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MIT team develops 3D printer that’s 10x faster than comparable 3D printers

December 15th, 2018 at 7:05 pm » Comments Off

Professors Jamison Go and John Hart of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Mechanosynthesis Group have developed new hardware that enables what they call FastFFF (fast fused filament fabrication). And it’s fast, see for yourself. Desktop 3D printers are fantastic at creating high-quality and complex parts on demand, but their greatest weakness has always been […]



Novameat’s 3D-printed ‘steak’ looks gross, but could it save the planet?

November 27th, 2018 at 11:40 am » Comments Off

Does your mouth water at the prospect of a nice juicy steak? How about a nice juicy 3D-printed steak, made using a paste composed of vegetable-based materials like rice, peas, and seaweed? That’s what a new Spanish startup, Novameat, is working hard to bring to market. “I developed the first 3D-printed plant-based beefsteak while I […]



Bioprinting: How 3d printing is changing medicine

November 24th, 2018 at 12:15 pm » Comments Off


Will 3D printing solve the affordable housing crisis?

October 15th, 2018 at 9:58 am » Comments Off

3D printing’s impact on construction is slowly materializing. Owning one’s own house—a dream of human beings ever since Cro-Magnons looked out of their caves at the retreating glaciers—has been sometimes more, sometimes less affordable. Currently, we’re in one of the less affordable phases. With construction accounting for almost 60 percent of the cost of a […]



The newest industrial revolution: How a tech unicorn’s 3-d metal printers could remake manufacturing

October 7th, 2018 at 9:43 am » Comments Off

Ric Fulop, the 43-year-old cofounder and chief executive of Desktop Metal, is eager to show off the skunkworks for the company’s giant 3-D metal printers, which can produce stainless steel, aluminum and other metal alloy parts at assembly-line speeds and in large quantities. It’s the first time he’s taken an outsider to the facility in […]



HP’s new 3-D printers build items not of plastic but of steel

September 16th, 2018 at 9:28 am » Comments Off

  HP is hoping its new Metal Jet 3-D printers will provide inroads into manufacturing sectors such as automobiles and medical devices.HP WHEN YOU THINK about 3-D printing, chances are you think of little plastic doodads created by desktop devices like those made by MakerBot. Computing and printer giant HP wants you to think about […]



Researchers 3D print prototype “BionicEye”

September 7th, 2018 at 10:48 am » Comments Off

Researchers at the University of Minnesota have 3D printed a light receptive array, consisting of silver particles and semiconducting polymers, on a glass hemispherical surface. The printed material can convert light to electricity, and the researchers hope that it could one day, with more research, end up serving as a bionic eye.



Five technologies changing construction

September 7th, 2018 at 10:39 am » Comments Off

Technology is changing every industry, but what are the top technologies accelerating construction? The construction industry, in general, suffers from a traditional hesitancy to embrace nascent technologies, caused partly because projects take years to plan and complete. Recently, however, progressive construction honchos have begun to harness and realise the potency of tech – whether it’s […]



How to 3D print a bicycle bridge? Study discusses Dutch concrete printing project

September 6th, 2018 at 10:04 am » Comments Off

In 2017, the world’s first prestressed 3D printed concrete bicycle bridge officially opened to cyclists. It was created by the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in collaboration with construction company BAM Infra, and was installed in the Dutch village of Gemert. The bridge was part of a research project that involved the development of a […]



Research team develops the world’s first-ever 4-D printing for ceramics

September 2nd, 2018 at 9:29 am » Comments Off

A research team at City University of Hong Kong (CityU) has achieved a groundbreaking advancement in materials research by successfully developing the world’s first 4-D printing for ceramics, which are mechanically robust and can have complex shapes. This could turn a new page in the structural application of ceramics. Ceramic has a high melting point, […]



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