Monthly Archives: April 2012

Wind Powered 3D Printed Lamp

The Air Turbine Light is a 3D printed lamp (designed by Margot Krasojevic) that is able to power itself using wind energy. The lamp is made from a lightweight, yet sturdy, ceramic material and features LED lights powered by the spinning of wire coils past magnets in the core of the lamp. Read more about the development and design of the Air Turbine Light via Archello.

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The Third Industrial Revolution

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As manufacturing goes digital, a third great change is now gathering pace. It will allow things to be made economically in much smaller numbers, more flexibly and with a much lower input of labour, thanks to new materials, completely new processes such as 3D printing, easy-to-use robots and new collaborative manufacturing services available online. The wheel is almost coming full circle, turning away from mass manufacturing and towards much more individualised production. And that in turn could bring some of the jobs back to rich countries that long ago lost them to the emerging world.

In a Special Report on Manufacturing and Innovation, recently published by The Economist, “A Third Industrial Revolution” discusses the implications of additive manufacturing (particularly 3D printing). Amidst the increasing efficiency of manufacturing factories, decreasing cost of labor, and the expanding pool of available materials, small and medium-sized firms are gaining more capabilities.

And the effects will not be confined to large manufacturers; indeed, they will need to watch out because much of what is coming will empower small and medium-sized firms and individual entrepreneurs. Launching novel products will become easier and cheaper.

If you’re interested in accessing the benefits of 3D printing for your own business, visit our website, RapidMade.com, to learn more!

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What do recycling refrigerators, making furniture, and 3D printing all have in common? Much more than you’d think…

Dirk Vander Kooij, a 28-year old artist, is a modern visionary. Combining aspects of the current era- 3D printing, recycling of industrial materials, and modern art/design- seems to be his forte. After transforming a Chinese industrial robot into a 3D printer that prints using discarded refrigerator material, Kooij began printing furniture that is now garnering attention, awards, and coveted spots at major European design exhibitions.

The furniture itself is characterized by thick lines of material that illustrate how the piece was fabricated. The printer can make a piece of furniture in a wide range of colors and designs in only a few hours. The process, according to Kooij, can create structures up to 40 times faster than traditional 3D printing and has the capacity to produce 4,000 chairs per year. In the process of creating “a chair that had straight lines, tight curves, and was actually comfortable to sit in,” Kooij made 54 prototypes that were continuously shredded and reused.

As for Kooij, he has been traveling Europe- winning the DMY Award Berlin & the Dutch Design Award, attending design exhibitions, and most recently showcasing his “Endless ” collection of furniture in the “The Future In The Making” exhibit at the Domus Academy in Milan.

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To read more about Dirk Vander Kooij and his artistic creations, visit:

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Iron Baby Comes Alive With 3D Printing

Remember, the Iron Baby video that went viral on YouTube last year? (If you don’t, check it out below!)

Chris Wentworth approached the makers of the video, independent film director Patrick Boivin and friend CG artist STROB, and ultimately created this cool 3D figure of Iron Baby.

Read more about the process: http://www.mbtmag.com/articles/2012/04/iron-baby-comes-alive

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Printing a Fully Functional 3D Bike

“It works on a very simple idea- every 3D object is just a pile of 2D slices.”

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University of Glasgow Experiments with 3D Printing Customized Drugs

In an article published by BBC on Wednesday, we found out that scientists at the University of Glasgow are attempting to use 3D printing to create drugs and other chemicals. Currently, researchers have created a variety of “organic compounds and inorganic clusters- some of which are used to create cancer treatments.” This same technology could eventually be used to create customized medicines. Researchers anticipate this will be the case for pharmaceutical firms within the next five years, and available to the public within 20 years.

“We’re extrapolating from that to say that in the future you could buy common chemicals, slot them into something that 3D prints, just press a button to mix the ingredients and filter them through the architecture and at the bottom you would get out your prescription drug.”

If this endeavor proves to be successful, future development could yield big changes in access to healthcare. Scientists allude to a world in which “doctors and individuals could ultimately download pre-set recipes and even tailor medicines to their individual needs.”

Incredible.

 

Read more on this interesting news: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-17760085

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3D Printing Giants Stratasys & Objet Announce Merger

Two leading names in the world of 3D printing, Stratasys and Objet have announced a merger that would create a firm valued at $1.4 billion. The merger will provide access to new international markets in the U.S. (Stratasys is headquartered in Minnesota) and Israel (Objet’s headquarters are located in Rehovot). Stratasys will be merging with a subsidiary of Objet, and both companies will maintain their design and manufacturing operations in their respective countries.

On its own, Stratasys has already experienced major growth in the past few years, with last years earnings at $20.6 million, more than twice the previous year’s earnings. A main reason for such growth- the maturity of the rapid prototyping market.

“Rapid prototyping, which has been a novelty to a lot of people, is growing into its potential,” Dyer said. “More product developers and engineers are getting 3D computer-aided design software, and a logical extension of that is seeing what the product would look like if you made a plastic prototype.”

To read more on the merger of Stratasys and Objet: http://www.startribune.com/business/147585325.html

For informational on the rapid prototyping/3D printing services available through RapidMade, visit our website: www.rapidmade.com

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The 3D Printing Revolution

“3D printing will soon allow digital object storage and transportation, as well as personal manufacturing and very high levels of product customization. This video by Christopher Barnatt of ExplainingTheFuture.com illustrates 3D printing today and in the future.”

To learn more about the applications of 3D printing, check out www.rapidmade.com or to read more about amazing new technologies that will shape the future, visit www.explainingthefuture.com.

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3D Printed Guitar Takes Instrument Design to a New Level

Derek Manson at One.61, a New Zealand Product Development firm, helped to deign this polymer based guitar inspired by Metallica’s Kirk Hammett’s Wavecaster guitar. This creation highlights the many customizable options available thanks to 3D technology: “If one can customize a shoe or a handle, then with a few hand grip molds, you could make this guitar a literal extension of your hand.”

Rock on.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/tjmccue/2012/04/02/3d-printed-guitar-takes-instrument-design-to-new-level/

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DMLS Helps Teen Climb to New Heights

“Imagine opening a gift on Christmas morning and finding a body part in the box.  This happened to CJ Howard in 2010…well, sort of.”

In an article posted by Morrison Technologies, How DMLS Helped Someone Climb to New Heights, Mandy Ott, a friend of CJ’s and a mechanical engineer,collaborated with Morris Technologies to build a titanium foot and ankle/calf piece using DMLS.  The prosthetic was then coated with rubber to serve as CJ’s climbing foot.

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