Distributed Manufacturing for Humanity

Distributed Manufacturing has been lauded as the future of Making. New technologies enable unprecedented tools and networks, facilitating much more flexible, localized, and less labor-intensive manufacturing.That’s good for everyone in improving...

Goliath CNC is a New Breed of Portable CNC Machine

CNC machines are incredibly powerful and versatile, but come with the drawbacks of being prohibitively expensive and bulky— they generally have to be much bigger than whatever you want to cut.All...
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Shenzhen: City of the Future. The high-tech life of China’s Silicon Valley

Shenzhen has transformed itself from a tiny fishing village to a megacity in just 50 years, its population tripling since the 1990s. The city is a magnet for tech-savvy and inventive...

The Hidden Challenges of 3D Printing Using Selective Laser Sintering

Despite its decades' long history, selective laser sintering (SLS) continues to have the undeveloped potential to form high-quality production parts that are difficult to make using other 3D printing methods. One...

3D Printing Will Replace Traditional Machining Within 10 Years

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has highlighted the potential environmental impact of 3D printing in its report The Next Production Revolution: Implications for Governments and Business.The study reviews plastic...
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Voodoo Automates 3D Printing to Take on Injection Molding

In some ways, the dream of 3D printing is also the dream of the automated factory, in which a machine can manufacture products 24/7 without any intervention by labor. As it...
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A 3D Router for When CNC is Overkill

CNC routers are great but not everyone can afford one, and according to woodworker Suso Caamanho, "unless the project is very repetitive, sometimes you can spend more time preparing the CNC...
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3D Metal Printing “100x Faster, 10x Cheaper” is About to go Mainstream

The Massachussetts company Desktop Metal is preparing to turn manufacturing on its head, with a 3D metal printing system that's so much faster, safer and cheaper than existing systems that it's...
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Making Stronger and Instantly Useful 3D Prints For Real-world Applications

An innovative way to make 3D-printed parts stronger and instantly useful in real-world applications has been discovered by Brandon Sweeney and his Advisor Dr. Micah Green, Associate Professor in the Department...

Additive manufacturing and robotics combine for greater freedom

While additive manufacturing has many advantages, such as its ability to build complex geometries, it is still a limited technique in several ways. A striking example is that it is an...