3D Printing News of the Week
GE has announced that it is working on a metal 3D printer that can print 1 cubic meter large objects. This would be a significant scale up in the size of direct metal 3D printing and would enable a lot more industrial parts to be made in this way.
A team at Rice University has figured out how to 3D print graphene foams. Starting with sugar and nickel powder the process uses a laser to print and make the graphene. The process is far from commercially available but would let new materials become available for 3D printing.
Made In Space is the company that made the 3D printer for the ISS. The company also wants to use 3D printing in space to make materials there in microgravity that can not be made anywhere else. 3D printing can be used to repair parts, solve problems and extend space missions. By 3D printing highly functional things in space it could also be a very profitable activity indeed.
Volkswagen estimates that it is saving 98% on part cost by using Ultimaker 3D printers while reducing the lead times on parts such as jigs and fixtures. Using desktop 3D printers in business for manufacturing is rather new but its use could expand significantly over the next few years.
3D Printables of the Week
a Flat Earth Globe for those who think the earth is flat.
Otto DIY was one of the world’s cutest ever robots, now there is the new and improved DIY+.
Completely 3D printed tools, do you think that this is viable or not?
A great idea, 3D printed grill inserts these could be a great aftermarket customizable item for cars.
These pronoun badges could make learning a language much more visual, fun, tactile and engaging.
Haniwa are Japanese ritual objects and this is a 3D printed one.
3D Printing Videos of the Week
An informative video showing you some 3D printing pitfalls and beginners mistakes.
This is an important controversy that has to do with the rights of designers and the work that they share online.
Envisiontec shows us how dental labs are using 3D printing to make oral prosthetics. This is an extremely good business case for 3D printing.
3D printing pancakes?
The Anycubic Kossel is a $169 3D printer with a large build volume.
Wanhao has made a SLA (vat polymerization) 3D printer, will it take the fight to Formlabs?c
Plastics company BASF is taking a healthy interest in 3D printing, find out why here.
Greg Morris is one of the most knowledgeable people on metal printing worldwide, here he explains how GE wants to use the technology.
3D Printing Research and Patents
This research team is showing a new vat polymerization type 3D printing process which 3D prints in water.
Markforged 3D printers are able to 3D print kevlar and other fibers into parts, this paper looks at the mechanical performance of these parts.
This paper explores low cost disposable 3D printed photonics sensors. These sensors could be used to let people carry out medical tests at home for example. Using 3D printing for sensors is a burgeoning research area with many possible future applications.
This paper looks at hotspots in 3D printing research.
What the muggles are talking about….
3D Printing chocolate has for years been one of the most newsworthy things in 3D printing. An adapted Lulzbot Taz is now being used to 3D Print chocolate. Is the idea of printing chocolate so appealing because we think of chocolate as a malleable substance? Or is there a real need for a myriad of chocolate shapes that are printed?