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.
Researchers have been working on a number of alternative chemistries to lithium-ion for next-gen batteries, silicon-air among them. However, while the technology has been viewed as promising and cost-effective, to date researchers haven’t managed to develop a battery of this chemistry with a viable running time -- until now.
Norway-based additive manufacturing company Norsk Titanium is building what it says is the first industrial-scale 3D printing plant in the world for making aerospace-grade metal components. The New York state plant will produce 400 metric tons each year of aerospace-grade, structural titanium parts.
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