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  • These 3D Printed Mini Apartments Could Be the Future of Mobile Homes

    04/19/2014 6:59:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    Complex Art & Design ^ | April 19, 2014 | Kaitlyn Schaeffer
    The 3D printer has been revolutionizing everything from art to medicine to accessories, and its latest foray has been into the field of architecture. Peter Ebner, architect and UCLA professor, tasked his architecture students with a homework assignment for the ages: develop a 3D-printed apartment that’s easy to transport and manage. The class rose to the challenge and then some, constructing mini mobile homes that measure 50 square feet and are equipped with thermal insulation, electricity, water, heating, and sewage systems (which are also 3D printed). The living area comes with a collapsible counter, a foldaway toilet, a pullout bed,...
  • PHOTOS: This Groundbreaking 3D Printer Built 10 Homes in 24 Hours

    04/14/2014 9:05:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    RYOT ^ | April 14, 2014 | Oliver Micheals
    From Oreos to body parts, 3D printers have been cranking out some pretty unbelievable stuff lately. But in Shanghai, WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co. has been using a monstrous printing device to build homes at a breakneck pace — 10 homes in 24 hours. Measuring out at roughly 105 feet long, 33 feet wide, and 21 feet tall, this clearly isn’t your average retail printer. Unlike most 3D printers, this printing giant is fed with cement rather than plastic, making it especially well-suited for home construction. The best part is the houses are super cheap to make and they’re made...
  • The next frontier in 3-D printing: Human organs

    04/03/2014 8:45:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    CNN's Tech ^ | April 3, 2014 | Brandon Griggs
    The emerging process of 3-D printing, which uses computer-created digital models to create real-world objects, has produced everything from toys to jewelry to food. Soon, however, 3-D printers may be spitting out something far more complex, and controversial: human organs. For years now, medical researchers have been reproducing human cells in laboratories by hand to create blood vessels, urine tubes, skin tissue and other living body parts. But engineering full organs, with their complicated cell structures, is much more difficult. Enter 3-D printers, which because of their precise process can reproduce the vascular systems required to make organs viable. Scientists...
  • Dutch firm building a house with a giant 3D printer

    03/25/2014 10:35:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Ecumenical News ^ | March 19, 2014 | Art Villasanta
    Currently rising layer by layer in Amsterdam is the world's first house to be built by 3D printing technology. Dutch architectural firm Dus Architects commissioned the 20-foot tall 3D printer given the name, "Kamermaker," or room builder. The project to build the 3D house is simply called the "3D Print Canal House." Dus had Kamermaker built when it decided upsize the scale-model rooms it was already 3D-printing and turn them into the real thing. What Kamermaker does is to build a series of rooms that can be snapped together to form an entire house, Lego-brick style. So far, the printer...
  • The magic of 3-D printing: Technology promises to amaze, challenge us

    03/08/2014 4:58:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Wichita Eagle ^ | March 8, 2014 | Roy Wenzl
    If you think life changed after the Internet emerged, wait until you see what’s coming next. Tech people say three-dimensional printing will create the next wave of joys and frustrations, job creation and job loss. In five to 10 years, 3-D printers will be all around us, they predict. The printers will make food, including customized wedding cakes. They will make shoes, clothes, aircraft parts, dresses, steaks, replacement bones and eventually even replacement kidneys. If you find that bit about the kidney hard to believe, Google a company called Organovo. The printers might make outsourcing jobs to China, India and...
  • New Process Recycles Milk Jugs Into 3D Printer Filament (10 cents per KG, vs. $50 now)

    03/06/2014 11:00:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Red Orbit ^ | March 6, 2014 | Staff
    Not only is manufacturing goods using a 3D printer far cheaper than purchasing items, new research appearing in a recent edition of the Journal of Cleaner Production reveals that it can actually help preserve the environment. The 3D printing process was very expensive when Charles W. Hull of 3D Systems Corp created the first working model in 1984, and while the costs have dropped dramatically over the past 30 years, the cost of purchasing plastic filament still needs to be factored in. The new study, however, shows how old milk jugs can reduce those expenses. In their study, Michigan Technological...
  • If everything was free: the economics of abundance (Utopian Laff Riot, But Thought-Provoking)

