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3D printed functional pieces of art

Just two days ago I posted the news of 3D printed up-scale housing in Texas and now I stumbled onto the news of another, although quite different, use of 3D printing to build houses. In this case it is Mask Architects, a young architectural design firm based in Sardinia, Italy, …

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Printing metal

The whole area of 3D printing is evolving rapidly. There are now several technologies that are being used for 3D printing, depending on the application, on the materials used and on the volume required. For sure 3D printing has moved from the prototyping into manufacturing. As an example, the fan …

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Digital transformation in Manufacturing VI

Additive Manufacturing – Market Having considered the various technologies in the additive manufacturing -AM- landscape let’s take a quick look at how the market is expected to evolve in this area. I chose the market evolution forecast for AM in the automotive sector because I find this sector particularly interesting …

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Digital transformation in Manufacturing V

7. Directed energy deposition (DED) This technology can be considered as a variation of the Electron Beam Deposition, or other deposition technologies involving laser beams, discussed in a previous post. It is often used as a way to repair metal cracks by adding metal that becomes fused with the one …

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Digital transformation in Manufacturing III

4. Material Jetting The material jetting additive manufacturing technology is very similar to the ones already discussed, the difference is in the material used. Here the material has to be photosensitive (to UV light) whilst in the previous technology the material was either glued by a special chemical or fused/melted …

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Digital transformation in Manufacturing I

The Digital Transformation in manufacturing is changing the whole value chain. In this series of posts I will bee looking at some of the technologies reshaping manufacturing and the implications on the whole value chain. The overall landscape is characterised by a growing digitalisation of each and every phase, starting, …

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From 2D to 3D food …

I had the opportunity of visiting from time to time the Tangible Media Group at Media Lab, MIT Cambridge US, and I have always been fascinated by their capability to transform the idea of computer interaction into tangible ones (I still remember a system to design a telecommunication network using …

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