Elon Musk Revolutionizing 3D Design With Hand Gesture Technology

Hand Gesture Technology

Elon Musk is trying to revolutionize large and small scale manufacturing and design through cutting edge hand gesture and 3D printing technologies.

I believe we’re on the verge of a major breakthrough in design and manufacturing… in being able to take the concept of something from your mind, and translate that into a 3D object really intuitively on the computer.

Musk and SpaceX are partnering with companies like Leap Motion for hand gesture technology that may one day even be used with Oculus Rift virtual reality systemsOculus Rift to develop realistic 3D virtual models.

 

3D printing has gained popularity recently as the cost and time saving potential is being realized by individuals and companies alike.

Musk is joining the likes of NASA in utilizing 3D printing technology and reaping the benefits. NASA who has been printing rocket engines cheaper and faster than ever is among the technology’s biggest proponents.

Let’s hope this trend continues to push the technology to new heights and the cost to new lows.

 

NASA Successfully Tests 3D Printed Rocket Engine Component

3d-printed Rocket Engine

So those kids over at NASA have been pretty busy. This time taking 3D printing even further, NASA has announced they’ve successfully tested a rocket engine fuel injector made using the new technology.

By using a specific technique called selective laser melting (SLM), they were able to cut the manufacturing time down from one year to four months, and reduce the cost by over 70%.

“Nasa recognises that on Earth and potentially in space, additive manufacturing can be game-changing for new mission opportunities, significantly reducing production time and cost by ‘printing’ tools, engine parts or even entire spacecraft” –  Michael Gazar

The term “additive manufacturing” refers to building a product from the ground up using the specific materials and quantities needed. On top of the benefits stated above, this technology also drastically reduces the amount of waste by-product.

Hit the link for more information on NASA’s successful test, as well as a competition from General Electric to create the best design for a 3D printed engine bracket.

 

 

The Potential of 3D Printing

3d-printer

Check out this cool interactive article on 3D printing from CNN. It’ll be interesting to watch the world adapt to this new technology.

I think the most interesting/beneficial use is with bio-printing personal organs for transplants, but of course cheaply printing food will drastically help reduce hunger across the world.

I’m curious to see what interesting ways this technology will be used that we haven’t conceived of yet. Hit the link to learn more.

3D Printing – CNN.com