Let’s say the armrest is broken in your vintage car. As things stand, you would need a lot of luck and persistence to find the right spare part. But in the world of Industrie 4.0 and production with batch sizes of one, you can simply scan the armrest and print it out. This is made possible by the first ever 3D scanner capable of working autonomously and in real time.
Part of the charm of vintage cars is that they stopped making them long ago, so it is special when you do see one out on the roads. If something breaks or stops working in the vehicle, however, this special status quickly becomes a problem, as spare parts are no longer manufactured either. With the advent of Industrie 4.0, this is set to change: manufacturing is turning toward batch sizes of one and individualized production. This is sometimes also referred to as “highly customized mass production.” Continue reading “Autonomous 3D scanner determines 3D printability of objects in real time”
A couple of weeks back, I wrote about the Snappy, a new RepRap 3D printer that consists of over 70% 3D printable parts. As the RepRap project’s stated goal is to eventually develop a fully self-replicating 3D printer, the Snappy would mark a significant step towards that goal. After the article, I was made aware of the Dollo 3D printer, a project by a father-son team that may be even more self-replicating than the Snappy. With instructions available online and an upcoming Kickstarter, the Dollo 3D printer is something to look out for and will hopefully bring us closer to true self-replication. Continue reading “Dollo 3D: The next step toward a completely self replicating machine (Video)”
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”
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”
Trimble and Materialise announced that they have added support for the STL file format through a new Printables feature on Trimble’s 3D Warehouse, the world’s largest repository of free, high-quality, 3D content. The new feature is the result of the companies’ collaboration to streamline 3D printing workflows, … Continue reading “Trimble and Materialise Partner to Streamline 3D Printing Workflows”
Jon Peddie Research (JPR), a market watcher that tracks the design software market, has some good news. The CAD market is growing again — to the tune of $8 billion in 2014. The company writes, “Jon Peddie Research estimates the CAD software market to be an $8 billion market with 5.15 million annual users.” Continue reading “JPR: CAD Market Growing Again”
TraceParts, one of the world’s leading providers of 3D digital content for engineering, now offers over 100 million 3D CAD models in its online library: TracePartsOnline.net. Continue reading “The Resounding Success Of 3D Marketing Tools”
Using 3D printing technology, Emerging Objects has come up with a solution which may be able to greatly reduce the use of air conditioning systems in these hot dry climates. The device, which is called the “Cool Brick” has the ability to cool off an entire room simply by using the most abundant compound found on Earth — water. Continue reading “3D Printed ‘Cool Bricks’ Can Cool an Entire Room Using Water”