Before '3D printing' became a catch-all term, the hardware, which has been in use for decades, was referred to as a rapid prototyper. But even waiting five hours for a 'rapidly' printed part can be a waste of time. And that's what inspired Stefanie Mueller and researchers at the Hasso Plattner Institute to create software that swaps out the parts of a 3D model you don't need printed with Lego.
Tony Sacksteder's insight:
Software appears to an academic project only at this time. Looked at. ( http://stefaniemueller.org/fabrickation/) but don't see and download links. If anyone finds it out in the wild, please let me know!
The Japanese government has allocated 4 billion yen ($38.6 million) in funding for its national 3D printing projects, including the research and development of 3D printing machines and refined 3D molding technology.
With highly accurate 3D animation the standard in today's world, it’s refreshing to see someone taking animation back to its origins when every frame was h (Each Frame of This Stop-Motion Animation Was Made with a 3D Printer
With a "Spotify for objects" being set up and the potential for everything to be pirated, is it an opportunity for developers to realise their dreams or is there a risk that their ideas will be taken for nothing?
“Plastics expert igus has introduced the world’s first plastic filament for 3D printers enhanced with tribological, or low friction, properties. The material, 50 times more resistant to wear and abrasion than conventional 3D printer materials, is ideally suited for creating custom bearings. igus has been researching filaments for 3D printers in order to provide customers with more flexibility in their design ideas. Now, for example, customers can design custom parts or manufacture prototypes, while still...”
Tony Sacksteder's insight:
There are plenty of opportunities to use a material like this.
“ 3DPrint.com 3D Printing Ears – Student Aims to Fix Congenital Deformity Via 3D Printers 3DPrint.com When it comes to 3D printing in medicine, it's one of those technologies which is only starting to break the surface.”
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Last year researchers at Cornell University figured out a way to 3D print a functional speaker cone. But now researchers at Disney have one-upped them with a new printing technique that lets any 3d-printed object work like a speaker--no matter its shape.
3D-Printed Ford Gran Torino Is the Muscle Car From Hell Mashable Walk through this year's New York international Auto Show, and it's clear that the current crop of cars are rapidly catching up with the concept vehicles of the future.
A low, mechanical thrum creates an ever-present soundtrack at Type A Machines, a 3D-printing company on the third floor of San Francisco's TechShop, in SOMA. Big and drafty and sunlit with exposed pi...