A type of ant found in the North African Steppes, the Camponotus fellah, were used for the experiment. They are large ants that can grow to be eighteen millimetres in size. This facilitates the provision of each ant in the colony (of approximately 200) with a QR code so that…
Sustainability mind-set gives 3D printing an extra boost
The established names (read: Hewlett Packard and General Electric, to name but a few) have now fully embraced this technology. In the first instance 3D printing was employed for the production of prototypes. Subsequently the first models of a product for field tests were 3D printed. And now we have gone a step further and 3D printers are regularly selected for the actual manufacturing. This gives us, as product designers, enormous design freedom. Nothing is impossible and more complex no longer means more expensive.
Customers and users also embrace the technology. Their motivation is sometimes very different from that of designers. In the case of 3D printing, material is only added, whereas traditional methods generally remove material. The prevention of waste within the green mind-set, that has clearly entered the market, is a strong argument. And the fact that 3D printed designs can often be lighter in weight (materials and freight costs), plays a role too. Menzing is part of this trend that we are observing and deploys this technology with increasing frequency for manufacturing runs.