January 28, 2015

Doctors Create A 3D Printed Trachea on a MakerBot

3d-printed-trachea.jpg 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]

quotemarksright.jpgMaking 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.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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January 20, 2015

China Has 3D Printed A Mansion And A Tall Building. Stunning

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Chinese construction company Winsun has unveiled two of the largest buildings that they had printed using 3D-printers. The India Times reports.

quotemarksright.jpg 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.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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January 16, 2015

At Auto Show, Local Motors demos the printing of a life-size car with a 3D Printer

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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

Crayola teams with 3D Systems to bring drawings to life

fff656fd1704464dc11c8068a05d0ce6.jpg Crayola has unveiled its latest initiative to bring art and crafts in to the 21st century, allowing kids to virtually animate and 3D print their own artwork. [via Toy News Online]

quotemarksright.jpgThe 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.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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January 2, 2015

3Dprinted Smart Band-Aid

BioScope-small.jpg A team of students at the National Taiwan University have developed a “smart bandage” they call the BioScope which amps up the functionality of the Band-Aid to unheard of levels. [via 3DPrint.com]

quotemarksright.jpgA 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.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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December 24, 2014

Organovo CEO On The Role Of 3D Printing In Health Care

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.

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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.

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December 23, 2014

Barilla Announces Their 3D Printed Pasta Contest Winners

Screen Shot 2014-12-23 at 17.34.22.png 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]

quotemarksright.jpgMore 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.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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Related: 3D Printing Food May Come To Restaurants Soon If Pasta Leader Barilla Has Its Way

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Hoover lets vacuum owners 3D print their own accessories

Flashlight_Mount_CU_2_preview_card.jpgHoover has teamed up with MakerBot unveiling two designs for vacuum cleaner accessories, freely available to all through 3D printing marketplace Thingiverse. [via Gizmag]

quotemarksright.jpgHoover 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.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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December 22, 2014

Artist is 3D Printing a 26 Foot Long Boat in 100,000 Separate Pieces on 30 3D Printers

Screen Shot 2014-12-22 at 17.10.59.png 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.

quotemarksright.jpgPeng’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.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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3D Printing Enhances the Effectiveness of Radiotherapy

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]

quotemarksright.jpgPreliminary 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.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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December 20, 2014

ISS astronauts use 3D printer to create wrench after Nasa emails design specifications

wilmore.jpg on the International Space Station have used a 3D printer to create a new wrench, after Nasa emailed them instructions. [via The Independent]

quotemarksright.jpgIt 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.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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emily | 12:15 PM | 3D printing in space | permalink

Hershey creates a mouth-watering printer

452253-hershey-3d-printed-chocolate-credit-hershey.jpg 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]

quotemarksright.jpgWe 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.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read more. Image from related article in PC Magazine.

emily | 8:34 AM | 3D printed food | permalink

December 16, 2014

3D-printed Christmas trees promise greener festive future

prof.jpgJust 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.

quotemarksright.jpgRichard 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.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read more in Science Daily.

December 15, 2014

MoMA adds '4D' printed dress to its permanent collection

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The Kinematics dress created by design studio Nervous System using a 3D printer has been acquired by the Museum of Modern Art. News.com reports.

quotemarksright.jpgThe 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.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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December 8, 2014

Royal Mail to offer 3D printing

imgres-1.jpgUK's Royal Mail has partnered with 3D printing specialist iMakr so that businesses and consumers can have their own designs produced at a central London delivery office.[via The Telegraph]

quotemarksright.jpgAlternatively, a range of existing designs that can be personalised to customers’ requirements is being offered.

The products can then be either collected from the delivery centre near Oxford Street or posted to clients.

Royal Mail is running the scheme as it looks for new areas to move into that dovetail with its current business.

Royal Mail hopes it can tap into demand from smaller companies unable to afford the capital investment required for a 3D printer, as well interest from consumers looking for a unique product.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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December 3, 2014

Smithsonian Creates the First-ever 3D Presidential Portrait

The first presidential portraits created from 3-D scan data are now on display in the Smithsonian Castle. [via Smithsonian Institution]

quotemarksright.jpgA new video released today by the White House (and shown below) details the behind-the-scenes process of scanning, creating and printing the historic portraits. The portraits will be on view in the Commons gallery of the Castle starting today, Dec. 2, through Dec. 31. The portraits were previously displayed at the White House Maker Faire in June.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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November 26, 2014

The First Object Has Been 3D Printed In Space

Screensmall.png The International Space Station’s newly-installed 3D printer made history on Tuesday by manufacturing the first object ever 3D printed in space. Forbes reports.

quotemarksright.jpgNASA’s 3D printer was developed under a contract with the startup Made In Space, which was founded in 2010. The purpose of the 3D printer is to experiment with the possibility of manufacturing crucial replacement parts on on the station, foregoing the expense of shipping them via rocket.

“This first print is the initial step toward providing an on-demand machine shop capability away from Earth,” said NASA’s Niki Werkheiser, project manager for the International Space Station 3-D Printer, in a press release.

The printer was delivered to the space station in September via a Space X Dragon capsule. It was installed on the station on November 17, and the first in a series of calibration prints was made. More calibration prints followed over the next few days.

On Tuesday, November 25, the first actual part was manufactured by the 3D-printer – a faceplate for a printhead extruder on the printer itself. The teams at NASA and Made In Space are currently looking at the data from the part to see how it conforms to expectations.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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November 22, 2014

First 3D LED printer could print heads-up-display contact lenses

Researchers at Princeton University have developed a 3D printer that can print LEDs in layers -- and it could one day print contact lenses that incorporate heads-up displays.

[via C/net]

November 18, 2014

Organovo begins selling 3D printed liver tissue

3D bioprinting company Organovo announced today that its 3D printed liver tissue is now commercially available, and pharmaceutical laboratories can begin using it to test if their early-stage drugs are toxic. [via GigaOM]

quotemarksright.jpgThe tissue is made from three types of cells found in the human liver. Liver cells need to be arranged in a very precise pattern or they don’t work. That means 3D tissue can give clearer results than the 2D collections of cells that labs currently use because the cells interact and mimic a full liver more convincingly. Organovo said it also makes the drug discovery process faster and, as a result, cheaper.

Organovo prints its liver tissue with a machine that isn’t that far removed from the inkjet printers that can be found on a desktop. Needle-like nozzles lay down the cells in a precise pattern. The tissue can survive for up to 42 days while researchers expose it to exploratory drugs.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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Martha Stewart launches 3D printing products with MakerBot

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3D printing company MakerBot has enlisted the help of American lifestyle guru Martha Stewart to develop a range of custom printable designs and new filament colours with "artisanal character". Dezeen reports.

quotemarksright.jpgThe two companies have developed a range of table accessories, which can be purchased from the MakerBot Digital Store to print on demand, and a set of coloured plastic PLA filaments to print them in. The designs in the Trellis Collection include coasters, napkin rings, LED candle holders and place card holders.

These can be printed at home on a MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer in Stewart's first three filament colours for the company – Lemon Drop, Robin's Egg and Jadeite – which join 20 tones that are already available.

"We are thrilled to work with MakerBot to bring our signature colour palette and designs to the world of 3D printing," said Stewart in a statement.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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