    03/05/2014 9:49:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    Kaleo, the independent student newspaper of the University of Hawai'i ^ | March 5, 2014 | Roman Kalinowski, Senior Staff Writer
    Imagine going online and, with a single click, printing out any physical object. With a miniature production plant in every home, there would be no need for retail stores, factories, shipping or the pollution associated with those activities. Large-scale automation of a huge segment of the workforce, combined with free worldwide-Internet, 3D printing and renewable off-grid energy will free humanity to achieve anything without worrying about basic material needs. FREE WIFI FOR ALL In the next few years, everyone on the planet with a wireless device will likely have access to high speed, uncensored Internet. A futuristic project spearheaded by...
  • Artificial Heart 'Jacket' Made on 3D Printer

    03/03/2014 8:27:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Live Science ^ | March 3, 2014 | Tia Ghose
    Using a 3D printer, scientists have made an elastic membrane that closely mimics the outer layer of the heart's wall. The new membrane, which was described Tuesday (Feb. 25) in the journal Nature Communications, contains tiny sensors that can track the heart's temperature, pH and level of strain. The device could one day be used to treat patients with rhythm disorders in the lower chambers of the heart, as well as the rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation, the researchers said. Heart rhythm irregularities are a common problem, with one of the most well-known forms, atrial fibrillation, affecting 3 million to 5...
  • The 3D Printers Are Coming: Dig More Coal? (Will it disrupt Chinese manufacturing?)

    03/01/2014 1:09:59 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Forbes ^ | February 28, 2014 | Mark P. Mills
    The 3D printers are coming. And fast. The only debate is over how fast. Velocity matters for stock pickers following the small world of pure-play public 3D printing companies. It is also relevant for business analysts and, perhaps surprisingly, for energy forecasters. 3D printers will — as many have observed sometimes a tad too breathlessly — disrupt a lot of businesses. They will enable and make more profitable many others, while also creating entirely new classes of businesses. The 3D printing ecosystem will as well accelerate the new trend of rising foreign direct investment into the United States. And 3D...
  • In the very near future, you’ll be able to 3D print real wooden furniture

    02/27/2014 2:10:13 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | February 26, 2014 | Drew Prindle
    Back when 3D printing was just kicking off, there was much talk of a future where people could download new furniture designs, print them, and furnish their living rooms with new pieces whenever they pleased. But despite the fact that 3D printing your own furniture is totally possible now, it hasn’t really caught on for one simple reason – nobody wants to fill their house with a bunch of snap-together plastic furniture. But the dream of printing your own furnishings isn’t dead yet. A fledgling company by the name of 4 AXYZ has developed a process that allows you...
  • 3D-printed living human tissues one step closer

    02/23/2014 8:18:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    NDTV ^ | February 23, 2014
    Harvard scientists have developed a new bioprinting method that can create intricately patterned 3-D tissue constructs with multiple types of cells and tiny blood vessels. The work is a major step toward creating human tissue constructs realistic enough to test drug safety and effectiveness, researchers said. The method will also help bring closer the building of fully functional replacements for injured or diseased tissue that can be designed from CAT scan data using computer-aided design (CAD), printed in 3D at the push of a button. "This is the foundational step toward creating 3D living tissue," said Jennifer Lewis, senior author...
  • New 3D printer from BigRep lets you print full-size furniture

    02/21/2014 8:06:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    TweakTown ^ | February 20, 2014 | Michael Hatamoto
    Technology to bring 3D printing closer to the mass market is accelerating, though most 3D printed items tend to be rather small in size. To help demonstrate the effectiveness of printing larger items, BigRep, a company founded in 2014, opens the door to printing items such as furniture. The device is launching worldwide at large trade shows, and begins shipping in two months, with a $39,000 MSRP.The BigRep One can print full-scale objects in sizes up to 45x39x47 inches, and has the ability to print plastics, nylons, Laywood (wood fibers mixed with polymers), and Laybrick (something similar to sandstone-type of...
  • 10 Crazy Things 3D Printers Can Make Today

