February 26, 2015
Late last week United States Patent and Trademark Office published a patent filing by Amazon Technologies, Inc. which outlines a method of 3D printing on-demand within mobile manufacturing hubs. According to Amazon, such a setup could save the company time and money on several fronts. 3DPrint.com reports.
By utilizing ‘mobile manufacturing apparatuses Amazon would be able to send an STL file to a mobile unit that’s closest to a customer, providing it with instructions to print out an item which was ordered. When the item has been completed, it could then be within miles of the customer who ordered it and quickly delivered or picked up.
The mobile hubs, according to the patent filing, would include a means to both additively and subtractively manufacture an item. This could include a number of different 3D printing technologies as well as CNC machining tools, which would ultimately reduce Amazon’s reliance on warehouse space as well as the robots and employees needed to sort through these stored items.
Australian researchers say they have created two jet engines using 3D printing in what is described a world-first that has attracted the interest of major manufacturers and engineering firms. [via The Telegraph]
The machines - produced using the template of a gas turbine engine from French aircraft engine maker Safran, which supplies Airbus and Boeing - demonstrated the potential 3D printing had to produce high-quality products, researchers from Melbourne's Monash University said.
"The significance... is the recognition by major manufacturers and engineering companies like Safran and Airbus that the material you can print using 3D metal printing is of aircraft quality and I think that's hugely significant," the university's Ian Smith told AFP.
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February 18, 2015
James Torbett is a senior electronic designer at Kinneir Dufort, the company behind a new pancake art which allows you to put a name and a face to your fare for breakfast. Torbett used digital imaging by combining use of a digital camera with image processing to create pancake likenesses. 3DPrint.com reports.
The real challenge was to create a program that enables the picture to be completed from start to finish within the exact timescale for the overall pancake to cook,” said Ian Hollister, prototyping director at Kinneir Dufort. “Too little time and the darker tones wouldn’t be achieved, too long and the pancake would burn.
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February 13, 2015
A toucan in Costa Rica which lost the upper part of its beak after being attacked by youths looks set to be fitted with a prosthetic replacement. [via the BBC]
Four Costa Rican companies that have volunteered their help say they possess the skills to create a prosthesis for the injured bird.
They say they will use 3D printing to create the first prosthesis of this kind in the region.
In the US, prosthetic beaks have been created for an eagle and a penguin.
The male toucan, named Grecia after the area where it was found, was taken to an animal rescue centre in January.
Pictures of its mutilated beak caused outrage after they were circulated in Costa Rican newspapers and on social media.
A campaign to provide the bird with a prosthetic beak quickly raised thousands of dollars and a number of local companies offered their help.
Four of them, Elementos 3d, Ewa!corps, Publicidad Web and Grupo Sommerus, said on Tuesday that they were confident they could design a suitable prosthetic for Grecia and fit it.
Toucans use their beaks to eat and also to regulate their body temperature.
Veterinarian Carmen Soto, who looks after Grecia at the Zoo Ave rescue centre, said the toucan was recovering well and had even started eating on its own.
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February 4, 2015
Perhaps the best thing about these 3D printing prosthetics is the possible level of customization. Most simply attach to the wrist and feature a mechanical grip (Simply flick your wrist up or downwards, and the fingers move inwards or outwards), but they can be customized to fit any portion of the arm as well and even preform a series of other actions. But the owner of the most impressive 3D printed prosthetic is undoubtedly the 17-year-old Diego Corredor, from Colombia. Why? Because he can play guitar with it.
January 31, 2015
e-NABLE was inspired by two people — a prop maker from the USA and a carpenter from South Africa — that came together from 10,000 miles apart to create
What originally started out as a couple of guys who created something to help one child in need as grown into a World wide movement of tinkerers, engineers, 3D print enthusiasts, occupational therapists, university professors, designers, parents, families, artists, students, teachers and people who just want to make a difference.
There are people around the Globe – 3d printing fingers and hands for children they will never meet, classes of high school students who are making hands for people in their local communities, a group of people that are risking their lives to get these devices onto people in 3rd World countries and new stories every day of parents working with their children to make a hand together.
It turns out that one my relatives in Maine (he would rather not be named) is part of this grassroots movement and a member of the e-NABLE network. I asked him how it works for him:
I have printed several hands now, but have not had machines reliable enough to accept a match with a person. I am working on improving the design of the "Raptor Reloaded" model and experimenting with a number of different materials. NinjaFlex looks very promising in a variety of ways and I am finding a Taulman filament that is a blend of polymer and nylon (PCTPE) is also quite strong yet has a flexibility component that may well prove useful.
A person (most often a child but by no means exclusively) needs an upper limb of a particular size and shape. Whether through birth issues or accident, e-NABLE tries to fit them with a hand that can grasp an object by a simple up and down movement from the wrist, elbow or even shoulder as may be needed.
Some people are also working on myoelectric devices as well which is quite exciting. Anyway, when a need is found, that person gets matched with a maker such as me, who then builds them a device according to their particular size and need.
