faBrickation: Fast 3D Printing Using Bricks

Hasso-Plattner-Institut : faBrickation is a new approach to rapid prototyping of functional objects, such as the body of a head-mounted display. The key idea is to save 3D printing time by automatically substituting sub-volumes with standard building blocks — in our case Lego bricks. When making the body for a head-mounted display, for example, getting the optical path right is paramount. Users thus mark the lens mounts as “high-resolution” to indicate that these should later be 3D printed. faBrickator then 3D prints these parts. It also generates instructions that show users how to create everything else from Lego bricks.

Robotics Tomorrow Joins Inside 3D Printing Conference in NYC April 2-4 - Get 15% OFF

With the recent uptick in news surrounding the 3D printing industry, Mediabistro's Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo, taking place at the Javits Center on April 2-4, is set to be an unmissable event, featuring new product demonstrations, exhibitions, panel sessions, and keynotes.

Habitat Industries Chooses ZW3D to Optimize Mold Designing and Manufacturing

Habitat Industries is a CNC only tool-room, specializing in the manufacture of blow mold tooling from Extrusion to PET blow molds.

What We Learned About 3D Printing at CES 2014

What we learned about 3D printing at CES 2014 released by First Class Posting.

Stratasys 3D Printing Added to 3shape Implant Planning and Guided Surgery Solution

Manufacturing pre-settings for Stratasys 3D Printers create seamless digital workflow for more accurate drill guides and improved patient experience

How Small Can You Go?

Nanorobotics is about creating robots which are so small they are nearly invisible to the naked eye. Operating as a swarm, these tiny robots have the promise to do some really incredible things.

CES Sets the Stage for MakerBot Launch of Expanded MakerBot 3D Printing Platform and Ecosystem with a Whole New Generation of 3D Printers and 3D Content

Three New MakerBot Desktop 3D Printers, MakerBot Desktop and Mobile, MakerBot PrintShop and Digital Store, Plus Strategic Partnerships Announced at CES Expand the MakerBot 3D Ecosystem

Pirate3D to exhibit the Buccaneer 3D Printer for the First Time on CES 2014

Pirate3D will be demonstrating its printer in the United States for the first time. The company's Chief Executive Pirate (a.k.a. CEO) Roger Chang, COO Brendan Goh and Chief Designer You Jun Tsang will be giving interviews at booth #32024.

Solidoodle Showcases Newest 3D Printer at CES

Brooklyn-based 3D-printer-manufacturer Solidoodle will exhibit at 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week.

The Factory-in-a-Day Project

From  Factory-in-a-Day's page : Small and medium-sized enterprises in Europe mostly refrain from using advanced robot technology. The EU-project Factory-in-a-Day aims to change this by developing a robotic system that can be set up and made operational in 24 hours and is flexible, leasable and cheap. The project has a budget of 11 million euros for four years, 7.9 million of which will be funded by the European Union as part of the FP7 programme ‘Factory of the Future’. The international consortium comprises 16 partners and the coordinating university is Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). The project will start on 8 October 2013 with a formal kick- off meeting in Delft. Within 24 hours The Factory-in-a-Day-project will provide a solution to these problems: a robot that can be set up and operational in 24 hours. SME companies can use the robot for a specific job and their staff can learn how to work closely together with the robot and thus optimize their production. “With the technological and organizational innovations of the Factory-in-a-Day project, we hope to fundamentally change the ways in which robots are used in the manufacturing world”, says project coordinator Martijn Wisse, Associate Professor at TU Delft. How does it work? What will such an installation day look like? First of all, before the robot is actually taken to the SME premises, a system integrator analyzes which steps in the process can be taken over by the robot. In most cases the repetitive work is done by the robot while the human worker carries out the more flexible, accurate tasks and deals with problem- solving. Customer-specific hardware-components are 3D-printed and installed on the grippers of the robot. The robot is then brought to the factory and set up, and any auxiliary components such as cameras are also set up in the unaltered production facilities. The robot will be connected to the machinery software through a brand-independent software system. After that, the robot is taught how to perform his set of tasks, for example how to grasp an object. Therefore, the operator will physically interact with the robot. A set of predefined skills will be available, rather like Apps for smart phones. Finally, the robot is operational and the human co-workers receive their training -- all in just 24 hours.

3D Printing Helps German Manufacturer Seuffer Cut Tooling Costs for Prototype Parts by 97%

Companies worldwide are looking to introduce significant efficiencies to their manufacturing processes when introducing new products, and are discovering the many benefits of additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing.

All Things Plastics Injection Molding

Many injection molders have begun their Continuous Improvement Journey and as these small teams study reduction in waste, redundancy, and efficiencies, they bring forward ideas to make more use of production robots.

Global Future 2045 Takes A Hard Look At Today

Bottom line of all of the interfaith / spiritual speakers was to emphasize that we are preoccupied with the "how" of change and not the "why."

Cloud Manufacturing

As the automation industry begins its reach into the cloud, manufacturing communities will not only improve productivity, they will begin to reclaim the prominence the industry once claimed in the economy.

Electroadhesion

Grabits electroadhesion grippers are an enabling technology. We enable mobile robots to have energy efficient manipulation where conventions like vacuum are not feasible.

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