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3D Printed Artificial Heart Pump Demonstrates Application of Embedded Magnet Printing

3D Printed Artificial Heart Pump Demonstrates Application of Embedded Magnet Printing

Kai von Petersdorff-Campen, a doctoral student in the mechanical and process engineering department at ETH Zurich, set out this spring to make a 3D printed artificial heart pump. He succeeded, though the plastic prototype that took 15 hours to print was not what one would call high quality. But tests showed that the prototype worked, […]

Kai von Petersdorff-Campen, a doctoral student in the mechanical and process engineering department at ETH Zurich, set out this spring to make a 3D printed artificial heart pump. He succeeded, though the plastic prototype that took 15 hours to print was not what one...
Researchers Use Biomimicry and 3D Printing to Develop Robotic Fish

Researchers Use Biomimicry and 3D Printing to Develop Robotic Fish

3D printed robotic fish have all sorts of applications, from underwater data acquisition and detecting toxins in the water to studying and saving real fish, or just adding a new pet to the family. A group of engineering researchers from the University of Firat in Turkey are using biomimetic design to come up with flexible solutions […]

3D printed robotic fish have all sorts of applications, from underwater data acquisition and detecting toxins in the water to studying and saving real fish, or just adding a new pet to the family. A group of engineering researchers from the University of Firat in...
3D Printing and Global Cooperation to Create New Cost-Effective Field Kit for Disease Diagnosis

3D Printing and Global Cooperation to Create New Cost-Effective Field Kit for Disease Diagnosis

According to the World Health Organization, there are up to 1 million new cases of leishmaniasis, a parasitic disease spread through the bites of sandflies, each year. The disease is curable if it’s diagnosed and treated early on, but it can lead to ulcers, and is responsible for 30,000 deaths annually, most often among people who […]

According to the World Health Organization, there are up to 1 million new cases of leishmaniasis, a parasitic disease spread through the bites of sandflies, each year. The disease is curable if it’s diagnosed and treated early on, but it can lead to ulcers, and...
Fighting Wildfires with the Sinterit Lisa 3D Printer

Fighting Wildfires with the Sinterit Lisa 3D Printer

In December 2017, a fire started in California that would turn out to be the state’s largest wildfire. It raged for more than six months in Los Padres National Forest, until officials finally announced that it had been extinguished. That fire was just the beginning, though – in dry states like California, fire season officially […]

In December 2017, a fire started in California that would turn out to be the state’s largest wildfire. It raged for more than six months in Los Padres National Forest, until officials finally announced that it had been extinguished. That fire was just the...
IKEA Debuts 3D Printed Gaming Chair Prototype, Developed in Collaboration with UNYQ and Area Academy

IKEA Debuts 3D Printed Gaming Chair Prototype, Developed in Collaboration with UNYQ and Area Academy

Silicon Valley company UNYQ uses 3D printing and digitization technologies to customize its designs, and is responsible for some of the more interesting 3D printed medical wearable innovations we’ve seen, from prosthetics and back braces to prosthetic leg coverings. Its virtual orthopedic service provides 3D printed solutions to increase users’ choice and comfort, as well as […]

Silicon Valley company UNYQ uses 3D printing and digitization technologies to customize its designs, and is responsible for some of the more interesting 3D printed medical wearable innovations we’ve seen, from prosthetics and back braces to prosthetic leg...
UK Students Design and Build Inexpensive 3D Printed Robotic Prosthetic Hand

UK Students Design and Build Inexpensive 3D Printed Robotic Prosthetic Hand

According to the National Health Service (NHS), about 6,000 major limb amputations are carried out in the UK each year. Functional prosthetics can help, but they tend to be costly, and are sometimes only plastic-molded limbs with hooks, which isn’t much help when you’re trying to grip something and pick it up. But advanced technology, […]

According to the National Health Service (NHS), about 6,000 major limb amputations are carried out in the UK each year. Functional prosthetics can help, but they tend to be costly, and are sometimes only plastic-molded limbs with hooks, which isn’t much help...
Bose Introduces 3D Printed Prototype Augmented Reality Sunglasses