    02/14/2014 9:45:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    ReadWrite ^ | February 14, 2014 | Lauren Orsini
    Never underestimate the power of human ingenuity paired with a machine that can print almost anything. It’s been over 30 years since Chuck Hull invented the first 3D printer in 1983. Ever since then, the idea of machine-printing objects from scratch has gone from fiction to reality, opening up new opportunities for every field from science to art. 3D printing may not be quite there yet, but in three decades the technology has progressed leaps and bounds in terms of the scope and utility of 3D-printed objects. Surprise, surprise: It's not just gimmicks and toys. It’s easy to be skeptical...
  • Intricate 3D Printed Materials Lighter Than Water And As Strong as Steel

    02/11/2014 5:31:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    SingularityHUB ^ | February 11, 2014 | Jason Dorrier
    Using precision lasers, a Nanoscribe 3D printer can print models of the Empire State building in a space the width of a human hair. Watching the machine build through the “lens” of an electron microscope is otherworldly—but the printer’s potential runs beyond microscale model making. Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, led by Jens Bauer, believe such 3D printers may help craft a new generation of materials lighter than water and strong as steel. Today, the sturdiest materials tend to be the densest (like metals), and the least dense materials tend to be the weakest (like foams). Ideally, materials...
  • The next step: 3D printing the human body

    02/11/2014 5:16:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | February 11, 2014 | Rhiannon Williams
    Bioprinting, or the process of creating human tissues through 3D printers, is a highly contested area of technological innovation. Theoretically it could save the economy billions on a global scale, whilst boosting weak or war-torn countries' access to more affordable health care and provision, whether producing prosthetic limbs or highly customised fully-working human organs. From a technological perspective, the rise and development of 3D printing and its capabilities will play an undeniable part in our future lives. But how does the process work? UK-based company PrinterInks has teamed up with US startup Organovo, a company specialised in designing and printing...
  • Meet The Man Who Created The 3D Printed Gun (Scared of those icky guns alert)

    02/10/2014 11:11:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Business Insider ^ | February 10, 2014 | Carole Cadwalladr, The Guardian
    Having lunch with the 14th Most Dangerous Person in the World is less scary than you might think. Unless you happen to have a morbid fear of hipster beards, Cody Wilson, a good-looking 26-year-old who blends with the crowd in the east London cafe where I meet him, doesn't immediately strike fear into the heart. He chats away with the waitress, discussing the possibilities before ordering east London's hippest sandwich – the pulled pork burger – and has an easygoing, amiable manner. He is, frankly, about as threatening as a barista. A barista who has happened on a spectacular method...
  • A new way to print cells could make it easier to 3D print organs

    02/10/2014 10:42:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Giga Om ^ | February 10, 2014 | Signe Brewster
    If you think 3D printing plastic is advancing quickly, take a look at bioprinting, a technology that uses inkjet-style printers to create living tissue. Organovo already plans to commercialize its 3D-printed liver tissue this year, and the National Institute of Health recently took an interest in 3D-printed eye tissue. But squeezing living cells through an inkjet printer kills many of them. Houston Methodist Research Institute researchers say they have developed a better way: a technology called Block-Cell-Printing (BloC-Printing) that leaves nearly 100 percent of the cells alive, instead of 50 to 80 percent. They published their work Monday in Proceedings...
  • Could nanoprinting kick-start a world of versatile home manufacturing?

    02/10/2014 8:30:27 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Guardian ^ | February 10, 2014 | Michele Catanzaro
    Nanoparticle inks can turn your existing 2D printer into a circuit board production line – and the possibilities for 3D printers are mind-boggling. Printing foldable mobile phones on a sheet of paper from a normal 2D printer is just a decade away, according to Jürgen Steimle, head of the Embodied Interaction Group at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Saarbrücken, Germany. Steimle and his colleagues took a step towards this in 2013, when they used a standard printer loaded with nanoparticle ink to print a paper circuit that works even after the sheet is torn. In the past couple...
  • 3D printing huge objects will impact the world economy not small hobbyist crap

    02/08/2014 12:06:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Next Big Future blog ^ | February 7, 2014 | Brian Wang
    China is investing heavily in 3D printing, just like those in the U.S. and Europe. In June, China announced a gigantic 3D printer, which they claimed was the world’s largest at the time, with a 1.8 meter build diameter. Basically the thing could print out a nice sized bathroom vanity if you wanted it to. Southern Fan Co. (As Translated from Chinese), is completing a printer this month which will be able to print out metal objects approximately 6 meters, or 18 feet in diameter and 10 meters long (33 feet). The metal parts can weigh up to 300 tons....
  • The Rebirth of Manufacturing: 3D Printing Is Trying to Build a New World Out of More Than Plastic

