Michael Harper for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online The boom of 3D printing has opened up countless possibilities, from reproducing human ears to building single-use weaponry . Now, roboticists are adding another potential candidate to the PYO (print your own) revolution: Robots. A National Science Foundation ( NSF ) funded project has now set about developing a robot which can be designed, customized and brought to life in a matter of hours.
Ring manufacturer Tacori has just acquired a brand new 3D Systems Projet 3500 CPX Max 3D printer, a device specifically designed for production of jewelry. The new machine permits a much more rapid ring development process at Tacori, changing how they create and deliver products. Tacori’s President of Sales and Marketing, Paul Tacorian, says:
While on holiday last month I ventured into the Krakow Museum of Modern Art only to discover (much to the joy of my inner geek) a Solar Sinter machine designed and developed by Markus Kayser. Selective Laser Sintering is the process of creating a very precise 3D object from a variety of powdered plastics, resins and metals using high tech lasers to trace out shape based on computer drawn 3D designs
This week’s selection is the astonishingly beautiful Chrysanthemum by South African artist Michaelia Janse van Vuuren. A PhD in Electrical Engineering as well as an accomplished artist, van Vuuren focuses on designing artwork specifically for 3D printing from her studio outside of Pretoria. (Click image for larger view)
Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot talked with Mashable about the 3D printing and his views on the future direction of the industry. He believes in the rise of innovation, partially triggered by the wider accessibility of making equipment, specifically the MakerBot (of course.) He says:
Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon.com and rapid prototyping enthusiast, believes that the future of online shopping will be shaped by 3D printers. Sam Finegold of the Harvard Political Review, has an interesting view regarding how Amazon and 3D printing might one day be synonymous, “3D printing will link the virtual and physical world seamlessly. Users will be able to download a computer animated [sic] drawing (CAD) file and print the desired product in their home, or maybe print the product at … Continue reading here: Amazon and the Future of 3D Printing
There’s quite a few free tools to make good use of your XBox Kinect 3D sensor. We’ve already tested ReconstructMe, a wonderful tool for scanning 3D objects. Today we’re taking a look at Skanect, another 3D scanning tool.
In the past, scaling and reproducing fossils was cost prohibitive and was in the domain of artists. Now 3D printers and 3D scanners are affordable, which means that paleontologists can now recreate dinosaurs