Like Sunday, today we will share with you some of the latest videos from the world of additive manufacturing. This week we took a closer look at the park in Shenzhen, China, with 2,000 3D printed parts. Next, Elon Musk unveiled the 3D printer that makes the SpaceX rocket parts. An Italian designer has imagined a new 3D-printed smart village in Ecuador that will be made from cocoa waste. Find out all that and more in our Top 5 Videos of the Week. Happy Sunday and happy viewing!
Top 1: Take a look at the first 3D printed park in China
The American company Advanced Intelligent Construction Technology (AICT) has opened the first 3D-printed public park at the Shenzhen International Convention and Exhibition Center in China. The finished park consists of more than 2,000 concrete elements, including sculptures, benches, flower beds, retaining walls and curbs. The total cost of the 55,000 square meter park is approximately $650,000. The installation only took 2 months, the aesthetic is supposed to represent the course of a river. You can learn more about the creation of the park in this video.
Top 2: Elon Musk presents the SpaceX printer
Hardly anyone else is getting so excited about the Elon Musk tech scene these days. The visionary has been working for years on his SpaceX project, which aims to use 3D printed rockets to enable Mars colonization and space tourism. Today, the entrepreneur is unveiling the technology that will be used to additively manufacture parts for the SpaceX rocket. See for yourself what process is used in Musk’s project and what materials SpaceX parts are made from!
Top 3: A village made of 3D printed cocoa waste in Ecuador
Next, we’ll show you a smart village in Pedernales, Ecuador made of 3D-printed cocoa waste, designed by Italian architect Valentino Gareri for chocolate maker MUZE Cacao and non-profit organization Avanti. This eco-responsible project aims to be the next “Silicon Valley” of the circular economy. It was created to act as a network between sustainable and carbon neutral villages and as an innovation hub for the circular economy. It is designed to be modular, functional, sustainable, technology based and connected to the local community. Learn more below:
Top 4: The first 3D printed OLED screen
The process of creating OLED screens requires large factories and machinery, but a few days ago a group of researchers from the University of Minnesota discovered an innovative method to create a flexible OLED screen using a 3D printer. To do this, they combined two printing methods: extrusion and spray printing. This discovery would mean a significant reduction in costs when manufacturing screens for smartphones or televisions. The prototype display was about 1.5 inches on each side and had 64 pixels. Every pixel was working and displaying light. Discover the innovative project in this video:
Top 5: The Cryptid sneaker
Finally, we’ll take a look at “The Cryptide Sneaker”, a fully 3D printed sneaker made using selective laser sintering and flexible TPU. Stephan Henrich, German architect and designer, divided into two parts: the sole and an upper part that looks like a sole. One of the advantages of this type of shoe is that you can adapt its shape to the measurements of your foot, scanning it beforehand and thus we obtain greater autonomy. Watch the video below to learn more about the shoes’ unusual properties and why Henrich decided to use 3D printing to design his creation.
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