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Thoughts from the "Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo" in Chicago

Thoughts from the "Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo" in Chicago | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it
While the expo wasn't as large as I had hoped, the "Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo" was still inspiring and has much going for it.
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A neat read - a personal review from a conference attendee highlighting his personal favorites. Lots of pictures also.

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3D Printing – A panacea to all manufacturing problems? Not exactly!

3D Printing – A panacea to all manufacturing problems? Not exactly! | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

"But when it comes to product design, conventional best practices will still continue to exist. Some of them apply directly while some need to be tweaked for 3D printing process."

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I haven't really seen anyone claiming otherwise, but Amit does have a point worth keeping n mind. 

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3D Printing with Liquid Metal at Room Temperature

3D Printing with Liquid Metal at Room Temperature | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it
The process of 3D printing is gaining a lot of ground. Now, scientists have developed 3D printing technology that can create free-standing structures made out of liquid metal at room temperature.

Via Kalani Kirk Hausman
Beth Robinson's insight:

Very cool. New ways of handling materials mean different things can be made more effectively. I have no idea what will be easier to do with this technique than the current metal printing techniques, but I'm sure someone will use it to increase the possibilities.

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Prototype unveiled for world’s first 3D-printed room

Prototype unveiled for world’s first 3D-printed room | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it
Michael Hansmeyer and Benjamin Dillenburger unveil prototype for world’s first 3D-printed room as a 1:3 model to be exhibited in Basel and Tokyo.
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Completely different and astonishingly WOW approach to 3-d printed architecture. About as impractical as the weird spider-cocoon looking thing, but neat to see. And after all - if you're 3-d printing your house anyway, why would the homeowner not add decorative touches that currently require crown molding, etc, just not to this level of being beyond baroque.

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How 3D printing can build new bone

How 3D printing can build new bone | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it
Damaged bones could be fixed with a new technique that involves 3D printing a tissue using living stem cells
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I like the combination of techniques here - two materials on the 3-d bioprinter - one biodegradable for scaffolding and one of stem cells - then the scaffolding degrades as the human body takes over after implantation and builds bone.

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Cortex 3D-printed cast for fractured bones by Jake Evill

Cortex 3D-printed cast for fractured bones by Jake Evill | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it
Cortex 3D-printed cast for fractured bones offering an alternative to plaster or fibreglass by Jake Evill at Victoria University of Wellington.
Beth Robinson's insight:

Wow. I can see some people agreeing to pay more to wear a cast like this instead of the usual monstrosity. It's hard to believe in my gut, thought, that it will work just as well as the more solid looking current solution, and that's with understanding how different materials have different properties.

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From the Inventor of LayWoo-d3 and LayBrick comes BendLay

From the Inventor of LayWoo-d3 and LayBrick comes BendLay | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

"BendLay’s bendability makes it ideal for creating “straps and belts” whilst its transparency, “near to plexiglass”, is suitable for “thin wall bottles” and “light transmitting objects”."

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New materials suited for 3-d printing expand what the average user and company can do. And I love seeing new ones.

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Material ecology: additive technology and biological forms

Material ecology: additive technology and biological forms | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

"Mediated Matter's work strives to re-integrate design and production into a "circular economy" using 3D printing."

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Brief, but pointing towards yet another approach and what tech needs to improve to reach that vision.

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Why 3D-Printed Houses Matter | Endless Innovation | Big Think

Why 3D-Printed Houses Matter | Endless Innovation | Big Think | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it
The race to build the world’s first 3D-printed house is on.
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Good exploration of the possible SIGNIFICANCE - not just the cool factor. 

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Terry Wohlers and Tim Caffrey: How Additive Manufacturing Can Change Industry As We Know It | Ideas Lab

Terry Wohlers and Tim Caffrey: How Additive Manufacturing Can Change Industry As We Know It | Ideas Lab | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

In a Q&A with GE Aviation's Greg Morris, Terry Wohlers and Tim Caffrey, of Wohlers Associates Inc., discuss how additive manufacturing will evolve.


Via Rachael Dalton-Taggart
Beth Robinson's insight:

This Q&A ends up being a concise summary of advantages and, most interestingly, gaps. And gaps = opportunities.

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Rachael Dalton-Taggart's curator insight, June 17, 2013 12:11 PM

Interesting Q&A between Terry Wohlers and GE's Greg Morris on 3D printing/AM in the future

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Top Five Benefits of Additive Manufacturing (You Never Considered)

Top Five Benefits of Additive Manufacturing (You Never Considered) | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it
Since the introduction of 3D printing (additive manufacturing) in the 1980s, the benefits of producing small quantities of complex parts fast is well understood among manufacturing circles.

Via Michael Dunham
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While I've seen the benefits covered before, this is a thoughtful review of the less obvious.

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3-D printers will create parts and gear for sailors

The Navy will start to experiment with 3-D printing later this year by setting up printers in Norfolk, Va., and San Diego to produce custom-designed plastic parts and gadgets that crews can use.
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Their end goal is to be able to erase a portion of the supply chain problem when there's a battleship on the other side of the world. Makes sense to me.

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Advanced Manufacturing: The New Industrial Revolution

Advanced Manufacturing: The New Industrial Revolution | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it
Digital technology is transforming manufacturing, making it leaner and smarter—and raising the prospect of an American industrial renaissance.
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Koten paints a broader picture of which 3-d printing is only a part.

