Engineers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology (IPT) in Aachen, Germany are developing an innovative method for providing 3D printed parts with the load-bearing strength of injection molded components. The project, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), is called “LightFlex.”
While the wide range of 3D print-based DIY projects could keep anybody busy for the rest of their life, some of these projects aim to solve some of the more pressing problems that we’re dealing with as of late – such as climate change and energy usage. With Elon Musk’s recent announcement of the new Tesla Powerwall, his call for action to find solutions for energy-related problems only became more apparent.
Among other alternative energy solutions, wind turbines have been a consistently reliable source of energy that have been around in some form or another for over 1,000 years. While some of the earliest wind turbines were simple windmills for powering a single operation such as gathering water, today’s wind turbines feature state-of-the-art materials and technologies to ensure that they are a reliable supply of power for an electrical grid. Regardless of what form they take on however, a wind turbine is simply a device that converts kinetic energy from the wind into usable electrical power for both domestic and industrial use – and can very easily be made by hand.
This article Create your own electrostatic motor using a 3D printer is first published at 3ders.org.
By definition, open source as a development model enables universal access via a license or restriction-free product design or blueprint, meaning that anybody can improve upon the design or make it their own.
So far we’ve heard of open source software, open source hardware, open source video games and open source web pages… but we haven’t necessarily heard much about an open source car.
This article TABBY is an open source, full-sized car chassis that you can 3D print and drive is first published at 3ders.org.
As more medical researchers adopt additive manufacturing into their toolkit, it seems like each day of the week reveals a new application for 3D printing in the medical sector. While we have seen everything from 3D printed bones and skull implants to h…
Engineers at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, along with a team of student interns have successfully constructed a custom-build aircraft using 3D printed parts and components from surplus unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
This article NASA Engineers build ‘Frankenstein’ aircraft using 3D printed parts & UAV components is first published at 3ders.org.