Tag Archives: 3D printing

How to ‘grow’ houses rather than build them

Imagine a four ton solar-powered robot that can build houses out of the materials it finds around it… Science fiction? No, it exists – as this article explains.  MIT’s Mediated Matter Group have built a prototype, which they have called … Continue reading

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3D printing saves £15,000+ in treating cancer patients

I’ve blogged before about 3D printing and its potential to transform a wide range of different operations.  Here’s an example, on the manufacturer.com website, of how it is being applied to surgery on the head and face of patients with trauma, cancer, … Continue reading

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The beauty of 3D printing

This small story about biologist Adele Bakhtiarova setting up a company called Voir Creations to 3D print customised eyelash curlers caught my eye.  It illustrates a number of interesting points… 1.  Entrepreneurs often emerge due to an obsession they have … Continue reading

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Additive manufacturing in the aviation industry

Interesting piece on the MIT Technology Review website that explores how aircraft manufacturers are adopting and adapting additive processes.  This enables them to manufacture components in new materials and with new properties.   The implication of this is that aero … Continue reading

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3D printer/scanner/copier/fax machine that sits on your desk

AIO Robotics’ ZEUS machine is primarily designed for prototyping in design, engineering and architecture.  But AIO’s founders believe it could be quickly adopted by the medical profession to manufacture small prosthetics and dental wear.   Longer term they believe their machine, … Continue reading

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3D printed music

As this video demonstrates, existing musical instruments can be 3D printed, but with an aesthetic that is highly original.  Perhaps more interestingly, the technology might enable the design of completely new instruments… Source: ClickBBC

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“3D printing being used in construction ROUTINELY is certainly on the horizon”

This is a quote from an article about plans to design and build SwimCity, a whole neighbourhood with low cost housing for students and young adults, built on a Swedish waterfront.  The buildings would be 3D printed. The speed at … Continue reading

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Trends that will revolutionise the retail industry

This headline comes from a short article by Babs Ryan, who “oversees creating differentiating value propositions for brands, using lean enterprise continuous delivery for in-market releases”.  (Is it me, but isn’t this just a random sequence of buzzwords?). Despite my weary … Continue reading

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But why have a car plant? Just 3D print your car….

It took 44 hours to print this fully drivable electric vehicle.

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Implications of 3D printing for manufacturing, logistics and sustainability are mind boggling

I’ve been trying to get my head around 3D printing, but this story has really brought it home to me.  It reports on the Pi-Top, a laptop computer that has been 3D printed in plastic.  The idea is that consumers … Continue reading

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