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This Week in Tech: Dubai Plans to Become the World’s 3D Printing Leader

Plus, the use of wastewater to build batteries, concrete’s potential in storing energy, and more design-tech news from this week. By Ayda Ayoubi United Arab Emirates vice president Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has launched a new initiative to make Dubai one of the...
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Photo by Joseph Xu courtesy the University of Michigan Xiaozhou Che, EECS Graduate Research Assistant, holds an organic tandem photovoltaic cell

This Week in Tech: 3D-Printed Self-Folding Materials

Plus, the world’s largest wind turbine begins testing, pollution-filled geodesic domes in London, and more design-tech news from this week. By Katharine Keane Thermorph from Morphing Matter Lab on Vimeo. Using an “inexpensive” 3D printer, a team of Carnegie...
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This Week in Tech: A 3D-Printed Steel Bridge Takes Form

Plus, don’t miss the early bird deadline for ARCHITECT’s R+D Awards on April 13, take a virtual walk through the Burning Man festival, and more design-tech news from this week. By Selin Ashaboglu Dutch 3D-printing firm MX3D has completed the construction of a fully...
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The 800-Pound Gorilla: Autodesk Sees a Digital Future for Architecture Firsthand

Billion-dollar software developer Autodesk is angling for an even bigger stake in the building industry with initiatives in automation, machine learning, and data management and exchange … all by watching design innovation in action. By Edward Keegan Autodesk is the A...
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Robotic 3D printers create terrazzo floors in any pattern

Amy Frearson A Dutch company has developed technology for 3D printing floors in an endless variety of colours and patterns.Aectual uses huge robotic 3D printers to create the framework for its sustainable floors, which it infills with terrazzo. As a result, these floors can be...
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3D-Printed Objects That Can Talk to WiFi-Connected Devices

This technology could help everyday objects around us communicate with their surroundings as well as with each other, anticipating next steps or issues before they arise. By Selin Ashaboglu Researchers at the University of Washington’s Networks & Mobile Systems Lab have...
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A look at where the 3-D printed bridge will be located in Amsterdam. Photo: Courtesy of MX3D

See How a 3-D Printed Bridge Is Being Built

The structure will soon span a canal in Amsterdam’s red-light district Text by Tim Nelson It’s a bit dishonest to label 3-D printing as the future at this point, given how it’s used to create everything from art objects to housing to food. However, there are still some...
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2D/3D Printable Pinhole Projectors | Total Solar Eclipse 2017

ECLIPSE 2D/3D Printable ‘USA and STATE’ PINHOLE PROJECTORS The August 21, 2017 eclipse will be observable across America.  While those in the path of totality will see a TOTAL solar eclipse, everyone will be treated to a PARTIAL eclipse! Where will you be?  Why not celebrate the...
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The 3-D Printer That Could Finally Change Manufacturing – MIT Technology Review

Desktop Metal thinks its machines will give designers and manufacturers a practical and affordable way to print metal parts. by David Rotman One of Desktop Metal’s 3-D printers makes a part out of a steel alloy, demonstrating its ability to churn out complex structures. It’s less...
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This Week in Tech: Launching Fabrication into Space | Architect Magazine

Plus, GE considers selling its consumer-lighting business, and more design-tech news from this week. By Selin Ashaboglu After an experiment in the Gulf of Mexico last summer proved that the absence of gravity was pivotal to the successful 3D printing process of a human heart,...
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