INNOVATIONS BLOG

3D Printed houses in 24hrs and under 10k...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Jun 7, 2018 7:15:00 PM

There aren’t a ton of ways to build a house other than the way houses have always been built, which is to say, by putting up four walls then adding a roof. This ages-old technique had to be modernized at some point, though, and as with everything else in our lives these days, technology’s delivering that modernization. In this case, instead of being built the old-fashioned way, houses can now be printed.

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Topics: 3D Printing

Want to setup your own plastic recycling workshop?

Posted by NOVATION Staff on May 29, 2018 9:03:13 AM

One of our greatest ecological challenges, in my estimate, is tackling the problem of plastic waste. The Earth simply can not sustain the levels of pollution generated by a material that can take anywhere from 80 (plastic cup) to one million (plastic jug) years to decompose. The stats are so grim for plastic waste that whenever I refresh on my numbers, I fall into a deep depression as I try to imagine the world just 50 or 100 years from now. According to the Institute for Sustainable Communication, plastic garbage in the ocean alone kills one million sea creatures a year; Americans use 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour; and Americans only recycle 1-2% of the 10.5 million tons of plastic waste generated annually.

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Topics: Innovative Ideas, 3D Printing, Recycling Plastic

3D graphene structure is strongest and lightest material in the world...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Feb 11, 2018 10:30:00 AM

graphene material.gifResearchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a new graphene material that is one of the strongest in the world while also being lightweight in form. The new graphene material is 10-times stronger than steel with only 5% of its density. MIT researchers have designed the lightweight material by taking small flakes of graphene, previously considered one of the strongest forms of material in the world, and compressing and fusing them into a mesh-like structure that not only retains the material’s strength but the graphene remains porous.

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Topics: 3D Printing

3D Printing on the Go...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Jan 5, 2018 8:50:39 AM

3D printer manufacturer MakeX has launched the world’s first commercial backpack for 3D printing on the go. Designed to hold a MIGO desktop FDM 3D printer, this new accessory allows anybody to seamlessly pack, unpack and even move their machine around while it is in the process of 3D printing. It brings a whole new dimension of portability to the MIGO 3D printer, the first desktop FDM 3D printer from MakeX. The Kickstarter campaign has beaten the funding goal, and still has sometime to run.

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3D Printed Mini Aircraft Using Polyamide...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Jul 28, 2016 12:30:00 PM

A small-sized pilotless aircraft made using 3D printing (additive layer manufacturing) processes is showcasing Airbus’ pioneering and innovative spirit.  Airbus is using this mini aircraft project – known as THOR (Testing High-tech Objectives in Reality) – as a testbed for futuristic aircraft technologies: from 3D-printed structural parts to advanced aerodynamics and even artificial intelligence. “Print me an airplane” The initial THOR version weighs approximately 21 kg. and can fit in a four-meter-by-four-meter square. It is powered by two 1.5 kW electrically-driven propellers, and 90 per cent of its structural components were 3D printed from plastic polyamide powder.  “This mini aircraft does not represent an actual airliner design Airbus is considering, rather it is a platform to enable low-risk and fast-track development of different technologies in real flying conditions,” explained Detlev Konigorski of Airbus’ Emerging Technologies & Concepts activity in Germany, who oversees the THOR project. “The first version was to test whether the slogan ‘Print me an airplane’ can be converted into reality.”  A major advantage for THOR is the short lead time of 3D printing, which significantly reduced development time for producing the technology demonstrator compared to traditional manufacturing methods. Using an existing design concept, it took approximately seven weeks to print the THOR aircraft’s 60 structural segments, followed by approximately one week for assembly and three days to fine tune the electrical systems before it was flight-ready.

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Custom Fit Sustainably Made 3D Printed Shoes...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Jul 26, 2016 7:30:00 AM

Feetz, one of the companies to use 3D printing technology to make custom fit, sustainably made shoes for every pair of feet, announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with one of the leading footwear retailers DSW Inc. Together the two companies plan to use Feetz' technology and DSW Inc.'s considerable retail footprint and customer base to bring affordable custom fit, sustainably made shoes to consumers. As part of this relationship, DSW Inc. led Feetz's Series A funding which also included participation from existing investors Khosla Ventures and The Jump Fund. Erin Kelly, Senior Director of Innovation at DSW, Inc will join Uli Becker previously CEO of Reebok and Vijit Sabnis of Khosla Ventures on the Feetz board. "DSW is excited at the possibility of bringing Feetz's innovative technology to our customers. The Feetz model will allow our customers to purchase true custom fit shoes at a fraction of what traditional bespoke shoes cost. We believe that giving customers the ability to purchase on-demand, affordable, custom fit shoes has the potential to disrupt the footwear market as we know it today," said Simon Nankervis Chief Commercial Officer of DSW Inc. "We've been amazed with the demand and the positive feedback we've received from our early Feetz customers. We've been perfecting and protecting our technology for the last 18 months so every customer gets what they deserve - a shoe that fits. Our new 3D printing manufacturing facility in San Diego, the first of its kind, will fulfill thousands of orders per month. DSW's impressive reach and customer centricity makes them the perfect partner for Feetz," said Lucy Beard, Founder and CEO of Feetz.