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The 3D Printing Revolution You Have Not Heard About

The 3D Printing Revolution You Have Not Heard About | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

"If you wear a hearing aid, chances that you are already part of the 3D printing revolution. This is because your hearing aid was, probably, 3D-printed."

Beth Robinson's insight:

I'm not surprised that this is a great application for the technology. I was surprised to hear that at least one company has been doing this for a decade.Also very interesting was that the transition didn't save manufacturing costs, just shifted them into capital investment.

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Additive Manufacturing - Three Dimensional Thinking - Mayer Brown

Additive Manufacturing - Three Dimensional Thinking - Mayer Brown | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

The biggest risk of all is perhaps to be unaware of its potential significance and to miss the chance to be at the forefront of this constantly evolving sphere of technology.

Beth Robinson's insight:

Nice report a bit more in-depth than a typical blog article, although certainly not trying to be a book. The commentary on product liability and insurance companies were ideas that were new to me so far and worth a look among the familiar topics.

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Improving 3-D Printing by Copying Nature

Improving 3-D Printing by Copying Nature | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it
Through biomimicry, design based on nature, 3-D printing technology could get safer and better.
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Very interesting perspective - an attempt to completely rethink the materials used in home-based 3-d printing from a biological point of view. Driving motivations include safety and making the process directly greener.

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Why 3D printing in Windows 8.1 is huge for Microsoft and entrepreneurs

Why 3D printing in Windows 8.1 is huge for Microsoft and entrepreneurs | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it
One of the most pleasant surprises today at Microsoft Build was the news that Windows 8.1 will natively support 3D printing. Here's why it helps the big M and small companies.

Via Michael Dunham
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Infrastructure matters. A step that lowers the barriers of entry to hobbyists and small businesses.

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Will 3-D Printing Live Up to the Hype?

Will 3-D Printing Live Up to the Hype? | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it
Will 3-D printing live up to the hype? The Wall Street Journal put this question to The Experts, an exclusive group of industry, academic and other thought leaders who engage in in-depth online discussions of topics from the print Report.
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Very nice collection of individual opinions.

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Additive Manufacturing Technology and Smart Packaging: A Reality Check

Additive Manufacturing Technology and Smart Packaging: A Reality Check | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

"With the limitations of 2D printing technologies used for RFID circuitry, could AM be used profitably and effectively to manufacture circuits directly onto a package?"


Via Michael Dunham
Beth Robinson's insight:

Great article evaluating whether the current 3-d printing tech is sufficient to carry out what sounds like a neat idea to solve an existing problem in adopting a different leading-edge technology The answer is no, but the thought process is worth reading.

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Susanne Kahle's curator insight, June 27, 2013 9:56 AM

Interesting article regarding several aspects of 3D Manufacturing/3D Printing technology (Speed, Material, Costs) - especially an incoming more or less "seamless" integration of RFIDs within the production process adds a lot of potential. 

Proto3000's comment, July 17, 2013 5:27 PM
RFID has so many applications that can save lives.
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Manufacturing Matters: The impact of 3-D printing on manufacturing and making sure your IT infrastructure is ready

From the Q/A session during the Infor webinar, it seems connecting 3-D systems to other IT solutions is one of the top issues manufacturers face as they explore how to incorporate this technology into their total manufacturing processes.

Beth Robinson's insight:

Not as nifty as the additive manufacturing concept itself, but the software is an important aspect of effective implementation and this is the first article I've seen that discusses it from the industrial point of view instead of the hobbyist point of view.

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3 Ways Stratasys And Makerbot Will Change 3D Printing

3 Ways Stratasys And Makerbot Will Change 3D Printing | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it
If Stratasys can figure out a way to eventually bring Objet's Polyjet tech to the Makerbot printers at a reasonable price, that would be a truly magical 3D printed combination.
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I haven't posted anything on the merger, but find this an interesting point of view on the possibilities.

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Miniature Batteries — 3D Printed - 3D Printing Industry

Miniature Batteries — 3D Printed - 3D Printing Industry | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

The research project has developed a method for printing precisely interlaced stacks of tiny battery electrodes, whereby each measures less than the width of a human hair.

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Additive technology on a small scale doing something that couldn't have been done before - with the promise of making many other things possible. Worthwhile story.

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3-D Printer Brings Dexterity To Children With No Fingers : NPR

3-D Printer Brings Dexterity To Children With No Fingers : NPR | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it
An enterprising carpenter and a creative puppeteer teamed up on a do-it-yourself project to build a mechanical hand for a little boy. They created an inexpensive prosthetic and published their designs on the Internet.
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I always enjoy reading the inspiring stories because the impact is so personal. Other applications probably have greater impact overall, but ones like in this story touch the heart.

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How 3-D Printing Works

How 3-D Printing Works | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it
The process turns conventional manufacturing on its head, producing objects from the bottom up. The Wall Street Journal lays out the steps, from digital file to final product.
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Nice introductory multi-step graphic showing the principle of 3-d printing.

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Decluttering The Desktop Dream with Joris Peels

Decluttering The Desktop Dream with Joris Peels | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

"We need millions of people to be able to design, iterate, modify, customise, individualise and create. This is what will make the machines relevant to humankind."

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Some personal opinions from an industry insider - good read.

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