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Leapfrogging with Additive Manufacturing | The NonProfit Blogs

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Peter Marsh writing in the FT about the potential of 3d printing:

The techniques of (of additive manufacturing) also potentially level the playing field for those who missed out in earlier periods of manufacturing development. Professor Brent Stucker of the University of Louisville in Kentucky says one of the most significant effects will be a re­duction in the amount of conventional industrial infrastructure – machine tools, testing equipment and related factory hardware – that companies and countries require if they are to be considered serious industrial players. via Dedicated Follower
“It will make it easier for nations in the early stages of industrial development – such as in Africa – to leapfrog the conventional route towards building up production capabilities and make a valid contribution to global manufacturing much earlier than would have been regarded possible,” says Prof Stucker.
Such opportunities should also be open to smart individuals, says Prof Stucker. Although the competitive advantages of large and well organised global manufacturers will remain, the new ideas will usher in a return to prominence of the artisan production worker – a breed that in most rich nations has become almost extinct since the demise of the blacksmith. (…)

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Autodesk 123D – Learn 123D Catch

 

Autodesk released the Beta of their 123D Catch 3D scanning software. I figured I’d take it for a spin. It’s supposed to leverage the “power and speed of cloud computing” by taking a number of pictures shot around an object, uploading (to the cloud!) and processing into a 3D mesh.

Autodesk 123D – Learn 123D Catch.

 

 

The printed world

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Engineers and designers have been using 3D printers for more than a decade, but mostly to make prototypes quickly and cheaply before they embark on the expensive business of tooling up a factory to produce the real thing. As 3D printers have become more capable and able to work with a broader range of materials, including production-grade plastics and metals, the machines are increasingly being used to make final products too. More than 20% of the output of 3D printers is now final products rather than prototypes, according to Terry Wohlers, who runs a research firm specialising in the field. He predicts that this will rise to 50% by 2020.
Via www.economist.com

RecycleBot v2.2 by jpearce – Thingiverse

RecycleBot is a waste plastic extruder – that can take household polymer waste and turn it into valuable 3-D printer feedstock.

RecycleBot v2.2 by jpearce – Thingiverse.

Future of Construction Process: 3D Concrete Printing

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Concrete Printing Process developed at Loughborough University in the UK is capable of producing building components with a degree of customisation that has …
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Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2011: STEM Education’s Sputnik Will.i.am …

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When President Obama delivered his State of the Union speech in January 2011, he spoke of the importance of science and technology research and education to the U.S. — …
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3D Printing On Street Corners: A Future Scenario? — The Pop-Up City

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Rapid prototyping is still the domain of nerds, but it’s just a matter of time before 3D printers become mass consumer products. With its Kiosk project, Antwerp-based design studio Unfold explores a future scenario in which …
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Slideshow: Additive Manufacturing at EuroMold : Modern Machine Shop

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Here are scenes from a major trade show showcasing additive manufacturing. (RT @netfabb: In the press, again. From 3D to Tree-D Printing?
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Game-Changing Technologies: Additive Manufacturing: Can It Bring Manufacturing  Home? – Manufacturing Executive Community

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Our mission is to connect, educate, and support a global community of executives working within the manufacturing ecosystem to build a stronger, more vibrant manufacturing industry worldwide.
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Emerging Technologies for Researchers » Unleash Your Inner Inventor

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Reviews and discussions about new and innovative technologies for Parkville researchers.
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