Soft Robotics Project Exo-Biote 3D Prints Living Movement

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

MakerBot Partners with TOM to Support Bay Area Makeathon for Assistive Technology

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 Brings First Metal 3D Print Services to the Intermountain West

QRP took possession of a high precision Concept Laser metal 3D printer

MakerBot Thingiverse Announces Winners of Thingiversity Summer STEAM Challenges

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.

DESIGN COMPETITION DEMONSTRATES PROMISING FUTURE FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING IN SATELLITE DESIGN

Engineers from around the world leave jury of aerospace experts impressed with submissions

Why being able to 3-D print glass objects is such a big deal

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. Makes Loyola University's 3D Printer Lab "Resilient"

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 Closes $100 Million Series C Investment Led by Google Ventures

"Carbon3D's printing technology is an order of magnitude faster than existing technologies"

Survey Reveals 3D Printing's Imminent Impact on Manufacturing

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

Made In Space Announces Additive Manufacturing In Vacuum Breakthrough

3D printing now possible outside the ISS, in the vacuum of space.

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