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Original Prusa i3 MK2 3D Printer kit with LCD. These 3D-Printed Sneakers Are Made From The Trash We Throw Into The Ocean. Coinciding with the historic Paris climate change agreement, sporting goods giant adidas has shown off its new sneakers. Made of a combination of plastic found in the ocean, recycled polyester, and fishing nets, these sustainable shoes were 3D printed. For now, they’re just a prototype, but this collaborative effort with Parley for the Oceans shows what can be done with all the man-made waste drifting in our seas. 3D printing these days is incredibly advanced, with medical scientists even able to print 3D heart structures using off-the-shelf technology, so it should come as no surprise that the midsoles of a pair of sneakers can be manufactured using this process. Earlier this year, adidas and Parley for the Oceans showcased a shoe made entirely from recycled ocean plastic and illegal, deep-sea gillnets.

Image credit: The 3D-printed midsole. Adidas Parley for the Oceans is an organization that seeks to permanently end ocean plastic pollution. NASA Just Emailed A Wrench To The International Space Station. For the first time ever, hardware designed on the ground has been emailed to space to meet the needs of an astronaut. From a computer in California, Mike Chen of Made In Space and colleagues just 3D-printed a ratcheting socket wrench on the International Space Station.

“We had overheard ISS Commander Barry Wilmore (who goes by “Butch”) mention over the radio that he needed one,” Chen writes in Medium this week. So they designed one and sent it up. “The socket wrench we just manufactured is the first object we designed on the ground and sent digitally to space, on the fly,” he adds. It’s a lot faster to send data wirelessly on demand than to wait for a physical object to arrive via rockets, which can take months or even years.

The team started by designing the tool on a computer, then converting it into a 3D-printer-ready format. Located on the campus of NASA’s Ames Research Center, Made In Space built the first 3D printer for microgravity, and it was launched to the ISS in September. Vytisknout zbraň stojí 10 tisíc. Lidé to už zkouší, tvrdí vedoucí tiskárny | Domov. Před rokem se mladý Japonec Yoshitomo Imura pochlubil vytisknutou 3D zbraní. Následně ho zatkla policie a nyní byl odsouzen na dva roky do vězení. Japonsko má sice velmi přísné zákony o střelných zbraní, nicméně se jedná o zajímavý precedent. Doba kdy byly 3D tiskárny exotickou hračkou pro technologické nadšence, pomalu mizí. V České republice 3D modely tiskne už řada specializovaných studií. Platí se za materiál a čas. Sehnat plánky funkční zbraně je díky internetu záležitostí několika minut. Úprava nutná Model stažený z internetu má ale drobnou vadu.

Dalším problémem může být zvolený materiál. Provozní vedoucí z tiskárny Copyshop Ondřej Koubek je ale jiného názoru. Zbraň Liberator, která byla vytisknutá na 3D tiskárně. O tisk zbraní a jejich součástek už někteří lidé v Česku projevili zájem. Zbraň za 10 tisíc Některým společnostem ale tisk pistole nevadí. U jiné tiskárny nabídka byla stanovena ještě níže. Model Liberator se skládá z 16 různě velkých částí. Až 2 roky vězení. Arduino Leaks a Peek of Their Upcoming 3D Printer. Arduino, known for creating an easy-to-use microcontroller revolution, is about to launch its own 3D printer. The Arduino Materia 101 made its global debut earlier today on the official Arduino twitter account with a photo of a boxy white and teal FDM printer and a note that Arduino co-founder Massimo Banzi is showing the printer live on Italian TV. It also states that the printer will be presented next weekend at Maker Faire Rome. In the image, the printer appears to have an LCD screen, a control knob, and a switch on the front plate.

A filament spool holder with a matching color scheme sits attached to the right side. The mechanical bits are obscured, so details about its extruder or print bed size aren’t clear, but we’ll be looking forward to learning more shortly. The machine is the biggest piece of hardware that Arduino has yet to launch. Any further information about this printer? Mike Senese Mike Senese is the Executive Editor of Make: magazine. Follow @msenese Related. A 3D Printer That Turns Coke Bottles Into Whatever You Can Imagine. Mota $99 3D Printer: Too Good To Be True.

An affordable yet high quality consumer 3D printer has turned out too good to be true, surprising no one. The 3D printer market is generally sitting in a quasi-limbo state that’s progressed beyond proving itself on early adopters willing to shell out serious dollar to live the dream, yet still has a very long way to go — and specifically a lot of squeezing of price-tags and smoothing of processes — before it can arrive at the joyous nirvana of mass adoption.

