The Additive Manufactured Excavator Design Competition

The additive excavator cab design competition had very few limitations on the cab design and essentially encouraged students to showcase our skills and ideas. We could create something totally unique, aesthetically pleasing, yet functional to showcase the capabilities of additive manufacturing

How Big Area Additive Manufacturing is Enabling Automotive Microfactories

Ian Wright for  Make no mistake, 3D printing is changing manufacturing. Although it may take years before we see the full impact of bringing this technology from rapid prototyping to full-scale production, there are already hints of big things to come. Take Local Motors’ recent purchase of two Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) systems from Cincinnati Incorporated (CI) as an example. The former company designs, builds and sells custom vehicles out of its US-based microfactories. The latter is a century-old manufacturer of metal fabrication tools and, more recently, BAAM.   Cont'd...

2016 Manufacturing Leadership Awards Program Recognizes Industry Game-Changers

Ford's John Fleming, 3D printing pioneer Chuck Hull and GE receive top honors

World-class Architects, Designers and Engineers to Unveil the Future of 3D at In(3D)ustry

Can you print the remaining parts of the Sagrada Familia, a car or your own attire? Some of the world's top professionals from four major industries - Health, Automotive and Aeronautics, Consumer and Retail, and Architecture and Habitat - will be showing us how it's done at the first edition of In(3D)ustry From Needs to Solutions which takes place on 21-23 June at the Italian Pavilion of Fira de Barcelona's Montjuïc venue.

Major French groups and international diversity on the agenda at the world's premier summit on robotics innovations in Paris

For the sixth edition of the event, Innorobo 2016 successfully premiered in Paris, once again helping to accelerating the development of robotics innovations to benefit humankind. Beyond the figures and the event, Innorobo brings to life the community of players driving the robotics transformation and opens it up to major groups from France and around the world.

Computational Hydrographic Printing

From Yizhong Zhang, Chunji Yin, Changxi Zheng, Kun Zhou's paper:   Hydrographic printing is a well-known technique in industry for transferring color inks on a thin film to the surface of a manufactured 3D object. It enables high-quality coloring of object surfaces and works with a wide range of materials, but suffers from the inability to accurately register color texture to complex surface geometries. Thus, it is hardly usable by ordinary users with customized shapes and textures. We present computational hydrographic printing, a new method that inherits the versatility of traditional hydrographic printing, while also enabling precise alignment of surface textures to possibly complex 3D surfaces. In particular, we propose the first computational model for simulating hydrographic printing process. This simulation enables us to compute a color image to feed into our hydrographic system for precise texture registration. We then build a physical hydrographic system upon off-the-shelf hardware, integrating virtual simulation, object calibration and controlled immersion. To overcome the difficulty of handling complex surfaces, we further extend our method to enable multiple immersions, each with a different object orientation, so the combined colors of individual immersions form a desired texture on the object surface. We validate the accuracy of our computational model through physical experiments, and demonstrate the efficacy and robustness of our system using a variety of objects with complex surface textures...  (full paper)

Dassault Systèmes and Airbus Group Extend Collaboration to Additive Manufacturing

3DEXPERIENCE Platform at the Core of Aircraft Programs Integrating Design, Simulation and Production

Wipro Partners with Authentise to offer Additive Manufacturing Services

Building on its extensive Engineering and R&D services experience, this alliance will help Wipro to deliver the full spectrum of 3D printing services including consulting, design optimization, software & system integration, product management and testing services.

Fisher Unitech Continues Their Mission to Advance Manufacturing in America

North America's leader in 3D Printing and 3D CAD Product Development to Acquire Prism Engineering

Student Engineering Team from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Wins Excavator Cab of the Future Design Contest

IFPE and CONEXPO-CON/AGG, the largest construction show in Western Hemisphere will feature the first use of 3-D printed steel in an excavator designed by engineering students

Prototype House Co-Founder Matthew Bordy Shares Prototyping and Product Development Tips at a Miami Start Up Event

Throughout the event attendees asked various questions about the product development process ranging from patent filing, to the manufacturing process and when is the right time to contact a product development professional.

@Datakit enables to #3Dprint most #CAD formats through the 3MF format

Datakit, CAD data exchange software vendor, has developed a library to write 3MF files (3D Manufacturing Format).

Stratasys Announces Retirement of David Reis as CEO

Company appoints Ilan Levin, current Stratasys board member and 15-year industry veteran, as successor CEO

3D printing of patterned membranes opens door to rapid advances in membrane technology

Penn State Materials Research Institute via Science Daily:  A new type of 3D printing developed by researchers at Penn State will make it possible for the first time to rapidly prototype and test polymer membranes that are patterned for improved performance. Ion exchange membranes are used in many types of energy applications, such as fuel cells and certain batteries, as well as in water purification, desalination, removal of heavy metals and food processing. Most ion exchange membranes are thin, flat sheets similar to the plastic wrap in your kitchen drawer. However, recent work has shown that by creating 3D patterns on top of the 2D membrane surface, interesting hydrodynamic properties emerge that can improve ion transport or mitigate fouling, a serious problem in many membrane applications. Currently, making these patterned membranes, also called profiled membranes, involves a laborious process of etching a silicon mold with the desired pattern, pouring in the polymer and waiting until it hardens. The process is both time-consuming and expensive, and results in a single pattern type. “We thought if we could use 3D printing to fabricate our custom-synthesized ion exchange membranes, we could make any sort of pattern and we could make it quickly,” says Michael Hickner, associate professor of materials science and engineering at Penn State.   Cont'd...

The Advantages Of Using 3D Printing For Creating Your First Product Prototype

Why is accessible 3D printing so beneficial for first-time entrepreneurs? Read on for some answers.

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