Soon Disney will begin lining its commercial Star Wars coffers with plastic action figures, T-shirts, and collapsible lightsabers. But one French 3D printing outfit took more of a "screw it, I'll do it myself" approach by creating a 3D-printed version of the new Star Wars lightsaber.
Manufacturers of all scales are integrating 3D printing into their operations, and hybrid manufacturing equipment combining additive and machining production are designed to drive acceptance of printing-based manufacturing.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- From the first-ever full, variable color 3D printing technology to a skin patch that can deliver a vaccine through nanofibers without a needle - the prototypes and research presented at the Collegiate Inventors Competition were nothing short of genius. After an intense and exciting deliberation between expert judges, the 2014 undergraduate and graduate winners have been selected.
As of 2013, global additive manufacturing (3D printing) was a $3 billion industry worldwide. Goldman Sachs estimates that over the next 20 years, it will expand to $40 billion. This estimate seems low. Even if additive manufa