3D Printing Parallels

Makerbot Industries – Replicator 2 – 3D-printer 11 | Flickr – Photo Sharing! Creative Tools Attribution 2.0 Generic | CC BY 2.0 The 3D printer is presently a hobbyist’s tool, one fostering a society of makers who have found a useful medium with which to let their imaginations run loose. 3DP business have sprung out with specialties in art, décor, fashion, and novelty. Beyond that, however, 3DP has yet to achieve an appreciable breakthrough—a killer app to transform the printer from an interesting gadget to an essential household appliance. Given this fact, one ponders...

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3D Printing: Bigger, Faster & Better

3D Food Printer | Flickr – Photo Sharing! Playing Futures: Applied Nomadology Attribution 2.0 Generic / CC BY 2.0   Speed remains a hurdle in 3D printing. Producing a small object can require hours of waiting, a process that tests the patience of any user. While inroads are being made, speed remains the key inconvenience for 3DP. The federal government wants to change that. The US Department of Energy announced that it will invest in research-and-development to improve both the speed and scale of additive manufacturing. Asst. Secy. David Danielson made the announcement at the...

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3DP Turns the Automobile into DIY

A Do-It-Yourself (DIY) automobile is the fantasy of millions, yet one heretofore unachieved. That might be about to change as big-ticket and startup car companies increasingly turn to additive manufacturing. Could 3D printing be the catalyst that DIY carmakers have been waiting for? History’s littered with failed DIY cars, some by charlatans and others by wannabe-visionaries. They’ve come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and styles, targeting every demographic of every segment of society. (Just lookup up the 1910s’ “Lad’s Car,” a DIY automobile that targeted early adolescents.) There is one...

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3D Printing’s Micro-Scale Frontier

The word “scale” plays a big part in the ongoing speculation about 3D printing, but it tends to apply to matters of production and enormity. One team of German researchers is casting light on a new aspect of the form, one not visible to the naked eye. The Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT), in partnership with the Nanoscribe Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung (GmbH), is developing structures built around nano-scale, honeycomb-like layers. The theory is that the strategic layout of these structures will produce more strength with less material, thereby increasing efficiency....

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5 Game-Changers in 3D Printing

The possibilities of 3D printing appear endless.  A new breakthrough seems to be announced each week, usually about a printer’s ability to duplicate a vital object (a human limb, for instance) that wields tremendous benefit for society.  Here are five “game-changers” that 3D printers are starting to duplicate, with explanations as to why they are game-changers–good and bad. Buildings: Behrokh Khoshnevis generated buzz during this year’s Consumer Electronics Show when his firm, Contour Crafting, showcased a conceptual technique for building an entire home in the space of a single...

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Beginner’s Guide to 3D Printing

If you’ve been tuning into the latest news, odds are that you’ve heard about 3D printing. Paul Markillie of The Economist declared it the “third industrial revolution.” Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN referred to it as “game-changing technology.” Even Pres. Barack Obama celebrated 3D printing, christening it as the “next revolution in manufacturing” during his State of the Union address. There’s no denying it: 3D printing is having a major impact–one that consumers are increasingly able to enjoy. Here’s Linkyo Insights’ brief,...

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