#TOP5 videos: 3D printed mini cooper, recycling in space and more!
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Top 1: 3D printed Mini Cooper at Formnext
Formnext 2018 was held earlier this month, and we had a chance to talk with the people from Techniplas stand, which featured a special 3D printed Mini Cooper Countryman. This vehicle had 3D printed parts implemented in various ways. This included both interior as well as exterior parts from the steering wheel to the wheel trim. Daniel Spirig, CEO of the startup, takes us through the approach taken and the benefits and especially personalisation options that 3D technologies brings. When checking through the 3D printed Mini Cooper it is obvious that 3D printing will allow for more customization of cars as we move forward.
Top 2: Go small with the Da Vinci Nano W 3D printer
The company, XYZprinting, are the ones behind the Da Vinci 3D printer series. A series of 3D printers with the joined goal of making to be simple, user-friendly machines while maintaining the quality in the prints. In the video from the company this week they are presenting us with the Da Vinci Nano W 3D printer. They take you through the different parts from unpacking to setting up the machine and even how to use their XYZmaker Mobile software to start your 3D modeling at home. Simply taking you step by step through the process of getting started with the Da Vinci Nano W 3D printer.
Top 3: World’s first 3D printed E-Motorbike
NOWLAB have developed the first of its kind completely 3D printed, functional e-motorcycle. This world’s first 3D printed E-Motorbike is called the NERA and was created by Marco Mattia Cristofori along with Maximilian Sedlak. Besides the electrical components themselves the entirety of the bike have been 3D printed. This includes the airless tires, the rims, frame for and seat of the 3D printed motorbike. Through the combination of several innovations the NOWLAB have created such as the functional integration and embedded sensor technology, they have managed to develop this, the worlds first 3D printed E-motorbike, demonstrating how far technology can take us.
Top 4: 3D printing in Aerospace
Aurora Flight Sciences is a company that falls under the Boeing Group. They specialise in designing and manufacturing drones and have now made new progress for the industry. They have been developing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for more than three decades now. And though 3D printing in Aerospace isn’t too new anymore they have managed to break new ground by teaming up with Stratasys. They have now developed the world’s most complex 3D printed jet-powered UAV to date with the aim to showcase the possibilities in the aerospace sector.
Top 5: Recycling in Space
We have previously talked about how 3D printing is expanding out into space through companies such as Made in Space and other initiatives. The next level is recycling in space! You probably remember NASA’s Refabricator onboard the ISS and can transform the plastic waste of astronauts into 3D printing filaments. This allows you to create parts of any kind thanks to the 3D printer also located on the space station. It’s an initiative bringing added value to waste, extending its lifecycle, a growing topic of debate as waste becomes a growing problem.
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