    02/08/2014 10:15:33 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Wednesday, Feb 5 2014
    A low, mechanical thrum creates an ever-present soundtrack at Type A Machines, a 3D-printing company on the third floor of San Francisco's TechShop, in SOMA. Big and drafty and sunlit with exposed pipes on the ceiling, it's a modern iteration of an old textile mill. On the ground floor, flannel-shirted workers sit hunched over welding equipment, sweat bubbling over their plastic goggles. Upstairs, their colleagues peck at laptops, designing blueprints for new objects with all the exacting detail of a draftsman using pen and paper. In a far corner, Type A's line of Series 1 2013 printers sits arranged in...
  • New Project to Convert Laser Hot-Wire Welding Process into High-Output, 3-D Manufacturing Process

    02/07/2014 3:48:50 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    AZoM ^ | February 7, 2014 | Staff
    Case Western Reserve University, in alliance with the Lincoln Electric Co. and a group of business partners, has been selected to lead a project to convert the laser hot-wire welding process developed by Lincoln Electric into a high-output, three-dimensional additive manufacturing process. The $700,000 project is among 15 recently announced by America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute in Youngstown, which is spearheading next-generation manufacturing technologies based on 3-D printing. The projects are winners of America Makes' second round of funding. Researchers and business partners developing the new 3-D process aim for a quick conversion. "The goal is to...
  • The next industrial revolution will be (self) organised

    02/05/2014 7:45:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Engineer ^ | February 5, 2014 | Stephen Harris
    Everyone seems to have a different idea about what will spark the next industrial revolution: 3D printing, more sophisticated robots and even renewable energy have all been put forward as potential progenitors. The German vision of the future of manufacturing, as laid out at a talk this week at the Royal Academy of Engineering, is somewhat more complicated and extensive. Proposed by a government-backed working group of Germany’s top industrial companies, “Industry 4.0” envisages a world of self-organising smart factories where manufacturing machines talk to each other, to their products and to other links in the supply chain to make...
  • A Future of Lab-Produced Meat?

    02/01/2014 11:43:50 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    LA Weekly's Squid Ink Blog ^ | January 22, 2014 | Ben Wurgaft
    When, if ever, will we eat lab-grown meat? It's still early enough in 2014 for predictions of the year to come, and late 2013 saw the unveiling of the world's first hamburger made of laboratory-cultured animal protein, leading to a frenzy of journalistic coverage and even one short article that collected past predictions for when "cultured meat" might reach supermarket shelves. ("Cultured meat" is the term of preference among the substance's promoters, over "schmeat," "lab meat," and of course "frankenmeat.") Those skeptical about the viability of meat grown in laboratories can look back with satisfaction at a long history of...
  • Hearts - the next stage of the 3D printing revolution: This medical miracle is shockingly close

    01/30/2014 3:45:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The London Spectator ^ | February 1, 2014 | Mary Wakefield, deputy editor
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)I have seen the future — your future if you’re rich enough or brave enough to embrace it — and I have to tell you, it’s weird. Imagine this: it’s 2025 and you’re getting on, feeling your knees a bit. You’re bending over one day to pick up junk mail when you feel a terrible pain in your chest. You call 999 and within the hour (in this ideal world) you’re in hospital under the knife. But this isn’t heart surgery you’re having, it’s bottom surgery: the doctor’s taking a chunk of fat from your bum. Have they made a...
  • Bioprinting human organs and tissue: Get ready for the great 3D printer debate

    01/29/2014 11:10:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    ZD Net ^ | January 29, 2014 | Toby Wolpe
    Because of rapid advances in 3D printing, the world is plunging towards ethical and political controversy fuelled by the use of the technology to generate living human tissue and organs. Bioprinting will progress far faster than general understanding of the ramifications of the technology, according to analyst firm Gartner. Last year researchers at Cornell University demonstrated an ear printer, and San Diego firm Organovo unveiled work on printing human livers, with scientists at Heriot-Watt University in Scotland developing a way to print blobs of human embryonic stem cells. Gartner research director Pete Basiliere said bioprinting initiatives are well-intentioned but raise...
  • New 3D Printer by MarkForged Can Print With Carbon Fiber

