29 August 2017 12:42
Regular readers of this blog will remember that we recently interviewed Dr Billy Wu of Imperial College London, to talk about some of the cutting-edge 3D printing research taking place there. Particularly notable was the new breed of metal printer that Dr Wu and his colleagues have developed. While additive manufacturing professionals and hobbyists alike have long dreamt of a workable desktop metal printer, but for the most part, such technology remains a long way off. Imperial’s new metal printer not only makes desktop printing with metal materials a viable ...
29 August 2017 8:53
In the latest development in 3D printing for space exploration, 3D Printing Industry recently reported on Russian astronauts’ successful deployment of a new satellite created entirely with a powder 3D printer. The Tomsk-TPU-120 features no engines, and will spend five months in orbit before burning up naturally in the Earth’s atmosphere as its orbit decays. The satellite was designed and printed at Tomsk Polytechnic University, and it will continue to be monitored by the university’s Student Flight Control Centre for the duration of its time in orbit. The video below shows ...
22 August 2017 14:00
Today on the blog, we sit down with Dr Billy Wu of Imperial College to discuss 3D printing’s applications in research and education, how Imperial’s students are turning their 3D printed prototypes into business opportunities, and his team’s revolutionary new metal printing method.   Was there a specific moment where you decided 3D printing was something you wanted to pursue? I’m a lecturer at the Dyson School of Design Engineering here at Imperial. I’ve actually been here for 12 years, since my undergrad. I’m in design engineering now, but I started out in ...
18 August 2017 16:20
There’s been a lot of interest in the press about the concept of using 3D printing to craft living tissues, particularly transplantable organs. But how does this new technology, called 'bioprinting', actually work? In simple terms, bioprinting is the practice of using 3D printing technology to generate organic cell structures rather than plastic or metal parts. This makes it possible to print functional tissue, which can then be used in medical research, or for transplant purposes. In the long-term, as the technology evolves, it could indeed be used for printing ...
02 August 2017 16:22
An increasing number of industry leaders around the world are not only exploring how 3D printing can be applied within their workflows, but also showing their commitment to the technology by funding cutting-edge research into new printing methods, materials and process enhancements. This includes both investment in academic institutions’ work, the establishment of new research facilities, and support for 3D printing startups who are developing truly disruptive technologies. This financial commitment is a sign of how seriously manufacturers are taking 3D printing and its place in tomorrow’s smart factories. Let’s look ...
27 July 2017 9:19
Research into additive manufacturing and 3D printing technology is currently enjoying something of a golden age in the UK, with a number of leading institutions benefiting directly from Government funding into AM research and the support of institutions like the EPSRC. This encompasses new materials and printing technologies, but also the processes and systems needed to make effective use of these new developments. This research is helping establish AM in a range of industries around the world, solving the challenges that have previously discouraged manufacturers from exploring 3D printing technology, providing ...