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What’s Next For 3-D Printing? Car Bodies - IEEE Spectrum

What’s Next For 3-D Printing? Car Bodies - IEEE Spectrum | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it
Canadian start-up Urbee takes 2500 hours to print a car body that has only 40 parts
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The goal is to use least energy possible for transportation. The article shares a detailed conversation with one of the cofounders giving reason after  reason for why this was the technology he chose to fulfill the next iteration of the vision.

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3D Printers Hyped Too Much? > ENGINEERING.com

3D Printers Hyped Too Much? > ENGINEERING.com | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

"Most users will see the technology as a way to create custom parts that they themselves generate. To do this effectively, a user has to be proficient with 3D Modeling software that can be extremely complicated." 

Beth Robinson's insight:

For the short-term future, the knowledge required to effectively use 3-d printing is definitely a barrier to home use, but I don't think it would be particularly so to starting a small business. Or at least not any more a barrier than learning what would be needed for many other technology-oriented small businesses.

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Tooling Article - Additive Manufacturing Creates New Opportunities for Metalformers | Metalforming Magazine

Tooling Article - Additive Manufacturing Creates New Opportunities for Metalformers | Metalforming Magazine | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

"So, the biggest benefit of additive manufacturing is the elimination of tooling that normally would be needed to produce parts of differing designs."

Beth Robinson's insight:

A good discussion on how 3D printing could be a tool that would fit into a conventional manufacturing process - not replace it - something that doesn't seem to be capturing the imagination of the mainstream media quite as much.

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Citiwire.net » More Self-Sufficient Cities in a 3D Printing World

Citiwire.net » More Self-Sufficient Cities in a 3D Printing World | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

"Still, there’s rarely been a disruptive technology with such positive implications for the welfare and progress of the cities and surrounding regions destined to be mankind’s home through this century and beyond."

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A bit of a different twist than I've seen before on the potential impact of 3-d printing.

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3D Printing and the Future of Manufacturing [Infographic] | Emerging Technologies content from IndustryWeek

3D Printing and the Future of Manufacturing [Infographic] | Emerging Technologies content from IndustryWeek | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

"This infographic by 3D printing service, Sculpteo, offers a different perspective on the booming movement: the non-industrial user."

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Nice visual display of the prevailing ideas on the impact of 3D printing.

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3D Printing Optimized Shapes

3D Printing Optimized Shapes | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

In physics, the concept of “jamming” is defined as a process where granular materials, glasses, foams and other materials become stiff when their density is increased. Now that may sound complicated, but really all it is is the idea that the more stuff you put into a confined space the denser it will become.


Via ManufacturingStories
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Here 3-d printing is being used to dramatically speed up research that will for a foundation of knowledge for designing materials that will have exactly the properties an engineer wants.

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ManufacturingStories's curator insight, March 24, 2013 11:10 AM

This is a really cool application of 3D Printing in Research

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3-D printing breakthrough with human embryonic stem cells

3-D printing breakthrough with human embryonic stem cells | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

"We found that the valve-based printing is gentle enough to maintain high stem cell viability, accurate enough to produce spheroids of uniform size, and, most importantly, the printed hESCs maintained their pluripotency -- the ability to be differentiated into any other cell type."

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Developing a new way to use the equipment opened the doors here.

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Finding the Real Niches for 3D Printing

Finding the Real Niches for 3D Printing | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

"If 3-D printing is ever going to truly blossom and be a force to reckoned with, it needs to be more than just another way to do something that is already being done."

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Really good questions in this article! I would love to see more ideas for answers.

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The Ten Principles of 3-D Printing | Emerging Technologies content from IndustryWeek

The Ten Principles of 3-D Printing | Emerging Technologies content from IndustryWeek | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it
Ten underlying 'rules' that help companies take full advantage of additive manufacturing technologies.
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I'm definitely interested in reading this book - more so now that I see what is essentially the table of contents in this article with bits of explanation.

