3D printers

   

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

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…

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…

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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