3D Printing set to transform New Zealand’s manufacturing industry

Even as New Zealand’s manufacturing soars, the introduction of low-cost, quality 3D printing promises to further ignite and ultimately transform this crucial industry sector. By providing even small-scale operators with the ability to prototype, experiment and test in their own offices, value chains are considerably compressed and accelerated.  Continue reading “3D Printing set to transform New Zealand’s manufacturing industry”

Squishy robots: Phase-changing material could allow even low-cost robots to switch between hard and soft states

In the movie “Terminator 2,” the shape-shifting T-1000 robot morphs into a liquid state to squeeze through tight spaces or to repair itself when harmed. Now a phase-changing material built from wax and foam, and capable of switching between hard and soft states, could allow even low-cost robots to perform the same feat. Continue reading “Squishy robots: Phase-changing material could allow even low-cost robots to switch between hard and soft states”

RS Components and RepRapPro distribution deal brings affordable 3D printing technology to engineers worldwide

RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the world’s leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products, has signed a landmark distribution agreement with RepRapPro Ltd that will deliver affordable, open-source, self-replicating 3D printing technology to engineers worldwide. The completion of the deal coincides with the launch of the RepRapPro Ormerod low cost 3D printer, which is available first from RS. Continue reading “RS Components and RepRapPro distribution deal brings affordable 3D printing technology to engineers worldwide”