Devices like the 3Doodler and SwissPen literally put 3D printing technology in the hands of consumers, but a new BioPen developed at the University of Wollongong (UOW) in Australia is targeted at more skilled hands.
The handheld device is designed to let surgeons "draw" live cells and growth factors directly onto the site of an injury to help accelerate the regeneration of functional bone and cartilage.
3D printing is reshaping industries, especially manufacturing, as companies look to cut costs and make their own parts.
Boeing has said it is using 3D printing to create more than 20,000 airplane components, and hopes to make wings one day using 3D printers. Stratasys is at the forefront of the industry, and it’s only poised to get bigger
Stratasys is benefiting from Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), which is the most cost-effect way to do 3D printing. FDM is also one of the “most popular additive manufacturing technology to date,” according to Deutsche Bank analyst Sherry Scribner.
Not only is Stratasys benefiting from FDM, it’s continuing to expand its lead in the space, buying other companies, to expand its hold on the nascent space.
Stratasys recently bought Objet, and purchased Makerbot, the popular Brooklyn-based 3D printing company earlier this year for $403 million to solidify its position in the consumer space.
3D printing is in what’s known as the additive manufacturing market, a market that’s been growing like a weed for the past 20 years. As 3D printing continues to become more prevalent and is used in more and more industries, Stratasys is going to be leaps and bounds ahead of its competitors, like 3D Systems, ExOne, Voxeljet or others.
Companies ( 2014 Ford ) are continuing to reap the benefits of 3D printing, a decades-old technology that has increased in popularity over the past few years...
Maker of a dying technology (personal automobiles), Ford Motor Company, has relied on a living technology to maintain its relevancy, releasing this latest promo video on how the car manufacturer uses 3D printing for prototyping purposes.
Sorry for my smarminess; I’m just getting really sick of there being so many cars on the road when we could be traveling in tubes already! I guess, if we have to keep driving around in these primitive things, they might as well use kickass technology to make them. It’s pretty interesting to see the entire printing to injection moulding process process!
Proxy Design Studio has created a 3D-printed spherical gear known as the Mechaneu. Described as the first in a series of kinetic, 3D-printed objects designed to explore the limits of 3D printing as an art form, it really is a work of art worth taking a moment to look at.
The company wrote custom software that creates geometry similar to how nature solves problems using shape. As the above video explains, 3D printing allows a method of manufacturing that has previously been impossible such as interlocking assemblies in the production process.
Technical jargon aside, it’s a really awesome 3D-printed toy that just so happens to be up for sale. Unfortunately, it’s not cheap by a long shot as you’ll need to shell out just south of $200 to own one.
Waving a magic wand over an injured bone to create a custom, living repair patch sounds like something out of I, Robot. But researchers have created a handheld 3D printing pen that could someday do just that.
There are several printable robot projects and they’re all pretty cool. The Poppy Project has something on them: completeness. That’s not to say Poppy is finished, but it does have two arms, two legs, and enough AI to interact.
Waving a magic wand over an injured bone to create a custom, living repair patch sounds like something out of I, Robot. But researchers have created a handheld 3D-printing pen that could someday do just that.
New York-based Proxy Design Studio has given Gizmodo a first glimpse of its incredible, 3D-printed spherical gear called the Mechaneu, equal parts tactile toy and mechanical sculpture, a mind-bogglingly precise intermeshing of wheels within wheels.
Designer Sebastian Errazuriz commemorates his past 12 relationships with a fashionable collection of stiletto sculptures.
His latest project entitled ”12 Shoes for 12 Lovers” is a documentary exhibition of the love and lust he shared with his ex-girlfriends. Paired with personal photos and stories, each sculpture gives Errazuriz a chance to mourn his loss (or celebrate his new found freedom) in a sentimental and transparent way.
Dazzle someone with a tale of the 3D-printed future, where everyone, everywhere prints their own goods at home, and after the initial surprise that you can print anything from math tools to body parts wears off, you'll hear the same question:
This is cool, but does it only print plastic
Plastics may be the future, but they're not the perfect materials for everything we need. The holy grail of 3D printers is a model that can print a multitude of materials at once—imagine printing a working cell phone—but for now, it'd be nice to be able to print some good old-fashioned metal. Extremely costly options exist, but engineers at Michigan Technological University have developed a metal 3D printer that can be built for less than $2000.
"Metal was the last class of material that the low-cost open-source 3D printing community needed to complete their collection," Joshua Pearce, an associate professor at Michigan Tech's Open Sustainability Tech Lab and a co-author of a paper outlining the work to be published in IEEE Access, wrote in an email. "This helps us take one more step down the path to 'printing everything.'"
Metal parts are largely shaped by one of a trio of processes—casting, forging, and machining—or some combination of all three. Printing metal—that is, building a structure by fusing layer after layer of material—is more difficult than plastic largely because plastics can have lower melting points.
Working with rapidly heated and cooled ABS plastic is less of an endeavor than developing a printer head that can work with molten iron.
