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The World’s First 3D-Printed Building Will Arrive In 2014 (And It Looks Awesome)

The World’s First 3D-Printed Building Will Arrive In 2014 (And It Looks Awesome)
Sure, 3D printing is fun and cute. And products like the Makerbot and Form 1 will most certainly disrupt manufacturing, even if it’s only on a small scale. But the possibilities of 3D printing stretch far beyond DIY at-home projects. In fact, it could entirely replace the construction industry. We’ve already seen folks at MIT’s Research Labs working on ways to 3D print the frame of a home in a day, as opposed to the month it would take a construction crew to do the same. The architect’s name is Janjaap Ruijssenaars of Universe Architecture, and his project is a part of the Europan competition, which lets architects in over 15 different countries build projects over the course of two years. Ruijssenaars will work with Italian inventor Enrico Dini, founder of the D-Shape 3D printer. The final product will be a single flowing design, a two-story building. Here’s the project in Ruijssenaars’ words: One surface folded in an endless möbius band. [via] Related:  markliberman

Like It Or Not, 3D Printing Will Probably Be Legislated As the race – and it’s basically a race – to release as many 3D-printed gun parts as possible heats up, it’s never been harder for me to come down on the side of the “Freedom To Tinker” crowd. Last weekend Defense Distributed, a group dedicated to releasing plans for a 3D printed gun, posted a video and description of their 3D-printed AR-15 thirty-round magazine. The video, which is, unnecessarily, full of snarky vitriol, shows that, on some level, the 3D printed gun isn’t very far off. The problem with childish displays of firepower coupled with “How’s that national conversation going?” Rep. The law would “make it illegal to manufacture, own, transport, buy, or sell any firearm or magazine that is homemade and not detectable by metal detector and/or does not present an accurate image when put through an x-ray machine.” Politics, as we’ve learned, is woefully unprepared to handle major technological advancement.

3D-printed rockets for Nasa's Space Launch System Parts for the rocket engines of Nasa's Space Launch System will be created using a method of 3D-printing known as selective laser melting. The space agency is taking advantage of new technology to help improve safety and save money as it builds the SLS -- a heavy-lift launch vehicle intended to facilitate long-duration deep space exploration including trips to near-Earth asteroids and, ultimately, to Mars. "It's the latest in direct metal 3D printing -- we call it additive manufacturing now," says Ken Cooper, leader of the Advanced Manufacturing Team at the Marshall Centre. Although not all of the rocket parts can be generated using the current SLM process, it can be used to improve the overall safety of the system by creating the geometrically complex pieces which would normally require a lot of welding. The other benefit of using the 3D printing technology is its ability to reduce costs.

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WikiWep DevBlog. DOJ began a PR push last week to find legislative traction for a set of proposed bills that would criminalize the individual production of rifle receivers and magazines with 3D printers. Sections 4 and 5 of the proposed House bill directly criminalize 3D printed receivers and magazines, and mandate an arbitrary amount of metal be part of their fabrication. Beyond suffering from fatal Due Process and GCA problems, the bill’s prohibitions are not extended to manufacturers because (hint) there isn’t actually a security issue at stake. The bad faith and fraud required to hide this from the current public discussion is of course par for the course. The media organs have dutifully repeated the official account. The NRA used to say “no inroads.” Ceterum censeo

UW students' 3-D printer to turn trash into better lives in Third World When he was working for the Peace Corps in Ghana and Panama, Matthew Rogge started to dream of turning waste plastic, abundant and freely available, into useful objects that would solve vexing Third World engineering problems. Sound far-fetched? He and a team of University of Washington students have done it. Last week, Rogge — who went back to school to become a mechanical engineer precisely to learn how to do this — and two fellow student engineers won an international competition for their proposal to turn plastic garbage into composting toilets. They've developed an inexpensive 3-D printer that can turn shredded, melted plastic waste into just about anything. 3-D printers have been around for at least 25 years, although they have become more widely available, better-known and cheaper in recent years. But until now, nobody had figured out how to cheaply build a large-scale printer that used recycled plastic as its raw material, said UW mechanical-engineering professor Mark Ganter.

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Fab Cafe in Tokyo Preps Sweet 3D Printing Workshop in Time for Valentine's Day We’ve had a few fun 3D printing stories over the past few weeks. You may recall this 3D printing photo studio from Xi’an, China which prints a miniature bust of the customer in just a few hours after the initial photo is snapped. But just across the water in Japan, the folks at Fab Cafe Tokyo are cooking up some 3D printing goodness that is just a little bit sweeter, and just in time for Valentine’s day. In early February, Fab Cafe will hold a workshop for women where they can make 3D chocolates modeled from their own face using a 3D printer and scanner. The workshop will be held on consecutive Saturdays, February 2nd and 9th, and participants will be able to learn about 3D modeling. You’ll also have a chance to create a mould, from which you can later make your own chocolate replicas. This particular event is targeting women, since the Valentine’s Day custom in Japan is for women to give chocolate to men. (Via Chiho Komoriya on Japanese VW)

Project Will Use 3D Printer, Waste Plastic to Make Composting Toilets, Rainwater Harvesting Systems siftnz/CC BY 3.0One man's trash is another man's treasure, they say, and while it may be difficult to find something good to say about the vast amount of plastic waste we're creating, it may be that some of that waste plastic will get turned into new and useful products, thanks to the magic of 3D printing. A team of students at the University of Washington just won $100,000 in funding for their project, which will transform plastic waste into pieces for rainwater harvesting systems and composting toilets in the developing world. © Mary Levin, UW PhotographyThe team, Washington Open Object Fabricators (WOOF), took top honors in the 3D4D Challenge, an international contest to leverage 3D printing technologies to deliver real social benefits in the developing world. The next step will be working with Water for Humans (WFH) to build the 3D printing machines to address local issues in water and sanitation in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Printable Houses and the Massive Wave of Opportunity it will bring to Our Future All the way back in March of 2004, working in his laboratory at the University of Southern California in San Diego, Dr. Behrokh Khoshnevis, was working with a new process he had invented called Contour Crafting to construct the world’s first 3D printed wall. His goal was to use the technology for rapid home construction as a way to rebuild after natural disasters, like the devastating earthquakes that had recently occurred in his home country of Iran. While we have still not seen our first “printed home” just yet, they will be coming very soon. For an industry firmly entrenched in working with nails and screws, the prospects of replacing saws and hammers with giant printing machines seems frightening. Here’s why I think this will happen. Contour Crafting Contour Crafting is a form of 3D printing that uses robotic arms and nozzles to squeeze out layers of concrete or other materials, moving back and forth over a set path in order to fabricate a large component. Breaking Through the Barriers