Dragon capsule returns to Earth after Space station delivery

A SpaceX Dragon freight send left the International Space Station and came back to Earth Saturday (Jan. 13), wrapping up an about month-long conveyance mission for NASA that likewise denoted the rocket’s second trek to space.

The uncrewed Dragon supply transport isolates from the space station’s mechanical arm at 4:58 a.m. EST (0958 GMT) and started terminating thrusters for its arrival to Earth. The space container sprinkled down in the Pacific Ocean off the bank of Baja California to be recovered by SpaceX, the organization reported at 10:39 a.m. EST (1539 GMT).

“Great splashdown of Dragon affirmed, finishing the second resupply mission to and from the @Space_Station with a flight-demonstrated business rocket,” SpaceX delegates said in a Twitter refresh.

Mythical serpent is conveying about 4,100 lbs. (1,860 kilograms) of payload to Earth, a lot of it science outfit from human and creature inquire about, and different investigations. That rigging incorporates equipment from an analysis by space producing organization Made In Space to 3d-print ZBLAN glass fiber optic wire in space, and a gathering of live mice from NASA’s Rodent Research 6 concentrate to create prescriptions that address muscle misfortune in space., NASA authorities said.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket propelled the Dragon mission on Dec. 15, with the container landing at the International Space Station on Dec. 17. The mission, SpaceX’s thirteenth resupply flight for NASA, conveyed 4,800 lbs. (2,177 kilograms) of provisions and rigging for space travelers.

Notwithstanding conveying freight, the mission denoted a turning point for SpaceX’s rocket reusability program. Both the Dragon case and its Falcon 9 promoter made their second treks to space on this flight. The Falcon 9 sponsor’s first stage already propelled an alternate Dragon container to the space station in June 2017. The Dragon case on this flight, in the mean time, beforehand went by the space station in April 2015.

Influence of 3D printed Lily light remains undimmed after 14 years

Oct 20, 2016 | By Benedict

In an interview with Dezeen, designer Janne Kyttanen looks back on the 3D printed Lily light, a flower-shaped lamp designed at Amsterdam’s Freedom of Creation studio back in 2002. The laser-sintered lamp was an early example of 3D printing being used to create desirable, functional objects.

In the early days of the 21st century, 3D printing was far from the public eye. Although some manufacturers had been using additive technology for decades, mainly as a prototyping tool, “3D printing” would not become part of the cultural zeitgeist until years later. With that in mind, it is easy to see why Janne Kytannen’s innovative Lily light shone brightly when it was unveiled just after the turn of the millennium.

The 3D printed Lily light, designed by Kyttanen in 2002, might not cause much of a stir if seen in a collection today, but rewind to Milan Design Week 2003, and the Finnish designer’s modest creation was sending ripples through the design world. Here was an example of 3D printing being used to create something permanent, both a stylish item for the home and a shining example for a million future 3D printing projects. 14 years after its creation, the influence of the 3D printed lamp remains undimmed. Why? The designer himself has a few ideas.

Made from Nylon 12, a very fine powder used for laser sintering, the Lily light represented a big challenge for Kytannen. Not only was it unusual to create luxury household objects using 3D printing, it was also incredibly expensive to do so. As such, the Finnish designer had to create an object that was small and used minimal materials, but that was still visually captivating. “My whole inspiration was to create something very small, but something that would give a big impact into a space,” Kytannen explained.

In order to reduce material usage and costs, Kytannen designed the 3D printed lamp with extremely fine “petals” which glow when the light is turned on. According to the designer, this internal illumination of the lamp’s 3D printed components fascinated attendees of Milan Design Week, propelling his laser-sintered creation into the spotlight. “When people saw the Lily for the first time, I felt that they were mesmerised by the 3D technology,” Kyttanen said. “But the public could also afford it.”

This combination of beauty and affordability made the Lily light, and many 3D printed household items designed in later years, particularly appealing. While the 3D printed Lily light is currently available in various versions (floor or table, various sizes, €391+) through Materialise, Kytannen initially envisaged makers downloading the digital files and printing the item at home. “My point was to create a commercially successful product and pave the way for things to come in 3D printing,” the designer said. “I wanted to create a future concept for when people could, one day, download 3D data in their living rooms and 3D print them.”