We have previously reported about the potential dangers of 3D printing, but new questions have emerged about the safety of 3D print recycling and the viability of recycling old 3D prints.
Anyone who runs a 3D printer has an abundance of failed or incomplete 3D prints. Since most of the 3D printing being done around the country involves some form of extruded plastic filament, several research groups have looked into the viability of recycling old or failed prints back into an extruded plastic for use in future 3D prints.
If these are your own 3D items and you are sure of the quality and makeup of the plastic used to print them, and you have the ability to grind the plastic back down into pellet sized pieces, then you should be able to recycle them into extruded filament without a problem. Most of us do not have the equipment needed to break down the plastic and remold it into the needed filament for new 3D printing, however, which is where the problem comes in.
Companies that do this type of recycling and remolding for consumers have to be able to verify the quality of the plastic they are recycling. Many plastics, including many forms of plastic used in 3D printing, contain various toxins including coloring and hardening agents. While griding the plastic down is no trouble, the creation of the filament requires the plastic to be heated in order to meld the pellets together and form a filament. If the plastic pellets contain dangerous chemicals, then these will be released as toxic fumes during the reclamation process.
State of the art technology is bringing architecture to life for Dothan technology students.
It's a 3D printer.
The center has had it for a few months, but new software is now allowing students to design and print anything.
If Dothan technology drafting students can dr
am it, even if it's complicated, this 3D printer can make it.
"It's pretty cool. The things that we've printed out are pretty awesome," said Northview High School student Wesley Davis.
Those things include an IPod case, miniature Buddha, and even an Auburn logo.
The machine works by pulling thin PVC plastic sheets and then slicing the layers to mold the desired shape.
Drafting instructor Drew Mckibben says what it can teach students is amazing.
“For them to be able to make a multi-view drawing and take that from the paper and actually visualize it, there visualization is the hardest part for them to grasp. So it actually makes something and shows them how that works on 2D on a drawing, that's what has helped us a lot,” said McKibben.
Many students want to be future architects and say that this printer will help them.
Although printing is as easy as 1-2-3, it does have one draw-back.
"We have a gear box that we’re about to print out now that’s maybe 4 inches, and it's going to take 8 hours to print it out," said Davis.
The record was printed by Amanda Ghassaei, a software engineer who works for online DIY-haven Instructables. Since she first posted her method for making the records on Instructables, it has garnered international attention. So much so that Bloc Party lead singer Kele Okereke announced he will use her method to 3D print records of a new song he is releasing next week.
Ghassaei decided to 3D print a record after a set of top-of-the-line Stratasys 3D printers arrived at Pier 9. The printers are very high resolution, so she decided to see just how high of a resolution she could coax out of them. Printing the tiny ridges that line records would be a great way to do so.
But first, she had to figure out how to use software to create a printable design. Records are so complex that it would be impossible to design one by hand. Ghassaei decided to write a script that would automatically turn a music file into a record design.
Watch Music Turn Into A 3D-Printed Augmented Reality Sculpture by Gizmodo UK. Hearing sound isn't cool. You know what's cool? Seeing sound. Interaction designer Lukazs Karluk put an audio clip through a gauntlet of digital and physic 0.
Although the things that can be done with 3D printers are certainly amazing, many 3D-printed plastic items still have a certain "look" to them.
This is largely due to the fact that each item is all one uniform color.
That apparently no longer has to be the case, however, as 3D Systems has unveiled its ProJet 4500. The company describes it as "the industry’s only continuous tone full-color plastic 3D printer."
The 4500 utilizes a plastic build material known as VisiJet C4 Spectrum, which is said to be flexible and strong. Items are built on a pixel-by-pixel basis, with each pixel potentially being any of "almost one million" colors. This means that the finished one-piece item can consists of multiple colors of plastic, those colors either sharply bordered or blending into one another.
Additionally, it is claimed to be two to five times faster than other plastic 3D printers, plus it incorporates an automatic recycling system for the waste plastic. It can be operated remotely using an app on a smartphone or tablet, and prints objects up to 8 x 10 x 8 in (203 x 254 x 203 mm) in size, at a resolution of 600 x 600 DPI.
The complex stylings of this tribal-heritage-meets-Predator polyamide headdress were designed by creative multi-hyphenate Joshua Harker, then 3D-printed for a high-tech, high-fashion catwalk strut in London.
The best gifts are the ones that aren't obvious. Oh you're going to get your sister another pair of earrings?
This time you should go for a set that were 3D printed instead. In order to wow your family and everyone on your list this year, here's are some magical presents that came out of a printer.
Now, you may be thinking, but I don't have a 3D printer. But no printer is no problem. You can easily order something that has already been designed and 3D printed for you. So now that you know how easy it is, what are you going to print for your friends and family? Maybe you can find some inspiration here
If you were walking down the street and someone handed you a completely colorless Rubik's cube and asked if you wanted to have a go, chances are you'd hand it back with a quick, "nahhhh, I'm cool." And you would just keep on walking.
BUT! What if you looked up and saw the device was actually controlling an entire, rainbow-hued building all lit up and shining right in front of you?