Category Archives: New to 3D Printing?

3D Printing Enables Other Awesome and Beneficial Technologies

Another societally-beneficial, common-sensical, business case justified use of 3D printing came to our attention this week: scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS in Dresden have improved upon the traditional manufacture of thermoelectric generators (TEGs) used in some power station cooling towers to capture residual energy from the main generation process.  Those columns of steam that come rushing upward from cooling towers represent up to 60% of generated energy that traditional power plants don’t capture from the core process.  The use of specialized TEGs creates the..

How to Explain to Your Best Friend (And Your Mom) Why 3D Printing Is So Important

Harvard Business Review has written an article about 3D printing, one straightforwardly titled “3-D Printing Will Save the World.”  To those familiar with the industry, and savvy to the technology, the article adds little to the discussion.  But that doesn’t mean we don’t love it.   First things first: it’s another important milestone on the long road of 3D printing press attention.  Seeing an HBR headline filled us with the same sense of thrill and knowledge for what’s to come as we felt when we saw early articles in The..