Submitted by Exponential Times on Fri, 2012-08-03 16:44
Two-year-old Emma wanted to play with blocks, but a condition called arthrogryposis meant she couldn't move her arms. So researchers at a Delaware hospital 3D printed a durable custom exoskeleton with the tiny, lightweight parts she needed.
Submitted by Exponential Times on Thu, 2012-08-02 07:00
Behrokh Khoshnevis is a professor of Industrial & Systems Engineering and is the Director of Manufacturing Engineering Graduate Program at the University of Southern California (USC). He is active in CAD/CAM, robotics and mechatronics related related research projects that include the development of novel Solid Free Form, or Rapid Prototyping, processes (Contour Crafting and SIS), automated construction of civil structures, development of CAD/CAM systems for biomedical applications (e.g., restorative dentistry, rehabilitation engineering, haptics devices for medical applications), autonomous mobile and modular robots for assembly applications in space, and invention of technologies in the field of oil and gas. His research in simulation has aimed at creating intelligent simulation tools that can automatically perform many simulation functions that are conventionally performed by human analysts. His textbook, "Discrete Systems Simulation", and his simulation software EZSIM benefit from some aspects of his research in simulation. He routinely conducts lectures and seminars on invention and technology development.
Submitted by Exponential Times on Tue, 2012-07-31 13:05
The concept of 3D-printing has been around for a while, but it has only recently become commercial. The printers are now more affordable and people are dreaming up a range of new items to make. From guitars to prosthetic limbs to airplanes, the potential uses of this emerging technology are staggering. Al Jazeera's Caroline Malone reports.
Submitted by Exponential Times on Thu, 2012-06-28 10:06
Have you ever imagined the possibility of fabricating your own products at home? Designing your own objects on your computer and then printing them on a 3D printer? This is what the third industrial revolution is all about. Athena Markopoulou and Tomas Diez argue that everyone may have a personal lab at home and that it's about time to produce more than trash. Their pioneering work at Fab Lab is more than good news.
Areti Markopoulou, architect, Director of R+D at IAAC and Tomas Diez, urbanist, Director of Fab Lab Bcn, are co-founders of Studio P52, an international platform for transcending the boundaries of individual's creativity.
Areti and Tomas are based in Barcelona, where they teach and lead projects related with new approaches to the production of architecture, technology and urbanity at different scales that will lead us to the future cities. Their research explores how Energy, Information and Fabrication could lead to optimum future city models, where technology and citizenship will play a protagonist role in the production of a more efficient and responsive habitats that would adapt to our behavioral changes over time.
Submitted by Exponential Times on Tue, 2012-01-31 06:36
During his PhD in Evolutionary Robotics, Siavash Mahdavi developed software that was able to design complex lattice structures which could be manufactured through additive manufacturing (more commonly known as 3D Printing). He established Within Technologies, a software house that specialises in the development of software for the medical and aerospace industries in 2008.
Submitted by Exponential Times on Mon, 2012-01-23 16:52
2012 may be the year of 3D printing, when this three-decade-old technology finally becomes accessible and even commonplace. Lisa Harouni gives a useful introduction to this fascinating way of making things -- including intricate objects once impossible to create.
Submitted by Exponential Times on Sat, 2011-11-19 13:15
Klaus Stadlmann majored 2008 in industrial engineering at the TU Vienna. His degree thesis: "the development of an orthosis used in the supporting and measuring of a torque path of the ankle during rehabilitation" received special honors. At the moment he is finishing his pre-doc in technical sciences at Vienna's Technical University's Institute of Material Sciences and Technologies. Under the supervision of Prof. Stampfl he is involved in a working group concerned with the manufacturing of optical fibers.
Submitted by Exponential Times on Mon, 2011-08-29 08:16
Objet spoke about a number of new advanced 3D printing materials at EuroMold 2010 including a new ABS-like material with the strength and toughness of engineering plastics, and a new clear transparent material for simulating PMMA in glass-like applications. Both materials were released in early 2011.
Submitted by Exponential Times on Fri, 2011-07-15 13:28
3D printing is a form of additive manufacturing technology where a three dimensional object is created by laying down successive layers of material. 3D printers are generally faster, more affordable and easier to use than other additive manufacturing technologies. 3D printers offer product developers the ability to print parts and assemblies made of several materials with different mechanical and physical properties in a single build process. Advanced 3D printing technologies yield models that can serve as product prototypes.