GE is investing in a new plant to mass produce 3D printed parts for jet engines:
Equipment installation will begin in late 2014 and production of additive components will begin in 2015. By the end of 2015, the plant could have as many as 10 printing machines with the potential to grow to more than 50 printers and occupy a third of the facility at full capacity.
A company in my hometown, Barcelona is selling a new product: yourself.
The idea is that you go to the photo studio, get scanned with a 3D scanner and after paying 99€, a color 3D model of yourself is printed.
My question is: Why would you like to have a 3D printed YOU?
Different situations come to my mind … People in love leaving far away?, kids missing their parents or parents missing their kids maybe because they study or work abroad?, or grandparents missing all of them… Who knows?
Its a new business model and a new opportunity that 3D printers are bringing to us.
Check out this video and see how it works:
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The 3D print shop in Barcelona is: http://www.labs3d.com/index.html
A team of entrepreneurs from Israel started up this new concept of printer. Kind of a mini “Roomba” robot that prints in any paper size. Another clever idea that is looking for funds at Kickstater. You can still back the project if you like it. (200 US$)
3D printing requiere long waiting times, so what do you do? Have a cup of coffee.
A new fun project is launching in Barcelona: 3D printing and CNC facilities to create anything you like in a very special and friendly atmosphere. The idea is very smart and it’s now in a crowd funding process. Based in a old textile factory in the center of Barcelona, MOB is now a co-working office of creative people. FabCafe will be just like the topping of a creative environment. Click the image if you like to see the video. Share it if you like it.
Carbon fiber stronger than steel and light as a plastic material. Used to build aircraft, ships and high-end sport elements as bicycle frames or even prosthetic legs.
It is a very expensive material by the raw material itself and its laborious manufacturing process. Requires placing carbon fibers in layers and wait for the epoxy resin to catalyze.
This process is similar to that used for 3D printing by layers. Marcforg3d engineers saw the similarity, had the idea and got to work. So today we have the first 3D printer that can print carbon fiber.
Price tag $ 4999
Samsung comes out with the first NFC-capable printer
Here’s a newsflash. Smartphones are super popular.
In the United States, for example, more than half the cell phone users have some sort of smartphone. (Which makes the rest of the segment stupid, I guess.) Worldwide about one in five people use a smart phone, meaning more than 1.4 billion of these gadgets are out there.
It was only a matter of time before a print company decided to smarten up as well.
Tapping is the way the two communicate. According to Samsung, you get an image up on your smartphone, tap the back of it to the icon resembling the smartphone and boom, out pops the image. The unit makes use of Near Field Communication, the newest, and some might say revolutionary, technical gadget to hit the printing market.
Reviewers of the Samsung printer are going gaga over the new use of NFC technology. Samsung is the first printer manufacturer to add it to their printers and reviewers say it adds a sense of simplicity to wireless printing. More info
UK Company succeeds printing ink cartridges on 3-D printer
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Something’s a little odd about the following.
A company in the UK called Inkfactory is using 3D printers to make ink cartridges to be used in their 2-D printers. The reproduced cartridges are said to be the first of its kind and are based on the Kodak ESP C110. And Inkfactory says they are pretty good. All they need is a little OEM ink and they are all set to print.
But I found the juxtaposition of the 3-D printer working for the 2-D printer a touch off key. It’s like having a chimp employing humans to create a better implement to get those tasty termites out of the mound. More info