30 Mar '15, 3am

Can nature unlock the potential of additive manufacturing?

Can nature unlock the potential of additive manufacturing?

If the ultimate prize in additive manufacturing is finding a universal kit of parts, then recent nature-inspired developments in small molecule chemistry may have brought us closer to this world of the future. Suppose you went home tonight and found out that the float arm in your toilet tank was broken, you were having several unexpected guests for dinner, your mother-in-law needed new eyeglasses and Junior had to make a scale model of a California Mission building by tomorrow. In the future world of additive manufacturing you would hardly raise a sweat, because you would be able to turn to your home 3-D printer and make everything you needed: strong metal parts; clear acrylics; food; and, of course, all those tiny Spanish roof tiles. This really isn’t that far-fetched, is it? As a matter of fact, all these things can be made today (albeit slowly), from engine parts to den...

Full article: http://www.greenbiz.com/article/new-model-additive-manufa...

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