This is best done in person, but many hands have been made in one place, and sent to another with fine success. To that end, e-NABLE organizes all the intermediary needs including record-keeping, matching, codes of conduct and standards of build integrity, not to mention the designs.
Software called the "Hand-o-matic" helps to scale, size and determine the best individual design as best it can. The maker uses photos and measurements if the actual person is not nearby.
One of the best parts comes in here, too. All participants pay nothing. As a maker, I supply the limb at my own cost and all aspects of this system are donated. Nobody pays, nobody charges. It is really a wonderful outgrowth of technology allowing people to benefit in ways that were previously unknown. I encourage you to check out the e-NABLE websites and forums to see how it all plays out. Jon Schull at the Rhode Island Institute of Technology is one of the movers and shakers so a Google search there will undoubtedly yield a wealth of other info as well.
Related: - Project Daniel - One of my favorite projects. Mike Ebeling from a group called Not Impossible flew to war-torn Sudan to 3D print arms for children and set up a 3D printing lab so his work could continue when he left.
January 28, 2015
Doctors at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in New York, say 3D printing can be used to create a biodegradable tracheal segment containing a patient’s own cells to aid them in complex reconstruction surgery. [via 3DPrint.com]
Making a windpipe or trachea is uncharted territory,” Todd Goldstein of the Feinstein Institute says. “It has to be rigid enough to withstand coughs, sneezes and other shifts in pressure, yet flexible enough to allow the neck to move freely.
With 3D printing, we were able to construct 3D printed scaffolding that the surgeons could immediately examine and then we could work together in real time to modify the designs.
MakerBot was extremely helpful and consulted on optimizing our design files so they would print better and provided advice on how to modify the MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer to print with PLA and the biomaterial.
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January 20, 2015
Chinese construction company Winsun has unveiled two of the largest buildings that they had printed using 3D-printers. The India Times reports.
One is 3-storey, while the other is a five-storey apartment block. Both were made by printing layers of materials to make walls and roofs.
Chinese people can't buy it for the moment - it's simply a proof-of-concept for now, and they've been put up in an expo area.
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January 16, 2015
At the North American International Auto Show this week, Local Motors, an Arizona start-up, printed a life-size car using an oversized 3D printer, from scratch right on the convention floor. How long does it take? 44 hours, but Local Motors is hoping to cut the print process time to 24 hours. Watch video from The New York Times.
Interesting. In 2013, at the Ford stand at The Geneva Motor show, 3D printers were busy making a toy car the size of a dinky toy which took 5 hours to complete.
January 10, 2015
The popular art brand has partnered with 3D Systems to launch Color Alive, a system that utilises mobile apps, photography and 3D printing technology.
Unveiled at CES 2015 - through Color Alive, kids can download a free iOS or Android mobile app in order to photograph any of the images from Crayola’s Color Alive colouring books.
The books retail for $5.99 each and currently include titles such as: Mythical Creatures, Enchanted Garden, Skylanders and Barbie, with more on their way.
Crayola will also reportedly be bringing more characters from brands such as Disney in the near future, according to 3D Print.com.
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January 2, 2015
A new entry into the field of what many are calling “wearable technology,” the BioScope takes care of much more than simply patching over a cut or a burn – it monitors a patient’s vital signs in real time.
The BioScope is 3D printed from soft, flexible NinjaFlex material, and can transmit data to doctors and nurses via a smartphone or tablet.
December 24, 2014
Organovo recently announced a partnership with the Yale School of Medicine to develop bio-printed tissues for surgical transplantation. CEO Keith Murphy was kind enough to take the time to sit down with Benzinga and talk about how 3D printing is changing the world of health care.
BZ: Why did you decide to join Organovo?
KM: The opportunity to make something of 100 percent of cells, to me just from a big picture perspective, made a lot of sense because if you can create a tissue that is made entirely of cells, there is no reason that it shouldn’t behave like a tissue. We work at a very small scale right now so we are making, what I would say is small tissue but that gives the best possible functional connection to a native organ, and then we will still face the challenge in the future of growing that to be a larger organ.
BZ: What role does 3D printing play in health care?
KM: There is a broad set of 3D printing activities in health care. We represent one aspect of that. Again, we are working with the living cells. If you look at some of the things that a company known as Medical Modeling was doing, and they have been acquired by 3D Systems Corporation, but they do work on helping physicians build, for example, specific implants out of plastic or metal for a patient that are going to be sized to that patient, which I think is really powerful application. Some of the things you will see in 3D printing in the medical space are traditional materials used in medical devices, and I think that is a really powerful application. That is something that you are going to see other companies doing. Then, we are working on the cellular side.
BZ: What does Organovo, specifically, do with 3D printing?
KM: There is a number of applications on our side, as well. We have launched 3D liver for use and drug research. The application there is basically, in a nutshell, to be better than potentially displaced animal models because animal models can only be so good in terms of their prediction value for a drug. You see a lot of drugs fail in human trials and that's because you don’t have perfect information when you enter a human trial.
