Watch: 3D printed car to hit the roads this year

It may not be as glamorous or powerful as the other cars on display at this
year’s North
International Auto Show, but this Strati is certainly
turning heads.

The Strati was made in conjunction with Maryland based, Sabic Innovative

“Who would have dreamed even five years ago that a 3-D car would be
printed, shaped, assembled and driven off the floor of this show. It’s
absolutely remarkable,” says Sabic Innovative Plastics CEO, Scott

Local Motors CEO, Jay Rogers says the Strati is the first of three vehicles
the company is planning to sell.

“This particular vehicle, the Strati, will be available within 2015. It
may look different, it may have a different shape and that, but as a
neighbourhood electric vehicle, you’ll be able to get them within 2015. We
expect the starting price will be between US$18,000 and $30,000.”

It takes about 44 hours to print one Strati, made up of 212 layers. Then it’s
outfitted with an electric car battery, motor and suspension from French
automaker Renault.

“Right now, we’re at about 44 hours to build a vehicle by direct digital
manufacturing. We hope by the end of the year to be closer to 24 hours, and
then we’d hope be able to get it down to somewhere between 10 and 12 hours
total,” says Rogers.

It’s going to be a while before 3D printing catches up with the super-cars,
but Rogers says the company eventually hopes to make highway-legal cars. For
now, the Strati would serve for short, urban trips.

“It weighs about 18-hundred pounds (816 kilograms). It goes, limited, as
a top speed of 25 miles (40 kilometres) an hour, carries two people. And
it’s a neighbourhood electric run-about, as the first of many vehicles,”
says Rogers.

The manufacturer says the car should last for at least half a decade – and can
be recycled.

“If you left it outside in the harshest of elements, you’d have probably
five to six years of use. If you garage it and you use it like you would use
a normal car, then it will last for much longer,” says Rogers.

“And it is fully recyclable. So the good news is, while it’s in its life,
if it gets cracked or hurt or other things like that, you can take the other
components off that are not recyclable, recycle the material. Get a credit
for the cost of the material, and have a new vehicle,” he adds.

The North American International Auto Show begins this week in Detroit with
media and industry previews. It opens to the public on January 17th through
to January 25.

2015: The technology year

Amazon delivery drone (Source: Reuters photo) Amazon delivery drone (Source: Reuters photo)

General relativity

In July, the hunt for gravitational waves will heat up with the launch of a detector called Lisa Pathfinder, which will test technology for a gravitational wave observatory in space. Two earthbound experiments which should be able to pick up gravitational disturbances from exploding stars will also be brought online in 2015.


This month, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft awoke from a long slumber. The probe, which has been travelling for nearly nine years over 3 billion miles, will be the first spacecraft to reach the discredited planet Pluto. As it gets closer from January through July, it will begin taking hyper-detailed images.


In March, NASA’s Dawn spacecraft will begin orbiting Ceres, an anomaly within the asteroid belt. The planet measures about 590 miles across and weighs a third of all other asteroids in the belt combined. It appears to be a survivor from the time the solar system was formed 4.6 billion years ago.

LHC restart

Next spring, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, the European particle physics laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland, will power up after two years of repairs. This time, the LHC will be back at energies nearly twice as high as in the first run.

3D printing

Worldwide shipments of 3D printers are expected to grow 98 per cent in 2015. By 2020, according to research firm IDC, 10 per cent of consumer products will be available through “produce on demand” via 3D printing.

Competing on cloud

Cloud computing will be one of the 10 technology trends in 2015, according to IT analysis firm Gartner. The focus will be on promoting centrally-coordinated applications that can port across multiple devices and generate revenue streams. Cloud computing will generate some 14 million new jobs worldwide by 2015.

Fighting Ebola

Scientists say 2015 will represent a turning point in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus, which has now killed over 7,500 people. Two vaccines could reach West Africa by January — one from pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline and the other, from Iowa company NewLink Genetics.