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Design News - Engineering Materials - Video: Biggest 3D Manufacturing Machine Builds Jet Fighter Wing Boxes

Design News - Engineering Materials - Video: Biggest 3D Manufacturing Machine Builds Jet Fighter Wing Boxes | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it
What may be the biggest build volume in additive manufacturing, at least for metal parts, is being done by Sciaky Inc. by combining an electron beam welding gun with wirefeed additive layering. It can make parts as large as 19 ft x 4 ft x 4 ft.
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Yep, that's pretty darn big.

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Watch and Learn: There's More Than One Way to Additively Manufacture a Metal - Core77

Watch and Learn: There's More Than One Way to Additively Manufacture a Metal - Core77 | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

Image and link rich non-technical discussion of Direct Metal Laser Sintering and Electron Beam Melting

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This article touches lightly on many related topics and now I want to go follow all those links.

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Design News - CAD/CAM Corner - iRobot Takes Humans out of 3D Printing Equation

Design News - CAD/CAM Corner - iRobot Takes Humans out of 3D Printing Equation | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

"Even though 3D printers act as if they do all the work, the current methods require lots of human labor, especially after the printer has made the seed part. Milling, trimming excess, drilling holes, and adding wires still must be done by hand."

Beth Robinson's insight:

A step towards mass customization possibilities. Although many manufacturing processes are still advanced by human labor, this could be useful for a centralized shop if programming the robots is flexible enough.

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Using 3-D Printing To Give Us A Tactile Glimpse Of The Past

Using 3-D Printing To Give Us A Tactile Glimpse Of The Past | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

"The Smart Replicas project scans and prints old objects so that museum goers can interact with them without worrying about causing damage.

Beth Robinson's insight:

This story is just a glimpse, but I can see this idea expanding to other museums and learning tools. I wonder about the textural feel, though, but imagine that can be countered eventually.

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Will NAMII Work? | Emerging Technologies content from IndustryWeek

Will NAMII Work? | Emerging Technologies content from IndustryWeek | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

"This is the home of the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII)—a place where all the eyes of the industrial nation have turned in anxious anticipation."

Beth Robinson's insight:

So this is the pilot project to see how government sponsorship of 3d printing as a transformative technology is going to work. This particular article is about things such as intellectual property issues in a joint effort. There are a couple other articles in the issue and Industry Week is planning to continue covering the effort.

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3D Printed Fashion on Display in London > ENGINEERING.com

3D Printed Fashion on Display in London > ENGINEERING.com | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

“Layer by Layer is the first of a two-part series exploring digital print in fashion. This exhibition focuses on 3D printing and its potential as a tool for design. "

Beth Robinson's insight:

I don't like these particular shoes, but I would absolutely love the ability to have shoes made custom to fit my wide, high-arched feet. When it comes to dress shoes about the only place I can shop is Easy Spirit. However, based on these pictures, we have a long way to go between high fashion and something I'd be willing to wear or pay for.

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EOS: Economic, Precise and Digital Additive Manufacturing (AM) of Removable Partial Dentures (RPD)

EOS: Economic, Precise and Digital Additive Manufacturing (AM) of Removable Partial Dentures (RPD) | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

"For the dental laboratory, on the other hand, the conventional manufacture of a model cast prostheses means a lot of work. ... The digital production method, alternatively, saves a lot of time: the design for the removable partial denture is ready in around 15 minutes with only a few mouse clicks."

Beth Robinson's insight:

In this story the 3d printer is making the mold for the metal portion of the partial dentures. It's easy to see how the technique can speed up, and possibly improve, making these oddly shaped and personally unique items.

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What's So Green About 3D Printing? | EarthTechling

What's So Green About 3D Printing? | EarthTechling | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it
We explore just how world-changing this hobby can be, and why it's likely to help reduce future waste, rather than create more.
Beth Robinson's insight:

I hadn't actually thought about this potential result in regards to 3-d printing, but can definitely see the potential for reducing fuel needs due to local production, avoiding mass-producing more units than needed, cutting down packaging needs, and reducing the waste at the point of manufacture. Of course, there's the question of whether this would all be offset by everyone making more stuff more often.

