July 18, 2014

MIT students make 3D-printed ice cream

If your ice cream could look like anything in the world, what would you choose? A new machine could 3D print your ice cream in 15 minutes. The Guardian reports.

quotemarksright.jpgThree students from MIT have hacked together a 3D printer that can produce edible Mr Whippy-style ice cream in any shape.

Kyle Hounsell, Kristine Bunker and David Donghyun Kim developed the contraption – a modified version of an existing 3D printer connected to a “soft serve” ice-cream machine – as part of a graduate project in MIT’s additive manufacturing department.

The students built a cooling system using liquid nitrogen to fix the ice cream in place as it was squirted out of the 3D printer’s nozzle into the desired shape. The instant cooling allowed the printer to build up the ice cream layers just as a traditional extrusion-based 3D printer squirts down layers of plastic.

“The main reason we feel an ice cream 3D printer is an important addition to current additive manufacturing technology is that it interests children,” the MIT students explained.

The students had to balance the accuracy and printing resolution of the printer to enable interesting shapes and creations with the speed of printing, as no one wants to wait 30 minutes for their ice cream to appear.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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emily | 8:17 AM | 3D printed food | permalink

July 16, 2014

Vagina selfie for 3D printers lands Japanese artist in trouble

ytfmr5hjftads8jruj7h.jpg In Japan this week, police arrested an artist for distributing data that enables recipients to make 3D prints of her vagina. [via The Guardian]

quotemarksright.jpgThe artist, who works under the pseudonym Rokudenashiko – which roughly translates as “good-for-nothing girl” – was arrested after emailing the data to 30 people who had answered a crowd-funding request for her recent artistic venture: a kayak inspired on her own genitalia she calls “pussy boat”, according to Brian Ashcraft at the gaming website Kotaku.

The artist, whose real name is Megumi Igarashi, was held in custody in Tokyo on suspicion of breaking Japanese obscenity laws. Media reports said Igarashi, 42, denied the allegations. She pointed out that had not sent images of her vagina in return for money and did not recognise the scanned 3D data as obscene.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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New Drone Equipped with 3D printer Will Create Mini-Drones Throughout Mission

The British defense business BAE Systems and the Ministry of Defense released information that future drones will have the ability to create mini-drones throughout a mission and be armed with laser cannons. SMNow reports.

quotemarksright.jpgThe on board 3d printer will produce mini-drones that will repair damage to the mother drone. Undoubtedly, the drone will have the ability to print mini-weaponized drones as well.

Engineers from BAE suggest that installing a printer aboard an aircraft which would allow printing full-scale drones mid-flight as well.

BAE believes this could create “the ultimate adaptable task force, with a lead aircraft able to enter any unknown scenario and quickly manufacture an effective tool set for any task” the UK Guardian reports.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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3D-printed cadavers revolutionise anatomical education

Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 9.02.59 AM.png The 3D Printed Anatomy Series allows medical students to learn human anatomy without needing access to a real cadaver. [via C/net]

quotemarksright.jpgThe 3D Printed Anatomy Series, created by researchers at Australia's Monash University,is a kit that consists of all the major body parts required to learn the anatomy.

"For centuries cadavers bequested to medical schools have been used to teach students about human anatomy, a practice that continues today. However, many medical schools report either a shortage of cadavers, or find their handling and storage too expensive as a result of strict regulations governing where cadavers can be dissected," explained Professor Paul McMenamin, Director of the University's Centre for Human Anatomy Education.

"Without the ability to look inside the body and see the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels, it's incredibly hard for students to understand human anatomy. We believe our version, which looks just like the real thing, will make a huge difference."

