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Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing is the process of adding layers of material to previous layers to create 3D objects, usually from computer controlled models. A variety of techniques can be used, including: aerosol jets and extrusion nozzles that deposit layers of materials, and often heating techniques that use lasers or electron beams to combine or fuse the […]

Printed Gloves

3D printing is constantly becoming more practical and useful. Iron Man’s new suit gloves were fabricated using 3D printers. Iron Man 2’s Secret Sauce: 3-D Printing – [] Maybe the most cutting-edge facet of Iron Man 2’s production was the real-life fabrication of the suits. Using 3-D printers, the film’s production company, Legacy Effects, was […]


A rapid prototyping fabrication machine is known as a “fabber”. CNC or Computer Numerically Controlled machine tools take instructions from a computer, often in the form of a computer aided design (CAD) output and produce precisely constructed objects. 3D printer add successive layers of material to create 3D objects. This is called “additive manufacturing” and […]

Printing Body Tissue

Scaffolds made of biodegradable materials have been used to help regrow body tissues from a few “seed” cells that are placed in the scaffold. As the cells reproduce, the scaffold degrades and eventually the new tissue displaces the scaffold. Now scientists are using rapid prototyping techniques to make more precise scaffolds in three dimensions. There […]


A rapid prototyper is a machine that can manufacture items according to specifications handled by computer control. A universal constructor is a machine that can make other industrial products, including replicating itself. The RepRap project uses rapid prototyping to create a universal constructor and does it all under the open source umbrella. RepRap stands for […]