Bringing cheaper, 'greener' lighting to market with inkjet-printed hybrid quantum dot LEDs
It's not easy going green. For home lighting applications, organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) hold the promise of being both environmentally friendly and versatile. Though not as efficient as regular light-emitting ...
Researcher slashes optics laboratory costs using customizable 3-D printable designs
(Phys.org) —Just as the power of the open-source design has driven down the cost of software to the point that it is accessible to most people, open-source hardware makes it possible to drive down the cost ...
Student engineers design, build, fly 3-D 'printed' airplane
(Phys.org)—When University of Virginia engineering students posted a YouTube video last spring of a plastic turbofan engine they had designed and built using 3-D printing technology, they didn't expect ...
Fully functional loudspeaker is 3-D printed
(Phys.org) —Cornell researchers have 3-D printed a working loudspeaker, seamlessly integrating the plastic, conductive and magnetic parts, and ready for use almost as soon as it comes out of the printer.
'Makers' 3-D print shapes created using new design tool, bare hands
(Phys.org) —A new design tool interprets hand gestures, enabling designers and artists to create and modify three-dimensional shapes using only their hands as a "natural user interface" instead of keyboard ...
As cost goes down, 3-D printers begin to make an impression
Diego Porqueras' Deezmaker store in Pasadena, Calif., is a geeky version of Santa's workshop, brimming with action figures, chess pieces and jewelry. But instead of relying on elves, Porqueras has built his own one-man factory ...
3-D printing gives businesses a low-cost option for odd jobs
What does a business do if the vintage aircraft part a customer needs hasn't been made in decades? For a solution, Airflow Systems of Capistrano Beach, Calif., turned to Rapid Tech at University of California-Irvine. Through ...
Researchers demonstrate internal tagging technique for 3D-printed objects (w/ Video)
The age of 3D printing, when every object so created can be personalized, will increase the need for tags to keep track of everything. Happily, the same 3D printing process used to produce an object can simultaneously generate ...
NASA: Austin, calling Austin. 3-D pizzas to go
Interruptible 3-D printing method wins Gehry prize (w/ Video)
Engineers cut time to 3D-print heterogeneous objects from hours to minutes (w/ Video)
Researchers at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering have developed a faster 3D printing process and are now using it to model and fabricate heterogeneous objects, which comprise multiple materials.
Leading the way in 3D metal printing for industry
The University of Adelaide is working with local companies to investigate 3D metal printing for the development of prototype and operational manufacturing parts.
Breakthrough adds a new dimension to printing (w/ Video)
(Phys.org) —Mechanical and Materials Engineering professor Jun Yang said there's a Chinese saying that "people cannot use a basket to draw water."
Chinese typewriter anticipated predictive text, finds historian
(Phys.org)—By reorganizing the typewriter's characters into ready-made clusters of commonly used words, Mao-era Chinese typists solved problems that cell phones only came to recently.