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Future of Making Things

A ship’s propeller created for the project using the new ‘hybrid manufacturing’ technique.

Port of Rotterdam’s RAMLAB and Autodesk pioneer ‘on-demand’ additive manufacturing for ship repair, providing a glimpse into the future of making things.

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Artec 3D Scanning Helps Create Hybrid Reality at NASA

A tool like this Olympus Delta X-ray fluorescence (XRF) metals and alloys analyzer is likely to be used on Mars in order to determine the mass ratio of different elements in samples of rock collected on the Martian surface.

With the Artec Eva 3D scanner, engineers at NASA’s Hybrid Reality Lab are able to scan tools and other assets that are used in space and create 3D printed trackable versions that can be used to enhance training.

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Baker Hughes Develops Predictive Maintenance Software for Gas and Oil Extraction Equipment Using Data Analytics and Machine Learning

Baker Hughes' predictive maintenance alarm system, based on MATLAB.

To monitor the pumps for potentially catastrophic wear and predict failures before they occur, Baker Hughes analyzes pump sensor data with MATLAB and applies MATLAB machine learning algorithms.

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How Light-Weighted Airplane Seats Can Save Airlines $200 Million

Andreas Bastian shows off how lightweight the new seat frame really is.

No normal airplane seat frame: this one has been light-weighted using lattice and surface optimization, meaning an algorithm in Autodesk’s Netfabb software produced the geometry to meet specified design goals.

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A Spacewalk on Mars with 3D Printed Technology

High-precision, low-weight and strength attributes can help determine the success of a mission to Mars. 3D printing solutions can meet all these requirements.

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Transforming Ankle Foot Orthosis with 3D Printing

With the help of large-format 3D printing technology via 3D Platform and research conducted by students at Gonzaga University, patients may soon be able to count on 3D printed orthotics that are affordable and produced in a timely fashion.

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Rethinking the Stethoscope

Thinklabs is now creating an improved stethoscope headphone design in Onshape that includes new features requested by doctors. CEO Clive Smith says Onshape enables “our production people to do production design. They can design the production processes and improve it themselves.” Image courtesy of Onshape/Thinklabs.

A new digital stethoscope called the Thinklabs One that can be connected to an external speaker and any computer, tablet or phone.

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