3D printing vending machine automates the invention process The popularity of 3D printing has exploded, but even as prices for the devices have fallen, not everyone is prepared or able to shell out the cash necessary start experimenting. But what if there was a 3D vending machine that made experimenting quick and easy, without the printer investment? Well, now there is. Created at Virginia Tech's DREAMS Lab, the DreamVendor allows students to quickly print out prototype designs by simply inserting an SD card containing a physible data file into a large bank of four Makerbot Thing-O-Matic 3D printers. And while the school hasn't announced any plans to take the idea commercial, it's not difficult to imagine a day, in the very near future, when you'll see a similar, pay-per-3D-print version of the DreamVendor stationed at your local OfficeMax or Staples. Via Fabbaloo
Soka University of America Replication Revolution: Best 3D-Printed Objects in Entertainment, Science and War | Wired Design Amazing 3-D printed creations are starting to surface at an incredible rate, demonstrating the innovation potential that the technique holds for almost every industry. While these machines have been around for over two decades as a bona fide method of high-end design and manufacturing, they had largely gone unnoticed by the general public until the advent of compact, open source, free-software printers like the RepRap. This movement helped bring the technology to a wide group of users and allowed for small-scale commercial, educational, and domestic use. Photo Courtesy of PropShop ModelmakersAerospace Engineering Planes are increasingly being manufacutured with 3-D printers.
The Scripps Research Institute SYSTEMS- VX4000: The large-format 3D printing system VX4000 at a glance: The VX4000 is a large-format 3D printing system for producing any type of object from particle material. With the aid of voxeljet's well-proven 3D printing process, objects are automatically produced from 3D CAD data. Thin layers are applied repeatedly to a building platform in a buildup process. These layers are then bonded together with fluid binder according to the layer geometry. The VX4000 system concept features a very large building volume of 4 x 2 x 1 metres, which is more than six times the volume of the next largest commercially available 3D printer. As a result, the system not only ensures the fast manufacture of individual, oversized objects, but also permits efficient production of small batches.
Saybrook University | MakerBot Industries MakerBot Industries is a Brooklyn, New York-based company founded in January 2009 by Bre Pettis, Adam Mayer and Zach "Hoeken" Smith producing 3D printers. MakerBot builds on the early progress of the RepRap Project. History Smith was one of the founding members of the RepRap Research Foundation, a non-profit group created to help advance early research in the area of open-source 3D printers. The company started shipping kits in April 2009 and had sold approximately 3,500 units as of March 2011. In late 2010 MakerBots bought out 3DWorldWide, merging the two teams. 3DWorldwide was the early innovator of 3D computer components and slowly gained popularity. In August 2011, venture capital firm The Foundry Group invested $10 million in the company and joined its board. On June 19, 2013, Stratasys Incorporated announced that it had acquired MakerBot in a stock deal worth $403 million, based on the current share value of Stratasys. Products Cupcake CNC History
San Francisco Theological Seminary 3D printing: The hype, the hopes, the hurdles | Cutting Edge MARANA, Ariz. - Three-dimensional printing: hype, or hope? That's the question industry leaders sought to answer at the Techonomy conference here in the sunny greater Tucson area. A panel of experts -- Geomagic's Ping Fu, Shapeways' Peter Weijmarshausen and PARC's Stephen Hoover, with CNET's own Paul Sloan moderating -- discussed the promises, pitfalls and potential of a technology that allows almost anyone to turn a digital file into a perfect copy of a physical object, from puzzle pieces to airplane wings, in materials such as plastic, metal and rubberlike polymers. Can 3D printing change the world? Let's dive in. The hype Interest in the technology has increased substantially in recent years, said Weijmarshausen, whose New York-based company hosts the leading marketplace for 3D printing. "It's incredible to see how the awareness of 3D printing has increased," he said, adding that five years ago the term was niche at best. "It's at the take-off point," she said. Ditto hearing aids.
- San Francisco Conservatory Of Music - Selective laser melting Selective laser melting (SLM) is an additive manufacturing process that uses 3D CAD data as a digital information source and energy in the form of a high powered laser beam (usually an ytterbium fiber laser) to create three-dimensional metal parts by fusing fine metallic powders together. The industry standard term, chosen by the ASTM F42 standards committee, is laser sintering, although this is acknowledged as a misnomer because the process fully melts the metal into a solid homogeneous mass. The process is also sometimes referred to by the trade names DMLS or LaserCusing. A similar process is Electron beam melting (EBM), which, as the name suggests, uses an electron beam as the energy source. What is called selective laser melting started at the Fraunhofer Institute ILT in Aachen, Germany, in 1995 with a German research project, resulting in the so called basic ILT SLM patent DE 19649865. Materials Applications Potential See also References
Devoted to Your Success - Western State University World’s First 3D Printing Photo Booth to Open in Japan 3D printers – it’s a word that offers glimpses into the future that seems so far, and yet is so close. The technology, which allows you to replicate 3D objects the same way you make a photo copy, has been around for a couple years now, but, for the most part, has been far too expensive and inaccessible to the public. But now, what’s being called the world’s first 3D printing photo booth is set to open for a limited time at the exhibition space EYE OF GYRE in Harajuku. Reservations are taken only through the website. The project was brought to you by the creative powerhouse PARTY. source: @masakawa Related posts Trending this week
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