step forward, adding on a form of ultrasound known to hasten the healing process. Current casts, which are made of plaster,...
  • These 3D Printed Mini Apartments Could Be the Future of Mobile Homes

    04/19/2014 6:59:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    Complex Art & Design ^ | April 19, 2014 | Kaitlyn Schaeffer
    The 3D printer has been revolutionizing everything from art to medicine to accessories, and its latest foray has been into the field of architecture. Peter Ebner, architect and UCLA professor, tasked his architecture students with a homework assignment for the ages: develop a 3D-printed apartment that’s easy to transport and manage. The class rose to the challenge and then some, constructing mini mobile homes that measure 50 square feet and are equipped with thermal insulation, electricity, water, heating, and sewage systems (which are also 3D printed). The living area comes with a collapsible counter, a foldaway toilet, a pullout bed,...
  • PHOTOS: This Groundbreaking 3D Printer Built 10 Homes in 24 Hours

    04/14/2014 9:05:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    RYOT ^ | April 14, 2014 | Oliver Micheals
    From Oreos to body parts, 3D printers have been cranking out some pretty unbelievable stuff lately. But in Shanghai, WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co. has been using a monstrous printing device to build homes at a breakneck pace — 10 homes in 24 hours. Measuring out at roughly 105 feet long, 33 feet wide, and 21 feet tall, this clearly isn’t your average retail printer. Unlike most 3D printers, this printing giant is fed with cement rather than plastic, making it especially well-suited for home construction. The best part is the houses are super cheap to make and they’re made...
  • The next frontier in 3-D printing: Human organs

    04/03/2014 8:45:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    CNN's Tech ^ | April 3, 2014 | Brandon Griggs
    The emerging process of 3-D printing, which uses computer-created digital models to create real-world objects, has produced everything from toys to jewelry to food. Soon, however, 3-D printers may be spitting out something far more complex, and controversial: human organs. For years now, medical researchers have been reproducing human cells in laboratories by hand to create blood vessels, urine tubes, skin tissue and other living body parts. But engineering full organs, with their complicated cell structures, is much more difficult. Enter 3-D printers, which because of their precise process can reproduce the vascular systems required to make organs viable. Scientists...
  • Dutch firm building a house with a giant 3D printer

    03/25/2014 10:35:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Ecumenical News ^ | March 19, 2014 | Art Villasanta
    Currently rising layer by layer in Amsterdam is the world's first house to be built by 3D printing technology. Dutch architectural firm Dus Architects commissioned the 20-foot tall 3D printer given the name, "Kamermaker," or room builder. The project to build the 3D house is simply called the "3D Print Canal House." Dus had Kamermaker built when it decided upsize the scale-model rooms it was already 3D-printing and turn them into the real thing. What Kamermaker does is to build a series of rooms that can be snapped together to form an entire house, Lego-brick style. So far, the printer...
  • The magic of 3-D printing: Technology promises to amaze, challenge us

    03/08/2014 4:58:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Wichita Eagle ^ | March 8, 2014 | Roy Wenzl
    If you think life changed after the Internet emerged, wait until you see what’s coming next. Tech people say three-dimensional printing will create the next wave of joys and frustrations, job creation and job loss. In five to 10 years, 3-D printers will be all around us, they predict. The printers will make food, including customized wedding cakes. They will make shoes, clothes, aircraft parts, dresses, steaks, replacement bones and eventually even replacement kidneys. If you find that bit about the kidney hard to believe, Google a company called Organovo. The printers might make outsourcing jobs to China, India and...
  • New Process Recycles Milk Jugs Into 3D Printer Filament (10 cents per KG, vs. $50 now)

    03/06/2014 11:00:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Red Orbit ^ | March 6, 2014 | Staff
    Not only is manufacturing goods using a 3D printer far cheaper than purchasing items, new research appearing in a recent edition of the Journal of Cleaner Production reveals that it can actually help preserve the environment. The 3D printing process was very expensive when Charles W. Hull of 3D Systems Corp created the first working model in 1984, and while the costs have dropped dramatically over the past 30 years, the cost of purchasing plastic filament still needs to be factored in. The new study, however, shows how old milk jugs can reduce those expenses. In their study, Michigan Technological...
  • If everything was free: the economics of abundance (Utopian Laff Riot, But Thought-Provoking)

