3D printing has been taking on industry after industry. One can even 3D print food to some extent. Now researchers funded by NASA will apply that technology and manufacturing approach to print sensors and even a partial circuitry for wireless communication on a single board that’s no larger than your phone.
Multisensor platforms used by scientists both on earth and in space are traditionally made like any piece of electronics today. Each of the different kinds of sensors are built separately and then integrated with other components on the board. The process is not only painstaking but also introduces opportunities for errors somewhere along the assembly line.
The 3D printing technology that Mahmooda Sultana and her team at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center are working on will simplify both the production and the packaging of these essential platforms. Using nanomaterials, like carbon nanotubes, graphene, etc., they will print all the necessary sensors on the same substrate all in a single process. They might even be able to 3D print a part of the wireless communication circuitry needed for the platform to communicate the data to ground controllers.
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Lamborghini has unveiled its first end-use components to be manufactured with Digital Light Synthesis (DLS) technology.
The Italian automotive brand has harnessed 3D printing to produce a new textured fuel cover cap and a clip component for an air duct for its SUV model, brought to market last year. Amazon news, as quality and workmanship is key for this firm.
Lamborghini has been working in collaboration with not only Carbon, but also Volkswagen’s Electronic Research Lab as it looks to redesign parts primarily in the interior of vehicles to reduce weight and improve durability. Carbon’s DLS printing systems are helping to facilitate this additive production at scale, while its Epoxy 82material has been highlighted as an enabler to deliver more durable parts that are able to withstand high pressure and high temperature requirements.
Teaming the capabilities of Carbon’s 3D printing technology with the experience within the VW Electronic Research Lab has allowed Lamborghini to put 3D printed parts on one of its Super SUVs models, and the company is confident there is more to come. It looks like 3D Printing won’t really have a problem matching the high quality components demanded by luxury manufacturers.
According to an EY report, 36% of global firms have already moved towards applying this technology in their everyday working, validating its importance to the industry. 1 in 3 firms shows the trend is here, and it is not a “fad.”
India too has seen a distinct upturn in interest in 3D printing, with multiple industries transforming the space. While most use cases currently revolve around prototyping, the evolution of the technology has now allowed for organizations to move towards its implementation in the commercial production process. Firms have asked if 3D Printing will replace manufacturing….well, it IS manufacturing!
Historically, lasers and computers did not meet the requirements of modern production environments – which is why it was used in Rapid Prototyping in the early days – where it helped accelerate time to market. Today, we are in addition ensuring that we constantly reduce production costs – which is essential for serial production. One of the first steps towards altering this situation is the need for a change in perspective towards 3D printing. Read the full article from from Fortune India here
Amazon has received patents on a number of aspects of product customization that suggest it could become the larget marketplace for custom or 3D Printed goods. It could either offer custom goods or become a facilitator for a total reinvention of how goods are designed.
Consider the patents. One from 2017, previously reported in the media, specifies an entire assembly line to cut and stitch apparel to users’ specification.
A patent granted this past September describes an “apparatus for on-demand customization of products” across a broad swath of items, from vehicle parts to toys to consumer electronics, to apparel, or “in general any real-world, physical product or item that may be enhanced, extended, customized, or combined with other products.” These things, says Amazon, could be built using 3-D manufacturing, or other methods.
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On the 8th of January, the annual Consumer Electronic Show (CES) kicked off in Las Vegas. It gathered, as usual, thousands of people intrigued about the business of consumer technologies. The show has an essential role in providing a platform for innovators and breakthrough technologies. For the last 50 years, many innovators have used this global stage to introduce their products to the market place. In fact, the event touches all sectors of new technologies including smart cities, sustainability, self-driving cars, cryptocurrencies, robotics, drones, artificial intelligence, gaming, and also 3D printing! This year, 79 exhibitors for additive manufacturing were present at CES 2019; larger companies were involved but also many startups. On the 11th at night, CES 2019 will end. Therefore, it’s time to recap which 3D printing innovations were announced in the last 3 days. Read the rest of the article here
The North American regional market dominated the global 3D printing industry in terms of revenue in 2016, accounting for the maximum market share. The growth may be attributed to the increasing technological advancements and the region’s economic potential to invest in emerging technologies. The U.S. and Canada are some of the prominent and early adopters of emerging technologies across various manufacturing practices. These factors offer lucrative opportunities for 3D printing in different applications in the North American region.
