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3D Printed Building- Interesting Facts to Know

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Guest Post by Arlene Westcott

3D Printed Building- Interesting Facts to Know

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We all remember the time, not so long ago when we had to hire workers to make a building and work on the project for days or months. The process costs so much and with each unexpected problem of the workers came an unexpected delay. The delayed construction and high costs created a need for the technologists to come up with a better idea. Thus, the 3d models for printing came into existence. 3d building printing gave rise to new horizons in the field of construction and manufacturing.

 3d printed buildings are built by using the technology of 3d printing as a means to construct houses and buildings in the most efficient and cost-effective method. This method has vastly been adopted by the Chinese and has also gained its worth in Europe. This makes sense because people are tired of bearing high expenditures, lengthy construction timings, and never-ending design processes. Today, 3d printing has enabled you to forget all these worries about people wearing yellow helmets and use robotic techniques for mechanical piping of concrete. So, a 3d printed building will save you from the trouble by giving you the perfect 3d model for printing.

Interesting facts to know about 3D printed houses:

  • Resolve the future homelessness

We see homelessness as one of the significant issues of humanity at present. According to estimates, homelessness can exceed up to 1.6 billion people living in the improper shelter by 2025. Building a house or building from scratch can cost people a lot. A building offering flats or hostels can save the problem by efficient working on buildings that save your cost. By replacing the traditional and lengthy methods of using bricks and mortar with automated robotic piping of concrete, one can save time and money while still reducing the problem of homelessness in society.

  • No need for bricks

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As hard as it is to imagine, houses can today be made without using bricks and mortar. Bricks and mortar took more time and effort for the builders to work with, and it used to leave us for waiting the time for its completion. However, by using 3d printing, robots can pipe in the concrete step by step and even the building at the same time. This saves you the costs of buying all the material for construction and also protects from wasted time. 

  • Robots are your builders

There was once a time where it was hard for us to believe that humans can create robots one day. Today, we are at a stage where robots have become so efficient that they have become the new builders. The robots are very efficient, and they don’t need breaks like human workers. This saves more time, and work is also better than humans. The human errors are also removed to the greatest extent possible, and all humans need to do is to command the machine, and it will work for you.

  • Save the cost and time

Constructing a building is a full-time job. A building project needs to be carefully catered with and must be monitored to save it from defects and additional costs. By using 3d printing in the construction of buildings, you can save the value of the construction process by saving more time. It will also cut down the labour cost because all 3d printing needs is an initial investment, and the rest will be catered in the least possible time. Dubai today has been working on the 3d printed buildings and have been one of the most efficient working hubs for 3d printing worldwide. Thus, more and more people are adopting this new technology because it reduces costs by optimizing raw materials and useful results.

Thus, 3d printed buildings have become a new trend around the globe. People are willing to rely on robotic technology rather than humans with risky results. Robots can be left alone at the workplace without any check and balance and will work for creating a sustainable working environment.  

The only problems with 3d printed buildings are that it needs initial capital investment and also any defect in the robotic machinery can cost a lot to correct as well. Another problem with 3d printed buildings is the fact that it also reduces the job opportunities for builders and manufacturers. However, 3d printed structures are an effective way to meet the construction requirements in the minimum of time.

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The Formnext trade fair 2019 purmundus challenge

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According to The 2019 purmundus challenge,” which is being held from 19 to 22 November 2019 in Frankfurt in hall 12.1-E09 of the Formnext trade fair, shines a spotlight on forward-looking product ideas from 18 countries on 5 continents under the motto “Beyond 3D printing. This is the seventh time that the 3D and 4D printing award for the purmundus challenge has been presented in Frankfurt. A total of 38 finalists now stand a chance of winning the prestigious purmundus challenge trophy. The award ceremony will be broadcast live from the Formnext exhibition via the Facebook portal. In addition to the first three places, this year there will once again be a “special mention” and an “innovation prize”. A prize for the “people’s choice”, voted for over the course of the fair by visitors to Formnext 2019, completes the purmundus challenge.

International exhibition and conference on 3D printing / additive manufacturing & tooling (19-22 Nov 2019).

