3D printing glass

Fine glass is the latest material to be manufactured additively GLASSMAKING began 4,500 years ago, in Mesopotamia. The industry’s first products were trinkets, such as beads and pendants, cast from moulds and carved by hand. But craftsmen quickly worked out how to make more practical stuff, such as jugs, bottles and drinking vessels, by coiling […]

Out of the box 3D printing

Civil engineering: 3D printing technologies are being adapted for use by the construction industry to create buildings and other structures INDUSTRY continues to find multiple uses for 3D printing, especially in rapid prototyping and for high-value, low-volume production in businesses such as aerospace. But one of the limiting factors is the size of the 3D […]

3D printing HP

ONE company you might expect to make three-dimensional (3D) printers is HP, a giant in the world of two-dimensional printing. There are similarities between inkjet printers and desktop 3D printers, which deposit successive layers of molten plastic instead of liquid ink in order to build up solid objects. So HP should know something about the […]

3D printing scales up

There is a lot of hype around 3D printing. But it is fast becoming integrated with mainstream manufacturing: My three page report in Technology Quarterly here: http://econ.st/165jGGg Leader on 3D printing, http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21585005-signs-are-3d-printing-transforming-manufacturing-not-ways-you-might Talking about my three pages on how 3D printing scales up: The Economist http://econ.st/165jGGg  

NASA and 3D printing

AEROSPACE was one of the first industries to take up three-dimensional (3D) printing. This is because 3D printers are good at making things which are complex and lightweight. The machines work additively, building up layers of material only where it is needed. This allows multiple parts to be consolidated into a single item, rather than […]

How to print your own Justin Beiber

No, it’s not him. But it could be. This form of 3D printing, invented by Conor MacCormack and his brother Fintan, uses A4 sheets of paper to produce photorealistic images. Staples, an office-supply company, is introducing machines made by the MacCormack’s company, Mcor Technologies, in one of their stores in the Netherlands. The plan is […]