3D Printers: Why Nobody Needs One For Christmas
The article talks about how the trend of 3D printing has getting people fascinated about the possibilities that this technology can makes. However, it says that it is really expensive considering the real gains having one 3D printer at home. According to the article, the average of those machines on market varies from $1000 till $2000, what is pretty expensive to have it at home. Although the author doens't agree with the idea of having a 3D printer at home, he shows other applications where this technology makes all difference. For example, in a hospital when sometimes you need something at that moment what can make the whole difference, or in spacial journeys where it can create a on-demand supply chain for needed tools and parts.
The da Vinci 1.0 AiO Is The Future Of All-In-One 3D Printers
The article talks about XYZPrinting da Vinci 1.0 AiO which is a 3D printer and also a scanner, both built in the same machine a really accessible price: $799. Some examples of printing are giving to explain how easy and good this machine works. However, the user tells us about limitations of this device. He says that shiny objects are not recommended to be printed and even matte objects lose some details when are printed. The machine is compared in price and size as a average laser printer. Unfortunately, the case is sealed and you can't just change the filament for some of your own will because it is a DRM-protected 3D printing. In other words, buying the machine you are contracting also the necessity of buy the filament from the same company.
‘It’s NOT Nerf or Nothin’!’ – Now You Can 3D Print Your Own Nerf-Like Gun
The popular and old fashioned NERF gun after 30 years finally found a threat. The 3D printing technology could be able to let users produce they own NERF guns at home, and the best part is that those guns are showing to be more efficient than the original ones. It is really interesting how new technologies no only make new things but also recreate old ones.
The video below shows one NERF gun developed by a user of a ROBO3D 3D who nicknamed himself on the link's page by the username 1nxtmonster
Would You Live In A 3D Printed House?
The 3D printing is revolutionizing the way to do things. Even the process of building a house can be changed completely with this technology. Scalability is allowing the 3D printing to create each day things greater things. The idea now is build houses and infrastructure construction. Using 3D printing to this goal reduces the cost with material and labor.
The article shows 3 examples of 3D printing for urban structures:
1. A global engineering firm in Australia called Arup created a complex design for a bridge support that was lighter and had an unusual design that couldn't be made by conventional methods.
2. Amsterdam built the largest-scale 3D printer and is building a house along the famous canal over there. The project is expected to be completed in 2015. Sustainable materials are being tested together with the 3D printing in this case.
3. Shanghai WinSun Decoration Design Engineering printed 10 houses which costs only $4,000 in less than 24 hours. The houses are not the most beautiful when it comes about design, but the cost and the time to build definitely is a good point to help solve crisis.
Turning Artifacts into Ornaments via 3D Printing Technology
Have you ever thought that could be possible having a real replica of a museum artifact hanging on your christmas tree? The reality of replicating artifacts using this technology to studies was already in use for researchers, students and other interested parts. Now the Idaho Virtualization Laboratory (IVL) has possibiliting create holidays ornaments of their pieces. On the website: http://www.shapeways.com/shops/IVL, anyone can buy those pieces already printed for prices that range from $4 till $30, or just download the design for free and print it at home. One more incredible possibility of the 3D printing technology is allowing us create things that are hard to do using the usual techiniques.
Chinese Student Receives First 3D Printed Thoracic Vertebrae Implant & the Surgery is a Success
This article shows an important application of 3D printing technology: the medical field. The patient in this case is a 21 years old student who had damages in her two thoracic vertebrae requiring a surgery that reinforced and recasted them. It was a hard process to create a 3D model because our bones are developed in a unique way. The solution for this case was use a CT scan data to create a virtual model of the spine, and after that was created a perfected fitting 3D printed titaniumk implant. The technology could possibility a fast and easy (if compared with other methods) solution for this complex case, and helped to develop new knwoledege in the area.
3d Printing, clothes & Sensors : for US soldiers
What about printing some army clothes? That is exactly what the Researchers of US Army Natick Soldier Research are doing right now. They are integrating hard and soft material to create clothing, caps chem-bio, body-armor, gloves, hats, helmet covers etc. The technology will allow create custom unique pieces to any soldier. It will make possible reduce cost and create improvement in ballistic `clothing.
