BY HANNAH ROSE MENDOZA for 3DPrint.com: Soft robotics is a relatively new field of research that aims to create flexible robots that are more easily adaptable to human interaction. Often, the forms of these creations and the mechanics of their movement are inspired by a close study of nature in an effort to ‘go organic’ with machines. 3D printing with flexible filament is one way in which this integration of robot and movement is taking on a flexible aspect. For this particular installation, titled Exo-biote, the National Institute for Research in Computer and Control and the Department of Science and Visual Culture at the Imaginarium worked together, with support from Neuflize Bank, to create a robot organism that embodied the formal typologies and demonstrated the possibilities for movements in soft robots. After all, some of nature’s most amazing machines have nearly entirely soft bodies – think of the octopus, for example, able to lift, carry, walk, swim, shape change, camouflage itself, and fit through a tube no bigger than a quarter! Cont'd...
IEEE Approves Development of Standard to Address Requirements Related to Emerging Consumer 3D Printing Ecosystem
IEEE P3030 intended as the first draft standard to define an architectural framework for consumer 3D printing based upon interoperability and portability of 3D printing solutions
Volunteers Prototype Assistive Devices for People with Disabilities September 11-13 at TechShop San Francisco, Thingiverse Community to Further Develop Makeathon Designs
Park Systems Announces Webinar on 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing for Nano-Scientists, Researchers in Nanotechnology and Engineers
Free webinar on 3D printing and additive manufacturing on Sept. 17, 2015 at 9am PST.
QRP took possession of a high precision Concept Laser metal 3D printer
Five Winning Designs Help Teachers Integrate 3D Printing in the Classroom; Winners, Schools Receive MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer
MecklerMedia's Inside 3D Printing in Santa Clara to Feature 3D Print Vehicle Zone; Virtual Reality Summit; Wohlers Associates Consulting Dinner; and $15,000 Prize for Startup Competition
Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo, taking place October 20-22, 2015 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California.
Engineers from around the world leave jury of aerospace experts impressed with submissions
By Dominic Basulto for the Washington Post: Researchers at MIT have just unveiled the ability to 3-D-print beautiful glass objects. While humanity has been forming, blowing and molding glass objects for more than 4,500 years, this is the first time that a 3-D printer has been used to process glass from a molten state to an annealed product. Obviously, there are some purely aesthetic applications here, as in the potential for epic blown glass art. Think museum-worthy glass objects worthy of Dale Chihuly. In fact, the MIT team — a collaborative team of researchers that includes the MIT Media Lab’s Mediated Matter group, the MIT Glass Lab and MIT’s Mechanical Engineering Department — plan to display a few of their beautiful objects at an upcoming exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in 2016. But the applications go beyond just beautiful new designs that might be created via 3-D printers one day. As the MIT research team points out in a forthcoming paper for the journal 3-D Printing and Additive Manufacturing, “As designers learn to utilize this new freedom in glass manufacturing it is expected that a whole range of novel applications will be discovered.” That’s the real future potential of glass 3-D printing — the ability to create objects and applications that do not exist today. Cont'd...
Battery Backup Power, Inc. specialized uninterruptible power supplies for 3D printers provide power conditioning and emergency backup power to Loyola University's multiple LulzBot TAZ 5 3D printers.
Kickstarter - Chinese 3D Printer Maker Zhuhai CTC Electronic Cancels Formaker Project on Kickstarter
The company hits a bump in its overseas crowdfunding journey
"Carbon3D's printing technology is an order of magnitude faster than existing technologies"
Stratasys Direct Manufacturing sampled 700 professional users of 3D printing to identify current and future trends
SCIENCE CENTER'S MAKER STUDIO CAPACITY DOUBLES WITH RECORD DONATION FROM LEADING EUROPEAN 3D PRINTER MANUFACTURER, ULTIMAKER
Science City Now Has One of the Largest Installations of 3D Printers, Supporting Growing Demand for STEAM Education
3D printing now possible outside the ISS, in the vacuum of space.
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Universal Robots is a result of many years of intensive research in robotics. The product portfolio includes the UR5 and UR10 models that handle payloads of up to 11.3 lbs. and 22.6 lbs. respectively. The six-axis robot arms weigh as little as 40 lbs. with reach capabilities of up to 51 inches. Repeatability of +/- .004" allows quick precision handling of even microscopically small parts. After initial risk assessment, the collaborative Universal Robots can operate alongside human operators without cumbersome and expensive safety guarding. This makes it simple and easy to move the light-weight robot around the production, addressing the needs of agile manufacturing even within small- and medium sized companies regarding automation as costly and complex. If the robots come into contact with an employee, the built-in force control limits the forces at contact, adhering to the current safety requirements on force and torque limitations. Intuitively programmed by non-technical users, the robot arms go from box to operation in less than an hour, and typically pay for themselves within 195 days. Since the first UR robot entered the market in 2009, the company has seen substantial growth with the robotic arms now being sold in more than 50 countries worldwide.