    01/28/2014 1:44:04 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | January 27, 2014 | Alexandra Chang
    Gregory Mark co-owns Aeromotions, which builds computer-controlled racecar wings. To make those wings both strong and lightweight, they use carbon fiber. No surprise there—it's the material of choice for many advanced motorsports parts. The problem is that making custom racecar parts out of carbon fiber is daunting. The only real method available is CNC machining, an expensive and difficult process that requires laying pieces by hand. To improve the process, Mark looked to 3D printing. But nothing on the market could print the material, and no available materials could print pieces strong enough for his purposes. So Mark devised his...
  • Product of the Year 2014: 3D Printers and Ham in a Can

    01/23/2014 7:58:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    International Business Times ^ | January 24, 2014 | Hannah Osborne
    The list of winners of Product of the Year 2014 has revealed that the most popular futuristic product for consumers are 3D printers, with half wanting to try out the technology. Findings showed that 47% of people are interested in using a 3D printer, while 37% believe it is the next big product of the future. Two-thirds of people said they would be willing to pay more for the added convenience of 3D printers and personalised features. The Product of the Year also threw up another unexpected future invention people are hoping to see over the coming years. A fifth...
  • Cody Wilson signs book deal after creating 3D printed gun, finalizes Dark Wallet Bitcoin anonymizer

    01/23/2014 6:32:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Guns.com ^ | January 22, 2014 | Brent McCluskey
    Cody Wilson holds the Liberator, a fully-functional firearm that can be created using a 3D-printer. After setting the Internet abuzz with a blueprint for a functional 3D-printable firearm, Cody Wilson recently signed a book deal to chronicle his journey, and in his spare time the “dark web” aficionado is placing the finishing touches on a Bitcoin anonymizer project. Wilson, 25, has been busy to say the least. Last spring he uploaded the blueprint for his 3D-printable gun dubbed the Liberator, and within two days the file was downloaded over 100,000 times. He pitched his story as a non-fiction book and...
  • 3D printing could transform home building

    01/22/2014 10:29:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    CBS News ^ | January 22, 2014
    Building a 2,500-square-foot house in less than 20 hours? It sounds like a tall tale, but a professor at the University of Southern California says it is absolutely possible. He would toss out traditional building practices and replace them with a single 3D printer. It's called contour crafting, creator Behrokh Khoshnevis, the director of the manufacturing engineering graduate program USC, tells CBS News. "Construction the way its done today is very wasteful," he explained in a presentation at TEDxOjai. "Our solution benefits from advanced technology...it is essentially a way of streamlining the process of construction by benefiting from the experience...
  • You May Be 3D Printing Your Own Clothes By The End Of 2014

    01/21/2014 10:39:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    WebPro News ^ | January 21, 2014 | Zach Walton
    In early 2013, Objet partnered with fashion designer Iris Van Herpen to create the first 3D printed dress. It was certainly a perfect fit for the world of high fashion where functionality means nothing and art is everything. For those who want 3D printed clothing that’s not an art statement, your day may come in 2014. Fast Company reports that entrepreneur Aaron Rowley has a new startup called Electroloom. The new company is working on a 3D printer that creates functional, wearable clothing. So far, they’ve been able to print sheets out of polymer fabric. By the end of the...
  • Lomiko's Graphene 3D Lab Files Patent for Multiple Material Printer Filament

    01/21/2014 1:08:06 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet
    Stockwire ^ | January 20, 2014
    VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA and NEW YORK, NEW YORK--(Marketwired - Jan. 20, 2014) - LOMIKO METALS INC. (TSX VENTURE:LMR)(PINKSHEETS:LMRMF)(FRANKFURT:DH8B) (Europe: ISIN: CA54163Q1028, WKN: A0Q9W7) (the "Company") announces Graphene 3D Lab has reached a significant milestone by filing a provisional patent application for the use of graphene-enhanced material, along with other materials, in 3D Printing (Additive Manufacturing). "This patent application is the result of a diligent effort on behalf of our team. It opens up a clear path toward the commercialization of graphene," stated Daniel Stolyarov, Graphene 3D Labs' CEO. "It is important that our proprietary technology is accepted by consumers in...
  • 3D printers increasingly moving toward mainstream office adoption

