Start of helpful humanoid robots? CITEC uses compact LDS component as sensor array

Editor’s Note: LaserMicronics, a service provider for laser-based manufacturing, has released the whitepaper “Robot hand with a sensitive touch: LDS tactile sensors for sensorimotor skills.” The paper describes a 2014 project from the CITEC department at Bielefeld University in Bielefeld, Germany, where researchers created a tactile sensor resembling a human fingertip. The sensor was then

New algorithms deliver faster speeds and more efficient 3D prints

Formlabs, makers of the Form 1+ 3D Printer, released new functionality that improves performance of their printers. Draft Mode, a new print resolution, allows the Form 1+ to…

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Software enables design freedom for additive manufacturing

The combination of topology optimization software and additive manufacturing can help you create a new generation of exciting products. Tony Norton and Chad Zamler • solidThinking 3D printing…

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Should you 3D print in house or not?

The prices of some 3D printers are coming down, making it more affordable to own one of your own, even a desktop version. Still, it can be better…

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3D printing prosthetics; not just for humans

If you have not already seen this video of Derby the dog and how 3D printing helped him run, you must see it.  Yes it’s a heart-warming story,…

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Stratasys and PTC Creo work together to streamline 3D printing

It’s no secret that there is a gap between design software programs and additive manufacturing systems that challenges design engineers on printing the part they really designed. This…

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3D Systems to unveil direct metal 3D printer at Euromold

3D Systems announced it will offer a preview of its latest industrial Direct Metal Printing (DMP) system, the ProXTM 400, at EuroMold 2014 in Frankfurt, Germany. The ProX…

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Fathom expands its additive manufacturing production center

FATHOM, an advanced technology driven company with an expertise in 3D printing and additive manufacturing, announced that recent in-house expansion efforts at its production center in Oakland include…

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Using 3D printing to develop injection molds for medical devices

Since Worrell began 3D printing injection molds for medical devices, it has slashed lead times by 95% compared to traditional tooling, with costs plummeting 70%. The company, in…

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How to ensure your 3D design will 3D print

3D models that fail to print are one of the more frustrating issues for designers, engineers, jewellers and 3D service bureaus. Despite all the discussion about how easy…

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3D printed electronics for the Internet of Things

Here is a guest blog from my colleague, Lee Teschler, Executive Editor, Design World magazine 3D-printing techniques can be optimized to create integrated circuits. The possible result: Printed…

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ASTM proposed standard to describe needed properties of metal powders for AM

Materials are key to further growth in 3D printing / additive manufacturing, (3DP / AM) and metal powders are thought to be the main material that will drive…

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LUXeXceL’s 3D printing process for optics is an alternative to injection molding

Even though recent news reports speculate that HP could enter the market for 3D printed glass, LUXeXceL Group, Goes, The Netherlands, has been 3D printing optics for some…

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Can 3d printing sustain the momentum?

For many people, 3D printing and additive manufacturing are new, novel, fun, and empowering. For many engineers, though, this is the second time 3D printing and additive manufacturing…

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Two new multiple material 3d printers from Stratasys

At the IMTS show in Chicago this week, I had a chance to see Stratasys Ltd. new Objet500 Connex1 and Objet500 Connex2 Multi-material 3D Printers, which feature the…

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