MakerBot is an integrated educational process. It offers fabulous chances for students to really learn all the fundamentals of STEM. STEM means Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, with which the world of the future will be in symbiosis with technologies.
3D printing’s ability to rapid iterate designs is highlighted by the US Department of Energy (DoE) in a new competition. Via the DoE the US government is sponsoring a $3 million prize competition for inventors and entrepreneurs who can accelerate the US solar industry through rapid prototyping, 3D printing, and proof-of-concept testing.
“Overall, it will help manufacturers bring their innovations to market more efficiently by providing a transparent process for future submissions and making sure our regulatory approach is properly tailored to the unique opportunities and challenges posed by this promising new technology,” explained FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD.
A few years ago 3D printing was supposed to be the next big thing, but progress has been slower than those in the industry had hoped. The cost of 3D printers has come down, but they’re not much more capable than they were when they cost thousands of dollars.
Implementing the STEM curriculum at an early age is the way to go for Boeing South Carolina, a company executive told the Florence Rotary Club on Monday. In the nine years of Boeing South Carolina’s existence, it has 7,500 employees, and in five years half of the company’s engineers will be eligible to retire, said Tommy Preston, director of Boeing’s national strategy and government operations.
Compatible with Chromebooks, My MakerBot is designed to make it easier for students to use printers and for instructors to manage them. The platform connects a user's networked 3D printers, Thingiverse account, orders and support cases and allows users to upload and prepare files, print and monitor print jobs from any device.
The US Navy’s Innovation department recently announced its interest in using Blockchain technology for their manufacturing systems. In the announcement, they specifically mentioned their interest to add Blockchain technology to their 3D printing in order to help securely transfer data through the manufacturing process.
San Francisco-based startup KiraKira’s approach to engaging girls is to make STEM topics fun and practical. The company combines fashion design, engineering, and 3D printing for an experience that stimulates and educates young minds. KiraKira offers summer design camps and popup studios. The company is also working on custom lesson plans for educators to use in their classrooms.
Engineering researchers at the University of Minnesota have developed a process for 3D-printing stretchable, flexible, and sensitive electronic sensory devices that could give robots or prosthetic hands -- or even real skin -- the ability to mechanically sense their environment.
The nascent off-Earth manufacturing industry is getting set to take its next big steps. Made In Space, the California-based company that owns and operates the commercial 3-D printer aboard the International Space Station (ISS), is developing new technology, called Archinaut, that's designed to enable the assembly of large structures in the final frontier.