14 years after the creation of the Lily light, and Kytannen’s vision has more-or-less come true: there are several online platforms where people can download 3D printable furniture and other items, often for free. Looking back, Kytannen can be proud that his Lily light, a simple flower-shaped 3D printed lamp, helped to bring that vision to reality.

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Glowforge 3D laser printing juggernaut enters life after crowdfunding

If you haven’t heard of Glowforge and its incredibly novel entry into the 3D fabrication space, you’re in a group that’s growing smaller every day. After a record shattering Kickstarter campaign that netted the company more than $27,900,000 in purchases in less than thirty days – the already well-funded startup ($9M A from Foundry Group and True Ventures) has plenty of visibility.

The Glowforge uses subtractive rather than additive manufacturing, carving out objects instead of building up them layer by layer like a conventional 3D printer. Technically a 3D laser cutter and engraver, it re-imagines the process of three-dimensional fabrication by combining the attributes of CNC milling machines and the precision of camera guided, computer controlled lasers in a wirelessly enabled desktop unit.

From intricately carved pencil boxes to chocolate rockets, there are no shortage of examples showcasing the myriad materials and projects the Glowforge can tackle, but we wanted to know more. We asked founder and CEO Dan Shapiro for an update on the company and to learn what the current “kings of Kickstarter” have planned in the near term.

Gizmag: I’m sure you’re expecting this first question – when will production units ship?

Shapiro: When we’re sure it’s not the first pancake. We’ve burned plenty of pancakes and our goal is to be sure that when we ship we deliver a device that people will be able to use and enjoy for years. Right now we’re expecting to deliver to our Kickstarter backers during the first half of 2016. For orders placed now, most likely Q3, 2016.

Gizmag: Compared to other 3D printers, the Glowforge machines appear incredibly polished. Who is your intended audience? The pro machine for shared spaces and serious makers and the basic unit for everyone else?

Shapiro: I hope so. When I was seven my dad who was a professor of computer science and my mom who was a professor of speech and communications got into an argument over whether I could have a computer. My mom won so for my seventh birthday I got a Commodore 64. I still remember it clear as day. Sitting on my dad’s knee writing a simple game out of if-then statements. It’s how I got here. And I hope this can be the same kind of tool for the next generation of kids.

Today, a Glowforge is still $2400 for the basic model which is a price point not everyone can get to. It’s going to go up before it goes down too, but five years hence I want everyone to have access to this and I hope more and more families will see this as a learning experience they want to give their kids.

Sure. I can see banks of machines for rent by the hour at maker spaces, but I imagine someone who is a wallet specialist who says “I will print any wallet for you, I’ve got 50 different designs and leathers, I’ll do the lacing so you tell me what you want and I’ll make it exactly to your specifications and take it to the post office.”

Gizmag: So, what’s next for Glowforge?

Shapiro: There’s this wall in my future that’s called shipping and we’re going to get there as fast as we can. The only thing that’s more important to me than shipping is that we have a fantastic product to ship.

I feel pretty good about this product. So many times you have to make a hundred compromises to get it out, but we didn’t have to make a hundred compromises. This is a platform that I think will survive for many years to come and it will be improved constantly by virtue of software. The design principle is we are going to put out a really robust platform that we can build on from a software standpoint and unlock new features. We have so many amazing things that we have planned for this device that we haven’t told anyone about. In fact, it wouldn’t shock me if we were still selling this device or something very close to it four or five years from now. We have some ideas for the hardware but eh … the really exciting stuff is what we’re going to be doing with the software on this thing because it has a ton of potential.

Gizmag: So do you envision a sort of “app store” for designs and templates that you’ll host?

Shapiro: That’s exactly what we’re thinking about. It’s a premium catalog where designers can go and take really beautiful stuff and share it with the world and get paid for it. We want something that’s well curated that brings the most beautiful and useful to the front. I can’t wait to get this out there and let people start experimenting and telling us what to do with it.

Check out the video below to learn more about Glowforge and visit the photo gallery for some examples of the awesome creations this machine can produce (including a 3D-laser-printed-drone with rubber band gatling guns!).

Pre-orders for Glowforge currently start at US$2,395 for the basic model.

Source: Glowforge