The official dinosaur of Colorado, a 26-foot-long Stegosaurus skeleton at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science was 3D scanned by Artec 3D.
It has been a museum exhibit since 1936, after being students and paleontologists discovered it in the 1930s. It is almost complete and that caught the attention of Mike Triebold of Triebold Paleontology, Inc. (TPI). He wanted to display it in his own museum and casting is impossible for the 26-foot dinosaur so he thought of 3D scanning.
In 2016, Stratasys released their J750 3D printer. The printer, unlike any other, has multi-color and uses multi-material for its things. This has left a big opportunity for many other companies to 3D print jewelry and eyewear that need not more coloring.
This year, Audi will use the same 3D printed for their prototypes and new concept design. Parts like wheel covers, door handles, and radiator grills might be 3D printed in Audi cars in the future.
“Using the J750 for the prototyping of tail light covers, we will be able to accelerate our design verification process. We estimate time-savings of up to 50 percent by using this 3D print technique in our prototyping process of tail light covers,” said Dr. Tim Spiering, Head of the Audi Plastics 3D Printing Center.
The Air Force has decided to save money and just use 3D printing technology to create parts of their jets and planes. The first one to try the method was the one based in Yokota Japan.
Not only did the Air Force save millions of dollars, but they also improved aircrew safety after adjusting the standard-issue gas mask into an aircraft oxygen system. “We took the mask and added some off-the-shelf parts and some 3D-printed parts and converted it into a piece of equipment that can work in an aircraft,” said Senior Master Sgt. David Siemiet, an aircrew flight equipment superintendent.
Some engineering students and faculty members of the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in New York has traveled to Cali, Colombia to give their newly created solar-powered 3D printing system.
The act was part of the Multidisciplinary Senior Design (MSD) program, which is a two-semester senior course that incorporates engineering theory and practices within a collaborative environment. The students worked with students and faculty from the Universidad Autónoma de Occidente (UAO) to finish the project.
“The goal is to implement this printing system in Colombia because their electricity isn’t that reliable and because 3D printers need a constant flow of electricity to function,” said Joshua Cohen, a fifth-year RIT engineering student, who worked on the project.
Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) researchers have found a way to use cellulose as a filament for 3D printing. They even 3D printed a large-scale object.
Many scientists have wondered how they can use cellulose for 3D printing. After decades of research and costs, they have finally found the answer. The result was a material called FLAM or fungal-like adhesive materials.
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