Future power plant = plants


Photosynthesis.  A relatively simple but highly efficient process of plants using sunlight to split water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen, which produces electrons and creates sugars for the plants growth and reproduction. Plants have evolved this process to a near 100% efficiency -- every photon of sunlight is converted to an equal number of electrons.


To date, even though the sun is the most abundant source of energy on the planet, humans harvest only a small fraction and convert it into energy.  Researchers at the University of Georgia have found a way to tap into the plants photosynthesis process and capture the electrons before the plant can convert them into sugars.  While this work is still in its infancy they do predict that in the near future it could be possible to power remote sensors or other lower powered portable electronic equipment.


But if we imagine beyond this -- what about man made objects that have the intelligence and ability for photosynthesis, such as the vision of the artist Vivien Muller below.  Pretty cool, but let's go another step beyond this. One of the areas where there is much R&D in the 3D printing industry is in material science. And not just to produce better plastics, powered metals and even glass,but to use 3D printers with natural materials and for the creation of meta materials.  Regenerative medicine is certainly pushing the boundaries here, and will stand to make massive changes to in the human existence.  Some researchers are even using 3D printers to produce synthetic meat.  In addition, imagine using this same technology to print synthetic wood, even synthetic trees and plants - a forest.  It will could look exactly like a natural forest (this would be up to the designer of course), with the addition of electrical plugs.



Far fetched?  Less so then you might think.


The possibility of this future is partially what inspired Uformia to develop our new geometric kernel and subsequent tools.  In fact if anyone has seen Turlif speak during the last few years, you have heard these ideas before.


So, why all the fuss over the 3D printed gun when we have things like this to discuss?


Via Slashdot



GE Uses 3D Printing for Mass Production


The largest test of using 3D printing for direct mass manufacturing will occur at General Electric as they produce complex fuel nozzles for their jet engines. The objective is 25,000 nozzles per year, over the next three years.  The first appearance of these parts will be installed in planes in late 2015 / early 2016.

Other divisions of GE will be watching the project as they consider using additive manufacturing in printing parts for gas and wind turbines, and probes for ultrasound machines.



Via International Business Times



MeshUp: Envelope in Action

This new video, available on our Vimeo page or our video page, demonstrates how you can use Envelope to take a broken mesh, with no thickness and very quickly apply thickness and simultaneously repair the mesh. Also there is a first peak at the graphic menu system and gimbal (our gumball).





MeshUp Progress

Curious how MeshUp is progressing?


As a way to keep everyone updated on MeshUp's progress, we are posting a running log of graphs and change logs, taken directly from our roadmap and feature tracking. This will be a quick and easy way to post frequent updates.  Check back here often!


* When the salmon bar of all items reaches 100%, MeshUp is ready for the early beta release.
* When the blue bar of all items reaches 100%, MeshUp 1.0 RC is ready for the full public release.




3D printing fetus

Tecnologia Humana 3D started 3D printing fetus for diagnostic purposes with high risk pregnancies, they are now using 3D scan data to print replicas of embryos for their Feto 3D project. This service has been successful with helping blind parents make an early connection to their unborn baby after a scan.



Surprisingly, or not, this is not the only place to find such a service.  A company in Japan, Fasotec and Hiroo Ladies Clinic, will print a 3D model from CT or MRI scans. The cost is $1,275. Fetus keychains and cellphone dongles are offered for an additional price.



Via 3D Printing Industry and the Verge



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