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3D Printing Podcast Present Part of Interview With Brad Feld of the Foundry Group

Listen to the 3D Printing Podcast Or click the audio file below This is interview number 2 of a 3 part series. In this 3D Printing Podcast, Bill Decker interviews Brad Feld, Managing Director of the Foundry Group (http://www.foundrygroup.com). He

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3D Printed Guitar Is a Hit at the NAMM Music Show In Los Angeles

Ever since the world’s very first guitar was strung up, the folks that build everyone’s favorite instrument have continued the never-ending quest to deliver the next greatest thing in guitar design. Though significant changes to the tried-and-true foundation don’t happen

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3D Printing – The Future of Manufacturing

Science fiction is strangely telling of future technologies. Take for example Star Trek, one of the most popular sci-fi shows in television history. The characters would walk through automatic sliding doors, non-existent in the day, and relay orders through personal

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Ford Exploring 3D-printed Shift-knob

Soon we may be seeing a 3D-printed shift knob in Ford’s stickshift cars.

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Opportunities to Save for the Mining Industry

As it turns out, the mining industry has yet to jump on 3D printing as a platform towards cheaper and more efficient production. “We commonly see cost savings of 50-80% compared with traditional manufacturing and prototyping methods. Time savings can

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Patents Expire – 3D Printing Could Get Cheap

“Some key patents” are set to expire in 2014, meaning there will be room for competitors to try their hand at making cheaper, better-quality 3D printers. “The patents in question are for a technology called “laser sintering,” the lowest-cost 3D

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NASA Approves 3D-Printed Rocket Engine Injector

3D printing a rocket? Sounds like science fiction, but it’s happening. And this 3D-printed rocket part passed a key NASA test – hot-fire trials. The part was printed in part thanks to the capability of printing liquid metals – and

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3D-Printed Alternative: Cortex Cast

New Zealander Jake Evill has designed a new type of cast for broken limbs using 3D printing technology. This ‘Cortex Cast’ is a lightweight, hygienic, and aesthetically pleasing alternative to the traditional hard, plaster casts we have grown up with.

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Canadian 3D Printed Gun

At the University of Toronto, a 3D-printed gun has been printed. It isn’t functioning yet because its makers are abiding by Canadian gun laws, but they can easily modify it to shoot. The lab in Toronto downloaded the American 3D-printed

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3D Printing Pills, Medication

The University of Nottingham has a team working on design optimization for different medications so that 3D printing various pills and inhalers becomes feasible. With these innovations, 3D printing in medicine will become an invaluable commodity. They say the next

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