3D Printing News
Adidas’ plan to 3D Print a 100,000 running shoes is getting a lot of media. This Runner’s World article goes a bit deeper into the matter and looks at how the company could use 3D printing to make shoes more functional. This is precisely the point of 3D Printing shoes and this is what the technology could bring to the world: individually sized shoes that are made to be the most comfortable and highest performing for you.
Norsk Titanium says it is going to 3D Print a significant amount of parts for the Boeing Dreamliner. The company will be making FAA approved titanium 3D Printed parts.
Lockheed and Aerojet Rocketdyne will be deploying 3D Printing more widely to cut cost and speed up delivery of parts.
This group of minibuilders 3D prints architecture in place.
3D Printables of the Week
A quick little print that makes a great giveaway.
Super fast print thats a very cute little heart keyring.
A voronoi lamp.
3D Printing Videos
Simufact is a simulation tool for 3D Printing. This tool can analyze your STLs and parts before you print them to see how they’ll come out. This would help 3D printing companies save time and money when printing.
The BigRep team show us how to design for dual extrusion.
The Voxel8 3D printer can print circuits, you can see here how it prints and antenna.
The US Department of Energy shows us the world’s first 3D printed excavator. Looking at making tooling and machine tools and even larger things with 3D printing can really help deploy this technology in developing countries.
Post processing of 3D Printed parts is a huge influence on the performance of the part. Quintus shows us some common metal post processing technologies.
High temperature 3D Printers that can print materials such as PEI and PEEK are really hot right now. The Roboze team shows us their printer.
3D Printing Research and Patents
Many researchers worldwide are looking at bioprinting. Bioprinters are very expensive however. Due to this many research teams are customizing their own desktop 3D printers and using them for bioprinting. This paper tells you how you can make a desktop bio printer. This could have significant effects on 3D Printing, by making bioprinting less expensive and more open they can also have results that are easier to replicate. If we both have the same machine and settings then I could easily replicate your research at the press of a button.
3D Printing spare parts has always been one of the goto examples of what 3D Printing can do. There are legal issues surrounding this however. Is their IP on the spare part? Can you 3D Print all spare parts or just some of them? This paper explains the legal issues surrounding spare parts.
Fused Deposition Modeling 3D Printers are the most common ones. These material extrusion systems are the ones you see on desks worldwide. This article looks at using FDM to make drug delivery systems, so personalized pills optimized for the drugs you need released when you need them.
What the Muggles are talking about…
CNN and others are reporting on 3D printing being used in F1. Formula One teams have used 3D printing on their cars for years but they’ve been very secretive about it. Stratasys, EOS and others are looking to gain marketing benefits from their association with F1 and this will now be reported much more widely.