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Volumetric 3-D printing promises nearly instant builds
Volumetric 3-D printing promises nearly instant builds
While additive manufacturing, commonly known as 3-D printing, is enabling engineers and scientists to build parts in configurations and designs never possible before, the impact of the technology has been limited by layer-based printing methods, which ...
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 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...
Video: Finding technical applications for additive technology
Video: Finding technical applications for additive technology
The last decade has seen the critical "valley of death" period for additive manufacturing; a term for the leap technology must make from concept to commercialization. At the outset, 3-D printing seemed to be a solution without a problem.
Multistation launches new online marketplace for used 3-D printers
Multistation launches new online marketplace for used 3-D printers
Multistation has launched a new "second life" machine marketplace platform for certified pre-owned machines. In just a few clicks, you can now buy or sell used Additive Manufacturing machines and machine tools.
Is the oil and gas industry ready for additive manufacturing?
Is the oil and gas industry ready for additive manufacturing?
Additive layer manufacturing technology has gained prominence in the aerospace sector and is being used for the rapid production of prototype parts.
3-D printing process for electronic touch sensory devices developed
3-D printing process for electronic touch sensory devices developed
The multi-material, multiscale and multifunctional process has the potential to open opportunities in applications such as health monitoring, medical devices, orthotics and flexible electronics.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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...
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 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.
3-D printing helps surgeons separate conjoined twins at Rome's Bambino Gesu pediatric hospital
3-D printing helps surgeons separate conjoined twins at Rome's Bambino Gesu pediatric hospital
3-D printed models have been used to help separate conjoined twins in Rome. The pair, who are of Algerian nationality, were separated during a 10-hour surgery in which surgeons made use of the 3-D printed models.
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" —...
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.
3-D printed moth antennae uses smell to detect drugs and explosives
3-D printed moth antennae uses smell to detect drugs and explosives
In a life-critical situation man-made sensors can take minutes to detect the presence of gas or explosives in the air. A moth however is able to sense explosive pheromones in a matter of seconds.
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...
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...
Additive manufacturing to play key role in $455bn UK manufacturing potential
Additive manufacturing to play key role in $455bn UK manufacturing potential
A government-commissioned review on industrial digitalization in the U.K., has pinpointed additive manufacturing (AM) as one of the major innovations that could catapult the U.K. manufacturing economy to £455 billion over the next decade. 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...
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."
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...
3-D printing to help train surgeons, shorten surgery times
3-D printing to help train surgeons, shorten surgery times
A team of engineers and pediatric orthopedic surgeons are using 3-D printing to help train surgeons and shorten surgeries for the most common hip disorder found in children ages 9 to 16. In a recent study, researchers showed that allowing surgeons to p...
DARPA grants rocket crafters research grant for 3-D printed rocket fuel engine
DARPA grants rocket crafters research grant for 3-D printed rocket fuel engine
Florida-based space company Rocket Crafters Inc (RCI) has been granted a $542,600 research contract by DARPA to develop its 3D printed rocket fuel engine. With the eight month-long agreement, Rocket Crafters will be enlisted to design, build, and test ...
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...
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.
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...
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.
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.
How machine learning will unlock the future of 3-D printing
How machine learning will unlock the future of 3-D printing
Remember how just five years ago it seemed like 3-D printing was going to take over the world? How it seemed like we’d have 3D-printed cars that we’d be parking in our 3-D-printed houses? Things didn’t seem to work out so much. But ev...
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.
Electrochemical additive manufacturing: A low cost desktop 3-D printer
Electrochemical additive manufacturing: A low cost desktop 3-D printer
Additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing as it is commonly known, enables the creation of complex 3-D geometries through the selective layer-by-layer deposition of material.
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.
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 &#...
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...
GE is building the world's largest laser-powder 3D printer
GE is building the world's largest laser-powder 3D printer
GE has announced its plans to build the world's largest laser-powder additive manufacturing machine. The device, which will be developed through a new branch of the company called GE Additive, uses a laser to mold metal powders and will be able to buil...
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.
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 ...
Femtosecond lasers for use in additive manufacturing
Femtosecond lasers for use in additive manufacturing
All I ask for is one simple request, and that is to have sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads! (Credit: Dr. Evil, Austin Powers Goldmember).
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.
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...
3-D printing revolutionizes with new program
3-D printing revolutionizes with new program
The Department of Mechanical Engineering announced another educational incentive for graduate students as they announced a new graduate certificate in 3-D engineering and additive manufacturing. The new program will launch this fall and is open to grad...
