The assembly line isn't going away, but 3-D printing is going to reshape how we make cars. The EDAG Genesis points the way, with an beautifully crafted frame made from a range of materials and inspired by a turtle's skeleton.
While Pelé might not have been talking about 3D printing when he called it “the beautiful game,” this stunning 3D printed soccer ball (or football depending on where in the world you live ) is a must see.
Shrinking budgets have pushed some to explore the potential of new technology.
They have been used to make everything from pizzas to prosthetic hands to guns. But can 3-D printers churn out entire satellites?
That’s the goal for some aerospace contractors, who think this technology is poised to revolutionize the way expensive, high-maintenance products are manufactured.
Lockheed Martin, Boeing and other aerospace companies have already embraced the concept of using 3-D printers to manufacture small parts. For example, Lockheed’s Juno spacecraft, which is on its way to explore Jupiter, relies on a set of 3-D printed brackets.
Boeing has used several 3-D printed parts in its airplanes, including the Dreamliner. Northrop Grumman has a titanium component in its X-47B unmanned aircraft built for the Navy and has plans to use 3-D printed parts in the F-35 fighter jet.
Companies are always looking for ways to cut costs, but the emphasis on developing new technology has increased as the government’s defense budget shrinks and contractors compete for business, executives say.
“The real end goal isn’t just to do 3-D printing,” said Rick Ambrose, executive vice president of Lockheed’s space systems division, which is investing heavily in the technology. “It’s about delivering a capability at a much lower cost across the board.”
A 3-D printed waveguide bracket that is onboard the Juno spacecraft. (Lockheed Martin/Lockheed Martin)
The average Defense Department satellite takes eight years to produce, Ambrose said. Lockheed’s goal is to eventually cut that down to under five years.
Government agencies are more open to experimentation right now, contractors say. President Obama started the National Additive and Manufacturing Innovation Institute, known as “America Makes,” in 2012 to promote research and standards in the field of 3-D printing.
At the same time, competitors across the world are trying to revive manufacturing in their homelands by embracing new technologies.
“Companies recognize that if this technology continues to develop, it could be a real change in manufacturing competitiveness,” said Mark Thut, who leads innovation efforts in the aerospace sector for PriceWaterhouseCoopers. “They certainly don’t want to be surprised by that.”
3-D printing — which is formally known as additive manufacturing — uses a computer-generated digital blueprint to build an object layer by layer. One of its advantages is the ability to produce complex geometric designs or create customized parts that may be used just once, companies say.
The process is time-consuming and depending on the materials used, can still be expensive. But the technology is evolving quickly as engineers try to cut down on production time and develop more cost-effective materials.
The specialized printing was mainly used to make rapid prototypes and test them in the development phase. But the technology has progressed from creating models to making actual parts.
Right now, engineers still don’t use 3-D printing to make critical, load-bearing structures. But that will only be a matter of time.
“It’s kind of getting into toddler mode,” said Michael Hayes, a technical lead engineer with Boeing’s research and technology division. “Soon it’ll be walking, and the way things are moving, it’ll be running.”
Scalable, customized manufacturing is about to be faster than ever with 3D Systems' revolutionary continuous, high-speed fab-grade 3D printer. As the module producer for Google's Project Ara, this 3 D printer is blazing a new trails in the methods and production levels of additive manufacturing. This is the future of production 3D printing, and mobile phones are just the beginning.
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Reflecting the first Industrial Revolution and its impact, Herbert argues that 3D Printing will have a greater impact. It will also create a more equitable distribution of wealth than the previous revolution. 3D printing will affect all aspects of our lives from replacement organs to the construction of our homes.
Herbert Hermens is a widely experienced executive. This has included international operating responsibility extending from sales and marketing management and general management to managing director roles in the industrial, professional and consumer products industries. Career achievements include entering new distribution channels, positioning organisations for sustainable growth and launching new products as well as developing strong business links with key distributors, suppliers and end users.
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An architecture firm that was founded in 2004 in Amsterdam by Hans Vermeulen, Hedwig Heinsman and Martine de Wit called DUS Architects is in the middle of a 3-year research project that may change the construction industry forever.
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, it’s up in a matter of 1-2 seconds. Just about every aspect of our lives, when compared to that of the technology we used a few decades ago, has moved into a new realm where everything seems to be running in “fast forward”. 3D printing, however, when it comes to speed, is still chipping at the ice in the Ice Age.
Ready to create your own drone? Soon enough, Amazon won’t be the only one with the ability to produce drones.
Just seven months ago, Amazon announced Prime Air: an unmanned air drone that promises to deliver packages to customers in 30 minutes or less. The company predicts that it will be launching sometime in 2015.
If you follow NASCAR at all, then you know how important it is for each team to follow all mandates that NASCAR sets forth in regards to each stock car involved (3D Printing Solution Solves NASCAR Electrical Problem
Have you always wanted to take one of our in-shop workshops to learn how to use a 3D printer, but do you live too far away? Or have you wanted a bit more advanced training? Now you can take a beginnner, intermediate or advanced project class entirely online.
