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3D printing to enter the metal age


Posted on Tuesday, 15 October, 2013 | Comment icon 10 comments

The ability to print metal objects would benefit a number of industries. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Wiki/foobar
An ambitious new project aims to use 3D printing technology to produce objects made out of metal.
The ability to produce physical three-dimensional objects on demand from a printing device promises to revolutionize manufacturing processes in a variety of different industries. Low cost 3D printers are even set to make their way in to people's homes as the technology improves and prices come down.

Up until now 3D printers have worked primarily with plastic, but a new collaborative effort called "The Amaze Project" is aiming to bring together 28 institutions to advance the technology to the point at which it will be possible to print objects directly out of metal.

Metal printing would enable manufacturers to produce increasingly lightweight, strong and complex metal components for use in cars, planes, science projects and rockets with minimal waste.

"We want to build the best quality metal products ever made. Objects you can't possibly manufacture any other way," said ESA's David Jarvis. "We need to clean up our act - the space industry needs to be more green. And this technique will help us."

Source: BBC News | Comments (10)

Tags: 3D Printing


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by wuhugm on 15 October, 2013, 14:19
for metal I guess they will use the block cutting method rather than molding liquid/powder metal
Comment icon #2 Posted by rashore on 15 October, 2013, 15:00
3D metal printing has already been happening. Some of it quite seriously too. There's even already a home bot for metal- it made it's debut at the New York Maker Faire this year.
Comment icon #3 Posted by paperdyer on 15 October, 2013, 17:01
Well 3D printed guns don't work, but I'm sure 3D printed metal ones will. Just what the world needs
Comment icon #4 Posted by rashore on 15 October, 2013, 17:29
Well yes, it could be used for that. There are a handful of metal printing companies out there. It can also be used for this... 3D printed rocket The bot article was condensed badly I think. If you click the source to the BBC link, it's a much better and fuller story.
Comment icon #5 Posted by mumanster on 15 October, 2013, 18:34
Stupid reporter, metal 3D printing has been around for years, some even have gigantic ones and those made for the amateurs are now 3rd gen...
Comment icon #6 Posted by Mikko-kun on 15 October, 2013, 21:23
I agree. It's a shame gunpowder aint metal though.
Comment icon #7 Posted by TheConspiracy on 26 October, 2013, 9:30
Am I the only one who laughed when they read "Jarvis"?
Comment icon #8 Posted by Hartmut on 31 October, 2013, 13:29
Whatever it is right now, or is not not, does not matter. 3D printing will revolutionise the global manufacturing industry just as the Industrial Age did about 100 years ago. And a bit further ahead biological 'spare parts' will be available too.
Comment icon #9 Posted by roaansen on 30 November, 2013, 11:39
Really impressive!!!!!! Got an awesome and interesting information ….thanks for posting this


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