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3-D printing robot may be the solution to potholes
3-D printing robot may be the solution to potholes
It's winter, which means roads everywhere are becoming damaged as melting snow gets inside the cracks of the asphalt, freezes, expands and forms big gaping holes in the road. You've probably seen more than one person standing on the side of the road ne...
UPS: 3-D printing maps out a new future
UPS: 3-D printing maps out a new future
If you're a small business waiting for a crucial repair part, you know relief is in sight when you see the big brown UPS ... 3-D printer? That's the big vision for the future, and it's a vision that's on its way to being fulfilled. UPS is, as its ads c...
Bioprinted tissue may patch up ischemic hearts
Bioprinted tissue may patch up ischemic hearts
Researchers say they have developed 3D-printed patches infused with cells that provide a novel method to growing healthy blood vessels to treat ischemia. Their study ("3D-printed vascular networks direct therapeutic angiogenesis in ischemia") was publi...
Reflow turns plastic waste into 3-D print filament, sends profits back to waste pickers
Reflow turns plastic waste into 3-D print filament, sends profits back to waste pickers
In recent years, 3-D printing has helped transform the face of manufacturing, leading some to call the technology a sign of the Third Industrial Revolution. Consumer-level printers are capable of printing sculptures, gadgets, and even parts for firearm...
Can you guess which company just made the world's first 3-D printed running shoe?
Can you guess which company just made the world's first 3-D printed running shoe?
If you guessed Nike or Adidas was the first company to make a 3-D printed running shoe, you'd get an "A" for thought process. After all, they're the global giants in the athletic shoe industry, and both recently announced plans to rev up their 3-D prin...
3-D printing the bomb? The challenge for nuclear nonproliferation
3-D printing the bomb? The challenge for nuclear nonproliferation
3-D printing has opened the world to a revolution in manufacturing. But this new technology may enable the most sensitive pieces of a nuclear weapons program to be more easily produced and transferred undetected around the globe. The United States shou...
'Most firms will be using 3-D printing'
'Most firms will be using 3-D printing'
Now, there are those who believe we're standing on the cusp of a new industrial revolution — with 3-D printers destined to become as common in our homes as mobiles and tablets are today. You might expect the boss of one of Europe's youngest playe...
Rapid liquid printing technique prints furniture in minutes
Rapid liquid printing technique prints furniture in minutes
MIT's Self-Assembly Lab, Steelcase and award-winning product designer Christophe Guberan collaborated to create a new 3D printing process.
Businesses are excited by 3-D printing potential, but relaxed about risks
Businesses are excited by 3-D printing potential, but relaxed about risks
New research from law firm DMH Stallard has found that although a lot of companies are enthused about the potentials of 3-D printing, they don't yet see it as a threat to their intellectual property despite the fact that 3-D printing can make counterfe...
Making factories run better with 3-D printing
Making factories run better with 3-D printing
Current advances in 3-D printing are making it an integral part of manufacturing, including electronics manufacturing. It can cut down processes from weeks to days and costs from thousands to hundreds. The 3-D printed option is not only more efficient...
MIT says its 3-D printed robots can 'practically walk out of' the machine
MIT says its 3-D printed robots can 'practically walk out of' the machine
A 3-D printing method using "printable hydraulics," which combines liquid and solid materials, can produce functional robots, according to a new paper from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. "All you have to do is stick in a...
Why Pittsburgh is becoming a hub for additive manufacturing
Why Pittsburgh is becoming a hub for additive manufacturing
If hitting the print button and producing a solid object on your own seems like science fiction, think again.
6 ways 3-D printing will change the way we work
6 ways 3-D printing will change the way we work
Earlier this year, the Harvard Business Review reported that 30 percent of the world's top 300 largest global brands were using or evaluating 3-D printing. In the grand scheme of things, this is a tiny number of businesses — but with technology s...
HP explores future of 3-D printing in Corvallis
HP explores future of 3-D printing in Corvallis
HP Inc., the computer and printer maker, opened a research and development lab at its Corvallis operations to explore 3-D printing.
Why NASA is investing in 3-D printing in space
Why NASA is investing in 3-D printing in space
NASA increasingly views 3-D printing as a key tool for advancing space exploration, and the technology is advancing in several directions. A startup funded by NASA to create a zero-gravity 3-D printer — appropriately called "Made In Space" —...
The 8 best 3-D printing apps for great ideas
The 8 best 3-D printing apps for great ideas
For the past couple of years, 3-D printing has started to slowly turn into a trend among geeks and hobbyists. It probably gained even more popularity since the Consumer Electronics Show at the beginning of 2014, when it attracted the biggest crowd and ...
