April 24, 2014
These are made up of thousands of tiny water droplets, each coated in a thin film studded with protein pores. It mimics a living cell and can be used to help heal wounds and test new drugs.
The professor, who has netted £1m worth of investment for his university spin-out company OxSyBio, is based at the university’s chemistry research lab in Mansfield Road.
He said: “It all goes back to the Lego bricks many of us played with when we were kids. “What this 3D printing technique does is to build something layer by layer and the bricks in this case happen to be these droplets. “This can create materials that can replace our own cellular tissues and the 3D printer can produce several different types of cells at once.
A chinese company based in suzhou, china, has managed to print 10 full-sized eco-friendly houses in just one day. measuring 200 square meters. Costing $4,800 USD to build, each dwelling was created in under a few hours entirely out of recycled construction and industrial waste with an enormous 3D printer.
April 23, 2014
British model making company I Can Make has announced plans to launch a set of model plane and train kits for construction via 3D printer. The Telegraph reports.
The 12 kits include plans to recreate miniature versions of Stephenson's Rocket, a Gloster E28/29 Jet and a Spaceship One, and will go on sale in the autumn.
Customers purchase their desired kit online before downloading the design file, and printing it on a 3D printer. Each design can be printed multiple times in a colour of the creator's choice.
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April 18, 2014
Nokia has combined 3D printing and Easter to create a new, sweet rendering of its logo. [via C/net]
The company on Thursday published a YouTube video showing how it used software to render a 3D version of its logo, which was then transmitted to a 3D printer. The 3D printer was outfitted with liquid chocolate and created what the company is calling "#Chokia."
Yesterday the company posted two remarkable photos of 3D printed clothes on its Facebook page. On these images a male model is wearing 3D printed shirts. On the first one, he goes for a printed V-neck and on the second one he pulls of a additively manufactured tank top. However, these shirts are still prototypes and the company is still testing its printer.
... The team behind Electroloom is currently working on creating a fully working prototype and is in search of investors, according to its website. In the future, people will be able to print out designs via an online CAD-file. At the end of the year the team dreams to be able to produce well-wearable clothes using cotton.
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While the 3Doodler brought the concept of a 3D printing pen to the market, the new LIX 3D printing pen is a much more compact version and can help people can see their designs jump off the page. PSFK reports.
Like any 3D printing device, the LIX pen melts and cools colored plastic, allowing you to create rigid, freestanding structures. It is made of aluminum and comes in a variety of colors, so you can select one that suits you. Charging only takes one minute, and the pens are quite affordable with ballpoint versions starting at $60 and the 3D printing version at $140 for a limited time.
April 16, 2014
Developed by researchers at the medical technology firm NEXT21 K.K. and the University of Tokyo’s brain science institute RIKEN, the new printer is capable of creating artificial bone material that is accurate up to 0.1mm (0.0039in). Engineering.com reports.
Building artificial bone from calcium phosphate, which is a component of both human bones and teeth, the printer’s product should be able to integrate directly into a patient’s body where it will fuse with existing bone.
According to NEDO, this new printing technology makes the complicated process of bone grafting much easier, reducing the healing time for patients suffering from broken limbs or bone removal due to cancer therapies.
Next21is set to begin a series of trials that will last around 10 months. If successful, the company hopes to roll their printer out across Asia, providing artificial bone replacement therapies to hospitals across the continent.
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April 15, 2014
Richard van As lost his fingers in a carpentry accident and finds help online. CNN reports.
After days of scouring the Internet he couldn't find anywhere to buy a functional prosthetic finger and he was astonished at the cost of prosthetic hands and limbs which began in the tens of thousands of dollars. But his online surfing paid off as it brought him to an amateur video posted by a mechanical effects artist in Washington State, by the name of Ivan Owen.
Together, the pair developed a mechanical finger for van As, but their partnership has also gone on to benefit countless hand and arm amputees around the globe, through the birth of the company "Robohand." Officially launched in January 2012, Robohand creates affordable mechanical prosthetics through the use of 3D printers. Not only that, but it has made its designs open source, so that anyone with access to such printers can print out fingers, hands and now arms as well.
Read full article. The first Robohand ever created was made for five-year-old Liam, from South Africa (picture above)
April 12, 2014
A 3D-printed model of a cancerous tumour created by researchers from the US and China could give researchers a new way of conducting medical studies. Wired.co.uk reports.
Using a special 3D cell printer developed by the research team, the tumour model is created from a scaffold of fibrous proteins coated in cervical cancer cells and provides a realistic representation of a tumour's environment.
Cervical cancer cells, known as Hela cells, have been chosen for the research due to their ability to divide indefinitely in lab conditions. Researchers hope the cells will help them better understand how tumours develop, grow and spread throughout the body.
2D models that consist of a single layer of cells already exist and have been used in studies, but researchers have been restricted with regards to what they can achieve with them. While these models mimic the physiological environment of a tumour, they don't provide a realistic representation of one.
... Commenting on the development, Dr Samuel Godfrey, Cancer Research UK's science information manager told Wired.co.uk: "Using 3D printers to build living models of tumours in a lab is a fascinating technique that could give scientists a new way of making their experiments more realistic.
Read full article. Study published in the journal Biofabrication "Three-dimensional printing of Hela cells for cervical tumor model in vitro". Image above, HeLa Cell Dividing, courtesy of Dr. Thomas Deerinck (not a 3D printed cell)
April 11, 2014
Finnish designer Janne Kyttanen, creative director of 3D Systems, vastly improves on the concept of luggage. He thinks we can just e-mail ourselves 3-D printable files of our stuff. If we go by his new project Lost Luggage, the era of suitcase-schlepping may soon be over. FastCo Design reports.