The 3D Printed Anatomy Series is created from real humans. First, the team performed scans, either X-ray CT scans or surface scans. These scans are then used to create a printable 3D model of the body parts, which are then sent to a high-resolution 3D printer and printed either in full colour in a plaster-like powder or plastic.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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July 13, 2014

The Army's Bioprinted Skin Is Almost Ready to Be Used on Soldiers

Screen Shot 2014-07-13 at 10.50.09 AM.png The US Army is hoping to soon begin clinical trials with 3D-printed skin. The goal is helping soldiers better recover from injuries sustained in battle—and the Army also actively developing artificial 3D printed hearts, blood vessels, and other organs. [via Motherboard]

quotemarksright.jpgIn the latest issue of Army Technology, an official publication of the US military, Army researchers claim that the future of medicine is customizable, available on-demand, and 3D printed.

"The scars that soldiers develop as a result of burns constrict movement and disfigure them permanently," Michael Romanko, a doctor with the Army's Tissue Injury and Regenerative Medicine Project told the magazine. The initiative to restore high-quality skin that is elastic and complete with sweat glands, appropriate pigmentation, and hair follicles is incredibly important. Everyone has a different type of energy, and not everyone's skin injury looks the same. Skin bioprinting would provide a scalable form of personalized medicine.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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July 11, 2014

MIT 3D printed finger device reads to the blind

1404942050115.jpg Scientists at MIT are developing an audio reading device to be worn on the index finger of people whose vision is impaired, giving them affordable and immediate access to printed words. The Sydney Morning Herald reports.

quotemarksright.jpg The FingerReader, a prototype produced by a 3-D printer, fits like a ring on the user's finger, equipped with a small camera that scans text. A synthesised voice reads words aloud, quickly translating books, restaurant menus and other needed materials for daily living, especially away from home or office.

Reading is as easy as pointing the finger at text. Special software tracks the finger movement, identifies words and processes the information. The device has vibration motors that alert readers when they stray from the script, said Roy Shilkrot, who is developing the device at the MIT Media Lab.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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July 8, 2014

3-D Printing Enables Visually Impaired Children to Experience the World of Literary Classics

Screen Shot 2014-07-08 at 9.16.57 PM.png 3-D printing is being pioneered to help visually impaired children understand the fantastical worlds depicted in classic literary works such as Goodnight Moon and Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? Newsweek reports.

quotemarksright.jpgA project at the University of Colorado is hoping to jump-start the commercial development of tactile books, allowing children to follow along text read aloud by tracing the corresponding raised illustrations with their fingers. The technology converts the images in original titles into pictures you can feel with a 3-D printer. Researchers at the Tactile Picture Book Project are working in conjunction with Denver’s Anchor Center—a nonprofit specializing in helping visually impaired children achieve educational success—on the project.

Tactile books are currently pricey to produce, but affordable 3-D printing is projected to be available within the next two to three years.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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July 4, 2014

BMW 3D prints thumbs for factory workers to reduce strain on their hands


German car manufacturer BMW has turned to 3D printing to physically augment its car-plant workers, giving them stronger, augmented thumbs.[via The Guardian]

quotemarksright.jpgThe 3D-printed apparel acts like support brackets for the workers’ thumbs, reducing strain and helping them to fit certain parts into the cars more easily.

Each "thumb" is created as a custom orthotic device using a portable 3D camera, which captures the unique size and shape of each line-worker’s thumb.

... This is not the first ergonomic aid BMW has created used 3D printing. The German automotive company created customised wheelchair seats for the British paralympic basketball team in 2012 using similar methods.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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June 30, 2014

A Harvard Woman Is Blowing Up The $55 Billion Beauty Industry With 3D Printed Makeup

Grace Choi is a 30-year-old serial inventor who is taking on the $55 billion makeup industry by giving women the power to have what they want, when they want it. [via Forbes]

quotemarksright.jpgPicture this: you snap a photo of a tropical purple flower and in less than two minutes you can print a lipstick in that exact color. And you’ll do it at home with Mink, your personal 3D printer.

