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RepRap Industrial 3D Printer Hits the Street
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9/17/2014  2 comments
A German 3D printing company has released a large-volume 3D printer based on open-source RepRap technology and aimed at providing an affordable high-capacity plastic-filament printer for industrial users.
Video: Google Glass Moves to the Factory Floor
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9/16/2014  8 comments
Factory floor engineers may soon be able to operate machinery and monitor equipment status simply by tapping their eyeglasses.
Team 3D Prints Electric Car at IMTS
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9/12/2014  13 comments
Using a 3D printer, CNC router, and existing powertrain components, a team of engineers is building an electric car from scratch on the floor of the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago this week.
NinjaFlex 3D Printing Filament Gets Colorful
Product News 
9/12/2014  11 comments
NinjaFlex flexible 3D printing filament made from thermoplastic elastomers is available in a growing assortment of colors, most recently gold and silver. It's flexible and harder than you'd expect: around 85A (Shore A).
GE Redesigns Carbon Composite Blades for GE9X Engine
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9/11/2014  4 comments
Carbon fiber composites aren't a new thing in jet engine fan blades. Every so often, though, they have to be redesigned to take advantage of advances in carbon composite technology. This year, GE Aviation is designing new blades for the upcoming GE9X engine that will be thinner, lighter, and at least as strong as the composite blades on its existing engines.
How to Machine Aerospace-Grade Composites
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8/18/2014  21 comments
UK researchers have come up with a method for machining aerospace-grade, carbon fiber-reinforced composites, along with high-strength aerospace alloys, using an ultrasonically assisted machining device. It also works on high-strength aerospace alloys.
Combining 3D Printing & CNC Milling in 1 Machine
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8/12/2014  1 comment
Combining additive and subtractive manufacturing in one machine is on the rise. A couple of the latest cases come from Flexible Robotic Environment and Hurco.
Teardown: Amazon Fire Phone
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8/1/2014  29 comments
Watch as we teardown Amazon's Fire Phone -- the company's first smartphone, designed to compete with iOS, Android, and Windows Phone devices.
Video: Sciaky to Sell Its Huge Metals 3D Printers
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7/31/2014  6 comments
Sciaky, provider of electron-beam additive manufacturing (EBAM) services, will start selling these machines commercially in September. The company has used its EBAM 3D printing technology for making very large, high-value, metal prototypes and production parts for aerospace and defense OEMs.
Video: Fusion Window Loses 35% of Weight
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7/22/2014  23 comments
The rear window on Ford's Lightweight Concept vehicle, based on the Fusion model, is made with a material combination devised by SABIC that saves 35% of the weight. The car's overall weight is 25% lighter than a standard production 2013 Fusion.
Video: Harley Road Tests Electric Hog
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6/24/2014  32 comments
Harley-Davidson is preparing to test a product that may turn out to be the ultimate in environmentally friendly transportation: a green hog.
Video: Roombots Transform Into Reconfigurable Furniture
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6/23/2014  17 comments
The Swiss Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne has developed robotic blocks that autonomously self-assemble to form reconfigurable, adaptive furniture.
Slideshow: Tiny Parrot Drone Takes Full HD Videos
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5/29/2014  48 comments
Parrot's new hand-launchable Bebop Drone quadricopter is either super-cool or downright scary. It's stuffed with tech that lets it take 180-degree aerial videos with a 14 megapixel Full HD camera, plus a ton of other abilities.
One More Time: GM Announces Another Flood of Recalls
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5/21/2014  10 comments
General Motors has again added to its already long list of recalls, citing 2.4 million more cars for lap belt, airbag, and transmission problems, as well as 218,000 for a potentially dangerous overheating hazard in the dashboard center stack.
Stratasys Acquires Solid Concepts & Harvest Technologies
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5/2/2014  2 comments
The two new companies will be combined with RedEye, Stratasys' printing service that sells 3D parts directly to customers.
Video: Autodesk Releases Inventor HSM 2015
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4/29/2014  2 comments
Autodesk has added CAM to the Inventor tools list for 2015.
