Category Archives: 3-D printing

3D Printing: Innovation at Risk from Regulation

by Larry Downes, Special to the Washington Post Rapid price deflation for industrial prototyping has led investors to bet heavily on the consumer-oriented 3D printers that can make fully function items–including, perhaps in the not to distant future, food, electronic … Continue reading

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3D Printing: One of Seven Technologies That Will Change the World

by Gray Scott (from IEET.com, 29 Sep 2015) Today we already have 3D  printers that can print clothing, circuit boars, furniture, homes and chocolate.  A company called BigRep has created a 3D printer called the BigRep ONE.2 that enables designers … Continue reading

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Giant Plastic Building Blocks

by Sarah Begley (Time, 12 Oct 2015) Build anything, anywhere, one piece at a time.  That’s the idea behind EverBlock, a new product that aims to be Lego for grownups, offering jumbo plastic blocks–the standard one measures 12 by 6 … Continue reading

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Dutch Firm to 3-D Print a Bridge

By Dan Kedmey (Time, 6-13 Jun 2015) Dutch firm MX3D recently partnered with software giant Autodesk to build a machine that can “print” bridges in midair.  Its first test will be over an Amsterdam canal in 2017.  Here is how … Continue reading

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More on 3-D Printing

By Andrew Maynard [1] 3D printing–and additive manufacturing more broadly–are on a roll.  The idea of creating objects by building them up layer by layer has been around for a while.  But over the past couple of years, there have … Continue reading

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3-D Printing in the News

The latest editions of Time Magazine (1 & 8 December 2014) and National Geographic (December 2014) both have articles naming 3-D printing a hot new technology.  According to Time: A machine that can build any object.  It sounds like sci-fi fantasy, but thanks to the rise … Continue reading

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3-D Printing Can Help Alleviate Poverty

This blog has consistently hyped technology as one of the most promising solutions to the problem of poverty.  However, there is one technology whose potential I have previously failed to recognize:  3-D Printing. With a 3-D printer, an operator plugs … Continue reading

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