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US Army fires 3D-printed grenade launcher

March 23rd, 2017 at 11:00 am » Comments Off

The US Army’s Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) has successfully fired the first 3D-printed grenade from a 3D-printed grenade launcher. Part of a demonstration of how such technology can be used to greatly speed up prototyping and modification of weapons while lowering costs, the grenade launcher, called RAMBO (Rapid Additively Manufactured Ballistics Ordnance), […]



Medical Student Creates Patient-Specific 3D Printed Liver Model for Less Than $150

March 16th, 2017 at 11:00 am » Comments Off

While researchers continue working hard to make readily available 3D printed organs a reality, we know that it likely won’t happen, at least not on a massively available and low-cost scale, for quite some time. However, 3D printing technology is often used in surgery these days, from surgical guides to implants to patient-specific medical models. Recently, a team developed patient-specific, cost-effective 3D printed liver models, […]



Humans Can Now “Print” Genetic Code and Engineer Life

March 10th, 2017 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

We have learned how to manipulate the code of life. Why this hasn’t received more attention is beyond me. Synthetic Biology is a multidisciplinary field that often defies definition. Yet despite its complexity, it is a remarkably easy field to apply once you’ve learned the science behind it. From a computer, you can input your […]



First 3D printed house in Russia for $10,000

March 4th, 2017 at 9:27 am » Comments Off

As we start to 3D-print everything — including houses, of all things — it’s pretty impressive that a company built one in just 24 hours. Located in Russia, this 400-square-foot home (37 square meters) was built in just a day, at a cost of just over $10,000.



3D Printing startup raised $23 million to disrupt how cars are made

February 10th, 2017 at 4:24 pm » Comments Off

Divergent 3D, a Los Angeles-based startup that hopes to disrupt automotive manufacturing, has raised $23 million in a Series A funding round led by technology venture capital fund Horizons Ventures. The company will use the funding to help it commercialize its manufacturing platform, which uses 3D printing to produce the chassis of an automobile. The platform […]



3D Printing will change the way we make and design in 2017

February 9th, 2017 at 11:27 am » Comments Off

Much of the focus in the technology world currently is on artificial intelligence, machine learning and big data – and how they will affect the way we use products and how machines operate. But developing just as quickly, although with slightly less hype, is 3D printing, or additive manufacturing (AM), which is going to have at […]



What’s the next big thing in 3-D printing? Shapeshifting Materials

January 26th, 2017 at 11:00 am » Comments Off

Three-dimensional printers have brought major advances to every corner of manufacturing: Scientists have used the process to engineer human tissue, print a rubber material to make drones less dangerous to people on the ground, and create a lightweight material that’s 10 times stronger than steel and just 1/20th its density.



3D Printed material is 10X stronger than steel

January 25th, 2017 at 2:59 pm » Comments Off

Last September, we wrote about the Hasso-Plattner-Institute in Germany and their R&D on metamaterials, hacking the internal structures of materials to create simple, non-powered machines. By experimenting with various microstructural designs, researchers were able to 3D print simple machines that can deform to create some form of actuation, allowing the 3D printing of switches, latches, door […]



Understanding the Disruptive Impact of Tomorrow’s Transportation

January 20th, 2017 at 11:50 am » Comments Off

Arconic – The Road Ahead from WIRED Brand Lab on Vimeo. “Until we get to that driverless era, we’ve got a slow-moving parking lot that’s working at a glacial speed in major cities literally all over the world,” says Futurist Thomas Frey, founder of thinktank DaVinci Institute.



3D-Printed V8 engine works just like the real thing

January 9th, 2017 at 2:56 pm » Comments Off

Remember the guy we featured a few months ago who 3D printed a functional scale model of a Subaru EJ20 flat-four? Well, he’s got another creation, and this one’s even better. It’s a replica of the LS3 V8 found in the last-gen Chevrolet Camaro, and aside from a few fasteners and bearings, it’s entirely 3D printed.



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