A new 3-D printing technology uses electricity to create stronger objects for manufacturing
A new 3-D printing technology uses electricity to create stronger objects for manufacturing
Nothing actually appears to happen when the Essentium rep flips the switch to fire up the company's demo.
Why Jabil is ramping up its 3D printing and additive manufacturing
Why Jabil is ramping up its 3D printing and additive manufacturing
In a Q&A, John Dulchinos of Jabil, the world's third largest contract manufacturer, explains why it is increasingly using 3D printing and additive manufacturing technologies.
Why 3-D printing companies should be watching this startup
Why 3-D printing companies should be watching this startup
The next challenge for the 3-D printing industry is finding a cheap way to produce metal objects — and if Israel-based startup Xjet manages to pull off what it's promising, 2016 could be the year that starts to happen.
Surgeons use CT imaging and 3-D printing to successfully separate conjoined twins
Surgeons use CT imaging and 3-D printing to successfully separate conjoined twins
3-D printing has been instrumental to a variety of recent medical procedures, from giving a 3-year-old girl a new skull to creating a new rib cage for a cancer patient. It’s also allowed doctors to prepare for the delivery of a baby who would hav...
3-D printed bone structure allows tissue regeneration
3-D printed bone structure allows tissue regeneration
The medical world has high hopes for 3-D printing. Medical News Today has already reported on the use of 3-D technology to make part of a sternum that surgeons successfully implanted into a cancer patient.
How 3-D printing lost its momentum
How 3-D printing lost its momentum
3-D printing and companies used to be all the hype.
Space: The next frontier for additive manufacturing
Space: The next frontier for additive manufacturing
Johannes Gumpinger, an advanced manufacturing processes engineer for the European Space Agency, gives us a snapshot of the realities, the possibilities and the limitations of additive manufacturing - on Earth, in orbit and on other planets.
Will food 3-D printing really become a 'thing'?
Will food 3-D printing really become a 'thing'?
In essence, food 3-D printing is this: you take a standard 3D printer, replace the non-edible material (like plastic filament) with something edible, and voilà, you have a food 3-D printer! In reality though, the results have been less than amazin...
Can 3-D printing brain tumors help tackle cancer? Tissue generation technology raises hopes for n...
Can 3-D printing brain tumors help tackle cancer? Tissue generation technology raises hopes for n...
It has been used to create everything from custom mobile phone cases to rock engines.
Can Siemens, Georgia Tech fill gaps in additive manufacturing, industrial engineering?
Can Siemens, Georgia Tech fill gaps in additive manufacturing, industrial engineering?
Siemens and Georgia Institute of Technology are partnering to address limitations in the current additive manufacturing design-to-production chain in an applied research project as part of the federally backed America Makes program. It is part of a lar...
Why 3-D printing faces cyber security risks
Why 3-D printing faces cyber security risks
You've certainly heard about 3-D printing a lot lately. It seems to be the next big thing in technology. However, with technological advancements, there comes new cybersecurity risks - and 3-D printing hasn't escaped those.
Can 3-D printing keep lab-grown organs alive?
Can 3-D printing keep lab-grown organs alive?
Using sugar, silicone and a 3-D printer, bioengineers and surgeons have created an implant with an intricate network of blood vessels. The work points toward a future of growing replacement tissues and organs for transplantation.
NASA's jet propulsion laboratory 3-D prints flexible metal space fabric
NASA's jet propulsion laboratory 3-D prints flexible metal space fabric
Lately, when we hear about new developments in space exploration, it's almost a guarantee that 3-D printing will be involved somehow.
Will 3-D printing speed up production of Russia's 'deadliest tank'?
Will 3-D printing speed up production of Russia's 'deadliest tank'?
Throughout 2015, Russia has used industrial 3-D printers to produce prototype parts and master models for its third-generation T-14 main battle tank (MBT), an armored vehicle based on the "Armata" universal chassis system, the head of the Rapid Prototy...
The future of additive manufacturing is all about design
The future of additive manufacturing is all about design
We've come a long way to unlocking the value of additive manufacturing (AM) and established AM sectors like aerospace and medical have played a key role in achieving this by advancing the technology to meet their needs. You can now build complete full-...
GE to deliver 3-D printers to over 400 schools as part of Additive Education Program
GE to deliver 3-D printers to over 400 schools as part of Additive Education Program
Last year, American multinational corporation GE announced it would invest $10 million over a period of five years to subsidize 3-D printers and printing equipment for select educational institutions around the globe.
