"Local Motors is one of those futuristic companies that comes along every so often, in order to redefine an entire method of manufacturing. The company has garnered a ton of attention after announcing that they will be 3D printing an entire vehicle at the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago on September 8th-13th of this year.
If that wasn’t intriguing enough, maybe the fact that they want you and I to help design the vehicle, will be. That’s right, Local Motors today announced and launched the 3D Printed Car Design Challenge. The challenge wants designers, both expert and amateur alike, to submit designs for the vehicle."
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"There is great promise in additive manufacturing and healthcare, Campbell said. If a sailor experiences an emergency at sea and needs a new liver immediately, it is possible that future 3D printers could simply print out the organ, which would allow a life to be saved without hindering the mission, he said.
One possible use could include 3D-printed unmanned aerial aircraft. They could be disposable, cheap and used for a variety of purposes including combat, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, said Navy Lt. Ben Kohlman, a founding member of the CNO's rapid innovation cell, an initiative that allows junior leaders to identify and field emerging technologies.
They could be useful in a future sea battle, Kohlman said. He envisioned a situation where sailors were able to print out "hundreds and hundreds" of drones aboard a ship and inundate an enemy vessel before it could strike.
Additive manufacturing could also be used to print out ship parts on the fly, Kohlman said. A 3D-printed part could be used temporarily until the ship was able to make it to port to replace it with a traditionally manufactured piece."
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"Doctors in the Netherlands report that they have for the first time successfully replaced most of a human’s skull with a 3-D printed plastic one — and likely saved a woman's life in the process.
The 23-hour surgery took place three months ago at University Medical Center Utrecht. The hospital announced details of the groundbreaking operation this week and said the patient, a 22-year-old woman, is doing just fine."
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'The Advanced Materials & Thermal Sciences Center, with 82,000 square feet of floor space, will house 130 engineers, scientists and staff and, accordingly, the new laboratories will host advanced research and development in emerging technology areas like 3D printing, energetics, thermal sciences, nanotechnology, synthesis, high temperature materials and advanced devices."
Dr. Kenneth Washington, vice president of the ATC, commenting on the opening said: “This magnificent new facility will be home to many of the innovative technologies that will help shape the future of space payloads, satellites and missile systems.”
"Standards was the big one — the need for them across all sectors of the 3D printing industry, but the strongest calls for consolidation in this area came from the big OEMS — Scott Martin of Boeing was vocal on the matter during his presentation and Martin Schaeffer of Siemens dedicated his whole presentation to the subject. As did Rainer Gebhardt from VDMA. Many others mentioned it too."
With the stated mission of “interconnect[ing] the digital fabrication community”, dFab Net strives to be a huge, international network of those in fields related to digital manufacturing, including 3D printing. dFab Net will be a forum where those involved with digital manufacturing from all over can relay information, band together to support mutual interests, plan meetings and conferences, and cooperate on joint projects.
Full Article from 3D Printing Industry,
Autodesk's CEO, Carl Bass, on Bruce Beasley's "Coriolis" Collection:
"His latest Coriolis exhibition further solidifies him as one of the leading masters of revolutionizing fine art sculptural media."
These dynamic twisting and spiraling sculptures are the largest 3D printed works from the established artist community.
Invar - a bendable material resistant to thermal shrinkage/expansion
This fall we'll see the first 3D printer made for space!
How Carl Bass, the CEO of Autodesk, is shaping the maker movement—from his garage.
Popular Science full article here - The Maker King.
A good introduction into digital fabrication.
Part 1: New Machines for Consumers
Part 2: Materials, Processes and Business Developments
Part 3: What Designers Did