These UP! 3D printers sell for under $1,000. They are made by Tiertime in Beijing. Here are a line of the printers being used to make ABS-plastic parts for the assembly of more printers. This makes design changes easy, says the company. It also helps the consumer as the software that comes with each machine […]
China is quickly getting to grips with 3D printing and is applying the technology in a pragmatic way. Rapid prototyping and mould-making for casting metal items are two examples. Scientists are also printing some very large items directly, such as titanium fuselage frames for their commercial-aircraft programme. Chinese officials also get the maker movement and […]
China is up to some interesting things with 3D printing. Many are taking a very pragmatic approach and working the technology into existing manufacturing processes. Lots of prototyping of course. Report on this coming.
Good piece by a colleague here on Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Centre using an extrusion method to print better batteries. Seems it might work with other electronic devices too. Video explaining how they do it here.
One of the earliest adopters of 3D printing has been the medical community. We are all different, so it suits the mass customisation that additive manufacturing is so good at. Moreover, doctors already have your CAD file in the form of a medical scan. There have been two approaches: printing parts as implants to repair […]
I’ve seen these consumer 3D printers beavering away making all sorts of stuff at 3D System’s HQ in South Carolina. They work a bit like a computerised glue gun, laying down filaments of molten plastic. The machines are called the Cube and start at around $1,500. They seem simple to use. An interesting road test […]