    01/20/2014 7:28:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Media Room ^ | January 20, 2014 | Brian E. Walsh
    Until recently, office technology largely concerned the latest advances in printing technology and other shortcuts in the average workplace environment. However, new shifts in the market have turned in an entirely new direction, with the newest equipment possibly printing much more than just papers. According to CNN, 3D printers are becoming ever-closer to mainstream adoption with rapidly declining costs dovetailing with new and more efficient functions. While recent years have seen the technology suffer occasionally from issues such as limited features and frequent printing failures, new steps taken by development companies are quickly pushing it closer to the open market....
  • Adobe Adds 3D Printing to Photoshop

    01/17/2014 2:21:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Sci-Tech Today ^ | January 16, 2014 | Barry Levine
    The adoption of 3D printing by Adobe is “huge,” because now a massive influx of people will have access to 3D-modeling tools. However, Adobe Photoshop isn't known for its 3D-modeling capabilities beyond some basic functions, so users can upload a 3D model created in other programs and output it in the stereolithography format known as .stl. 3D printing has reached a milestone of sorts. On Thursday, Adobe, whose software created desktop publishing, announced that its venerable Photoshop program will now support 3D printing. Photoshop CC, part of the company’s Creative Cloud, has received an update that allows users to build,...
  • Researchers aim to revolutionize 3D printing, global manufacturing

    01/17/2014 1:49:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Computerworld ^ | January 17, 2014 | Sharon Gaudin
    One day a 3D printer, using a mix of materials, will be able to create body armor for U.S. soldiers that is more lightweight and stronger than anything could be made with traditional manufacturing and materials today. That's the word from researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, who are working to revolutionize 3D printing, as well as the way that companies build products ranging from jet engines and satellites to football helmets. Scientists at the laboratory, a federally funded center in Livermore, Calif., that focuses on national security research, are working on architecting new materials to be used in...
  • Best of the Web: 3D Printing Web Sites

    01/16/2014 2:45:25 PM PST · by null and void · 5 replies
    1/16/14 | nully
    This is adapted from an FR hostile source. RepRap wikipages Mostly RepRap oriented. Start at the the Buyer's Guide for a list of vendors. Pirate Bay’s Physibles Facebook page For the naughty bits (like eeeeeeeeevil guns) banned on other sites. Their Facebook page is the PG rated version. Defcad Cody Wilson's site, mostly MakerBot oriented, good search interface 75K+ downloadable designs. Shapeways Make+Sell section to build your designs (various materials). Good tutorials, including material design rules, print compatibility, finishing techniques. Fabbaloo Reviews of materials, printer and designs, links to croudsourcing, hobby printers, print services and articles on 3-D printing, Thingiverse...
  • 13 things that will be cheaper in 2014

    01/13/2014 7:16:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | January 13, 2014 | Louis Ramirez
    Although you might have been disappointed to see that things like milk are destined to be more expensive this year, there's still good financial news on the horizon! Analysts predict certain products will see significant price cuts in the coming months. From 4K TVs to used cars, we've rounded up a list of items you can expect to spend less on this year. 1. 3D Printers 2014 will be the year 3D printing goes mainstream. Key patents on the technology are set to expire in February, which will open the market to competition. As a result, these once-prohibitively expensive machines...
  • California Lawmaker Proposes Bill To Regulate 3D Printed Guns

    01/13/2014 7:06:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Headlines and Global News / The Associated Press ^ | January 13, 2014 | Rebeka Silva
    California state Senator Kevin de Leon proposed a bill on Monday that would require anyone who plans to assemble a gun made from a 3D printer to undergo a background check, the Associated Press reported. The bill also extends to anyone buying parts of a gun to assemble at home. The 3-D printer allows anyone to download gun designs and build it without any type of safeguard, the AP reported. A similar California law already in place states gun owners and buyers need to undergo a background check before buying and register their weapon after its bought, according to the...
  • The 3D printer that can build a house in 24 hours

