Many items labeled “Made in China” could be made on people’s desktops instead.
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The rush to make personal protective equipment like facemasks and face shields using 3D printers shows that the technology can help circumvent global supply chain disruptions.
Robots already assemble and weld products in factories. Can they make the components parts themselves, too?
A manufacturing engineer describes the concept for a technology that could lead to more efficient production – and perhaps a tool to revive US manufacturing.
Laser Zentrum Hannover is also looking at lunar 3D printing.
Why wait for parts and equipment to arrive from Earth when you can print your own from moondust?
Tiny, but deadly, flaws may be hiding in the parts of this 3D-printed gun.
Manufacturing errors, undetected by inexpert consumers, may be more dangerous than other threats from 3D-printed guns.
3D printed adaptive aids can cut costs by more than 94 percent.
Seniors and other people suffering from arthritis could do more daily tasks for themselves, and save money, by 3D printing their own small plastic aids, like key holders and pill-splitters.
Prototype vehicle built with 3D printing – but is it green?
Is 3D printing better for the environment than conventional manufacturing? The jury is still out.
Building sites are going to look a bit different, in the future.
There are plans to build the world’s first 3D printed house – but the potential for construction could be far greater.
Could scanning a QR code be an invitation to malware?
Scanning physical items constructed with nefarious intent can introduce malware into a smartphone or computer.
There are loads of applications for 3D printers in space.
3D printing can be a powerful tool for designers and artists.
The work of Australian designer Berto Pandolfo shows how 3D printing can be claimed as a craft technology.
Technology can help workers in many ways.
Romero, Stahre, Wuest, et al.
People will still be needed on factory floors, even as robots become more common. Future operators will have technical support and be super-strong, super-smart and constantly connected.
University students experiment with human-robot interaction and autonomous manipulation, two elements of manufacturing’s future.
Today, the U.S. is leading the robotics revolution. But without timely investment, China will overtake us, and could permanently put Americans out of work.
A solid, non-working Colt 1911 static model by TaylarRoids is printed on a household printer; is this a digital blueprint?
3D printing still exists in a legal grey area. This area is slowly being defined as courts prosecute the first cases but, is current copyright and criminal law keeping up with the technology?
Look tasty? It depends what’s in it.
3D printed food is already here, but not everyone is convinced it looks edible.
It’s not 3D printed, but a 3D printer might have helped make it.
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Latest Queensland raids suggest criminals are potentially adopting 3D printers at an industrial scale
A computer design for home manufacturing of a receiver, the trigger and firing part, of a semi-automatic rifle.
Beyond making guns at home, 3D printing could help countries secretly develop nuclear weapons and terrorists stage more effective attacks. How do we protect innovation and ourselves?
Innovating with 3D printing offers huge promise, such as these 3D-printed microscopes.
3D printing is opening doors to amazing opportunities and benefits – as well as some undeniable dangers. Patience and caution about regulating it will yield more innovation.
Robotic construction of Lunar and Martian infrastructure using 3D printing.
Why carry building materials from Earth into space, when we can build structures by 3D printing using materials found out there?
Introducing a child to the wonder of 3D printing.
Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin
As 3D printing gets cheaper and easier to use, what might children - the next generation of innovators - make?
Chemistry is all around us.
Our civilisation is built on chemistry, and the science has a bright future, with the launch of a new Decadal Plan that will steer the science into the future.