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Mainstream metal printing
Posted: 13 October 2017

We've talked a lot about 3D printing over the years, and its potential to disrupt traditional manufacturing businesses. Now metal 3D printing is about to go mainstream, with office-friendly studio systems and high-speed manufacturing systems from Desktop Metal. And in a variety of metals, from titanium to stainless steel. Let the 4th Industrial Revolution begin!

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100x faster, 10x cheaper: 3D metal printing is about to go mainstream
13 October 2017
Desktop Metal - remember the name. This Massachussetts company is preparing to turn manufacturing on its head, with a 3D metal printing system that's so much faster, safer and cheaper than existing systems that it's going to compete with traditional mass manufacturing processes.
Combinatorial power to disrupt
Posted: 20 May 2015 1 Comment

When presenting our newest theme 7 Megatrends from the Future we often don't have enough time to fully explore the powerful disruptions that can occur at the intersections of these innovative technologies, and the potential for exponential change as a result.

For example, if widespread use of driverless cars results in far fewer car crash fatalities, then the supply of donor organs will be ...

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Disruptive Power Lies at the Intersections | Frank Diana
20 May 2015
When I first started using the term “Combinatorial”, people thought I was making words up. Although I’d like to take credit for the word, I first came ...
Collision claims have fallen to a record low
Dateline: 2 February 2027
The roads have never been safer - 12 years ago, more than one million people died in car accidents worldwide, every year. This number has shrunk to an ...
A Printer that never runs out of ink?
Posted: 26 January 2016

Just read an article on Forbes about this Amazon Replenishment service. I was really impressed with how this technology works and according to this publication, some huge brands are already working with Amazon to improve their stuff. I think this is the long waiting solution if your ink cartridge often runs out or get emptied. There are some store here in US where you can buy printer units with such features. Instead of buying a new unit from time to time, you can just recycle it and replace the cartridge or the toners. Source: ...

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Man and Machine
Posted: 6 November 2015

In this 28-minute video, futurist Gerd Leonhard presents an audio-visual reading of his book chapter, Redefining the relationship of Man and Machine.

Well worth watching if you want to explore the future impact of automation on society in depth. ...

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Molecular printing machine
Posted: 25 March 2015

Manufacturing small organic molecules, chemical compounds which are used mainly in medicines, is costly and time consuming. Now Martin Burke and his team have unveiled a machine which can automate this synthesis from basic chemical building blocks, enabling experimentation and discovery.

It's not quite the scenario we envisaged in our MindBullet 'MAIL US YOUR DAMAGED GENES', but the ability to ...

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Breakthrough Molecular 3D Printer Can Print Billions of Possible Compounds
25 March 2015
Sure we are likely multiple decades away from widespread molecular manufacturing, but a group of chemists led by medical doctor Martin D. Burke at the ...
And we'll mend them and send them right back - by email
Dateline: 15 August 2022
Now that the bio-replicator is a reality, it is easy to transfer biological fragments from place to place - electronically! In fact, you can send the code ...
Metal printing dreams and reality check
Posted: 18 March 2015

We've enthused about the potential for 3D printing in titanium and other metals to completely revolutionise manufacturing as we know it, and indeed, in the aerospace industry, printing specialised components from titanium powder is enabling novel designs.

But in 3D printing titanium and the bin of broken dreams Spencer Wright takes a deep dive into the current state of the art, and science, of ...

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3-D printing creates unusual alliances
Dateline: 26 August 2016
Five years ago, it would have seemed an unlikely partnership. But the alliance announced today between BHP Billiton, the world's largest mining group, and printing technology company Hewlett Packard, makes perfect sense. And the reason? 3-D printing has gone mainstream as an industrial production technique, and HP-BHP wants to corner the market. There's hardly an industry within which 3-D ...
A few gems from CES
Posted: 8 January 2015

With over 3,500 exhibitors and tens of thousands of products at the International Consumer Electronics Show, it's quite a job to choose the most exciting ideas. Fast Company has picked out 9 interesting ideas, that they rate best.

