3-D technology isn't just for movie theatres and comic books anymore. In fact, it may very well reshape the landscape for American manufacturing. It's all thanks to advances in 3-D printing, also called additive manufacturing, which has seen tremendous growth in the last few years.
Adding the LulzBot™ TAZ to their line up of innovative, Libre Hardware-inspired 3D printers, Aleph Objects, Inc. has introduced a game changer to the 3D printing industry. With the largest print volume of any desktop 3D printer in its class, the TAZ (formerly known as TK-0) offers unparalleled print quality compared to other 3D printers on the market. If you can think it up, you can print it.
3D Creation Systems is an additive manufacturing facility that offers SLS, SLA, FDM, and composite technologies to members for as little as $2,500. The 3D Creation Systems concept is reminiscent of Tech Shop, another membership-based, do-it-yourself workshop.
As the market gap between hobbyist makers and professional engineers continues to close, desktop 3D printing is emerging as the next golden nugget in prototyping and small-scale manufacturing. MakerBot has been at the cusp of this revolution.
Engineers at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Ames Research Center have begun experimenting with 3D printers for some spacecraft design. CNET's Sumi Das visits one of its newly open workshops, which is filled with state of the art equipment.
UConn and Pratt & Whitney have created one of the most advanced additive manufacturing laboratories in the country. The new Pratt & Whitney Additive Manufacturing Innovation Center at UConn will serve as an important resource for training the next generation of engineers and designers.
You've heard of 3-D printing, the process of using a specialized printer to create real-world objects from computer models. Now there's something new on the horizon that could revolutionize this burgeoning technology: 4-D printing. At TED 2013, senior fellow Skylar Tibbits sat down with CNN Ideas to further explain this mysterious fourth dimension in printing technology.
3D printing is a very hot sector, but is there a way for investors to play this trend? Turns out, there is. Recent IPO ExOne reported sales that topped forecasts, lifting shares of it and rivals 3D Systems and Stratsys. But this is still a new and risky market.
Neil Gershenfeld, Director of the MIT Center for Bits and Atoms, and Robert Atkinson, Founder and President of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, argue about the role of localized 3D printing in manufacturing's tomorrow.
We've already seen all kinds of 3D-printed items, from jewelry, to guitars, and even football cleats. Now, we might soon have an almost entirely 3D-printed car in the Urbee 2. The hybrid car, created by engineer Jim Kor, is designed to be light, cheap, easy to reproduce, and very efficient.
Neil Gershenfeld, a director at MIT, and Atoms, and Robert Atkinson, Founder and President of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, argue about the role of localized 3D printing in manufacturing's tomorrow. Although Gershenfeld concedes Atkinson's argument that localized manufacturing cannot compete with the productivity of large manufacturing, he believes that there is a place for household-sized plants.
Techies flock toward the "maker movement," which empowers people to use tech tools like 3D printing to build everything from toys to musical instruments. Christian Pramuk of Autodesk talks about how easy it is to design and print in 3D. Techies are taking hold by creating apps and products for 3D printing.
Stratasys shares surged in early trading today and rival 3D Systems was also up. Recently public company ExOne shares rallied as well. 3D printing companies are up on some good sales, but be careful when investing in this volatile, emerging industry.
3D printing is a process by which an object or objects are created by "printing" its shape with any kind of metal or plastic. Cornell University professor Hod Lipson explains how a 3D printer works, its pros, and cons in this CBS This Morning segment.
Since the introduction of 3D printing (additive manufacturing) in the 1980s, the benefits of producing small quantities of complex parts fast is well understood among manufacturing circles. Despite this, the industry is just beginning to understand exactly how transformative the technology will be to the future of manufacturing.
New York manufacturer, Shapeways opened its first U.S. factory where up to forty 3-D printers will make designer products to ship worldwide. Shapeways CEO, Peter Weijmarshauser, talks about the factory and the company's plans for the future.
Ideal for all-round fit, form and functional prototyping, the Objet1000 combines a large and extremely convenient build platform with the advanced precision of inkjet 3D printing and Objet’s Connex multi-material capability – all in a single machine.
Austin, Texas, is a growing hub for technology startups, and these companies' leaders see a bright future. Mobile software, cloud computing, 3D printing and greentech businesses are just some of the areas that these CEOs feel will continue to move forward in the coming year.
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