We didn't see as many digital fabrication stories in 2017 as the year previous. But that doesn't mean innovation is slowing down; it just means it's becoming more precise and tailored. Here's some of the past year's best:
Italian startup Springa invented a CNC mill that's essentially an autonomous router that roves over your workpiece:
Dutch consultancy Arup figured out how to achieve the low cost of sandcasting with the complexity of 3D printing:
Behold the Cubiio portable laser engraver:
MIT & Steelcase collaborated to come up with this Rapid Liquid Printing Machine:
A father-and-son team invented a new, inexpensive type of metal 3D printing machine:
Adidas unveiled kicks created with a Digital Light Synthesis method:
Affordable desktop CNC machines have now expanded into the area of textiles:
Artist Stefanie Pender combined traditional glassmaking with digital fabrication:
And finally, we learned that Jay Leno uses DMLS 3D printers to keep his collection of 286 rare vehicles up and running.
I’m a lapsed industrial designer. I was born in NYC and figured I’d die there, but a few years ago I abandoned New York to live on a farm in the countryside with my wife. We have six dogs.
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