Nasa just emailed a wrench to space. When International Space Station commander Barry Wilmore needed a wrench, Nasa knew just what to do.
They "emailed" him one. This is the first time an object has been designed on Earth and then transmitted to space for manufacture. Made In Space, the California company that designed the 3D printer aboard the ISS, overheard Wilmore mentioning the need for a ratcheting socket wrench and decided to create one. Previously, if an astronaut needed a specific tool it would have to be flown up on the next mission to the ISS, which could take months. This isn't the first 3D printed object made in space, but it is the first created to meet the needs of an astronaut. "We will use them to characterise the effects of long-term microgravity on our 3D-printing process, so that we can model and predict the performance of objects that we manufacture in space in the future," explained Mike Chen from Made in Space.
Chen also explained the process of sending hardware to space. 3D Printing Service UK. Hyrel 3D Printer Can Squirt Out Self-Setting Sugru And Even Play-Doh. The Hyrel 3D printer looks like any other single-extruder additive printer.
But thanks to a fairly unique nozzle called the HYREL Emulsifiable Extruder (EMO-25) you can use it to squirt out usual materials like Play-Doh, air-drying clay, and even Sugru, a self-setting rubber that dries into a solid, usable object. The creator, Daniel Hutchison funded his project on Kickstarter and is preparing to ship the printer in the next few months. The printer actually contains a full PC and raised $150,000 on Kickstarter. These materials are important because they can be smoothed down and, using products like Sugru, you could feasibly print rubber gaskets directly inside plastic objects using a dual-extruder system. The extruder is also good for schools and artists who may want to produce, say, stop-motion animations using clay or reusable models.
The printers start at $1,995 and go up to $3,000. 3-D printer going to space station in 2014. Made in Space Made in Space team members with their 3-D printer hang on during a Zero-G test flight.
By Mike Wall, SPACE.com A 3-D printer is slated to arrive at the International Space Station next year, where it will crank out the first parts ever manufactured off planet Earth. Made In Space Zero-G 3D Printer Going To ISS. Mars-bound astronauts will print food & tools, NASA says. NASA will transport 3D printers to space so astronauts can print tools — and potentially even food. NASA’s chief administrator Charles Bolden discussed the role of 3D printers during a recent press tour of the Ames Research Center . According to ComputerWorld , Bolden believes the technology could be “key,” particularly as the agency explores missions to Mars and beyond. “As NASA ventures further into space, whether redirecting an asteroid or sending humans to Mars, we’ll need transformative technology to reduce cargo weight and volume,” Bolden said.
“In the future, perhaps astronauts will be able to print the tools or components they need while in space.” In Tomorrow's Wars, Battles Will Be Fought With a 3-D Printer. Army Staff Sgt.
Joshua Rucinski checks his 3-D printer at Joint Base Balad, Iraq on June 8, 2011. Less than two years later, an increasing number of military officers are saying this could change the way we fight wars. Photo: U.S. Army. Why 3D Printing Is Overhyped (I Should Know, I Do It For a Living) 3D Burrito – Home page. Online marketplace '3D Burrito' for 3D printed objects - find3dprinter. An online marketplace for 3D printed designs hits the web.
Blender dives into 3D printing industry. Blender 2.67 was released last week with a 3D printing toolbox. LGW spoke to Dolf Veenvliet, Bart Veldhuizen (Shapeways, Blendernation), and Rich Borrett (Ponoko) about the new tools and the future of 3D printing. As one of the impressively fast growing industries, 3D printing is lately all the rage in the press. Let's start with the basics. What do we know about 3D printing anyway? TED 2013: 4D printed objects 'make themselves' 28 February 2013Last updated at 05:39 ET By Jane Wakefield Technology reporter Video of cube self-folding strand courtesy Self-Assembly Lab, MIT/Stratasys Many are only just getting their heads around the idea of 3D printing but scientists at MIT are already working on an upgrade: 4D printing.
At the TED conference in Los Angeles, architect and computer scientist Skylar Tibbits showed how the process allows objects to self-assemble. It could be used to install objects in hard-to-reach places such as underground water pipes, he suggested. It might also herald an age of self-assembling furniture, said experts. Here's the 3D-printing institute in Obama's State of the Union. A little over a year ago, 3D printing was a funky new technology that you might find at modestly sized booths in the basement level of the Las Vegas Convention Center at CES .
