Future Links CW 14 – 3D Printing Edition

This week’s future links deal with a new 3D printing hub in the UAE, 3D-printed cement out of recycled industrial waste, a 3D-printed customizable electric bike, 3D printing in a funeral home and laser-based 3D printing.

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DEWA and GE Additive Plan to Open R&D Center in the UAE

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority and GE Additive have joined forces. Their collaboration focuses on developing technologies for an ‘Industrial Internet of Things’, and push the United Arab Emirates to become a 3D printing hub by 2030. Therefore, they aim to establish a R&D Center for renewable solar power. This park has already received a total investment of AED 500 million.

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Renca Produces 3D Printable Cement out of Recycled Industrial Waste

Renca has developed a new cement for 3D printing using recycled materials. The Russian construction start-up hopes to use the material to construct 3D printed buildings. The product made from ash and slag not only has low-impact on the environment, it is also resistance to water and fire. The Apis Cor 3D printer was used to test this geocement.

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Italian Volt Launches 3D Printed Customizable Electric Motorcycle

Recently, Italian Volt has developed Lacama, an electric motorcycle with 3D printed aluminum components. Its performance enables it to go from 0 to 62 mph in 4,2 seconds. Additionally, the bike can recharge up to 80 percent in 40 minutes. Thanks to 3D printing the 12 parts that make up the bike’s body can all be customized in terms of shape and color.

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Beijing Funeral Home Uses 3D Printing to Restore Disfigured Features

The Babaoshan Funeral Home in Beijing has introduced 3D printing to reconstruct disfigured features such as facial or head damage of the deceased. Therefore, they only need a headshot which serves as a template for a face mask. 3D printing makes it look more similar to the original face, than the reconstruction by hand using plasticine, plaster, wax or clay. Furthermore it is faster: The technology only takes up to 10 hours.

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New Additive Manufacturing Process to Push Limitations of Laser-Based 3D Printing

Until now, laser-based 3D printing processes still had their limits as their results seemed more like they have been drawn. But researchers from the University of Sheffield have recently developed a new method that is more reminiscent of painting. The Diode Area Melting method uses an array of laser diodes to melt several large parallel areas of powder at one time. The scientists already plan to expand the system to polymer 3D printing as well as metal 3D printing.

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Cover photo: Constanze Tillmann