Dream the Impossible Drone (and 3D Print It)

The RDASS 4 is a remotely piloted, 3D printed helicopter from Leptron. The little five-pound drone contains modular, nesting layers. Depending on purpose, these clever interchangeable layers stack inside the fuselage to provide tailored functionality. Applications include flying ahead of armored veh … [Read more...]

MIT Professor Neri Oxman 3D Prints the Future of Manufacturing

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One of my all-time favorite artists is the hugely talented Neri Oxman. Not only is she a trained architect and an MIT professor, but she is also one of the few recognized artists whose work is part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. This remarkable sculpture (abo … [Read more...]

Commited to Design and Manufacturing Engineers

BusinessWeek.com profiled 3D printing this week on its CEO Tech Guide section, and in it, a group of articles and multimedia explores the 3D printing process (also known as additive manufacturing) from several viewpoints. It’s compelling information that discusses the technology's uses, ranging from … [Read more...]

Medical-Device Manufacturing Can be Lean With DDM

A new mindset has made Acist Medical Systems more agile than ever. A medical-device manufacturer with a clinical presence in more than 40 countries, Acist specializes in contrast injection systems. Its devices let caregivers in cardiology and radiology infuse dye into the vascular system so doctors … [Read more...]

It’s Time to Submit! (Only 3 weeks left to submit your Extreme Redesign entry)

Don't forget to submit your design for Dimension's eighth annual Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge. The deadline of Feb. 2 is just 3 weeks away. Students can submit an innovative new product design, a redesign of an existing product, or an original work of art or architecture. Dimension 3D Prin … [Read more...]

CEO Guide Clues Executives in to 3D Printing

“We get rid of waste. We only print the things that people actually want,” says Autodesk Labs vice president Brian Mathews in part of Bloomberg Businessweek’s CEO Guide to 3D Printing. The collection of articles, photos and multimedia aims to clue the corner office in to what engineers have known fo … [Read more...]

3D Printed Doll with Moving Ball Joints

This intriguing 3D printed doll was created by Eric Van Straaten on an Objet 3D printer. As you can see, the doll features a number of moving ball and socket joints. This is another nice example of the power of inkjet-based 3D printing which can create hinged or moving parts as part of a single prin … [Read more...]

Full of Hot Air - First Additive Manufacturing Produced Heat Exchanger

Researchers at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) and Stratasys Inc. have developed what may be the first heat exchanger made by additive manufacturing (or 3D printing). Additive manufacturing can economically produce complex geometries so it has the potential to improve the efficiency … [Read more...]

FDM Prototypes Become End-Use Parts for Marine Manufacturer

SAP, a Norwegian company that makes parts for marine environments (like oil-drilling facilities in the North Sea), bought a Fused Deposition Modeling System to save time and money in prototyping. To SAP's surprise, its prototypes were strong and attractive enough to become end-use products. SAP's m … [Read more...]

3D Printing Helps Whirlpool Push New Design Boundaries


  Patrick Schiavone joined Whirlpool Corp. as its chief home-appliance designer after overseeing Ford North America car designs for many years where he was credited with the design of the eleventh-generation Ford F-150, the best selling truck in the world, as well as the iconic 1994 Ford Must … [Read more...]