New Zealand’s Rocket Lab readies its first commercial launch

New Zealand's Rocket Lab readies its first commercial launch

8 pictures Rocket Lab’s Electron booster stands on the launchpad during testing Following a successful January test launch that saw its Electron booster reach orbit for the first time, Rocket Lab is now getting down to business. The New Zealand-based private space firm has announced plans to go ahead with its first fully commercial mission, […]

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Dartmouth smart ink 3D prints, shrinks and transforms smart materials

Dartmouth smart ink 3D prints, shrinks and transforms smart materials

A 3D printed, shrunken Arc de Triomphe represents the result of the latest research undertaken by the Ke Functional Materials Group at Dartmouth College . Focused on developing innovative materials for 3D and 4D printing applications, the Ke Group’s most recent ink makes objects that change size and color in reaction to external stimulus. Though […]

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Concordia 4D printing makes moldless composites faster and cheaper

Concordia 4D printing makes moldless composites faster and cheaper

3D printing composite materials without the use of molds is highly valuable to manufacturers seeking innovative, lightweight and strong components. By cutting out the middle man, businesses can save time and money when delivering products to customers across a broad range of industries. Such methods would, for example, be valuable to the marine industry that […]

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Xact Metal releases sub-$100k and high precision metal 3D printers

Xact Metal releases sub-$100k and high precision metal 3D printers

Metal 3D printer manufacturing startup Xact Metal has released two new powder-bed fusion based (PBF) systems: the XM200S and the XM200C. “The XM200S,” according to company CEO Juan Mario Gomez, “is ideal for printing of small parts where high performance applications and print speed are critical.” The XM200C, on the other hand, “makes metal powder-bed […]

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