3d printing

Plastic Bank: First 3D Printed Items Made from Recycled Ocean Plastic

June 14, 2014 by Tom Schueneman

Ocean Pollution and Recycling

Sunday, June 8 was officially World Ocean Day. At a time when we find the world’s oceans in crisis from acidification, warming surface temperatures, overfishing and pollution, calling attention to the health of our oceans is of paramount importance.[read more]

Can 3D Printing Turn Space-Based Solar into a Reality?

December 1, 2013 by Herman Trabish

Space Solar Energy

For space based solar power, there would be two basic steps. First, the 3D printer would build a carbon fiber truss structure that would act as a frame for the system. It would then lay a membrane on the structure of either thin film PV or of reflecting materials, if concentrating solar power was being deployed.[read more]