    03/05/2014 9:49:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    Kaleo, the independent student newspaper of the University of Hawai'i ^ | March 5, 2014 | Roman Kalinowski, Senior Staff Writer
    Imagine going online and, with a single click, printing out any physical object. With a miniature production plant in every home, there would be no need for retail stores, factories, shipping or the pollution associated with those activities. Large-scale automation of a huge segment of the workforce, combined with free worldwide-Internet, 3D printing and renewable off-grid energy will free humanity to achieve anything without worrying about basic material needs. FREE WIFI FOR ALL In the next few years, everyone on the planet with a wireless device will likely have access to high speed, uncensored Internet. A futuristic project spearheaded by...
  • Artificial Heart 'Jacket' Made on 3D Printer

    03/03/2014 8:27:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Live Science ^ | March 3, 2014 | Tia Ghose
    Using a 3D printer, scientists have made an elastic membrane that closely mimics the outer layer of the heart's wall. The new membrane, which was described Tuesday (Feb. 25) in the journal Nature Communications, contains tiny sensors that can track the heart's temperature, pH and level of strain. The device could one day be used to treat patients with rhythm disorders in the lower chambers of the heart, as well as the rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation, the researchers said. Heart rhythm irregularities are a common problem, with one of the most well-known forms, atrial fibrillation, affecting 3 million to 5...
  • The 3D Printers Are Coming: Dig More Coal? (Will it disrupt Chinese manufacturing?)

    03/01/2014 1:09:59 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Forbes ^ | February 28, 2014 | Mark P. Mills
    The 3D printers are coming. And fast. The only debate is over how fast. Velocity matters for stock pickers following the small world of pure-play public 3D printing companies. It is also relevant for business analysts and, perhaps surprisingly, for energy forecasters. 3D printers will — as many have observed sometimes a tad too breathlessly — disrupt a lot of businesses. They will enable and make more profitable many others, while also creating entirely new classes of businesses. The 3D printing ecosystem will as well accelerate the new trend of rising foreign direct investment into the United States. And 3D...
  • In the very near future, you’ll be able to 3D print real wooden furniture

    02/27/2014 2:10:13 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | February 26, 2014 | Drew Prindle
    Back when 3D printing was just kicking off, there was much talk of a future where people could download new furniture designs, print them, and furnish their living rooms with new pieces whenever they pleased. But despite the fact that 3D printing your own furniture is totally possible now, it hasn’t really caught on for one simple reason – nobody wants to fill their house with a bunch of snap-together plastic furniture. But the dream of printing your own furnishings isn’t dead yet. A fledgling company by the name of 4 AXYZ has developed a process that allows you...
  • 3D-printed living human tissues one step closer

    02/23/2014 8:18:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    NDTV ^ | February 23, 2014
    Harvard scientists have developed a new bioprinting method that can create intricately patterned 3-D tissue constructs with multiple types of cells and tiny blood vessels. The work is a major step toward creating human tissue constructs realistic enough to test drug safety and effectiveness, researchers said. The method will also help bring closer the building of fully functional replacements for injured or diseased tissue that can be designed from CAT scan data using computer-aided design (CAD), printed in 3D at the push of a button. "This is the foundational step toward creating 3D living tissue," said Jennifer Lewis, senior author...
  • New 3D printer from BigRep lets you print full-size furniture

    02/21/2014 8:06:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    TweakTown ^ | February 20, 2014 | Michael Hatamoto
    Technology to bring 3D printing closer to the mass market is accelerating, though most 3D printed items tend to be rather small in size. To help demonstrate the effectiveness of printing larger items, BigRep, a company founded in 2014, opens the door to printing items such as furniture. The device is launching worldwide at large trade shows, and begins shipping in two months, with a $39,000 MSRP.The BigRep One can print full-scale objects in sizes up to 45x39x47 inches, and has the ability to print plastics, nylons, Laywood (wood fibers mixed with polymers), and Laybrick (something similar to sandstone-type of...
  • 10 Crazy Things 3D Printers Can Make Today

    02/14/2014 9:45:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    ReadWrite ^ | February 14, 2014 | Lauren Orsini
    Never underestimate the power of human ingenuity paired with a machine that can print almost anything. It’s been over 30 years since Chuck Hull invented the first 3D printer in 1983. Ever since then, the idea of machine-printing objects from scratch has gone from fiction to reality, opening up new opportunities for every field from science to art. 3D printing may not be quite there yet, but in three decades the technology has progressed leaps and bounds in terms of the scope and utility of 3D-printed objects. Surprise, surprise: It's not just gimmicks and toys. It’s easy to be skeptical...
  • Intricate 3D Printed Materials Lighter Than Water And As Strong as Steel

