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California Academy of Sciences As much as we focus on the natural world, at Science Today we also love biomimicry and bio-inspired technology! Here is a roundup of the latest. Biomimicry is the study of living organisms in order to better inform efficient design principles in engineering, medical devices, architecture, and other fields of human innovation. Gigabot 3D Printing: This is Huge! by re:3D Share this project Done Share Tweet Embed

A Simple, Low-Cost Conductive Composite Material for 3D Printing of Electronic Sensors 3D printing technology can produce complex objects directly from computer aided digital designs. The technology has traditionally been used by large companies to produce fit and form concept prototypes (‘rapid prototyping’) before production. In recent years however there has been a move to adopt the technology as full-scale manufacturing solution. The advent of low-cost, desktop 3D printers such as the RepRap and Fab@Home has meant a wider user base are now able to have access to desktop manufacturing platforms enabling them to produce highly customised products for personal use and sale. This uptake in usage has been coupled with a demand for printing technology and materials able to print functional elements such as electronic sensors. Figures

3D Printing with Linux What is 3D Printing?Types of 3D PrintersLaser-cut wooden box 3D printersRepRap familyOthersLinux 3D Printing SoftwareFirmwareSlicersUser InterfaceFirmware CalibrationSlicer CalibrationABS vs. PLA plasticCAD Software Printing three-dimensional objectsUsually in plastic, but also metals, ceramics, organic matterTraditionally used by companies for rapid prototypingTraditionally expensive ($15k-$250k+)Now available for hobbyists at more reasonable prices ($400-$2000)Can get reasonably good-quality prints with home machinesSites like thingiverse.com allow people to share 3D designs.

Comment une antenne imprimée en 3D pourrait changer Manufacturing 0 Flares Twitter 0 Facebook 0 Google+ 0 Pin It Share 0 LinkedIn 0 inShare0 Reddit 0 0 Flares × Many people question the utility of 3D printers because they believe they’re only capable of printing simple plastic parts. 3D printers are capable of much more. For a while now they’ve been creating objects from glass, ceramic, and metals, among other basic materials. While that opens up doors to many other applications, including tools and parts for jet engines, many people still struggle to see how 3D printing will effect consumer products. Especially in an environment where many of the products we buy have electronics built-in. Think about the products you’ve bought recently or plan to buy in the future.

Biomimicry-UK Festival of the Future City As part of the Festival of the Future City, we are hosting a panel session on the topic of ‘Biomimicry and Future Cities’. The debate with Professor Sue Thomas (Technobiophilia: Nature and Cyberspace) Professor Peter Head (Founder and CEO, The Ecological... Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining Schools Conference 2015

3D printing with Color After having a 3D printer for some months I've realized that it's so much cooler to use plastic with the "right" color, rather than just printing in black and white. If you are printing with ABS plastic, the selection is somewhat limited and your best choice is shopping Makerbot (27 colors) or Diamond Age (22 colors). However - if you're printing with PLA plastic - you're in luck! There's a massive selection of great suppliers and you can also have translucent colors with varying finish. Rapport McKinsey identifie également l'impression 3D comme une technologie disruptive clé 1 Flares Twitter 0 Facebook 0 Google+ 1 Pin It Share 0 LinkedIn 0 inShare0 Reddit 0 1 Flares × James Manyika and other researchers at McKinsey have identified 3D printing as a key disruptive technology and believe by 2025 it will have a significant impact on the global economy. They forecast that by 2025, 3D printing in total could have an economic impact of $230 – $550 billion based on its ability to reduce cost and create value through customization. In the consumer space, the researchers believe 3D printing could impact products with high customization value including toys, accessories, jewelry, footwear, ceramics and apparel. McKinsey estimates global sales of these products could grow to $4 trillion a year by 2025 and it is possible that most of the consumers of these products (nearly everyone) could have access to 3D printing and might 3D print 5 -10% of all products in these categories.

14 Smart Inventions Inspired by Nature: Biomimicry: Nature as R&D Lab Companies seeking breakthrough products tend to ignore the greatest invention machine in the universe: life’s more than three-billion-year history of evolution by natural selection. What’s missing is a systematic way of capturing nature’s creativity, says Janine Benyus, a biologist, "innovation consultant" and author. Engineering practices are fractured, Benyus says.

untitled Mini-cars, bracelets, cookie cutters, desserts, shirts – the possibility of what you can make on even a small desktop (FDM) 3D printer is nearly endless. Almost as endless, is the list of possibilities of who can design these amazing toys, trinkets and tools. Thanks to free tools, creative people, and the art of the search engine plus YouTube tutorial combination – we’re finding that the face of these 3D designers is changing, evolving and just as exciting as the designs that they create. Molding with silicone (Kempton's bottle) The Ultimaker and makerbot parts come with the fresh smell of laser-cut plywood. The use of wood is deliberate, as Ultimaker claim on their wiki page: “Wood is an incredibly strong material for its weight. Moreover, everyone can modify a piece of wood by sawing, drilling or filing away material. You can also paint it! We want you to feel free to modify your machine to your liking.”

Potential Cost, Eco & Functional Benefits of 3D Printing Mobile Device Antennae Optomec Inc, an often overlooked OEM of industrial 3D printers, recently announced the development of a digital production solution that enables the direct printing of mobile device antennae. This solution is based on Optomec’s proprietary Aerosol Jet Printed Electronics technology, an Additive Manufacturing (AM) process used to print electronics directly on to 3D surfaces. For this application, the Aerosol Jet technology is used to directly print 3D antennae onto plastic inserts and enclosures for smart phones and other devices. As well as functional benefits, such as reducing the overall thickness of the handheld devices, the new 3D-printed antenna solution may potentially also reduce logistics, material consumption and overall processing and offer health & safety and environmental benefits.

Headlines Open Radio: First-of-its-kind biomimicry radio show debuts in Turkey Zeynep Arhon is no stranger to finding success working in the world of biomimicry. She graduated with the first Biomimicry 3.8 Certified Biomimicry Professional program cohort in 2010. Today, along with teaching biomimicry with B3.8 as a adjunct faculty member at Arizona State University's Biomimicry Center, Zeynep runs a consultancy practice that fuses the power of marketing and biomimicry, building brands and businesses with strategies inspired by nature. But Zeynep hit a major personal milestone in her biomimicry journey in October, when she launched "Biyomimikri: Doğadan Gelen İnovasyon" or "Biomimicry: Innovation from Nature"–the first radio show to focus exclusively on biomimicry.

ExtrusionBot announces EB2 3D printer filament extruder, Spooler and Cruncher Jan 27, 2015 | By Alec Veterans of desktop 3D printing might have picked up on a curious notion in the supply/demand equation of their hobby: while 3D printers are steadily becoming more affordable, filament spools are seemingly impervious to market mechanisms, inflation or deflation. In short, they seem to always cost the same no matter what. Even the cheapest spools tend to be around or above $30, and we seem to go through them will tremendous speed; especially if you print a bit carelessly and just turn on your machine to 'see what happens' with a certain design. If you recognize yourself in this, then a filament extruder might be a nice solution; machines that, in a nutshell, turn plastic pellets and coloring agents into spools of filament in the comfort of your own home. Pellets for PLA filament.

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