We examined the Italian KentStrapper Volta 3D printer and found a very solid design. The Volta uses a laser-cut wood frame, unlike other models that have shifted to metal frames, but does use linear bearings to provide smooth mechanical movements.
No, not the guitar-playing jamming… In the world of material science, “jamming” is what occurs when the volume available to a bunch of grains in a granular material (such as sand) gets so small that the grains jam into each other, effectively getting stuck. Depending on the shape of the grains, the material will display different characteristics such as strength, flexibility and friction. Got it?
The possibilities afforded by 3D printing keep expanding. From spider robots to prosthetics for ducks , the sky seems to be the limit. Researchers at North Carolina State University took the technology one step further with the discovery of a method for printing liquid metal (watch above) SEE ALSO: 7 Free Tools for Creating Your Own Fonts Michael Dickey and his team used a mixture of gallium and indium alloy, which remains liquid at room temperature
NASA has awarded Systems and Material Research Corporation (SMRC) in Austin Texas a $125,000 grant to develop 3D printed food. The product will ultimately be sent into space in order to more efficiently feed NASA astronauts.
3D printing holds a lot of promise for creating, rather than buying what you need. One day you may be able to print your own car, your own footwear, and yes, a gun,… Read more: All items from The Legend of Zelda get 3D printed deer antler extract
There’s lots to learn if you’ve just joined us in the world of 3D printing. Whether you’re learning the ropes with a new MakerBot Replicator 2 or if you’re still trying to wrap your head around what a MakerBot desktop 3D printer can do, the MakerBot Discover page is worth exploring