New 3D-Printed Metals From EOS
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4/22/2014  3 comments
3D printer and materials maker EOS has released two new powder metal materials for its direct metal laser sintering EOSINT M-series machines: Titanium Ti64ELI and EOS StainlessSteel 316L.
Bionic Olympic Games Set for 2016
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4/21/2014  12 comments
Cybathlon is an Olympic-style competition for those with bionic prosthetics.
Silicone Materials Expand LED Lighting Design
Product News 
4/4/2014  4 comments
Dow Corning has introduced optical silicone materials that will help LED lamp and luminaire makers expand design possibilities and speed up manufacturing.
Stronger Aluminum Alloy Lightens Heavy Truck Wheels
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4/3/2014  2 comments
Alcoa calls its new forged aluminum wheel, made with an alloy it recently invented, the lightest in the world for heavy-duty trucks, at just over half the weight of an equivalent steel wheel.
Slideshow: Bioplastics Concept Car Runs on Biofuel
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3/28/2014  26 comments
Plastics have been a big deal in automotive lightweighting for quite a while, but bioplastics not so much. Until now. The Biofore Concept Car, using biomaterials from Finnish manufacturer UPM and running on UPM's biodiesel, premiered at the Geneva International Motor Show earlier this month.
Slideshow: 3D Printing Final Airplane Parts
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3/26/2014  13 comments
Airbus is moving in a major way into 3D printing for aircraft manufacturing -- not just prototyping parts, but making final, end-product components.
Slideshow: Advanced Steels, Aluminum Answer the Call of Automakers
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3/20/2014  12 comments
Driven by the need to improve fuel efficiency and safety, automakers are turning to a new blend of high-strength steels and aluminum in their vehicles.
DoD Awards $70M for Digital Manufacturing Open Research Lab
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2/27/2014  5 comments
As part of President Obama's promise to invest in innovation in American manufacturing, the US Department of Defense has awarded Chicago-based UI Labs $70 million to open the Digital Lab for Manufacturing, a research and commercialization institution.
Teardown Time Warp: A Look Inside the Mac 128K
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1/27/2014  45 comments
For the Mac 128K's 30th anniversary, the folks at iFixit are taking us back to 1984, with a detailed look inside the machine.
Mac Pro Teardown Update: Fan Assembly
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1/13/2014  5 comments
Not sated by its initial findings, the folks at iFixit decided to take a second look at the seemingly innocuous fan assembly that caps the new Mac Pro.
Slideshow: Mac Pro Late 2013 Teardown
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1/3/2014  8 comments
After making its debut during the WWDC 2013 Keynote, the reimagined, reformulated Mac Pro finally arrived at iFixit's doorstep.
Teardown: Deconstructing Valve's Steam Machine
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12/27/2013  16 comments
If last month’s round of next-gen console launches left you in a fog, prepare yourself for the incoming Steam Machine.
Teardown: Inside Nest Labs' Nest Protect
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12/11/2013  13 comments
The team at iFixit want to keep you and your home safe. So they tore into Nest Labs' Nest Protect smoke alarm to see what it's made of.
Innovative Aluminum Comes to the Factory
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12/4/2013  3 comments
SUS Corp. offers aluminum frames that are designed for use in factories. The frames are used for workstations, assembly shelving, carts, and other factory and assembly support.
Teardown: Inside the Xbox One Kinect
Product News 
12/2/2013  5 comments
Hot on the heels of the Xbox One teardown, the iFixit team is cracking open the Kinect 2.0, the fully re-engineered next-gen version of Microsoft's voice, vision, and motion control accessory.
Slideshow: Xbox One Teardown
Product News 
11/29/2013  22 comments
The iFixit team got its hands on Microsoft's Xbox One and promptly took it apart.
Slideshow: PlayStation 4 Teardown
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11/19/2013  12 comments
After seven (long for some) years, Sony PlayStation finally gets a 4 on the box. The teams at iFixit and Chipworks got their hands on one and tore it apart for you, our faithful readers.
