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Why Siemens, GE and Rolls-Royce are turning to 3-D printing
Why Siemens, GE and Rolls-Royce are turning to 3-D printing
As 3-D printing becomes the new norm in manufacturing, many have waxed poetic about its environmentally friendly attributes, positing a green production revolution that minimizes waste.
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...
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.
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...
Challenges associated with additive manufacturing
Challenges associated with additive manufacturing
In 2017, additive manufacturing continued to push companies in new directions. From aerospace and medical to automotive and energy, additive manufacturing took center stage as companies sought to realize its potential innovation, financial and efficien...
3-D printing: A look at hype, success, and possibility
3-D printing: A look at hype, success, and possibility
When a new type of technology is developed, it often receives a lot of publicity as people speculate about its potential to become truly disruptive and have wide-reaching impact.
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.
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.
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-...
Additive manufacturing, 3-D printing, rapid prototyping
Additive manufacturing, 3-D printing, rapid prototyping
Is additive manufacturing a process, a technology, or an enabler? To indirectly answer that question: it is all of them. And a very versatile tool when applied properly.
Sandvik to build new metal powders plant amid 3-D printing drive
Sandvik to build new metal powders plant amid 3-D printing drive
Swedish engineering group Sandvik said it will invest about 200 million Swedish crowns in a new titanium and nickel metal powder plant to strengthen its position in the metal 3-D printing market.
3-D-printed house finished in a day, costs less than $10,000
3-D-printed house finished in a day, costs less than $10,000
In the near future, suburbs might be built using a combination of high tech wood and volcanic ash. But a recent demo revealed that building new houses could maybe be as easy printing out a movie ticket.
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...
Additive manufacturing capability could generate future efficiencies and cost-savings
Additive manufacturing capability could generate future efficiencies and cost-savings
Additive manufacturing, a process commonly known as three-dimensional printing, describes technologies that build 3-D objects by adding layers.
3-D printed models to guide TAVR improve outcomes
3-D printed models to guide TAVR improve outcomes
A new study examines the effectiveness of 3-D printing technology and computer modeling to predict paravalvular leak in patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement. A common risk of TAVR is an ill-fitting valve which can lead to PVL.
Additive manufacturing is transforming how engineers are approaching design
Additive manufacturing is transforming how engineers are approaching design
FLUX is a new series that explores technological innovations in mobility and how they will affect our roads, our cities and our relationship to both. Blurring the lines between science fiction and reality, advances in additive manufacturing are bringin...
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.
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.
HP's new 3-D printers can print in full color and use multiple materials
HP's new 3-D printers can print in full color and use multiple materials
HP wants to support the 4th industrial revolution with its latest 3-D printers. The company has launched four new 3-D printers capable of printing in full color and with multiple materials within the same print.
Here's what life will be like with 3-D printers that can create anything
Here's what life will be like with 3-D printers that can create anything
From drones to hyperloops, retailers have no shortage of big ideas for getting products to consumers more quickly in the future.
Drug-infused 3-D-printed dentures promise to bite back against infections
Drug-infused 3-D-printed dentures promise to bite back against infections
Thanks to researchers from the University at Buffalo's School of Dental Medicine, dentures might be about to get a whole lot smarter.
3-D printing making mark on NEO healthcare
3-D printing making mark on NEO healthcare
As 3-D printing advances, with lower costs and more material options, the technology is becoming an increasingly attractive tool for Northeast Ohio's healthcare industry. The region has companies working in various applications of 3-D printing in healt...
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...
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 ...
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
Glowforge does 3-D printing with wood, veneer, acrylic, and leather
Glowforge does 3-D printing with wood, veneer, acrylic, and leather
Glowforge has been selling 3-D laser printers since 2015, with more than $70 million in orders. Now it is adding the ability to print with different kinds of materials, dubbed Proofgrade. These materials include custom hardwoods, plywoods, veneer, acry...
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.
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...
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...
Robots help close the gap between design and manufacturing
Robots help close the gap between design and manufacturing
Digitalization, robotics and automation, have produced significant quality and productivity benefits in manufacturing over several decades.
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 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.
The gorgeous future of 3-D printing
The gorgeous future of 3-D printing
MIT Media Lab's Mediated Matter group has invented a new way to 3-D print any object, regardless of how complex it is, with color and shape as detailed as a photograph.
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...
The 3 biggest questions for additive manufacturing in 2018
The 3 biggest questions for additive manufacturing in 2018
The additive manufacturing industry made great strides in 2017, with new technologies coming to market, new applications being discovered and new 3-D printing materials being developed.
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...
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."
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.
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...
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.
How 3-D printers became Hollywood's favorite gimmick
How 3-D printers became Hollywood's favorite gimmick
Screenwriters in a jam can hit a new panic button.
3-D printing gives rise to external organs
3-D printing gives rise to external organs
By taking advantage of 3-D printing technology, doctors are presented with tangible accurate models. This is helping both doctors and students perform better.
How 3-D printed prosthetic limbs are helping one hospital treat Syrian war refugees
How 3-D printed prosthetic limbs are helping one hospital treat Syrian war refugees
A hospital in Jordan is trialing the use of 3-D-printed prosthetic limbs to treat refugees injured in the ongoing war in Syria. The technology allows an artificial limb to be designed and built within 24 hours, and at a fraction of the cost of conventi...
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.
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.
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...
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...
In partnership with HP, Jabil introduces additive manufacturing network
In partnership with HP, Jabil introduces additive manufacturing network
Jabil has introduced an additive manufacturing network to drive greater manufacturing speed and agility while helping customers improve how they design, make, and deliver products. This cloud network empowers customers to move manufacturing workloads t...
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.
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 ...
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).
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...
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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!
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.
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...
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...
Engineering resins maker focuses on 3-D printing materials
Engineering resins maker focuses on 3-D printing materials
https://www.ptonline.com/articles/engineering-resins-maker-focuses-on-3d-printing-materials
A Dutch city is creating the first habitable, 3-D printed houses
A Dutch city is creating the first habitable, 3-D printed houses
As a kid, you probably heard the story of the three little pigs. To recap the tale: Three pigs build homes out of straw, sticks, and bricks respectively. In the end, only the brick house is able to withstand the huffing and puffing of the hungry neighb...
Small company has big plans for making metal parts in space
Small company has big plans for making metal parts in space
Sending metal parts up to orbiting satellites and rockets is a slow and expensive process. So why not put the factory in orbit too?
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.
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.
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.
3-D printing with living cells could revolutionize tissue engineering
3-D printing with living cells could revolutionize tissue engineering
Researchers at the University of Twente in the Netherlands have used a technique called 'in-air microfluidics' to 3-D print structures that contain living cells. The work, which was published in Science Advances, allows the rapid production of 'micro b...
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 ...
Lubrizol unveils first 3-D printing materials, developing HP Jet Fusion powders
Lubrizol unveils first 3-D printing materials, developing HP Jet Fusion powders
Ohio chemicals company Lubrizol has unveiled its first three 3-D printing materials for FDM 3-D printers under the name "Estane."
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.
Titan Robotics debuts pellet extrusion technology and faster 3-D printer
Titan Robotics debuts pellet extrusion technology and faster 3-D printer
If you were in attendance at the RAPID + TCT keynote sessions in Fort Worth last week, you will have spotted a number of large-scale 3-D printed hexagons on stage in the form of a lectern and backdrop display - if you were not, catch up with our by-the...
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.
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 ...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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.