A new study from Michigan Technological University says people can save big money and energy by using plastic from used milk jugs to make their own plastic goods at home with a 3D printer.
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There’s been a lot of hype about 3D printing lately — 3D printed pizza, chocolate, toys, cell phone accessories — even precision manufactured products like hearing aids. With 3D printers falling to under $500 in price, there are predictions that there will soon be one in every home. Well, the world’s 5,000 foremost experts in 3D printing will gather at Detroit’s Cobo Center in June for a global conference.
Until now, 3D printing has been a polymer affair, with most people in the maker community using the machines to make all manner of plastic consumer goods, from tent stakes to chess sets. A new low-cost 3D printer developed by Michigan Technological University’s Joshua Pearce and his team could add hammers to that list. The detailed plans, software and firmware are all freely available and open-source, meaning anyone can use them to make their own metal 3D printer.
Joshua Pearce is not one for understatement. “This is the beginning of a true revolution in the sciences,” says the author of “Open-Source Lab.” For cash-strapped researchers, he could be right. His new book, published by Elsevier, is a step-by-step do-it-yourself guide for making lab equipment.
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It may seem like a stretch to envision a 3D printer in every home. However, a Michigan Technological University researcher is predicting that personal manufacturing, like personal computing before it, is about to enter the mainstream in a big way — because it’s cheaper to make things yourself on a 3D printer than buy them in a store.
Phillips Service Industries Inc., a privately held manufacturing and services holding company, announced Wednesday that it is researching locations to build a new, high-tech additive manufacturing plant to produce large-scale parts for the aerospace and defense industries.
Just as open-source design has driven down the cost of software to the point that it is accessible to anyone with an Internet connection, open-source designs and 3D printing are driving down the cost of making scientific equipment.
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