New 3D printed polymer that could be used in space, developed by Virginia Tech Team.
Newswise — Virginia Tech researchers have created a novel way to 3-D print the type of high-temperature polymeric materials commonly used to insulate space craft and satellites from extreme heat and cold.
Previously, the polyimide could previously be made only in sheets.
The material, formally known as Kapton, is an aromatic polymer composed of carbons and hydrogens inside benzene rings, which provides exceptional thermal and chemical stability. But because of this molecular structure, the material is notoriously difficult to produce in any format other than thin sheets. Kapton often is used in the multi-layer insulation that forms the outer wrapping of spacecraft, satellites, and planetary rovers to protect them from extreme heat and cold. It often is mistaken for “gold foil.” Continue reading “New 3D printed polymer that could be used in space, developed by Virginia Tech Team”
Carbon3D today emerged from stealth on the main stage of the TED conference with an innovative approach to polymer-based 3D printing that promises to advance the industry beyond basic prototyping to 3D manufacturing. The new Continuous Liquid Interface Production technology (CLIP) harnesses light and oxygen to continuously grow objects… Continue reading “Carbon3D introduces CLIP, breakthrough technology for layerless 3D printing”
The world’s first compact 3D printer that can also scan items, creating their digitized models, has been unveiled in the US. The $2,200 device, created in Singapore with the help of a crowdfunding campaign, doesn’t require much knowledge of 3D software. Continue reading “World’s 1st compact rotary 3D printer-cum-scanner unveiled in California”
It’s an enormous 3D printer which can create an object the size of a phone booth. With a build volume of 1800 x 1000 x 700 mm, the ExOne S-Max printer can, within 24 hours, produce parts of complex shapes and large volumes. Continue reading “ExOne, 3Dealise & Bruil Create Enormous, Complex 3D Printed Concrete Forms (VIDEO)”
Have you considered buying a 3D printer? A major spectacle at the CES in Las Vegas for the last two years, they’re now available for as little as £300 – around the same price as the latest Xbox One or Playstation 4. Continue reading “2015 Is The Year To Try 3-D Printing At Home (VIDEO)”
Imagine a future in which humanity builds outposts in space – on the surface of the moon, floating in the clouds above Venus, or on the dusty plains of Mars – capable of manufacturing parts built to digital order, rather than waiting months or years for replacement supplies from Earth. Continue reading “California Company Pioneers 3-D Printing in Space”
One of the newest areas of research in 3D printing is portable printing. A crowdfunding campaign has just been launched to create the Pocket 3D Printer, which is the first 3D printer of its kind that combines two existing technologies into a new one. Continue reading “3D Printers That Fit in Your Pocket Will Soon Become a Reality”
The future is a terrifying and/or wonderful place, according to most movies. What will we see? What will we do? What will we eat? Ever since the microwave taught us that not everything we eat has to come directly from nature, we’ve been inventing new ways of preparing foods and objects that Hostess tells us are food. Continue reading “11 Food 3D Printers to Feed the Future”
The public at large had its first look at the Chadron Library’s new 3D printer at the facility’s business after hours event. The small 3D printer was donated to the library by the Chadron Public Library Foundation to bring cutting-edge technology to both the library and the surrounding region, said library director Rosella Tesch. Continue reading “Chadron Library introduces 3D printing”
It’s official! A 3D printer has made it into space! Last weekend, the uncrewed Dragon spacecraft from Space X was loaded up with 5,000 pounds of cargo, including one piece of baggage precious to those in the 3D printing community: the Made In Space Zero G Printer, a 3D printer specifically designed to operate in the absence of gravity. Continue reading “Welcome Aboard: The First 3D Printer in Space Docks at the ISS (VIDEO)”