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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.
Connecting everything and everyone
Posted: 22 April 2015

There's a lot of buzz about the internet of things, and increasingly the internet of everything, which is terminology we've been using for some time. The importance of the internet of everything, in the approaching technology tsunami, can't be overstated. But it's the nexus of these technologies, connectivity combined with massive data, algorithms and advanced artificial intelligence, ...

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The Internet of Everything Is a Simply Massive Opportunity: $19 Trillion in the Next Decade
22 April 2015
The Internet of Everything describes the networked connections between devices, people, processes and data. By 2020, the IoE has the potential to connect 50 billion people, devices and things.
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 ...
MindBullet logo MAIL US YOUR DAMAGED GENES
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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MindBullet logo NEW DIMENSION FOR METAL MINING
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 ...
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.
MindBullet logo NEW DIMENSION FOR METAL MINING
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 ...
Mataerial 3D printer escapes the tyranny of layers, changes colors on the fly
Posted: 11 June 2013

Anyone who has used conventional 3D printers knows that they work by stacking layer on layer, limiting just what they can create and where. Mataerial's upcoming printer, started by Joris Laarman Lab and IAAC, doesn't abide by those petty rules. Its robotic arm draws instantly solid 3D curves rather than 2D slices, shedding the need for direct support or even a horizontal surface. It's also ...

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Mataerial 3D printer escapes the tyranny of layers, changes colors on the fly (video)
11 June 2013
Anyone who has used conventional 3D printers knows that they work by stacking layer on layer, limiting just what they can create and where. Mataerial's
Making it, faking it
Posted: 10 September 2012 4 Comments

There's something happening out there and it's going to be big - very big.

Yes, I know we've said it before, 3D printing is going to change the way the world works. Not only will traditional manufacturing be completely transformed, but the counterfeiting business will get a real boost. We published this MindBullet a while back, which explores a scenario where it's simple to scan and clone ...

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Difference Engine: The PC all over again?
10 September 2012
WHAT could well be the next great technological disruption is fermenting away, out of sight, in small workshops, college labs, garages and basements. ...
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 ...
4D printing - great expectations?
Posted: 9 April 2013

If objects are able to assemble themselves, it will free up time and resources. I say yes to no more afternoons struggling with the IKEA table!

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The next big thing: 4D printing | SmartPlanet
9 April 2013
An MIT professor recently unveiled an advanced 3D printing process that allows objects to assemble themselves.
Now is the time to act on 3D printing
Posted: 4 April 2013

Gartner, a leading IT research and advisory company, says that while 3D printing is gaining broader acceptance, now is a good time to experiment with the technology, because the prices for 3D printers are falling and will continue to decline. By 2016, the company says, enterprise-class 3D printers will be available for under $2,000.

Late last year, Airbus and Aerosud agreed to collaborate with ...

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Why businesses should adopt 3D printing now
4 April 2013
It's time for businesses to start taking 3D printing seriously or risk being at an innovation disadvantage.
MindBullet logo THE POST OFFICE ISN'T DEAD - IT'S JUST BEEN REINVENTED!
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 ...
The revolution has begun
Posted: 17 September 2012

Here's a great story of a factory-in-a-box that is already being implemented in Kenya. Going beyond 3D printing, the fully equipped, self-contained workshop has all the tools and machinery needed, together with computers and software, to develop and produce various products.

Viva the Industrial Revolution, Viva! ...

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The Next Industrial Revolution Starts in this 20-foot Shipping Container
17 September 2012
The guys at Re-Char, a small startup that makes carbon-negative products, were faced with a problem. They wanted to ship products to Kenya, but the options ...
MindBullet logo HOME-MADE - THE START OF A NEW INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION
Maker movement moves to the mainstream
Dateline: 18 September 2017
Home-made devices and digital cottage industries driving the economy of the New World? It's not such a crazy idea. Just think of how the industrial ...
New manufacturing technologies bring jobs back to the West
Posted: 8 August 2012

Is the shift of manufacturing to the East, and China in particular, irreversible? Wage pressure inside China is causing problems for the dragon - but other factors are at play too, New-age manufacturing techniques, including robotics, artificial intelligence and additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, are bringing jobs back to the West.

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3 reasons why US is recapturing manufacturing from China | Smartplanet
8 August 2012
Conventional wisdom says China is losing its outsource manufacturing edge due to rising worker wages. But technology advances in North America are dra
MindBullet logo IT'S THE GREAT JOBS REVERSAL
New-age jobs flow back to West as technology booms
Dateline: 17 August 2017
In the 20th Century, with quality becoming commoditized, manufacturing competitiveness was all about labor costs. Jobs fled from the high-cost West to ...

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