There were a lot of exciting technologies on display at last week's Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, and WestPack shows (among others) in Anaheim, Calif.
One of the best things I came across was at the Stratasys booth -- a 3D-printed face that had the texture of real skin. It was hand-painted -- which made it look very realistic -- and many people would do a double take when they walked by.
Another booth that had people crowded around it was Stšubli's. They used one of their industrial robot arms to play a game with the crowd. Using a push button, you pick a particular die and the robot arm spins a wheel. If the wheel lands on the die you picked it throws you a poker chip over the glass enclosure. If it did not land on the die you picked it swings around to you and motions back and forth as if to say, "no, no."
Click Stratasys's face below to see some highlights from the show floor.
Stratasys showed off this 3D-printed face that was made from PolyJet rubber-like TangoPlus material, which gave it the texture of real skin. It was then hand-painted to give it an even more life-like appearance. (Source: Design News)
@Anandy: 3D printing has already taken a giant step forward. Its just a matter of when the investors are going to place their trust on this particular item. Since its still on its early days there are lots of things which needs to be addressed and those points will have to be evaluated properly on a regular basis
@ Charles Murray, it is really good to see the pace at which this technology is heading forward. In a matter of just a few years 3-D technology has made its present felt very strongly at such highly esteemed shows. I am sure it will not be long before we witness it moving forward from prototyping to making actual products.
The 3D Face Mask is great! Just what every common criminal needs for next-gen robberies, and just plain old-time yahooing beer from the local convenience store. "Analyze This" camera facial recognition software!
The 3-D printed face is simply awesome. I can understand how it would have made those people who were there have double look at it because it looked so real here in picture as well. At first look it made me feel that someone has actually put his face into some kind of scanning device. It was only after reading the description that I came to know it was a 3-D printed face. Simply brilliant!
I agree. The 3D printer is the gateway to developing an inexpensive dental cam device to disrupt the current expensive units used in the industry. There's an abundance of 3D printers and CNC machine projects that can be found on the instructables website which can be redesigned to implement a dental cam machine at low cost.
I see Dental CAD providing a lot of benefits to third world countries who may not be able to afford traditional treatments. The playing field of 3D printer manufacters is staggering with cost as low as $300 dollars. Also, plans to build your own 3D printers have been open sourced thus making Dental CAD a reality.
Festo's BionicKangaroo combines pneumatic and electrical drive technology, plus very precise controls and condition monitoring. Like a real kangaroo, the BionicKangaroo robot harvests the kinetic energy of each takeoff and immediately uses it to power the next jump.
Design News and Digi-Key presents: Creating & Testing Your First RTOS Application Using MQX, a crash course that will look at defining a project, selecting a target processor, blocking code, defining tasks, completing code, and debugging.
These are the toys that inspired budding engineers to try out sublime designs, create miniature structures, and experiment with bizarre contraptions using sets that could be torn down and reconstructed over and over.
PowerStream is deploying the microgrid at its headquarters to demonstrate how people can generate and distribute their own energy and make their homes and businesses more sustainable through renewables.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.