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Clip-on turns smartphone into fully operational microscope

Clip-on turns smartphone into fully operational microscope
Researchers have developed a 3D printable 'clip-on' that allows anyone – from scientists to the scientifically curious – to turn their smartphone into a fully functional microscope. The smartphone microscope is powerful enough to visualise specimens as small as 1/200th of a millimetre, including microscopic organisms, animal and plant cells, blood cells, cell nuclei and more.
20th February 2018

Engineering artist and designer creates a bigger 3D footprint

Engineering artist and designer creates a bigger 3D footprint
If you delve deeper into 3D printing of larger fine art sculpture pieces and specialist elements for the stage and theatre industry, you will find engineering artist and designer Richard Grant, who decided to take the plunge and build his own. For the x/y gantry, he used the drylin E linear robot from igus. Since completing a multi-disciplined engineering degree at Brunel, then a postgraduate in 3D printing at Stafford (1996), Richard Grant has been employing advanced technologies for his craft sometimes years in advance of it becoming mainstream.
14th February 2018

Embedded electronics add-in makes 3D printing easy

Embedded electronics add-in makes 3D printing easy
Additive electronics provider, Nano Dimension, has unveiled a new SOLIDWORKS add-in to its DragonFly 2020 Pro 3D Printer that makes additive manufacturing with embedded electronics a feasible option for mechanical and electrical engineers. For the first time, 3D printing of complex prototypes made of polymers and metals and designed in Dassault Systèmes’ SOLIDWORKS applications can be easily 3D-printed on Nano Dimension’s DragonFly 2020 Pro 3D Printer in a single build process.
12th February 2018


Process enables 3D printing of nanoscale metal structures

Process enables 3D printing of nanoscale metal structures
For the first time, it is possible to create complex nanoscale metal structures using 3D printing, thanks to a new technique developed at Caltech. The process, once scaled up, could be used in a wide variety of applications, from building tiny medical implants to creating 3D logic circuits on computer chips to engineering ultralightweight aircraft components. It also opens the door to the creation of a new class of materials with unusual properties that are based on their internal structure.
12th February 2018

Plasma systems enable high processing for 3D and wafer-level assembly

Plasma systems enable high processing for 3D and wafer-level assembly
Nordson MARCH has introduced the MesoSPHERE Plasma System for very-high throughput processing of 3D and wafer-level packaging processes such as fan-in, fan-out, wafer-level, and panel-level -handling wafers up to 450mm and panels up to 480mm. The MesoSPHERE's new, patented W3 three-axis symmetrical plasma chamber ensures that all areas of the wafer are treated equally and uniformly. Tight control over all process parameters gives highly repeatable results.
5th February 2018

EBAM systems can 3D print titanium structures

EBAM systems can 3D print titanium structures
Sciaky, a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries, (PSI) and leading provider of metal additive manufacturing (AM) solutions, announced it has posted record machine sales in the month of December with the sale of four Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM) systems. The buyers will use the machines to 3D print titanium structures for aerospace applications, as well as to produce large parts for ground-based military vehicles, and warships.
2nd February 2018

3D printing becomes 4D as objects morph over time

3D printing becomes 4D as objects morph over time
Rutgers engineers have invented a '4D printing' method for a smart gel that could lead to the development of 'living' structures in human organs and tissues, soft robots and targeted drug delivery. The 4D printing approach here involves printing a 3D object with a hydrogel that changes shape over time when temperatures change, said Howon Lee, senior author of a new study and assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Rutgers University–New Brunswick.
1st February 2018

5 things you'd never have guessed were 3D printed

5 things you'd never have guessed were 3D printed
  When it comes down to 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, you would like to think you’ve seen it all. However igus have produced a video which includes 5 things you would never have guessed were 3D printed.
30th January 2018

Chameleon properties inspire 3D-printed objects

Chameleon properties inspire 3D-printed objects
3D printing has evolved from basic designs to a wide range of highly-customisable objects. Still, there’s a big issue: Once objects are printed, they’re final. If you need a change, you’ll need a reprint. But imagine if that weren’t the case — if, for example, you could change the colour of your smartphone case or earrings on demand. Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have gotten closer to making that a reality.
29th January 2018

3D printer targets engineers and hobbyists

3D printer targets engineers and hobbyists
The LulzBot TAZ 6 and LulzBot Mini have been added to the Farnell element14 range of 3D printers. The LulzBot TAZ 6, suited for use by engineers, developers, architects or hobbyists boasts a print volume of 19,600cm3 usable space. The intermediate level printer also features innovative self-levelling and self-cleaning and a modular tool head design for flexible and multi material upgrades.   
25th January 2018


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