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Amaze project aims to take 3D printing 'into metal age'

Amaze project aims to take 3D printing 'into metal age'
15 October 2013Last updated at 06:22 ET By James Morgan Science reporter, BBC News This concept Mars probe features 3D printed components The European Space Agency has unveiled plans to "take 3D printing into the metal age" by building parts for jets, spacecraft and fusion projects. The Amaze project brings together 28 institutions to develop new metal components which are lighter, stronger and cheaper than conventional parts. Additive manufacturing (or "3D printing") has already revolutionised the design of plastic products. Printing metal parts for rockets and planes would cut waste and save money. Continue reading the main story “Start Quote We need to clean up our act - the space industry needs to be more green. End QuoteFranco OngaroEsa The layered method of assembly also allows intricate designs - geometries which are impossible to achieve with conventional metal casting. Parts for cars and satellites can be optimised to be lighter and - simultaneously - incredibly robust. Cryostat Magnets Related:  IMPRESORAS 3D ESPAÑOL/ENGLISH

Researchers develop 3D-printed flying drones capable of self-assembly News: a research team in Zürich has created a flock of helicopter robots that can detect each others' positions and join together to create a larger flying machine. The Distributed Flight Array (DFA) has been developed by a team of researchers at the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control (IDSC) at ETH Zürich university in Switzerland. Each robot has a 3D-printed hexagonal plastic chassis with magnets fixed to the sides of the frame and a single propeller fitted in the middle. Independently, the honeycomb-shaped robots fly in an erratic and uncontrolled way. Each independent module exchanges information with the others and uses sensors to determine how much thrust it needs for the array to take off and maintain flight. "The Distributed Flight Array is a flying platform consisting of multiple autonomous single propeller vehicles that are able to drive, dock with their peers and fly in a coordinated fashion," explains the IDSC. Watch a video of the DFA system in action here:

The Printer That Can Print A 2,500 Square Foot House In 20 Hours. We have seen huge advancements in 3D printing. We’ve even seen oversized wrenches printed that measure 1.2 meters in length. Now, we can print an entire 2,500 sqft house in 20 hours. In the TED Talk video below, Behrokh Khoshnevis, a professor of Industrial & Systems Engineering at the University of Southern California (USC), demonstrates automated construction, using 3D printers to build an entire house in 20 hours. In manufacturing we use a process called CAD/CAM (computer-aided design / computer-aided manufacturing). 3D models are designed on a computer and then manufactured using CNC Machines or 3D printers. The design is manufactured into a physical object automatically, with instruction from 3D computer model to physical object without human interface. In this video, we see a prototype of a machine called ‘Contour Crafting’ Michael Cooney Michael Cooney, the founder of EngNet, worked as a project engineer for many years sourcing equipment.

4D printing: Making things that make themselves While some of us have only just got our heads round 3D printing and its potential, you might shudder at the thought of 4D printing but it’s already here. The concept: 3D printed objects that seamlessly expand, fold and harden into different forms. The cynic’s first reaction is to label 4D a gimmick, pointing out that the fourth dimension is in fact time, however at the TED conference in Los Angeles, architect and computer scientist Skylar Tibbits showed us just how it works and it’s ingeniously simple: 4D allows objects to self-assemble and adapt. Self-adaptive objects While a 3D printer builds things up layer by layer, Tibbits has developed a technology where chunks of material start separated and then intelligently arrange themselves into a pre-programmed object, and furthermore, create objects that can change after they are first printed meaning they are self adaptive. Imagine if water pipes could expand or contract The evolution of 3D printing Coming out of MIT

SYRIE, UNE BATAILLE TITANESQUE le 8 octobre 2013 - 18h45, par Romain Je viens d’écouter votre émission sur la Syrie et je suis atterré par ce que je viens d’entendre, notamment par votre critique du manichéisme des médias que je trouve elle-même assez manichéenne. Manichéenne parce qu’elle ne tient pas compte de la réalité : quand Daniel Mermet affirme qu’il ne connait pas de médias opposés à une intervention militaire en Syrie, je lui conseille d’ouvrir L’Humanité, Le Monde diplomatique mais aussi Marianne ou même Le Figaro, entre autres titres. Manichéenne aussi, votre critique des médias, parce qu’elle semble être restée bloquée au XXe siècle : vous croyez encore que la presse écrite, la radio ou la télévision ont la capacité de formater les opinions publiques alors que sur bien des sujets, et notamment les questions internationales, les gens se fient désormais beaucoup plus aveuglément à ce qu’ils lisent ou voient sur Internet. le 8 octobre 2013 - 16h44, par Patrice de Nantes Bonjour, le 8 octobre 2013 - 12h21