Bose Introduces 3D Printed Prototype Augmented Reality Sunglasses

You’ve probably heard of Google Glass, a brand of optical smart glass that displays information in a smartphone-like, hands-free format. This product, as is the case with many other smart glasses, works by overlaying digital objects and information over your real-world view out of the glasses. This, in my opinion, seems like it might be […]

You’ve probably heard of Google Glass, a brand of optical smart glass that displays information in a smartphone-like, hands-free format. This product, as is the case with many other smart glasses, works by overlaying digital objects and information over your...
Engineering Student Creates Inexpensive 3D Printed Eye Prosthesis

Engineering Student Creates Inexpensive 3D Printed Eye Prosthesis

While some researchers have worked on 3D printed eyes that could reverse blindness and connect to WiFi, the possibility of a 3D printed eye prosthesis that looks real represents a major advance in itself. Ocular surgeons have long worked to make artificial eyes look more realistic, which is hindered in part by a prosthetic’s inability […]

While some researchers have worked on 3D printed eyes that could reverse blindness and connect to WiFi, the possibility of a 3D printed eye prosthesis that looks real represents a major advance in itself. Ocular surgeons have long worked to make artificial eyes look...
Proto Labs Uses 3D Printing Technology to Bring Kitchen Prototype Inventions to Market

Proto Labs Uses 3D Printing Technology to Bring Kitchen Prototype Inventions to Market

3D printing technology has often been used to help an invention along on the path from a really good idea to a production-ready product. Case in point: three inventors had a great idea for a really useful kitchen utensil, and formed AGI Solutions Ltd to take the invention to the next level. But, they needed to […]

3D printing technology has often been used to help an invention along on the path from a really good idea to a production-ready product. Case in point: three inventors had a great idea for a really useful kitchen utensil, and formed AGI Solutions Ltd to take the...
3D Printed Smart Braces with Flexible Batteries and LEDs Can Improve Efficiency of Orthodontic Alignment

3D Printed Smart Braces with Flexible Batteries and LEDs Can Improve Efficiency of Orthodontic Alignment

Every time I come across a picture of myself from the tender ages of 14 to 16, I cringe a little – not because of my questionable fashion choices, but because of those most hated orthodontic devices so many teenagers are subjected to when they least want. I am, of course, talking about braces. But […]

Every time I come across a picture of myself from the tender ages of 14 to 16, I cringe a little – not because of my questionable fashion choices, but because of those most hated orthodontic devices so many teenagers are subjected to when they least want. I am,...
Researchers Turn to Multi-Material 3D Printing to Develop Responsive, Versatile Smart Composites

Researchers Turn to Multi-Material 3D Printing to Develop Responsive, Versatile Smart Composites

3D printing technology has been used multiple times to help create drug delivery and release systems, from programmable release capsules and cancer drug-emitting implants to micro-rockets that deliver drugs inside the body and even a biomaterial sleeve that can reduce the risk of infection after a body piercing. Some researchers are working to develop 3D […]

3D printing technology has been used multiple times to help create drug delivery and release systems, from programmable release capsules and cancer drug-emitting implants to micro-rockets that deliver drugs inside the body and even a biomaterial sleeve that can reduce...
3D Printed Robot Prototype Inspired by Hitchhiker Fish Can Cling to Underwater Surfaces

3D Printed Robot Prototype Inspired by Hitchhiker Fish Can Cling to Underwater Surfaces

These days, you don’t often see a person standing alone on the side of the highway with their arm out and their thumb up, looking to hitch a ride – by now, we all know the many potential dangers of both offering or accepting a ride. I think Phoebe says it best in an episode […]

These days, you don’t often see a person standing alone on the side of the highway with their arm out and their thumb up, looking to hitch a ride – by now, we all know the many potential dangers of both offering or accepting a ride. I think Phoebe says it...
Teenager Uses AI, a 3D Printed Lens, and a Smartphone to Develop Portable System to Diagnose a Common Eye Disease

Teenager Uses AI, a 3D Printed Lens, and a Smartphone to Develop Portable System to Diagnose a Common Eye Disease