3 ways 3-D printing is changing the way we do business
3 ways 3-D printing is changing the way we do business
3-D printing has loomed on the horizon for many years. Only now has the technology advanced to such an extent that we can confidently say 3D printing is becoming a practical part of the way businesses operate today.
3-D printing: The future of manufacturing and maintenance
3-D printing: The future of manufacturing and maintenance
Power plants are complex systems with countless moving parts, and in turn, countless opportunities for things to go wrong.
Restrictions thwart 3-D printing exemption
Restrictions thwart 3-D printing exemption
Since late last year, the American Library Association has been tracking and participating in the latest round of the 1201 Rulemaking. Through this rulemaking process, the Copyright Office evaluates petitions for hacking barriers to digital content (fo...
This 3-D printer creates human muscles and tissues that could actually replace real ones
This 3-D printer creates human muscles and tissues that could actually replace real ones
We're getting closer to the plug-and-play human body. Researchers at Wake Forest University in North Carolina say they have created a 3-D printer that can produce organs, tissues, and bones that could theoretically be implanted into living humans. The ...
The future of additive manufacturing
The future of additive manufacturing
More than 30 researchers from across Imperial's faculties and departments came together recently to discuss the future of the 3-D printing industry. The half-day event on Imperial's South Kensington Campus was the latest bespoke workshop organised by t...
New technique for the additive manufacturing of glass
New technique for the additive manufacturing of glass
Researchers from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have developed a process using glass for additive manufacturing techniques. The scientists first mix nanoparticles of high-purity quartz glass with small amounts of liquid polymer; they then ...
Is 3-D printing the key to cheap carbon-fiber parts?
Is 3-D printing the key to cheap carbon-fiber parts?
Someday, carbon fiber might live up to its hype and make all of our cars and airplanes more lightweight and efficient. Today, though, parts made of the material are very expensive, and are used mainly in race cars, high-end sports cars, and new jetline...
MakerBot says its new print process reduces times and costs by around 30 percent
MakerBot says its new print process reduces times and costs by around 30 percent
MakerBot's MinFill arrived quietly last night as a firmware upgrade for existing customers, and the company is already calling it a "big benchmark in speed and widespread adoption of 3-D printing."
Archinaut, a 3-D printing robot to make big structures in space
Archinaut, a 3-D printing robot to make big structures in space
Historically, the only way to get anything into orbit has been by rocket; a process that is massively expensive, cumbersome and presents a slew of constraints.
This Harvard lab is making 3-D-printing 'inks' from metals and living cells
This Harvard lab is making 3-D-printing 'inks' from metals and living cells
A two-ton printer the size of a small car takes pride of place in Jennifer Lewis's lab, among half a dozen machines arrayed in a basement on Harvard's campus. But on a recent weekday morning the room is calm, with only the tunes from a Pandora station ...
3-D printing project makes building lab equipment as easy as snapping Legos together
3-D printing project makes building lab equipment as easy as snapping Legos together
Legos are one of the most versatile toys around because you can, with enough bricks and imagination, build anything you want. That same idea is now being applied to lab tools, with a team of researchers at the University of California, Riverside creati...
You can buy this 3-D printed car next year for $53,000
You can buy this 3-D printed car next year for $53,000
Local Motors recently held a contest to build a roadworthy car using (mostly) 3-D printing techniques, and the winner, crowned in July, is the vehicle you see above. We now know that it'll be called the LM3D Swim and cost $53,000, with pre-sales la...
Please disregard this video about 3-D printing your next motorcycle helmet
Please disregard this video about 3-D printing your next motorcycle helmet
The Zortrax M300 may sound like a plasma rifle from a futuristic FPS or a new type of heart medication, but it's actually a 3-D printer - a big one. How big? Well, as this incredibly pumped-up intro video shows, it's large enough to print out a motorcy...
Is 3-D printing homes the answer to the UK's housing crisis?
Is 3-D printing homes the answer to the UK's housing crisis?
Imagine going to a website, choosing a home and printing it out, just as you might do with a boarding card. It sounds like something from the pages of science fiction, but elements of it are already available. WikiHouse is a website which allows anyone...
Toddler gets world first adult kidney transplant using 3-D printing
Toddler gets world first adult kidney transplant using 3-D printing
A three-year-old girl from Northern Ireland has become the first to have a life-saving adult kidney transplant, using 3-D printing. At four months old, Lucy Boucher suffered heart failure which starved her kidneys of oxygen. She was told she would need...
