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3D Printed Sharpie Mount Adds a Pop of Color to White Filament – 3DPrint.com | The Voice of 3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing

3d printed sharpie mount adds a pop of color to white filament – 3dprint.com | the voice of 3d printing / additive manufacturing

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Looking to add multiple colors to your prints but you can only afford a less expensive desktop 3D printing system with a single extruder where your only option is to stop the job and manually swap out the filament? Check out this fun idea that was posted on Hackaday: a simple 3D printed mount that attaches to your printer, and holds up to three colored Sharpie permanent markers against the filament right as it’s going into the top of the extruder.
Maker Devin Montes, who runs the YouTube channel Make Anything, enjoys creating, in his own words, “both functional models and delightful objects that spark inspiration.” I’d say this 3D printed Sharpie mount, which Montes has published on 3D printable design repository MyMiniFactory, would fall into both of those categories.

“I made this tool that holds 3 sharpies that color your filament before printing,” he wrote. “The results were surprisingly beautiful!”
In order to make desktop 3D printers less expensive so they’re more accessible to all users, nearly all of them use single extruder setups, which means there aren’t a lot of options for multimaterial printing. Hackaday writer Tom Nardi does admit that from “a practical standpoint, …

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Breakthrough in 3D Printing Graphene Self-powered Sensors for Smart Tires – 3DPrint.com | The Voice of 3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing

breakthrough in 3d printing graphene self-powered sensors for smart tires – 3dprint.com | the voice of 3d printing / additive manufacturing

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Researchers at Virginia Tech have developed a breakthrough method to integrate self-powered, wireless strain sensors into smart tires using 3D printing and graphene. Their work was recently published in Nature, and describes the development and cost-effective integration of graphene-based piezoresistive sensors for tires which can measure and securely transmit tire data wirelessly. The sensors, which can provide information about tire loads, pressure, temperature and more, are energy-efficient and harvest strain energy from the tire itself to transfer wireless data.
The team behind this novel work included researchers from the Center for Tire Research (CenTiRe), and Department of Mechanical Engineering at VirginiaTech, as well as from the Department of Materials Science and Mechanical Engineering at Penn State.
Before there are fully autonomous cars, there will be smart tires. At least that’s what experts from Nokian Tyres (a Finnish tyre manufacturer known globally for specializing in winter tyres) believe as part of their prediction that smart tires will be commonplace within five years. Their view is that this would arise more out of the need to meet safety requirements, in a future where autonomous driving is more prevalent with regulations built around the safety and reliability of autonomous systems. Indeed, by …

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Interview: Satori and Moroccan Designer 3D Print “Work From Home” Office Goods – 3DPrint.com | The Voice of 3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing

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London-based startup Satori, which means “enlightenment” in Japanese Zen, recently entered the 3D printing market with the launch of its new professional 3D printer, the compact, resin-based ST1600. The system, which features a 5″ LCD touchscreen, 120 x 192 x 120 mm build volume, and increased light efficiency for fast layer exposure and higher print resolution, has been called a “good manufacturing problem-solver” by Satori, which is the startup’s key mission: to solve problems. In addition to offering increased accessibility with what it calls more affordable prices, Satori has also developed a range of high-performance 3D printing materials, printer accessories, and an exclusive consultation service and on-boarding period for customers that purchase the new ST1600.

At the same time, Satori also announced a new partnership program in order to work with innovators and creatives from industries around the globe on impactful, problem-solving initiatives that 3D printing can solve. My interest in the startup was already piqued by the company’s obvious focus on creativity, and even more so when I learned that it is female-led, which is one of my favorite things to hear. During the recent Formnext Connect, I met virtually with Satori’s Marketing and PR Officer Julia Horvath to …

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Researchers 3D print radiofrequency probe heads to open up magnetic resonance applications

researchers 3d print radiofrequency probe heads to open up magnetic resonance applications