The purmundus challenge looks ahead beyond 3D printing

5 Ways You Can Use 3D Printing Technology For Your Small Business

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Guest Post by Madeline Dudziak

Also a huge fan of reading – perhaps a natural result of being named after the famous children’s book – Madeline’s Kindle is always crammed with more books than leisure time allows. Among other ways, she spends her free time are fun activities with her husband and young children, volunteering, and participating in two book clubs.

5 Ways You Can Use 3D Printing Technology For Your Small Business

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At one point in time, a 3D printer was something only large scale manufacturing businesses really benefitted from. 3D printers were bulky, and just not easily accessible for someone not in a large factory-type setting. It was helpful in those environments but there didn’t seem to be a clear path to getting 3D printing technology into smaller settings. 

3D printers being for large businesses is no longer the reality, however. Many small businesses have been able to start using 3D printers for their benefit. There are a lot of ways you can use a 3D printer that you may not have considered yet. 3D printing technology is everywhere now. Printers are smaller, more affordable, and easier than ever to use.

If you’ve been thinking about buying a 3D printer for your small business but you haven’t made the leap yet, it’s time to start considering what a 3D printer can really do for you. 3D printing technology could change how you’re doing things now in a big way. If you’re still not convinced, here are five ways you can use 3D printing technology for your small business.

1. Easy, Quick Prototypes

When you’re developing a new product for your business, getting a prototype in your hands can be a bit of a hassle. If you don’t have an in-house production team (and most small businesses don’t) then you’ll likely have to place an order with a large production company. Depending on where the company is located costs and production time can be huge obstacles.

As you’re creating your new product you may hold off on ordering extra prototypes for every small change due to the aforementioned costs. This can result in you not being able to see and hold every design iteration. It can leave you wondering what a small change will do to the look and functionality of your product because you don’t have a concrete example to look at.

With 3D printing, you’ll have the chance to print out your own prototype. Adjusting a small part (or even a large part) of your product’s design to fix a flaw just means you have to print a new prototype. It’s easy to do and design changes are as easy as adjusting the printer plans you’ve already created. 

Being able to print your own prototypes gives you a whole host of new possibilities. In addition to being able to see each design iteration, you’ll also be able to print prototypes for customers or investors to look at or take with them. You’re the one in control of the prototyping process when you use a 3D printer because you have the power to create whatever you need. That’s a big deal.

2. Use Your Printer To Drum Up Interest

Customers love freebies, it’s a fact. Whether it’s a free gift with purchase or a token of appreciation when you give your customers something their loyalty for your business will increase. So offer them something they actually can’t get somewhere else and 3D print your logo onto something. 

When you can offer a unique freebie, even something fairly minor like a coaster or business card that you have 3D printed in-house you will not only save money on incidental free gifts but you will have created something buzzworthy. When the word gets out that you’re offering something no one else can people are going to want to hop on that bandwagon!

If you create demand for your freebie, you can create demand for your business. Consider printing your token in multiple colors. That way your regular customers can collect them. (Perhaps when they have a full set they could earn a special discount?) 

By rewarding loyal customers giving them something you have 3D printed yourself, you could see a big boost in your business. Show your customers a little appreciation in the form of a freebie and it’s a safe bet they will appreciate you right back. 

3. Offer Up Your Printer 

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It may seem strange to think about purchasing a 3D printer for your business especially if 3D printing doesn’t make much sense with your mission. But while 3D printing has a serious fan base in the general public a majority of people have never 3D printed before. 

Therefore it could be fun to offer your customers a chance to print something of their own with purchase. Let’s say you’re in the food or hospitality industry, you could have a promotion where if someone buys lunch they can also print something in 3D. 

There are many things you can 3D print in as little as 10 minutes which really isn’t that much time if you’re sitting down for a cup of coffee in a cafe. While this might seem a little gimmicky at first that 3D printer investment could pay off in a big way in drumming up customers and building interest in your business. 

4. Small Batch Manufacturing 

Even if you aren’t a manufacturing company, a 3D printer can be helpful to print a small inventory of what is needed. While of course there are large companies you can order pieces from it could be incredibly handy for your business to be able to print things you need on your own printer. 

Why would you keep paying for someone else to 3D print your stuff for you when you can do it yourself and save money? Think about whether having a printer can benefit your bottom line and save you time running around looking for things you can quickly print on your own. 

