WATCH VIDEO: [ DARPA's Three-Fingered Robot Hand ] Michael Harper for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online DARPA is showing off their latest advancement in robotic technology, and in doing so, bringing a robotically-controlled world ever closer to reality. The Autonomous Robotic Manipulation project (or ARM ) and iRobot have now created a three-fingered robot hand which goes beyond anything else a robotic appendage has thus far been able to do. DARPA and iRobot get straight to the point in their demonstration video (link above), showing the ARM robotic hand pick up a tiny ball bearing, an ID card lying flat on a table, and even take a beating from a baseball bat.
Concrete 3D printer D-Shape has been awarded first place in NYC’s “Change the Course” Waterfront construction competition. The USD$50,000 prize is intended to generate unique ideas and approaches for redeveloping the 565 miles of NYC shoreline, particularly after damages incurred by Hurricane Sandy.
This Article Originally was Published here: http://www.energyandcapital.com/articles/ethanol-increasing-gas-prices/3195 They said it would make gasoline cheaper. Boy, were they wrong! In fact, since the introduction of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) in 2005, which mandated that 7.5 billion gallons of renewable fuel be blended into gasoline by 2012, gasoline prices have actually risen. This isn’t solely because of the RFS; there are a number of factors that have resulted in higher gas prices.
While debate rages over using 3D printers to make guns or gun parts, technologies for other possible abuses are emerging — including the ability to cheaply copy and reproduce works of art and jewelry. A few days ago at the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas, 3D-printer company MakerBot introduced the other end of the equation — a device called the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner that can create a computer model of any small object. Makerbot founder and CEO Bre Pettis didn’t name a price for the new gadget, which goes on sale this fall.
Two startups responsible for helping push the envelope on collaborative design and the democratization of building hardware are launching a competition today that could take open source 3D printing to the next level – and perhaps even into orbit. DIYROCKETS , the global space company co-founded by Darlene Damm and Diego Favarolo in 2012 to lower the cost of space exploration, and Sunglass , the TC Disrupt finalist and cloud-based 3D design platform founded by Nintin Rao and Kaustuv DeBiswas in 2011, today announced the launch of a competition to see who can build the best open source rocket engines via 3D printing.
I can’t tell you how many times I wished my virtual pottery collection in Let’s Create! Pottery , a fun game on iOS and Android that lets you sculpt and paint little pottery pieces, could be brought to real life. Now through the magic of 3D printing, I can do just that. Inside the game, you can sculpt and paint your pottery piece just as you would in previous versions of the game.
I can’t tell you how many times I wished my virtual pottery collection in Let’s Create! Pottery , a fun game on iOS and Android that lets you sculpt and paint little pottery pieces, could be brought to real life. Now through the magic of 3D printing, I can do just that.
A recent ENGINEERING.com survey revealed that our engineering and design readers are very optimistic about the future of the consumer-class 3D printers. But counter to the wishful claims made by those with a vested interest, they don’t believe that sweeping change is coming.
We’ve been reading Dalton Caldwell’s take on entrepreneur Marc Andreessen’s position that physical retail stores are in a bad position as they have to pay for not only inventory but also real estate, whereas online retail does not.
We’ve previously seen such mainstream publications as The Economist, Forbes and The Atlantic bring 3D printing to the attention of their readers. Now Der Spiegel has done the same with a new article providing an overview of the 3D printing space.