Powered by a chemical reaction controlled by microfluidics, 3D-printed ‘octobot’ has no electronics (Video)

Octobot is the first autonomous, entirely soft robot. Powered by a chemical reaction controlled by microfluidics, 3D-printed ‘octobot’ has no electronics.

A team of Harvard University researchers with expertise in 3D printing, mechanical engineering, and microfluidics has demonstrated the first autonomous, untethered, entirely soft robot. This small, 3D-printed robot — nicknamed the octobot — could pave the way for a new generation of completely soft, autonomous machines. Continue reading “Powered by a chemical reaction controlled by microfluidics, 3D-printed ‘octobot’ has no electronics (Video)”

New York State to Invest $125 Million in Building World’s First Industrial-Scale 3D Printing Facility

New York state will invest $125 million to build the world’s first industrial-scale 3D printing facility as part of a private-public partnership with Norway’s Norsk Titanium AS, according to sources familiar with the deal.

A groundbreaking for the plant is expected in late October or November in Plattsburgh, New York, about 160 miles north of the state capital of Albany, said the sources, who could not speak publicly before an announcement by the state. Continue reading “New York State to Invest $125 Million in Building World’s First Industrial-Scale 3D Printing Facility”

Materialise Opens Metal 3D Printing Factory in Germany

Materialise NV (NASDAQ:MTLS), a leading provider of additive manufacturing (AM) software and sophisticated 3D printing services, today announced the start of metal printing activities in their German office in Bremen, the location of Materialise’s Metal Competence Centre for software. Starting in late October, this new production line will begin serving industrial customers looking to manufacture parts in titanium, a material with applications in industries such as aerospace, manufacturing, automotive and more. During a press conference at Euromold in Dusseldorf, Materialise founder and CEO Fried Vancraen stated that this new production line would mark Materialise’s next step in becoming the most complete factory for 3D Printing. Continue reading “Materialise Opens Metal 3D Printing Factory in Germany”

TWI, LR Energy Present Joint Industry Project in Laser Additive Manufacturing

Industry collaboration is the driver for sustainable growth in new manufacturing technology for the energy and offshore industries.

TWI and Lloyd’s Register Energy are presenting a joint industry project, on 8 September in the UK, titled ‘Certification of laser powder additive manufactured components for industrial adoption in the energy and offshore sectors’. Continue reading “TWI, LR Energy Present Joint Industry Project in Laser Additive Manufacturing”

Rinkak Launches Global 3D Printing Management Service

Kabuku Inc’s Rinkak 3D printing marketplace is quickly expanding and making a name for itself in the industry, with unique materials, a streamlined aesthetic, and exciting partnerships. The company announced one more offering that sees the company launching into the distributed manufacturing game, the Rinkak 3D Printing Manufacturing Management Service (MMS). Continue reading “Rinkak Launches Global 3D Printing Management Service”