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Content posted in September 2013
NASA Seeks Commercial-Sector Tech for Human Missions
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9/30/2013  8 comments
NASA is on a mission to involve commercial suppliers in advancing human space flight. Jacobs Engineering, NASA's partner in getting technologies and materials human-rated for space, will give details at the upcoming Design & Manufacturing Texas show.
Video: Baxter 2.0 Extends Robot's Reach
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9/27/2013  14 comments
A new software upgrade to Rethink Robotics' Baxter robot extends the innovative bot's reach, makes it easier to program more precisely, improves overall performance, and expands its uses in the small to medium-sized companies it was designed for.
Super-Slippery Coating Inspired by Carnivorous Plant
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9/25/2013  21 comments
A durable, completely transparent, super-slippery coating can turn regular glass into a material that doesn't stain, resists scratches, and repairs itself. It was inspired by the carnivorous pitcher plant, coated with an ultra-slippery surface that slides insect victims into its depths.
Slideshow: 3D Printing in the Medical Cloud
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9/19/2013  24 comments
Medical professionals can use 3D Systems' secure cloud-based Bespoke Modeling service to create, edit, share, and print sophisticated, full-color, 3D anatomical models from CT scans, MRI scans, or other digital imaging and communications data.
Slideshow: Robots Will 3D Print & Build Space Structures
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9/17/2013  21 comments
NASA is funding technology that would use robotics and 3D printing to construct parts of very large spacecraft and other structures in space. Doing this could reduce the cost and risk of building and launching systems and allow for bigger structures.
Slideshow: 3D-Print, Etch & Mill in 1 Machine
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9/12/2013  8 comments
The latest in Kickstarter's clever, ingenious, and useful manufacturing products is the Microfactory, which combines 3D printing, milling, and etching in one system.
Slideshow: 3D Print, Scan, Copy & Fax in 1 Machine
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9/10/2013  40 comments
What if you could 3D scan and copy objects and fax your files as well as 3D print them using only one machine? AIO Robotics' Zeus 3D printer, funded on Kickstarter, also scans objects, copies them, and faxes .STL files to a remote Zeus for printing.
Report: China Faces Solar Shakeout, but Market Will Keep Growing
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9/9/2013  11 comments
A major study of China's tangled solar market concludes that although consolidation and near-term chaos are inevitable, so is continued growth and a return to profitability and price stability.
3D-Printed Eyeglasses Are Fit for a King
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9/3/2013  16 comments
Dutch company LUXeXceL has developed a proprietary process to print plastic lenses and other non-imaging optical-quality components. The company has 3D-printed complete pairs of eyeglasses.




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