Dutch Railways starts using 3D printed spare parts for trains

Dutch Railways starts using 3D printed spare parts for trains

Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS, Dutch Railways) is taking advantage of 3D printing and will replace some broken train parts with 3D printed replacement parts. In fact, 20 3D printed spare parts are currently available and NS plans to produce more than 50 by the end of the year. Continue reading “Dutch Railways starts using 3D printed spare parts for trains”

Avio Aero to make 3D-Printed components for Advanced TurboProp engine

Avio Aero to make 3D-Printed components for Advanced TurboProp engine

Avio Aero, a GE Aviation business that designs, builds and maintains aviation engines, will produce, at its Brindisi plant, the additive-manufactured components of the General Electric ATP (Advanced Turboprop) engine, for the General Aviation market. The additive manufacturing machines will be installed at the Brindisi facility from 2018 and the first production activities will start between the end of 2018 and the beginning of 2019.

The ATP, an all-European project led by the Centre of Excellence for engine development established in Italy, is the first turboprop to include 3D-printed parts: 13 components, ranging from the combustion chamber to various structural elements, which have reduced the total number of parts in the engine by about 30%.

After Cameri (Novara), which specializes in additive manufacturing using the EBM (electron beam melting) technology, Brindisi is the second Avio Aero plant to adopt an additive process, although this time using DMLM (direct metal laser melting). Continue reading “Avio Aero to make 3D-Printed components for Advanced TurboProp engine”

Shapeways’ 3D printed dagger appears in Game of Thrones season six opener

When Ellaria Sand whipped a dagger out of her bracelet on Sunday’s Game of Thrones season 6 premiere, we gasped, but not for the same reason you did. For months now we’ve been keeping a secret: the designers from Game of Thrones partnered with Shapeways to create items for the show and this–this!–was the dagger we had 3D printed for them. Continue reading “Shapeways’ 3D printed dagger appears in Game of Thrones season six opener”

Aurora Flight Sciences, Stratasys Present World’s First Jet-Powered, 3D Printed UAV (Video)

To realize the joint goal to design and develop an advanced 3D printed demonstration aircraft, the final UAV – which has a 3m (9ft.) wingspan and weighs only 15kg (33lb.) – leveraged 3D printing for 80 percent of its design and manufacture and is built on the expertise of Aurora Flight Sciences’ aerospace and Stratasys’ additive manufacturing.

According to Dan Campbell, Aerospace Research Engineer at Aurora Flight Sciences, the project achieved various targets. “A primary goal for us was to show the aerospace industry just how quickly you can go from designing to building to flying a 3D printed jet-powered aircraft. To the best of our knowledge, this is the largest, fastest, and most complex 3D printed UAV ever produced.” Continue reading “Aurora Flight Sciences, Stratasys Present World’s First Jet-Powered, 3D Printed UAV (Video)”

First 3D-printed hotel suite to be entirely operational (Video)

Forget 3D-printed food and 3D-printed cars. A hotel owner in the Philippines is 3D-printing an entire hotel suite, and unlike other 3D-printed buildings done before, this one will be completely and entirely operational, which means, if you’re thinking of vacationing in the country soon, you’ll be able to book a night at the 3D-printed suite. Continue reading “First 3D-printed hotel suite to be entirely operational (Video)”

3D Printed Italian Racing Bicycle Built by Pininfarina, De Rosa

At 13 years old just after the war in 1947, Ugo De Rosa was crazy about bicycles. He reveled in reviewing the feats of the great road racers Bartali and Coppi, and once his studies were complete for the day, he headed to Filippo Fasci’s workshop where he dreamed of building himself a bike and becoming a champion himself. By age 18, he’d set up his own business building those bicycles of his dreams.  Continue reading “3D Printed Italian Racing Bicycle Built by Pininfarina, De Rosa”

Ingenious 3D-Printed Wheelchair Attachment Makes Lever-Powered Rowing Motion More Efficient

When challenged to hack a wheelchair and build the best one possible, students Kate Reed and Stefano Pagani of NuVu innovation school and Nathaniel Tong of Rochester Institute of Technology came up with an award-winning idea. The trio developed the Hand Drive, an affordable 3D printed attachment that allows any wheelchair to be powered by an efficient lever-powered rowing motion. Continue reading “Ingenious 3D-Printed Wheelchair Attachment Makes Lever-Powered Rowing Motion More Efficient”

Spexy Me Aims to 3D Print Your Next Pair of Perfectly Fitting Glasses

The ability to affordably 3D print all sorts of products has allowed for total customization within many areas, from footwear to jewelry, and now to glasses. A new Australian start-up called Spexy Me, aims to soon take 3D printing to a whole new level with customized frames for your glasses. Today they’ve launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. Continue reading “Spexy Me Aims to 3D Print Your Next Pair of Perfectly Fitting Glasses”