My favourite from their selection is the Voxel8 Gadget Printer. Finally we have a 3D printer that can print circuits embedded in plastic components, all at the same ...

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The 9 Best Ideas From CES 2015
8 January 2015
The Consumer Electronics Show brings tens of thousands of new products to our shelves. Here are the nine you actually need to know about.
Apple's Nanofax creates digital consumer products at home
Dateline: 5 January 2012
At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas today, Apple's designers unveiled their latest strategic innovation. Dubbed the nanofax, this device is ...
3D scanning with your phone
Posted: 30 October 2014

With an app that lets you scan objects in 3D with your smartphone camera, how long before we can also print directly from our phones to a MakerBot 3D printer?

Instant cloning of physical objects was the subject of this MindBullet from a few years back. It seemed unlikely then, but now it's approaching reality. ...

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Dacuda's 3D camera app turns your phone into a 3D scanner - Tech Gen
30 October 2014
Dacuda's downloadable app lets you use your smartphone to capture a 3D image you can later view and spin around in its full 360 degree glory.
MindBullet logo POINT, SHOOT AND PRINT - IN 3D
From camera phone to plastic clone in three clicks
Dateline: 5 July 2015
It's now a simple matter to create a bust of the company president or a replica of your favorite pet - just point, shoot a couple of times from different ...
Smart healthcare using smartphones and 3D printing
Posted: 28 October 2014

Here's breakthrough technology for detecting cancer that hits all the right buttons. It uses low-tech (smartphone, LED lights and standard well plate) combined with a 3D-printed cabinet and some very smart bio compounds and software. Although the news link is to a site promoting 3D printing, that's actually the least interesting thing about this invention. It's open source, open hardware and ...

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3D-printed microRNA miroculus detects cancers with a single blood test
28 October 2014
About 8 million people die of cancer every year worldwide. The death toll could rise about 80% by 2030, according to the World Health Organization. But the ...
Virtual hospitals are reinventing medicine
Dateline: 14 January 2018
Yessirree, things sure ain't what they used to be! Just take the new hospital in town...not a patient in sight! That's because the new high-tech hospitals ...
Printing up a new industry
Posted: 23 September 2014

3D printing is becoming big business. In fact it's building an entirely new industry. There are still many challenges and obstacles to be overcome, but think back on the original personal computer industry, and how that stumbling infant grew to be the giant commodity industry it is today. There are several niche industries being spun out of the development of 3D printing, and new metal ...

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How 3D Printing Will Impact Your Future
23 September 2014
Approximately 40 manufacturers sell the 3D-printers most commonly used in businesses, and over 200 startups are developing consumer-oriented machines.
3-D printing creates unusual alliances
Dateline: 26 August 2016
Five years ago, it would have seemed an unlikely partnership. But the alliance announced today between BHP Billiton, the world's largest mining group, and ...
Robot-enabled digital fabrication
Posted: 18 August 2014

Jordan Brandt is another futurist who sees 3D-printing as a key driver of innovation in manufacturing:

“On the 3D printing side, the biggest impact is ... the way that it’s making existing manufacturing processes more efficient,” sometimes by up to 60 percent, Brandt said in an interview. In these cases, new-age devices aren’t replacing traditional technologies, they’re augmenting them.

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A tech futurist on how robot-enabled 3D printing can change the world
18 August 2014
What does a tech futurist who has created his own concept of Elon Musk's proposed Hyperloop, founded a cloud collaboration company and earned a PhD from ...
Free energy spawns hordes of wetbots and kills off big brands
Dateline: 13 July 2033
"We're closing up shop. Wetbots made us broke." The production chief of iRobot consumer products grins ruefully. "Luckily we've still got our military ...
Good bot, bad bot
Posted: 7 August 2014

This is a hot topic at the moment. Will the automation of everything create or destroy jobs? Silicon Valley is split on this issue, with technologists and analysts alike fairly evenly divided as to how intelligent machines and the internet of things will affect the economy. One thing we can predict with confidence, it will be massively disruptive, and we'll all have to unlearn the old way of ...

