HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
<<  <  Page 3/3
Zippy
User Rank
Platinum
Re: Amazing printer
Zippy   7/30/2013 10:25:50 AM
NO RATINGS
The ability to fabricate parts in space would certainly take the drama out of an Apollo-13 type repair scenario.  Instead of scrounging pieces and duct-taping them together, you could make a whole new part, or even a totally redesigned part to deal with the situation.

Mydesign
User Rank
Platinum
New dimensions to 3D printing
Mydesign   7/30/2013 12:03:45 AM
NO RATINGS
1 saves
Ann, amazing and excellent developments. I think such developments can add another dimensions to 3D printing, which can make technology common to all applications.

notarboca
User Rank
Gold
Re: Amazing printer
notarboca   7/29/2013 11:36:18 PM
NO RATINGS
Pretty keen to be able to make a tool in orbit; engineers on the ground could even send up improved or novel tool programs.  Very positive step forward with the injector as well.

Charles Murray
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Amazing printer
Charles Murray   7/29/2013 6:34:36 PM
NO RATINGS
I vote for the "fabber" moniker, TJ.

Charles Murray
User Rank
Blogger
University ties
Charles Murray   7/29/2013 6:33:32 PM
NO RATINGS
Nice to know that Pratt & Whitney is working with the University of Connecticut on additive manufacturing. As we've said in previous stories and comments, universities need to be on top of this trend because it's happening so fast. That way, our next generation of engineers will be ready for it.

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Amazing printer
Ann R. Thryft   7/29/2013 1:46:55 PM
NO RATINGS
Thanks, Rob. Selective laser melting (SLM) is just another word for selective laser sintering, a common 3D printing technique used for both plastics and metals.

TJ McDermott
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Amazing printer
TJ McDermott   7/29/2013 1:37:56 PM
NO RATINGS
You are so right, Rob.  But what will it be?  Star Trek's "Replicator" is a bit unwieldy in the mouth.

John Ringo uses "Fabber" for such devices in his Troy novels.  That's my personal favorite.

I see a near-future SF movie in which stranded astronauts start cannibalizing non-essential systems to feed into their "fabber" in order to make the part shattered by a meteor collision.

On-orbit fabbers - at first sounded like finding a need for a tool, but the more I think about it, the more sense it makes.  Multi-material fabbers next - plastic + metal all at the same time.

Rob Spiegel
User Rank
Blogger
Amazing printer
Rob Spiegel   7/29/2013 8:57:52 AM
NO RATINGS
This takes 3D printing to a level where it can hardly be callled a printer any longer. Impressive the amount of time it takes out of the process of developing parts. 

<<  <  Page 3/3


Partner Zone
Latest Analysis
Adam Berger hacked a computer keyboard into a mini key-tar to play with his band.
Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
If you're planning to develop a product that uses a microcontroller, you'll want to take note of next week's Design News Continuing Education course, "MCU Software Development A Step-by-Step Guide."
More:Blogs|News
Design News Webinar Series
9/10/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
7/23/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
7/17/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
6/25/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Sep 22 - 26, MCU Software Development A Step-by-Step Guide (Using a Real Eval Board)
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6


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.
Next Class: September 30 - October 2
Sponsored by Altera
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2014 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service