Monthly Archives: February 2012

High School Students Using Additive Manufacturing for Robot Design Contest

Scientist and engineers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are lending their time and knowledge to students at eight different high school, as students design and build their robots for the FIRST Robotic Competition. Not only do students get more exposure to the science and engineering industries, the benefits of additive manufacturing are also being realized on a larger scale. Read more in “ORNL offers mentors, working space for students to build robots.”

“3-D printing is the first step toward Star Trek’s fabled replicators”

In this excerpt from Peter H. Diamandis’ and Steven Kotler’s new book, Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think, Diamandis describes his excitement and anticipation for 3-D printing. Read more here!

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3D Printed LEGOs by Objet

Objet has been invited to LEGO World 2012, where it will highlight the role of 3D printing and digital fabrication methods in the design and creation of LEGOs. In this setting, 3D technology has allowed manufacturers to understand, analyze, and potentially change an object’s visual and functional characteristics early in the product development stage, saving both time and money.

Read more in the following article: “Objet Showcases 3D Printed LEGO® Minifigures and Bricks at LEGO World 2012.”Image

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A Primer on 3D Printing

In this video, Lisa Harouni gives an introduction on the advancements of additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, and explains how this technology is pushing the boundaries of the creation and manufacturing of complex objects.

10 Incredible 3D Printed Products

3D printing is being rapidly adopted in a variety of industries- clothing, medicine, art, automotive- just to name a few.

Check out some of the coolest applications: “10 Incredible 3-D Printed Products.”

3-D Printing of Stephen Colbert
3-D Printing of Stephen Colbert
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How 3D Printing is Transforming Manufacturing

“More than 20% of the output of 3D printers is now final products rather than prototypes, according to Terry Wohlers, who runs a research firm specialising in the field. He predicts that this will rise to 50% by 2020.” From “3D Printing: The Printed World”in The Economist.

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A Humanitarian Application of Rapid Prototyping

Rapid prototyping continues to prove itself to be a diverse, yet universally beneficial industry in “Rapid Prototyping: The Human Touch” originally published in Mechanical Engineering.

RapidMade featured in OEN’s “Member Spotlight”

An interview with Erin Stone, the President and Business Development Director of RapidMade™, was featured on the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network’s (OEN) Member Spotlight on January 31, 2011.

Additive Manufacturing Trending in 2012

Yes, you heard right. Additive manufacturing is going to be all the rage in 2012, according to this article in DesignNews.

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