The next big thing in three-dimensional printing is small — so small it’s practically two-dimensional. A machine unveiled Wednesday by Northeastern University promises to speed up the manufacturing and drive down the cost of everything from consumer electronics to prescription drugs by printing in ultra-thin layers as minuscule as 20 nanometers. That’s 1,000 times thinner than layers produced by conventional 3-D printers and about 4,000 times narrower than a human hair.
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Will.i.am, Coca-Cola and 3D Systems are promoting a simple-to-operate 3D printer, aiming to make the technology accessible beyond hardcore techies. But does it really curb waste?
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This year’s highlights from 3D Print Show in London’s Old Billingsgate include printing with plants, printing food and more. It has been fascinating to see how 3D printing technology and its creative and consumer communities have developed the recent years!
Do you ever think that 3D printing holds a bright future for architecture, but in ways we aren't aware of yet? Does this new, digitally produced, open source world look less strategic and more tactical? The honest, on the ground results would say yes. Rather than 3D printing whole cities, maybe 3D printing will find its niche elsewhere, where other technologies have fallen short.
Chinese company WinSun Decoration Design Engineering has constructed a set of ten single story, 3D-printed homes which it produced in under 24 hours. The homes, printed in prefabricated panels which fit together on site, were created using WinSun’s custom-built 3D printer which measures 10 meters by 6.6 meters, and took the company twelve years to develop.