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Revolutionizing Personalized 3D Printed Fashion

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Jul 12, 2016 1:24:36 PM

The 18-month project, known as 3D Fashion, will see Dr Bingham – among the world leaders in his field - produce 3D wearable, full size, Additive Manufacturing (AM) textile garments and footwear - with design input from a major fashion house. Advancements in AM textiles have made it possible to produce 3D printed garments directly from raw material, such as polymer, in a single manufacturing operation. This technology not only has the potential to reduce waste, labor costs and CO2, but can modernize clothing production by encouraging localized manufacturing and production. Currently, garment manufacture generates 1.8 million tons of waste material - equivalent to 70kg or 100 pairs of jeans per UK household, with 6.3 billion m³ of water used in the process - equivalent to 200,000 liters per year per household or 1,000 filled bathtubs. Dr Bingham said: “With 3D printing there is no limit to what you can build and it is this design freedom which makes the technology so exciting by bringing to life what was previously considered to be impossible. Personalized 3D printed fashion - manufactured within 24 hours - is the end goal of a new project led by Loughborough University that’s set to change the way we shop for clothes. Dr Guy Bingham, Senior Lecturer in Product and Industrial Design, has teamed up with global textile and garment manufacturer the Yeh Group, to embark on landmark work in 3D textile printing that could revolutionize how clothes and footwear are made.

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3D Printing Solutions for Composite Tooling at SAMPE 2016

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Jul 6, 2016 1:00:55 PM

MINNEAPOLIS & REHOVOT, Israel -- Stratasys Ltd., the 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions company, presented its new 3D printingsolutions for composite tooling at SAMPE 2016 (Booth I32, May 23 - 26, Long Beach, CA), introducing composites manufacturers to new operational efficiencies, greater design freedom and faster time to market. New 3D Printed Sacrificial Tooling Solution Designed to Produce Complex Hollow Composite Parts Faster 3D printed sacrificial tooling, or more specifically 3D printed molds and mandrels, enable manufacturers to rapidly and cost-effectively create complex composite parts with geometries that would normally trap the tool. To further improve the process, Stratasys is introducing an innovative sacrificial tooling solution. It features Stratasys' new ST-130 material along with alternative fill patterns (patent pending) designed for faster dissolution, rapid build speed, and greatly improved tool quality and autoclave performance.



"Stratasys produced composite tools allows us to develop the same types of products much faster without compromising quality or performance of the part," said Rick Heise, President, Swift Engineering.

The new ST-130 material is available for the Stratasys Fortus 450mc and 900mc Production 3D Printers.

 

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3-D Printers are Poised to Disrupt the Economy...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Jun 11, 2016 9:00:00 AM

It's Monday morning. Your alarm goes off, and you slowly spill out of bed. You shuffle along to the kitchen and pour a fresh cup of coffee in your favorite mug — all set to start a new work week. But as you reach for some sweetener to add in, your arm knocks the mug off the counter, shattering it on the floor. How do you replace it? Not long ago, the only solution would be to go back to the store where you bought it and hope they have another one. That mug from your vacation eight years ago is out of stock? You're out of luck. Today, you can search online at any number of retail websites type "coffee mug" into Amazon, and you get 4.6 million results but you still have to wait at least a couple of days for it to be delivered. Ten years from now, you may simply fire up your 3-D printer, download an electronic file and make a new coffee mug in your home. While this may seem like a simple transition in the delivery of a product, 3-D printing (aka additive manufacturing) is actually poised to create a tectonic shift in the manufacturing and retail industries in the near future.

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3D Printed Prototypes Help with Custom Designed Sport Shoes...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Jun 1, 2016 9:34:52 AM

In 200- and 400-meter sprints, an athlete’s control through the track’s curve can add or subtract crucial milliseconds — the difference between being crowned champion and taking second place. For gold-medal-winning American sprinter Allyson Felix, commanding this variable is just one of the many challenges integral to repeating her 2012 success. To address the challenge ahead of Rio, Felix entered into an unprecedented collaboration with Nike, comprising design and engineering research, with the aim of creating a new spike built specifically for the races’ requirements. The Nike Zoom Superfly Flyknit unites extensive scientific analysis from Nike’s Sports Research Lab (NSRL) with computational design by the company’s designers and pixel-level stitch placement by its Flyknit engineers. Combining this data with perception testing by Felix and additional feedback from her coaches, the collective team precisely adapted the spike’s key elements of strength, fit and flex to Felix’s specifications and biomechanics — exemplified by a long, graceful, powerful stride. To tailor the fit to the unique contours of Felix’s foot, a custom last was created specifically for Felix’s size 9.5, AA-width feet. The spike’s plate was also developed to align with Felix’s stiffness preference, a balance of flexibility and pop made possible through 3D print prototyping.

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