Turn Your Plastic Recyclables Into 3D Printing Spools With Filabot Source: Filabot 3D printers are getting cooler every day, but there’s one component integral to 3D printing that normally gets overlooked – that is, until you have to pay for it. As many 3D hobbyists have no doubt discovered, the one time cost of the printer can be quickly dwarfed by feeding it spool after spool of raw plastic. At $40 or more per spool, an avid hobbyist can see his or her enthusiasm rapidly diminished. Maybe Filabot won’t revolutionize how 3D printing is done, but how often it is done. Filabot is a 3D plastic extrusion system that takes all kinds of recyclable plastic – milk jugs, soda, detergent and shampoo bottles – and turns them into raw material for 3D printing creativity. Not only will your household recyclables now appear as treasure troves of cheap and virtually endless supply of 3D printing plastic, all those projects that didn’t print right, cracked, or just didn’t turn out the way you thought it would can now be given a second chance at greatness.
programme info : Additive Manufacturing International Conference, Bringing together the world leaders in Additive Manufacturing Monday 7th - Friday 11th July, 2014 The full programme for the event will not be available until closer to the conference, but to assist delegates with travel arrangements, please find below provisional timings. Monday 10:00 Introduction to AM Master Class14:00 Overview of research activities within Universities19:30 Pre-conference reception buffet (including advance conference registrations) Tuesday
DIY Stereolithography 3D Printer ‘Anti-Gravity’ 3D Printer Uses Strands to Sculpt Shapes on Any Surface 3D printers build objects by cross-section, one layer at a time from the ground up—gravity is a limiting factor. But what if it wasn’t? Using proprietary 3D printing materials, Petr Novikov and Saša Jokić say their Mataerial 3D printing system is gravity independent. The duo’s method allows a robotic arm to print objects on floors, walls, ceilings—smooth and uneven surfaces. Novikov and Jokić invented their system (patent pending) in collaboration with the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia. In contrast to the 3Doodler, Novikov and Jokić’s system is a software-controlled 3D printer. Why is this an improvement on current tech? Novikov and Jokić say, "This method gives us a flexibility to create truly natural objects by making 3D curves instead of 2D layers. Whether the system can print a wide variety of shapes isn't shown in the video. But the concept is cool, and the tech will likely improve. Image Credit: Mataerial
RAPID 2012 The RAPID 2012/3D IMAGING Conference and Exposition is known worldwide as a must-attend event. It’s the place to learn the basics as well as explore the newest technologies and materials in additive manufacturing in combination with 3D imaging. This is the largest industry forum for the presentation and discussion of the latest developments, trends and techniques specific to additive manufacturing, rapid technologies, 3D printing and 3D imaging. Learn about cutting edge applications of these technologies in several diverse industries including: Revolutionize your product design Reduce time to market Create prototypes in a fraction of the time of traditional methods Cut costs Eliminate tooling Manufacture functional demonstration parts Produce low volume end-user parts and components Pre & Post-Conference Activities Conference Sessions Rapid Technologies & Additive Manufacturing Community Activities
Build a Laser 3D Printer - Stereolithography at Home Here is how to make a Stereolithography 3D Printer. It is still a bit of a work in progress but so far it is working pretty well. This is mainly an experiment which started as a Delta Robot Stereolithography Printer but ended as a more traditional Cartesian Stereolithography Printer. "I'll be honest, we're throwing science at the walls here to see what sticks. Stereolithography (SL or SLA from Stereolithography Apparatus) is an additive manufacturing process using a vat of liquid UV-curable photopolymer "resin" and a UV laser to build parts one layer at a time. I have wanted a 3D Printer for a while now and there are some very reasonably priced kits available like the Makerbot, Ultimaker and the RepRap project. I decided to enter this in the Epilog Challenge Contest because I could really use a laser cutter :-) I also have some ideas how to redesign this project, for creation on a laser cutter. This project is Open Source Hardware.
3D printer makes a teddy bear with needle and thread - tech - 15 May 2014 FROM aircraft to houses and even guns, just about anything can be 3D printed – as long as it's not soft and squishy. Now the repertoire is about to get a lot more cuddly. The first 3D printer that can churn out soft objects made its debut last month at the Computer Human Interaction conference in Toronto, Canada. "The things that we hold close to our body, we would like them to be soft," says Scott Hudson at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who led the team that devised the printer. Initially, the machine could only work with melted plastic. To go beyond making teddy bears, the printer must be able to combine yarn with other types of material. The team is also experimenting with ways to embed electronics inside the bears without puncturing the circuitry or breaking the print needles. The soft printer is an great example of how far such machines have come, says Stephen Ervin of the Harvard University Fabrication Laboratory. More From New Scientist More from the web
Additive Manufacturing Research Group Tab 1 AMRG Academic wins Industrial Secondment 25th June 2013 Dr Darren Watts wins an industrial secondment award from The Royal Academy of Engineering, joining the CAE division at Majenta PLM Ltd. looking at the industrial application and implementation of CAE simulation. RAEng awards webpage News archive » Tab 2 PhD Studentships in Additive Manufacturing / 3D Printing now available 1st February 2013 A unique opportunity for UK & EU residents to undertake a fully funded PhD studentship in the internationally recognized AMRG at Loughborough University. Read more / apply here » Smart Material Structures by UC Industry is seeking feasible low cost methods for the fabrication of metal-matrix structures. ArtiVasc 3D Developing vascularised scaffolds for soft tissue engineering using state of the art AM techniques.