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All new shapes

06

Aug 2012

All new shapes

Michael Hansmeyer’s recent TED talk is a must watch! His forsight into the future of design is astounding. The idea that in the future, buildings won’t be designed by hand or imagination, but by technigues found in nature, by using formula and equations to build the world around us. Michael has found an interesting, yet simple way to create objects that we have never seen...

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Tinkercad – CAD for everyone

06

Aug 2012

Tinkercad – CAD for everyone

Looking for the easiest CAD application around? Look no further. Tinkercad is a simple, easy to use, webapp for design. Primarily for children but can be used by anyone to get started in 3D design. It has lessons to take you from your first design, all the way to making a linked chain. If you aren’t ready to start creating your own projects from scratch, you can...

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3D Printing with concrete

04

Aug 2012

3D Printing with concrete

A project looking into using ‘waste’ materials from construction and development has been undertaken. Titled Earthscrapers. By using the waste product of construction sites and land development, as the raw material for large scale 3D printers, printing in concrete and clay. 3D printer to rapid proto­type and rapid manufacture clays, ceramics and ultimately cement. Read the whole article at rael-sanfratello


Don’t have time to draw?

01

Aug 2012

Don’t have time to draw?

You have a 3D printer, but you don’t know what to make. We have all had this problem at one point or another. But there is a solution! Bring out Thingiverse, Digital designs for real, physical objects. A Universe of Things! With thousands of uploaded STL files, you are bound to find something interesting to print. Be it a working padlock or even a flower! Hey, why...

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3DMe!

01

Aug 2012

3DMe!

Have you ever wanted a mini you? Well now you can, grab Kinnect (Windows or Xbox) download ReconstructMe. We have been using the Xbox 360 Connect with great success on a Windows 7 platform with the Nvidia graphics cards. Using this amazing software (free for non-commercial use) with your new 3D scanner, you will be able to start scanning everything around you! Well … not...

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Print me a phone?

31

Jul 2012

Print me a phone?

With new developments in 3D printing, research has been happening! In the near future, we may be able to print out our own electronic devices using 3D printers. That includes products with complex shapes. Optomec, based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has developed additive-manufacturing systems for a variety of industries. It can print electronics directly onto a pair of glasses, for “augmented reality”; it can make a plastic...

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Photo credit: University of Dayton Research Institue

30

Jul 2012

More and more!

With 3D printing booming, more money is being allocated for its research. Recently The University of Dayton Research Institute was awarded $3 million for research into materials for 3D printing. to develop aircraft-engine components for GE Aviation—who also collaborated on the program proposal—as well as parts and components for ATK Aerospace Structures, Boeing, Goodrich, Honda, Lockheed Martin, and Northrop Grumman. Read the whole article at rdmag


Photo credit: Geek

29

Jul 2012

Drugs, printed at home

  With new materials being constaintly develope for use in 3D printers, it is speculated that in the near future, people will be able to print  out their own medication!  you won’t even have to leave the house to go to the pharmacy — you’ll be able to “print” your drugs at home Source: Geek  


Photo credit: Webpro News

28

Jul 2012

A 3D Printed Firearm

With new things being made via 3D printing, it comes as no surprise that a 3D printed gun is a reality. While some people will frown upon the idea of being able to print out your own gun, we still think that it amazing what 3D printers are capable of. may have created and successfully tested the first 3D printed firearm Source: webpronews


Photo credit: Dvice

27

Jul 2012

3D Printing in space

What is the perfect tool for exporing space? A 3D printer of course! Why you ask? Because if something breaks or needs replacing you can just print out the parts on demand! Rather than carry a ton of spares which you might never need to use, instead just print them! It’s easy to see how critical on-demand tool and machine manufacturing systems will be for...

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