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First 3D printer reaches high street

First 3D printer reaches high street | 3D printing | Scoop.it
Maplin's £700 machine – previously only available to professional printing companies – can make anything from mobile phone cases to jewellery to shoes
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1st 3D printer on the UK High Street. All I can say is that this is only just the beginning

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Will 3D Printing Offer a Solution to Homelessness? | Inside3DP.com

Will 3D Printing Offer a Solution to Homelessness? | Inside3DP.com | 3D printing | Scoop.it
3D-printed house might soon offer a solution to people without a roof over their heads.
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Print a home!!!!! Lets hope that the foundations are not sand

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Dreaming Pipes - developing small bagpipes using 3D printing

To create a new instrument using 3D printing, capable of playing two full octaves without altering the basic scale familiar to pipers.
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The limitless aspects of 3D printing are proof in this project = printing mini bag pipes. Interestingly the music is not "tiny"

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Kornel Farkas's curator insight, May 23, 12:40 PM

3D printing has more application than I can imagine.

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Human 3D ClonesIn Russia | Advanced 3D printing technologies exhibition

Human 3D ClonesIn Russia | Advanced 3D printing technologies exhibition | 3D printing | Scoop.it
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its happening now in Moscow. They are #D printing

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3D-printed fashion: off the printer, rather than off the peg

3D-printed fashion: off the printer, rather than off the peg | 3D printing | Scoop.it
Latest collection by Iris van Herpen shows that new 3D-printing technology is heading for the catwalk, and eventually the high street The most eye-catching prints in fashion aren't florals or leopardskin but printouts.
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Kornel Farkas's curator insight, May 23, 12:41 PM

3d printing adds boost for fashion, the possibilities are endless!

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3D printing scales up

3D printing scales up | 3D printing | Scoop.it
PEEK through the inspection windows of the nearly 100 three-dimensional (3D) printers quietly making things at RedEye, a company based in Eden Prairie, Minnesota,...

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This is true scale and its good to see a company quietly investing in the future

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World's first 3D-printed car will move from 3D printer to road soon

World's first 3D-printed car will move from 3D printer to road soon | 3D printing | Scoop.it

An engineer named Jim Kor is printing, as in building, a car. The Winnipeg, Manitoba, car visionary is responsible for the Urbee 2, being readied for the road, intended eventually as an about-town car, with three wheels, and built for two passengers. It looks like a big, shiny red bug cruising down the road. Interest grows in its means of production and implications for car manufacturing in the future.

If printing cars develop, conventional manufacturing plants might operate aside very small "cottage" plants deploying lights-out manufacturing. Kor's company, Kor Ecologic, is responsible for the Urbee 2, described as strong as steel yet lightweight. (The motto for the company is "Reasonable Design.") By using 3-D printing, there is a special focus on lightness but strength; he is creating large pieces with varied thicknesses. The Urbee's car body will be assembled from about 50 separate parts. The team's practice is to take small part from a big car and make them into single large pieces. The less pieces, the less car weight. The lighter the car, the more miles per gallon. The less spaces between parts and the Urbee becomes the more aerodynamic. The teardrop-shaped car has a curb weight of 1,200 pounds. The bumper, which is made in two pieces, required 300 hours to finish. The entire car takes about 2,500 hours.

The printing process to make the car is called Fused Deposition Modeling. (FDM), where one lays down thin layers (0.04 mm) of melted plastic filament. The FDM approach enables tight control by the designer, who is able to add thickness and rigidity to special sections. Kor likes to compare the fender of a future Urbee with a bird bone. As shown in a cross section of a bird bone, he said there is bone only where the bird needs strength, and the FDM process can replicate a bird bone.

 

Kor has been printing the body pieces at RedEye, a business unit of Stratasys, which uses 3-D printers to produce on-demand parts and prototypes. Kor Ecologic has drawn up specific design ideals that are applied to the Urbee car project..A few of them are highlighted here. "Use the least amount of energy possible for every kilometer traveled. Cause as little pollution as possible during manufacturing, operation and recycling of the car. Use materials available as close as possible to where the car is built. Use materials that can be recycled again and again….