    01/08/2014 9:51:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    MSN's Innovation ^ | November 20, 2013 | Mark Hattersley
    The University of Southern California is testing a giant 3D printer that could be used to build a whole house in under 24 hours. Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis has designed the giant robot that replaces construction workers with a nozzle on a gantry, this squirts out concrete and can quickly build a home according to a computer pattern. It is “basically scaling up 3D printing to the scale of building,” says Khoshnevis. The technology, known as Contour Crafting, could revolutionise the construction industry. The affordable home? Contour Crafting could slash the cost of home-owning, making it possible for millions of displaced...
  • Incredible $99 handheld 3D printer coming soon to a store near you

    01/08/2014 1:16:59 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    BGR ^ | January 7, 2014 | Zach Epstein
    3D printing has been a huge deal for businesses for some time now, but consumers are just beginning to get a taste of this amazing new technology thanks to a new wave of more affordable devices. MakerBot announced a very cool new consumer-grade 3D printer during this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show, but it still costs $1,375, which means it’s probably only a good buy for people with a real need for 3D model printing. But those looking to simply dabble with the exciting emerging tech will soon have a nearby option in the form of WobbleWorks’ 3Doodler. WobbleWorks on...
  • Titanium powder used to print automotive parts in 3D news

    01/01/2014 3:19:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    domain-b ^ | January 1, 2014
    * A double world-first breakthrough in metal manufacturing * University uses 3D printer to make parts for aerospace and automobiles * Low-cost titanium powders have made it possible to 3D print automotive parts for the very first time To date, the 3D printing revolution has focused on the use of plastics – cheap printers' feedstock and high throughput. Until now 3D printing with metal has been prohibitively expensive because of the cost of titanium powders which currently sell for $200-$400 per kilogram. Rotherham based company Metalysis have developed a new way of producing low-lost titanium powder, which heralds a new...
  • 3D-Printed Room Looks Like Gaudí On Steroids, Could Signal New Age Of Architecture

    12/30/2013 4:48:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The International Science Times ^ | December 30, 2013 | Ben Wolford
    Architects in Zurich have erected an impossibly ornate room entirely from 3D-printed blocks. The designers say it's the first time anyone has used a 3D printer to design a work of architectural art from sandstone and could suggest a new way of thinking about building construction. "We aim to create an architecture that defies classification and reductionism," said the architects on the project's website. We'll attempt to classify and reduce it anyway: It basically looks like Antoni Gaudí crammed all the flourishes of La Sagrada Familia into a 172-square-feet room. Designed by "customized algorithms," the architects say the work (called...
  • Bones repaired with stroke of a pen

    12/27/2013 5:17:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Australian ^ | December 28, 2013 | Murad Ahmed
    SURGEONS may soon be able to "draw" new bone, skin and muscle on to patients after scientists created a pen-like device that can apply human cells directly to car-crash victims and others with serious injuries. Australian scientists have made a "BioPen", which allows doctors to apply stem cells and growth factors on to damaged and diseased bones. The machine works in a similar way to a 3D printer, building up the materials required to heal a bone. Experts have said it could improve bone reconstruction surgery. The device was created at the University of Wollongong and St Vincent's Hospital in...
  • Your food's in the printer...machine lets you create & eat your meal from freshly squeezed syringes

    12/27/2013 4:24:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | December 27, 2013 | Staff
    First there were meals we had to make all by ourselves. Then 'ready made' meals came along, making life that much easier. But what if you could just print your dinner using food 'ink'? Scientists at Cornell University in New York are developing a commercially viable 3D food printer which uses raw ingredients inside syringes. Part of their Fab@home project, an open-source collaboration, you just put the raw food 'inks' into the machine, load the recipe (or 'FabApp') - and press the button. The design takes the form of a set of syringes that deposit food inks line by line,...
  • The first 3D printed organ -- a liver -- is expected in 2014

    12/26/2013 4:25:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Computerworld ^ | December 26, 2013 | Lucas Mearian
    Approximately 18 people die every day waiting for an organ transplant. But that may change someday sooner than you think -- thanks to 3D printing. Advances in the 3D printing of human tissue have moved fast enough that San Diego-based bio-printing company Organovo now expects to unveil the world's first printed organ -- a human liver -- next year. Like other forms of 3D printing, bio-printing lays down layer after layer of material -- in this case, live cells -- to form a solid physical entity -- in this case, human tissue. The major stumbling block in creating tissue continues...
  • A College Kid Couldn't Afford a 3D Printer, So He Built One Himself (Bonus 3-D gun video)

