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3D Printing

6 Posts authored by: CharlesGantt
If you own or have ever used a 3D printer, you know how long printing objects with a single material can take. If you have a printer that’s capable of printing multiple materials in the same print, you know that printing time increases exponentially with every material change.  Toss in color changes too and a print that once took just a few hours to complete might now take a day or more to complete. Thankfully, a good amount of funding has been spent on research into multi-material 3D ...
The buildings that populate our cities as well as the homes that populate our suburbs all have something in common with the bones that support our bodies: they are made up of columns and beams. In our homes and building, the columns are the studs inside of the walls, and the beams are the plates and rafters that connect them together. As it turns out, our bones are constructed in a similar fashion with columns supporting the vertical load and beams spreading that load out across multiple columns ...
A team of researchers from the University of New South Wales has developed a new method for making optical glass fiber preforms, the pucks of material that glass fiber optics are drawn from, using DLP 3D printing technology. This breakthrough could not only lead to significant advancements in how fiberoptics are made, and ultimately could result in cheaper, higher-quality fiber optics, but could produce new designs that lead to major advancements in the technology.   “Making silica ...
If you are a fan of Star Trek, I am willing to bet that you have long fantasized about owning a “replicator” of your own. For those of you who are unfamiliar, a replicator is a device that is able to reproduce anything that one might desire. While the replicators featured in many of Star Trek’s various series were mainly used to produce food out of thin air, they were, in theory, able to replicate anything that could be constructed out of atoms. While the replicator is impossib ...
At the moment, 3D printing is the hottest topic in the tech world, but over the last few weeks, 3D printed food has seemed to take front stage with announcements from 3D Systems and Hershey.  The topic of 3D printed food is so big in fact that NASA is even testing the technology to see how they can utilize it in space travel and on the International Space Station.  At CES this year I saw several companies showing off 3D printers designed around sugar-based fabrication, but this technol ...
With 3D printers growing more affordable by the day, it has become common place to see them begin appearing in not only the home workshop, but inside EE labs everywhere. Even though engineering and 3D printing have been running hand in hand for decades now, the recent incursion of budget friendly 3D printers are leaving many wondering how to incorporate them into their projects workflow. While I am not an electrical engineer, many of my friends are and I often find myself answering questi ...

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