Engineering

Rocket fuel and 3-D printing

James Cook University scientists in Australia are using 3-D printing to create fuels for rockets, and using tailor-made rocket motors they've built to test the fuels.

Energy & Green Tech

Highly efficient solar cells thanks to solid foundation

The sun is an inexhaustible and sustainable source of energy. Hence, photovoltaics is gaining importance in German energy production. Among promising materials for solar cells—with a high efficiency and low production costs—are ...

Consumer & Gadgets

Five 3-D printing myths

The first conviction for 3-D printing a firearm was recently reported in London, not long after 3-D printed masks were used to trick face recognition. Should we be afraid?

Robotics

Get up and go bots getting closer, study says

Robotics researchers at the University of California San Diego have for the first time used a commercial 3-D printer to embed complex sensors inside robotic limbs and grippers. But they found that materials commercially available ...

Engineering

Thinking about future mobility and production engineering

Transport paths of people and goods are the main arteries of our networked society, locally as daily used commutes or globally as international merchant shipping routes on the oceans. Classical transport means, however, no ...

Engineering

Automated system generates robotic parts for novel tasks

An automated system developed by MIT researchers designs and 3-D prints complex robotic parts called actuators that are optimized according to an enormous number of specifications. In short, the system does automatically ...

Engineering

Engineers 3-D print flexible mesh for ankle and knee braces

Hearing aids, dental crowns, and limb prosthetics are some of the medical devices that can now be digitally designed and customized for individual patients, thanks to 3-D printing. However, these devices are typically designed ...

Engineering

Creating 3-D images with regular ink

This month, 5,000 distinctive cans of Fuzzy Logic beer will appear on local shelves as part of Massachusetts-based Portico Brewing's attempt to stand out in the aesthetically competitive world of craft beer.

Engineering

A new era in 3-D printing

In the mid-15th century, a new technology that would change the course of history was invented. Johannes Gutenberg's printing press, with its movable type, promoted the dissemination of information and ideas that is widely ...

Robotics

A face-following robot arm with emotion detection

Researchers at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) have recently developed a face-following robotic arm with emotion detection inspired by Pixar Animation Studios' Luxo Jr. lamp. This robot was presented by Vernon Stanley ...

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