UK Comes With National Centre For 3D Printing

The UK Government has planned to invest 15 million pounds in setting up a National Centre for 3D printing. This new centre has the purpose of being useful in the field of aerospace, as well as it will be used for automotive and medical purposes. Image: products manufactured by a 3D printer. Credits: Caleb Cotter, thingiverse.com. The Government invest the same amount of money into developing aerospace technology at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) in Coventry. The industry will … [Read more...]

Rolls-Royce is Planning on Using 3D Printing

Rolls-Royce is planning on using 3D printing techniques in the future to produce components for its jet engines in order to speed up the production and to become able to use more lightweight parts. The company's head of technology strategy Henner Wapenhans says the company is "a few years away" from using this technique to produce parts that go into service. According to the Financial Times Mr Wapenhans has said: “3D printing opens up new possibilities, new design space. Through the 3D … [Read more...]

Solid Concepts Creates First-Ever 3D Printed Metal Gun

The first-ever 3D printed gun was made in May, but it was a plastic version. Now for the first time in history a real metal gun is made using 3D printing techniques. Company Solid Concepts is responsible for manufacturing the first 3D printed metal gun. Kent Firestone, Vice President of Additive Manufacturing at Solid Concepts is very excited about this: ”we’re proving this is possible, the technology is at a place now where we can manufacture a gun with 3D Metal Printing.” "And we're … [Read more...]

New Zealander Makes Jet Engine on a 3D Printer

New Zealander Gerry Hamilton has designed a jet engine on a 3D printer. The model is powered by compressed air and it can be seen as a complex demonstration model of a real jet. The fun thing about this jet engine is that it is actually a tutorial, so you can create your own model. This can help you to improve your technical skills. Credits: Xena, thingiverse.com. … [Read more...]

Rapid prototyping and 3d printing

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The terms Rapid Prototyping and 3d printing are often used along each other. And they have similaritys. For example, both rapid prototyping (RP) and 3D printing technologies build models layer by layer from STL data. But there are still some differences. 3D printers usually make smaller parts. Most 3D printers are limited to making parts that will fit roughly in a cube 8 inches on a side. On the other hand, rapid prototyping machines provide a build chamber at least 10 inches on a side, and … [Read more...]