World’s Largest Shipbuilder to Focus on 3D Printing Ship Parts


Global trade is the lifeblood of today’s economy. Without it, economies would shrink, jobs would crumble and many of the products we all know and love would not be available to us. By far, the leading enabler of international trade is the cargo shipping industry, which makes up a staggering 90% of all trade commerce. Without the shipping industry, which generates over $500 billion in annual income via freight rates, it is estimated that half of the world would starve.

Leading the way within the shipping industry is a South Korean company called Hyundai Heavy Industries. With over $50 billion in annual revenue, this 43-year-old company is the largest shipbuilding company on the planet. Continue reading

Game Changer – Changing the Face of Fashion and Retail Industry – KNYTTAN

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Knyttan, the London-based on-demand fashion startup and graduate of Techstars London, has picked up £2 million in seed funding to help it disrupt the garment production industry.

London-based Connect Ventures, who are perhaps best known for being an early backer of Citymapper, led the round, with participation from Frederic Court’s new fund Felix Capital, Playfair Capital, and Ballpark Ventures.

Founded in April 2013 by Ben Alun-Jones, Kirsty Emery and Hal Watts, who all met at London’s Royal College of Art, the company’s technology essentially turns industrial knitting machines into something more akin to 3D printers, unlocking the ability to ‘print’ knitwear on-demand. Continue reading

Open Source ‘Solar Pocket Factory’ Can 3D Print a Solar Panel Every 15 Seconds

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From Live Free, Live Natural  – July 24, 2014

Shawn Frayne and Alex Hornstein, two young inventors based in the Philippines, are taking their passion for clean free energy and developing a way to make it accessible and cheap for everyone.

These guys are working restlessly to provide a product that could be used by practically anyone to make homemade solar panels.

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Man Compares $50 3D Printed Cyborg Beast To His $42,000 Prosthetic Hand

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Jose Delgado, Jr. was born without most of his left hand. Here he gives some honest feedback on a $50 3D printed prosthetic hand about how it compares to his more expensive myoelectric prosthesis. The verdict? 3D printing is the future.

3D printers are coming down in price rapidly, and with the recent Kickstarter success of a $299 3D printer called The Micro this kind of technology is becoming very accessible, and it’s opening up some very exciting possibilities for small-scale local manufacturing.

Want to print your own Cyborg Beast? You can download the files hereVideo and storyvia 3D Universe.