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"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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A good report but limited in that it focuses almost exclusively on additive fabrication and largely overlooks the much larger subtractive fabrication industry.
Designed by Arup and Jurgen Mayer H, the Metropol Parasol consists of six large timber parasols providing shade in the Plaza de Encarnacion in Seville, Spain. It is one of the largest timber structures built from a network of timber beams with the aid of digital design and fabrication. (Photo courtesy Hufton+Crow and the Green Architecture Building Report)
"A few years ago at a Green Building Summit convened by Greentech Media and SRI International, I met an interesting fellow named Greg Howes. He talked at a fast pace and was full of ideas. He introduced me to the world of robotic manufacturing and made a strong case for how technology could help us maximize the efficiencies and opportunities in designing and prefabricating buildings, which in turn save human, material, and energy resources during construction. Over the years, Greg has talked to me about garnering buy-in on the concept of digital fabrication from designers and educators. He also talked about his idea of creating a platform for gathering people to exchange ideas on how to use technology to make the design and construction processes more efficient and sustainable, and how digital fabrication can push the boundaries of design."
"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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"Upgrading the standards to include collaborative robots allowed certain, especially smaller robots, to be unchained from the factory floor where they were previously caged for safety reasons and allowed to be mobile. This means that they can be brought out into small and medium sized workshops where they can work alongside humans, using the full potential of their hardware and software improvements and expanding their market potential along the way. This is a great step towards efficient industrial automation for these small and medium sized firms.
Generally when talking about collaborative robots, they can operate autonomously when there is nobody in their safeguarded workspace, must execute a protective stop when a human enters their safeguarded space and then automatic operation can resume when the human is one again outside of their safeguarded workspace. People or operators may interact with the robot and people and robots can move simultaneously around the collaborative workspace. "
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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.”
Building a dual-curved facade with pre-fabricated panels.
"Some architects and engineers say new wood products are making it possible to build wooden structures much taller than had previously been considered safe.
Now the U.S. Department of Agriculture is throwing its weight behind those emerging technologies. Tuesday in Washington, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that his department would put funding toward training architects and engineers in using for taller construction. It’s also creating a monetary prize for projects that demonstrate the new techniques."
"The real advantages of cross-laminated timber don't really show up until you're building something taller," said Corey Griffin, an assistant professor at Portland State University's School of Architecture who studies structural materials.
Larry Page, CEO of Google, would rather leave his savings to Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and founder of Tesla, than charity.
"[Musk] wants to go to Mars. That’s a worthy goal," Page said, as outlined onTED's website. "We have a lot of employees at Google who’ve become pretty wealthy. You’re working because you want to change the world and make it better; if the company you work for is worthy of your time, why not your money as well? We just don’t think about that. I’d like for us to help out more than we are."
Page also hinted at Google's much-anticipated driverless car concept, noting we're "very" close to seeing them hit the market: "We’ve driven well over 100,000 miles by now," he said.
Carl Bass, CEO of Autodesk and dFab Net Board of Director who has led Autodek's efforts "to make digital design and manufacturing tools accessible to tinkerers and small business owners."
Limor Fried who launched Adafruit Industries, an online store for makers:
Limor "Ladyada" on the cover of WIRED in 2011.
Beth Comstock who is leveraging General Electric's scale and resources to partner with start-ups.
Bre Prettis, CEO of MakerBot producing 3D printers for everyone from home consumers to NASA.
Danielle Applestone of Other Machine Co. who is converting industrial technology into a tool for everyone with desktop CNC milling machines.
and many others...
Cool example of furniture made by milling EPS foam
"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."
In some ways, robots may be more trustworthy than a human.
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.
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