Could This 3D Printed Folding Knife be Cause for Concern? Looks can be Deceiving
When the topic is about weapons, almost everyone feel a little uncomfortable to allow things that could give everyone a chance to have one at home. The concerns about how it could be used are vast, maybe it could arm a potential killer. 3D printing has being allowing the creation of a vary of items at home, and we can see the possibility of creation some of those artifacts at home. The article talks about this topic and evaluate if a regular printer could be able to produce a harmful knife. They said that the idea of producing a knife that could be a potential damage made from a plastic or plastic-based material are small. Those materials when strong aren't sharpened, and vice-versa. However, they say that a printed based on metal materials could, maybe, be a potential weapon.
ObjectForm Announces Fila-Cycle, 100% Recycled 3D Printing Filaments
What was already a good eco-friend is becoming even better!
A company in UK developed a recycled filament for 3D printers from 100% recycled acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) and high impact polystyrene (HIPS). Costing only £2.99 for 10m of either ABD or HIPS is really competitive in price when compared with non-recycled filaments(most of the regular filaments sold by amazon have a starting price of $20). The recommended setting for those filaments are: – Nozzle temp 210 – 230°C – Heated bed platform temp 90 – 110°C – Printing speed 2000mm/min or less – Resolution 300 microns
They can be found on the website: http://fila-cycle.co.uk/mini/index.html
The company says on its website that soon they will be offering filaments made of High-density polyethylene HDPE.
"Food is the next frontier of 3D printing"
I just can't believe what this article just said. After all different possibilities that 3D printing offers, there is this concept of creating food using them. I really wish I could make my favorites food using a machine without need any extra skill. I could be a chief! I am really fascinated about what I just read.
Nursing homes in Germany serve 3D-printed food
The Blog #10 already impressed me about the whole idea of the possibility of printing food. Now this company in Germany is not only printing it, but they are actually selling to nursing home to help elderly patients. The idea is that those kind of patients can't eat things that are hard to chew and swallow, so the printed food allows it to be soft and at the same time tasty, they said. Six foods are being printed: Cauliflower, peas, chicken, pork, potatoes and pasta. It is kind of awkward to me imagine eating a food that was printed. Any volunteer to try it?
NASA Funding 3D Food Printer Research (The Replicator!?)
Continuing the serie about 3D printers printing food, now it is time to NASA take place on the stage. Their researchers are trying to create a system that can build foods from ingredients that can stay longer conserved. And guess what is the first food that they are trying to make? PIZZA! The usual manual layer by layer of mass and cheese will be soon replied for a machine that will build it printing smaller pieces of those ingredients. And they said that a printer for chocolate is already a reality. It will be better for Nestle and Hershey watch this new concurrent! haha
3D Printing: Employment Boom or Employment Swoon?
Always when it comes about machines there is this concern about if jobs are going to be lost once those technologies get on the field. The article above says that this situation actually might happen, but on the other side, many other jobs are going to be created. So basically a new environment will be created according to the progress of this technology. In fact, it was what happened when the internet and computers were made.
NASA Is Building the World's First 3D-Printed Satellite Camera
Once more about NASA and their studies related to 3D printing, now we have a camera made to travel on the space made by them. This camera will compose a miniature satellite and its needs to pass by thermal-vacuum and vibration test before be qualified.
Plus, the researchers from NASA are trying to create the first mirror made by aluminum, that is a natural porous metal. They are planing to heat it and chamber at really high pressure (around 15000 pounds per square inch of pressure) to prove a theory that it would lower the aluminium's surface to create a polished mirror. This kind of material could be really useful to really cold temperature.
Tesseract Design’s 3D Printed Mini-Headphones For Pets: When Guinea Pigs Need to Rock!
To make a commercial, the Tesseract Design made headphones fit on pets. To get attention of their consumers they put a headphone on a dog and another in a guinea pig! With simple modification the device could fit just perfect for those pets. Would you like to see how they look like? Check down the pictures!