Deezmaker’s Joan Horvath will be teaching the classes through Pasadena City College’s Extension program. Registration is open now at this link:
The live, synchronous online parts of the class will be held on Thursday nights from 7-9 PM Pacific Time. Each course is four weeks long; details of the content are on the PCC site.
If you already have a 3D printer you will be able to print out projects on your own machine.If you don’t have a printer the course will just require that you develop files, but you can optionally contract directly with us at Deezmaker to have the objects printed.
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There's no denying that 3D printers are cool. However, they're not exactly easy to use for kids -- not unless Junior has a knack for modelling software, anyway. If Mission Street Manufacturing printeer hits its crowdfunding goal, though , children will have a 3d printer they can truly call their own. All you need to create a plastic masterpiece with Printeer is an iPad and a basic ability to draw.
There's no scary-looking CAD programs or other intermediary tools. The machinery itself is also friendly to young creators, with both an easily removable build platform and a transparent shell that shows how all the parts work together.
The company hopes that schools will use it to teach the basics of design and engineering to kids who might otherwise wait years to get started. You'll have to act quickly if you want to get a Printeer as soon as possible. Right now, Mission Street is offering a limited batch of early units to those who pledge at least $549; if you're one of those precious few, you'll have a printer in your hands around October.
After that, you'll likely have to sit tight until sometime after November, when production kicks into high gear. With that said, your patience may pay off if Printeer lives up to its billing -- it promises to make 3D printing appealing to a much wider (and much younger) audienc
The Cornell Creative Machines Lab conducts research across a range of additive manufacturing-related fields, such as construction prototyping and of course bioprinting.
Most famously, this lab has been mentioned for being Hod Lipson’s place of work. Lipson is a robotics engineering professor at Cornell and a primary figure in the world of 3D printing who has conducted groundbreaking research. He recently co-authored a book, Fabricated: The New World of 3D Printing.
Check out Inside3DP’s exclusive interview with Lipson, where he claims “no industry is exempt from 3D printing.”
Nanyang Technological University launched its $24 million Additive Manufacturing Center on May 26. The center is supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board and was established to develop Singapore’s research in 3D printing, especially in bioprinting.
At the center’s opening ceremony, NTU announced a $5 million joint laboratory agreement with German 3D printer manufacturer SLM Solutions.
University of Connecticut (UConn)
In April 2013, the Pratt & Whitney Additive Manufacturing Center at UConn was born. United Technologies Corp company Pratt & Whitney invested over $4.5 million in the center, and stated they would be investing an additional $3.5 million over the next five years.
The center, which UConn claims is the first facility in the Northeast to work with metals rather than plastics, will be used to train a new generation of engineers and designers in manufacturing technology as well as further additive manufacturing R&D.
Penn State University
Just two weeks ago on June 2, it was announced that Penn State had been awarded a manufacturing technology planning grant by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
Penn State will use the funding to launch its Consortium for Additive Manufacturing Materials (CAMM). According to the university, CAMM’s objectives will be to drive materials innovation for additive manufacturing applications.
Apparently the university holds over 580 patents, so it should be interesting to see what the future holds for it in 3D printing.
University of Sheffield
The Center for Advanced Additive Manufacturing at Sheffield, otherwise known as the AdAM Center, conducts world leading research in 3D printing. The center claims the value of all the machines in its facility sums up to about $6 million.
Current research projects at the center involve work in the fields of additive manufacturing for dentistry and bioprinting for biomedical engineering.
Both students and industry partners are active in the facility’s ongoing research projects in additive manufacturing.
Western Carolina University
Besides giving researchers and partners a facility to conduct R&D in additive manufacturing, WCU’s Center for Rapid Product Realization gives graduate students the chance to conduct rapid prototyping for various companies. Students have completed over 20 prototyping projects for companies such as Borg Warner, Optical Cable Corp. and Stanley Furniture.
University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa, and Iowa State University
The three Iowa universities are among various academic institutions included in the $320 million US Pentagon-funded digital manufacturing consortium that aims to forge ties between industry and campus researchers. Industry partners in the project include John Deere, Caterpillar, Rockwell Collins and Procter & Gamble.
The University of Iowa has made headlines on its own accord recently, with a professor at the university’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Group (AMTech) stating in a HuffPost Live interview this week that he believes bioprinting can be used to create currently nonexistent organs that could improve the human body’s functionality and perhaps even generate electricity within the human body to power electronic implants such as Pacemakers. Dr Ibrahim Ozbolat and his team at AMTech have conducted various other bioprinting research projects.
University of Exeter
The Centre for Additive Layer Manufacturing (CALM) at Exeter is a $4.5 million investment funded by the University of Exeter and the European Regional Development Fund.
Unlike most universities investing in 3D printing, Exeter’s center was established primarily to benefit and develop small businesses across all sectors.
Airbus is at the start of an innovation revolution using 3D printing technology. 3D plastic parts are already flying on a commercial A310 and an A350 XWB test aircraft. Metal parts for wing slats, a section of the tail wing and door hinges have also been made with 3Dprinting. IN the coming years of the technology will allow manufacturing costs to fall while lighter parts will mean less fuel burn for airlines.