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  • Con3D Consortium Shows Off Large Concrete 3D Printed Sofa — Buildings Are Next

    Con3D Consortium Shows Off Large Concrete 3D Printed Sofa — Buildings Are Next

    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.

  • What Can Additive Manufacturing Do for Tooling?

    What Can Additive Manufacturing Do for Tooling?

    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.

  • Modelling Carbon Fiber Composites: Challenges, Solutions, and the Integrated Future

    Modelling Carbon Fiber Composites: Challenges, Solutions, and the Integrated Future

    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.

  • Will 3D Printing Have a Larger Economic Impact Than the Internet? One Venture Capitalist Thinks So

    Will 3D Printing Have a Larger Economic Impact Than the Internet? One Venture Capitalist Thinks So

    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.

  • Bio-Based Materials Growing Into the Building Block of the Future

    Bio-Based Materials Growing Into the Building Block of the Future

    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.

  • Japanese Breakthrough & 3D Printing Could Make Wireless Transmission of Solar Energy a Reality

    Japanese Breakthrough & 3D Printing Could Make Wireless Transmission of Solar Energy a Reality

    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.