April 18, 2014

Nokia's 3D printed 'Chokia' logo for Easter

Nokia has combined 3D printing and Easter to create a new, sweet rendering of its logo. [via C/net]

quotemarksright.jpgThe 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."quotesmarksleft.jpg

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emily | 6:25 PM | 3D printed food | permalink

This is a 3D Printer That Can Print Clothes

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Electroloom is working on the first 3D printer to print out comfortable sets of clothes. 3DPrinting.com reports.

quotemarksright.jpgYesterday 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.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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The LIX 3-D printing pen creates doodles that literally leap off the page

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.

quotemarksright.jpgLike 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.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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emily | 10:05 AM | 3D printers | permalink

April 16, 2014

Japanese Researchers Create 3D Bone Printer

BonePrint.jpg 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.

quotemarksright.jpgBuilding 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.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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April 15, 2014

Carpenter who cut off his fingers makes 'Robohand' with 3-D printer

130520170955-3d-interactive-robohand-horizontal-gallery.jpg Richard van As lost his fingers in a carpentry accident and finds help online. CNN reports.

quotemarksright.jpgAfter 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. quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article. The first Robohand ever created was made for five-year-old Liam, from South Africa (picture above)

April 12, 2014

3D-printed tumour helps researchers conduct medical study

HeLaCellDividing-325x208.jpg 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.

quotemarksright.jpgUsing 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.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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

3-D Printable Luggage May Make Schlepping Obsolete

1618541_430931600377591_8742109650920192371_b.jpg 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.

quotemarksright.jpgNow 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.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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Philippe Starck wants you to make 3D-printed custom furniture

Screen Shot 2014-04-11 at 6.33.53 PM.png 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.

quotemarksright.jpgHe 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.quotesmarksleft.jpg

[via engadget]

April 10, 2014

Scientists try to 3-D print a human heart

1397100022620.jpg It may sound far-fetched, but scientists are attempting to build a human heart with a 3-D printer. Stuff reports.

quotemarksright.jpgUltimately, 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.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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April 7, 2014

The Micro is a $200 3D printer that can make a teacup in an hour

e07eab1a3053485dc47d9946d2915ea1_large.png The Micro is hitting Kickstarter today with the sole intention of becoming the first consumer 3D printer that's at once accessible, affordable and easy on the eyes. enngadget reports.

quotemarksright.jpgThe 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. quotesmarksleft.jpg

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emily | 8:16 PM | 3D printers | permalink

April 3, 2014

General Electric on 3D printing: 'We are on the verge of the next industrial revolution'

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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]

quotemarksright.jpg... 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.quotesmarksleft.jpg

"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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emily | 9:34 PM | News | permalink

March 26, 2014

Neurosurgeons successfully implant 3D printed skull

Screen Shot 2014-03-26 at 10.35.07 PM.png 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.

quotemarksright.jpgThe 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.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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emily | 11:33 PM | 3D printed prosthetics | permalink

3-D Printers and the future of candy

chefjet_full-color_sugar_3D-Printer1.jpg 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.

quotemarksright.jpg3D 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.quotesmarksleft.jpg

emily | 10:28 PM | 3D printed food | permalink

3D Printers for Special Needs Makers

Help make it happen by contributing on Indiegogo, to provide 3D printing tools for speical needs makers in wheelchairs.

The campaign has raised $2,263 so far out of their goal of $5,000 goal. 9 days left!

emily | 9:44 PM | 3D printers, News | permalink

‘Printing’ your facial feature... for as little as £150

3682306847.jpg 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.

quotemarksright.jpgThe 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.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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March 24, 2014

This 114-Piece Tape Measure Was 3D-Printed in One Shot

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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.

via Motherboard. Watch video.

March 21, 2014

3D printing being used to mass produce ATM skimmers and PoS terminals

An individual known only by the online handle “Gripper” has popped up on several underground cybercrime forums advertising a new service. [via Geek.com]

quotemarksright.jpgUnlike 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.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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emily | 9:22 PM | News | permalink

March 18, 2014

3D-printed kayak can be customized to any paddler's size


Jim Smith, the engineer behind the website Grass Roots Engineering, created a kayak built to his height and weight.

[via PSFK]

Bicycle brings 3D printing to Taiwan streets

taiwan-trash-treasure-3d-printing.jpg Cycling through the streets of Taiwan´s capital, staff from a design company turn discarded plastic cups and bottles into pieces of art on the spot with Mobile Fab - an ordinary bike kitted out with a computer and 3D printer. The News reports.

quotemarksright.jpgWe wanted to do something to bring both recycling and 3D printing closer to average people,” said Kamm Kai-yu, a co-founder of the Taipei-based company Fabraft.

Festooned with pumps, wires, tubes and display panels, the Mobile Fab cuts the plastic into strips before grinding it into fine powder.

The operators feed the powder into the 3D printer on the front of the bike, using it as the “ink” to create a small medallion they attach to a coloured light.

People who bring plastic items to the roving lab wait a couple of hours for the trash to be turned into art. The medallion is meant to attach to the spokes of a bike wheel but can be worn in any way the person pleases.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article. Image credit.

March 12, 2014

Pioneering 3D printing reshapes patient's face in Wales

_73523858_skull.jpg A survivor of a serious motorbike accident has had pioneering surgery to reconstruct his face using a series of 3D printed parts. The BBC reports.

quotemarksright.jpgStephen Power from Cardiff is thought to be one of the first trauma patients in the world to have 3D printing used at every stage of the procedure.

Doctors at Morriston Hospital, Swansea, had to break his cheekbones again before rebuilding his face. Mr Power said the operation had been "life changing".

... In order to try and restore the symmetry of his face, the surgical team used CT scans to create and print a symmetrical 3D model of Mr Power's skull, followed by cutting guides and plates printed to match.

Maxillofacial surgeon Adrian Sugar says the 3D printing took away the guesswork that can be problematic in reconstructive work.

"I think it's incomparable - the results are in a different league from anything we've done before," he said.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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emily | 11:26 AM | 3D printed prosthetics | permalink