Materials Explainer: 3D Printing in Steel

3D printed metal has gotten a lot of attention lately, but because the process of 3D printing in metals can take many forms, it’s largely misunderstood. In future Materials Explainers, we’ll talk about how we use 3D printing for cast metals and 3D printed aluminum. Today, we’ll tackle steel. So, how does Shapeways create your […]

Build Your Own 3D Scanner: Optical Triangulation for Beginners

Links Do-it-yourself projects using off-the-shelf electronics have become increasing popular in recent years. Magazines such as MAKE and websites such as Instructables have popularized the build-your-own movement. We were impressed by the hobbyist 3D scanning solutions we found while prepared the course material. To assist those new to this topic, we maintain a list of do-it-yourself […]

Sweden Opens World’s First Mall for Repaired and Recycled Goods

A new generation of recycling has now emerged from local drop-off centers into an entire shopping mall that sells only repaired or upcycled products. The new recycling establishment, ReTuna Återbruksgalleria, has nothing to do with the fish; instead, it was named after the Swedish town in which the building is located, Eskilstuna, Sweden. The facilities […]

6 Ways to Repair Broken Plastic

Repairing plastic items can be confounding for someone who’s never done it before. There’s no part to replace (usually), no nut to tighten, just something… misshapen or cracked. There’s nothing to repair but the material itself. Plastic can be easier to work with than you might imagine. With some heat and some pressure many items […]

Towards robot accelerators, democratizing hardware acceleration in robotics

VITORIA-GASTEIZ, Spain – Acceleration Robotics —a robotics semiconductor startup based in the Basque Country, Spain— together with Prof. Vijay Janapa Reddi from Harvard University and researchers at the Harvard Edge Computing Lab will present next October in Japan their latest work on democratizing the use of hardware acceleration in robotics in a scalable, vendor- and […]