The first 3-D printed cheese was as bizarre as you'd expect
The first 3-D printed cheese was as bizarre as you'd expect
Imagine a future in which humans can produce a vast variety of foods with all sorts of textures and shapes at the flick of a switch. Just throw a mix into your 3-D printer, and, presto, gooey gorgonzola globules! Crunchy candy cubes! Incredible!
Can new medical models cut patient mortality?
Can new medical models cut patient mortality?
French start-up Biomodex believes that its detailed models of a specific patient's organs and body parts will help reduce surgical errors, save lives and potentially put an end to students carving up cadavers.
3-D printers can now print concrete
3-D printers can now print concrete
3-D printing has seen massive strides over the past few years, allowing designers, architects, engineers, and practitioners from across all industries to "print" an endless array of (usually plastic) objects, from home objects to wheelchairs to entire ...
The influence of education on the 3-D printing industry
The influence of education on the 3-D printing industry
You probably don't own a 3-D printer yet. Like computers in the early 1980s, it's an intriguing new technology that hasn't quite found its place in the home. However, schools and universities are proving to be a petri dish of innovation, where there is...
Going low tech: When 3-D scanning just won't work
Going low tech: When 3-D scanning just won't work
When designing a product or part, many people take inspiration from what's around them and end up looking to have an object 3-D scanned in order to modify or reproduce it.
Where additive manufacturing meets aerospace to take flight
Where additive manufacturing meets aerospace to take flight
Rumor has it that direct metal laser sintering, or DMLS, is going to put machine shops out of business. To everyone but shop owners and their employees, it’s an exciting thought; DMLS produces fully dense parts made of stainless steel, aluminum, ...
Research report explores the oil and gas markets additive manufacturing opportunities and technol...
Research report explores the oil and gas markets additive manufacturing opportunities and technol...
The Oil and Gas Industry will be the next big adopter of additive manufacturing technologies as evidenced by the increasing use of AM in this industry for the past twelve months. In this new report, we explore and identify the major opportunities for A...
The big ideas 3-D printing brings to big pharma
The big ideas 3-D printing brings to big pharma
$550 billion. That's how big the 3-D printing industry is expected to be in 2025. The health care industry is poised to comprise a big chunk of that total, with prosthetics, dental implants, hearing aids and customized orthotics already being creat...
GE additive manufacturing lab to focus on accelerating the technology with potential customers
GE additive manufacturing lab to focus on accelerating the technology with potential customers
GE is developing its Center for Additive Technology Advancement (CATA; Pittsburgh, PA) into an externally focused Customer Experience Center (CEC) to accelerate the use of additive manufacturing with the company's customers across several industries.
3-D printing helps explain why we enjoy food
3-D printing helps explain why we enjoy food
Have you ever really thought about how you actually taste food? Like, when you cut into a particularly good piece of meat or take a big bite of a juicy apple, what all's going on in there to actually make that stuff ... well, delicious? Your nose plays...
3-D-printed ear creates hope for organ transplants
3-D-printed ear creates hope for organ transplants
Researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina used a 3-D printer to fabricate human baby-sized ear structures and successfully implanted them beneath the skin of mice. Within two months, blood vessels and cartilage began to grow i...
This artist is 3-D printing Philadelphia 1 city block at a time
This artist is 3-D printing Philadelphia 1 city block at a time
You might remember Doctor Octoroc as the guy who built a large model of the city of Philadelphia out of 20,000 LEGO pieces. It is quite an impressive build, not only in scale but in the sheer man hours that must have gone into assembling that many LEGO...
How do you integrate 3-D printing into a big business? Ask Caterpillar
How do you integrate 3-D printing into a big business? Ask Caterpillar
As 3-D printing is increasingly being adopted as a tool used beyond rapid prototyping, businesses will be eager to learn how to incorporate it effectively. A company may not want to or be able to immediately jump into full-fledged additive manufacturin...
6 departments ripe for 3-D learning
6 departments ripe for 3-D learning
As institutions make room in the classroom (and within 2016 budgets) to add more technology to learning programs, 3-D printing tools are at the top of the must-have list, especially for specific departments on campus.
5 predictions for metal additive manufacturing in 2016
5 predictions for metal additive manufacturing in 2016
Here are the top five predictions for 2016 in metal additive manufacturing.
3-D printing creates 'mock' post-surgery noses
3-D printing creates 'mock' post-surgery noses
Does 3-D printing have a role in plastic surgery? The answer may be as plain as the nose on your (patient's) face.