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Researchers from Xiamen University have 3D printed radio frequency (RF) probe heads capable of performing both routine and unconventional Magnetic Resonance (MR) experiments.
MR technology is widely deployed within scientific research, geological surveys, and clinical diagnosis, such as MRI scans. RF probe heads are core components of MR systems and are typically used to carry out electrochemical analysis, in-situ reaction monitoring, and MR imaging.
Using 3D printing, Xiamen’s researchers have developed a method to build customized RF probe heads with more precisely adapted coil structures than is currently possible with conventional manufacturing techniques. According to them, this study is the first to explore this type of method for the fabrication of integrative probe heads for MR systems.
3D printing and manufacturing procedure of integrative MR probeheads for different scenarios. Image via Xiamen University/Nature.
3D printing the RF probe heads
During the study, the researchers demonstrated a method that combines computer-aided design (CAD), 3D printing, and liquid melting injection techniques to create the integrative MR probe heads. Both Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) and Stereolithography technologies were used to fabricate the probe heads, which consisted of an RF coil with micrometer-scale conductive wires, customized sample chambers, and RF circuit interfaces, …

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BWXT and Oak Ridge announce developments in 3D printed nuclear reactor components

bwxt and oak ridge announce developments in 3d printed nuclear reactor components

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Leading nuclear and fuel component supplier BWX Technologies (BWXT), together with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has announced advancements in the development of a new additive manufacturing technology specifically for the production of reactor components.
The process now works with both high-temperature alloys and refractory metals, which are crucial for the safe operation of advanced nuclear reactors. By providing a method of 3D printing such components, the idea is that they can be rapidly deployed with all of the environmental and design benefits of additive manufacturing.
Ken Camplin, President of the Nuclear Services Group at BWXT, states: “We have a uniquely talented group of engineers and designers at BWXT. Their work will make it far easier for advanced reactor developers to move forward in dealing with a number of critical technical challenges inherent in many of these designs.”
Reactor core component samples 3D printed by BWXT. Photo via BWXT.
3D printing nuclear components
BWXT believes 3D printing has the potential to be “transformational for the industry”, as it enables engineers to design components without worrying about the geometric constraints of conventional manufacturing. The partners have recently demonstrated the technology’s capability in 3D printing nickel-based super alloys and refractory metal-based alloys, …

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Carnegie researchers develop FRESH new method of 3D bioprinting fully-sized human heart models

carnegie researchers develop fresh new method of 3d bioprinting fully-sized human heart models

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A team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University have developed a new method of 3D bioprinting that enables the production of realistic fully-sized human heart models.  
The scientists’ Freeform Reversible Embedding of Suspended Hydrogels (FRESH) technique, involves extruding the eco-friendly alginate polymer into a custom-made gelatin container. Leveraging their novel process, the team aims to work with surgeons to create patient-specific clinical models for surgical training and pre-planning applications. 
“The surgeon can manipulate it and have it actually respond like real tissue,” said Professor Adam Feinberg, who led the project. “So when they get into the operating site they’ve got an additional layer of realistic practice in that setting.” 
 “We can now build a model that not only allows for visual planning but allows for physical practice.” 
A ‘FRESH’ new 3D printing approach 
An increasing number of surgeons are adopting 3D printing as a means of developing bespoke models that allow them to explain cardiac procedures to their patients. Using bioprinting to produce these replicas enables them to be realistic, but also opens the possibility of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine applications in future. 
At present, common 3D printing techniques such as stereolithography (SLA) and Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) …

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QOROX and Cybe conduct first construction 3D printing projects in New Zealand

qorox and cybe conduct first construction 3d printing projects in new zealand

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A partnership between New-Zealand’s local technology company QOROX and Dutch technology provider CyBe Construction has brought the first robot to 3D print concrete objects on a commercial scale to the Morth Island city of Hamilton.
QOROX is a cutting-edge technology company aiming to revolutionize the construction industry in New Zealand by introducing additive manufacturing and Construction 4.0 “without breaking the bank”.
The in-house developed and manufactured 3D concrete printers by CyBe in the Netherlands are used in Construction 4.0. With this technology the complex building processes are being simplified and it is possible to build faster, more sustainably and more affordably, with a higher quality.
The QOROX demonstration in Hamilton.
QOROX’s building systems and processes are setting a new standard for building quality, efficiency, effectiveness, and adaptability which dramatically reduces construction timeframes in New Zealand.
Together with Hamilton City Council they are working on the creation of 3D concrete printed park benches, which will be the first example of this construction technique in the country.
The 2.8 m long benches are a bespoke waka design created by Boffa Miskell landscape architects. It was printed by QOROX’s 3D printer in just over 30 minutes. QOROX Director Wafaey Swelim said Hamilton City Council …