 

Be simple to understand, build, and repair. Be as safe as possible to drive. Be affordable." Kor does not have a high-priced toy in mind but rather an economy car. He has received orders for 14 cars. Most of the orders are from those involved in designing the car. Kor is presently planning to make one car and to drive it, when it is ready, with a partner, from San Francisco to New York City. They hope to do it on ten gallons of gas; Kor would prefer to use pure ethanol. They will try to prove without argument that they did the drive with existing traffic.


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cunicode | design for 3D Print & creative fabrication

cunicode | design for 3D Print & creative fabrication | 3D printing | Scoop.it
Design studio for 3D Printing & Creative Fabrication | mass customization | generative design | digital manufacturing.
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Why public libraries should follow Chicago's lead and build maker labs

Why public libraries should follow Chicago's lead and build maker labs | 3D printing | Scoop.it
The lab will operate through the end of the year and offer 3D printers, laser cutters, a milling machine, a vinyl cutter and software.

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Such a great idea to turn those dusty shelves in libraries into great activity and idea centres

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nickcarman's curator insight, July 9, 2013 12:16 AM

An interesting article that is realistic about the risks and expenses of maker labs, but encourages libraries that are keen to give it a go.

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Printing Out Barbies and Ford Cylinders

Printing Out Barbies and Ford Cylinders | 3D printing | Scoop.it
Companies such as General Electric, Ford Motor and Mattel are pushing 3-D printing further into the mainstream than most people realize.
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I reposted under £D as I think this will gain more traction

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With ingenuity and a 3-D printer, group changes lives

With ingenuity and a 3-D printer, group changes lives | 3D printing | Scoop.it
Led by a film producer with no engineering background, Not Impossible tackles the physical limitations that arise from blindness, paralysis and other conditions.
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At last..........When 3-D printers first became available, critics predicted the machines would be relegated to producing cheap novelty items - prosthetic limbs

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MakieLab's Alice Taylor on the joys of toys and 3D printing - video

MakieLab makes 3D printed toys and games. Here, Alice Taylor, founder and CEO, talks to Jemima Kiss about turning the world of toys upside downJemima KissPaul Boyd
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is this the rise of entrepenurial manufacturing. The next industrial revolution perhaps

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World's largest 3D printing factory

World's largest 3D printing factory | 3D printing | Scoop.it
Click's Jen Copestake visits the world's largest 3D printing factory in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.
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What technology is doing for the world

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Graphene: 'Miracle material' will be in your home sooner than you think

Graphene: 'Miracle material' will be in your home sooner than you think | 3D printing | Scoop.it
Just under ten years ago, the Dutch-British physicist Andre Geim astumbled across a substance that would revolutionize the way people understood matter and win
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This could be an excellent partner to 3D. Need to think of an application now
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3D-printed sugar could be icing on the cake for kitchens of the future

3D-printed sugar could be icing on the cake for kitchens of the future | 3D printing | Scoop.it
LA husband-and-wife team adapt printing technique to explore 'intersection between technology, food and art'
For anyone who gets the munchies at the office, it sounds like a fantasy: print your own cake.
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One lump or two

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Kornel Farkas's curator insight, May 23, 12:43 PM

Can I get a fork? :)

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Is 3D Printing the Future of Logistics for UPS? - 3DLT.com

Is 3D Printing the Future of Logistics for UPS? - 3DLT.com | 3D printing | Scoop.it
UPS has become the first major retailer and shipping company to adopt 3D printing - and the implications for its logistics business could be profound.
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First 3D printer reaches high street

First 3D printer reaches high street | 3D printing | Scoop.it
Maplin's £700 machine – previously only available to professional printing companies – can make anything from mobile phone cases to jewellery to shoes
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1st 3D printer on the UK High Street. All I can say is that this is only just the beginning

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3D-Printed Spiderbot Is Stuff of Dreams and Nightmares

3D-Printed Spiderbot Is Stuff of Dreams and Nightmares | 3D printing | Scoop.it
The T8 Spiderbot doesn't just look real, it crawls about like a flesh, blood and carapace spider.
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Now i am frightened at how realistic this looks and .......it was printed

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3D printing 'bigger than internet' - ft business - companies - FT.com

3D printing 'bigger than internet' - ft business - companies - FT.com | 3D printing | Scoop.it
Proponents of 3D printing say it has the potential to alter radically a number of industries.
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This will radically change our way of living. This tryly is a game changer

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