The new uPrint Personal 3D Printer prints
3-D models directly from CAD software, using fused deposition modeling
technology to build models layer by layer in ABSplus thermoplastic. Printing
3-D models with uPrint allows engineers to test their designs, view them in
three dimensions, then go back and iterate them. By modeling early and often
throughout the design process, engineers can find design flaws early, when it's
least expensive to correct them. uPrint models are used for: proof of concept -
to explore multiple concepts quickly and affordably; 3-D Mockups to evaluate
new product designs before production; and functional testing. uPrint models
can be tested as working parts in real-world conditions. They can fit or snap
together and hold tolerances. They can also be used for rapid tooling,
specifically for vacuum forming masters.
uPrint is the first functional
3-D printer under $15,000, according to Stratasys. Its small footprint (25 x 26
x 31-inch) can fit in an engineer's cube/office. As a "personal" 3-D printer,
uPrint means engineers won't have to wait in queue for a shared printer or for
models to arrive from an outside service. An auto power down feature saves
energy by shutting the printer off when a build is complete.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
In 2003, the world contained just over 500 million Internet-connected devices. By 2010, this figure had risen to 12.5 billion connected objects, almost six devices per individual with access to the Internet. Now, as we move into 2015, the number of connected 'things' is expected to reach 25 billion, ultimately edging toward 50 billion by the end of the decade.
NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. Inspired by this, he began to imagine that origami could be applied to building spacecraft components, particularly solar panels that could one day send solar power from space to be used on earth.
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