Anjan Contractor’s 3D food printer might evoke visions of the “replicator” popularized in Star Trek , from which Captain Picard was constantly interrupting himself to order tea . And indeed Contractor’s company, Systems & Materials Research Corporation , just got a six month, $125,000 grant from NASA to create a prototype of his universal food synthesizer.
A 3D printer produced invisible cloak could be the next advancement with interesting and, some might say, frightening consequences, according to a Monday report from Science Daily . (The full report was originally published in the academic journal Optics Letters .) Following up on Duke University engineering experiments from 2006, assistant research professor in electrical and computer engineering for the school told the website that “anyone who can spend a couple thousand dollars on a non-industry grade 3D printer can literally make a plastic cloak overnight.” Not good news for those of you who may be somewhat frightened at successful recent experiments producing firearms through the 3D printing process (aka stereolithographic fabrication). What’s so worrisome about “a plastic cloak”
We were excited and honored when the administration at Northeastern University asked us to help judge its RISE:2013 Research, Innovation and Scholarship Expo. The event, held at the physical education center on the school’s Boston campus, brings together an incredibly diverse array of research projects covering a impressive number of fields, including physical and life sciences, engineering, humanities, arts & design, computer and information sciences, health sciences, law, business and social sciences.
Michael Harper for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online The boom of 3D printing has opened up countless possibilities, from reproducing human ears to building single-use weaponry . Now, roboticists are adding another potential candidate to the PYO (print your own) revolution: Robots. A National Science Foundation ( NSF ) funded project has now set about developing a robot which can be designed, customized and brought to life in a matter of hours.
L’Oreal Research & Innovation organized a contest for rewarding its teams on three main themes: active ingredient, process & methodology, collaboration. Design firm Chevalvert created the trophies that were given to the winners
Recent reports indicate that the US military is developing its own range of 3D printers, designed to enable soldiers on the front line to quickly and cheaply produce space parts for their equipment. By bringing this emerging technology to the battlefield spare parts and sensitive equipment for devices such as GPS receivers and air drones can be produced onsite rather than waiting on parts from overseas