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  • Jul 8, 2014
    News

    3D Printing for Hire: The Case of the Persnickety Prop 2

    Metrology and 3D-printing distributor Burton Precision helped University of Michigan researchers solve three major CAD problems, so they could make a plastic propeller for a human-powered submarine....More
  • Jun 13, 2014
    Commentary

    Mainstreaming alert: 3D-printed parts in GE engines and X-ray machines

    When General Electric puts metal 3D-printed parts in its X-ray machines, you know it's gone mainstream. That's what the research summarized in this year's Wohler’s Report on 3D printing also suggests. Here, I explain one application that proves how far 3D printing has come....More
  • Jun 5, 2014
    Commentary

    3D printing filaments better and cheaper and greener every day

    As we know, 3D printers make objects but eliminate the waste and high tooling costs of traditional manufacturing. Because the machines print parts off of CAD files, even weird or impossible-to-find parts are more affordable. The one catch: The filament used in the common mode of 3D printing — selective laser sintering (SLS) — can be expensive and limited in its ability to offer good material properties once fused into a part. But there's improvement....More
  • May 30, 2014
    Commentary

    $1,500 Foodini 3D prints food with normal kitchen ingredients

    Over the past several months, we’ve seen machines that 3D print food go from silly to intriguingly promising. One of the best we’ve seen so far is Foodini, a kitchen appliance made by ironically named Natural Machines, Barcelona. It will go on sale soon for about $1,400....More
  • May 12, 2014
    Commentary

    3D printing's fate according to a Technology Futurist 4

    I recently had an exchange with Jordan Brandt, a Technology Futurist at Autodesk, about 3D printing. "3D printing is for the last mile of factory automation — so in the next couple of years, expect additive mass-production methods to increase factory automation and product customization," predicts Brandt....More
  • Dec 20, 2013
    Commentary

    How I 3D printed my face onto a sphinx, and how you can too 2

    Our office just got our grubby little collective hands on an Afinia H-Series 3D printer. Naturally, the only choice I had was to immediately stop editing articles and monkey around with it to create a goofy statue of myself....More

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