Idaho’s cows produce a lot of manure in a year. One research team is using that manure to create biodegradable plastic. Read more »
3D printers have been all over the news for their potential to change our lives. Here’s a look at where the technology is really heading. Read more »
A grant will go toward developing 3D printed objects that could make a solider’s uniform shift to be camouflage or resistant to shrapnel. Read more »
NASA’s website is down today due to the government shutdown. It turns out that the agency also had to cancel or postpone all of its public activities and events, including a workshop where attendees planned to consider how to redirect potentially civilization-destroying asteroids heading toward Earth. So if we are ever a day too late to stop an asteroid, remember today.
Due to the gov't shutdown, all public NASA activities/events are cancelled or postponed until further notice. Sorry for the inconvenience.—
(@NASA) October 01, 2013
For less than $600, Glasgow startup Alba Orbital will send you all the parts necessary to build a pocket-sized satellite. It’s the latest effort on a crowdfunding website to bring space research to the masses. But don’t get too excited: The cost doesn’t include a ticket to get your satellite into space, which is still likely to run you around $30,000. That is cheaper than the $200,000 it currently costs to get a small satellite into orbit, but not exactly affordable for the budding space explorer.
The National Science Foundation recently awarded $745,000 to Graphene Frontiers, which wants to adapt roll-to-roll manufacturing to the emerging material. Read more »
For the first time ever, a person was able to walk with a robotic leg controlled by thought alone. A video shows a man walking through downtown Chicago and even kicking a football with the leg.
Using 100-year-old knowledge of an alternative audio technology, researchers were able to create a simpler speaker that might be possible to manufacture affordably. Read more »
3D printers are cumbersome, breakable things. But not LumiFold, a 3D printer seeking funding on IndieGoGo. The printer folds up into a calculator-shaped stick that includes a carrying handle. It’s available for $390 and is scheduled to be delivered in December. While LumiFold’s creators, who are based in Venice, Italy, have already reached their funding goal, they set it extremely low. They’ve raised about $3,300 to date, which isn’t exactly impressive. I guess most people weren’t impressed by LumiFold’s max print size of 90 x 90 x 90 millimeters.
I had some troubles creating a design in a computer aided design program, so I decided to try a program that generates a design from reality. It went OK. Read more »
3D Robotics wants to be ready when commercial applications for drones explode. But it also wants to bring aerial robotics to the average user. Read more »
The drone company will use the funding to improve its robots’ aerial surveillance abilities. Read more »
Crowdsourcing website JumpStartFund announced last month that it was creating a platform for the public to contribute ideas and plans for the hyperloop, an ultra-high speed transit system proposed by Elon Musk. After a month of planning, JumpStartFund will now spin the project into a company. It announced today that former SpaceX director of operations Marco Villa and former American Society of Civil Engineers president Patricia Galloway will lead the project. JumpStartFund contributors can volunteer to work full time on the project in exchange for equity.
Most 3D printers are limited in how large of an object they can print. While professional printers might have a print bed that measures two feet or more across, consumer printers are usually limited to inches. MIT researchers have developed a way to print interlocking pieces that snap together in an obvious way, expanding what you can print on a small bed.
Manufacturing the emerging nanomaterial is difficult and expensive. The new method is simpler and potentially better for the environment. Read more »
Carbon nanotubes can be used to create smaller transistors, leading to more powerful and efficient computers. Read more »
Wearable devices will benefit from stretchy displays, which could also be incorporated into clothing, robots and our surroundings. Read more »
Universities’ patents don’t always pay off, despite the difficult process they go through to obtain them. About 95 percent of patents are never licensed at all, causing universities to turn elsewhere to cash in. Sometimes that means working with patent trolls.
A new device compares internal and external readings of a patient’s heartbeat. If they match, accessing an implanted device is allowed. Read more »
Until this year, a 3D printer below $1,000 was pretty much unheard of. But more and more affordable options put a 3D printer within reach of the average person. Read more »
I have my 3D design file, and now I want to 3D print it. Things don’t go very smoothly. Read more »
At $200, the MakiBox might take the prize for the cheapest 3D printer out there. The team behind the printer just released a video detailing the user experience. Skip to the 22 minute mark for all of the action.
The sparse amount of methane found on the planet’s surface keeps getting sparser, but future methane-finding missions will go ahead anyway. Read more »
Communication becomes more difficult as a company grows from a handful of people with diverse skills to a large organization with narrow roles. Structure:Europe panelists had some ideas for how to handle the shift. Read more »
Intellectual property protection is a major concern in the 3D printing industry, due to the possibility people will pirate and print protected designs on their home machines. Read more »
From your desk to space, 3D printing technology is raising a whole host of new possibilities. These four were presented at the Inside 3D Printing conference in San Jose. Read more »
Most 3D printers have one nozzle that lays down layers of plastic. Radiant Fabrication’s two new printers have four and eight. Read more »
3D printing has been around for decades now, whether the general public was aware of it or not. Experts from Stratasys, 3D Systems and Structured Polymers filled a crowd at Inside 3D Printing in on their earliest forays into the industry. Read more »
Snake robots can climb and wriggle into tight, dangerous locations like nuclear reactors. A European study is evaluating if their unique skills would be a good fit for Mars, where they would explore and collect data.
Satellites are built to withstand the great deal of radiation they are exposed to over their lifetime, but better understanding how cycles of extreme radiation work could lead to hardier designs. Read more »
The company hopes items made by employees and artists on-site will inspire others to use their software. Read more »
In 2012, Cornell University and University of Ulm researchers simultaneously reported they had created the thinnest-ever sheet of glass. At just two atoms thick, the glass is far thinner than even a human cell. The researchers created it by layering silicon and oxygen atoms on top of graphene, which is a super strong material made of carbon. They are now being recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records, which will publish the accomplishment in its 2014 book.
Every week, I’m spending some time at Noisebridge and making something. This week, I spent 4.5 hours designing a replacement cap for my water bottle. Next time, I’ll attempt to 3D print it. Read more »
For the first time ever, a manmade object has left the reaches of our Sun and ventured into the cold, gaseous space between distant stars. NASA believes the Voyager 1 probe passed into interstellar space last summer, when new data reveals there was a critical change in the composition of the particles surrounding the probe. Voyager left Earth 36 years ago and is now roughly 12 billion miles from the Sun. “We expect the fields and particles science instruments on Voyager will continue to send back data through at least 2020,” Voyager project manager Suzanne Dodd said in a release. “We can’t wait to see what the Voyager instruments show us next about deep space.”
Bell keynoted the Intel Developer Forum Thursday, when she described the four categories of people’s expectations for technology. Read more »
NASA asked in June that citizens, labs and companies submit ideas for its asteroid initiative. Out of the 400 ideas submitted, the agency is moving forward with 96 ideas. The abstracts were released today. Read more »
People have raised suspicions about botObjects’ claim that its 3D printer can print in multiple colors. The suspicions are understandable considering most 3D printers on the market print in only one or two colors. Like an ink printer, botObjects’ ProDesk3D mixes colors to produce a wide range of hues. botObject just released a new video of their prototype printer in action, and the colors look great. If you’re convinced, it starts shipping next month for a little more or less than $3,000, depending on the model you choose.
Founder Eric Migicovsky said the wrist is an easy place for wearables, as it is a familiar place for technology and able to blend into the average wearer’s lifestyle. Read more »
Nicholas Woodman told a crowd at TechCrunch Disrupt that the company was formed by not having anyone to answer to for years. Read more »
Robots, surgeons and people in many other industries could get a boost from an enhanced sense of remote feeling. Read more »