You don’t need to know how to code, you don’t need to understand 3D printing and you don’t need a boatload of money.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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emily | 9:06 PM | 3D printed makeup | permalink

June 25, 2014

Astronauts to install 3D printer aboard ISS

mis-mn-microflight-20134754-370x229.jpg A 3D printer will be installed aboard the International Space Station (ISS) later this summer after the custom-built device passed final NASA certification ahead of schedule this month. [via PrintWeek]

quotemarksright.jpgThe printer has been developed by Made In Space, a US-based tech firm founded in 2010 with the goal of enabling in-space manufacturing, and will launch in August aboard the SpaceX CRS-4 resupply machine.

Tests demonstrated that the device will work in a microgravity environment, which presents specific challenges to a process that typically relies on gravity and surface tension to help form layers without air bubbles or other imperfections that would weaken the finished product.

The lack of gravity aboard the ISS also presents problems for managing heat, which is central to the 3D printing process, as there is no natural convection. Made In Space has not revealed how it solved these problems for competition reasons.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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emily | 1:50 PM | 3D printing in space | permalink

3D printing technology used in surgery

A Chinese hospital has become the country's first to experiment with 3D printing technology in vascular surgery.[via Xinhuanet]

quotemarksright.jpgHuang Jianhua, director of surgery in Hunan Xiangya Hospital in central China's Hunan Province, said on Wednesday that 3D printing had been used in an operation to remove an aneurysm from a patient's abdomen. It was used to increase precision of the surgery.

He said the operation, which was completed earlier this month, involved a high level of risk because the tumor had swollen the patient's aorta from 2 cm in diameter to 6 cm.

The hospital contracted a 3D printing firm to make a 3D print of the CT scan of the patient's tumor and its surrounding blood vessels.

Surgeons used the printed model to set up intravascular tubes and remove the tumor.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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3D printing technology used in surgery

A Chinese hospital has become the country's first to experiment with 3D printing technology in vascular surgery.[via Xinhuanet]

quotemarksright.jpgHuang Jianhua, director of surgery in Hunan Xiangya Hospital in central China's Hunan Province, said on Wednesday that 3D printing had been used in an operation to remove an aneurysm from a patient's abdomen. It was used to increase precision of the surgery.

He said the operation, which was completed earlier this month, involved a high level of risk because the tumor had swollen the patient's aorta from 2 cm in diameter to 6 cm.

The hospital contracted a 3D printing firm to make a 3D print of the CT scan of the patient's tumor and its surrounding blood vessels.

Surgeons used the printed model to set up intravascular tubes and remove the tumor.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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June 23, 2014

Custom 3D Printed Bracelets To Spark Young Girls’ Interest In Programming

00a3c89b-8304-47ca-9638-7f73985b7a41-700x428.jpgThe first project from Google’s Made With Code initiative aims to inspire the next generation of women in tech. PSFK reports.

quotemarksright.jpgMade With Code is a campaign designed to to inspire and celebrate women and girls who use programming to do amazing things, to produce projects and resources that will encourage girls to try coding, and to provide alliances and community support that will keep girls interested in coding.

For their premiere project, Made With Code has teamed up with Shapeways to launch ‘Code a bracelet.’ Girls 13 or older can go online and create a custom-messaged bracelet that will be printed in New York and shipped to their houses for free.

Though the bracelets will only be free for a limited time, Made With Code has several additional projects available, including Accessorizer, where girls can accessorize a selfie, Avatar, where girls can create their own 2D characters, and Beats, where they can compose their own soundtracks.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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June 20, 2014

NIH launches 3D print Exchange for Researchers, Students

The National Institutes of Health has launched the NIH 3D Print Exchange, a public website that enables users to share, download and edit 3D print files related to health and science. These files can be used, for example, to print custom laboratory equipment and models of bacteria and human anatomy. Today’s launch coincides with the first White House Maker Faire, an event designed to celebrate U.S. innovation in science, technology, engineering and math.

The 3D Print Exchange is a collaborative effort led by NIH’s National Institute of Allergy< and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

[via engineering.com]

emily | 11:28 PM | News | permalink

Royal Ascot: 3D-printed hat from poetry and plastic


Cutting-edge 3D printing and avant-garde fashion have been combined by milliner Gabriela Ligenza to create a unique hat for this week’s Royal Ascot. The headpiece is formed from the lines of a poem penned specially for the event by racing poet Henry Birtles, coiled around the crown and brim.

