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3D Printed SlothBot Aids Conservation Efforts in Atlanta

A new resident will be living high above the ground in the Atlanta Botanical Garden for the next few months, and while it may resemble an animal, it’s actually a…

Universities Team up to Bring Solar Powered 3D Printing to Colombia

3D printing has been agreed upon by many to be an effective way for people in developing countries and areas to produce their own goods and start businesses. However, many…

Sandia’s 3D Printed Solar Power Receivers Up To 20% More Effective Than Current Technology

The power of the sun, better known as solar energy, can be collected and harnessed with solar cells, and used to power 3D printers, modes of transportation, load-bearing carts, long-running motors, and…

3D Printed, Solar-Powered Cart Could Help Ease Water Troubles in Developing Countries

How far do you have to go to get water? If you simply have to walk into the bathroom or kitchen, you’re one of the luckiest people in the world….

Simusolar and Sculpteo Use 3D Printing to Bring Solar Energy to Tanzania

Between three countries – Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania – is Lake Victoria, the largest lake in Africa. On its shores, the people of Tanzania depend on the fish that come…

AFRL Researchers Inspired by Newsprint Use 3D Printing and Perovskites to Fabricate Cost-Efficient Solar Cells

A friend told me once that it was possible to make an inexpensive, working solar oven just by painting a big cardboard box black and lining the inside with tinfoil,…

US Solar Cell 3D Printer Usage

On May 25th 2017, the U.S notified the WTO and its 164 countries that it may place safeguard tariffs on imported solar cells. From 2012 the U.S. produced market share…

ESA 3D Prints Sturdy Bricks from Sunlight and Moon Dust

In the future, we will live in houses made from sunlight and moon dust. Sounds like the beginning of a fairy tale, doesn’t it? It could be reality for some…

Kuunda 3D Travels Tanzania with an Ultimaker 2 Go 3D Printer, Teaching Rural Villagers and Testing Solar 3D Printing

We’re used to hearing about amazing technology coming out of developed countries with plenty of resources. There’s no shortage in the United States, for example, of the research facilities, materials,…

Could Portability Bring New Power to 3D Printing?

I’m back from CES 2017, and my head is full of ideas. I’ll do a more formal wrap, but I thought I’d start with a few observations, and potentially, an…

Can 3D Printing Save the World? A Look at 3D Printing and the Environment

Environmental experts have made some very dire predictions about what will happen to our planet and, consequently, to us, if we don’t start making some big changes in the way we…

DEWA to Construct 3D Printed Laboratories in Dubai’s Solar Park

When the city state Dubai—which is the most wealthy and luxurious of the seven city states making up the United Arab Emirates (UAE)—is brought up in conversation, the discussion generally…

3D Printed, Solar Powered Scooter Allows Commuters to “Float” to Work

If you ask city dwellers to identify their top sources of day-to-day stress, traffic will likely be high up on the list for many of them. Urban rush hour traffic…

3D Printing and Other Technology Will Help Dubai Become the Cleanest City in the World

Here in the United States, climate change is a seriously divisive issue among politicians. Some claim it doesn’t exist, or that it exists but has nothing to do with human…

3D Printed Solar Palms Provide Sustainable Technology Hubs in Dubai

When discussing potential ways to slow climate change, two of the ideas that are almost always presented are use of alternative energy sources and the preservation of trees. In the…

You Too Can Make This 3D Printed Mendecino Solar Motor Easily & Affordably

While we can all agree that solar energy is an attractive venture all around–harnessing the power of our sun, radiating its powerful and free energy down upon us–it’s just not…

Solar-Powered Road Trip Across Africa Relies on 3D Printed Spare Parts

The Ilanga II project is now taking their show on the road. A group of university students and lecturers are now on a road trip of more than 2,500 miles…

Inventor 3D Prints Solar Powered Motors Meant to Run Non-Stop for 100 Years

We all have our own wishes and goals regarding posterity, as well as how we might want to ‘go out,’ whether that’s in a blaze of glory or maintained in…

3D Printed Light Trap Arrays Enhance Solar Cell Performance

Most of the “technologies of the future” that we’ve been seeing become highly studied and incredibly in-demand are those intended to enhance efficiencies and improve upon the availability and usage…

German Engineer 3D Prints World’s First Solar Powered Stirling Engine

Each and every day, I am blown away in yet another way by all of the new innovations that have quickly been coming into existence within the 3D printing space….