After demonstrating the first acoustically driven tractor beam platform, researchers develop a simpler, cheaper version using 3-D printable parts and open-source electronic components for the maker community.
In support of the development of polymer-based additive manufacturing, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released the 'Measurement Science Roadmap for Polymer-Based Additive Manufacturing', a guide that identifies future desired capabilities, challenges, and priority topics in polymer-based AM.
Researchers have developed a new interactive design tool called 'Printone', which provides users with the ability to create functional 3-D printed wind instruments in any shape or form using interactive sound simulation feedback.
Advanced 3D printing promises to redefine manufacturing in critical industries such as aerospace, transportation and defense, and now, scientists are exploring the use of 3D printing to achieve unprecedented flexibility in producing 'on-demand' targets for testing how materials behave under extreme conditions.
Researchers from three universities combined their expertise to demonstrate the first complete sabotage attack on a 3D additive manufacturing system, illustrating how a cyber attack and malicious manipulation of blueprints can fatally damage production of a device or machine.
The process of 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, holds promise for advancements in almost every industry, including even rocket science. Engineers from NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center used neutrons recently to help understand the potential benefit of additive manufactured rocket engine components.