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International Space Station’s 3-D Printer

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"The International Space Station’s 3-D printer has manufactured the first 3-D printed object in space, paving the way to future long-term space expeditions."

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3D-printing a lunar base

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"Could astronauts one day be printing rather than building a base on the Moon? In 2013 ESA, working with industrial partners, proved that 3D printing using lunar material was feasible in principle. Since then, work continues to investigate the technique. The shielding against radiation provided by a 3D-printed block of simulated lunar regolith was measured, providing important inputs for next-stage designs..."

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SpaceX Launches 3D Printed Parts to Space

SpaceX Launches 3D Printed Parts to Space | Engineering That Surrounds Us | Scoop.it

Through 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, robust and high-performing rocket parts can be created and offer improvements over traditional manufacturing methods. SpaceX is pushing the boundaries of what additive manufacturing can do in the 21st century, ultimately making the Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft more reliable, robust and efficient than ever before.

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The Aerodynamics Of The World Cup Soccer Ball, In GIFs

The Aerodynamics Of The World Cup Soccer Ball, In GIFs | Engineering That Surrounds Us | Scoop.it

NASA stuck a World Cup soccer ball into some of its aerodynamics testing chambers because why not. NASA is not involved in developing or testing the ball, so these demonstrations were really just for fun.

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What you need to know about commercial drones

What you need to know about commercial drones | Engineering That Surrounds Us | Scoop.it

Wondering why you don't see drones everywhere, despite the intention of Amazon and others to deliver all the things with flying robots? Here's why.

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Unveiling the largest-ever 3D-Printed Model of San Francisco

Unveiling the largest-ever 3D-Printed Model of San Francisco | Engineering That Surrounds Us | Scoop.it

Today Autodesk and Steelblue unveiled the largest-ever 3D-printed scale-model of San Francisco. The model covers a 115+ block area encompassing the Financial and South of Market districts, including AT&T Park, the Ferry Building and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. 

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Los trenes más rápidos del mundo no corren, levitan

Los trenes más rápidos del mundo no corren, levitan | Engineering That Surrounds Us | Scoop.it
Japón y China tienen los trenes más veloces. España prueba un sistema innovador.
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Transforming Sunlight into Jet Fuel

Transforming Sunlight into Jet Fuel | Engineering That Surrounds Us | Scoop.it

Researchers in Europe recently demonstrated a process for transforming concentrated sunlight, water and CO2 into a kerosene compound that can power any combustion engine.


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Five wonder materials that could change lives

Five wonder materials that could change lives | Engineering That Surrounds Us | Scoop.it
Graphene and shrilk are so new that the scientists who discovered them hardly know what to do with them
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Ten 3D printed sustainable homes produced in 24 hours

Ten 3D printed sustainable homes produced in 24 hours | Engineering That Surrounds Us | Scoop.it

An experimental revolution is underway in China to use 3D printing techniques to build houses. This rapid construction process was demonstrated to build ten small houses in 24 hours predominantly from recycled materials. 


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Europe’s 3D printer set for Space Station

Europe’s 3D printer set for Space Station | Engineering That Surrounds Us | Scoop.it

Europe’s very first 3D printer in space is scheduled for installation aboard the ISS next year.

 Designed and built in Italy, it will be put to the test as part as ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti’s Futura mission, and is set to reach orbit in the first half of next year. Samantha herself will be launched on her six-month Station assignment on 23 November.

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Bioengineers create functional 3-D brain-like tissue

Bioengineers create functional 3-D brain-like tissue | Engineering That Surrounds Us | Scoop.it

Bioengineers have created three-dimensional brain-like tissue that functions like and has structural features similar to tissue in the rat brain and that can be kept alive in the lab for more than two months.

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 "Bioengineered functional brain-like cortical tissue," by Min Tang-Schomer et al. PNAS, www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1324214111

 

(http://phys.org/news/2014-08-bioengineers-functional-d-brain-like-tissue.html)

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Teachers: Your Students Can Build Their Very Own Wave Energy Device in Your Classroom!

Teachers: Your Students Can Build Their Very Own Wave Energy Device in Your Classroom! | Engineering That Surrounds Us | Scoop.it

Moon is the Marine Renewable Energy Program Associate with Oregon Sea Grant Extension. Her very first project in that position was to develop a wave energy curriculum built around construction of this very simple miniature wave energy converter that can actually produce a tiny voltage [...]

Instructions for building the model wave energy device are here, and the entire Wave Energy Handbook is freely available from Oregon Sea Grant.

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3-D Printer To Fly To Space In August, Sooner Than Planned

3-D Printer To Fly To Space In August, Sooner Than Planned | Engineering That Surrounds Us | Scoop.it

A 3-D printer intended for the International Space Station has passed its NASA certifications with flying colors -- earning the device a trip to space sooner than expected. The next Dragon spacecraft, scheduled to launch in August, will carry the Made In Space printer on board. 

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Building the nation will be impossible without engineers

Building the nation will be impossible without engineers | Engineering That Surrounds Us | Scoop.it
Australian industries need the flexibility, insight and foresight that comes from thinking creatively, asking critical questions, forming and testing hypotheses and reasoning quantitatively – and engineers have the technical knowledge and the problem solving skills to respond to constant change.
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Lunar Bases Could be Constructed using Additive Manufacturing

Lunar Bases Could be Constructed using Additive Manufacturing | Engineering That Surrounds Us | Scoop.it

Global efforts to return to the moon by 2024 are gearing up across many industrialized nations. The problem remains how to stay on the surface permanently? Does additive manufacturing (AM) offer an efficient solution? 

 The European Space Agency (ESA) has researched the feasibility of a pioneering construction method to product lunar bases by 3D printing them directly from raw materials found on the lunar surface. 

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Investigadores del MIT hallan un truco para purificar agua de forma sencilla: usar un palito

Investigadores del MIT hallan un truco para purificar agua de forma sencilla: usar un palito | Engineering That Surrounds Us | Scoop.it

Rohit Karnik es un ingeniero mecánico del Instituto Tecnológico de Massachusetts (MIT) que trabaja en tecnologías relacionadas con el transporte de agua. Hace unos meses, mientras asistía a un congreso en el que se hablaban de plantas y sistemas de riego, se le encendió la bombilla: ¿y si empleaba el mismo sistema de las plantas para filtrar el agua?


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Amazing Technology Invented By MIT - Tangible Media

At the MIT Media Lab, the Tangible Media Group believes the future of computing is tactile. Unveiled today, the inFORM is MIT's new scrying pool for imaginin...
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Scientists Are 3D Printing Whole Cancer Tumors From Scratch

Scientists Are 3D Printing Whole Cancer Tumors From Scratch | Engineering That Surrounds Us | Scoop.it
We've seen 3D-printed cells, organs, and even body parts over the last few years. But in Philadelphia, a team of scientists is printing cancerous tumors--modeling the very things that are threatening to kill patients in order to understand how to quell them.
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