In case you didn’t hear the news, NASA plans to deploy the first autonomous manufacturing unit in space. In other words, the space agency will send a 3D printer to the International Space Station (ISS) next year
While the name “Elasto Plastic” sounds like an 80s punk band, it is, in fact, a new material from 3D printing company Shapeways . The plastic is elastic to a certain degree yet maintains its shape after stretching or squeezing.
We all know that 3D printing has many uses, and as the technology has become more available, people from all different kinds of industries have been integrating additive manufacturing into their production process. One industry that’s capitalized on 3D printing technology is the fashion
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
GE CEO Jeff Immelt made a compelling case for American manufacturing at the Atlantic’s “Manufacturing’s Next Chapter ” conference in Washington, D.C. yesterday.
While the rest of us were enjoying the dulcet tones of Bing Crosby, Amanda Ghassaei of Instructables was as busy as ever over the holiday: she posted a ‘compilation’ video of her experiments in 3D printing 12” records, for which she has unsurprisingly published the plans on Instructables , on the day after Christmas. “In order to explore the current limits of 3D printing technology, I’ve created a technique for converting digital audio files into 3D-printable, 33RPM records and printed a few prototypes that play on ordinary turntables.” Suffice it to say that it’s a significant improvement upon Fred Murphy’s diverting Fisher Price records : This project was my first experiment extending this idea beyond electronics. I printed these records on a UV-cured resin printer called the Objet Connex500.
Ms. Vogelaar. The Manufacturing Maven When 3D-printing startup Shapeways held a ribbon-cutting for its new “factory of the future” last month, more pols were in attendance than at a Hurricane Sandy press conference: Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall and Empire State Development Corporation President Ken Adams all made the trip to the cavernous building that will house 50 3D printers, churning out as many as 5 million products every year.