Analyst Gartner would describe this moment as the descent into hell the trough of disillusionment. Indeed, its 2013 hype cycle graphic pegged 3D printers teetering at the pinnacle of inflated expectations and about to take a big old nose-dive… It’s therefore the best of times (peak interest) and the worst of times (failure to live up to expectations) for consumer 3D printers. Latest to feel the sting of reality on their cheek is Mota. It’s also interesting to note that Mota floundered on its approach to openness. Plastics that can be recycled for 3D printing — Perpetual Plastic Project. Okay, so we're heading towards the 2 year anniversary of Perpetual Plastic Project. By now we have done over 40 events all over Europe to show people the possibilities of 3D printing with plastic waste. But what plastic waste is suitable for the PPP process of recycling and 3D printing?

For most materials there is no documentation available for recycling for 3D printing, according to the PPP team the best way to find out is to try it out! We collected different kinds of plastic waste, put them through our washing tower, shredder, extruder and finally into the 3D printer. Today we'll provide you with a list of the materials we have put to the test during the events and the time in between, the ones that were recycled successful but also those who did not make it yet. We've started out with the familiar PLA at Lowlands festival 2012 in The Netherlands. Dood présente DOM: Digital Object Maker. The project Who are we? We are two childhood friends with complementary skills: mechanical engineering, business, arts, marketing, music, teaching... 3D printing has been a passion of ours for years.

We use this technology for personal projects as well as for building prototypes for our clients. Origin of the project We decided to create our own 3D printer to become more independant and have access to a cheap and efficient solution. We could have assembly or order one of the many RepRap models available but we were not entirely satisfied by the mechanical part of these machines.

Our printer: the Digital Object Maker After more than a year of work, we finally succeed at building a reliable machine. This technology lets inventors, designers, architects or makers with CAD knowledge create objects, test ergonomy or even produce small batches of a product. Technical Specs. of the DOM Dimensions: 61x41x41 cm (24x16x16 inch) Materials: wood, aluminium, stainless steel Layer thickness: 300 to 100 microns.

Home - Ultimaker. The Buccaneer® Micro 3D printer Kickstarter funding: $1 million in just one day. Micro, an unusually sleek 3D printer, is about to hit $1 million in funding on Kickstarter just a day after it started raising funds. The project hits the sweet spot for anyone interested in 3D printing as it might be the first commercially viable $300 3D printer the world has ever seen. The Micro printer is notably light, weighing just 2.2 pounds. Micro is also doing far better on Kickstarter than Foodini, the nearly equally slick-looking food-printer that created a pretty respectable media splash, but has raised just under $60,000 so far.

It’s possible that the pitch of “printing different shapes to encourage kids to eat healthy foods” needs some fine-tuning, especially in a world where people are clamoring for 3D-printed chocolate. Micro and Foodini aren’t the only popular 3D printers on Kickstarter, of course. A more industrial-looking printer called RoBo 3D reached its $49,000 goal back in early February and is now cruising toward $650,000. Cube 3D printer - Home 3D printer to turn your ideas into real objects. EKOCYCLE: Transforming 3D Printing Using Recycled Plastic Bottles.

There are three types of people: those who have tried 3D printing, those who are fascinated by it and can’t wait to try it and those who have no idea what it is — yet. But a new collaboration between EKOCYCLE and 3D Systems is making the technology more accessible for novices and experienced users alike. The EKOCYCLETM Cube® 3D Printer allows home users the ability to create new, beautiful and meaningful objects with a groundbreaking printer filament made in part from assorted post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. The Cube joins a growing collection of EKOCYCLE products, a brand launched by and The Company to promote sustainability through aspirational, yet attainable lifestyle products made in part from recycled material. 3D Printing Basics In its simplest terms, 3D printing allows one to manufacture a 3D object from a digital design. The EKOCYCLE Cube prints with a filament cartridge made in part from assorted post-consumer recycled 20oz PET plastic bottles.

Gartner Remains Cautious Over Consumer Level 3D Printing. Market leading IT research and advisory firm, Gartner, suggests a minimum of five to ten years for the consumer level adoption of 3D printing. This timeline is inline with many expert predictions on the highly anticipated boom in home based 3D printing. “Consumer 3D printing is around five to ten years away from mainstream adoption,” said Pete Basiliere, research vice president at Gartner. “Today, approximately 40 manufacturers sell the 3D printers most commonly used in businesses, and over 200 startups worldwide are developing and selling consumer-oriented 3D printers, priced from just a few hundred dollars. However, even this price is too high for mainstream consumers at this time, despite broad awareness of the technology and considerable media interest.” In their report titled “Hype Cycle for 3D Printing, 2014″ (which is available on Gartner’s website), Gartner sets out their predictions for the development of a technology which promises so many applications.

