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Lincoln Laboratory – Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Printing in a New Dimension

3D printers bring new potential to prototyping and innovating at MIT Lincoln Laboratory
MIT Lincoln Laboratory staff are printing in a new dimension, using 3D printers to transform 3D designs into tangible objects. More formally known as additive manufacturing, 3D printing is a process that assembles conventional manufacturing materials, such as plastics and metals, in successive layers along the Z axis (i.e., top down or bottom up). The Laboratory has invested in several 3D printers, ranging in size and capability from industrial-scale, top-of-the-line models to desktop, home-hobbyist models. Located in the Rapid Hardware Integration Facility (RHIF)—the Laboratory’s dedicated rapid prototyping area—and in the Technology Office Innovation Laboratory (TOIL)—a newly opened space for prototyping and tinkering—the Laboratory’s 3D printers are being utilized to complete work on sponsored programs and to explore preprogram ideas. “3D printing enables staff to pursue a variety of programs and activities,” says Andy Vidan, associate technology officer, Technology Office.

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Energy Power News

3 Axis Development Will Highlight New Technologies for DMLS-Direct Metal Laser Sintering at POWER-GEN

Charles Koch the Vice-President of 3Axis Development started the company 10 years ago. He had been in the Rapid Prototyping services business since 1997. Prior to this he had held various marketing and sales positions in multiple product industries including advertising, publishing and the Television Cable Industry. He has a B.A degree in dual majors of communications and business. Q: Please start by telling us a bit about the company, a brief history of 3Axis Development and an overview of your business today…

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The Future Is Now: Why 3D Printing Can Make The World A Better Place

Would you like to build your own gun? There are plenty of ways to do so, legal and otherwise. A group called Defense Distributed recently published instructions for creating a plastic firearm using a 3D printer. One guy even fired a real bullet with one. The U.S. Department of State demanded that the group take the blueprints down, alleging they may violate export control laws. Defense Distributed complied, but not before at least 100,000 people had downloaded the plans.”

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Investor’s Business Daily

ExOne Focusing On Industrial 3D Printing Applications

ExOne (XONE) sold just 13 3D printer systems last year, but it was enough for it to launch an initial public offering in late February 2013 that soared 47% on its first day of trading.
ExOne became the third publicly traded firm on U.S. markets that makes 3D printers, the others being 3D Systems (DDD) and Stratasys (SSYS), which have a much longer track record and much higher revenue.
“ExOne is a relatively new company, but what they are doing is unique,” said Holden Lewis, an analyst with BB&T Capital Markets. “The industry as a whole is growing quickly and ExOne doesn’t really compete with 3D Systems and Stratasys.”

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Staples starts selling 3-D printers

3-D printers have officially gone mainstream. You can now get one at Staples for $1,300.

Staples (SPLS, Fortune 500) says it is the first major U.S. retailer to sell a 3-D printer. It began selling The Cube, made by 3D Systems (DDD), on Friday, and the printer will hit “many” of the retailer’s brick-and-mortar stores by June. While 3-D printers have long been used in industrial manufacturing, a recent “maker” movement is slowly popularizing in-home versions of the devices.

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Wired Magazine

The Maker Movement: Tangible Goods Emerge From Ones and Zeros

The desire to make things with our hands is deeply rooted. But during the past century, the era of mass production, our tinkering in workshops and garages and kitchens was a solitary hobby rather than a true economic force. That is changing. The world of do-it-yourself has gone digital, and like everything else that goes digital, it’s been transformed.

This is what we now call the maker movement, a term coined by Dale Dougherty of O’Reilly Media. In 2005 the technology publisher made a bet on it by launching not just Make magazine, a quarterly journal about DIY projects, but also, in 2006, a nationwide series of Maker Faires that became the first showcases for the emerging movement. The exact definition of “makers” is a bit imprecise, but you can think of them as the web generation creating physical things rather than just pixels on screens. To use the terminology of the MIT Media Lab, they’re treating atoms like bits—using the powerful tools of the software and information industries to revolutionize the way we make tangible objects.

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cover_2013-05Scientific American Magazine

A Brighter Future for Manufacturing, 3-D Printed One Layer at a Time
Will 3-D printing transform conventional manufacturing?

Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s robotic prosthesis looks like something out of medieval times—a hand clad in chain mail more appropriate for wielding a broadsword than a mug of coffee. Both the underlying skeleton and thin, meshlike skin are made of titanium to make the hand durable and dexterous while also keeping it lightweight. The powerful miniature hydraulics that move the fingers rely on a network of ducts integrated into the prosthesis’s structure—no drilled holes, hoses or couplings required.

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