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    Trains, planes and …motorbikes

    What they’re building, additively

    June 29, 2016

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    Airbus is using THOR (Testing High-tech Objectives in Reality) – as a testbed for futuristic aircraft technologies: from 3D-printed structural parts to advanced aerodynamics and artificial intelligence.

    The future of flight, space, motor transport –indeed all modes of transportation – is undergoing radical innovation, led by aerospace, automotive, and industrial designers who are turning 3D printed parts and complex final assemblies into significant material, production, time and cost savings on the factory floor.

    Embedded Vision, 3D printing

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      Sensing depth using “structured” light

      June 5, 2016

      This 3-D printer is basically a demo of the DLP Structured Light Software Development Kit designed for high accuracy and high-speed 3-D printed objects. The system features the programmable DLP® LightCrafter4500™ evaluation module to precisely expose object layers and the ultra-low-power MSP430™ microcontroller to synchronize layer exposure with motor control for flexible 3-D builds.

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        MIT develops 3D printing breakthrough for molten glass

        September 13, 2015

        MIT develop 3D printing breakthrough for molten glass

        Mesopotamian craftsmen invented glass around 1600 B.C., creating glass vessels by pouring molten glass on clay core molds that were then scraped away when the glass solidified. The process has remained unchanged through centuries of production.

        Now, researchers at MIT’s Mediated Matter group have developed the first molten glass material 3D printing extrusion system for the production of optically transparent components.

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          Five mind-boggling 3D printing designs you won’t believe

          Five mind-boggling 3D printing designs you won't believe

          3D printing is not just changing how we make things, it’s changing the way we think about the very process of creation itself. 3D’s disruptive potential is mind-boggling, and so too are future-facing designs coming off the printing press.

          Case in point, these five remarkable, 3D works-in-progress: all at the cutting edge of technology, all a quantum leap ahead of traditional design thinking in civil engineering; architecture; home, office, and furniture design; aerospace; construction; and tool making.

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            The fall and rise of 3D printing

            By Richard Wallace | July 6, 2015

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            The 3D printer boom has gone bust, and with it the hype that this transformative technology represents the next PC-like consumer tech craze. A major Wall Street correction has seen high flying stocks like 3D Systems (DDD) lose 65% of their value, Voxeljet (VJET) 77%, and ExOne (EXONE) 70%.

            The failure mechanism? Over speculation about an emerging technology that may not be ready for prime time in the mass market.

            Robotics & AI, 3D printing

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              Robots, 3D printer merge to bridge Amsterdam canal

              June 24, 2015

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              Designers and architects the world over are taking to robotics and 3D printing to develop novel solutions to difficult construction and manufacturing problems. Today, 3D printers are used to print everything from artificial hands and other prosthetic devices to precision metal parts used in aircraft and automotive development.

              Now a Dutch designer, Joris Laarman, has designed an ornate metal pedestrian bridge for an Amsterdam canal that will reportedly be built, on site, using robots and 3D printers.

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                3D printing puts industrial pedal to the metal

                May 28, 2015

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                The industrialization of 3D metal printing is getting a huge boost thanks to major new investments in next-generation laser and related  technologies developed to print solid metal parts. Leading the charge are GE, international research organizations, and a diverse group of global industries.

                An early adopter of 3D printing technology, GE recently disclosed creation of the world’s first, working, 3D printed jet engine.

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                  Moore’s Law in the age of 3D industrial disruption

                  By Richard Wallace | April 19, 2015

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                  Gordon Moore’s contribution to modern industry as a technologist and co-founder of Intel is getting some well deserved attention these days in the business and popular press. It is Moore’s Law which states that: the number of transistors in integrated circuits (chips) roughly doubles every two years, while the cost per semiconductor chips remains constant.