By the time the Form 1 began shipping to Kickstarter backers, the market was already flooded with countless 3D printers built around the same basic plastic extruding technology.
The Additive Manufacturing Facility (AMF), a 3D printer built by Made In Space that was last week installed on the International Space Station (ISS), is now open for business. The AMF is available to research and commercial entities for in-space experimentation, manufacture, and research.
It seems to be Additive Manufacturing April for General Electric, who, earlier this month, opened a $40 million Center for Additive Technology Advancement in Pittsburgh. Just prior to that, the company opened another factory in India, which, while not solely dedicated to 3D printing, includes the technology as one of its several manufacturing capabilities. If any doubt remained that the company is serious about 3D printing, it should vanish now, as GE Power has just opened another new facility, this time in South Carolina.
The future of the earth and of mankind is a very topical right now, with movies depicting dystopian futures and technologists focusing on the the world's complete digital integration. All perspectives are currently being discussed at the prestigious Milken 2016 Global Conference in Beverly Hills, where more than 3,500 prominent politicians, technologists and celebrities have assembled.
CoorsTek will build a $120 million research-and-development and manufacturing facility in Golden, the technical ceramics maker announced Monday.
The Center for Advanced Materials will consolidate and expand existing functions spread out among different facilities in Golden, a company spokesman said.
Your car's bumper is probably made of a moldable thermoplastic polymer called ABS, shorthand for its acrylonitrile, butadiene and styrene components. Light, strong and tough, it is also the stuff of ventilation pipes, protective headgear, kitchen appliances, Lego bricks and many other consumer products. Useful as it is, one of its drawbacks is that it is made using chemicals derived from petroleum.