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Liquid Scaffolds From A 3-D Printer | April 8, 2013 Issue - Vol. 91 Issue 14 | Chemical & Engineering News

Liquid Scaffolds From A 3-D Printer | April 8, 2013 Issue - Vol. 91 Issue 14 | Chemical & Engineering News | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

"Having greater control over cell spreading and tissue growth would be a big plus for researchers.A scaffold made of liquid compartments could provide that versatility."

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Another step in building expertise toward a complicated goal.

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First fully 3-D printed house looks incredible [AMAZING PHOTOS]

First fully 3-D printed house looks incredible [AMAZING PHOTOS] | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

"The  3-D printed 31 truckbed-sized pieces are assembled incredibly fast simply by snapping them together, requiring no adhesive, welding or any other constructions fastening work – not even duct tape."

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I fail to understand why a 3-d printed house has to look so incredibly weird although I understand it could be part of the psychology of how eye-catching and dramatic is often the best way to introduce something conceptually new.

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Will 3D Printing Save The ‘TechBelt’?

Will 3D Printing Save The ‘TechBelt’? | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

"The additive manufacturing institute is centered on a non-profit organization — the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (MCDMM) — which gives it a structure that is fundamentally different than a collaborative effort focused solely upon making money."

Beth Robinson's insight:

With all the buzz about 3d printing bringing manufacturing and design freedom to the masses from the bottom, it's interesting to see that it's also being supported from the top, the very top, with the intent of job creation, among other things.

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3D Printing (Additive Manufacturing) Is Turning the Impossible Into the Possible | Flash Foresights from Daniel Burrus | Big Think

3D Printing (Additive Manufacturing) Is Turning the Impossible Into the Possible | Flash Foresights from Daniel Burrus | Big Think | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

"Whether you call it 3D Printing or Additive Manufacturing, it is advancing quickly on a global level and offers something that up until recently was impossible: On-demand, anytime, anywhere, personalized manufactured items by anyone." 

Beth Robinson's insight:

An introduction with a personal feel as the author has been writing about rapid prototyping and so forth for over twenty years.

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5 Steps to a 3-D Printed Eyeball | Top Five | Big Think

5 Steps to a 3-D Printed Eyeball | Top Five | Big Think | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

"And when you allow for more esoteric material like food materials and biomaterials and so forth, really our ability to fabricate instrumentation and try out new ideas is greatly accelerated. "

Beth Robinson's insight:

I'm not impressed with the somewhat misleading title, but do like the biomaterial applications the article points out.

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Why 3-D Printing Won't Turn Your Home Into a Factory | Wired Business | Wired.com

Why 3-D Printing Won't Turn Your Home Into a Factory | Wired Business | Wired.com | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

"More and more 3-D printed items will enter our lives, says Wohlers, but they will be made by professionals who have the tools and the know-how, not by your average person."


Via Peter Azzopardi
Beth Robinson's insight:

I agree with the near term trends that this article is discussing, as in the quote I selected. But the other point, not featured here, is that anyone can become such a professional with a much lower barrier to entry.

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Peter Azzopardi's curator insight, March 21, 2013 12:50 PM

Some good points here.

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Mark Frauenfelder on Kevin Mack's 3D-Printed Sculptures - Core77

Mark Frauenfelder on Kevin Mack's 3D-Printed Sculptures - Core77 | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

"The sculpture was created from constrained random implicit surfaces and procedurally derived structures."

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I love that he's using the 3-d printer to create art in a way that would be difficult or impossible in another medium.

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3D Printing and Retail | Futurelab – We are marketing and customer strategy consultants with a passion for profit and innovation.

3D Printing and Retail | Futurelab – We are marketing and customer strategy consultants with a passion for profit and innovation. | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

"I ventured into a thought experiment on the impact of 3D printing on the retail industry."

Beth Robinson's insight:

This makes me think of the growth of copy shops, where it seemed like one was on every corner, and then there consolidation when inkjet and laser printers became more affordable. But they are still there.

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