Talking only about 3D printers and guns is like watching a movie in fast forward, slowing down only to watch the bits where people die.
The United States’ dominance of 3D printing may be on the wane, according to one reading of the recent Wohlers Report on the market for the technology.
Planetary Resources and 3D printing company 3D Systems have announced a partnership this week, working towards the goal of mining asteroids in space.
3D Systems will acquire approximately 80 percent of Phenix Systems, a provider of Direct Metal Selective Laser Sintering 3D Printers based in France.
The CSIRO has created what it claims is a world first: 3D printed titanium bugs.
A speaker at last week’s 3D printing expo in Mackay predicted that 3D printing machines could solve the problem of needing to have replacement parts sent in to mining sites.
Global footwear giants Nike and Adidas are using 3D printing to speed up innovation in their shoe soles.
3D printing service company Shapeways has announced a six-week trial of a new flexible plastic, which offers new possibilities to adopters of the technology.
Helping answer the question “what’s next for 3D printing?” is a team from Townsville, who are set to unveil an all-in-one manufacturing solution at Australia’s first 3D printing expo this month.
Near the end of the movie “Skyfall”, there’s a scene in which James Bond and M drive out of the city in a classic 1960 Aston Martin DB5, the distinctive silver Bond Car first used in Goldfinger in 1965. Later —and this is a slight spoiler — the car is shot full of holes with assault rifles and blown up with a helicopter.
Carl Bass, the CEO of 3D design software company Autodesk, has claimed that 3D printing technology has reached both its hype and inflection point, and pointed out a number of ways in which additive manufacturing is limited.
A segment of the 3D printing (3DP) community, known as Makers, is using the concept of crowdsourcing as a sword to oppose 3DP-related patent applications, potentially creating problems for patent applicants everywhere.
The China 3D Printing Technology Industry Alliance (AMA) is planning to build 10 innovation centres for 3D printing technology in 10 cities in China in the near future.
Barack Obama has initiated a $US200 million federally funded competition to create three manufacturing institutes to test and pilot 3D Printing projects.
St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, is hosting an AdBioFab conference today and opening Australia’s first biofabrication unit next month, with aims to develop the application of medical 3d printing technology.
The use of 3D printing is reportedly increasing in China, being used for everything from individual desktop manufacturing to the creation of commercial aircraft parts.
In a test, General Electric’s aviation division is to use 3D printing technology to produce a complex fuel nozzle for use in jet engines.
The Maker Movement is here, with DIY creation becoming easier as technology like 3D printers becomes more widespread. Brent Balinski takes a look at the movement in Australia and what it might mean for manufacturing.
Since the industrial revolution manufacturing has meant cumbersome factories, production lines, machinery, labour and striving for the creation of economies of scale.
Consumers might be disappointed by the reality of widely-available, high-end 3D printers, claims an analyst at research firm Gartner.