New 3D objects make learning fun

Additive manufacturing and 3D printing have now been around for more than thirty years. Touted as heralding the advent of the third industrial revolution, desktop manufacturing promises to fundamentally alter the way that average citizens envision and create the...

A better way to build?

When we think of 3D printers, we tend to envision either something small that can fit on a tabletop for home fabricators or maybe an industrial machine about the size of a phone booth. Most of the parts made for consumer and industrial applications can typically fit...

Not of this Earth

One of the essential considerations when designing a product for rapid prototyping, be it in metal or plastics, is the need for supports to hold up the structure while it’s being built up layer-by-layer. The inexorable pull of gravity will deform surface...

Is this the future of 3D printing?

3D printing is still a relatively new manufacturing technology when compared to traditional machining operations, which have been used in some form for hundreds of years.   The industry is changing and growing so fast that categories are rapidly being drawn up to...

What’s in a color?

Remember when personal computers first started coming into the modern workplace? Almost all of them, regardless of manufacturer, used the same ubiquitous colored plastic case. Called “putty”, it was a generic light brown mixed with off-white, and you would...

Corporate social responsibility in a progressive shop

As China’s economy has grown enormously over the last few decades, hundreds of thousands of small shops and factories have sprouted up all over the country to take advantage of the influx of foreign capital and those buyers and product developers looking for low...

Carrying on the family tradition

Jay Hood is not his real name. It took a little while for this to come out in our conversation. His real name is – promise not to tell anyone – Gerald Washington Hood the 3rd. But his father was called Jerry and so our man is known as Jay. Jay’s...

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