Less than ideal eyesight runs in my family, and I’ve worn glasses since kindergarten, so due to annual visits with my ophthalmologist, I am no stranger to hearing about diseases that affect one’s vision. But today was the first time I’d ever heard of diabetic retinopathy, which is a complication of diabetes that damages the […]

Less than ideal eyesight runs in my family, and I’ve worn glasses since kindergarten, so due to annual visits with my ophthalmologist, I am no stranger to hearing about diseases that affect one’s vision. But today was the first time I’d ever heard of...
World’s Top Producer of Lacrosse Helmets Turns to 3D Printing to Improve Prototyping Capabilities

World’s Top Producer of Lacrosse Helmets Turns to 3D Printing to Improve Prototyping Capabilities

I didn’t play any full-contact sports in school, like football or rugby, but I still came home with my fair share of minor injuries from marching band practices and competitions (playing the flute can be dangerous, too). While 3D printing technology has been used to improve sporting equipment, athletic shoes, and sports prosthetics, and even […]

I didn’t play any full-contact sports in school, like football or rugby, but I still came home with my fair share of minor injuries from marching band practices and competitions (playing the flute can be dangerous, too). While 3D printing technology has been...
A Clean Bath From the University of Bath: 3D Printing the Newest Water Purification System

A Clean Bath From the University of Bath: 3D Printing the Newest Water Purification System

This year, I received a compost tumbler for my birthday. Perhaps that seems to you like an odd birthday present, but I was thrilled, because now I can turn my kitchen scraps into lovely organic fertilizer to make my garden soil healthy and help me grow more food (and more kitchen scraps, ultimately). It’s pretty […]

This year, I received a compost tumbler for my birthday. Perhaps that seems to you like an odd birthday present, but I was thrilled, because now I can turn my kitchen scraps into lovely organic fertilizer to make my garden soil healthy and help me grow more food (and...
Metal 3D Printing Set to Improve Delicate Surgical Procedures

Metal 3D Printing Set to Improve Delicate Surgical Procedures

3D printing has had a major impact on many areas, from automobiles and aerospace to consumer products and education to scientific research. But the one that always fascinates me the most is how 3D technology has changed the face of medicine, and specifically surgery. From 3D imaging and 3D printed patient-specific models, which as we know […]

3D printing has had a major impact on many areas, from automobiles and aerospace to consumer products and education to scientific research. But the one that always fascinates me the most is how 3D technology has changed the face of medicine, and specifically surgery....
3D Printing Helps Autonomous Sailboat Take On the Atlantic

3D Printing Helps Autonomous Sailboat Take On the Atlantic

Industrial 3D printer manufacturer German RepRap, based in Munich, first introduced its large X1000 3D printer in 2014, and it’s been evolving ever since. The industrial printer, with a massive build envelope of 1000 x 800 x 600 mm, was used last year to help TAKATA PlasTec get automotive parts to market faster, and recently […]

Industrial 3D printer manufacturer German RepRap, based in Munich, first introduced its large X1000 3D printer in 2014, and it’s been evolving ever since. The industrial printer, with a massive build envelope of 1000 x 800 x 600 mm, was used last year to help...
Just Turn the Dial: 3D Printed THERO Offers Digital Security

Just Turn the Dial: 3D Printed THERO Offers Digital Security

It’s sort of fascinating to think back to the days when without question we just answered the phone (the yellow one hanging on the wall), usually with high hopes that it was a best friend or a certain someone that we had a crush on—often only to find that it was that crazy great-aunt calling […]

It’s sort of fascinating to think back to the days when without question we just answered the phone (the yellow one hanging on the wall), usually with high hopes that it was a best friend or a certain someone that we had a crush on—often only to find that it was that...
Teacher Uses School’s 3D Printer to Make a Plastic Finger for Injured Student to Take Exams

Teacher Uses School’s 3D Printer to Make a Plastic Finger for Injured Student to Take Exams

When I was in elementary school many years ago, a good friend of mine was injured when one of the fingers on her right hand accidentally got smashed in her family minivan’s sliding door. It was near the end of the school year, but we still had plenty of homework and quizzes, and as my friend was right-handed, […]

