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Shark Skin, 3D Printing, and Aerodynamics

Shark Skin, 3D Printing, and Aerodynamics

Sharks have very unique skin – it gives the animals some help in rapidly propelling themselves through the water thanks to tiny, teeth-like scales called denticles. Four years ago, scientists from Harvard University scanned sections of shark skin, then developed a 3D printable material from the data that replicated, to the best of its ability, the properties […]

Sharks have very unique skin – it gives the animals some help in rapidly propelling themselves through the water thanks to tiny, teeth-like scales called denticles. Four years ago, scientists from Harvard University scanned sections of shark skin, then developed...
Startup Looks to 3D Printing to Make Taller, More Effective Wind Turbines

Startup Looks to 3D Printing to Make Taller, More Effective Wind Turbines

The average height of wind turbines in the United States is about 80 meters. The taller a wind turbine is, the more valuable and productive it is, as taller turbines can capture faster winds aloft. There’s a reason they tend to max out at about 80 meters, however – the taller they are, the larger […]

The average height of wind turbines in the United States is about 80 meters. The taller a wind turbine is, the more valuable and productive it is, as taller turbines can capture faster winds aloft. There’s a reason they tend to max out at about 80 meters,...
Can 3D Printing Save the World? A Look at 3D Printing and the Environment

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 live, consume, and do business. No one can fully predict exactly what will happen over the coming years and decades, as there are a lot […]

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 live, consume, and do business. No one can fully predict exactly what will happen...
New 3D Printed Rotor Blade May Help Us More Effectively Harness the Wind

New 3D Printed Rotor Blade May Help Us More Effectively Harness the Wind

Whenever I drive past the Great Lakes Science Center on my way into Cleveland, I pass the giant wind turbine installed outside the museum. I’ve seen it so many times that the 150-foot turbine barely registers anymore, except on particularly windy days when its rotors are whipping around at an intimidating speed. It’s apparently one of […]

Whenever I drive past the Great Lakes Science Center on my way into Cleveland, I pass the giant wind turbine installed outside the museum. I’ve seen it so many times that the 150-foot turbine barely registers anymore, except on particularly windy days when its...
Making Wind Turbines Bat-Proof: Researchers to Create 3D Printed Echolocation Whistles

Making Wind Turbines Bat-Proof: Researchers to Create 3D Printed Echolocation Whistles

Cashing in on the pros of wind energy sure sounds like a great idea up front, but before you go erecting a wind turbine in the expanse of your back yard, there are some things to consider. As with all ‘pros,’ there are unfortunately usually cons to balance everything out. Many find wind energy to […]

Cashing in on the pros of wind energy sure sounds like a great idea up front, but before you go erecting a wind turbine in the expanse of your back yard, there are some things to consider. As with all ‘pros,’ there are unfortunately usually cons to balance everything...
3D Printed Wind Turbine for Urban Areas Charges Batteries and Small Electronic Devices

3D Printed Wind Turbine for Urban Areas Charges Batteries and Small Electronic Devices

Whether you’re trying to get your home at least partially off-the-grid or are just looking for methods for using less electricity and saving money, Instructables contributor Jeff Heidbrier, of Mansfield, Texas, has a 3D printed DIY project for you. Heidbrier–or “Soliton,” which is his Instructables screen name–designed what he calls “an Experimental/Educational Wind Turbine.” Heidbrier’s […]

Whether you’re trying to get your home at least partially off-the-grid or are just looking for methods for using less electricity and saving money, Instructables contributor Jeff Heidbrier, of Mansfield, Texas, has a 3D printed DIY project for you. Heidbrier–or...
PhD Student Designs 3D Printable Wind Turbines to Bring Cheap Power to Remote Locations

PhD Student Designs 3D Printable Wind Turbines to Bring Cheap Power to Remote Locations

When most people imagine wind turbines, they think of huge wind farms dominating the landscape with pristine, sleek, white towers, or perhaps instead think about old-fashioned windmills in an idyllic Dutch landscape. While there is a place for both these large-scale types of wind harvesting in the world, it’s well worth a look at smaller […]

When most people imagine wind turbines, they think of huge wind farms dominating the landscape with pristine, sleek, white towers, or perhaps instead think about old-fashioned windmills in an idyllic Dutch landscape. While there is a place for both these large-scale...
HOUSTEX 2015 Student Summit Offers 3D Printed Wind Turbine Challenge for Houston Area High Schoolers

HOUSTEX 2015 Student Summit Offers 3D Printed Wind Turbine Challenge for Houston Area High Schoolers

Because Texas is indeed the ‘Heart of Manufacturing,’ that is the theme for this year’s HOUSTEX Student Summit, sponsored by SME, which endeavors to introduce area high school students to the merits of a variety of careers in manufacturing, with a focus on 3D printing. Inviting Houston-area high school students to attend and participate, SME is again […]

Because Texas is indeed the ‘Heart of Manufacturing,’ that is the theme for this year’s HOUSTEX Student Summit, sponsored by SME, which endeavors to introduce area high school students to the merits of a variety of careers in manufacturing, with a focus on 3D...
AirEnergy3D’s Omni3D Seeks Funding For 3D Printable Wind Turbines

AirEnergy3D’s Omni3D Seeks Funding For 3D Printable Wind Turbines

The AirEnergy3D Project is an open source, 3D printed wind turbine that was developed by Omni3D. Each turbine can generate up to 300 watts of electrical power and is, moreover, fully transportable via backpack. This means that not only could these small units be used at home, they could conceivably be taken camping as a […]

The AirEnergy3D Project is an open source, 3D printed wind turbine that was developed by Omni3D. Each turbine can generate up to 300 watts of electrical power and is, moreover, fully transportable via backpack. This means that not only could these small units be used...
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