UK Education Secretary Michael Gove announced England’s schools will use a new “national curriculum” commencing in September 2014. While the new curriculum contains a variety of improvements, there is a rather interesting inclusion: exposure and basic training on the use of advanced technologies such as robotics and 3D printing.
In almost every 3D printer we’ve seen, even those with multiple heads, only one print head is actually used at a time. First you print the model material, then you print support material, layer by layer, one extruder at a time
You know that something is becoming mainstream when it shows up in Microsoft Windows – and that’s precisely what’s happened in the most recent release of Windows, 8.1. Does this mean any Windows computer can now 3D print? Not exactly – this announcement is really for software developers.
Microsoft is doing its bit to help push forward the 3D printing revolution, by adding in native 3D printer support in Windows 8.1 . A new API will let developers on its platform put 3D printing capabilities right into their apps, so that you’ll be able to print that elegant ashtray you’re modelling right on the spot
During a panel at South by Southwest, several experts in the field discussed what 3D printing means for the future of production and agreed that there’s huge potential. [Read more] Originally posted here: Future of 3D printing is bright, says SXSW panel buy diatomaceous earth
Editor’s note: Michael Weinberg is vice president at Public Knowledge where he focuses primarily on copyright, issues before the FCC and emerging technologies like 3D printing. Follow him on Twitter @mweinbergPK