Now on view as part of Kyttanen’s solo exhibition at Galerie Vivid in Rotterdam, Lost Luggage is a 3-D printed platform bag that contains a selection of 10 items. The files for these products could be sent in an email and then printed out, all in one operation, once you arrive at your destination--unencumbered by traditional analog suitcases.
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Philippe Starck is no longer satisfied with crafting exotic-looking products that don't change -- he wants to give you control over the design process.
He tells the Wall Street Journal that his newly opened custom furniture venture, TOG, will eventually become an open source community that lets you create your own 3D-printed furniture and share designs with others. He'd also like to see kiosks that make it easy for anyone to produce their own furniture, even if they can't justify a 3D printer of their own.
Then “people can match and mix pieces of design to get exactly what they like, according to their own taste,” he said. “This is a fight against trends. The only acceptable trend is to be proud of your differences.
April 10, 2014
It may sound far-fetched, but scientists are attempting to build a human heart with a 3-D printer. Stuff reports.
Ultimately, the goal is to create a new heart for a patient with their own cells that could be transplanted. It is an ambitious project to first, make a heart and then get it to work in a patient, and it could be years - perhaps decades - before a 3-D printed heart would ever be put in a person.
The technology, though, is not all that futuristic: Researchers have already used 3-D printers to make splints, valves and even a human ear.
So far, the University of Louisville team has printed human heart valves and small veins with cells, and they can construct some other parts with other methods, said Stuart Williams, a cell biologist leading the project. They have also successfully tested the tiny blood vessels in mice and other small animals, he said.
Williams believes they can print parts and assemble an entire heart in three to five years.
The finished product would be called the "bioficial heart" - a blend of natural and artificial.
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April 7, 2014
The dream here is definitely that you take something and install it as fast as the fastest plug-and-play device that you've ever seen and you're focused on the end result," Michael Armani, M3D's CEO tells us. "You take the design, put it in the printer, it prints as quickly as possible.
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April 3, 2014
General Electric says 3D printing and "additive manufacturing" is one of the most important evolutions in modern history, and the best is yet to come. [via ZDNet]
... As the company continues to learn about the capabilities and advantages that 3D printing has to offer, it's invested in more than three-hundred 3D printers across the company, which helps it to learn how to develop the more difficult or traditionally expensive parts for aviation, oil and gas, healthcare, and other businesses the firm has investments in.
GE's general manager for technology Christine Furstoss said by 2020, the company aims to print more than 100,000 parts for aviation. In the meantime, the company continues to focus on transforming its repair processes for industrial components.
"3D printing is not just used to prototype," Furstoss said. "But it's really important for us to use this technology to innovate and create products that could not be made in any other way.
"This is the opportunity we can't waste," she said. "It's about ecosystems, and learning, and we need to figure out what our role is, and if we are investing as much as we should be."
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March 26, 2014
A 22-year-old woman from the Netherlands who suffers from a chronic bone disorder -- which has increased the thickness of her skull from 1.5cm to 5cm, causing reduced eyesight and severe headaches -- has had the top section of her skull removed and replaced with a 3D printed implant. Wired reports.
The operation was performed by a team of neurosurgeons at the University Medical Centre Utrecht and the university claims this is this first instance of a successful 3D printed cranium that has not been rejected by the patient.
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According to online trade paper CandyIndustry, it’s not ‘if’ but ’when’ 3-D printers will start to make a difference in the food industry.
3D Systems, one of the largest makers of 3-D printers, at at SXSW was handing out colorful, sculptural candy printed by the company’s line of “ChefJet” printers,” reports the Wall Street Journal. “The printers use sugar, water and alcohol as the building blocks for its candy, which taste sugary and fruity.”
And that’s just the beginning of what 3D Systems is hoping to do with candy. The company also recently announced a multi-year partnership with Hershey, although the two companies have yet to show off any of their combined efforts.
... The machine, which will be commercially available, is called the ChefJet, with the line starting at $5,000 and expected availability in the second half of this year.
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An inventor from Yorkshire could be on the verge of revolutionising the prosthetics industry – by using 3D printing techniques to create lifelike ears, eyes and noses. The Yorkshire Post reports.
The technology he is employing means there is potential to craft dozens of parts in the space of a single hour.
Mr Fripp, owner of Rotherham-based Fripp Design, says the process is a “game changer”, with some of his products just months away from hitting the market.
He said: “We have hundreds of noses and ears, there really are an infinite number of options for the patient. “The technology will make the prostheses a lot more affordable for a lot more people.”
The traditional method of making a prosthesis begins with a plaster cast of the affected area. A wax mould is then carved from the cast and the replacement body part made in silicone from the mould.
Mr Fripp’s technique sees a scan being taken of a patient’s face so the digital model of the prosthesis can be tweaked before printing to ensure it is a perfect fit.
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March 24, 2014
This is pretty amazing: a functional tape measure that was printed fully-assembled.
Made by an aeromechanical engineer who goes by the name Angry Monk, the tape measure has a total of 114 individual parts.
March 21, 2014
An individual known only by the online handle “Gripper” has popped up on several underground cybercrime forums advertising a new service. [via Geek.com]
Unlike the cheap readers that card thieves have been affixing to ATMs for years, Gripper claims his outfit can mass produce entire readers with a 3D printed casing and the necessary electronics to make everything look legit.
As proof, Gripper provided pictures of the facility in China where these devices are built. He includes a snapshot of a 3D printer making a piece of a VeriFone PoS terminal, completed parts for ATM machines, and several completed VeriFone readers allegedly built from scratch. The ads even mention several widely used systems by name, and buyers get free 24/7 support.