You are about to witness the next revolution in 3D printing! 3D printing technology has been around for a couple of decades now, but so far it has only made structures in one shape or another. But at CES2015 a new 3D printer was revealed that actually can print conductive paths! It’s called VOXEL8 and in our mind it will be the first of many circuit capable 3D printers in the near future. Just watch this video interview by Make: and judge for yourself.
In engineering today, we usually think about how to control every little thing. But some tasks can be so complex to figure out that manual programming is nearly impossible. That’s when self learning systems can become a huge advantage. Instead of controlling every little line of code, you allow the system to try different movements, saving the one that kind of works, then try new movements based on that. By the trial and error method, the robot will find the best locomotion technique for its own shape, whether it is walking, jumping, rolling or moves that no human have ever thought about before! This is very similar to how evolution works and it can be used for robots as well, as demonstrated in this video from IEEE Spectrum. You loose detailed control, your robot might not choose the solution you think is the right one, and at the end you will probably have no idea how the program actually work, but the robot moves! This is the very frontier of robot development!
If you have seen our earlier post “The different kinds of 3D printers” you should start to realize just how fast 3D printing is taking over the world. But if you still are skeptical and doubt the new revolution, here comes another excellent introduction of the different kinds of 3D printing technologies, all thanx to ExplainingTheFuture. This new democratization of manufacturing is spreading all over the world like wildfire, and you don’t want to miss out! However, not everyone can afford an own personal 3D printer, or doesn’t have enough use for one to rationalize the cost. If you are one of these people, you will be pleased to know that you can find other people in your area with a 3D printer that are willing to print out your object for a charge, simply by visiting 3dhubs! You can even use it to make your own handy mascot by downloading the 3D models for free and ask someone to print it out for you!
At the 3D EXPO in Halmstad Sweden, I saw a fantastic new smart material for 3D printers and I just had to interview the inventor behind it, Thomas Palm. Unfortunately, the only camera I had with me was my mobile phone camera, so please excuse the poor image and sound quality. Still, it is an awesome new material that you simply have to see!
To learn more about 3D printing rubber, visit his site: http://rubber3dprinting.com/
If you wish to buy this filament, you can do so at the Creative Tools website: http://www.creativetools.se/Filament-en/filament-175_en/pi-etpu-95-250-carbon-black-1kg
To download all the 3D models and more, visit Thingiverse: http://www.thingiverse.com/Palmiga/designs/page:1
Thomas Palm’s company is called Palmiga Innovation and you can find the website here: http://www.palmiga.com
If you are here, you have probably seen our cool introductory video of the new Barrii mascot and want to know how it was done and how to make one for yourself! You can download all the necessary files by clicking here and start designing a personalized mascot right away.
The video above will take you through the assembling process, and the video below will show how our particular design was made. You are welcome to copy and imitate, or create a unique mascot just for you. You can even change the 3D models into something completely different if you like! We would love to see a video of your mascot when you are done!
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