Swedish research team explores wood-based 3-D printing
Swedish research team explores wood-based 3-D printing
Calling it the Would Wood project, Swedish government agency Vinnova is assembling a group of businesses, colleges, students, designers and architects to research and create large-scale 3-D-printed wood-based structures and objects, 3DPrint.com reported.
3-D-printing drones: The future of disaster housing construction?
3-D-printing drones: The future of disaster housing construction?
Researchers at Imperial College, University College London, and the University of Bath have stepped up their visions of the role 3-D printing can play in the creation of disaster housing by adding drones to the equation — a method called aerial a...
3-D printing use gaining ground, but data issues persist
3-D printing use gaining ground, but data issues persist
With a drop in material and machine prices, advanced software integration and faster printing, 3-D printing could potentially revolutionize automotive production, supply chain and the aftermarket, according to Frost & Sullivan.
Studying the human brain using 3-D printing technology
Studying the human brain using 3-D printing technology
In a study published in Biomaterials, a team of researchers from Australia and the U.S. has come up with a way of printing brain structures in 3-D so they can grow nerve cells to mimic a real brain. Their work has been selected by an independent, inter...
Additive manufacturing builds concerns layer by layer
Additive manufacturing builds concerns layer by layer
Additive manufacturing (i.e. 3-D printing) is quickly evolving. The days of using the technology only to produce plastic toys are long gone. The technology is now often used for both prototyping samples and printing highly complex things, such as cars,...
How will the FDA regulate 3-D printing?
How will the FDA regulate 3-D printing?
Pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers increasingly are using 3-D printing (aka "additive manufacturing") to manufacture their drugs and devices. Indeed, the Food and Drug Administration already has approved or cleared numerous 3-D-printed pro...
3-D printers take on their tastiest challenge: Chocolate
3-D printers take on their tastiest challenge: Chocolate
A beer bottle, a bat and various other shapes lie created in chocolate in this laboratory in the Belgian town of Gembloux. They're the latest products from La Miam Factory, which uses 3-D printers to make perfect, mini chocolate sculptures. Gaetan Rich...
3-D printing in Afghanistan inspires Virginia startup
3-D printing in Afghanistan inspires Virginia startup
An entrepreneur who used 3-D printers in Afghanistan to create solutions for soldiers in combat took his battlefield experience and started a company that now trains Marines.
Additive manufacturing for spaceships
Additive manufacturing for spaceships
Specialist manufacturer, Croft Additive Manufacturing, could soon see its technology used in space missions if a study conducted in partnership with ESR Space is successful.
Intrepid scientists turn a laser cutter into a super cheap 3-D printer
Intrepid scientists turn a laser cutter into a super cheap 3-D printer
Laser cutters use lasers to cut shapes into existing material, but Rice University scientists have figured out how to make one build objects instead of cut them. The result is the $2,000 3-D printer that you see above, constructing the blood vessel...
Down the hype cycle: a 3-D printer in every home?
Down the hype cycle: a 3-D printer in every home?
The ability to design and manufacture a physical object at home within hours, while bypassing traditional manufacturing supply chains, is certainly a powerful notion. After all, what if replacing a $125 dishwasher part took literally minutes and &#...
How exactly will 3-D printing combat counterfeiting additive manufactured products?
How exactly will 3-D printing combat counterfeiting additive manufactured products?
The specter of counterfeit products is always a concern for any company that relies on other facilities to actually manufacture and assemble their products. From fake Rolex watches to fake iPhones to fake Louis Vuitton purses, large companies often spe...
The $400 billion industry that could make 3-D printing explode
The $400 billion industry that could make 3-D printing explode
Three-dimensional-printing enthusiasts have said for years the technology will do nothing short of revolutionize industries. Now — finally — 3-D printers are starting to live up to the hype: Look no further than the runway at your nearest a...
Additive manufacturing for space
Additive manufacturing for space
Croft Additive Manufacturing and ESR Space have combined to conduct a study into the use of additive manufacturing to develop bespoke spacecraft mechanisms. The research was funded by the Centre for Earth Observation Instrumentation and Space Technolog...
Can a hybrid machine tool lower the cost of additive manufacturing?
Can a hybrid machine tool lower the cost of additive manufacturing?
Could a cost-effective metal additive manufacturing technology be developed to speed adoption by U.S. industry? That question prompted America Makes — the national accelerator for additive manufacturing and 3-D printing — to issue a project...
5 questions to shape a winning 3-D printing strategy
5 questions to shape a winning 3-D printing strategy
Additive manufacturing has reached a tipping point, with big opportunities in innovative product design and functionality, not just cost reduction. Although additive manufacturing, often called 3-D printing, accounts for just more than 0.3 percent of t...