University of Buffalo student Zack Vader has created a machine that prints three-dimensional objects using liquid metal.
According to Professor Edward P. Furlani of Chemical and Biological Engineering and Electrical Engineering departments of University at Buffalo, Vader’s process uses a magnetic field to manipulate conductive fluids. The magnetic field is used to create pressure for squeezing the liquid out of an ejector nozzle.
According to Furlani “It’s a transformative technology. It’s very exciting interdisciplinary engineering. I think its application base will continue to broaden and expand for the foreseeable future.”
According to Chi Zhou, Assistant Professor at University of Buffalo, “I can see at this stage that it can complement traditional metal printing, but later, maybe 10 years later, it can dominate the metal printing market because it can print better quality, cheaper and faster.”
Vader’s 3-D printer can be used in future for making custom knee and hip replacements.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — A father and son team in the START-UP NY program have invented a liquid metal printing machine that could represent a significant transformation in manufacturing. A breakthrough idea five years ago by former University at Buffalo student Zack Vader, then 19, has created a machine that prints three-dimensional objects using liquid metal.
The current state of the art in consumer home 2D laser printer is that I can expect perfect prints immediately. Take it out of the box, load paper, load toner cartridge, hit print, and out pops a crisp printout. The current state of the art in consumer home 3D printing is not anywhere near that […]
Growing up in Jakarta’s polluted slums, Vera Mulyani loved building things. As a child, she dreamed of becoming an architect. More than two decades later, Mulyani is a self-proclaimed “Marschitect,” and spends her time brainstorming how human life might be sustained on the red planet. After studying at École d’Architecture de Nantes in France and […]
Defense Distributed is an open source organization that develops designs for weapons that can be downloaded from internet and 3D printed. Defense Distributed developed a fully functional gun called the Liberator. On May 5, 2013, Defense Distributed made the 3D printable files of the Liberator publicly available. Few days later, the United States Department of State cited a violation of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations and asked Defense Distributed to remove the files from the internet. On May 6, 2015, Defense Distributed sued the Department of State for violating its constitutional rights. The case is currently on appeal.
The ability to 3D print weapons raises important practical as well as moral challenges. On one hand, the Second Amendment of the Constitution states that “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” On the other hand the ability to download and 3D print weapons raises the issue of weapons easily falling in the wrong hands. The final outcome of the case remains to be seen.
The 11th SME SV Conference in Santa Clara, Silicon Valley
The 11th SME SV Conference has the theme Transforming the Future – IoT, 3D Printing, and Robotics. This conference is going to address the rapidly developing topics of 3D Printing, Robotics, Artificial intelligence among others. Participants will be able to interact with 3D Printing, robotics, and laser equipment as well as attend a career fair to explore career opportunities. Topics covered include medical robotics, new innovations, 3D bio printing, 3D printing . The conference is on June 9, 2016, at Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA.
Disabled Wisconsin Duck walks with 3D Printed Feet
A duck named Phillip lost his feet to frostbite in Wisconsin. He was found by a teacher Vicki Rabe-Harrison who first considered euthanizing him considering his condition. Instead, she contacted Jason Jischke, a middle school teacher who had a 3D printer in his class. Jason asked her not to put Phillip down. Jason worked with his students to develop feet for Phillip. After multiple attempts, finally they managed to 3D print feet that fit Phillip. Phillip struggled initially with the prosthetic feet but figured out fast how to use them. He got a second life thanks to his 3D printed feet. Phillip now lives in Wisconsin’s Autumn Farm Sanctuary, near Lake Michigan with other duck friends.
International Space Station to Launch World’s First 3D Printed Satellite Assembled at Tomsk Polytechnic University
Tomsk-TPU-120 satellite is the world’s first 3D printed satellite, built by scientists and students at Tomsk Polytechnic University. The satellite was launched by the Soyuz-2.1 carrier on march 31, 2016 from from Baikonur Cosmodrome. The satellite was delivered to the International Space Station on April 1st, 2016. The satellite includes scientific instruments including solar panels, battery, and on-board radio equipment.
First Running Shoes with 3D Printed Midsoles from New Balance
New Balance announced launch of the first high performance running shoes with 3D printed midsoles. The shoes will be first launched in Boston in April 2016. Subsequently they will be launched in select locations worldwide. New Balance is collaborating with 3D Systems for this product. The midsoles are 3D printed using selective laser sintering (SLS) process that uses a powder called DuraForm® Flex TPU.
New Balance started using 3D printing technology for shoes in 2013. With this announcement, they are bringing 3D printing technology to commercially available shoes. According to Robert DeMartini, President and CEO of New Balance, “With 3D printing we are able to pursue performance customization at a whole new level. The New Balance Innovation Team is showcasing the latest in performance running and these advancements signify an important step forward to becoming one of the world’s top athletic brands.”