In my post Future of 3D Printing — part 3 I wrote about Digital Materials and Voxels. In this post I want to show you an excellent movie rendering of how both can be combined to make a machine. They call the machine the rapid assembler.
Scaling production for Shapeways is much more than adding production capacity. Actually making sure parts are made just-in-time and shipped on time to the right customer with perfect quality is quite a challenge
Mark Ganter from the University of Washington works in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Together with Duane Storti he runs the Solheim Additive Manufacturing Laboratory. In their laboratory they work on new material recipes for 3D printing. They've come up with some interesting new materials.