Category Archives: construction

An Amazing 3D Stone Printer!

A new machine called the Stone Spray uses natural sand or soil to build solid objects and aims to be the starting point for building much larger infrastructure like buildings or even bridges through 3D printing. According to Gizmag, the Stone Spray works much like your typical 3D printer in that it uses a computer to follow a 3D design and uses a mechanical arm to build objects by layering material. The device was developed by architects Petr Novikov, Inder Shergill, and Anna Kulik who wanted to bring 3D printing concepts to construction work and with eco-friendly materials.

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9 Ways 3D Printing Will Change the World

Do you remember when StarTrek or The Jetsons aired? Both shows seemed to have accurately predicted the way technology has advanced in the past decade with their replicator machines. Although this emerging form of technology is widely recognized as a way to produce mass amounts of prototypes and other forms of commerce, it’s potential reaches further than that. 3D printing is becoming a crucial part of manufacturing advanced systems and replacement parts for almost every industry.

1). Medical Industry

2). Advances in Research

3). Product Prototyping

4). Historic Preservation

5). AEC

6). Advanced Manufacturing

7). Food Industries

8). Automotive

9). Jewelry/Accessories

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3-D printing will remake U.S. manufacturing

About 20 miles east of Pittsburgh, the former heart of the nation’s steel industry, a small company called ExOne is churning out a new generation of stainless steel boat propellers, oil pump parts and door knobs. Manufacturers are increasingly using 3-D printers, made by ExOne in Irwin, Pa., to make production parts, rather than just product prototypes. But there are no clanging hammers, wheezing presses or even computer-controlled milling machines. Instead, a dozen 3-D printers quietly stitch together industrial parts by meticulously spreading hundreds or thousands of layers of powdered metal onto a canvas until they form three-dimensional shapes.

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The End of Chinese Manufacturing and Rebirth of U.S. Industry

We are beginning to see a push towards bringing American manufacturing back on American soil. There are a number of emerging technologies that are championing this movement such as robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), 3D printing, and nanotechnology. These have been moving slowly so far, but are now beginning to advance exponentially just as computing does. When the ruling corporations like Apple, Boeing, Caterpillar, and General Electric begin to bring their manufacturing back to America perhaps we will witness a domino effect that will bring family wage jobs back home where they should be.

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3D Printed Toddler?!

Working at a 3D printing facility can be very entertaining. The employees at Objet get to live and work with the models they create like this fully-sized, precisely-scaled human toddler (minus legs) – complete with visible internal bone structure! This anatomical model gives us a glimpse into the future of 3D printing in the medical industry. Surgeons in training can use these models to hone their skills before operating on actual patients, crime scene investigators can recreate how a victim’s blood splatter pattern was created, car companies can see how high speed collisions affect  bone and internal organs; the possibilities are amazing (and fun)!!

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A Solar Printer that turns sand into glass

This beautiful machine literally uses the raw power of the sun to turn sand, an abundant resource, into glass. In a world where energy consumption is becoming a main concern this technology explores the potential of “desert manufacturing”. This technology is taking us into the next step of utilizing the suns potential to its fullest. Imagine this machine scaled up 100x to “print” houses in the middle of the desert. Perhaps when we terraform Mars our colonists will be living in glass structures.

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Solar Sinter by Markus Kayser

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