Last November, California-based Made in Space grabbed headlines when one
of its specially-designed 3D printers became the first such device to print an object in outer space ... that was
within the protective confines of the International Space Station,
however. Now, the company is working on a printer that will work outside
the station, in the cold vacuum of actual outer space.
What do you do after you've 3D-printed the world's tiniest functional power drill?
If you're Lance Abernethy, you go on to add another miniature power
tool to your Lilliputian toolbox. Abernethy's latest creation is a
working 3D-printed circular saw that fits in a briefcase slightly bigger
than a thumbnail.
The term "designer drug" may soon refer less to the illicit kind and
more to custom creations by the pharmaceutical industry. Aprecia
Pharmaceuticals Company has just had its proprietary ZipDose Technology
platform approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This
marks the very first instance that the FDA has given the green light for
a 3D-printed drug product.
Researchers at UC Berkeley and Taiwan's National Chio Tung University have created a low-cost electronic sensor that's able to wirelessly monitor the freshness of milk. The team created the electronic components for the sensor using a 3D-printing method, which it believes could have a big impact on the industry.
From jet engines to office buildings, we've seen all manner of things constructed using 3D-printing techniques, but we're yet to see it used to make something that can cook us a hot meal. Until now that is. The Pyra, by Oakland-based company Fathom, is the first 3D-printed smart oven.
Some robots are hard and some are soft, but in nature soft and hard structures are commonly mixed. In an effort to emulate this, engineers from Harvard University and the University of California, San Diego, have used multimaterial 3D-printing to create a combustion-powered jumping robot that transitions from a rigid core to a soft exterior.
3D printing has made some impressive strides in the past couple of years, allowing makers to create a wide variety of fantastic and unique designs. Despite the overall success, many prints still have limitations when it comes to structure, shape, or articulation. But 3D Systems is about to change all of that with the latest Infinity Rinse-away water-soluble support material.
As 3D printing techniques improve and the push towards autonomous cars grows stronger, it was only a matter of time before the two technologies were combined to create an autonomous 3D-printed car. That’s exactly what Local Motors has done, putting together an autonomous car to be tested by the boffins at University of Michigan as part of a 12 month trial.
Automobiles have made great strides in recent years in becoming cleaner and greener, but according to Divergent Microfactories, they still have miles to go. The problem, as the company sees it, is that while powertrains have become cleaner thanks to the use of alternative energy sources like battery power and fuel cells, manufacturing is dirtier than ever. The start-up puts forth a solution in the all-new Blade, which it calls "the world's first 3D-printed supercar."
When asked to name an endangered species, rhinos are probably one of the
first animals to come to most peoples' minds. In both Africa and Asia,
poaching is causing populations to plummet, due mainly to demand for
rhino horn as an ingredient in traditional Asian medicine – whether or
not it actually has any medicinal value is another question
altogether. In any case, San Francisco-based biotech startup Pembient is
developing what it hopes could be a solution: inexpensive bioengineered
rhino horn, which could out-compete the genuine item.