Last time I checked in with 3D printing startup Structur3D, its unusual paste-extruding machine was a mysterious white box that sat next to a 3D printer. It was capable of spitting out Nutella, cookie dough and inedible materials like silicone, but it wasn’t exactly clear how it worked. Now, the company has opened up the extruder, known as Discov3ry, to give us a more detailed view of how it works.
Discov3ry is compatible with any modifiable 3D printer. You connect the box with the printer via a tube. Inside the box, a syringe sits upright and a disk slowly pushes up on it, causing it to squeeze material into the tube.
When I visited Structur3D at Maker Faire back in May, the team was loading all kinds of materials into a Discov3ry prototype manually. That will still be an option for users, including those who backed it through the Kickstarter campaign
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I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.
There are many reasons for students to think about a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). Perks such as job security, high salaries, and the possibility of innovation are all things to consider when prospective students seek a career in one of the STEM fields.
Jobs in the STEM fields are among the most in-demand and highest paying, but these types of openings often go unfilled for longer periods of time in comparison to non-STEM jobs. According to a Brooking’s study, the median duration of advertising for a STEM vacancy is more than twice as long as for a non-STEM vacancy. This indicates that the skills critical for working in STEM are low in supply, but highly sought after.
So if STEM is such a hotbed of potential, why are there not more men and women attempting to break into these fields? One major factor that may…
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