3D Printer manufacturer Stratasys today announced the launch of a 'game changing' product that promises to make prototyping much faster. The Objet500 is the world's first colour multi-material 3D Printer and the US firm hope that this innovation will manufacturers evaluate designs much earlier in the production process and that by doing so, will enable products to come to market much faster.
Wisconsin based company Trek Bicycle have already started using the product to assess new products such as handlebar grips and chain guards, before committing to large production runs. The ability to combine colours and use flexible materials has proven effective for the US based firm who note that it has "changed the way the manufacture, augmenting time consuming CNC processes with fast, iterative and realistic prototyping and functional testing".
Blink and you'll miss it. Every year Google release their emotionally charged 'Zeitgeist' video summing up the major highlights and milestones of the last 12 months. This year Pope Francis' election, Malala Yousafzai's speech at the UN and the passing of the great Nelson Mandela are just some of the moments that made 2013. So enjoy the video and watch carefully as 3D printing also features (at 0:54) as one of the major tech highlights for Google in the last year.
Searches for 3D printing have exploded in 2013 with China and other Asia countries leading in the growth in volume. The two graphs below taken from Google Trends illustrate just what a dramatic uplift this year has seen.
This ticks so many boxes for me. Spotted on Instructables, 'Matstermind' has been working on this project for the past year. Daunted by the high price of 3D printers, he decided to take matters into his own hands and create his own using (mostly) Lego. Check out the full build here.
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