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 ...
3-D printing set to revolutionize mainstream manufacturing
3-D printing set to revolutionize mainstream manufacturing
According to Gartner, 3-D printing has great potential. Total spending is predicted to grow at a 66.5 percent CAGR to $17.7 billion in 2020 with over 6.5 million printer sales.
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.
Siemens Partners with HP to develop new additive manufacturing software
Siemens Partners with HP to develop new additive manufacturing software
Industrial tech giants HP and Siemens have partnered to develop an Additive Manufacturing (AM) software module. The new software module, Siemens NX AM for HP Multi Jet Fusion, is available from Siemens as part of their PLM Software for additive manufac...
Tethers Unlimited expands to fulfill additive manufacturing orders
Tethers Unlimited expands to fulfill additive manufacturing orders
Tethers Unlimited, one of three companies NASA selected Dec. 7 to build a prototype space-based 3-D printer called FabLab has grown dramatically in recent years due to interest among government and commercial customers in this type of work.
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-...
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...
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...
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...
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...
3-D printing is quietly thriving without mainstream adoption
3-D printing is quietly thriving without mainstream adoption
Silicon Valley first received its name some 50 years ago in reference to a robust STEM research base housed in the area, but today it is home to the some of the most powerful, innovative upstarts in the world.
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...
How are companies dealing with 3-D printing?
How are companies dealing with 3-D printing?
Three-dimensional (3-D) printers have proliferated in homes, schools and workplaces over the past five years. Last year more than 420,000 desktop-sized 3-D printers, which make things by depositing one thin layer of material over another, much as print...
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.
Exploring the need for education in additive manufacturing
Exploring the need for education in additive manufacturing
To be built up and then knocked down is par for the course whenever someone or something passes through the limelight. The hyperbolic estimations serve as only a future context to measure that the subject isn’t all that it was cracked up to be. I...
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...
Spider robots on the move for additive manufacturing
Spider robots on the move for additive manufacturing
One possible vision of the future could be taking shape at Siemens Robotics Labs at Princeton in New Jersey, where a team of engineers is developing autonomous robots equipped with vision, processing and additive manufacturing systems, designed to coop...
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.
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...
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.
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 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.
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.
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 ...
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.
A 3D-printed bridge is being built using reinforced concrete
A 3D-printed bridge is being built using reinforced concrete
3D printing is a massive category that covers everything from small, DIY, plastic projects to metal meant to be used in Boeing's 787 airplane. Yet another usage has come to light, courtesy of the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. R...
Scientists claim breakthrough in 3-D printing brain tissue
Scientists claim breakthrough in 3-D printing brain tissue
You've heard of 3D printing, but did you know that you can print human brain cells? Australian scientists have used a 3D printer to create nerve cells found in the brain out of a new substance they're calling bio ink. Researchers say they hope their ...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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 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...
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...
7-year-old with 3-D printed hand throws first pitch at World Series
7-year-old with 3-D printed hand throws first pitch at World Series
Before Alex Wood took the mound for the L.A. Dodgers in Game 4 of the World Series, a 7-year-old girl named Hailey Dawson stared down catcher Jose Altuve with a baseball in her hand.
This doctor put a 3-D printed skull bone into a man's head. It could mark a new era.
This doctor put a 3-D printed skull bone into a man's head. It could mark a new era.
Only a decade ago, the idea of printing parts of the human body through 3-D printing was still in the realm of science fiction, according to Dr. Gaurav Gupta, assistant professor of neurosurgery at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. But on Mar...
Corporations are lining up to invest in a 3-D metal printing start-up
Corporations are lining up to invest in a 3-D metal printing start-up
A start-up called Desktop Metal has developed 3-D printers that can produce metal objects safely, in smaller spaces and for a lower cost than traditional manufacturing, which requires expensive machinery, lots of floor space and risky physical labor.
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 ...
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...
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...
Faster nylon parts: A new age for 3-D printing
Faster nylon parts: A new age for 3-D printing
Getting parts on demand has been a manufacturer's dream for many years. Since 2005, there have been cries from the 3-D printing industry that additive technology would replace the need for injection mold tooling, that it would eliminate the need for ma...
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.
What is the future of on-demand additive manufacturing?
What is the future of on-demand additive manufacturing?
Every month, every week, even every day, it seems like more manufacturers are outsourcing at least some of their additive manufacturing. What might that segment of the industry look like soon? Here’s one perspective.