Morphing nozzle controls fiber orientation in 3D-printed items

The embedding of fibers within 3D-printed objects can be used to add properties such as electrical conductivity or extra strength to those items. Now, a shape-changing print nozzle has been developed to vary the orientation of those fibers – as the printing is in process.

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Review: Doodling in three dimensions with the 3Doodler Pro+

We've been following the WobbleWorks developments since the first Kickstarter in 2013, even raising our doodles off the page on a number of occasions. The professional-grade Pro+ went on sale at the end of October, and we've been giving it a whirl.

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AI device designed to spot and stop 3D printing errors

Given how long some 3D-printing jobs can take, most people don't sit around and watch the entire process. This means they may miss printing errors, which waste a lot of filament. AIMS, however, reportedly uses AI to spot errors and stop the printer.

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New filament tech lets regular 3D printers build multi-material items

Ordinarily, when using an off-the-shelf 3D printer, it's quite difficult to print a single object that incorporates multiple materials. An experimental new system could make it easier, though, by utilizing a "programmable filament."

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BIG shoots for the Moon with 3D-printed lunar habitat plan

BIG has conceived some of the most interesting architecture projects we've seen on land, and even water, but its latest design is out of this world. It involves the development of 3D-printed Moon habitats to support exploration of Earth's satellite.

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Electrochemical tech used to finely shape 3D-printed metal items

Although it's possible to 3D-print metal objects, such items can't always be formed down to the sub-millimeter precision required for certain applications. A new technique, however, allows them to be infinitesimally tweaked after being printed.

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Adapting Emerging Technologies for Industrial Development By Taofeek Oladiran Folami, PhD, FNSChe Paper Presented at the Raw Materials Research and Development Council 2016 Techno-Expo, 10th -12th February 2016

The purpose of this paper is to agitate the audience to generate a national discuss on what emerging technologies to adopt and how to leverage these technologies to meet our national goals of job creation, wealth generation and rapid industrialisation.

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