How to make 3D printers from electronic waste and other 3D printing news

24/01/2017
How to make 3D printers from electronic waste and other 3D printing news

A consortium of ten European companies launched a joint project to promote the use of 3D technologies in aircraft industry, HORI presented a new large-size 3D printer called Z1000, and Australian specialists learnt to transform electronic waste into 3D machines – read more about these news below.

Bionic Aircraft will become a new standard in aircraft industry

A consortium of ten major companies and research centers started the Bionic Aircraft project intended to create a more efficient working model for the use of 3D printing in aircraft industry. Industry experts will include Airbus representatives, and software will be developed by the specialists of CENIT information technology company.

Consortium’s experts believe that the main reason why 3D printing isn’t widely used in aircraft sphere is the complexity of modeling. There is no convenient automation software that would allow processing data before 3D printing at a professional level.

The Bionic Aircraft project will integrate all stages of information processing, modeling and printing into a single set of designer's tools. This product will become a new standard in aircraft industry, making 3D manufacturing a more practical, cost effective and efficient way to produce high-quality constructional elements.

The Chinese manufacturer HORI created the biggest 3D printer in the lineup

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HORI, the 3D printing equipment manufacturer, has developed a strand 3D printer with a build size of 1 × 1 × 1 m. The model is called Z1000 and is the largest in the company’s lineup of FDM printers.

Technical characteristics of the new HORI 3D printer:

  • enclosed print chamber;
  • support of a large variety of materials: PLA, ABS, HIPS, PVA, PE, nylon, carbon fiber composites, etc.;
  • automated calibration;
  • availability of two extruders in the Z1000D model;
  • print definition – 50-400 microns;
  • compatible with proprietary software as well as Cura, Slic3r and Skeinforge;
  • availability of LCD screen, USB port and SD card slot;
  • uninterrupted power system and filament detector system.

Currently, HORI is looking for distributors for their new product.

Australian e-Hub centers turn electronic waste into 3D printers

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Two e-Hub centers, located in Mackay and Sarina, decided to establish the production of 3D printers from electronic parts that need to be utilized. Social organizations invited people on social assistance to master technical skills and earn some money – project participants dismantle the old equipment and choose component parts that can be used for making functional 3D printers and other devices.

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Naturally, e-Hub centers are unlikely to produce a large number of 3D printers. But every team assembles one 3D printer a week. Machines made from utility waste are not sold. They are given to schools to allow children to gain useful technical skills from an early age.

 

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