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Jakajima’s International 3D Printing Conference

Dutch Design Week

Dutch Design Week

Jakajima is organizing an international conference focused on home 3D printing to take place on October 25, 2011 in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, during the Dutch Design Week. From the organizer, Pieter Hermans, the topics will include:

  1. Patent/IP Issues
  2. 3D Content Publishing
  3. The technical expertise required for 3D design
  4. Trends in 3D printing materials
  5. Trends in 3D printing
  6. 3D printing in the home, social and cultural implications
  7. 3D printing in the home and new business opportunities

For more information, check out their website!


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3D Printed Snap-Fit Zero-Fastener Aircraft

Posted by on Saturday, July 30, 2011 in Uncategorized
Northrop Grumman RQ-4 UAV Drone

Northrop Grumman RQ-4 UAV Drone - (the coolest drone photo I could find!)

Using a 3D printing technique for nylon laser sintering engineers at the University of Southampton designed, printed, and flew a printed unmanned aerial vehicle12

No fasteners were used and all equipment was attached using ‘snap fit’ techniques so that the entire aircraft can be put together without tools in minutes.  The electric-powered aircraft, with a 2-metres wingspan, has a top speed of nearly 100 miles per hour, but when in cruise mode is almost silent.

With no need for special tools, tooling skills, equipment and no extra expense or time “penalty” for complex structures, they were able to produce wing structures that would have been extremely expensive and difficult to manufacture in any other way.  This is a truly amazing demonstration of the versatility of 3D printing and snap-fit designs.

Via Slashdot

  1. Think drone airplane. []
  2. Photo courtesy of gordontour []
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CUBE -The 3D printed 3D printer by Webca

CUBE -The 3D printed 3D printer by Webca

CUBE -The 3D printed 3D printer by Webca

Thingiverse champion Webca has done it again.  First he printed an entire Cupcake CNC on his Cupcake CNC.  Now, he’s used that printed printer to print another printer.  His creation has a much larger build area, linear bearings, custom heated build platform, used more than 15 pounds of plastic, cost around $3,000.00 (which I’m sure does not include his time) and eight months of printing.  Webca suggests this might be the largest multi-print to date.  He’s got me convinced.

Here’s a video of it in action:

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