Now that the Rosetta Mission from the European Space Agency has landed a robot on a 2.5-mile wide comet, mining for metals and manufacturing with them will not be too far off.
When Nike started custom designing sprinting shoes for top athletes, Innovation Director Shane Kohatsu used 3D printing to go through 12 iterations of prototypes in only 6 months. Compressing the product development cycle allowed Nike to be first off the line when it came to the lightest, fastest, and most technically advanced sprinting shoes for top pro athletes. At the time Kohatsu was developing the ultra-light shoes, 3D printing was not sufficiently advanced for production runs of each shoe. Times have changed.
While other companies and individuals have been spending thousands upon thousands of dollars to create large gantry based 3D printers, Tran has come up with a unique idea. Instead of spending the time, money and energy on creating a sturdy frame for a large format 3D printer, he instead plans to use large shipping containers as the machines’ frame and body.
The Amazon 3D Printed Products store is now offering the chance to design and personalize 35 or more video game characters from titles such as Smite, Primal Carnage and Infinity Blade. In total, the number of items which can be customized in the store has grown by more than 150 percent in just a year, and a personalization widget allows customers to build their dream characters.
There are few industries, if any, which have seen as many startups emerge over the last two years as that of the 3D printing industry. Each week it seems as if we are covering one or two new companies entering the space with innovative new approaches to the software, hardware, and community aspects of the industry. As these new startups launch, there is no shortage of opportunities for those looking to jump into the space via an investment. Where there are startups, there are always CEOs and directors looking to rapidly expand on their business models by seeking venture capital.
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.