Saturday, December 10, 2016

Engineering Research: Using 3D Printers to Design a Better Transformer #3dPrinting

Ever wonder what engineering research looks like at the undergraduate level? Watch as Lindsey Bollig, a St. Thomas Mechanical Engineering major works on designing a better transformer using a 3D printer and magnetic composite material at the School of Engineering at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. Dr. Brittany Nelson-Cheeseman, professor, talks about the exciting process of engineering research projects which includes designing, inventing, manufacturing and persistence.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Sunday, September 25, 2016

4-D Printing is the Future of Design

That's right, it's one D better! Actually, 4D printing is about using a 3D printer to produce self-reconfiguring, programmable material that intelligently arranges itself into basically any object -- with no computers or electricity required! Skylar Tibbits, an MIT researcher, has already developed prototypes from his self-assembly lab. And this is just the beginning - from skyscrapers to space stations, the promises of 4D printing are amazing.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Video: 3D Printing: The Business Opportunities #3dPrinting #Startups

3D printing can enhance product development, transform traditional production methods, enable direct digital manufacturing, and facilitate personal fabrication. In this video, Christopher Barnatt of highlights what this means for businesses, as well as offering some broader predictions.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Print Your Own Human Organs with a $10,000 Desktop 3D Printer

INC Magazine recently featured the founders of BioBots on their 11th Annual 30 Under 30 List.  Here's a snippet from the article:

BioBots, a startup that creates desktop 3-D printers that can produce living tissue. The entrepreneurs used existing 3-D printing components that were primarily meant for manufacturing plastics and metals and used them to build a bioprinter. The result is a bioprinter far less expensive than most of its competitors: At $10,000, BioBots products are accessible to labs that can't afford the hundreds of thousands of dollars 3-D printers usually cost. And while most bioprinters can take up entire rooms and have many moving parts, BioBots builds machines about the size of a microwave.

Here's more details on the company's plans from the 2015 TechCrunch Disrupt:

Need a replacement organ? Want to test a new drug? 3D print living tissue made from your own cells without gluing or scorching it to death thanks to BioBots-3D.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Desktop Milling Machines To Be More Popular Than 3D Printers?

Fast Company has a great article asking if Desktop Milling Machines will overtake the popularity of 3D Printers.  They make some pretty strong arguments that makes really like working with wood and metal more than they do working with plastic. The rep from MakerBot says that the machines will end up complementing each other rather than replacing one another which seems to make sense, but it's hard to imagine people wanting plastic trinkets when instead they can have them made from silver and gold!  Here's a glimpse at a desktop milling machine:

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