Collaborative project advances the knowledge about soft robotics
It often takes a truly multidisciplinary approach to advance a field, In a unique project, art and science are collaborating in a 3D printing project between Le Fresnoy, the French National Studio for Contemporary Arts, and INRIA, the National Institute for Computer Science and Applied Mathematic. An experimental installation shows 3D printed soft robotic sculptures that mimic natural breathing patterns, regularly inflating and deflating, as though part of a single, living organism.
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Jay Leno uses 3D printing to keep vintage car collection in shape
The comedian Jay Leno, best-known as the former host of NBC’s Tonight Show, has a massive car collection. While his mechanics and engineers do their best to keep the collection in great condition, many of Leno’s cars are extremely vintage. Some of his cars are more than 100 years old, and replacement parts are either non-existent or extraordinarily expensive to make traditionally. His team has used 3D printing not only to create parts and casting patterns for these rare vehicle components but also to make parts for Leno’s innovative EcoJet.
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3D printing could lower costs in agriculture
3D printing is making inroads in many areas such as medicine, industrial manufacturing and architecture. Now, experts predict that it will be useful in agriculture as well by enabling farmers to replace or customize parts on their machines faster and at lower costs. The development is expected to take about a decade to catch on but early adopters are already working on prototypes.
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How to combine print and digital marketing campaigns
When it comes to print and digital marketing campaigns, it has become increasingly clear that the most effective campaigns use both formats in a way that complement each other. A look at some statistics show that both forms can be effective if used with a specific goal in mind and that the best campaigns benefit from cross-pollination and an intelligent use of print and digital media.
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Hamburg plans coffee-pod free council buildings
Coffee makers using single-serve coffee packages, so-called coffee pods, have become ubiquitous in recent years. Yet many have criticized the use of pods for the amount of waste they generate. Hamburg has now banned coffee pods and other disposable products from its council buildings as part of a drive to reduce environmental waste. Announced as part of a 150-page ‘Guide to Green Procurement’, the city introduced a ban on buying “certain polluting products or product components” with council money. The ban includes bottled water and beer, chlorine-based cleaning products, air freshener, plastic plates and cutlery.
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Heidelberg will launch world’s first B1 sheetfed inkjet at drupa
Heidelberg will introduce the world’s first B1 sheetfed inkjet press at the upcoming drupa 2016. The company will have the new Primewire 106 seven color single sided press on its stand and available to buy. Built on a classic Heidelberg chassis with Heidelberg paper handling, the Primewire 106 has Fujifilm Samba inkjet heads to provide the imaging. Heidelberg will also launch the Gallus Labelfire at drupa, a webfed inkjet label press. It will also rebrand its Linoprint range as Versafire.
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New on the drupa blog: Electrospray could revolutionize 3D printing
Receiving a five-year, 500,000 USD grant from the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious program for early-career researchers is quite an accomplishment. And Paul Chiarot has ambitious plans to use this money to revolutionize 3D printing. His work may lead to a profound shift in manufacturing technology, one that could improve devices for energy production, healthcare and security. Chiarot developed an electrospray technique that dissolves tiny particles in a solvent and applies them to various surfaces.
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