In recent years three-dimensional printing has become commonplace in manufacturing. But so far this method has largely been limited to making plastic objects.
New England aviation company Terrafugia has unveiled its latest conceptual version of a flying car.
Real innovation does not represent adding simple upgrades to existing products, or developing products to compete with others. Real innovation is developing something no one else dreamed of.
Boasting the largest print envelope for less than $5,000, the LulzBot TAZ has set big expectations.
While it may be a $7200 option, Hot Wheels teamed up with Chevrolet to create a fun, flashy car in the form of the Chevy Camaro SS, Hot Wheels Edition.
It doesn't sound like much: An extra 27.7 inches of length, nearly 6 more inches of height, two additional doors and four more panels of window glass on a small car badged "Fiat 500L".
A company may have come up with a way to solve food shortage problems using a 3D printer.
A fire that destroyed a Tesla electric car near Seattle began in the vehicle's battery pack, officials said Wednesday, creating challenges for firefighters who tried to put out the flames. Company spokeswoman Liz Jarvis-Shean said the fire Tuesday was caused by a large metallic object that directly hit one of the battery pack's modules in the pricey Model S.
In this exclusive interview with the creator of the Lionhead 3D printer, IMPO's sister magazine PD&D is on-site to learn more about the design process, and the biggest fears of bringing a new product to market.
Put together a car guy and a great designer, and you get a 3D CAD design for a 1927 racecar. Cideas has 3D-printed a 1927 Miller 91 model car using all four major 3D printing processes (FDM, Polyjet, SLS, and SLA) in just six weeks. The car is a 40 percent scale model and was created with 100 percent 3D-printed parts.
Wearable technologies have long been a sideshow to mainstream laptop and smartphones, but this year Google's glasses and rumors of Apple's iWatch are popularizing the field. Analysts forecast swift growth. Last year the market for wearable technology — encompassing everything from hearing aids to wristband pedometers — totaled almost $9 billion. That should climb to $30 billion by 2018, said analyst Shane Walker at IHS Global Insights.
NASA is preparing to launch a 3D printer into space next year, a toaster-sized game changer that greatly reduces the need for astronauts to load up with every tool, spare part or supply they might ever need. The printers would serve as a flying factory of infinite designs, creating objects by extruding layer upon layer of plastic from long strands coiled around large spools.
It sits on your desktop and makes 3D models for you. 3D printer manufacturer MakerBot has created a $1400 digitizer that can scan objects in 3D. Set an object on the turntable, watch the laser and camera go to work, and then sent the scan to the 3D printer.
This Ford F750 World Cruiser pick-up truck, with its full living room, kitchen, bathroom, and enough beds for 6, was built by Dunkel Industries and cost $6 million to build. It also has 4 tons of cargo capacity, perfect for the driver who wants it all.
The buzz around wearable technology has been escalating the past several months. With this market gaining momentum, a key question needs to be addressed: How prepared are manufacturers to design and deliver these new and innovative types of products time and time again?
Lately, there has been a lot of buzz about the new and emerging technologies in manufacturing that are likely to produce major industry changes in the coming months and years. One such area of technology, as identified by the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) group, is remanufacturing.
3D printing is going further and further every day, and perhaps soon, to a galaxy far, far away. NASA is using 3D printing technology to build complicated rocket components faster and cheaper. NASA is currently testing a rocket engine, it's thruster produced by a 3D printer.
Among the teams competing in next month's 3000 kilometer World Solar Challenge race across Australia, is a group from the University of New South Wales that's built a solar-powered vehicle designed to look like a conventional car. In a field dominated by vehicles that look anything but conventional, the car provides a glimpse of what we could be driving on the roads in years to come.
As automakers race to make cheaper electric cars with greater battery range, General Motors is working on one that can go 200 miles per charge at a cost of about $30,000, a top company executive said. Vice President of Global Product Development Doug Parks wouldn't say when or if such a car will be built, however.
More than 40 state legislatures have debated the increasing presence of unmanned aircraft in civilian airspace, with most of the proposals focused on protecting people from overly intrusive surveillance by law enforcement. But Texas' law tips the scales in police favor — giving them broad freedoms to use drones during investigations and allowing them to bypass a required search warrant if they have suspicions of illegal activity.
In the early part of the 20th century, if you were buying a very expensive, luxury car, you'd probably commission a car to be made just for you. The 1928 Mercedes Saoutchik has seats covered in lizard skin, is powered by a 6.8 liter super-charged 6-cylinder engine, and recently sold for over $8 million.
Brothers Marc and Shanon Parker took their love for sci-fi and comic books and started Parker Brothers Concepts, where they manufacture outrageous, street-legal vehicles for Hollywood and TV shows. According to the Parkers, they build the "strange and unusual."
SpaceX is exploring methods for engineers to accelerate their workflow by designing more directly in 3D. The company is integrating breakthroughs in sensor and visualization technologies to view and modify designs more naturally and efficiently than by using purely 2D tools. SpaceX is just beginning, but eventually hopes to build the fastest route between the idea of a rocket and the reality of the factory floor.
Richard Van As, a South African carpenter, lost four fingers from his right hand to a circular saw two years ago. He was unable to afford the tens of thousands of dollars to get a myoelectric hand, so he decided to build his own. After seeing a video posted online of a mechanical hand made for a costume in a theater production, he reached out to its designer, Ivan Owen, in Seattle.
The 1935 Avions Voisin C25 Aerodyne was designed by an aviation designer and takes cues from airplanes of that era. The designer of the Voisin was originally an aviation designer and wanted to transfer aviation design to the automobile to create the best car he could. It recently sold at Pebble Beach for $1.925 million.