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.
The Batmobile made great use of it. Nearly every champion bicycle racer in the Tour de France, winners of several professional golf tournaments, and many of you with stylish phone cases have grown fond of it.
The new “it” material is carbon fiber.
If Toray, one of the leading carbon fiber manufacturers is any indication, applications for carbon fiber are on a screaming uptrend.
Back in the late 1990s when the internet began creeping its way into homes and businesses, it was impossible to foretell the economic impact that it eventually would have on society as a whole. While estimates of its annual impact on the economy are all over the place, anywhere from $3 trillion to $6 trillion worldwide, one thing is for sure: it’s a game changer. In 2012, it was estimated that 4.7% of all US economic activity was the result of the internet. Three years later and this number has surely grown.
Nature has never been better. First came biodegradable, which is better for our landfills. Next came recyclable, better for our resources. Then sustainable, better for our health and environment. But the rise of bio-based materials is simply better. And it is poised to help transform advanced manufacturing and take the United States to the economy of the future.
Scientists at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)say they were able to transmit 1.8 kilowatts of solar-generated power using microwaves sent to a receiver more than 180 feet from the power source, and in conjunction with 3D printing, the technology might one day be used to drive vehicles or “factories” in space.