Printing 3D parts

[Traditional 3D printing uses a powder/glue method to create
a 3D part molded in something like hard plaster; newer methods now produce
metallic parts or parts with metallic components that can be used directly in
equipment being manufactured, saving considerable sums of money. For point of
reference, the Art Department here uses a 3D printer to create jewelry.]

Published by MIT

Printing Parts

Systems that print mechanical components with metal ­powder
could be used to build lighter, more efficient airplanes.

  • September/October 2011
  • By Stuart Nathan

 

http://www.technologyreview.com/energy/38352/

See also http://www.technologyreview.com/energy/38371/
for a more-in-depth photo essay on producing parts with metal components

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