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Company develops new fiber-reinforced wood, concrete ink for 3D printing

Company develops new fiber-reinforced wood, concrete ink for 3D printing
Even though 3D printing is an emerging market and technology, aside from Defense Distributed’s gun, it seems like it has hit a plateau. You can make little or somewhat-bigger-than-little figurines, teacups and mugs that often have leaks, or fragile parts — such as gears — that you can include in a working item, but might quickly wear down. One of the things holding 3D printing back is the material used to print objects. A San Francisco-based company, Emerging Objects, has created new printing materials that aren’t just plastic, but composed of wood, concrete, and even salt. For the uninitiated, normal 3D printing is additive. A nozzle (or nozzles) squirts out a material — usually some kind of plastic in a gooey state — and meticulously dumps layers of plastic onto a base, following the schematics of a preset model. Emerging Objects has developed a wealth of new materials, such as paper (made from recycled newsprint) as well as a printable salt material.

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The Entire Country of Bahrain has Been 3D Printed in a Huge 1:10,000-scale Model 3D Printed Cerbarco Building When it comes to 3D printing, we are used to seeing the technology used on a small scale. It isn’t too often that we see it utilized in creating anything much larger than a basketball. It’s a lengthy process that takes a great deal of patience. One company called Micro CADD Services (MCS) has gone against the grain, and has proven that 3D printing can be used for much more. Work begins on the world's first 3D-printed house Treacle-black plastic oozes from a nozzle at the bottom of a small tower in Amsterdam, depositing layer upon layer of glistening black worms in an orderly grid. With a knot of pipes and wires rising up to a big hopper, it looks like a high-tech liquorice production line. But this could be the future of house-building, if Dus Architects have their way.

Bioplastics made from coffee and orange? The Digital Matter Intelligent Construction Research Studio at the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia has outlined a spectacular method for producing bioplastics from waste food and other matter to Manuel Kretzer led the Space Dynamics Workshop recently. Here he introduced a new type of bioplastic that could spell the end of traditional petroleum-based PET plastic and the introduction of this much-maligned material into the ‘cradle-to-cradle’ life cycle.

Press release - Market study on "Bio-based Polymers in the World - Capacities, Production and Applications: Status Quo and Trends towards 2020" 24 July 2013 Europe’s current position in producing bio-based polymers is limited to a few polymers. However, new developments and investments are foreseen: the first European industrial-scale PLA plant by 2014, the introduction of future PET production facilities by 2015, recent developments in the commercialization of bio-based PBT and further advancements in the field of high-value fine chemicals for PA, PUR and thermosets production. Although Europe shows a strong demand for bio-based polymers, production tends to take place elsewhere, namely in Asia and America. Tech: Free Software Released to 3D Print Objects Larger Than Printer’s Build Volume Over the past several months we have seen many extremely large 3D printers come to market. This stems from the desire to print objects larger than what typical FDM 3D printers can handle. After all, what fun is a 3D printer when you are limited to printing only smaller objects? With the release of these larger 3D printers, however, comes the problem of finding a place to store that printer. Most people don’t have an entire room in their house that they can designate as their 3D printing room, nor the garage space to store a 3D printer in.

EDAG's Genesis: The 3D printed car of the future Of all the technologies to have emerged from the digital renaissance, additive manufacturing (3D printing) has the potential to be the most disruptive. Yet another example of how the world of manufacturing will change will be displayed at the Geneva Motor Show this week when EDAG, the world’s largest independent engineering partner to the international mobility industry, displays an example of a printed automobile. The Genesis is more a conceptual sculpture than an automobile, but it will give you a taste of what the world's leading manufacturers might be producing a decade or two from now. View all To understand the importance and relevance of EDAG's future take on automotive production – the printing of whole car bodies – it's necessary to understand the company's core expertise.

Breathe-3DP unveils new nylon filament Breathe-3DP has unveiled its Phoenix filament for those that want a purpose-built Nylon filament that simply raises the bar. It’s made for 3D printing, rather than adapted for the purpose. It combines the ideal strengths of toughness, heat resistance and tensile strength to provide a filament that is fit for almost any purpose. Breathe-3DP has worked hard to create a filament that offers high print reliability, smooth extrusion and excellent bed adhesion. It also resists warping and shrinkage, which is essential for the industrial process. King Richard III’s Entire 3D Printed Skeleton Unveiled For Museum Opening The ability of 3D printers to make near exact replicas of objects have led to a variety of amazing applications, especially for the use within museum exhibits. Over the last several months, we have covered numerous stories detailing how museums worldwide are utilizing 3D printing technology to make copies of their most valuable pieces. By doing so they are able to oftentimes provide museum attendees the option to interact with the replicas in a whole new way, allowing them to actually touch the objects in some cases. Just like 2D scanners and printers have enabled us to forever preserve written manuscripts, old biblical scripts, and historically written artifacts, 3D scanners and 3D printers are doing the same for practically everything else. Approximately two years ago, a major find related to the history of England took place.

Turning old plastic into 3D printer filament is greener than conventional recycling Mar.4, 2014 3D printing technology empowers people to be both designer and manufacturer in their own home. But, let's be honest, it is so expensive. It uses plastic material for building objects, but each spool of plastic costs around $30.

How It Works Simple Process. Clever Strategy. Quality Output. Carbon-fiber epoxy honeycombs mimic the material performance of balsa wood Cambridge, Mass. – June 25, 2014 – In wind farms across North America and Europe, sleek turbines equipped with state-of-the-art technology convert wind energy into electric power. But tucked inside the blades of these feats of modern engineering is a decidedly low-tech core material: balsa wood. Optical photograph of a translucent hexagonal honeycomb printed using the baseline epoxy ink with ~1 vol.% carbon fibers added for visualization. The aligned black fibers are clearly visible within the cell walls and throughout the structure. The complete structure is 3 mm high and 30 x 40 mm in area, with cells that are 6 mm from wall to wall.