Armbot 3D printer with articulated robotic arm could be yours for $399

Taking inspiration from the robotic arm commonly found in car manufacturing plants, the team behind Armbot has developed an articulated arm that is able to move freely in three dimensional space and deposit filament for 3D printing across a larger area. The Armbot team claims its product can offer high-precision 3D printing at 100 micron layer height, with a roughly 10” x 10” x 8” build volume, at speeds of up to 150mm/sec. The 3D printer also has remote control features for smartphone and tablet.

Experts approve 3D printed nuclear reactor component in China

Less than a month ago, the China Nuclear Power Research Institute and Nanfang Additive Manufacturing Technology 3D printed a pressure vessel cylinder for an ACP100 nuclear reactor. That critical 3D printed part has now passed a technical appraisal from experts. While 3D printing is becoming commonplace in industry, architecture, construction, and other sectors, the association between additive manufacturing and nuclear power has generally been regarded as distant—at best.

3D printed sculpture buried in time capsule under new Manchester transport hub

In support of Manchester’s new transport expansion, Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) has commissioned a stunning new 3D printed sculpture, titled Timeform Intersection. Don’t expect to see MMU Professor Keith Brown’s new artwork in a gallery anytime soon though. As part of Metrolink’s inauguration of the St Peter’s Square tram stop, Timeform Intersection was buried earlier today in a time capsule underground the transport hub.