NASA’s jump into deep-space is not only a significant step in the space race, but it also has implications for other industries. The 3D printing industry is one that will be watching the events of the coming weeks and months with special interest. The Orion capsule, which NASA is launching in 2019, will feature more than 100 3D printed parts.
Moon and Beyond
NASA’s Orion capsule is set to depart in 2019 when it will first take off for the moon. However, it is not the capsule’s final destination, with NASA hoping to push its capsule into deep space – areas where no capsule has gone before. It is a completely uncrewed mission, given the length of time and the potential risks involved. The flight is earmarked as Exploration Mission-1, or EM-1, by NASA.
The plan is to have a successful launch and exploration for EM-1, which could be a precursor to another launch [...]
The idea of affordable prosthetics was an alien concept a couple of decades ago – let alone customizable prosthetics that are tailored to each individual wearer. Open Bionics, a United Kingdom-based prosthetics company has taken the lead in producing prosthetics that are not only state of the art, but also within the budget of the average person. It is a revolution that could change the lives of children and adults with missing arms.
The “Hero Arm” is the latest 3D printed prosthetic to make the news. However, the major difference between this model and the others we have seen is its affordability. It is not a product that would cost tens of thousands of dollars. It is typical for a patient to pay through the roof for a prosthetic arm. Some are lucky enough to have good insurance coverage, while most have to put up the majority of the money out of pocket.
The medical industry is known for its forward-thinking approach, which is why so many new drugs, surgical methods, disease cures and other advancements are made. And one of the tools that the medical industry has been using to its advantage is 3D printing. There are countless medicinal applications and tools that 3D printing is bringing to the industry, and we are going to look at the top ten applications below.
3D printing has come a long way in a relatively short amount of time. We have seen the onset of automotive breakthroughs, breakthroughs in home construction, automation and in aerospace. The medical engineering space is no different.
However, now we are seeing yet another giant leap forward in the 3D printing world: Medical economics.
Through various means, 3D printing is now saving money for payers, patients, and providers across the board.
It does this through several processes.
The first of these process is streamlined development.
3D Printing and Accelerated Development
One of the most intriguing aspects of 3D printing, is its ability to develop fully functioning prototypes, as well as end-use products.
While 3D printing is not known for fast production when it comes to overly complex or large production models. However, when it comes to components and [...]
When people think about innovation in the design and manufacturing of cars, we are always thinking about futuristic possibilities. We begin to imagine cars that can fly, or drive themselves. But sometimes the innovation that we are seeing in auto manufacturing is not so obvious to the average customer.
Did you know that close to 50 percent of the steel that is used in modern vehicles did not even exist 15 years ago?
And now with the increasing popularity of 3D printing in auto manufacturing, we are reaching new heights when it comes to having stronger and lighter vehicles.
The year 2014 marked the first time a 3D printed car was created. Local Motors is responsible for that feat. The company 3D-printed a car using ABS carbon-filter blends, and called it Strati. There are three models of such vehicles now produced by the company, which shows how important 3D printing in auto manufacturing has become. [...]
While there are so many industries where 3D printing is making an impact, those impacts pale in comparison to how it could revolutionize the medical applications and healthcare industries.
There are a few different types of medical applications for 3D printing, and those include tissue and organ fabrication, customizable prosthetic creation, implants and anatomical models. Not all these methods are fool proof, but the progress that has been made over the past few years is very encouraging.
When most people hear about 3D printing, we think of smaller items that you can use around the house. But the concept of 3D printing is not limited to knick-knacks or products that you can use around the house. There are very real commercial and military uses for 3D printing – and the aviation industry is a great place to look for those answers. It is incredible how aero engineers are using 3D printing as a means for obtaining better product design and quicker manufacturing for military aircraft and accessories.
3D Printing and the Aviation Industry
It was in 2016 when we saw the first aircraft that was made using 3D printing. At the time, we did not realize the connection between 3D printing and military aircraft, but it was obvious. Airbus introduced us to an aircraft that was made exclusively with 3D printing. The entire structure weighed 21kg and was about four meters in [...]
3D printing. Not long ago, this term, especially this concept, was the talk of the town. The thought of every home having its very own 3D printer was on the lips and minds of every entrepreneur and tech mag online.
However, while consumers haven’t made home 3D printing as commonplace as microwaves or TVs as of yet, it doesn’t mean the concept is any less exciting. It also does not mean that 3D printing isn’t widespread among techies.
In fact, in the industrial complex, 3D printing is a burgeoning technology full of future potential and present-day successes.
The Biggest Manufacturers are Committed to 3D Printing
While common in-home use may not be a thing yet, big-name manufacturers are making a splash in the 3D printing theater.
This may be, at least in part, due to the fact that the 3D printing industry is due to become a 27-billion-dollar industry by 2019. While it’s not [...]
Cars of yesteryear were heavier, slower, and took longer to build. This was partly due to technological limits of the era. However, materials also played a heavy-handed role.
Today, the steel used in auto manufacturing did not even exist 15 to 20 years ago, according to Dave Paratore, president and CEO of NanoSteel.
Along with newly manufactured high-density steel, composites, and adhesives, cars are being made faster, stronger, and lighter. As innovation carries auto manufacturing far into the future, 3D printing is now at the forefront of this endeavor.
The Age of 3D Printed Vehicles
Local Motors, an innovative automotive manufacturer with locations spanning Berlin, Knoxville, National Harbor, and Tempe, were at the forefront of the automotive revolution in respects to 3D printing.
In 2014, LM used an ABS carbon-fiber blend (about 80/20) to print the world’s first 3D printed car. The car is called [...]
How 3D Printing Is Revolutionizing Conventional Manufacturing
A recent article by The Economist, “3D printers will change manufacturing” makes an incisive case that the applications of 3D printing (or additive manufacturing) will revolutionize conventional, assembly line manufacturing processes, drawing parallels to innovations in industrial methods and tooling in earlier eras of modern history. The article is subtitled, “Sceptics doubt the technology can be used for mass production. Just wait.”
As the column reminds readers:
“MANUFACTURING advances often take time to catch on. Only later does their real significance become apparent. The flying shuttle, invented in 1733 by John Kay, a British weaver, allowed the production of wider pieces of cloth. Because its movement could be mechanised, the shuttle later became one of the innovations which paved the way for the Industrial Revolution. [...]