Europe being the largest region in the world consists of several industry players operating actively in the additive manufacturing industry. The region has a strong hands-on technical expertise and an absolute know-how of additive manufacturing, which has made it the second-largest market.
On the other hand, the Asia Pacific region is anticipated to witness a remarkable growth in the 3DP market. The region is anticipated to register a CAGR of 20.4% from 2017 to 2025. The regional countries such as Japan, China, and South Korea are expected to emerge as the promising adopters of the additive manufacturing over the forecast period in the manufacturing practices in the various industry verticals.
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Part of what keeps 3D printing on the cutting edge, despite its ups and downs, is that new materials open up wide avenues of possibility.
This year MIT researchers succeeded in 3D printing genetically programmed bacterial cells, compatible with most hydrogels. Utilizing this breakthrough, they printed 3D “living tattoos” that act as sensors and respond to outside stimuli. While the research is still in early stages, keep an eye out for this technology to evolve in the near future. 3D printed bacteria have potential applications in the medical field as well as in the development of wearable materials and interactive displays.
This past year also saw a major leap forward in the quest to 3D print viable organs: the development of a way to print 3D objects suspended in a near-solid structure. This allows 3D printed organs to “float” and maintain their structure during the printing process. This technology could not only revolutionize the transplant field, but be a huge problem-solver for any project that requires printing complex objects out of soft materials.
In general, watch for more innovations in the 3D printing of organic materials in 2018. As it develops, expect new technology to filter outside the medical sector into areas like consumer electronics and beyond. With the advent of living, wearable computational platforms, the future is truly here.
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GE Additive announced that its first Concept Laser M LINE FACTORY systems will finally be delivered to customers in Q2 of 2019.
The M LINE Factory provides excellent reliability and automation, which in turn drives scalable, economical series production on an industrial scale – something that most current standalone machine solutions cannot achieve. As the technology continues its transition from prototyping to production, the demand for quality 3D printers, along with operators to run them and floor space to house them, is rising.
“The positive impact the M LINE FACTORY can have on our customers’ operations and their bottom line is huge,” said Jason Oliver, the President and CEO of GE Additive. “It’s important we provide technologically advanced systems that are reliable and add value to our customers. M LINE FACTORY delivers on those commitments.”
The system is an important part of GE Additive’s focus on providing reliable, repeatable 3D printers that are ready for series production. The M LINE FACTORY has a maximum build envelope of 500 x 500 x up to 400 mm³ (x,y,z), and is optionally equipped with one to four laser sources, each one delivering 1,000 W of power.
Jan Schroers, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Yale University and Desktop Metal, Inc., in Burlington, Massachusetts, USA, along with colleagues point out that 3D printing of thermoplastics is highly advanced, but the 3D printing of metals is still challenging and limited. The reason being that metals generally don’t exist in a state that they can be readily extruded.
“We have shown theoretically in this work that we can use a range of other bulk metallic glasses and are working on making the process more practical- and commercially-usable to make 3D printing of metals as easy and practical as the 3D printing of thermoplastics,” said Prof. Schroers.
Unlike conventional metals, bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) have a super-cooled liquid region in their thermodynamic profile and are able to undergo continuous softening upon heating — a phenomenon that is present in thermoplastics, but not conventional metals. Prof. Schroers and colleagues have thus shown that BMGs can be used in 3D printing to generate solid, high-strength metal components under ambient conditions of the kind used in thermoplastic 3D printing.
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