Dutch startup plans first 3D printed steel bridge to span Amsterdam canal.

A Dutch startup has unveiled plans to use robotic printers to weld the structure drop-by-drop in the first large-scale test of the technology. The company has unveiled plans to build the world’s first 3D-printed bridge across an Amsterdam canal, a technique that could become standard on future construction sites. Using robotic printers “that can ‘draw’ steel structures in 3D, we will print a (pedestrian) bridge over water in the centre of Amsterdam,” engineering startup company MX3D said in a st...
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Xerox printed memory labels aim to curb counterfeiting.

Xerox on Wednesday announced a pair of printed packaging labels with embedded memory designed to help curb counterfeiting. Also known as printed memory, the labels are equipped with up to 36 bits of rewritable memory. That may not sound like much in a world that deals largely in gigabytes and terabytes but according to Xerox, it’s enough to store up to 68 billion points of data. The product line-up is made up of the aforementioned Xerox Printed Memory and the second offering is the same except t...
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3D printed objects may be toxic

Parts produced by some commercial 3D printers may be toxic, according to a new study that raises concerns about how to dispose of parts and waste materials from the devices which are becoming increasingly popular. Researchers at the University of California, Riverside studied two common types of 3D printers, one that melts plastic to build a part, and another that uses light to turn a liquid into a solid part. They found that parts from both types of printers were measurably toxic to zebrafish e...
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New graphene based inks for high-speed manufacturing of printed electronics.

Developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge in collaboration with Cambridge-based Technology Company Novalia, the method allows graphene and other electrically conducting materials to be added to conventional water-based inks and printed using typical commercial equipment. This is the first time that graphene has been used for printing on a large-scale commercial printing press at high speed. A low-cost, high-speed method for printing graphene inks using a conventional roll-to-roll p...
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ScanMarker – The incredible digital highlighter.

Scanmarker is a pen-shaped digital highlighter. Just slide it across any printed text, and it instantly transfers the text into any application on your computer. The pen tip is clear and relatively slim, allowing the user to see what he/she is scanning. It feels similar to a pen in your hand, but as you move over sentences on the page, it will scan them and type them onto your computer. It can retype text 30 times faster than manual typing, and your computer will read out loud what you have scan...
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World’s first 3D-printed electric car

Order and pick up your customized personal car. That's the vision of Arizona-based company Local Motors. Local Motors plans to transform the traditional automotive world with the launch of a three dimensional (3D) printed car next year. Strati is an electric car developed by Local Motors and manufactured in collaboration with Cincinnati Incorporated and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. It is made from ABS plastic that has been enforced with carbon fibre. The car was manufactured using a Larg...
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