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Fab@Home - Make Anything

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3D Printers, FDM Prototyping, 3D Models Bring Performance Prototyping In-House The Dimension 1200es features the largest build envelope of any Stratasys Design Series performance 3D printer. Running on Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Technology, it prints in nine colors of real ABSplus thermoplastic. Wiki RepRap is humanity's first general-purpose self-replicating manufacturing machine. RepRap takes the form of a free desktop 3D printer capable of printing plastic objects. Since many parts of RepRap are made from plastic and RepRap prints those parts, RepRap self-replicates by making a kit of itself - a kit that anyone can assemble given time and materials. – Supported by The Ecological Sequestration Trust is an open-source, cloud-based regional platform, which gathers satellite/earth observation, open government and crowd-sourced economic, social and environmental data together in one place, in an understandable, palatable and visual format. Backed by an advanced systems model1, integrates human-ecological-economic systems2 and calculates the current resource flows from economic, human and ecological activity and the impact on human well-being. With this base, it can be used to visualise and predict the outcome of different scenarios which results in better planning and decision-making for a achieving transformation to a more resilient city-region. Importantly, enables economically beneficial resource management to be funded through new direct investment into a wide variety of projects, which use and contribute to the data in the platform. It also insures against extreme risks, especially in energy, water and food security. Want to know more?

Blog: A new approach to printing metals There have been numerous attempts to print conductors. Fab@home, Ed Sells and myself have all tried it previously with very limited success. Whilst I've been able to print a basic circuit from solder, we were unable to achieve the resolution to produce anything but the most simplistic circuit board. Forrest Higgs and others have tried to identify a useful non-metallic conductive material but conductivity has always been fairly poor. Months ago I blogged about using Nickel Carbonyl powder for exactly this purpose. Rapid prototyping 3D model slicing 'Rapid prototyping' is a group of techniques used to quickly fabricate a scale model of a physical part or assembly using three-dimensional computer aided design (CAD) data.[1][2] Construction of the part or assembly is usually done using 3D printing or "additive layer manufacturing" technology.[3] The first methods for rapid prototyping became available in the late 1980s and were used to produce models and prototype parts. Today, they are used for a wide range of applications[4] and are used to manufacture production-quality parts in relatively small numbers if desired without the typical unfavorable short-run economics. This economy has encouraged online service bureaus. Historical surveys of RP technology[2] start with discussions of simulacra production techniques used by 19th-century sculptors.

Publications Cities Alive looks at how we can build nature into our urban systems at all scales through high quality landscape design, via new development or retrofitting through a green infrastructure design approach. The publication analyses existing research and trends in landscape design, drawing out key elements which can help deal with rapidly rising urban populations, mitigate climate change and produce integrated solutions. It shows how the creation of a linked ‘city ecosystem’ encompassing parks and open spaces; urban trees, streets, squares; woodland and waterways can help create healthier, safer and more prosperous cities. To realise this vision, green infrastructure has to now take a more influential role in the planning and design of cities and urban environments.

DIY High Resolution 3D Printer Even though 3D printers have become mainstream and costs have declined, most cannot create a fine level of detail when printing. For rapid prototyping, you can fabricate one yourself such as the High Resolution DLP 3D Printer. Homemade yet still turns out impressive results. The 3D printer uses a Digital Light Processing chip with a high resolution video projector to render each layer of the image on a resin which is cured by a UV laser layer by layer. Each 0.1 mm thick needs about 8 seconds to cure. As the photos show, the high resolution DLP projector renders pretty accurate results. 3D Printing: Bringing Fantasy to Reality Times are changing and with time definitions of needs are also changing. There were times when necessities were few, with all other things falling into the comfort or luxury zone. With technological advancements and easy availability many luxury items have shifted into the necessary and comfort zone. Take for example 3D printing technology. You see an object on screen and with the help of a 3D printer you can get the very same object without having to purchase it. It is true that 3D printers are not yet that popular but at the rate at which they are growing, it will not be long before every household also owns a piece.

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