The benefits of NOT having a 3D printer

The benefits of not having a 3D printer

3D printing is so mainstream that machines are accessible to everybody for not much more than the cost of a decent laser printer. So why do we not have our own?

When is Rapid Prototyping not Rapid Prototyping?

Mention the term Rapid Prototyping or just “RP” and people immediately think you are referring to 3D printed parts made by SLS, SLA or by FDM processes. What’s really meant here is Additive Manufacturing or AM, where parts are basically created by the build-up of material rather than subtracted by machining material away from a

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The Bloodhound Project – more a giant leap for the engineering profession than an attempt at a land speed record

At a recent get-together of engineering professionals, the conversation turned to the exciting Bloodhound project – a bold, ambitious venture, which aims to develop a supersonic car (SSC) capable of breaking the 1,000mph land speed barrier. To my dismay a fellow professional dismissed the Bloodhound SSC as being “a suped-up racing car”. I was disappointed because

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The golden age for Innovation: now?

It would be interesting to undertake a poll to determine people’s perception of if there was a golden age of innovation.   The wheel, fire and electricity were all pivotal inventions or discoveries that put mankind on the path to where we are now, but in terms of technological advancement was there ever a really hot

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Telsa’s “Gigafactory” will make EVs available to the masses

The most cited objections to the take-up of electric vehicles seem to be the purchase cost and the range before the batteries need charging.  What’s needed to resolve both issues is a significant breakthrough in battery technology and cost benefits to the manufacture of vehicles and key components through scaling-up production.  To a certain extent its

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