Especially if you find yourself in need of replacement parts frequently, you stand to benefit from printing your own. When you control the quality of the parts you need you can quickly get back to work instead of waiting for a replacement to arrive. 

5. Build A Little Farm  

Slowly we are going to start seeing 3D printing farms popping up the way of old school copy centers. As consumers start to see the benefits of 3D printing they are going to want in on the fun and see the technology for themselves. So it isn’t so far fetched to think you may want to offer customer’s the chance to print as needed by the public.

It would be an easy addition to many small businesses. Obviously, you can use the printers when needed as well, but when they aren’t in use for your prototypes you can set a pricing scale for those who would like to print. It’s a good way to earn some extra income and spread the love of 3D printing around. 

Conclusion: 

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Having a 3D printer for your business can be incredibly beneficial for both your own bottom line and your relationship with customers. No longer are 3D printers only for big businesses and factories. Make sure your small business doesn’t fall behind, consider how much 3D printing technology can help you succeed. 

Madeline Dudziak’s Bio:

Madeline Dudziak loves words. As a web content creator, she crafts messages that help clients inform, educate, persuade, or connect. Madeline’s also a freelance theater reviewer for the River Cities’ Reader, which combines her passion for writing with her passion for theatre. 

3D Printing challenges and opportunities in the UK

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According to Fabbaloo, “Political, policy, economic and trade uncertainty will continue until the UK reaches future agreements with the EU and other countries and implements such new legal and regulatory regimes as are considered appropriate. This is likely to impact business planning for 2-10 years.
This effect is likely to dampen the expectations of sales managers of 3D print companies, particularly service bureaus who may have been looking for an increased presence in Europe. ”
According to TCT, “While physical products remain important, in the brave new world of 3D printing, products will also have digital versions, and businesses will need to place a much greater emphasis on protecting CAD files.”

 

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The Lightyear One is 3D printed

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More than 55 interior parts for the Lightyear One are 3D printed.
According to Lex Hoefsloot, CEO of Lightyear announces and Robert Llewellyn, ” gets an exclusive first look at the Lightyear One hyper-efficient luxury sedan, a partially solar-powered electric car. And gets to experience it as one of the first passengers!

When Solar Team Eindhoven won the world solar challenge in Australia driving a 4 seater 100% solar-powered car over 3,000 kilometers, no one would have believed that a handful of years later they could come up with this.
Lightyear One. A spacious hyper-efficient partially solar-powered electric car.
We know the future is electric, could it be solar electric.”

 

 

 

 

Always charging in the sun. Longest range. Most sustainable.

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3D-printing an Aventador in the garage

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According to CTV News,” the Colorado physicist Physicist Sterling Backus who’s constructing this lookalike, Lamborghini, using a 3D printer. 3D-printing an Aventador in the garage.”
According to MOTOR, “My son said he loved the Aventador and wondered if it was possible to build one. He did not need to twist my arm too much!”

 

 

Physicist And His Son Are 3D-Printing A Lamborghini Aventador

Father-son team 3D-printing a full-size Lamborghini lookalike

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MOTOR Physicist 3D-prints a Lamborghini Aventador in his own garage

The hot golden age for 3D Printing

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According to Jaime Aldecoa and Maker Muse, “3-D printing is one of those hot technologies that sometimes gets a bad rep among the not-so-tech inclined. You see, 3-D printing is often held up as a holy grail of sorts, a technology that could someday shake up manufacturing and numerous other industries. And then people see 3-D printers and realize most struggle to print anything useful.”

 

Are We Approaching a Golden Age for 3D Printing?

 

The World’s Fastest Dental Model 3D Printer

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This is a guest contribution by Egor Driagin, Chief Marketing Officer at Top 3D Shop

Structo, Singapore-based dental 3D printer manufacturer partners with Ulab, a U.S.-based orthodontic treatment planning software developer to modernize the production of clear dental aligners. The two companies announced their partnership focused on supplying various segments of the market with their new dentistry solutions. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: www.structo3d.com

In the framework of the new project, Structo’s DentaForm 3D printer will be used together with the uLab uDesign treatment planning software to create aligner models. The 3D printer will become a part of the uLab’s uPrint ecosystem.

 Joe Breeland, chief commercial officer at uLab commented: “DentaForm’s high throughput capabilities of printing up to 10 arches in 30 minutes is exactly what existing uLab customers need to help them with their in-office aligner manufacturing.” 

