VOXEL8’S ELECTRONICS CIRCUIT PRINTER
Voxel8’s 3D printer is a game changer. The dual-head machine outputs plastic in standard FDM style, but also has a conductive paste extruder to allow you to create built-in electronic circuitry into your design. That’s right — 3D printable electronics.
Working with Autodesk, they’ve created software that allows you to specify your desired circuit pathways, as well as the location of the electronic components needed for it. Then it does something really slick: It automatically prints the appropriately sized cavity for the components (along with conductive traces), pauses to allow you to place the components into the spaces, and then continues printing, encapsulating them into the design.
Intel wants to ensure that your personal space stays just that–personal–so designer Anouk Wipprecht created the Spider Dress for them. The 3-D printed ensemble has robotic spider legs surrounding the collar and is powered by Intel Edison technology. Proximity sensors and biometric signals measure your stress levels and infer when someone gets a little too close for comfort. In response, the dress’s legs shoot forward in a “territorial attack.”
XYZPRINTING’S FIRST FOOD PRINTER
Many consider food printing to be the holy grail of 3D printing technology. After all, its potential market consists of every kitchen with a microwave, and not just the garages of tinkerers and hobbyists. It’s therefore hardly surprising that so many companies and start-ups are looking at different possibilities and ‘food filaments’.
And while this is still very much an on-going process, several companies are closer to actual results than others. The Taiwan-based XYZPrinting (owned by the Kinpo Group) is especially known for its basic 3D printers in the sub $500 range, but has already made substantial progress with a marketable Food Printer too.
INTEL REALSENSE 3D SELFIE
The 8-hour line ended in a 45-second performed by a RealSense-embedded tablet that captured a full 3D rendering of each participant’s head. The resulting scan was then etched into a glass paperweight in just seven minutes. The camera is capable of capturing extremely fine details, down to facial features and t-shirt graphics.