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Ender 3 Pro 3D printer in late 2020 – Build and first prints

ender 3 pro 3d printer in late 2020 – build and first prints

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Karl here. How does the Ender 3 Pro 3D printer stand up in late 2020? The short answer is pretty well. With just a few minor gripes it is a solid printer. According to All3dp the Ender 3 Pro came out in September 2018. Over 2 years ago. It is the successor to the most popular 3D printer: the Ender 3. I usually don’t do any research so I won’t be influenced by other reviewers but I did in this case so I could see what the differences are between the Ender 3 and Pro versions. It has been upgraded to a Meanwell power supply. Better mainboard layout. Wider extrusion for the bed to ride on, which should make the bed more stable. If you have done any research on 3D printers I would say it is impossible not to have heard about the Ender 3. With its low price, print quality, and community support I can see why it is the most popular printer ever. Boy Scouts Any opportunity to talk 3D printing is a good one in my book. Kids are pretty amazed by 3D printers so I proposed building this one at our weekly Cub Scout meeting. The ages of the kids …

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3Diligent’s digital platform combines 3D Printing and Industry 4.0 to drive Additive Manufacturing

3diligent’s digital platform combines 3d printing and industry 4.0 to drive additive manufacturing

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Cullen Hilkene was a manager with Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy and Operations group in 2013 and was just getting exposed to the then-nascent 3D Printing industry and, more broadly, the concept of Industry 4.0, which he defines as a new age enabled by the Internet of Things and characterized by the connectivity of devices, their data streams, and AI to optimize their performance. 
Although the technology for 3D Printing, also known as Additive Manufacturing, had been advancing for more than 40 years, the concept didn’t become mainstream until President Barack Obama mentioned it in his 2013 State of the Union address, saying it had “the potential to revolutionize the way we make almost everything.”  
It was a home repair task that crystallized Hilkene’s attention on the implications of uniting the two concepts:  
In my off-time, I wanted to get a custom part printed in metal for a light fixture in my house.  The process was really laborious, and it occurred to me that there ought to be a platform to streamline access to custom manufacturing, particularly as it relates to these emerging Industry 4.0 solutions like metal 3D Printing.  

From that classic “necessity is the mother of invention” moment, El Segundo, CA-based 3Diligent was …

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Manufacturing Breakthrough from Materialise Creates Path towards Eliminating Waste in 3D Printing

manufacturing breakthrough from materialise creates path towards eliminating waste in 3d printing

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Materialise NV a leading company in  3D  technology solutions in the industrial and medical markets, announced Bluesint PA12, a material innovation that makes it possible to 3D print with up to 100% re-used powder. 3D printing is often considered a sustainable manufacturing technology but a new Lifecycle Analysis indicates that for large series of identical products, 3D printing has a bigger environmental impact compared to conventional production technology. With the announcement of Bluesint PA12, Materialise creates a path towards eliminating waste in 3D printing.
Speaking about how the new innovation will work as a positive force and help companies to operate sustainably, Fried Vancraen, CEO of Materialise said, “Many people view 3D printing as a positive force that helps companies to operate more sustainably. However, that’s simply not enough. As we enter the fourth decade of 3D printing, the question is not whether 3D printing is sustainable manufacturing technology. The question becomes: what can we do to make 3D printing more sustainable?”
With Laser Sintering, the second most commonly used 3D printing technology, up to 50% of the powder becomes waste. The potential to recycle used powder is limited and 3D printing with only used powder creates surface …

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