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MIT, Autodesk & Stratasys are Working With ‘Secret’ Materials to Develop New 4D Printing Applications

By Sarah Anderson | 3DPrint.com

3D printing has come a long way since its inception in 1984. Today, we can print amazing things — from toys on home desktop 3D printers to replacement parts for hardware to advanced prostheses to living tissue. The array of materials available for printing is also widening, from standard plastic resins to chocolates to DNA. The next step for 3D printing, it seems, is to move into the next dimension.

3D Printing: Bringing Jobs Back to The US, While Changing The Fabric of Manufacturing

By E.T. Wilson | 3DPrint.com

With everyone from private enthusiasts to industry experts and CEOs heralding 3D printing as the next great manufacturing shift, it can be easy to forget the last sea change in the industry—the effects of which are still very much being grappled with at every level. Before 3D printing there was outsourcing, and it made itself hyper-profitable for companies operating on volume margins.

Stock to Watch: Sigma Labs Inc

By James Elliot | Microcap Daily

Sigma Labs Inc (OTCMKTS:SGLB) continues to trade strong just under a dime; the stock commands significant interest from investors who are speculating on a move past $0.10 and a breakout to new levels. Everyone knows SGLB is a stock that loves to make spectacular gains as it ran from subs to a high of $0.272 at the end of last year.

Pentagon Asks Silicon Valley For Ideas And New Technologies

By Luke Villapaz | International Business Times

The Pentagon is looking to step up its tech prowess by seeking some help and some ideas from Silicon Valley. In an effort to find “current and emerging technologies” that can be used in a military capacity, the Department of Defense has sent out a request for information to defense vendors as well as private firms, labs and academic institutions that don’t normally work with it, for ideas and technologies that could be developed over the next five to 10 years and be ready for military use by 2030.

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Highly Conductive Organic Metal Looks Promising for Disposable Electronic Devices

From Phys.org

Although organic materials are often used as semiconductors, such as in organic LEDs and organic transistors, organic materials that have an electrical conductivity as high as that of metals are still very scarce. One problem with developing organic metals is that there is a tradeoff in terms of their crystalline structure: a high crystallinity is required for high conductivity, but is detrimental to the materials' processability.

Wearables Market Appears Primed for Apples iWatch

From WallStreet Tech Cheat Sheet

If the rumors about the release of Apple’s so-called iWatch are proven to be true later this year, it would appear that the Cupertino-based company will be entering the wearables market at an ideal time. A new report from market research firm CCS Insight suggests that the wearables market is about to undergo a major growth spurt over the next three years. According to CCS Insight, shipments of various smart wearables reached 9.7 million units last year. By 2018, CCS Insight predicts that the market will be fourteen times larger with approximately 135 million units shipped. Smart wearable products include everything from smartwatches and smartbands, to glasswear and tokens.

3D Printing Makes its Move Into Production

From Computerworld

When NASA's Juno satellite blasted off for Jupiter, the 3D printed parts in its final assembly represented just one small step toward manufacturer Lockheed Martin's goal to eventually build an entire spacecraft using additive manufacturing technology. The launch also signified one giant leap toward the use of 3D printing in the aerospace firm's manufacturing processes here on earth.

MakerBot in Home Depot: 3D Printing's Move to the Mainstream?

By Darren Orf | Popular Mechanics

To the tech-obsessed or the well-informed DIYer, MakerBot is a name synonymous with additive manufacturing. Despite the rapid growth of 3D printing, however, it can still seem like a far-out future technology to plenty of Americans. Now, the company hopes to go mainstream with the help of Home Depot, announcing a partnership to sell and demonstrate MakerBot Replicators in 12 select stores in the U.S. This pilot program will be based primarily in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York. 

3D Printing... in SPACE

By Kat Bauman | Core77

If 3D printing had an overly attached mom, this benchmark would be going in a scrapbook. We're all admittedly used to hearing about the innumerable ways additive manufacturing is going to rock our world in the vague future, but maybe this will keep it on your radar: they're sending a 3D printer to space.