    02/11/2014 5:31:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    SingularityHUB ^ | February 11, 2014 | Jason Dorrier
    Using precision lasers, a Nanoscribe 3D printer can print models of the Empire State building in a space the width of a human hair. Watching the machine build through the “lens” of an electron microscope is otherworldly—but the printer’s potential runs beyond microscale model making. Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, led by Jens Bauer, believe such 3D printers may help craft a new generation of materials lighter than water and strong as steel. Today, the sturdiest materials tend to be the densest (like metals), and the least dense materials tend to be the weakest (like foams). Ideally, materials...
  • The next step: 3D printing the human body

    02/11/2014 5:16:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | February 11, 2014 | Rhiannon Williams
    Bioprinting, or the process of creating human tissues through 3D printers, is a highly contested area of technological innovation. Theoretically it could save the economy billions on a global scale, whilst boosting weak or war-torn countries' access to more affordable health care and provision, whether producing prosthetic limbs or highly customised fully-working human organs. From a technological perspective, the rise and development of 3D printing and its capabilities will play an undeniable part in our future lives. But how does the process work? UK-based company PrinterInks has teamed up with US startup Organovo, a company specialised in designing and printing...
  • Meet The Man Who Created The 3D Printed Gun (Scared of those icky guns alert)

    02/10/2014 11:11:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Business Insider ^ | February 10, 2014 | Carole Cadwalladr, The Guardian
    Having lunch with the 14th Most Dangerous Person in the World is less scary than you might think. Unless you happen to have a morbid fear of hipster beards, Cody Wilson, a good-looking 26-year-old who blends with the crowd in the east London cafe where I meet him, doesn't immediately strike fear into the heart. He chats away with the waitress, discussing the possibilities before ordering east London's hippest sandwich – the pulled pork burger – and has an easygoing, amiable manner. He is, frankly, about as threatening as a barista. A barista who has happened on a spectacular method...
  • A new way to print cells could make it easier to 3D print organs

    02/10/2014 10:42:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Giga Om ^ | February 10, 2014 | Signe Brewster
    If you think 3D printing plastic is advancing quickly, take a look at bioprinting, a technology that uses inkjet-style printers to create living tissue. Organovo already plans to commercialize its 3D-printed liver tissue this year, and the National Institute of Health recently took an interest in 3D-printed eye tissue. But squeezing living cells through an inkjet printer kills many of them. Houston Methodist Research Institute researchers say they have developed a better way: a technology called Block-Cell-Printing (BloC-Printing) that leaves nearly 100 percent of the cells alive, instead of 50 to 80 percent. They published their work Monday in Proceedings...
  • Could nanoprinting kick-start a world of versatile home manufacturing?

    02/10/2014 8:30:27 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Guardian ^ | February 10, 2014 | Michele Catanzaro
    Nanoparticle inks can turn your existing 2D printer into a circuit board production line – and the possibilities for 3D printers are mind-boggling. Printing foldable mobile phones on a sheet of paper from a normal 2D printer is just a decade away, according to Jürgen Steimle, head of the Embodied Interaction Group at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Saarbrücken, Germany. Steimle and his colleagues took a step towards this in 2013, when they used a standard printer loaded with nanoparticle ink to print a paper circuit that works even after the sheet is torn. In the past couple...
  • 3D printing huge objects will impact the world economy not small hobbyist crap

    02/08/2014 12:06:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Next Big Future blog ^ | February 7, 2014 | Brian Wang
    China is investing heavily in 3D printing, just like those in the U.S. and Europe. In June, China announced a gigantic 3D printer, which they claimed was the world’s largest at the time, with a 1.8 meter build diameter. Basically the thing could print out a nice sized bathroom vanity if you wanted it to. Southern Fan Co. (As Translated from Chinese), is completing a printer this month which will be able to print out metal objects approximately 6 meters, or 18 feet in diameter and 10 meters long (33 feet). The metal parts can weigh up to 300 tons....
  • The Rebirth of Manufacturing: 3D Printing Is Trying to Build a New World Out of More Than Plastic

    02/08/2014 10:15:33 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Wednesday, Feb 5 2014
    A low, mechanical thrum creates an ever-present soundtrack at Type A Machines, a 3D-printing company on the third floor of San Francisco's TechShop, in SOMA. Big and drafty and sunlit with exposed pipes on the ceiling, it's a modern iteration of an old textile mill. On the ground floor, flannel-shirted workers sit hunched over welding equipment, sweat bubbling over their plastic goggles. Upstairs, their colleagues peck at laptops, designing blueprints for new objects with all the exacting detail of a draftsman using pen and paper. In a far corner, Type A's line of Series 1 2013 printers sits arranged in...