2016 was a great year for digital fabrication, with machines becoming smaller, cheaper and easier to use; technologies many of us could never dream of affording are starting to come within reach. Who’d have thought we’d ever see a desktop vacuum forming machine like the FormBox ? Or ” Wazer’s Affordable Desktop Waterjet Cutter ?” CNC mills are typically bulky affairs that arrive on large delivery trucks.
Magnets are typically made via an injection molding process, which is fine if you’re manufacturing enough of them to make it worthwhile building a mold. Scientists, however, often just need a few in specific shapes for research projects or specialized sensors. Thankfully for them, a team at the Vienna University of Technology has developed a method of 3D printing magnets in any form desired.
Over the years, the XPrize foundation has offered up millions of dollars in prize money aimed at inspiring solutions to problems as diverse as landing robots on the moon and illiteracy in the developing world .
Sculpting a Nissan with only a 3D pen Despite raising nearly $4 million across two Kickstarter campaigns, the… Read the whole entry… »
Of all the ways to make a 3-dimensional object, 3D printing is still the freshest, whether what’s involved is plastic extrusion, milling away wood or metal, or the spinning of cells into functional living tissues. Now, a company that makes a desktop laser cutter and engraver for home or office use, Glowforge, has raised $22 million to start mass production of its devices. The startup… Read More
The World Economic Forum warns about what robots and other advances may do to the worldwide job market by the year 2020. (credit: World Economic Forum) Are the robots coming to take our jobs? Advances in any tech that aids in automation always come with questions about the jobs they take versus the jobs they create, but the World Economic Forum warned in a report published on Monday that advances in robotics, artificial intelligence, 3D printing, and other modern technologies are currently likely to lead to a net loss of 5.1 million jobs worldwide by the year 2020
Thingiverse, the world’s largest 3D design community, just reached a landmark one million uploads and 200 million downloads! What began in 2008 as a website exclusively for the burgeoning maker community has grown into a robust gateway to 3D printing and 3D design for hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. Educators, professional engineers, designers, and 3D printing enthusiasts are all taking part. “We believe that the impact Thingiverse has had on 3D printing and 3D design in its seven years is tremendous,” said Nadav Goshen, president of MakerBot