The article reports that researchers have developed and successfully tested a method for 4D printing. Associate professor H. Jerry Qi from the University of Colorado and Martin L. Dum from Singapore University of Technology and Design incorporated shape memory polymer fibers into the composite materials utilized in traditional 3D printing, which leads to the production of an object fixed in one shape that can later be changed to take on a new shape.
RAPID prototyping, MANUFACTURING processes, TECHNOLOGICAL innovations, ENGINEERING, and THREE-dimensional printing
The author explores his views on the implications of additive layer manufacturing or 3D printing. The technique's ability to use different materials from conventional manufacturing processes, and assemble them layer by layer into an intricate design derived digitally is highlighted. The technology is expected to change the way the engineers make things and change the things they make.
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RAPID prototyping, THREE-dimensional printing, and FUSED deposition modeling
The article reports on growing three-dimensional (3D) or additive printing market due to advances in technology. Topics include expired patent for fused deposition modeling (FDM) in 2009 leading to the emergence of 3D printing for the consumer market, method of taking designs and prototyping through multiple iterations and investments in the additive technology by several companies such as acquisition of major stakes in additive machines designer Concept Laser by General Electric (GE).
PROTOTYPES, AERONAUTICAL instruments, SURFACE of the earth, RADIOSONDE observations of the upper atmosphere, and RADIOTELETYPE
The article reports on the Atmospheric Science Through Robotic Aircraft (ASTRA) Atom prototype or the balloon-borne platform which will be used by the scientists at Southampton University in studying the surface of the earth. It says that the ASTRA Atom can carry a payload that contains atmospheric monitoring equipment such as radiosondes. It also mentions that two tracking strategies can be used in tracking the atom such as installing a mobile phone sim and radioteletype technology.
RAPID prototyping, AIRCRAFT motors & motor parts manufacturing, THREE-dimensional printing, AIRPLANE design, and AIRPLANE motors
The article discusses the increased use of three-dimensional (3D) printing or additive manufacturing for functional aircraft components to reduce aircraft structure cost and weight and enhance engineers' ability in designing parts. Topics include aircraft manufacturer Airbus' Flying Test Bed A380 aircraft's engine front bearing which has 3D printed vane components, LEAP engine's fuel nozzles to be printed by conglomerate General Electric (GE), and Titanium Powder (TiPOW) development programme.
PROTOTYPES, RAPID prototyping, CONCURRENT engineering, and MOLDS (Casts & casting)
The article describes a method of producing prototype moulds for vacuum-forming processes. Invented by Brunel University student, Patrick Bion, the system provides an alternative to the additive manufacturing technique of rapid prototyping, enabling product developers to make changes to prototypes more quickly. Bion hopes to commercialize the system to make it accessible to industry.
RAPID prototyping, THREE-dimensional printing, FOOD spoilage, MILK quality, and ELECTRONICS
The article reports on the use of three-dimensional (3D) printing in incorporating electronics into wireless smart cap. This method was done by a team of engineers from the University of California in Berkeley and the National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan. The smart cap has the capacity to sense when a milk has gone sour.
ENGINEERING design, TECHNOLOGICAL innovations, NEW product development, RAPID prototyping, COMMERCIAL products, and LIFESTYLES
The author reflects on the significance of a new design concept which asks whether more easily upgradeable technology could help reduce the amount humans throw away. He describes the negative consequences of the rapid advance of technology and a consumer culture that creates constant demand for new products. He argues in favor of a Sony-led brainstorming project aimed at generating ideas on sustainable lifestyles.
The article announces that a safer and pyrotechnic-free design for space valves developed by Sam Hyde and Valdis Krumins at the Design and Prototyping Group of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre has won the UK Space Propulsion Innovation Award of the UK Space Agency in Great Britain.
INDUSTRIAL design coordination, USER interfaces (Computer systems), CURRICULA (Courses of study), DIGITAL technology, and UNDERGRADUATES
The article provides information on a new master's course in digital service design created by Brunel University in London, England with several digital design firms which aims to equip students the skills that the digital industry says are lacking in starters. It cites the students' lack of understanding of system architecture, visual design or the psychology needed to build a user interface. The topics covered by the course include design, rapid prototyping and research methodologies.
ENGINEERS, INDUSTRIAL technicians, and NATIONAL curriculum
The article reports on the warning by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) that Great Britain risks failing the next generation of engineers and technicians if proposed changes to the National Curriculum are implemented. Industrial engineer and businessman James Dyson argued that proposed changes to the curriculum lack the ambition needed to encourage young people into engineering. He added that curriculum should be about problem-solving, prototyping and learning by doing.
The article reports that precision components, prototyping and low-volume production provider Advanced Chemical Etching (ACE) has opened a building in Shropshire, England to expand its factory size to 20,000 square feet, investing over 1 million British pounds.
The article informs that development process of footwear manufacturer C & J Clark International Ltd. has been transformed by digitizing prototyping with help from Z Corporation three dimensional printing technology.
ENGINEERS, RAPID prototyping, THREE-dimensional printing, and COMPOSITE materials
The article reports that engineers at Bristol University have created the first demonstration of 3D printing of composite materials. The study has been published in the journal "Smart Materials and Structures." It demonstrates a new method in which ultrasonic waves position reinforcement fibres as part of the three-dimensional printing process.
RAPID prototyping, CELLULOSE, BIOPRINTING, THREE-dimensional printing, HYDROGELS, and CARBON nanotubes
The article focuses on a research on the use of bioprinter to create electrically conductive three-dimensional (3D) objects from cellulose. Topics covered include the environmental advantages on the use of cellulose in additive manufacturing, the ability of mixing cellulose nanofibrils in a hydrogel to address the difficulty of using cellulose in additive manufacturing, and the role of carbon nanotubes in the project.
RESEARCH institutes, RAPID prototyping, DRONE aircraft, THREE-dimensional printing, POLYMERS, FUSED deposition modeling, and VEHICLE design & construction
The article reports on the development of the 1.5 meter-wide prototype unmanned aerial vehicle by Sheffield, England-based Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre which features 3D printing complex designs. It states that the polymer craft could form the basis of cheap and could be deployed in emergencies like the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in March 2014. It mentions that 3D printing techniques like the fused deposition modelling has been used in rapid prototype versions of products.