    12/24/2013 5:29:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Mashable ^ | December 20, 2013 | Samantha Murphy Kelly
    (SLIDESHOW-AT-LINK) When college student Shai Schechter didn't have access to an affordable 3D printer on his SUNY Purchase campus in New York, he set out to build his own model — one that would still crank out 3D-printed objects, but at a much lower cost. "We have a laser- and powder-based 3D printer at school, but it costs about $500 for a bucket of powder and that only lasts for about one or two prints," Schechter said. "It's never used because it is so expensive and classes weren’t offered that much in the curriculum." He approached his sculpture professor about...
  • Ford’s 3D-printed auto parts save millions of dollars: Technology improves quality in vehicles

    12/24/2013 10:30:27 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Arab Times English Daily ^ | December 23, 2013
    One day, millions of car parts could be printed as quickly as newspapers and as easily as pushing a button on the office copy machine, saving months of development time and millions of dollars. 3D printing technology is making that day come sooner at Ford Motor Company. The development of the engine cover for the all-new Ford Mustang is the most recent example of the use of this technology. Ford uses 3D printing to quickly produce prototype parts, shaving months off the development time for individual components used in all of its vehicles, such as cylinder heads, intake manifolds and...
  • Solidator 3D Printer Prints Large Objects and Does it Fast

    12/22/2013 9:42:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    technabob ^ | December 22, 2013 | Paul Strauss
    Two of the biggest challenges with today’s desktop 3D printers are that they 1) don’t print very large objects and 2) are painfully slow. The Solidator 3D printer aims to change both of those things, in a printer that costs less than $5,000.In the example shown above, the Solidator 3D printer was able to output a set of six Eiffel Tower models – each measuring almost 8-inches-tall – in just 5.5 hours. A similar feat on typical 3D printers would take days.By using DLP imaging technology to print an entire layer at a time instead of a voxel at a...
  • 3D printing brings new promise

    12/21/2013 10:14:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Inland News Today ^ | December 21, 2013
    The growth of three dimensional (3-D) printing technology brings opportunities scientific, entrepreneurial – even culinary. Some people are using the devices to build custom creations out of chocolate. “I don’t know if it’s good chocolate,” said Prabhjot Singh, Director of Additive Manufacturing at General Electric (GE), which uses 3-D printers to make parts for aviation and advanced energy-generation machinery – presumably out of non-edible materials. The process delivers performance while producing designs and prototypes for parts more quickly. Three dimensional printing uses a digital model to create a 3-D object by adding consecutive layers of material to it. That requires...
  • Teacher Nicholas Seward's 3D printer designs pushing the tech envelope & helping stretch young minds

    12/19/2013 12:03:53 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet
    The Arkansas Times ^ | December 19, 2013 | David Koon
    On a recent weekday in a sunny, computer-strewn classroom at the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts in Hot Springs, one of teacher Nicholas Seward's printers was busily whirring out a squirrel. Not a picture of a squirrel. Not a drawing of a squirrel. An actual, three-dimensional toy squirrel: bright orange, plastic, tough enough that when the reporter managed to drop a similar piece on the hard concrete, it simply bounced with a bright, ping-pong ball clink. The machine — called "Simpson" after the scientist George Gaylord Simpson, who came up with the idea that when animals evolve,...
  • A bold new future for construction materials approaches (Self-forming 4-D skyscrapers?)

    12/16/2013 4:14:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    New Civil Engineer ^ | December 11, 2013 | Alexandra Wynne
    Building on the Moon, 4D printing, self-repairing bridges, movement monitoring quadrocopters, 3D printed concrete houses and generating electricity from unwanted noise may all sound like science fiction. But at computing giant Autodesk’s annual convention in Las Vegas last week, it all began to look a little realistic. There was a growing movement throughout the conference that urged engineers to rethink their traditional methods, to look outside their organisations for innovative ideas and to place themselves on a higher plane of thinking to allow the computers to do the repetitive leg work. But there was another faction present that wanted to...