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.
You might recall the Urbee, the world’s first 3D printed car (or at least 3D printed body), unveiled in 2011 . Now the folks behind the project are looking to build interest and funding to proceed to Urbee-2, a more advanced vehicle.
That’s the hook gear for a Singer 111w155, an industrial sewing machine much-beloved by (and cloned for) those who produce upholstery and heavy-duty sewn goods. It was originally produced in the 1950s and virtually built to last forever, so a well-tuned machine like this will run you over $500. I bought mine for $5 , because that hook gear was worn out; the owner deemed it junk and was planning to give it to a scrap metal guy.
3D printing might be exciting and all, but it’s only really good for making new items from scratch; what if you want to reapir something instead? Enter 3D painting, GE’s new baby which could be used to fix up anything that’s made of metal. Read more…
With the deployment of personal 3D printers to thousands of private homes, it was inevitable that some people would focus on the bad instead of the good. Now those fears have truly jumped the shark, when police in Manchester, UK raided what they believed to be a “3D printed gun factory” .
Using a 3D printer, people can already determine the length, width and depth of an object that they create. Thanks to research being conducted at the University of Colorado, Boulder, however, a fourth dimension can now be included – time. And no, we’re not talking about how long it takes to 3D-print an item.
Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has created a set of bespoke titanium horseshoes for a Melbourne race horse using additive 3D printing.
The European Space Agency has launched an initiative to develop complex metal 3D printing techniques for space missions. The Amaze initiative (standing for “Additive Manufacturing Aiming Towards Zero Waste and Efficient Production of High-Tech Metal Products”, somehow) brings together 28 different organizations that have a stake in the process, either by research (Universities) or industry (AirBus, for example).