Breakthrough in 3D printing with bacteria could revolutionise global manufacturing
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In many ways bacteria are nature’s factories, and with a bit of genetic tweaking they can be seconded to help print revolutionary new drugs, materials and products   A team of researchers at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands have pioneered an inexpensive method... Read more
World first, Dubai announces it will 3D print an 80 storey skyscraper in 2020
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Company’s have begun 3D printing houses and small buildings, but noone, until now, has laid out plans to 3D print an entire skyscraper   UAE’s ruler, His Highness Sheikh’s Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has a grand vision for Dubai. He wants to turn Dubai into the... Read more
Printed transistor breakthrough opens door for printed electronics and smart goods
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The ability to simply, and cost effectively, print transistors en masse will create millions of new use cases and help turn even the most mundane, dumb objects into smart ones   Researchers at the Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research (AMBER) Center in Ireland have, for... Read more
PassivDom can 3D print you a $32,000 house in eight hours
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As 3D printing techniques improve we’ll see more house builders embrace the technology to build bigger and better homes faster and cheaper than they do today   Building a house by hand can be both time consuming and expensive, which is why more and... Read more
Adidas unveils their first 3D printed mass market sneaker
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF 3D printing will usher in a new era of on demand, personalised clothing that will revolutionise products, supply chains, and companies   Adidas, who recently made a sneaker from recycled ocean plastic, and other clothing manufacturers have been experimenting with new ways to manufacture... Read more
A miniature CERN, scientists create a ‘Particle Accelerator on a Chip’
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Particle accelerators are enormous beasts but being able to miniaturise them and put them onto chips will democratise the technology and open doors for new discoveries in energy, healthcare, materials and many more fields of science   Sixteen months ago The Gordon and Betty... Read more
Adidas shows off it’s new ‘on demand’ clothing store
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It’s inevitable that one day we will be able to personalise and manufacture bespoke clothing on demand, in store and at home, and Adidas’s first stab is a good start but there’s still a way to go   It normally takes most clothing companies... Read more
Meat without the animals, Memphis Meats shows off new lab produced beef, chicken and duck dishes
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Setting side huge areas of the earth to raise animals is wasteful and environmentally costly, but all of that might soon move into a lab   If you thought that your children will enjoy the same family roast that you’ve always enjoyed then it... Read more
Housing company Apis Cor is 3D printing new houses in a day
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In the past building a house could take weeks, sometimes months, but new 3D printing technology is changing the paradigm   If you’re looking to move but can’t find the house of your dreams, you may be able to just print one out for... Read more
The US Army just 3D printed a grenade launcher and grenades
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF 3D printing will let armies print bespoke weapons and equipment out in the field on demand and change military supply chains, and warfare forever   3D printing has come a long way, companies are using it to print new buildings and sneakers, doctors are... Read more
Scientists 3D print an Eagle eye camera that’s smaller than a human hair
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are plenty of devices today that are too small, or lack the computing power to accommodate a traditional camera, new micro-cameras overcome all those issues   It seems that you can’t go anywhere nowadays without a camera tracking you but as ubiquitous as... Read more
These new Adidas trainers are made entirely from up-cycled ocean plastic
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Soon there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans, but hopefully up-cycling ocean plastic can reverse that trend and that’ll be good news for everyone   By 2050 it’s estimated that there will be more plastic than fish in the sea, and... Read more
Oracle’s America’s Cup yacht will never sail, because it flies
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today’s ultra expensive racing yachts don’t float, they fly, and this years America’s cup could see the first time a boats’ hull never hits the water   As far as sporting trophies go, it’s hard to find any older than the America’s Cup. Sailing teams... Read more
New nano material gives buildings, energy and stealth a big boost
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A new nano material that can selectively tune out specific parts of the electromagnetic spectrum paves the way for cheaper solar power, stealthier fighter aircraft and more energy efficient buildings   A new flexible nano super material that’s been developed by a team at the... Read more
New Chinese camera can see round corners
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to photograph and “see” objects that are out of sight have both military and civilian applications   In an age dominated by megapixel counts, a research group from Xi’an Jiaotong University in China led by Bin Bai have designed a one megapixel... Read more
World’s tightest atomic knot will help scientists create new super materials
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Knots haved helped society advance, whether it’s helping us make clothes or kevlar, now the world’s tightest atomic knot might help create a new generation of super materials   In a feat that breaks one of the most obscure world records in science, a... Read more
New battery breakthrough could charge devices in seconds
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As gadgets demand for power increases charging times will increase, this new thin film battery will charge your gadgets faster than you can make your toast   A new type of battery that lasts for days with only a few seconds’ charge has been created... Read more
New breakthrough polymer could charge electric cars in seconds
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Electric vehicles have been held back by battery and charging technologies, now a single supercapacitor technology might be able to solve both in one hit   UK technology firm Augmented Optics and its partners, the University of Surrey and the University of Bristol have revealed... Read more
New 3D graphene is as light as air and ten times stronger than steel
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Five percent the density of steel and ten times stronger, 3D graphene is the world’s strongest lightweight material   It’s incredibly strong and has unique electrical, thermal, optical, and chemical properties, and naturally it only exists in 2D but now a team at MIT  have... Read more
Under Armour’s new trainers are inspired by nature, designed by an AI and 3D printed
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The rise of a new breed of creative machines is helping companies design and iterate new products at an accelerating rate, couple these together with new manufacturing techniques and we’ll soon be on the cusp of another manufacturing revolution   The next pair of... Read more
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