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Going low tech: When 3-D scanning just won't work

When designing a product or part, many people take inspiration from what's around them and end up looking to have an object 3-D scanned in order to modify or reproduce it. In 3-D scanning, the term "reverse engineering" has a specific meaning: converting the messy point...

source: By Renee Eaton
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The Institut für Holztechnologie Dresden (IHD) is working on the 3D printing of an integral suspension system for upholstered furniture. The project, known as 3D-FeSy, is working with Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) to create systems...

source: Furniture Today

3-D printers are useful devices for all kinds of reasons, but most have a critical weakness: they simply take a long time to actually make anything. That’s because additive manufacturing generally works by putting down an object...

source: TechCrunch

GE Additive has today released the first image of a prototype of a new additive manufacturing machine based on binder jet technology, named H1. The company, which notably acquired Arcam and Concept Laser this time last year, says...

source: TCT Magazine

As a bourgeoning technology with a world of potential, 3-D printing is regularly referred to as the manufacturing technology of the future, and is hailed as having many environmental benefits over existing mass production processes. And...


According to Gartner, 3-D printing has great potential. Total spending is predicted to grow at a 66.5 percent CAGR to $17.7 billion in 2020 with over 6.5 million printer sales. Gartner also predicts that “by 2020, 75 percent of manufacturing operations worldwide...

source: The Huffington Post

A bold plan to rev up off-Earth manufacturing is about to get a big test. A small, privately built machine designed to make optical fiber is launching toward the International Space Station (ISS) aboard SpaceX's Dragon cargo capsule tomorrow. If all goes according to plan,...



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