[via The Telegraph. Watch video.]

Researchers Create 3D Printed Interlocking Bricks Which Require no Mortar

brick-1.jpg Architects in Amsterdam are currently constructing a home by 3D printing large plastic blocks, while a company in China has been printing entire walls of homes out of a concrete material, and then constructing them wall by wall. In addition, there have been several attempts to build large scale machines capable of printing the entire structure of a home on site. All these methods, if they continue to develop, may lead to a safe, cheap, and reliable new way to construct homes. At the same time though, they all have their flaws. 3DPrint reports.

quotemarksright.jpgSeveral researchers including, Jenny Sabin, Martin Miller, Nicholas Cassab, and Andrew Lucia, of Sabin Design Lab, Cornell University and Jenny Sabin Studio, have published an article in the peer-reviewed journal, ‘3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing (3DP)‘ with what they believe is a more efficient and easy method for large scale construction, via additive manufacturing.

What they have done is 3D print uniquely shaped Polybricks, which could be described as cinder blocks, made from a ceramic material, and shaped to fit together with the other blocks perfectly. What is even more impressive is that unlike cinder blocks, no mortar is required.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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Now We Can 3D Print Stuff Without Computers or Electricity

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Daniel de Bruin, a student at the University of the Arts in Utrecht, the Netherlands, has built his own version of a 3D printer, and it’s entirely analog. No computers, no wires, and no power source other than his own physical actions.

Watch video demo.

[3ders.org via motherboard]

emily | 3:12 PM | 3D printers | permalink

June 17, 2014

Will.i.am aims to shake up 3D printing with Coca-Cola branded Ekocycle Cube


The Ekocycle Cube is a 3D printer that sources its materials partly from recycled plastic bottles. It's made by 3D Systems, the US-based manufacturer that announced Will.i.am as its chief creative officer in January this year and Coca-Cola is also a partner in the project. The Guardian reports.

quotemarksright.jpg3D Systems will start selling the device in the second half of 2014 with a launch price of $1,199 (£706). Its cartridges will include filament – 3D printing's equivalent of ink for traditional printers – partly made from used plastic bottles.

The company says each cartridge will contain 25% of "post-consumer recycled materials", using an average of three bottles.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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emily | 12:16 PM | 3D printers | permalink

June 11, 2014

3D printing makes scoliosis braces more sleek, comfortable

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Scoliosis braces can be clunky, painful contraptions that often look like medieval torture devices. But, Design pioneer 3D Systems is trying to change that with the "Bespoke" brace, which aims to change the way back braces fit, function, and feel. .CNET reports.

quotemarksright.jpgThe 3D-printed brace can be personalized to the backs of children and young adults who have the condition.

The main goal of this is to combine fashion, design, and technology to create a brace far more appealing to patients, and, as a result, far more effective medically," 3D Systems Bespoke designer Scott Summit told CNET.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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emily | 10:36 PM | 3D printed prosthetics | permalink

Nike Debuts 3D Printed Duffel Bag For The World Cup


Sports brand Nike has recently unveiled the Nike Football Rebento duffel bag, a 3D-printed sports bag that’s designed for selected players who are taking part in this year’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil. [via PSFK]

quotemarksright.jpgThe 3D-printed Rebento bag, whose name comes from the Portuguese word for “explode,” is designed as a sports equipment holder for some of the best football players playing in the World Cup. Nike will be presenting the bag to selected players, including Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar.

In a press release, Martin Lotti, Creative Director for Nike Football, said: We wanted to create something that was truly special for the game’s greatest players. We did this by utilizing one of the most cutting-edge technologies – 3D printing – to make a bag that is unlike anything else.

Aside from the 3D-printed duffel bag, Nike also developed 3D-printed shin guards that were designed to be more aerodynamic.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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emily | 10:31 PM | News | permalink