December 23, 2014
Thingarage, a crowdsourcing platform for digital fabrication, launched what they called the “first 3D modeling competition aimed at creating new shapes of pasta using 3D printing technologies” back in August. The contest was commissioned by Barilla, the world’s leading pasta brand. [via 3DPrint.com]
More than 530 international product designers from more than 20 countries took up the challenge, producing 216 design concepts to be evaluated by a team of experts tasked with assessing the originality of the products.
Click here to discover the winners. Each received a cash prize of €800.
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Hoover claims that this announcement has been in the works for some time, with its team of designers involved in an ongoing brainstorm to conceive new tools that make the tedious task of sucking up dirt that little bit easier.
Kicking things off is a pair of attachments for its Air Cordless vacuum, a cleaning device that, as the name suggests, relies on a battery for power. The first mount is made to hold the extra lithium battery that comes with the vacuum, and the second is designed to serve as a mount for a flashlight, making those crumbs hiding in your home?s darker corners a tad easier to see.
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December 22, 2014
Hung-Chih Peng is a Taiwanese artist who thinks outside of the box. His latest project involves printing a 26 foot long boat in 100,000 separate pieces on 30 3D printers. 3DPrint.com reports.
Peng’s latest work is The Deluge – Noah’s Ark, which is currently an exhibition that can be seen at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum. It takes a model of a boat, and twists and turns its body in a way that isn’t physically possible in the real world. The work is meant as a metaphor for showing the battle being waged by Mother Nature on the accelerated development of industrialized civilization.
As part of the exhibition that features Peng’s 2 meter long “Noah’s Ark,” he has also turned his exhibition space into what he terms “an artist’s studio,” and is currently 3D printing a HUGE 26-foot-long model of the same boat, using 30 UP 2 FDM-based 3D printers. In all, there will be about 100,000 separate 3D printed pieces that will go into assembling this giant boat.
Visitors to the exhibit can see first hand as 30 3D printers are constantly working, printing different parts of the boat. When finished, they are assembled onto the larger model, which also is currently on display.
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Researchers have used 3D printing to produce replica models of tumours and organs of patients with cancer, to help calculate precisely how much radiation has been delivered to the cancer. [via Engineering.com]
Preliminary studies show the models can accurately replicate the shape of a patient’s tumour and the surrounding organs – and could mimic the exact position of the tumour within the patient’s body.
Initial tests at The Institute of Cancer Research, London, and The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust found the models allowed the dose of radiation a patient has received to be calculated more accurately – allowing subsequent doses to be adjusted accordingly.
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December 20, 2014
on the International Space Station have used a 3D printer to create a new wrench, after Nasa emailed them instructions. [via The Independent]
It is believed to be the first time Nasa has “emailed” an object to space. Previously, the space programme would take months flying a needed object up with the next mission.
Although this is not the first object made in space (there have been 21) it is another important step forward allowing astronauts to be increasingly self-sufficient.
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Hershey Co. has announced the debut of its 3-D Chocolate Candy Printing exhibit at Hershey’s Chocolate World in Hershey, Pa. Consumers who visit the store will have the opportunity to interact with Hershey scientists and the breakthrough technology. [via Retailing Today]
We are now using 3-D technology to bring Hershey goodness to consumers in unanticipated and exciting ways,” said Will Papa, chief research and development officer at the Hershey Co. “3-D printing gives consumers nearly endless possibilities for personalizing their chocolate, and our exhibit will be their first chance to see 3-D chocolate candy printing in action.”
Visitors to Hershey’s Chocolate World will have the opportunity to witness live 3-D printing, see examples of finished products, interact with a library of 3-D graphics pre-loaded on iPads and be scanned to see what they would look like as a piece of 3-D chocolate.
The company says the 3-D chocolate printer on display at Hershey’s Chocolate World is the most advanced model in operation today.
December 16, 2014
Just in time for Christmas,researchers have developed a new algorithm that can create 3D-printed X-mas trees with zero material waste. The Deccan Chronicle reports.
Richard Zhang, computing science professor at the Simon Fraser University in Canada has shown how to print a 3D Christmas tree efficiently and with zero material waste, using the world's first algorithm for automatically decomposing a 3D object into what are called pyramidal parts.
A pyramidal shape is optimal for 3D printing because it incurs no material waste and saves print time.
Read more in Science Daily.
December 15, 2014
The Kinematics dress created by Nervous System. Created by design studio Kinematics, the dress has fluidity and movement, adapted directly to the wearer's body. The studio calls the process used "4D printing", a term typically used to describe 3D printed objects that change over time in response to their environment.
The Kinematics dress is created from 2,279 rigid, interlocking triangles, connected by 3,316 hinges, printed in a single piece. These hinges allow the dress, adapted to perfectly conform to the wearer's body, to swing and move.
The app -- which has also joined the MoMA collection -- allows anyone to design a Kinematics garment from an uploaded 3D body scan, selecting the size and shape of the modules and "painting" them onto the dress or skirt in real-time. Designers can then order their design from Nervous System, to be printed by Shapeways.