TECHNOLOGY – ADDITIVE (3D) MANUFACTURING
Additive Manufacturing (often referred to as 3D-Printing) is the technology that builds 3D objects by adding layer-upon-layer of material (which may be plastic, metal, concrete, glass or human tissue), under the control of 3D modeling software. It is used for rapid prototyping and direct digital manufacturing. Besides learning to work with different materials and layering techniques, current research includes varying the location of the x-y axis to change the physical properties of the product, and introducing a time dimension in which the properties of the material used will change with time, sometimes with the addition of heat (4D-printing). The technology was initially invented in Japan in 1981. Get more details
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3D-PRINTED PERSONALISED PRESCRIPTION PILLS (Medicine - 2021-12 - Technology.org)
Starting with a personalised resin formulation, including the medicine dosage, a drug solution with a photoreactive chemical is poured into the resin tank. A smartphone is inserted into the 3D printer, which uses the light of the smartphone screen to solidify the drug into a pill.
HADRIAN X ROBOT TO BUILD 5,000 HOMES IN MEXICO (Homebuilding - 2021-11 - AuManufacturing)
Robotic bricklaying company FBR will supply Mexico’s GP Vivienda its Wall as a Service robotic construction system to build between 2,000 and 5,000 homes. It will also supply all associated retaining walls and other brick and block structures to a greenfield residential development site.
AN ENTIRE STREET OF 3D-PRINTED HOMES ARE MOVE-IN READY (Homebuilding - 2021-09 - Inhabitat)
East 17th Street, Austin, Texas is a collection of 3D-printed homes – the first 3D-printed homes for sale in America. The homes range in size from 900 to 2,000 sq.ft in two and four-bedroom designs with covered front porches and covered parking.
AMERICA’S BIGGEST 3D PRINTED BUILDING IS THIS NEW MILITARY BARRACKS IN TEXAS (Military - 2021-08 - Singularity Hub)
A Texan construction technologies startup, ICON, will 3D-print a 3,800 sq. ft. barracks, housing 72 soldiers in bunk beds, using their Vulcan printer and a proprietary concrete mix ink. It will be the biggest 3D-printed structure in North America.
US ARMY PLANS TO BUILD THE WORLD’S LARGEST METAL 3D PRINTER (Military/Army - 2021-07 - The Additive Report)
The U.S. DEVCOM Army Ground Vehicle Systems Center has ordered a metal 3D-printer capable of printing parts up to 30’x20’x12’. It will be used to additively manufacture parts for military ground vehicles.
WORLD'S FIRST 3D-PRINTED SCHOOL IS NOW OPEN (Construction/Schools - 2021-07 - Interesting Engineering)
UK-based CDC Group in partnership with French-Swiss multinational building materials company, Lafarge Holcim, recently 3D-printed the walls of a school in Malawi in just 18 hours. Skilled, local workers completed the rest of the structure.
'WORLD'S FIRST 3D-PRINTED STEEL BRIDGE SPANS DUTCH CANAL (Construction/Bridges - 2021-07 - New Atlas)
MX3D has installed the world’s first 3D-printed stainless-steel bridge over a canal in Amsterdam. The actual printing process only took six months and was completed in 2018. The bridge measures 40 ft in length and has a width of 20 ft.
SEURAT AIMS TO DISRUPT METAL 3D PRINTING WITH 2 MILLION LASERS (2021-03 - Wired)
Seurat’s new production technology (‘Area Printing’) uses Optically Addressed Light Valves with every pixel of a layer illuminated and heated at one time, creating multiple lasers out of one very powerful laser for faster results.
AMERICA’S FIRST 3D PRINTED HOMES FOR SALE (Construction/Homebuilding - 2021-03 - Singularity Hub)
Kansas City developer 3Strands has announced America’s first 3D-printed two to four bedroom homes for sale in Austin, Texas.
DUTCH NAVY INVESTS IN INTAMSYS 3D PRINTERS FOR ON-DEMAND SPARE PARTS (Military/Navy - 2021-01 - ArchDaily)
By printing parts onboard frigates, the Dutch Navy will be less dependent on complex logistics operations. AMCOD is a mobile repair center integrated into a standard shipping container that can 3D-print all 30,00 parts.