3D printing may put global supply chains out of business: report Will 3D printing make global supply chains unnecessary? That's a real possibility, states a recent report from Transport Intelligence. 3D printing (or "additive manufacturing," as it's called in industrial circles) takes offshore manufacturing and brings it back close to the consumer. The report, authored by John Manners-Bell of Transport Intelligence and Ken Lyon of Virtual-Partners Ltd., points to the growing role of automation in production resulting from 3D printing: "New technologies which are currently being developed could revolutionize production techniques, resulting in a significant proportion of manufacturing becoming automated and removing reliance on large and costly work forces. Manners-Bell and Lyon admit that a disintegration of global supply chains isn't likely to happen anytime soon, as 3D printing is still in its infancy. Manners-Bell and Lyon predict the following disruptions to the global supply-chain market:
Api Possible business models Depending on your preferred business model, i.materialise offers a choice of APIs appropriate for you. The range of possible business models extends between the following two options: the redirecting business model: your app/site uploads the model to the 3D printlab and your customer is redirected to the i.materialise website where they will proceed with the order. Getting access Most APIs require an API Code and a tool ID. The API Code and tool ID are provided by i.materialise after verifying your business needs. The API Code and tool ID need to be coupled to a registered i.materialise account. Please send an email to developers(at)i.materialise.com for requesting these codes. Sandbox server i.materialise provides a sandbox server to try out your code. After receiving a separate Code and an ID for the sandbox environment, you can test your integration before a code for the live site is given. The sandbox environment is not to be used for performance testing. Examples
3D Printed Wireless Tank In this Instructable I will show you how to make a wireless tank that you will be able to play with someone else or just use it a base to create bigger and better tank. This tank uses Bluetooth modules connected to Tera Term to send commands to the Arduino. I used IR Leds that are used in Lazer tag guns (links in the next step) so you can battle with your friends or just use it to explore the world a couple inches off the ground from your computer. Uses an IPhone's camera with the Skype app to connect to a PC so it can be viewed and controlled remotely. The range of the Bluetooth module actually was able to go out side my house and go out of the range of my WiFi before disconnecting so range is only an issue if you want to be more than 60-70ish feet from the robot.
#SugataMitra is trending: Twitter reacts to the 2013 TED Prize reveal Lab-grown functioning kidney successfully transplanted in rats An engineered kidney transplanted into a living rat has been shown to successfully filter blood and urine -- though at a fraction of a normal kidney's functionality. The groundbreaking study, published in the journal Nature Medicine, provides some distant hope for the 51,000 people in the UK in need of dialysis or an organ transplant. Receiving an organ from a living donor, often a relative, gives patients the greatest chance of success with survival rates about ten percent better on average. However, according to NHS statistics just 1,009 living donor kidney transplants took place in the year preceding March 2012, with under 3,000 transplants taking place in total. As donor shortages persist and those in need of dialysis or transplant increase (up 20 percent since 2006) Kidney Research UK made the announcement this year that kidney disease threatens to become a public health crisis in the near future. Nevertheless the technology will be a game changer.
Movie Props, Costumes and Scale Models | the RPF Bld3r Re-thinking Progress: The Circular Economy The circular economy is a generic term for an industrial economy that is, by design or intention, restorative and in which materials flows are of two types, biological nutrients, designed to reenter the biosphere safely, and technical nutrients, which are designed to circulate at high quality without entering the biosphere. The term encompasses more than the production and consumption of goods and services, including a shift from fossil fuels to the use of renewable energy, and the role of diversity as a characteristic of resilient and productive systems. It includes discussion of the role of money and finance as part of the wider debate, and some of its pioneers have called for a revamp of economic performance measurement tools The circular economy is grounded in the study of feedback rich (non-linear) systems, particularly living systems. A major outcome of this is the notion of optimising systems rather than components, or the notion of ‘design for fit’.
Doctors want to put 3D printers on the surgeon's table Scientists at Cornell University, led by Dr. Lawrence J. Bonasser, are pioneering a spinal surgery that sounds like something straight out of science fiction. Utilizing 3D printing techniques loaded with stem cell-infused bio-ink, they aim to repair the degenerative spinal discs of 30 million ailing Americans. Dr. Imagine an operating room that looks something like a printing bay. This imagined reality is not so far off. In more extreme cases of spinal degeneration, Dr. While hearing about medical breakthroughs like this is a wonderful thing, for the 30 million Americans suffering from Degenerative Disc Disease, the real breakthrough will be when we begin seeing this sort of operation performed on human subjects. (Images: Cornell University)
The Secret to High-Tech Armor in "Iron Man 2": 3D Printing on Demand Share on Tumblr Email Bruce Wayne had to sweet-talk Morgan Freeman into girding his Bat-loins with heavy Bat-artillery, but Tony Stark, an engineering virtuoso himself, cajoled not a soul. In a case of life imitating art, the production team behind Stark’s iconic body armor relied on neither CGI nor gadget-minded elder statesmen, but a bleeding-edge prototyping technology commonly known as 3D printing. Legacy Effects , the film’s production company, fashioned Iron Man’s suit (and the one worn by his super-foe Whiplash) with a 3D printer by Objet Geometries . The printer uses an ink cartridge of powdered plastic to print an ultra-thin layer, which is then “cured” using ultraviolet light and swabbed with paint as a finishing touch. The printer uses an ink cartridge of powdered plastic to print an ultra-thin layer that is “cured” using UV light. Legacy Effects scanned Robert Downey Jr.’s hands to create flexible gauntlets no thicker than a dime. + Press Release + Objet Geometries
The dark side of 3D printing: 10 things to watch The 3D printer is a double-edged sword. It stands to transform technology and society for the better, but we also can't ignore the potential negative consequences. As with any new technology, it's easy to get swept up in the benefits of 3D printing. It opens up a world of new possibilities for all industries, and stands to lessen transportation costs, environmental impacts, waste, and reliance on corporations by enabling the maker movement. But 3D printers are still potentially hazardous, wasteful machines, and their societal, political, economic, and environmental impacts have not yet been studied extensively. To make sure you aren't thrown off guard by the conversations to come, we've compiled a list of 10 things you need to know about the dangers and potentially negative impacts of 3D printers. 1. 3D printers are energy hogs 2. 3D printers may pose a health risk when used in the home, according to researchers at the Illinois Institute of Technology. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Also see
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3D printed prosthetic foot saves duck's life jun 27, 2013 3D printed prosthetic foot saves duck's life 3D printed prosthetic foot saves duck’s lifeall images courtesy facebook 3D printed prosthetic of buttercup’s left duck foot 3D printed prosthetic – left foot detail 3D CAD model of the prosthetic foot replica buttercup was hatched in a high school biology lab with a backward left foot my new foot is designed! rodrigo caula I designboom