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3D printing helps designers build a better brick

Using 3-D printing and advanced geometry, a team at Cornell has developed a new kind of building material - interlocking ceramic bricks that are lightweight, need no mortar and make efficient use of materials.

Posted: Jul 28th, 2014

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Robotic 3D printing technologies to build a Mars base (w/video)

Economically viable and reliable building systems and tool sets are being sought, examined and tested for extraterrestrial infrastructure buildup. One NASA project focuses on a unique architecture weaving the robotic building construction technology with designs for assisting rapid buildup of initial operational capability Lunar and Martian bases.

Posted: Jul 6th, 2014

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Heliolithography, an entirely new 3D printing process (w/video)

The Heliolithography printing process displays significant improvements versus conventional Stereolithography, the standard of professional-grade 3D Printers on the market today - by offering greater theoretical limits on printing speed, options for a superior variety of compatible printing materials, smoother surface finishes, and a level of detail not achievable in current desktop printers.

Posted: Jul 3rd, 2014

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Using 3D printing to make braille picture books and teaching materials

New technology has been developed to make tactile objects with ease thanks to the convergence technology of 3D printing and 3D thermal reflow treatment. Using the technology, not only braille books, but also braille picture books and teaching materials can be made with greater flexibility in color, height and size.

Posted: Jul 2nd, 2014

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Looking to nature to 3-D print materials that resist flaws and fractures

Researchers created models that predicted the fracture response, fracture resistance, and durability of synthetic materials that arranged their ingredients in various natural and synthetic geometries. They show that they could efficiently 3-D print such materials, and that their model accurately predicted the resulting material's properties.

Posted: Jul 2nd, 2014

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A chair 3D printed with mushrooms

Studio Eric Klarenbeek is exploring ways of 3D-printing living organisms, such as mycelium, the threadlike network of fungi, in combination with local raw materials to create products with a negative carbon footprint.

Posted: Jun 27th, 2014

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