Incredible: 3D Printed Lightbulbs From Disney Research 3D printing clearly has a ton of potential when it comes to revolutionizing home manufacturing for both creators and consumers, but there’s also no denying that we’re still a ways from mainstream penetration — where the average person is able to print everything from dinnerware to working electronic devices on the fly (…damn you, future people). Luckily for us, today’s experiments gradually take us closer to future practicality and provide a glimpse at what’s coming. This is the case with Disney Research and its new experiments with printed optics. As you’ll see in the video and pictures below, 3D printing has the potential to enable functional and interactive objects to be built on the fly — instead of just interesting models and prototypes. As NOTCOT notes, the projects featured below require the creator to interrupt the printing process to insert electronics. Take a peek at some of the bulbs below: ➤ Printed Optics via NOTCOT
‘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
3D printer to carve out world's first full-size building | Cutting Edge Sure, we've heard of 3D-printed iPhone cases , dinosaur bones , and even a human fetus -- but something massive, like a building? This is exactly what architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars has been working on. The Dutch native is planning to build what he calls a "Landscape House." This structure is two-stories and is laid out in a figure-eight shape. Ruijssenaars describes it on his Web site as "one surface folded in an endless mobius band," where "floors transform into ceilings, inside into outside." The production of the building will be done on a 3D printer called the D-Shape, which was invented by Enrico Dini. According to the Los Angeles Times, the printer will lay down thousands of layers of sand to create 20 by 30-foot sections. The "Landscape House" will be the first 3D-printed building and is estimated to cost between $5 million and $6 million, according to the BBC.
Silkworms work with robot to make 3D-printed dome | Crave - CNET A dome has been created by teaming up a 3D-printing head on a robotic arm — and a swarm of 6500 silkworms. Animals can do some amazing things, and their behaviours or physical properties have inspired some ground-breaking tech. But what if we could do more with what animals make? But by far one of the most productive animals we use is the silkworm. In order to explore the potential relationship between digital and biological fabrication, MIT Media Lab's Mediated Matter research group has created a project called Silk Pavilion — a 3.65-metre diameter dome that is a collaboration between human designers, machines and grubs. The robotic arm, onto which was attached a 3D printer head, created the primary structure. When the dome's skeleton was completed, 6500 silkworms were positioned on the bottom rim of the scaffolding, filling in the empty spaces with a raw silk canopy. Tiny magnets were placed on the silkworms' heads in order to motion-track their movement as they built their cocoons.
Step into the world of 3D-printed tech couture | Crave Before too long, techy women may just print out that little black dress instead of buying it at a store. Don't believe me? Take a look at some of the 3D-printed gems strolling down the catwalk at the Paris Fashion Show this week. Dutch designer Iris van Herpen's haute couture show Voltage tapped the prowess of 3D-printing companies Stratasys and Materialise to create two pieces that look out of this world. The stunning black number (seen above) came from the minds of Herpen and Austrian architect Julia Koerner. Materialise created the black dress with its 3D-printing technology. Herpen created another ensemble (below) with assistance from MIT Media Lab professor Neri Oxman. "The ability to vary softness and elasticity inspired us to design a 'second skin' for the body acting as armor-in-motion; in this way we were able to design not only the garment's form but also its motion," Oxman explains.
