The potential for 3D printing to revolutionise manufacturing is astounding — if the technology can overcome a few limitations. Researchers at MIT's Self-Assembly Lab have come up with a novel way to both speed up the 3D printing process, and free it from the restrictions imposed by gravity.
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Reduce, re-use and recycle are words to live by as we try to minimise humanity's demand for our planet's natural resources. But instead of sending your empty soft drink bottles off to be recycled, scientists from the Hasso Plattner Institute in Germany want you to build everything from chairs, to boats, to outdoor shelters with them.
One of the many challenges of colonising Mars is that the planet is lacking many of the natural resources we rely on here on Earth. We'll need to bring as much of what we need to survive as possible, but you can only pack so much into a spaceship. So scientists are developing ways to utilise at least one of the red planet's most abundant resources: Dust.
The Switch, Nintendo's new phablet console, was a big bet, but perhaps not a smart one. Despite being marketed as a step into the future, it launched with more hardware issues and irritating design flaws than playable titles. As such, fans who just plunked down $469.95 are already rolling up their sleeves to build solutions to make their shiny new investment work the way it ought to.
Video: Artist John Edmark has done it again. With the clever use of a strobe light, he's created sculptures that move like weird computer animations but are actually real, 3D printed objects that physically exist. It's a bit hypnotising but so, so cool, because they move and grow and essentially come alive in such a bizarre way.
Anyone remember Markforged's Metal One carbon fibre 3D printer? Turns out the company was onto something — it's just come out with a new model, the Metal X, which uses Atomic Diffusion Additive Manufacturing (ADAM) to pump out metal components.
We've all been there: Building a scale model of the Death Star in our basement and thinking, "I just wish this had a tractor beam to grab onto my tiny Styrofoam Millennium Falcon." Now, thanks to a team of scientists, you can put the finishing touches on that model with your very own sonic tractor beam. OK, maybe we haven't all been there, but I'm sure someone has been there.
You no longer have to be a Stradivarius, a Gibson, or even a Steinway to make your own musical instruments. Anyone with access to a 3D printer and this simple software, developed by Autodesk Research, can turn any 3D model into a wind instrument capable of playing a variety of different notes.