World's First 3D-Printed Architecture by Smith | Allen Bryan Allen and Stephanie Smith of Smith Allen Studio may have created the world’s first 3D-printed architecture with their Echoviren structure. Made of assembled 3D-printed bricks, Echoviren was a site responsive, 3D printed architectural installation as part of the Project 387 Residency. The building was assembled deep in the heart of a redwood forest. Spanning 10x10x8 feet, Echoviren is a translucent white structure that pops out in the natural forest environment, but when inside, its frame makes your eye go up, up high to the canopy of the forest. Echoviren was fabricated, printed, and assembled on site by the designers and the structure was assembled utilizing a paneled snap fit connection to create a smooth surface.

3D Metal printer for $1000 The Mini Metal Maker prints 3D objects from digital files directly in precious metal clay, rather than in plastic. Once these clay objects air-dry, they are fired in a kiln to produce beautiful solid metal objects of high purity and precision. Using metal clay essentially replaces the entire wax-casting or lost-wax process ordinarily needed to do this. The Mini Metal Maker will add new capability for the DIY inventor or artist by making fabrication in metal easy and direct. It will be a boon for anyone interested in creating their own gears, miniature mechanisms, or printing detailed jewelry or metal ornaments. They have raised about $7500 out of $10,000 to improve the precision from 500 microns to 200 microns. We aim to raise $10,000 for materials to refine and package our technology into a producible product. * Refine the metal clay recipe for each of five different clay types: Copper, Bronze, Steel, Silver & Gold

Micro 3D printer Kickstarter funding: $1 million in just one day Micro, an unusually sleek 3D printer, is about to hit $1 million in funding on Kickstarter just a day after it started raising funds. The project hits the sweet spot for anyone interested in 3D printing as it might be the first commercially viable $300 3D printer the world has ever seen. The Micro printer is notably light, weighing just 2.2 pounds. Micro is also doing far better on Kickstarter than Foodini, the nearly equally slick-looking food-printer that created a pretty respectable media splash, but has raised just under $60,000 so far. It’s possible that the pitch of “printing different shapes to encourage kids to eat healthy foods” needs some fine-tuning, especially in a world where people are clamoring for 3D-printed chocolate. Micro and Foodini aren’t the only popular 3D printers on Kickstarter, of course.

Le journal chinois "Xinkuai Bao" se rebelle Le Monde.fr | • Mis à jour le | Par Brice Pedroletti (Pékin, correspondant) Rare supplique que celle du journal cantonais Xinkuai Bao ("New Express"), qui a publié en couverture de son édition de ce matin, mercredi 23 octobre, et en grands caractères, les mots "Qing fangren", ("Relâchez-le s'il-vous-plaît !"), suivis d'un texte extrêmement direct et sarcastique décrivant les ennuis d'un de ses journalistes, Chen Yongzhou, détenu depuis trois jours et formellement arrêté lundi 21 octobre au soir par la police de Changsha, la capitale de la province voisine du Hunan. Le journaliste est l'auteur d'une enquête en plusieurs épisodes sur un puissant groupe industriel du Hunan, Zoomlion, un fabricant d'engins de chantier, qu'il accuse d'avoir maquillé ses résultats financiers afin de faire monter sa cote boursière. Le Xinkuai Bao appartient au groupe du quotidien du soir cantonais Yangcheng wanbao.

The Achilles’ Heel of 3D Printing We think we know what makes things expensive to make We’ve all got a surprisingly clear idea of exactly what it is that makes something really difficult and hideously expensive to produce: serious complexity. The cost of just about everything we make goes up exponentially as the physical functionality of its innards gets more sophisticated (big things containing motors and gears, for example, are rarely ‘as cheap as chips’: even silicon chips are only cheap because, despite their enormous complexity, we can and do make them in enormous quantities). But there’s an exception In 3D printing, our whole intuitive concept of ‘cost related to complexity’ is turned on its head. The cost of creating things using a 3D printer ‘goes down with complexity’: the more complex the item being printed, the less it costs to print it. Complexity actually reduces 3D printing costs, are you serious? The notorious 3D printing ‘complexity paradox’ greater complexity = more + bigger voids = less ink = lower cost

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