280,000 enthusiasts attending the latest Makerfaire events in San Francisco, New York, and Atlanta make it official: technology creation is getting popular. If you are not familiar with MakerFaire, it is Make Magazine’s yearly event where people gather to create and learn about technology. Everything from robots, drones, vehicles, alternative energy, small chip controlled devices, some crafts, and bots of every imaginable function, are on display
3D printing may still be in its early days, yet is moving rapidly to fulfill a huge potential. One recent area of innovation is affordable 3D metal printing, “for desktops”. While this class of devices is not quite yet ready for the mass market, by the end of the decade there may well be multiple desktop metal-based 3D printers.
At present, the price of the existing larger industrial machines, capable of handling titanium, nickel-steel and other metal alloys, starts around $500,000 and can soar past the $1 million mark.
Bioprinting is in our future. No longer the stuff of sci-fi dreams, the technology is taking a true hold in today’s world — and even in the dictionary. By bringing 3D printing together with living cells to create viable organic structures, companies like San Diego, California-based Organovo (NYSE: ONVO) are changing the shape of medical technology.
Day in and day out, we see new types of technologies emerge from the 3D printing space, as well as different uses which test the feasibility and potential that 3D printing has within the fields of manufacturing. One organization which is really beginning to embrace 3D printing, is NASA. Whether it is 3D printing rocket parts or sending 3D printers to the International Space Station, NASA gets it — 3D printing is the future of manufacturing. It’s easy to argue this point when someone off of the street comes up to you and says that 3D printing will revolutionize the world, but when some of the most brilliant minds in the world prove it in a scientific lab, that’s when we should all start to take note.
The Con3D Consortium–which consists of three Spanish companies: Prodintec, an additive manufacturing and design firm; Coprosa, a large construction firm headquartered in Asturias, Spain; and Tudela Veguín, a global leader in the production of cement and lime–have recently begun showing off the progress that they have made in this space.
The global tooling industry is the largest horizontal industry, sustaining every major vertical industrial manufacturing sector. Since manufacturing and tooling are highly interdependent, none of them would ever be as productive without its support. Countless products are assembled using jigs and fixtures or are produced by molding (injection, blow, and silicone) or casting (investment, sand, and spin). No matter the application, manufacturing tools increase efficiency and profit while maintaining quality.