A Rare Opportunity: 3D Printed Meat Enters the Food Supply Chain The public’s cravings for plant-based meats get stronger every year. In the next half decade, the value for global meat substitutes is projected to reach $8.1 billion. While faux shredded meat for burgers and meatballs has sparked lots of attention from diners and Wall Street, Redefine Meat is taking an alternative approach to developing alt-meat steaks with an intelligent 3D printer.
Synthetic Muscles Bring Robotic Powerlifters to the Manufacturing Floor Advances in soft robotics are giving way to synthetic muscles that can change how industrial robots operate. Soft muscular systems will enable robots to support humans in lifting heavy items and make it safer for humans and machines to work side by side.
Athletic Shoe Manufacturers Use IoT FTW Additive manufacturing gives shoe companies flexibility in design and development. Now shoe manufacturers are using IoT and 3D printing to bring tailor-made trainers to the mass market and develop one-of-a-kind shoes for every type of athlete.
Mighty Buildings Uses 3D Printing to Rapidly Craft Affordable Homes The pandemic crisis has heightened the need for housing and shelter projects to move as quickly as possible to completion. Using 3D printing, robotics, and automation, Mighty Buildings has created an innovative composite material and can create the curved shell of an energy-efficient, turnkey house in just 24 hours at a cost of approximately $115,000.
Ford Motor Company Relies on IoT Technologies to Boost Manufacturing Productivity Robotic exosuits coupled with virtual reality and 3D printing have led Ford to restructure workspaces and assembly line tasks with the goal of reducing worker fatigue and improving productivity on the factory floor.
Covid-19 Increases the Speed of Healthcare Innovation A panel of experts gathered in May to discuss changes in healthcare delivery as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and predict how the future of medicine will benefit from innovations we see today. A typically slow-to-change industry is adapting quickly to new circumstances, but revolutionary progress lies ahead.
Use of 3D Printing Soars With its roots in aerospace, additive manufacturing is now in the spotlight as 3D-printed components may save the day in the COVID-19 pandemic. Companies using the technology are seeing easier customization, faster time to market, and substantial cost savings in material sourcing.
Sports Brands Pivot to Produce Protective Gear for Health Workers Athletic-gear manufacturers swap athletic equipment for medical supplies to aid in the COVID-19 pandemic. By retooling their operations and reprogramming equipment, manufacturers are making much-needed supplies to protect front-line healthcare employees.
Tablet-operated Robotic Printer Delivers New Model for Fast, Affordable Housing The pandemic crisis has heightened the need for housing and shelter projects to move as quickly as possible to completion. Using 3D printing robotics and modeling software, ICON modified the traditional approach to construction and is building micro-homes for less than $4,000 each.
3D Printing Comes Through in Ventilator Crisis With a shortage of healthcare supplies and COVID-19 patients failing, two Italian engineers fire up their 3D printer to fulfill an immediate demand for ventilator valves. The coronavirus outbreak highlights how additive manufacturing can be used as a stopgap measure in times of crisis.
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