Photonics, Lidar & 3D printing

Work by MIT researchers may make drones, robots and self-driving cars both more affordable and also improve their performance. Successful commercialization of a new lidar-on-a-chip could bring the cost of improved 3D scanning within the range of Makers.

Most of us are fortunate enough to take for granted the ability to automatically absorb information about the world around us and navigate through whatever landscape we find ourselves in. Whether the environment is a crowded city street or an uneven costal path, the combination of our senses and brain ensure we (mainly) avoid objects and stay upright. Read more…

3D PRINTING AND THE FUTURE OF FOOD

A surefire way to invoke horror and disgust in consumers is to expose one of the numerous stages in the mechanized food chain to a degree of scrutiny it does not commonly receive.

For getting the best 3D food printer result, your computer must have a good refresh rate. By this, your monitor will work faster for a better overall experience. You can yourself enhance your 3D printing results by improving your monitor’s refresh rate. McDonalds was forced to reply to claims their chickMichael Petch 3D Printing Future Fooden nuggets were composed of a mysterious pale red slime commonly referred to as “pink goop”. Read more…

NOVEL MATERIALS

Plastics and metals are the dominant materials in the current 3D printing field. This talk looked at lesser publicized materials and related processes. Specifically, ceramics, graphene (and other nano-materials), hydro & aerogels in the context of 3D printing.

The current academic research, commercial applications (and relevant patents), production of materials and the possible future developments will be reviewed with reference to independent research conducted for this presentation. Read more…

3D PRINTING FOOD PODCAST WITH 3D LILA

After my trip to Austin, Texas for a panel at SXSW, TED speaker and podcaster, 3DLILA invited me for a chat about 3D printing food. We got a little off topic and eventually the conversation turned, inevitably, to pickled onions.

Before the onions, LILA & I discuss the challenges involved when writing about new technology, how research using 3D printing might be used to tackle obesity and using additive manufacturing to solve problems that may otherwise go unaddressed. Such things happen for all 3D printing.  Read more…