Submitted by Exponential Times on Sun, 2013-11-24 06:19
In this video Gavin Gear demonstrates the new 3D Builder app with the MakerBot Replicator 2 on Windows 8.1. You'll see an overview of how to use this app, the built in library of 3D models, and printing multiple 3D models simultaneously.
What if you could someday put the manufacturing power of an automobile plant on your desktop? According to Neil Gershenfeld, the renowned MIT scientist and inventor, the next big thing is personal fabrication-the ability to design and produce your own products, in your own home, with a machine that combines consumer electronics and industrial tools. Personal fabricators are about to revolutionize the world just as personal computers did a generation ago, and Fab shows us how.
Submitted by Exponential Times on Mon, 2013-09-23 11:06
You know how everyone and their Grandmother has a paper printer? Well, wouldn't it be cool if everyone and their Grandmother had a 3D printer? It definitely would, but this isn't a reality for 2 reasons:
- 3D Printers still quite expensive.
- They aren't very simple. Good luck teaching your Grandma how to use one!
The first goal of this project is simple, but bold…
We want to lower the cost and difficulty of 3D Printing to a point where it's accessible to the masses. We want the 3D Printer to become a household item. We want 3D printing to become a common part of life. We want you to have the choice: Should I buy it or should I make it?
With a Peachy Printer (scanner) on your desk, you can choose to make it. This is the world's most affordable 3D printer!
And our second goal...
We want to run our business on a set of specific moral principles, some of these are:
- Using Freedom Respecting and Open Source software and hardware. We will NEVER close our source! We will never betray our community!
- Being outspoken and informative about the political and ethical ramifications of 3D printing technology.
Submitted by Exponential Times on Thu, 2013-05-02 10:44
And yet another industrial revolution -- manufacturing outside the factory. 3D printers are becoming increasingly better, faster and more affordable. The possibilities are almost unlimited. Everything is possible from coffee cups to spectacles and even bespoke furniture. Even self-printed clothes and bicycles are on the market, cars are being planned and scientists are feverishly working on artificial organs. Anyone can use this data in a corner shop or even at home to make products with 3D printers. Our colleague Mark Burhop from Siemens PLM in Huntsville shows us what could soon be quite normal in many households.
Submitted by Exponential Times on Mon, 2013-04-22 13:09
An exciting revolution is taking place, and you can be a part of it. Anyone now has the ability to make nearly anything they want, themselves, merely from having a digital blueprint. 3D printers build up physical three-dimensional objects, layer by layer in plastics and metals, from a computer model. 3D printing will not only upset traditional manufacturing methods, but the mindset of how we interact with the everyday objects around us. Instead of leaving new inventions or ideas on the back of a napkin, you can easily bring them to life. This paradigm shift offers an exciting new frontier for anyone who wishes to create and contribute.
Alex Madinger has made the advancement and adoption of 3D printing and digital manufacturing amongst his fellow students, engineering and otherwise, a personal mission. The 3D Printing Club, co-founded by Madinger, draws from multiple disciplines and majors to establish and propagate an entrepreneurial and collaborative university environment.
Madinger will be graduating in May from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and is currently starting a business.
Submitted by Exponential Times on Tue, 2013-03-26 06:00
Cody R Wilson has figured out how to print a semi-automatic rifle from the comfort of his own home. Now he's putting all the information online so that others will join him.
This is a story about the rapid evolution of a technology that has forced the American legal system to play catch up. Cody Wilson, a 24 year old University of Texas Law student, is an advocate for the open source production of firearms using 3D printing technology. This makes him a highly controversial figure on both sides of the gun control issue. MOTHERBOARD sat down with Cody in Austin, Texas to talk about the constitution, the legal system, and to watch him make and test-fire a 3D-printed gun.
Submitted by Exponential Times on Fri, 2013-03-08 15:58
Bre Pettis makes things that make things. Passionate about invention, innovation, and all things DIY, Pettis builds infrastructure for creativity. He is a founder of MakerBot, a company that produces robots that make things, a founder of Thingiverse where people share digital designs and a founder of NYCResistor, a hacker collective in Brooklyn.
Submitted by Exponential Times on Thu, 2013-03-07 07:57
3D printing is a process by which an object or objects are created by "printing" its shape with any kind of metal or plastic. Cornell University professor Hod Lipson explains how a 3D printer works, its pros, and cons