3D printing giant Stratasys’ Infinite Build 3D printer, is housed at Ford Research and Innovation Center in Dearborn, Michigan. This humongus machine is expected to provide Ford with a more efficient, as well as affordable way to create tooling, prototype parts and components for their products. These will initially be produced for low volume vehicles.
Ford is the first automaker to make use of this technology in their manufacturing process, producing lighter and cheaper components for its vehicles. The automaker believes that reduction in weight of the vehicle will help it achieve greater fuel efficiency.
The Stratasys Infinite Build, the automaker adds, is seen as a breakthrough for vehicle manufacturing, capable of printing parts of practically any shape, size as well as length. This 3D printing machine is a beast and provides for rapid prototyping of components and parts for building its upcoming vehicles. This also gives the automaker control over their designs, which can be modified and instantly printed to meet their needs.
The process is similar to the usual 3D printing procedure, but everything here is automated. Once the supply or raw material for the printer runs out, the robotic arm itself replaces it with a new full one. This makes the printer capable of operating unattended for days, but do see that you have provided enough supplies.
The 3D Runner, features a similar design as the one Adidas gifted its medal-winning athletes during the 2016 Rio Olympics. It has a black Primeknit upper, like what what you see on Yeezys or Ultra Boosts, and a midsole made from 3D-printed materials — that’s the main highlight here. Unfortunately, you’ll only have the chance to buy a pair if you live in New York City, London or Tokyo, with pricing set at $333 this Thursday. It has been said it’ll end up on the resell market for hundreds of dollars above its original MSRP.
The 3D Print Canal House is a three-year publically accessible ‘Research & Design by Doing’ project in which an international team of partners from various sectors works together on 3D printing a full-size canal house in Amsterdam.
The building site is designed as a growing exhibition and open to the public. The feedback from audiences generates input for research and market explorations:
The 3D Print Canal House consists of 13 different rooms that each consist of various elements. Each room showcases a research update in shape, structure and material. The house is printed with the KamerMaker – a gigantic FDM printer that can print elements of 2 x 2 x 3,5 meters, developed by DUS. The building site is located in Amsterdam North.
Tiny cameras have now been developed using 3D printing technology that is small enough to be injected into the human body with just a standard syringe. The microscopic cameras are the size of a grain of salt,and can transform the world of healthcare life size as we know it. The three lens camera was produced by a team at the University of Stuttgart.
The cameras are so small that they can be printed onto the end of an optic fiber and then inserted into the human body, including the brain, to be used as a camera. This will allow doctors to have a much better view of the internal organs and is less invasive than a regular endoscope. The printing technique was developed by using lasers with very short pulses that were focused through a microscope onto a liquid polymer.Then, when the 3D printing occurs, the lasers harden the polymer as the lens is produced. The cameras could also be as surveillance devices.
Dr. Anthony Atala, director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM), and colleagues explain that current 3D printers are unable to produce human tissues and organs that are strong enough to be transplanted in the body or that can survive following transplantation. However, the team believes that their ITOP technology, however, could help overcome such problems.
The 3D prints also consist of micro-channels, which act as a sponge to soak to up the body’s nutrients and oxygen after transplantation. This helps the structures survive as they develop a blood vessel system, which they need in order to function in the human body.
This image shows the ITOP system printing a jaw bone fragment.
Image credit: Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
In their study, Dr. Atala and colleagues used the ITOP system to build baby-sized human ear structures – around 1.5 in – and implanted them beneath the skin of mice.
Their results indicated that the bio-ink combination we used, combined with the micro-channels, provides the right environment to keep the cells alive and to support cell and tissue growth
Divergent Microfactories, a technology startup located in San Francisco, California, recently unveiled the world’s first 3D supercar called “Blade.”
The state-of-the-art, 3D printed supercar prototype was showcased recently at an event held in San Francisco, California that featured companies that blend the use of hardware, software and data to produce disruptive new technologies.
is a company that is dedicated to applying disruptive new methods in auto manufacturing,using 3D printing to dramatically decrease carbon footprint, lessen emissions that contribute to pollution, and cut costs in production by using fewer materials. Their goal is to put the platform in the hands of small entrepreneurial teams around the world, allowing them to set up their own microfactories and build their own cars and, eventually, other large complex structures. These microfactories will make innovation affordable while reducing the health and environmental impacts of traditional manufacturing.
Rep. Nora Campos, D-San Jose, introduced AB 37 which if passed would require the Department of Justice to produce warning signs about the misuse of 3D printing and distribute them to every public library that offers the technology.