A year after the merger of Stratasys and Objet, and just months after its acquisition of MakerBot, the company was ready for its close-up. This week, Stratasys hosted the Manufacturing the Future Summit at its headquarters in Eden Prairie, MN. About a dozen journalists were on hand, and more dialed in, to hear Stratasys executives and their customers explain how 3D printing is not only saving them time and money, but enabling entirely new business models and new ways to design products. Continue reading
Additive manufacturing (AM) is capable of building complex objects for nearly any industry. From gas masks to turbine wheels, AM assists design with rapid prototyping and end-use parts production. Just like any other electronic device, though, a 3D printer doesn’t do much but gather dust without power.
The US has an aging infrastructure and a somewhat unreliable power grid. A problem in the wrong place at the wrong time brought down most of the power in the northeast US in 2003. One method of keeping the power flowing is routine inspection of power lines, a process that can be either labor intensive or require the use of expensive robots. Until now. Continue reading
In the course of my diligent efforts to keep you good people up to date on the state of additive manufacturing (AM), I come across many interesting news items. I’ll gather them up every so often and present them in a Rapid Ready Roundup (like this one). You can find the last Roundup here.
Let’s hit start on today’s Roundup with some news about the Xbox One. Microsoft’s next generation of game consoles is scheduled to be released sometime this year. During the hardware design phase of development, the company turned to AM for rapid prototyping. Continue reading
The sheer number of stories floating around these days with the words “3D printing” and “gun” in the title is pretty astonishing. You’d think all additive manufacturing (AM) systems did was spit out firearms. Yes, Rapid Ready has done some stories on that topic, but I’m happier by far to cover stories in which AM helps save lives.
Even when it comes to national defense, AM has more to offer than figuring out better ways to blow stuff up. UK firm Design Reality has recently put 3D printing to use to design a better General Service Respirator – more commonly known as a gas mask – for the British military. Continue reading
You might not think there would be very many contenders in a race to see who can build a house using additive manufacturing (AM), and mainly you’d be right. Lately, though, the idea has been cropping up more and more often. The European Space Agency is even looking into using AM to build housing on the moon.
Monolite UK has been chugging along with the intent on printing a house using its D-Shape process for a while now, and has gotten some new attention from the artistically designed Landscape House. Now, a new challenger has appeared. London-based Softkill Design has a plan to build a house using more traditional AM materials. Continue reading