0 Have your say A 3D printing start-up has been producing its first pieces using what is described as the world’s most advanced metal printing machine, the first such device to be commercially available in the UK. Brechin-based Angus 3D Solutions was last year awarded a £175,000 grant by Zero Waste Scotland from its Circular Economy Investment Fund to purchase the Markforged Metal-X 3D printer.It uses the latest atomic diffusion additive manufacturing (Adam) technology – where metal powders are encased in plastic binders and then melted off to create designs previously impossible to manufacture, enabling “unprecedented” detail as well boosting speed and cutting cost.Angus 3D’s machine brings new metal printing capabilities to the UK market.The firm has used it to print lightweight custom parts for a bicycle business and components for a new product design for an oil and gas company as well as remanufacture obsolete components … [Read more...] about Angus 3D printing firm presses button on new hi-tech device
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2019 will see the first mass-market generation of 5G-enabled handsets go on sale while 3D printing will finally makes its mark. That’s according to Deloitte’s latest predictions for the UK’s technology, media and telecoms sector trends for 2019. The business advisory firm predicts that sales related to 3D printing by large public companies will surpass £2.1bn in 2019 and £2.4bn in 2020, growing by 12.5 per cent year-on-year, more than double its growth rate compared to just a few years ago. It said this growth will be driven by faster printing speeds, larger printing volume and, crucially, an increase in the number of materials able to be printed. Metal is expected to overtake plastics and represent more than half of all 3D printing within the next two years. Claire Jolly, head of TMT at Deloitte in the North West, said: “Plastic is fine for prototypes and certain final parts, but the trillion-dollar metal-parts fabrication market is the more important … [Read more...] about Smart speakers, 3D printing and 5G will be big for 2019
ANDROID users are being warned about their security after face-scanners on popular phones were fooled by a fake head. Major brands like Samsung and LG were tricked by the 3D-printed face, allowing instant access to the locked phone. Back in 2017, Apple introduced a feature called Face ID on the iPhone X (which returned on the iPhone XR and iPhone XS this year). It used a complex system of sensors to scan your face, verifying your identity extremely accurately. Apple says the chances of someone else being able to unlock your phone with Face ID is one in a million. Android phone makers quickly copied the tech, but generally introduced less complicated versions – with significantly worse accuracy. Now a Forbes cybersecurity writer has put these copycat phones to the test, by pitting them against a 3D-printed head. Thomas Brewster tasked a start-up called Backface in Birmingham, UK, with creating an accurate 3D-printed head. The head, built from gypsum powder, can be produced in just … [Read more...] about Android users at RISK as face scanner unlocked by 3D-printed head worth £300 – but iPhone is ‘impenetrable’
Aamer Madhani and Andrew Wolfson USA TODAY Published 9:48 p.m. UTC Aug 1, 2018 If gun rights activist Cody Wilson gets his way in his ongoing legal battle, soon anybody – including convicted felons and the mentally ill – with a few raw materials and access to an industrial 3D printer could build a plastic firearm, gun-control advocates say. But will people, particularly a criminal or someone else intent on carrying out violence, bother to make the effort? Tech experts and stakeholders in the gun-control debate are divided on whether the emergence of 3D-printed plastic guns presents an immediate new safety threat to U.S communities. A federal judge in Seattle on Tuesday placed a temporary injunction until Aug. 10 against Wilson from publishing his blueprints on his website, Defcad.com. Some 3D print experts, however, say even if Wilson wins his battle, the plastic gun is, at least at this point, not a practical weapon. “It’s not feasible to print … [Read more...] about 3D-printed guns might be inevitable. But are they a practical weapon of choice for criminals?
A team of researchers, scientists and engineers from France have created a 3D printed house in just a matter of hours. For the first time ever, the four-bedroom house will serve as a permanent home for a family of five. The 1,022-square-foot house, located in the northwestern French city of Nantes, only took about two days - or 54 hours - to complete. Scroll down for video A team of researchers, scientists and engineers from France have created a 3D printed house in just a matter of hours. Pictured is a rendering of the 1,022-square-foot house HOW DID FRENCH SCIENTISTS BUILD A 3D PRINTED HOUSE? A team of researchers, scientists and architects designed a 3D printed house in Nantes, France. It will become the first-ever 3D printed house to be permanently inhabited. To build it, they used a novel BatiPrint 3D printing process. A robotic machine prints the walls from the ground up. Each wall … [Read more...] about 3D printing system creates family home for five in France in 54 hours