MIT built a robot that can 3D print an entire building in about 14 hours
Researchers at MIT developed a new robotic system capable of 3D printing the basic structure of an entire building. It could make construction faster, cheaper, and far more adaptable. The post MIT built a robot that can 3D print an entire building in about 14 hours appeared first on Digital Trends.
MIT’s giant mobile 3D printer can build a building in 14 hours, and some day it may be headed to Mars
 At first glance, the Digital Construction Platform looks as awkward as its name. The system is actually a giant, mobile 3D printer, and the MIT team behind it believes it could help revolutionize home construction both here on Earth and other planets in the distant future. Read More ...
A new 3D-printing technique from MIT can print custom furniture in minutes
A collaboration between MIT's Self-Assembly Lab, Steelcase, and designer Christophe Guberan has resulted in a 3D-printing breakthrough. The process uses a rapid liquid printing technique that improves speed, scale, and quality. The post A new 3D-printing technique from MIT can print custom furniture in minutes appeared first on Digital Trends....
Shoetopia is a 3D-printed, biodegradable shoe design prototype
For shoes, 3D-printing is the next step, as 3D-printed shoes could be an affordable way to manufacture customized shoes quickly. Two design students have already designed a prototype, 3D-printed shoe made of eco-friendly materials. The post Shoetopia is a 3D-printed, biodegradable shoe design prototype appeared first on Digital Trends....
German engineers develop novel process for 3D printing glass
A team of engineers has developed a process by which it is now possible to 3D print complex forms of glass. The scientists at the Germany-based Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) mixed nanoparticles of high-purity quartz glass and a small quantity of liquid polymer and allow this mixture to be cured by light at specific points by means of stereolithography. The material, which has remained liquid, is washed out in a solvent bath, leaving only the desired cured structure. The polymer still m...
MakerBot’s technology of the future grapples with its rocky past
 Goshen has a small stack of papers sitting on a table beside him, should he need to consult any notes. He never actually looks over, however. After months of behind the scenes meetings, he’s got the company’s new line down, pat. His voice rarely raises above a whisper during our conversation, but he speaks thoughtfully and pragmatically. He speaks of a company that’s humbled.… Read More ...
3D-printing technology is making custom prosthetics a reality
A pioneering research team at Carnegie Mellon's School of Computer Science is working to create life-changing prosthetics for people in need -- and all thanks to the wonders of 3D printing. The post 3D-printing technology is making custom prosthetics a reality appeared first on Digital Trends.
NASA’s versatile new 3D-printed space fabric looks like futuristic chainmail
NASA has developed a smart, high-tech 3D-printed metallic "space fabric," capable of being used for a variety of functions in space -- from astronaut space suits to spaceship insulation. The post NASA’s versatile new 3D-printed space fabric looks like futuristic chainmail appeared first on Digital Trends.
Cambodian startup is 3D-printing prosthetic hands for land mine victims
Cambodia’s only 3D-printing company teamed up with a Canadian prosthetics non-governmental organization to create 3D-printed artificial hands for Cambodian victims of land mine explosions. The post Cambodian startup is 3D-printing prosthetic hands for land mine victims appeared first on Digital Trends.
Georgia Tech researchers develop 4D printing technique to create shape shifting objects
A team of researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology in the US, the Singapore University of Technology and Design and the  in China have collaborated to develop a 3D printing technique that allows objects to permanently change shape as a response to the application of heat. The technique uses layers of shape memory polymers, with the layers designed to respond differently to heat. Martin L. Dunn a professor at Singapore University of Technology and Design said &ldqu...
Boeing has hired Norsk Titanium AS to 3D print titanium parts; to save $2-3 million off each plane
Boeing Co hired Norsk Titanium AS to print the first structural titanium parts for its 787 Dreamliner, a shift that the Norwegian 3-D printing company said would eventually shave $2 million to $3 million off the cost of each plane. The contract announced on Monday is a major step in Boeing’s effort to boost the profitability of the 787 and a sign of growing industrial acceptance of the durability of 3-D printed metal parts, allowing them to replace pieces made with more expensive tradition...
Adidas unveils Futurecraft 4D, its latest take on 3D-printed shoes
Adidas has been experimenting with different ways of manufacturing sneakers for a few years now, from using recycled ocean plastic to a single piece of leather to 3D printing, all under the Futurecraft name. The company hopes to one day use the latter method for mass-production, and has just unveiled their attempt, the Futurecraft 4D, which it plans to sell … Continue reading...
McLaren will 3D print spare parts for F1 race car
We already know 3D printing is poised to revolutionized the manufacturing industry, and the technology has already been used to produce mechanical parts for everything from watches to bikes to motorcycles. But McLaren‘s Formula 1 racing team has come up with the idea to use it to make spare parts where they’re most needed: trackside in the pit. McLaren Racing … Continue reading...
McLaren will 3D print spare parts for F1 race car
We already know 3D printing is poised to revolutionized the manufacturing industry, and the technology has already been used to produce mechanical parts for everything from watches to bikes to motorcycles. But McLaren‘s Formula 1 racing team has come up with the idea to use it to make spare parts where they’re most needed: trackside in the pit. McLaren Racing … Continue reading...
Swedish scientists successfully implant 3D printed human cartilage cells in baby mice
 In what could potentially serve as a important moment in the quest to 3D print body parts, a team of scientists from Sweden’s Sahlgrenska Academy and Chalmers University of Technology have managed to successfully implant human cartilage cells in six-week-old baby mice. The researchers created a gel composed of human cartilage cells, printed it through a Cellink 3D bioprinter and… Read More ...
Scientists figure out a way to 3D print materials like graphene using bacteria
Scientists at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands have developed a new process that enables them to 3D print a range of materials -- such as a form of graphene -- using bacteria. The post Scientists figure out a way to 3D print materials like graphene using bacteria appeared first on Digital Trends.
Formlabs retires the Form 1+ printer
 Formlabs’ Form 1 Kickstarter project was the first stereo lithography printer that ended up on peoples’ radars. Its successor, the Form 1+, looked identical but had upgraded internals for increased speed and reliability. Following Formlabs’ $35 million raise last year, the company has focused its attention on its more professional-grade Form 2 printer instead. Read More ...
Environment-friendly startup is turning old fishing nets into 3D-printer fibers
Whether you’re looking to save the planet or just need new 3D-printing materials, you'll find something to like about this U.K. startup, which is turning old fishing nets into 3D-printer filaments. The post Environment-friendly startup is turning old fishing nets into 3D-printer fibers appeared first on Digital Trends.
MIT demonstrates 3D printing with cellulose, as an alternative to petroleum based plastics
Plants could be a renewable and biodegradable alternative to the polymers currently used in 3-D printing materials, researchers have found. A new paper, published in the journal Advanced Materials Technologies, found that cellulose might become an abundant material to print with. “Cellulose is the most important component in giving wood its mechanical properties. And because it is so inexpensive, it is biorenewable, biodegradable and also very chemically versatile, it is used in a lot of p...
Ford race cars could soon sport more 3D-printed parts
Ford is scaling up its 3D-printing experiments. The automaker is testing a Stsratasys Infinite Build 3D printer that can make larger parts. It hopes to use 3D printing for prototype and low-volume production parts. The post Ford race cars could soon sport more 3D-printed parts appeared first on Digital Trends.