Voodoo's factory in Brooklyn contains over 200 3-D printers. Traditional manufacturing pipelines don't work for modern startups. While budding entrepreneurs are full of ideas, they may not have the time or money to turn a clever design into a physical product. The process of creating and testing a single prototype can take months -- and then there's the matter of finding a factory to carry out large-scale production. The headache doesn't stop when the first boxes of a company's finished product finally arrive on its doorstep.
This space-optimized wrench was 3-D printed on the International Space Station. In the coming decades, humans will begin to colonize the "final frontier." Private rocket companies -- including Elon Musk's SpaceX and Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin -- are already building vehicles to ferry settlers to outer space. But what happens once these early colonists step off their ships and onto the hostile surface of Mars or the Moon? When history's pilgrims and pioneers arrived in a new territory, they used the land's natural resources to build their settlements.
The Arevo bicycle looks and feels like a high-end commuter bike, but it was made using 3D-printing technology and software. It's being hailed as the first truly 3D-printed bicycle. The Bay Area-based "additive manufacturing" company (that's what engineering-level 3D printing is called these days) made the fully functional bicycle as a proof-of-concept to show that the thermoplastic material, laser-heating, and robotic 3D-printing process can be used to replace metal parts for defense companies, airplanes, fighter jets, electronics, and more. The bicycle frame was made in one piece and eventually other parts of the bicycle could be printed, as well. It took about two weeks to build the bike -- which is a lot quicker than the usual labor-intensive method of piecing together carbon fiber strips.
After a career that included helping Alphabet Inc's Google build out data centers and speeding packages for Amazon.com Inc to customers, Jim Miller is doing what many Silicon Valley executives do after stints at big companies: finding more time to ride his bike. But this bike is a little different. Arevo Inc, a startup with backing from the venture capital arm of the Central Intelligence Agency and where Miller recently took the helm, has produced what it says is the world's first carbon fiber bicycle with 3D-printed frame. Arevo is using the bike to demonstrate its design software and printing technology, which it hopes to use to produce parts for bicycles, aircraft, space vehicles and other applications where designers prize the strength and lightness of so-called'composite' carbon fiber parts but are put off by the high-cost and labor-intensive process of making them.
According to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), more than 4.8 million people have fled Syria alone since the outbreak of civil war in 2011. In 2015, Amnesty International reported that the number of refugees worldwide reached nearly 20 million. When including displacements within countries, the number climbs to 60 million. Such numbers may appear to be a crippling crisis for many governments and NGOs - but they may be an opportunity for businesses and startups. Refugees looking for shelter away from areas of conflict often live in appalling conditions, with minimal access to food, water or healthcare.
While Moog has been making significant process improvements to reduce this workload, Professor Rai at University at Buffalo, part of the SUNY System, has been mastering the art of image recognition using artificial intelligence. Thanks to funding from the UB New York State Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics (CMI), Moog engineers and Professor Rai were able to apply convolutional neural networks to metal additively manufactured parts. The result is a highly trained computer algorithm that can recognize high-quality additive manufactured parts and reject the lower quality ones. The above diagram describes this algorithm and a sample resultant image from this work. This large image has been reconstructed from 144 sub-images that were individually evaluated and colored by the computer algorithm.
We are on the verge of transforming one of society's most fundamental building blocks: manufacturing. As new technologies enable manufacturers to customize everything, these same agents are quickly turning consumers into inventors. Following the agricultural revolution some 5,000 years ago, humanity made a huge breakthrough that allowed complex societies to flourish: we specialized. It made no sense for each of us to make all our everyday products and bear the cost of necessary building equipment. So soon enough, we had our neighborhood shoemaker, carpenter, silversmith, and tailor.
This incredible 3D-printed home was built by a robot in just 48 hours. Constructed using a special quick-drying mortar, the building is the first of its kind because it can be deconstructed and reassembled at a different location. The one-story home, which has been described as a'milestone' for 3D printing construction, covers 100 square meters (1,075 square feet) and features curved walls, a living area, bedroom, kitchen and bathroom. The Italian architects behind the project said it is just a proof-of-concept for now, and did not disclose how much it cost to build. They added that the house could one day be printed on the moon to house lunar colonies.
The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation's (CSIRO) Data61 is on the hunt for a 3D printer to assist with research and support its growing robotics capability. According to the request for tender (RFT) published overnight, Data61 is seeking the high-end, multi-material 3D printer to assist with research and to support the organisation with soft robotics emerging capabilities, as well as aid the development of complex robotic systems. An executive guide to the technology and market drivers behind the $135 billion robotics market. The printer will support Data61 with the development of sensors for integration into marine wildlife, and in printing multi-material granular materials, as some examples. The printer is required to print non-standard materials, such as heat-resistant polymer skins and sensorised/composite soft body materials, the RFT explains.