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3D printers

ETH Zurich scientists create load-bearing and predictable 4D printed objects, take ‘4D printing’ a step further

With 3D printing now over three decades old, a growing number of researchers are looking ahead at the next logical step: “4D printing” is the popular science term for 3D printed objects that transform over time. Not just any random transformation, 4D printing is so innovative precisely because of its design parameters. Structures are pre-programmed to respond especially to a stimulus. While 4D printed materials such as shape memory alloy and electroactive polymers have been paving the way for some time, a group of scientists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) have been pushing the envelope…

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Open-Source Prototype Turns Any Room Into a 3D Printer

Spring cleaning tip from Sweden: If you’re wondering what to do with that extra space in the garage or den, why not turn the room into a giant 3D printer?   That’s the Swedes for you — always thinking.   Swedish inventor Torbjørn Ludvigsen has spent the last three years developing a new kind of large-format 3D printer that can build furniture-sized objects in any room — surprisingly easily and relatively cheaply. Ludvigsen’s invention, the Hangprinter, employs a system of wires and computer-controlled pulleys anchored to the walls, floor, and ceiling. Once installed, the Hangprinter essentially uses the room itself…

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Rapid prototyping & MVP development

Rapid Prototyping Rapid prototyping is a design process used to create an early working, interactive, and visual model of your martech solution. It consists of many traditional design products (e.g. wireframes), but also some new features that take it from being just a design to an interactive model. A rapid prototype consists of the following: Screen flows Wireframes Low-fidelity prototype High-fidelity prototype (including interactive components, e.g., buttons and navigational features)   The Benefits Of Rapid Prototyping 1. Bring your ideas to life. While screen flows and wireframes allow you to see your martech platform, an interactive rapid prototype allows you…

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Learn all about 3D PRINTING

Enroll to get: 17 lessons accessible anytime, anywhere Learn by doing with hours of project focused instruction Complete material lists and downloadable project resources One-on-One help with your questions   Welcome to the world of 3D printing! In this class, you will learn everything you need to know to design and 3D print your own creations. It’s really three-classes-in-one. We’ll learn Fusion 360, an awesome (free) 3D modeling program that will let you design just about anything. We’ll learn the ins-and-outs of desktop 3D-printing, and we’ll learn how to sketch by hand so we can generate solid ideas. With this…

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Just Imagine It, Design It and You Can Have It…

Manufacturing process is basically a complex activity, concerned with people who’ve a broad number of disciplines and expertise and a wide range of machinery, tools, and equipment with numerous levels of automation, such as computers, robots, and other equipment. Manufacturing pursuits must be receptive to several needs and developments.   Beside above, all the future technicians must understand the basic needs of workshop routines in terms of man, equipment, material, methods, revenue and other infrastructure conveniences needed to be placed properly for maximum shop or plant layouts and other support solutions effectively regulated or positioned in the field or industry…

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What if 3D printing was 100x faster?

What we think of as 3D printing, says Joseph DeSimone, is really just 2D printing over and over … slowly. Onstage at TED2015, he unveils a bold new technique — inspired, yes, by Terminator 2 — that’s 25 to 100 times faster, and creates smooth, strong parts. Could it finally help to fulfill the tremendous promise of 3D printing?    

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The emergence of “4D printing”

3D printing has grown in sophistication since the late 1970s; TED Fellow Skylar Tibbits is shaping the next development, which he calls 4D printing, where the fourth dimension is time. This emerging technology will allow us to print objects that then reshape themselves or self-assemble over time. Think: a printed cube that folds before your eyes, or a printed pipe able to sense the need to expand or contract.    

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What’s next in 3D printing

Just like his beloved grandfather, Avi Reichental is a maker of things. The difference is, now he can use 3D printers to make almost anything, out of almost any material. Reichental tours us through the possibilities of 3D printing, for everything from printed candy to highly custom sneakers.  

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