Early Universe Cosmic Microwave Background 3D Printed

A 3D printed map of the oldest light in the universe has been created by researchers at Imperial College London, and you can download the files and your print your own baby universe. The cosmic microwave background is a glow that the universe has in the microwave range that maps the oldest light in the universe. It was imprinted when the universe first became transparent, instead of an opaque fog of plasma and radiation. [Read More]

3D Printed Seahorse Tail Model Inspires Engineers

Researchers test 3D-printed skeletal models of the seahorse tail, and the results may help design stronger and more flexible robots. Seahorses, small marine fishes in the genus Hippocampus, have tails that are square in cross-section. But why are seahorse tails square? A team of researchers set out to find the answer. They found that the square shape of a seahorse’s tail is better able to grasp and grip objects than a circular cross-section tail. [Read More]

HP Sprout's 3D Capture Stage Enables 3D Scanning At $299

Hewlett-Packard announced Thursday a new accessory and application for its Sprout PC, designed to fuse virtual and 3D printed worlds. The $299 3D Capture Stage, which comes with an upgrade to Sprouts’s 3D Snapshot software, called 3D Capture, is designed to make 360-degree capture of 3D data easier. The Sprout on its own, was able to digitize objects with a built-in overhead cameras and scanner. But it was unweildy to capture 3D images with the Sprout, since the 3D Snapshot software could process only one side of an object. [Read More]

Electroluminescent Panels Printed Directly On 3D Objects

Electroluminescent lighting is widely used as backlighting in a variety of panels, such as aircraft cockpit readouts, automotive gauges, computer controlled thermostats and, of course, liquid crystal display panels in everything from wristwatches to e-reader devices. But one drawback of conventional electroluminescent panels is that they can only be bent up to a certain degree and so can are applied mostly on flat surfaces. A novel new process developed at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is said to allow for direct printing of electroluminescent layers onto three-dimensional components. [Read More]

3D Printed Microactuators for Liquid Materials Transport

Scientists at ETH Zurich have developed new forms of tiny magnetic actuators with new materials and microscopic 3D printing technology. Research has been ongoing into micrometre-sized actuators, which could eventually make it possible to transport drugs or chemical sensor molecules to specific locations throughout the human body. (Remember the sci-fi movie Fantastic Voyage?) Development of such micro-devices has taken a decisive step forward with a new production technology and new materials that have made it possible to manufacture tiny actuators in any form and optimise them for future applications. [Read More]

World’s smallest 3D Printer Fully Funded on Kickstarter

The iBox Nano 3D Printer has reached and surpassed its goal of $300,000 funding in 19 days on crowd-funding site Kickstarter. The iBox Nano, a Raspberry Pi based 3D Resin Printer, is the world’s smallest, quietest, most affordable, not to mention being the only battery powered 3D Resin Printer. The funding campaign will run until 14 November and currently the lowest price to get you the printer is $269. Lucky early adopters locked in their machine at just $189. [Read More]

3D Printing supports International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor Design

The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), under construction in St. Paul-lez-Durance, France, will be the worlds most expensive and complex scientific instrument ever built when it is completed. Its goal is to demonstrate workable fusion energy once and for all. To help keep the projects costs within budget, the US ITER team at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has begun desktop three-dimensional printing, also known as additive printing, to help them design and configure components more efficiently and affordably. [Read More]

MakerBot Desktop 3D Scanner Starts Pre-ordering

Pre-orders for the MakerBot Digitizer are being taken now, first units are expected to ship mid-October. The pre-order price is $1,400. An additional $150 will get you MakerBot’s Digitizer MakerCare, their service and support program. Details of the desktop 3D scanner started to leak out back in March and now the real deal is almost here. “Bringing the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner into the world has been a big goal of ours this year,” says Bre Pettis. [Read More]

Ultralight Cellular Composite Material Snaps Together Like Legos

A new lightweight structure that snaps together in tiny blocks like the bricks of a has been developed by researchers at MIT. Researchers are saying the new material may revolutionize the assembly of large structures such as aircraft, spacecraft, and dikes and levees. Neil Gershenfeld, director of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms, compares the structure, made from tiny, identical, interlocking parts, to chainmail. The parts, based on a novel geometry that study co-author Kenneth Cheung developed with Gershenfeld, form a structure that is 10 times stiffer for a given weight than existing ultralight materials. [Read More]

3D Printing Liquid Metal Structures

Three-dimensional printing technology and techniques for producing free-standing structures of liquid metal at room temperature have been developed by researchers at North Carolina State University. The resulting components, can also, in principle, self-heal and be ultra-stretchable. Researchers created multiple techniques for creating the structures, which can be used to connect electronic components in three dimensions. Although it is comparatively simple to pattern the metal in plane, i.e., all on the same level, these liquid metal structures also can form shapes which reach up or down. [Read More]