Recycling: is there anyone who principally opposes it? No, of course not. Everyone believes that recycling

Recycling: is there anyone who principally opposes it? No, of course not. Everyone believes that recycling is a good thing, and yet most of us don’t recycle everything for the simple reason that it’s just too much work. What’s more, we don’t see the results at all – so what does it matter? If only recycling was as simple as buying a can of soda at a vending machine, where you throw in some waste and get a recycled product immediately. That, at least, was the idea a team of Italian students from a small town in Sicily had. Finding their solution in 3D printing, they built a vending machine for 3D printed smartphone covers made from recycled materials. This remarkable concept is called the MyProGeneration, and is currently a vending machine prototype. It was built by students Marco Tomasello, Daniele Caputo, Vincenzo Virruso, Vittorio Maggiore, Toni Taormina, and their teacher, Daniela Russo, who were aiming to inspire their generation to be more conscious about their trash. And as many plastics are perfectly recyclable, they came up with an accessible, tangible solution aimed at localized recycling that shows the difference you’re making. The concept itself was so impressive that...

» 3D Printing in Automotive Applications: Tooling, Spare Parts, Race Car Components 3D Printing in Automotive Applications: Tooling, Spare Parts, Race Car Components | 3DPrint.com

3D printing can be used on the automotive assembly line to make car parts, components, and prototypes that are more lightweight and have faster turnaround times, as well as production of replacement and spare parts. Several announcements today highlight the major efforts automakers are employing to bring additive manufacturing into their workflows. Michigan-based Ford Motor Company is a big fan of 3D printing, and even piloted Stratasys’ Infinite Build 3D printer. In order to meet customer demand for the new models of its Lincoln Navigator and Ford Expedition SUVs, the company is increasing production of the vehicles by 25%, and using advanced manufacturing technologies including 3D printing to do it. Ford is increasing the total investment in its Kentucky Truck Plant to $925 million, which will in turn ramp up the manufacturing line speed for the SUVs, which are two of the highest-priced vehicles that Ford sells. The company’s automotive profit margins shrunk to 3.7% in the fourth quarter of 2017, down from 5.7% last year, so the company is also working to soothe investors and continue competing with rivals General Motors and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The luxury Lincoln Navig...