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AI, Robotics, and the Future of Jobs - PewResearch
7 August 2014
Experts envision automation and intelligent digital agents permeating vast areas of our work and personal lives by 2025, but they are divided on whether ...
Free energy spawns hordes of wetbots and kills off big brands
Dateline: 13 July 2033
"We're closing up shop. Wetbots made us broke." The production chief of iRobot consumer products grins ruefully. "Luckily we've still got our military ...
Printing rocket engines for Dragons
Posted: 30 May 2014

It's interesting to see that 3D printing is having an impact on what's possible in space travel. Elon Musk says that their new super thrusters use direct metal laser melting to manufacture the combustion chambers and other parts. These thrusters will allow the capsule to land under thrust instead of parachutes, something that was not possible in the past.

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SpaceX reveals the Dragon V2: a safer, smarter space ferry
30 May 2014
The spaceship incorporates improved thrusters that would allow astronauts to separate from the bulk of the craft in an emergency. They also allow the craft ...
Space tourism and satellite launches compete for profits
Dateline: 27 September 2015
The race to launch a successful private space business has been won - and the victor, surprisingly, is not Virgin's Sir Richard Branson, but a 40-year-old ...
Disruption and destruction
Posted: 28 February 2014

We've said many times that 3D printing is going to disrupt and perhaps destroy traditional businesses, but it goes way beyond just manufacturing and logistics.

Here's a great round up of the likely impacts in the future. ...

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10 industries 3D printing will disrupt or decimate - TechRepublic
28 February 2014
As it evolves, 3D printing technology is destined to transform almost every major industry and change the way we live, work, and play in the future.
3D printers are the new PCs
Posted: 7 December 2013

And where better to get the next generation of innovators and makers involved in emerging technology than at school?

We've long passed the dream of a PC in every home, and in every classroom. Now we effectively carry around personal computers in our pockets. But putting a 3D printer in every school will accelerate this technology in ways we can't even imagine. The MakerBot Academy is a great ...

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MakerBot Launches Mission To Put 3-D Printers In Every U.S. Public School
7 December 2013
The MakerBot Academy could put as many as 5000 printers in public schools by the end of this school year.
3D printed guns that can fire bullets may not be detectable by security
Posted: 27 November 2013

As Anton said in the 3D battery post - this takes us and disruptive technology even further

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3D printed guns are now banned in Philadelphia
27 November 2013
Philadelphia makes a preemptive strike on 3D printed gun manufacturing.
A 3D printer for under US$200! The future is here
Posted: 14 November 2013

This 3D printer claims to be the cheapest 3D printer on the market - is it perfectly positioned for the new makers industrial revolution?

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QU-BD One Up: A 3D printer for under US$200
14 November 2013
QU-BD's One Up 3D printer can print with a minimu layer height of 50 microns
Scientific invention from the south
Posted: 18 September 2013

Adding to South Africa's list of inventors and innovators such as Elon Musk comes the story of a world first - digital laser control.

Researcher Sandile Ngcobo and his team at the CSIR in South Africa have developed a laser with a digital, rather than optical control mechanism. This means the laser can be shaped and tuned to the application at hand, by computer, rather than expensive optics.

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Discovery gives CSIR an edge in laser market
18 September 2013
CSIR researcher Sandile Ngcobo has developed the world's first digital laser with internal control mechanisms.
3D scanner now on sale
Posted: 23 August 2013

The MakerBot Digitizer has been launched and is available online. It can create 3D images of physical objects in minutes, which can then be replicated on a 3D printer, or modified using free software. This is sure to usher in the 'piracy of things'. ...

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What can you print at the library?
Posted: 1 July 2013

Now here's an innovative idea to keep a library relevant....and introduce a next generation of young people to a technology that is changing the world of manufacturing.

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Chicago library offers free maker space | SmartPlanet
1 July 2013
In Chicago, you can realize your creations, for free.
They're becoming high-tech 3D print shops
Dateline: 9 November 2014
Five years ago everyone was predicting the collapse of postal services from Argentina to Zimbabwe. After all, the use of 'snailmail' had dwindled to a ...

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