Robotics Made Easy with 3D Printing in Seattle

What You Can Get Out of 3D Printing Your Robot

If you’re a student taking on a Robotics Minor in a university, you’ll be open to a greater understanding of robot control systems while being able to design and develop every part of the robot control software. From the classroom, the robotics aficionado applies all his learnings on robot sensors, motions, circuits, and overall design of robots to real-life setting. For some time now, a technology that has been revolutionizing many industries on the planet has found its way into robot-making – the 3D printer.

3D printing allows students and professionals to be creative and develop further investigation and exploration of robotic systems. 3D printing is leading the way to creating new robotic technology by combining digital modeling with the physical manifestation.

So if you are venturing into building your own robot, choose high-quality 3D printing to very quickly iterate each part of your machine. Your robot’s performance and abilities will be optimized and be far more efficient if 3D printing makes running tests, saving you time and money.

Also, 3D printing can make complex robotic parts and shapes that are strong and lightweight, enabling smaller motors and prolonging battery life. Putting together and connecting movable parts of your robot may cause breakage at weak points, but 3D printed parts can come in one piece that reduces assembly time and eliminates welding.

Once you’ve got your robot prototype from 3D printing, you can final test it, see to all the parts functioning optimally, and if need be, alterations on-the-fly can fix minor details. You can print small series and start to test your market. Robotics is fun, and with 3D printing, has become a lot easier.

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Your 3D printing company in Seattle can make your robot plans and designs come true and come easy with 3D printing. If you’ve got an idea, bring it to us and let’s make robots!

The Advantages of using ABS in 3D Printing

What’s ABS and what can it do?

ABS is acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, a thermoplastic material that is easily sculpted and molded when superheated, allowing to form different shapes in accordance with the computer-assisted design. As it cools down, it conforms to the shape of the object being printed. ABS is a strong and sturdy material and ideal for professional applications, such as plastic car parts.

There are variants of ABS that make it ideal material for particular types of need.

The ABS-ESDTM has anti-static properties that prevents outside elements to stick to the object being printed, like powder, dust, and other fine particles. This property enables cleaner and smoother surfaces of the object or model and good for the assembly of electronic components, and also for casings and packaging.

The ABS M30, compared to the standard ABS, has greater tensile strength and stronger layer bonding, making for more realistic and durable parts of manufacturing tools and end-use parts for automotive and aviation industries. On the other hand, the ABS M30i is high- strength and suitable for medical, pharmaceutical and food packaging uses, being biocompatible and easily sterilized.

The ABSplusTM-P430 is the durable, true production-grade thermoplastic used for prototyping and building 3D models in an office setting. For industrial use, the PC ABS combines the properties of both materials – the superior strength and heat resistance of polycarbonate and ABS flexibility. It is ideal for automotive, electronics, and telecommunication utility.

Trusting ABS for 3D Printing in Seattle

The choice of any of these ABS variants for their most suitable use in 3D printing makes for superior quality models or prototypes here at our Seattle company. 3D Composites puts a high premium on product quality and customer satisfaction.

3D Printing with Graphene

Graphene is one of the most revolutionary materials ever developed. This carbon allotrope has attracted a lot of attention in the scientific community by combining some of the most desirable mechanical properties, including thermal stability, electrical conductivity, high strength, and an incredibly low weight. In fact, graphene has been found to be about seven times lighter than air.

For a long time, these attributes could only be found in graphene’s 2D form. However, with the help of 3D printing technology, this is changing. A group of researchers from the University of California Santa Cruz and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory managed to produce 3D graphene without losing any of its impressive properties. They managed this with the use of DIW 3D printing, with which they have already successfully created 3D graphene supercapacitors. In the future, this process could be used to revolutionize the manufacture of many products.

Indeed, 3D printing offers a number of impressive materials to help you achieve your manufacturing vision. Talk to our Seattle rapid prototyping company to learn more.

3D printed objects

3D Printing Possibilities Today: From Small to Massive

Amazing Things 3D Printing Has Made

Scientists, thinkers, designers, engineers, and a whole lot of other innovators have come up and produced many amazing products from 3d printing. Let’s have a look at some of the more surprising innovations that also aim to make the world a better place.

3D Printing Technology

The so-called Hero Arm belongs to a new generation of prosthetics. It is the world’s first medically certified 3D-printed bionic arm, with multi-grip functionality and empowering aesthetics. Developed by UK-based Open Bionics, it’s a lightweight, affordable myoelectric prosthesis, custom-made using innovative 3D-printing and 3D-scanning techniques. It has made possible for thousands of children around the world to regain hand function.

3D printing can now bioprint replacement skin for wound and burn victims. The Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) is creating a bioengineered BioMask that could be applied to people’s faces. It claims to deliver better results because existing techniques for grafting skin can often lead to scarring, infection or graft failure. This can prove life-changing for people who would otherwise have had to remain scarred forever.

A company named ICON is applying 3D printing to houses and whole communities, printing its first house in Austin, Texas in 2018. It took a few weeks to print and sparked the imagination of customers, investors, press, and the SXSW conference community. Now it has advanced the technology to get a house up in just a day and at a cost of just $4000. It believes that its 3D printing applied to concrete is the solution to low-income housing, both in the USA and abroad.

Airbus adopted 3D printing technology for plane parts a few years ago. In 2016 it began using titanium for engine components and since has extended its use of 3D printing plane interiors with parts made in partnership with a 3D printing company based in Belgium called Materialise. These parts are as strong as those traditionally made, but lighter and hence, more efficient.

Other applications of 3D printing include jewelry design and making. Already possible a decade ago but fashioned out of plastic. Now, thanks to advanced additive manufacturing techniques its possible in metal. The technology can design and execute delicate, metal necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings. Another application can be found in individual glasses frames. In some cases, the 3D printed concept prototypes mimic the exact same color and texture as the finished product. It eliminates the need to paint, as well as reduce the time to create a prototype in ⅕ the time.


3D Printing in Seattle Made Easy

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The Rise of An Entire 3D-Printed Village: First in the World

3D Printed Shelters for Everyone

Yves Behar is a Swiss designer, entrepreneur and founder and principal designer of Fuseproject, an award-winning industrial design and brand development firm, and also co-founder of Canopy, a new co-working space based in San Francisco. He is teaming up with non-profit New Story, which builds homes and communities, to build a 3D printed concrete village in rural Latin America.

Where exactly is its intended location will be announced but the construction is set to happen by later this year, 2019. The homes are designed as affordable housing for local farmers and weavers. Behar is planning an entire community of houses that will show how 3D printing be used in rural and low-income areas.

House Details

The plan is that each house will measure 55m², with an outdoor kitchen and a garden. Because the environment, weather included, is challenging, the homes will have slanted roofs that protect from heavy rain, and reinforced walls that can withstand earthquakes. Rows of houses will have contrasting shades of color. Natural ventilation is provided by a border of patterned concrete bricks. The white concrete walls inside will be left exposed, but owners will be able to choose the color of their home’s exterior.

Early last year, Yves Béhar has launched a flexible prefab that capitalizes on planning laws designed to alleviate California’s housing crisis. The structures are called ADUs or accessory dwelling units designed from 23m² to 111m² (also known as ‘granny flats’). The updated legislation was introduced to allow homeowners to build these compact AUDs in their backyard.

It takes less than two months to build and install and is delivered plug-and-go ready. It’s also highly customizable and can be tweaked for its setting, including the shape of its roof line, interior floor plan, windows and interiors. Prices start from $280,000 for the standard model, though Béhar has plans to develop a ‘sub $100,000’ range in the future.

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