The companies’ cooperation will also include working on additional solutions, such as Structo’s Velox desktop 3D printer and Structo Elements, a modular 3D printing system capable of printing up to 500 models per day.

 

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asDMnBZDXZg (Structo 3D)

“Our teams will also collaborate on new products that will involve the rest of our portfolio,” said a chief commercial officer at Structo, Dhruv Sahgal. “On top of our Velox desktop 3D printer, another exciting new solution that we are working on is an aligner specific module for our Elements automated and modular factory in a box.”

Structo introduced its first dental 3D printers back in 2014 – they were intended for building patient-specific devices and dental models. Structo’s proprietary technology MSLA (Mask Stereolithography) allows to print much faster than other SLA 3D printers. One of the key partners of the company is ClearCaps, a German clear dental aligner manufacturer. Last year, ClearCaps managed to produce 250 models per day with the DentaForm system.

 

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lE8TxgpXx9M (Structo 3D)

The new joint project involves the integration of the DentaForm system into the uLab platform that allows dentists to create digital models based on intraoral 3D digital scans of the patients. uLab allows orthodontists to quickly design treatment plans for aligners and create dental movement plans. The resulting 3D digital model can be exported directly to 3D printers in dental practitioner’s office. Since the software’s launch in summer of 2018, it was utilized in treatment of over 13,000 dental patients. 

Structo DentaForm is the seventh 3D printer integrated into the uLab platform. Others include Carbon M2; the Objet 500 and 260VS Dental selection from Stratasys; the Formlabs Form 2 and Vida and Micro XL from EnvisionTec. 

Beyond nature, 3D printed Wood tissue

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According to the Professor Paul Gatenholm, who has led this research within Chalmers University of Technology’s Wallenberg Wood Science Centre and researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden,” have succeeded in 3D printing with a wood-based ink in a way that mimics the unique ‘ultrastructure’ of wood. Their research could revolutionize the manufacturing of green products. Through emulating the natural cellular architecture of wood, they now present the ability to create green products derived from trees, with unique properties – everything from clothes, packaging, and furniture to healthcare and personal care products.
This is a breakthrough in manufacturing technology. It allows us to move beyond the limits of nature, to create new sustainable, green products. It means that those products which today are already forest-based can now be 3D printed, in a much shorter time. And the metals and plastics currently used in 3D printing can be replaced with a renewable, sustainable alternative.”

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352940718304918?via%3Dihub#fig0025

http://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/chem/news/Pages/Mimicking-the-ultrastructure-of-wood-with-3D-printing-for-green-products.aspx

https://newatlas.com/wood-nanocellulose-3d-printing/60347/

Fractal works 3D Printed sculpture at Mumbai Airport

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According to Fractal Works IMTEX 2019, “this is an excellent run at the event, and cannot stop talking about it! Hundreds thronged our stall wanting to learn more, and see what 3D printing is all about.
We had an eclectic mix of visitors including professionals from manufacturing, product design, engineering, teachers, entrepreneurs, interior designers, gifts and artifacts people, students, architects and all other kinds of backgrounds. One thing in common was that they were all really fascinated with the possibilities of 3D printing.”

 

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3D Printing News Alert(3D printing in the defence now and before)

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According to Army Technology, “3D printing in the defence manufacturing: issue 100 of Global Defence Technology out now. Global Defence Technology is back for a special celebratory 100th issue, as always packed with the latest industry news and analysis. In this issue, we explore the potential of additive manufacturing for defence applications, speak to Airbus about its involvement in the new DSEI Space Hub launching this year, and more.”

According to EDA’s ground-breaking project, “Additive Manufacturing Feasibility Study & Technology Demonstration. Aims to assess the areas where Additive Manufacturing (AM) (3D-printing) can have a positive impact on defence capabilities and to demonstrate its feasibility. In the morning of 31 May 2017, the 3D-printing lab was loaded on-board a Spanish C-130 and completed a successful 30-minute flight. This test was pivotal to examining the feasibility of the facility to be deployed by air. After landing, the lab and its equipment were inspected and found to have encountered no issues from the airlift.”

3D printing in defence manufacturing: issue 100 of Global Defence Technology out now