A team from ETH Zurich university in Switzerland is developing what could be the first house in the world to be designed, planned, and built using using mostly digital processes. The project, called DFAB House, will be realized through a combination of 3D printing, robots, and ingenuity.
The three-storey DFAB House, a part of the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Digital Fabrication Project, will reportedly be built at the Dübendorf NEST campus, a research and innovation campus operated by the EMPA institute for material science and technology and the EAWAG organization for aquatic research.
Two students from the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) in Switzerland have built a 3D printer with a three-axis tilting print bed, giving the printer a total of six axes. The 3D printer, still in its prototype phase, could be used to print objects with overhangs without adding supports.
Stratasys-owned 3D printer manufacturer MakerBot has announced a “restructuring plan” that will see 30 percent of its workforce laid off. The New York City-based 3D printer maker went through a downsizing of similar proportions in 2015.
Infill optimization in 3D printing is something that is constantly being tinkered with by designers, mathematicians and researchers around the world. The reason is ultimately to find ways to produce more with less.
We usually think of cyborgs as part human, part machine, but roboticists don’t limit themselves that way. Researchers have developed a hybrid robot built with body parts from a novel source: sea slugs.
German manufacturing and electronics company Siemens has engine tested its new 3D printed gas turbine blades. The 3D printed components were tested at 13,000 revolutions per minute and temperatures beyond 1,250 degrees Celsius.
Desktop Metal, a 3D printing startup based in Burlington, Massachusetts, has raised $45 million in a Series C investment round from investors including Google, BMW, and Lowe’s. Desktop Metal will use the money to prepare for the launch of its first 3D printer later this year.
Someone should tell Dorothy to pack up her ruby slippers because there’s a new ruby extruder in town. European 3D printer distribution company 3DVerkstan has just launched the new Olsson Ruby 3D printer nozzle, capable of printing new abrasive materials. The new 3D printer part, which was unveiled today is available for purchase in the United States and across Europe at certain resellers.
Brett Turnage, a 3D printing and RC racing expert, has unveiled two functional 3D printed RC motorcycles complete with a moving 3D printed rider. Both 3D printable models are free to download.
Robotics engineers have used 3D printing to create the joints for ‘Bat Bot,’ a futuristic flying robot that mimics the way bats move through the air. The winged creation, otherwise known simply as ‘B2,’ could serve as an aerial service robot.