Stratasys Ltd., a leading manufacturer of 3D printers and production systems, announced that it has been selected by The UPS Store to provide its 3D printing systems to The UPS Store as part of a test program that will make it the first national retailer in the U.S. to offer 3D printing service to entrepreneurs, architects, start-ups and other retail customers.
This project aims to blur the line between processes of design and fabrication in the context of rapid prototyping by increasing the fluidity of the fabrication process through coordinated material and robotic processes.
It may seem like a stretch to envision a 3D printer in every home. However, a Michigan Technological University researcher is predicting that personal manufacturing, like personal computing before it, is about to enter the mainstream in a big way.
The age of 3D printing, when every object so created can be personalized, will increase the need for tags to keep track of everything. Happily, the same 3D printing process used to produce an object can simultaneously generate an internal, invisible tag.
The Sugar Lab is a micro-design firm for custom 3D printed sugar. With their background in architecture and their penchant for complex geometry, the husband and wife architectural design team Liz and Kyle von Hasslen are bringing 3D printing technology to the genre of mega-cool cakes.
3D printing has the potential to radically transform the relationship between design, mass customization, and manufacturing across multiple industries. Deloitte and 3D Systems plan to combine efforts to guide business leaders through the full spectrum of solutions and capabilities required to harness the value and potential of this disruptive technology and integrate it into their business models for sustainable competitive advantage.
Half a millennium after Johannes Gutenberg printed the bible, researchers printed a 3D splint that saved the life of an infant born with severe tracheobronchomalacia, a birth defect that causes the airway to collapse.
Imagine turning a whiteboard, glass window or even a wooden table top into a responsive, touch sensitive surface. A low cost system developed by Nanyang Technological University, based on the principles of vibration and imaging that is able to track the movements of multiple fingers and of objects, can do just that.
Nature inspires creativity: in building a silent propulsion system for boats and water sport devices, researchers used the octopus as their role model. The system can be produced at a low cost and in a single step with a 3D printer.
Researchers at Queen's University's Human Media Lab have developed a new smartphone - called MorePhone - which can morph its shape to give users a silent yet visual cue of an incoming phone call, text message or email.