Recently I’ve noticed a shift in a fair amount of the mainstream media coverage of additive manufacturing (AM). It appears as though people are bored with writing about the capabilities of 3D printing and the pendulum has swung to focus on the shortcomings of the technology. Words like “overhyped” and “limited” have begun to pop up with some regularity.
Obviously AM isn’t going to solve every design or manufacturing challenge, but I find such a rapid 180° turn in point of view to be somewhat disingenuous. It was with that general thought floating around in my head that I watched C.ideas‘ first video with delight. The video showcases how the differing AM processes can be used together to create a near-perfect replica of the 1927 Miller 91 race car. Continue reading
One of the first “big” news stories to catch the mainstream media’s attention was about a wrench built through additive manufacturing (AM). People just couldn’t get their heads around the idea that an object with moving parts could be built in basically one step. Time and the emergence of actual 3D printed oddities have faded recollections of the wrench from the public mind, but tool creation is still one of the strongest applications of AM.
A company named Roller Clutch Tools has gone back to the basics of AM and used the technology to build a new version of the venerable ratchet. Called the “New Ratchet 3rd Generation”, or NR3G for short, the wrench has a patented design that employs compression rather than sheer to tighten or loosen nuts and bolts. 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 start today’s Roundup on the right foot. Nike is using AM not only for prototyping, but to manufacture new shoes, specifically the brand new Vapor Laser Talon (VLT). The VLT (sounds like a sandwich) is a football cleat that has been optimized for the 40-yard dash, with selective laser sintered soles designed to help athletes keep the proper stride. Continue reading