Jim Chalmers: 3D printing will allow production on the small-scale to be as efficient as large scale production - its existence and growth will both challenge and complete traditional manufacturing
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The #3DPrinting revolution is here. In the next years it will become mainstream and that´s why it is so important to start teaching kids with these kind of technologies, so they will be prepared to face the future.
Imagine what you might do if you could print your own solar panels. That's kind of the dream behind Shawn Frayne and Alex Hornstein's Solar Pocket Factory -- although they see it more as the "microbrewery" of panel production rather than a tool for everyone's garage. With over $70,000 of backing from a successful Kickstarter campaign, the inventors are now working on refining the prototype. If all goes well, by April they'll have a machine that can spit out a micro solar panel every few seconds. In the meantime, Frayne stopped by Flora Lichtman's backyard with a few pieces of the prototype to explain how the mini-factory will work.
3D printing and 3D scanning made the jump to your home or office! Scientists are using this technology for a long time and you would never believe, what they are using it for. Take a look. We have searched the internet to find ...
Richard Horne considers the current status of plastics for at-home 3D printing and how things need to change to bring about a more sustainable global situation. He points to developments by William Hoyle for Ethical Filament production as a solution.