Excellent slide show Jennifer. One great assets of "additive manufacturing" is the degree of detail that is possible with the process. The facemask and hand represent what can be accomplished. Definitely wish I had been there to witness the show.
I'm with you on that, Chuck. There are a lot of "creepily real" limbs and the like being 3D printed these days...but in some ways it's good because they are helping people who need prosthetics! http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1386&doc_id=263240
It's easy to envision printing 3D toys becoming one area where 3D printing could realize the benefits of a very high volume application. Could be a factor in dramatic expansion from the current growth rate.
Aluminum pallets sound like a good idea. Anyone who's ever had to work with woodn pallets in a factory knows about the nails that can scratch your arm and the wood splinters that can get caught in your hands.
Researchers working with additive manufacturing have said multimaterial techniques will allow industry “to fabricate materials with combinations of density, strength, and thermal expansion that do not exist [yet].”
The term "multiphysics" is used to describe the simulation of multiple types of physics and their influence on one another -- for example, the investigation of the behavior of a chemical in liquid form will involve both chemistry and fluid dynamics.
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