An Apple A Day…

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Is made from a 3-D printer??

Don’t worry, you won’t be eating these 3-D printed apples; rather, they are used to monitor the conditions in which your apples travel from farm to store.

These apples are specifically engineered to match the thermal response of real apples, meaning they will cool at a rate that is within 5% of real apples, compared to the 16% of water-filled fruit simulators. They can be placed among the real apples as they travel from cold stores to ripening facilities to stores.

Ultimately, the novel sensor system provides an improved method to identify any quality issues when transporting fruits. Creators hope to better pinpoint the location and reason for unexpected quality loss.

How do you like them apples?

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Build Your Next Home with 3-D Printers

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Taking technology out of the lab and into the world, ETH Zurich is working on the world’s first house made with 3-D printers and robots.

The home will be three stories tall and is expected to be completed next year.

Check out this great video from BBC to learn more.

 

New 3-D Printed Robot Can Go Just About Anywhere

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Engineers at the University of California have created a soft-legged robot whose body is made entirely from 3-D printing. The bases and caps of each leg are solid, metal components, while the length of the leg is soft and helps the robot adapt to move on nearly any terrain.

The hope for these robots is that they will be helpful in search and rescue missions, as well as observing endangered species without disturbing their natural habitat.

What is so cool about this new technology is the ability for a 3-D printer to produce multiple types of material. Shifting from hard material to soft with no gap between them makes the robot more durable and efficient.

Check out the robot in action here.

Written with help from BBC.

Artificial Intelligence Meets Metal Additive Manufacturing

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One thing we can always expect from huge technology shows like CES 2017 are exciting announcements on new products and materials. And Sculpteo had a big one. They are introduction artificial intelligence to metal 3D printing. They just unveiled Agile Metal Technology, an online agent-based system used to help designers and manufacturers analyze and evaluate metal additive manufacturing projects.

Metal 3D printing is becoming more and more common in manufacturing, but these types of projects tend to be extremely expensive, time-consuming, and complicated, because a part can’t be finalized without first going through multiple iterations. The Agile Metal Technology system will provide automation, management, and optimization to the complex process of metal additive manufacturing, which could help eliminate the need for making repeated parts before completing the final version.

Click HERE to learn more and read the full article from 3dprint.com

Paralympics Performance Improved by New Technology

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The 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, which invited over 4,300 athletes to compete in 23 events, concluded this past September. Denise Schindler, a 30-year old cyclist and World Championships medalist, also won a silver medal for her efforts in the Paralympic event. Prior to the games, Schindler used a standard prosthetic leg, which reportedly often caused her pain. She realized she needed a customized prosthetic that would not only fit her better but also help her avoid common injuries that can occur during races. Schindler worked hard with a British designer and manufacture to help her create the world’s first 3D performance prosthetic, which she ended up wearing during her event.

They were able to create a 3D printed model that was significantly cheaper than the competition on the market today. In addition to the affordability, the product was lighter in weight, about a third to be exact over her last prosthetic, which proved to be beneficial to her and boosted her performance. So congratulations Denise Schindler on your big win at the Rio games! We cannot wait to see what else has in store for you in future competitions.

Click HERE to read more about Denise Schindler’s inspirational story!

Future of 3D Printed Prosthetics

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With the recent growth and popularity of 3D printing, a viable solution is now available for millions of people around the world in need of prosthetics. In this past year alone, nearly 200,000 amputations occurred in the United States. With the average price of a prosthetic ranging anywhere from $5,000 to $50,000, it is a necessity many individuals cannot afford.

Furthermore, the process of even obtaining a prosthetic limb can take a few weeks to a few months. This mostly due to the fact that prosthetics need to be tailor made to an individuals exact size requirements. However since 3D printing is becoming an affordable option for prosthetics, with some less than $200, the idea of someone being able to create a prosthetic from the comforts of their own home is becoming a reality.

In the future, prosthetics will be integrated seamlessly into people’s everyday lives with little to no effort. Upcoming 3D scanning and body modeling companies will help individuals easily, and cost effectively, scan limbs to make a more natural fitting prosthetic. 3D Printers are also becoming well suited with a variety of different material, such as lightweight titanium, which increases strength and durability.

Click HERE to read more on the story by techcrunch.com!

Breakthrough In 3D Printing In Space

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After a long process of careful testing and analysis, there has finally been a breakthrough in 3D printing in space. The printer, known as the Additive Manufacturing Facility (AMF), was installed on the International Space Station last April. Astronauts were finally able to put the machine to test as they printed out it’s first tool. The printer successfully printed a wrench that the astronauts are able to use when doing maintenance work while in the space lab.

The tool was created with a unique feature, a fastening clip, which will help them keep track of it while in zero g. NASA briefly tested 3D printing capabilities in space back in 2014 as they see a growing future for the technology. They noted that this technological breakthrough would help make “spaceflight cheaper and voyaging spaceships more self-sufficient.”  The machine has at least six months worth of printing scheduled ahead, so we look forward to seeing what other tools it cranks out in the future!

Click HERE to read the full article from Space.com.

Patent Filed For 3D Printing Process That Could Print an Entire Airplane

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3D printing technologies have been around for some time. We’ve been able to print small items, large items, and everything in-between. However, the real technological advancements with 3D printing technologies don’t lie with the function of printing, rather the materials our 3D printers can print. For years we’ve been able to print plastics and soft metals, but never before have we been able to print immensely strong metals that are fit to build an aircraft with. Airbus is filing a patent for a new 3D printing process to do just that. This could really be a game changer in the world of 3D printing and it’s capabilities. Click below to read the full article.

Original Article by: Scott J. Grunewald
Original Article from: 3dprint.com

3D Printing With New Materials

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It seems that everyday, universities, private companies and small start-ups are pushing the boundaries of what 3D printing can truly be capable of. One day we’re printing cars, the next we’re printing clothes, the next we’re printing buildings and beyond. But, this new advancement in 3D printing technology is tackling the idea of 3D printing in an entirely new way. A team at the University of Bristol has developed a 3D printer that can print composite materials.

These composite materials range from sports equipment to airplane parts. Take for example a golf club. By manufacturing a club with a 3D printer, you’re able to design a club to a players exact specifications, flawlessly. This technology has only scratched the surface of what it can be capable of, but by pushing the technology into new printing materials, the 3D printing technology can now be utilized and explored by a vastly larger population. It’s no longer a technology of the future, it’s truly a technology of now.

Click HERE to read the full article on phys.org

Recap of 3-D Printing in 2015

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3D printing technology is undoubtably one of the fastest growing, popular and exciting technologies to date. The possibilities seem to be endless and the advancements they’re making seem to be unprecedented. Here is a list, put together by 3ders.org as the 10 biggest achievements for 3D printing this past year, as well as where they see 3D printing in the future. Take a look!

10. 3-D Printing Saves Lives
9. Advancements in Metal 3D Printing
8. 3D Printed Houses
7. 3D Printed Cars
6. Nike, Adidas and New Balance Race For 3D Printed Shoes
5. Michelin, HP, Canon, Ricoh, Toshiba, Lenovo, Autodesk and Apple enter the 3D Printer Market
4. 3D Printed Gun Debate
3. 3D Printing Launches into Space
2. Novel 3D Printers Enter Market
1. Stratasys and 3D Systems suffer major losses; but global 3D printing industry prepped for long-term success

Click HERE to read the original and full article from 3ders.org