Tonight, President Obama mentioned it in the same breath as Apple and Intel during his State of the Union address, while talking about ways to create new jobs and manufacturing in the United States. Here's the passage from the transcript: After shedding jobs for more than 10 years, our manufacturers have added about 500,000 jobs over the past three. Caterpillar is bringing jobs back from Japan. Ford is bringing jobs back from Mexico. 3D Printing and Design. Will 3D printing revolutionise manufacturing?
28 July 2011Last updated at 00:09 By Peter Day Presenter, In Business.
#1 3D Printer for Direct Manufacturing. 3D Systems sPro 60 is the industry standard for direct manufacturing and durable functional prototypes.
The sPro 60 has proven to produce parts as strong as injection molded and up to 10x faster and less expensive than an FDM system. If you're looking for production parts or durable prototypes, look no further than the sPro 60 SLS system. Contact me today for more information, Mark Menninger email@example.com 803-554-3435. 3D printing helps firms make parts. 3D-printed miniaturised fluidic devices. A variety of milli- and microfluidic devices printed in polypropylene using the 3D Touch printer.
Image credit: Geoffrey J T Cooper/Lee Cronin/University of Glasgow UK scientists have developed 3D printing technology for making miniaturised fluidic reactionware devices that can be used for chemical syntheses, in just a few hours. Having recently built a 3D printer in his laboratory, Leroy Cronin and his colleagues from the University of Glasgow have now shown that intricate micro- and milli-scale reactionware can be printed. This technology offers scientists the freedom to design bespoke reactors using low cost materials, with a quick production turn-around. Initial design to a functional reactor is completed within a matter of hours and chemical reactions using the device can be completed in the same day. Cronin believes that the scope for 3D-printed milli-devices is huge and the team is currently working towards expanding the versatility of the devices. So Now There’s A 3D Printer In A Briefcase.
It seems like not a week goes by without some mention of 3D printers somewhere.
This time around, MIT students Ilan Moyer and Nadya Peek have developed Popfab, a 3D printer in a briefcase. PopFab is a multi-tool for the 21st century. At its heart is a computer-controlled motion platform and a means of attaching various toolheads. These enable PopFab to make objects from a digital plan in a variety of ways: current capabilities include 3D printing, milling, vinyl cutting, and drawing — with more on the way. PopFab has traveled the world as a carry-on item of luggage to Saudi Arabia and Germany, and within the USA to Aspen in Colorado.
There doesn’t seem to be any definite plans for commercialization but as a proof of concept, it’s pretty nifty. Suppliers of 3D Printers. Foodini is a 3D printer for everything from burgers to gnocchi. Who wants a 3D printer for just candy when you can have one that prints a five-course dinner instead?
That's the idea behind Foodini, a new 3D printer that takes fresh ingredients and turns them into a culinary masterpiece. The device can do things like make custom ravioli, your own unique crackers or cookies, or even an intricate dark chocolate vase (if you just have to print candy). Its creations are made by filling the printer's "food capsules" with fresh ingredients and then inputting a recipe for the device to create. HP Designjet 3D Printer Now On Sale, Churns Out Solid Plastic Objects From the Desktop. Remember back in January when HP announced it would bring a tabletop 3-D printer to market, at a place and time to be named later? That place and time just became a quite a bit less ambiguous. Today Stratasys, the company that is manufacturing the device for HP, announced that it has shipped the first units of the HP-branded Designjet 3D fabrication machines, which will be available in May -- but only in Europe.
The Designjet 3D is based on Stratasys's Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) technology, which turns three-dimensional CAD drawings into tangible prototypes by extruding partially molten ABS plastic in extremely fine layers one atop the other, forming the entire 3-D model in a single piece from the ground up. 3D printing. 2009 3D Printer Buyer's Guide. More design hobbyists, entrepreneurs use 3-D printing.
Matt Sullivan, a retired soldier, still has trouble explaining his right leg to strangers. The shiny chrome surface, embossed with the lightning bolt logo of his beloved San Diego Chargers, covers the calf area of his prosthetic leg, the result of a roadside bomb in Afghanistan in 2010. At the naval hospital where he was recovering from his wounds and the resulting surgery, Sullivan ran into entrepreneur Scott Summit, who suggested a solution to covering the metal rod that protruded conspicuously from his knee. Video: solar-powered 3-D printer turns sand into glass objects. The Sun-Sinter harnesses desert sand and sun to create objects like bowls and sculptures. Markus Kayser, a student at the Royal College of Art in England, has built a 3D printer that harnesses desert sand and sun to create objects like bowls and sculptures.