Data highway

Two weeks ago, a European satellite beamed images to Earth using new laser-based communications technology. The images were a test of a $562 million data highway being constructed, called the European Data Relay Satellite, which will allow faster transmission of large amounts of data.

Rise of drones

Thousands of drones are expected to take flight in the coming months, serving a variety of purposes — warfare, delivery, surveillance, wildlife documentation and agriculture, among others. GoPro Inc is developing its own line of consumer drones and Facebook has acquired Titan Aerospace, a maker of solar-powered drones.


Cancer immunotherapy, Science’s breakthrough of 2013, continues to surge as researchers amass evidence that the immune system can be a powerful ally against tumours. Dozens of clinical trials are under way.


Most first-generation wearable technologies are functional but far from being fashionable. Gartner predicts that sales will grow to 68.1 million units in 2015. Designers who’ve already jumped at the continued…

Tarsus to Launch 'Industrial Print Expo' in Monterrey, Mexico Early Next Year

thumb_eventos20121128-73bf5_Manufactura13In 2015, Mexico will host its first tradeshow dedicated exclusively to industrial printing in the realm of manufacturing. As the potential of 3D printing becomes increasingly obvious, its footprint is expanding across the globe. In some places, 3D printing is just becoming a part of the way that manufacturing is done. In others, such as Mexico, additive manufacturing is already being practiced on a large scale and is the driving force behind a great deal of economic development, such as the expansion of BMW in San Luis Potosi. man15h11evAs such, Tarsus Group and E.J. Krause & Associates saw the country as the perfect location for this latest addition to its portfolio of manufacturing events, the Industrial Print Expo. The 2015 event will take place in Monterrey and run alongside the Expo Manufactura, currently the most prominent business forum for the Mexican manufacturing industry. Expo Manufactura currently showcases manufacturing technologies in areas of CAD/CAM, robotic metrology, quality control, logistics, and micromechanization among others. In a press release given by Tarsus and E.J. Krause, the collaborating entities described the nature of the event:

“Industrial Print Expo will be a platform for displaying cutting edge technologies and solutions, sharing knowledge, and generating investment within the industrial print sector. The even will timthumbbring together specialists and key decision makers from both the public and private sectors. Attendees, whether representing industrial, commercial, public, government or military, will be able to see and compare the latest print technology solutions and applications, learn and understand the benefits and opportunities offered, discuss specific requirements, and meet industry professionals from across a wide array of sectors and technologies.”

Given the McKinsey Report’s prediction that anywhere from $230 to $550 billion dollars of growth could be generated by 3D printing by 2025, the time to invest in the culture of additive manufacturing and the establishment of networks for communication and advancement is now. Plans are for the show floor to bring together the most up to date equipment, techniques, and processes in ink jet technologies and 3D printing. In addition, the expo will showcase additional technology from hot stamping, to laser and thermal transfer. The event will be co-located with Expo Manufactura and run from February 3 – 5 in Monterrey at CinterMex.

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3D printer for makeup could save women hundreds of dollars every year

DENVER — You’ve heard of 3D printers and the new technology that allows them to print medical devices, guns, even pieces of a house.

A Harvard Business School graduate says she’s figured out how to make them print makeup. It’s something that could potentially save women everywhere hundreds of dollars a year.

The makeup business is a $55-billion a year industry. Grace Choi says she’s ready to take on the industry with one single product. It’s called the Mink.

It’s an at-home 3D printer that uses regular printer ink to create bold eye shadows, blush, and even creamy lipsticks in any color you choose.

Choi says you can find any color online and then use a tool called a “color picker” to find the color’s number. Every color you can imagine has one.

Debra Wilcox owns the nation’s first 3D printing retail store. It’s located in Denver. “That’s entirely possible! Absolutely entirely possible!” she says.

It’s a difficult idea to grasp, but some women FOX31 Denver talked to say they would gladly buy a $300 printer if it meant an end to dreaded trips to expensive department stores.