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Self-Assembly Meets 3D Printing

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3D printing & self assembly natural partners
eafpres   3/8/2013 10:59:56 AM
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Thanks for sharing this.  I watched the underwater cube, then I watched Skylar's TED talk as well.  When you think about a system like this, it makes sense that 3D printing (or some form of 3D manufacturing) and self-assembly go together--things we want in the world are mainly 3D, so they are assembled out of 3D parts (the printer that prints out of stacked sheets notwithstanding--they are still 3D--they have thickness!).

It is interesting to think about gravity as the main source of energy (potential energy) and building structures.  In a sense, this is already done on a large scale or certain types of retaining walls.  You have 3D blocks that fit together, and gravity provides the force to keep them together.  I have seen some blocks for walls that are very large--think a concrete lego brick the size of a bale of hay.  Some I have seen have bumps on one side and dents on the other, so they stack and won't move horizontally, and gravity does the rest.

On a smaller scale, I wonder what could be done with structures that respond to other sources, such as thermal, and pH, or even blood chemistry, and how those could be used in the body.

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Ann R. Thryft   3/8/2013 3:19:19 PM
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eafpres, thanks for the feedback. My April feature on self-assembly and self-reconfiguring robots will touch on several of these subjects. If you're interested in nanoscale self-assembly, I suggest you check out DNA origami and the Wyss Institute work on DNA 2D tiles and 3D bricks.

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a.saji   3/10/2013 9:08:26 AM
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@Ann: Do you intend to have anything to do with AI in the future ? I would love to join  if so since I think AI can add some value towards this.   

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Ann R. Thryft   3/11/2013 12:22:53 PM
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a.saji, AI is a fun topic for discussion in the comments, but it's not a regular topic for coverage in Design News, at least for now.

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a.saji   3/12/2013 12:15:35 PM
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@Ann: Yes Ann I do get your poiunt. What I really wanted was to involve AI into the project so it will have loads of benifits.

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Ann R. Thryft   3/12/2013 1:04:40 PM
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a.saji, sorry but I don't understand what you're getting at. Involve AI in what project? One you are working on? Please tell us more.

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a.saji   3/16/2013 1:08:58 AM
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@Ann: Yes Ann I'm working on a AI project which involves some other electronic methodologies too. It can be used to detect the facial expressions which might or I'm trying to make it suited for ATM or even Healthcare and IT systems. I feel by doing this, the risk will get mitigated to a certain level.

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Ann R. Thryft   3/18/2013 12:05:12 PM
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Thanks for the info. Sounds like something you're not allowed to talk about much.

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a.saji   3/22/2013 11:24:52 AM
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@Ann: Exactly. Sad since its an interesting topic but cannot proceed.   

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Ann R. Thryft   3/25/2013 12:50:24 PM
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Disappointing, but I totally understand.

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a.saji   3/28/2013 11:56:56 PM
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@Ann: Have you tried 3D Printing by any chance ? What is your idea on it ? Do you think it can have bad impacts to the world we live ?

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Ann R. Thryft   3/29/2013 11:49:35 AM
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a.saji, I have not personally used 3D printing. I've talked to people who have used it, mostly the high-end machines producing engineering prototypes and small-batch end-products for aerospace. Like any technology, it could have negative impacts on our world, which we've discussed in the comments sections to many stories in Design News.

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a.saji   4/12/2013 11:11:37 PM
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@Ann: Yes there are always 2 sides of everything and same theory applies for this as well. I feel 3D printing is superb and will be the next big thing in IT but the fear is what if it goes in the wrong direction. What kind of negative impacts will it have ?  

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Ann R. Thryft   4/15/2013 3:54:55 PM
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a.saji, can you say a bit more about what you think is "the wrong direction"?



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a.saji   5/7/2013 12:30:40 PM
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@Ann: If people try to misuse the beauty of technology creations, then the outcome will be utterly dangerous. That is where you take the wrong turn on things.

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