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Guide To Fabricating Microstructures With 3D Printing

3D printing technologies have come a long way since Chuck Hull invented Stereolithography back in 1986. The first 3D printed object, a small blue eyecup, took about 30 minutes to finish. Upon closer...

Get Better Parts Faster with On-Demand Manufacturing

As on-demand manufacturing becomes more popular, engineers are faced with a double-edged sword.On the one hand, on-demand manufacturing offers fast turnarounds and options for easy prototyping and short runs in the early stages...

A Water Filtration System that Merges Science with Design

Drop by drop is a water filtration system for the home that uses plants to filter out contaminants. Recommended plants to be used in the filtration system are herbs as they...
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The Transformers: Superheroes of Electrical Inventions

The theoretical foundation for the transformer was laid in the early 1830s, with the discovery of electromagnetic induction by Michael Faraday and Joseph Henry. They showed that a changing magnetic field...
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How To Choose The Right 3D Scanning Hardware

Resolution is often the first-time buyers’ biggest concern when choosing a 3D scanner. With point-and-shoot consumer cameras regularly boasting resolutions over 20-megapixels, they wonder how a five-megapixel scanner can possibly meet...
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How to Reduce 3D Printing Costs by Cutting Your 3D Model

There are lots of ways to cut your file to optimize for cost. Some people prefer to do it natively in their CAD program, while others choose to do it after...
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Why You Should Not Get a Patent (or Maybe Why You Should)

People design because they are creative, not because they are experts in patent law. Still, to prevent your ideas from being ripped off it's necessary to know something about patents, copyright,...

Augmented Reality is Energizing Smart Manufacturing

While augmented reality is still growing and changing, the manufacturing and design industry have jumped in as key users. In manufacturing, AR is already making strides, driving operational efficiency by reducing...
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Scotty Allen Built His Own iPhone by Buying Parts in China

Developer Scotty Allen used to be an engineer in Silicon Valley, but now he's spending his time traveling the world making things. Allen is currently spending his time in Shenzhen, China, where he...
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How to Optimize 3D Printing Workflows for Mass Production

Manufacturers who have adopted 3D printing were sold on the idea that using it was not an iterative process. But it can be quite the opposite: highly iterative and experimental –...