4D Printing Self-Assembled Shapes Using Shape Memory Plastics
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11/19/2013  13 comments
Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have combined 3D printing on the Objet Connex multi-material 3D printer with making shape-memory composites, calling that process 4D printing.
Teardown: Inside Apple's iPad Mini Retina Display
Product News 
11/15/2013  14 comments
The folks at ifixit have wielded their trusty tools yet again. This time, they are breaking into Apple's iPad Mini Retina Display. Take a look inside.
Teardown: Google's Nexus 5 Deconstructed
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11/13/2013  15 comments
The folks at iFixit.com are at it again. This time, they are taking apart Google's Nexus 5 smartphone.
3D Printing Goes Nanoscale
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11/12/2013  9 comments
Georgia Tech researchers have received a grant from the Department of Energy to develop nanoscale additive manufacturing that will use a variety of materials and material combinations.
Teardown: Inside Apple's iPad Air
Product News 
11/4/2013  15 comments
The folks at ifixit.com and MacFixit Australia got their hands on Apple's just-released iPad Air. If you're like us, you are itching to get a look inside the latest update. Take the tour.
Slideshow: Latest 3D Printing Materials Include Nickel Alloy
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10/31/2013  6 comments
EOS's new 3D printing materials for final production parts introduced at the K show include a nickel alloy resistant to heat and corrosion and two new plastic materials in the company's PrimePart line: a flame-retardant PA 12 for aircraft interiors and a PEBA 2301.
Teardown: Inside the Anki Drive System
Product News 
10/30/2013  8 comments
The folks at iFixit.com are at it again, this time tearing into the Anki Drive System. Come along for the ride.
Slideshow: New Materials for Cars Resist Chemicals, High Temps
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10/30/2013  6 comments
DuPont debuted several new products, most of them for automotive applications, at the K 2013 plastics and elastomers show.
Teardown: Inside the iMac Intel 21.5 Inch
Product News 
10/23/2013  4 comments
This Apple iMac appears to be identical to its predecessor, but there was only one way to find out the truth. Take a tour as we tear apart the Apple iMac 21.5 Inch.
Teardown: What Makes the iMac Intel 27 Inch Tick?
Product News 
10/21/2013  15 comments
In the calm after the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c storm, Apple thought it could slip a couple new iMacs by us. Today we're tearing open the 27-inch iMac. Check back later this week for the internals on the iMac 21.5 inch!
Aluminum Armor Plate Good Enough for Humvees
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10/21/2013  20 comments
Alcoa's newest weldable armor plate alloy is now specified by the US Army Research Lab for use in military vehicles, including Humvees.
Slideshow: Inside the Kindle Fire HDX
Product News 
10/16/2013  5 comments
We tore the guts out of Amazon's new Kindle Fire HDX 7 Inch. Take a look inside of the latest in the company's e-reader lineup.
Slideshow: Kindle Fire HD 2013 Teardown
Product News 
10/10/2013  12 comments
Take a look inside this year's Kindle Fire HD and see what Amazon has in store with the latest iteration of its e-reader gone tablet.
Teardown: Fitbit Flex
Product News 
10/3/2013  20 comments
The folks at iFixit ripped into Fitbit's newest pedometer/heart-rate monitor/sleep-tracker wristband. What kind of a diet helped this thing fit into its tiny jacket? We're about to find out.
Slideshow: Apple iPhone 5c Teardown
Product News 
9/27/2013  30 comments
The folks at iFixit.com are at it again. This time, they are tearing into the Apple Iphone 5c to let us know if and/or why we should care about it. Take a look inside.
Slideshow: Inside the Apple iPhone 5s
Product News 
9/26/2013  14 comments
The folks at iFixit.com got their hands on an Apple iPhone 5s and immediately dissected it. Here's what they found.
Memory Plastic Reverses Shape 250 Times
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9/11/2013  11 comments
A new material developed by researchers at the German Institute of Biomaterial Science can change shape and return to the original one 250 times, something new in the world of temperature-controlled shape memory plastics.
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