While you were enjoying your holiday vacation, Team Kapstone compiled some of the best stories to Inspire, Equip, and Guide you in 3D printing and the latest in emerging world of technology. So here’s what you missed last month:

  1. Disney Research-CMU design tool helps novices design 3-D-printable robotic creatures

Disney now lets you build and create your own customized walking robot with the use of 3-D Printing. Product research and development teams at Disney and Carnegie Mellon University have produced DIY designs that anyone can create.

You get to pick the shape, size and number of legs you wish your robot to have and really let your creative juices flowing!

“Progress in rapid manufacturing technology is making it easier and easier to build customized robots, but designing a functioning robot remains a difficult challenge that requires an experienced engineer,” said Markus Gross, vice president of research for Disney Research. “Our new design system can bridge this gap and should be of great interest to technology enthusiasts and the maker community at large.”

  1. Forget Graphene and Carbon Nanotubes, Get Ready for Diamond Nanothread

Just a few months ago, the team at Pennsylvania State University announced that they have discovered a stable form of one-dimensional diamond crystal capped with hydrogen.

This diamond nanothread, sparked much curiosity and excitement among the science community. Thanks to the work of Haifei Zhan at Queensland University of Technology in Australia, we have more insight on how these can be more versatile than originally proclaimed.

  1. New 3D printed, energy absorbing material could help make football helmets safer

Purdue University researchers have teamed up with General Motors in efforts to develop a new 3D printed phase transforming cellular material (PXCMs) that will increase safety from a range of applications such as earthquakes to enhancing the structures of football helmets for greater shock absorption and to minimize head injuries. This new distinctive honeycomb shaped material is similar to Boeing’s microlattice, in retrospect to its functionality and can be scaled to any size.

"The energy dissipation due to the mechanical behavior of the unit cells adds to the intrinsic energy dissipation of the base material," Mankame said. "Many emerging materials like aluminum, magnesium and fiber-reinforced composites, that play an increasingly important role in the transportation, defense and construction industries, suffer from low intrinsic energy dissipation. The energy absorption capability of structures that are made of such base materials can be increased by incorporating PXCMs into the structures.”

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