World’s first 3D-printed bridge opens in the Netherlands

October 18, 2017 by  
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The Netherlands just made history by officially opening the world’s first 3D-printed bridge. On Tuesday, Dutch officials celebrated the opening of the innovative bridge, which is 8 meters (26 ft) long and located near the town of Gemert. Thanks to reinforced, pre-stressed concrete and 3D-printing techniques, the bridge (which is primarily intended for cyclists) can safely bear the weight of 40 trucks. In total, the structure took just three months to build. Said Theo Salet, from the Eindhoven University of Technology, “The bridge is not very big, but it was rolled out by a printer which makes it unique.” Using 3D-printing techniques, less concrete is used than would be required to fill a conventional mold. Says the official website, “a printer deposits the concrete only where it is needed.” The bridge, which is 8 meters (26 feet) long, spans a water-filled ditch to connect two roads. Though the bridge is intended to be used by cyclists , the BAM Infra construction company determined that it can safely bear loads of up to two tonnes — or 40 trucks — through testing. It took the company just 3 months to build the bridge, which has approximately 800 layers. Related: This twisting tower is made out of 2,000 3D-printed terracotta bricks Said the head of BAM, Marinus Schimmel, in a statement , “We are looking to the future. Schimmel added that BAM is ”searching for a newer, smarter approach to addressing infrastructure issues and making a significant contribution to improving the mobility and sustainability of our society.” This project also established the eco-friendly benefits of 3D printing. “Fewer scarce resources were needed, and there was significantly less waste,” said Schimmel. The Netherlands is but one country experimenting with 3D-printed infrastructure. The United States and China, for instance, are using the cutting-edge technology to create structures from scratch without relying on traditional manpower. Elsewhere in The Netherlands, a Dutch start-up called MX3D has started printing a stainless-steel bridge . Reportedly, up to one-third is already completed, and they aim to complete it by March of 2018. Time will reveal what other fascinating, environmentally-friendly structures will be constructed using 3D printing . + Eindhoven University of Technology Via Phys Images via Eindhoven University of Technology

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3D-printed eggs could radically change how conservationists monitor endangered species

April 5, 2016 by  
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When it comes to monitoring endangered species , the less invasive the method the better. Conservationists have used camera traps and drones to gain insight into wildlife populations, but flashes and buzzes can change animal behavior. Now scientists may have just developed a less obtrusive monitoring device: a 3D-printed egg equipped with sensors. Read the rest of 3D-printed eggs could radically change how conservationists monitor endangered species

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This 3D-printed tree charges smart phone with solar power

February 23, 2015 by  
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Scientists at  VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland have created a tree prototype that harvests solar power from indoor or outdoor light, and turns it into electricity for powering small electronic devices, including smartphones. The tree, which is 3D-printed from wood-based biomaterials developed by VTT, can also harvest kinetic energy from its surroundings. It’s also cute enough to fit in with your decor. Read the rest of This 3D-printed tree charges smart phone with solar power Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3d printed , 3D printing , nanosolar , paper-thin solar , solar , solar panels , Solar Power

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3D-printed prosthetic legs allow Derby the dog to run for the first time

December 17, 2014 by  
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The popularity of 3D printing has exploded in recent years, and one of the most innovative uses for this technology has been that of prosthetics— for people and animals alike. We’ve seen prosthetic limbs for ducks , and now a pair of 3D-printed legs is allowing a very special dog named Derby to run for the very first time in his life. Born with disfigured front legs, Derby has only been able to get around with the help of a cart purchased by his adoptive family, but now, with the help of a team of 3D engineers and veterinarians, Derby is able to run . Read the rest of 3D-printed prosthetic legs allow Derby the dog to run for the first time Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3d printed , 3d printed dog legs , 3D printed legs , 3D printing , Derby , Derby dog , Derby dog running , Derby the dog running , disfigured dog legs , dog able to run , dog prostheses , dog prosthetic legs , prostheses , prosthetic legs , prosthetic limbs , running dog , veterinary prostheses , veterinary prosthetic

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BMW’s i3 Prototype can park itself while its driver walks away

December 17, 2014 by  
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Several cars on the market already have technology that allows them to park themselves without total interaction from the driver, but none of them allow you to completely get out of the car while it parks itself—until now. BMW has revealed a unique i3 prototype that features the company’s newest technology, which allows the i3 to drive to a parking spot and fully park itself while its driver walks off. Read the rest of BMW’s i3 Prototype can park itself while its driver walks away Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 360 degree collision avoidance , BMW , bmw i3 , BMW i3 prototype , ces , green car , green transportation , PARK(ing) , parking garages , remote valet parking assistant , Smartwatch , urban planning

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Minale-Maeda’s 3D Printed Connector Can be Downloaded to Make DIY Furniture

April 23, 2014 by  
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Italian-Japanese Studio Minale-Maeda has come up with a little clever design that allows people anywhere in the world to make their own furniture. Their versatile Keystone connectors can be used to quickly and easily fasten together different parts. The tiny sculptural fitting can be either shipped from their Rotterdam studio, or 3D printed as an open source design. Read the rest of Minale-Maeda’s 3D Printed Connector Can be Downloaded to Make DIY Furniture Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , 3d printed , 3D printing , DIY , DIY furniture , furniture connector , Keystones , Studio Minale-Maeda

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Inhabitat Talks to Elea Robinson, Founding Faculty at New Amsterdam School, About Growing a Green School

April 23, 2014 by  
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Do you remember the antsy feeling you would get in school while waiting for the recess bell to ring? Luckily, more kids today are spending time outdoors as educators begin to realize the link between connecting with nature and a holistic education. We recently had a chance to talk with Elea Robinson , a founding faculty member of the New Amsterdam Waldorf School to learn more about how a nature-based curriculum can help to improve the education and well-being of our kids. Read on for the full interview! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Children , eco friendly school , eco friendly schools , Elea Robinson , Environment , environmentalism , green school , Holistic Education , Nature , nature education , new amsterdam school , New york waldorf school , Organic , organic learning , school , teachers , Waldorf , Waldorf education , Waldorf School , waldorf school new york , waldorf school nyc

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6 Of The Coolest, Most Innovative 3D-Printed Designs

August 7, 2013 by  
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New Study Shows Rich People’s Bodies Are Filled With Unique Toxins

August 7, 2013 by  
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Sushi photo from Shutterstock It’s no secret that most adults in the US are bombarded with pollutants on a daily basis. But a recent study in Environment International has found that the chemical footprint of rich people’s bodies is very different from the toxins found in the middle and lower class. The study found that levels of mercury , arsenic, cesium, and thallium were all higher in more affluent subjects. Read the rest of New Study Shows Rich People’s Bodies Are Filled With Unique Toxins Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: BPA , chemical footprint , chemicals in sunscreen , cigarettes , Health , heavy metal exposure , mercury , oxybenzone , packaged foods , rich vs poor , smoking , socioeconomic differences , toxic burden , toxin exposure        

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Crossbar’s RRAM Chip Could Make Your Phone Battery Last for Weeks

August 7, 2013 by  
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A new silicon chip for your smart phone could extend its battery life so that it lasts for weeks! Crossbar , a new tech chip start up, has developed a RAM chip that stores a terabyte of data, which drains a device’s battery less. With Crossbar’s super efficient chip, lugging your phone charger everywhere you go may be a thing of the past. Read the rest of Crossbar’s RRAM Chip Could Make Your Phone Battery Last for Weeks Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , battery chargers , cell phone chargers , clean tech , Crossbar , eco design , energy efficient battery chargers , green design , phone battery longevity , RRAM , sustainable design        

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