3D Printers That Use Recycled Plastic - 3D Printing Hub. 13 Flares Google+ 1 Facebook 11 Twitter 1 Pin It Share 0 Email -- Email to a friend 13 Flares × Yes, the 3d printer is cool, and it can print anything you want, whenever, wherever… But you still have to fill ‘em with €25 plastic spools. If it were only a little cheaper to use them… Or is it? Well, now you can! Researchers at Michigan Technological University have created a 3d extruder, called Filabot, that turns old plastic that you were going to recycle anyway (of course you were) into usable filament for 3d printing.

The Filabot takes 4-inch pieces of used plastic and shreds it before melting it down and extruding it through changeable nozzles. While 20 empty milk jugs can already provide about a kilogram of plastic, this kind of recycling could seriously drop down the price of using a 3d printer. But, the researchers say, not every plastic is suitable for 3d printing. Provided by: Michigan Tech University. Disruptions: 3-D Printing Is on the Fast Track. Will the future be printed in 3-D?

At first glance, looking at past predictions about the future of technology, prognosticators got a whole lot wrong. The Web is a garbage dump of inaccurate guesses about the year 2000, 2010 and beyond. Flying cars, robotic maids and jet packs still are nowhere near a reality. Yet the prediction that 3-D printers will become a part of our daily lives is happening much sooner than anyone anticipated.

Photo Last week, President Obama cited this nascent technology during his State of the Union address — as if everyone already knew what the technology was. He expressed hope that it was a way to rejuvenate American manufacturing. But this one shows more promise. Hod Lipson, an associate professor and the director of the Creative Machines Lab at Cornell, said “3-D printing is worming its way into almost every industry, from entertainment, to food, to bio- and medical-applications.”

The education system may want to speed things up. E-mail: 3-D Printing Will Change the World. To anyone who hasn’t seen it demonstrated, 3-D printing sounds futuristic—like the meals that materialized in the Jetsons’ oven at the touch of a keypad. But the technology is quite straightforward: It is a small evolutionary step from spraying toner on paper to putting down layers of something more substantial (such as plastic resin) until the layers add up to an object.

And yet, by enabling a machine to produce objects of any shape, on the spot and as needed, 3-D printing really is ushering in a new era. As applications of the technology expand and prices drop, the first big implication is that more goods will be manufactured at or close to their point of purchase or consumption. This might even mean household-level production of some things. Another implication is that goods will be infinitely more customized, because altering them won’t require retooling, only tweaking the instructions in the software.

Environmental Life Cycle Analysis of Distributed Three-Dimensional Printing and Conventional Manufacturing of Polymer Products - ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering. †Department of Materials Science & Engineering and ‡Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Michigan, United States ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng., 2013, 1 (12), pp 1511–1519 DOI: 10.1021/sc400093k Publication Date (Web): September 23, 2013 Copyright © 2013 American Chemical Society *Mailing address: 601 M&M Building, 1400 Townsend Drive, Houghton, MI 49931-1295. Synopsis LCA shows that manufacturing using 3D printers improves the sustainability of plastic products by diminishing the environmental impact of manufacturing. Section: Abstract With the recent development of the RepRap, an open-source self-replicating rapid prototyper, low-cost three-dimensional (3D) printing is now a technically viable form of distributed manufacturing of polymer-based products.

Citing Articles View all 2 citing articles Citation data is made available by participants in CrossRef's Cited-by Linking service. Personal 3-D Printer Sales Jump 35,000% Since 2007. Sales of 3-D printers for personal use have exploded since 2007, mimicking the personal-computing revolution of the 1990s, as the market expands from industrial- grade systems costing as much as $1 million. The CHART OF THE DAY shows sales of printers that create solid objects and cost less than $5,000 grew more than 35,000 percent to 23,265 in 2011 from 66 five years ago, according to a report from Wohlers Associates, Inc., a consulting firm in Fort Collins, Colorado. Sales of printers averaging $73,220 rose 31 percent, to 6,494 from 4,938. Until recently, 3-D printing was limited to large companies that could afford the industrial machines. Daimler AG, Honda Motor Co. (7267), Boeing Co. (BA) and Lockheed Martin Corp. Most 3-D printers work by using a nozzle driven by data from a computer program to layer melted plastic or resin, creating three-dimensional objects.

“You can’t print a bikini in your house at this point unless you’re a billionaire,” Fizel said in a telephone interview. Commons-based peer production. Who make 3D printers? These Affordable 3-D Printers Are Impressive—And Plagued by Weak Software.