New flexible materials pave the way for 3D-printed clothing Most 3D-printed objects are made out of rigid plastic or resin materials that aren't necessarily ideal for every project. Now, for a limited time online shops like i.materialise are offering designers the chance to play with experimental materials that have properties akin to rubber. Currently these materials are only being offered on a limited basis, but they're already paving the way for new ideas, including one haute couture dress that paraded down the catwalk at Spring Fashion Week 2013 earlier this year. The new material, which is dyed black and called Rubber-like, is priced at €2 (US$2.60) per cubic centimeter, which is more expensive than other options. The 3D-printed dress, created by Dutch designer Iris van Herpen with Julia Koerner, was fabricated by i.materialise on its Mammoth Stereolithography machines. The company will offer Rubber-like until September 1st. Sources: i.materialise, Shapeways via 3ders
3D printed moon building designs revealed 1 February 2013Last updated at 12:21 GMT The protective shell of the building is designed to be constructed on site by 3D printers Architects Fosters and Partners have revealed designs for a building on the Moon that could be constructed from material already on its surface. An inflatable structure would be transported from Earth, then covered with a shell built by 3D printers. The printers, operated by robots, would use soil from the Moon, known as regolith, to build the layered cover. The proposed site for the building is the southern pole of the Moon. It is designed to house four people and could be extended, the firm said. In 2010 a team of researchers from Washington State University found that artificial regolith containing silicon, aluminium, calcium, iron and magnesium oxide could be used by 3D printers to create solid objects. The latest plans are the result of a collaboration between a number of organisations including the European Space Agency. 'Fascinating and unique'
Além da impressão 3D: Microfábrica imprime, fresa e corta Mecânica Com informações da New Scientist - 18/09/2013 A "fábrica doméstica" portátil também ganhou em precisão, permitindo fabricar objetos com maior nível de detalhamento. Microfábrica Nem bem começaram a fazer sucesso, as impressoras 3D estão prestes a receber o primeiro upgrade significativo. Agora elas não apenas são capazes de imprimir objetos, como também podem cortar, entalhar e fresar, ampliando muito o conceito de hardware livre. O melhoramento é tão significativo que Jeremy Fryer-Biggs, que está lançando sua inovação, chamou seu equipamento de Microfábrica. A Microfábrica é uma máquina portátil completa, pouco maior do que uma impressora 3D doméstica. Além do equipamento padrão de impressão 3D, ela incorpora uma série de cabeças de corte e desbaste que podem imprimir, cortar e fresar plásticos, madeiras e alguns metais leves. A máquina pode ser carregada com plásticos de até quatro cores ou dois materiais diferentes. A demonstração do protótipo impressionou.
Edinburgh scientists use 3D printing to produce stem cells 4 February 2013Last updated at 20:05 ET The 3D printing technique produces clusters of stem cells A 3D printing technique that produces clusters of stem cells could speed up progress towards creating artificial organs, Edinburgh scientists have claimed. In the more immediate future it could be used to generate biopsy-like tissue samples for drug testing. The technique relies on an adjustable "microvalve" to build up layers of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs). It has been developed by scientists at Heriot Watt University. Those involved in the research said it could pave the way for specially created organs, which might eliminate the need for organ donation. 3D printing technology has been increasingly used in numerous industries, ranging from creating clothes, architectural models and even chocolate treats. Scientists have long been experimenting with the 3D printing of cells and blood vessels, building up tissue structure layer by layer with artificial cells. Animal-free testing “Start Quote
Will 3D Printing Upend Fashion Like Napster Crippled the Music Industry? Before MakerBot, no one could have conceived of Napster for fashion. A Burberry trench couldn't be replicated digitally, which meant the garment industry was more or less safe from the revolution that upended music production and book publishing. But with 3D printing, Fifth Avenue is headed for its own disruptive moment. 3D printers can manufacture spare parts for spacecraft, produce food and housing, even replicate human organs. Simultaneously, the materials used in 3D printers are improving by leaps and bounds, incorporating metals and plastics, wood and nylon. "We are living a world in which fashion and design take on a personal element," says Jonathan Askin, a professor with the Brooklyn Law School and a consultant in Internet law. At the moment, 3D-printed fashion exists mainly in the world of haute couture. As 3D printing evolves, it will introduce new conflicts into the already murky arena of copyright law. "We'll no longer have to buy a suit off the rack and hope it fits.
WREX, a 3D-printed robotic exoskeleton for disabled children Designed to help disabled people with underdeveloped muscles in their arms, the Wilmington Robotic Exoskeleton (WREX) attaches to the body and uses a set of resistance bands and metal bars to provide artificial strength. Previously only available as an attachment for wheelchairs, 3D printing technology has made it possible to create a lightweight version using a plastic backplate, allowing users with healthy legs to stand up and walk around. The video below shows the WREX being used by Emma, a child suffering from a rare congenital disease known as anthrogryposis. Rapid prototyping allows the WREX to scale as she grows, with each individual part being resizable and reprintable. Emma is one of 15 children currently using the WREX, and has already gone through two versions.