When I was in elementary school many years ago, a good friend of mine was injured when one of the fingers on her right hand accidentally got smashed in her family minivan’s sliding door. It was near the end of the school year, but we still had plenty of homework...
DCL Researchers’ New 3D Printing Software Used to Design Voxel Chair 3D Printed with a Continuous Line of Material

DCL Researchers’ New 3D Printing Software Used to Design Voxel Chair 3D Printed with a Continuous Line of Material

Whenever we hear about a new project from researchers and students at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London, we know it’s going to be something unique and interesting, like a self-sustaining quarry project in Rio de Janeiro that uses quarry dust as a 3D printing material, developing new methods for 3D printing with concrete, or […]

Whenever we hear about a new project from researchers and students at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London, we know it’s going to be something unique and interesting, like a self-sustaining quarry project in Rio de Janeiro that uses quarry dust as a 3D...
Research at Romanian University Develops 3D Printed Two-Stroke Airplane Engine Prototype

Research at Romanian University Develops 3D Printed Two-Stroke Airplane Engine Prototype

I fly on an airplane maybe once or twice per year, but I admit that I don’t know a lot about planes, or engines; I just have faith that it will get me where I need to go. According to Experimental Aircraft Info, for each power impulse, every airplane engine requires a combustion cycle of intake, […]

I fly on an airplane maybe once or twice per year, but I admit that I don’t know a lot about planes, or engines; I just have faith that it will get me where I need to go. According to Experimental Aircraft Info, for each power impulse, every airplane engine...
3D Printing Helps Tapdo Smart Button Launch on Kickstarter, as Seen at Pepcom DigitalFocus

3D Printing Helps Tapdo Smart Button Launch on Kickstarter, as Seen at Pepcom DigitalFocus

There was a time in the not-too-distant past when telephones were corded and resided on kitchen walls or side tables, and changing the channel on a television set meant getting up off of the couch and rotating a dial. Those were the days! Then came remote controls and wireless phones that, while bulky, simplified our […]

There was a time in the not-too-distant past when telephones were corded and resided on kitchen walls or side tables, and changing the channel on a television set meant getting up off of the couch and rotating a dial. Those were the days! Then came remote controls and...
Polish Design Students Use ZMorph 2.0 SX Multitool 3D Printer to Create Eco-Friendly Shoe Prototype

Polish Design Students Use ZMorph 2.0 SX Multitool 3D Printer to Create Eco-Friendly Shoe Prototype

People have used 3D printer manufacturer ZMorph‘s multitool machines to make all sorts of interesting objects, from jewelry molds, neon signs, and wine corks with interchangeable Star Wars heads, to prosthetics, a multifunctional walker prototype, and a really cool revolving puzzle bookshelf. Recently, two Polish design students at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw used […]

People have used 3D printer manufacturer ZMorph‘s multitool machines to make all sorts of interesting objects, from jewelry molds, neon signs, and wine corks with interchangeable Star Wars heads, to prosthetics, a multifunctional walker prototype, and a really...
3D Printing News Briefs: April 11, 2017

3D Printing News Briefs: April 11, 2017

In today’s edition of 3D Printing News Briefs, we’ll talk about new 3D printing material colors, an industrial fair, how 3D printing technology was used to build brain models, a plant health product, and a carbon positive ceramic bowl, and then wrap things up with a little business news. colorFabb’s newest filament is now available […]

In today’s edition of 3D Printing News Briefs, we’ll talk about new 3D printing material colors, an industrial fair, how 3D printing technology was used to build brain models, a plant health product, and a carbon positive ceramic bowl, and then wrap things...
Marine Corps Captain 3D Prints Water Bottle Prototype, Designed to Reduce Logistical Footprint in Military Convoys

Marine Corps Captain 3D Prints Water Bottle Prototype, Designed to Reduce Logistical Footprint in Military Convoys

3D printing is often used in the military, to make objects like the small but useful TruClip, or munitions. We also see 3D printing utilized often in a classroom setting, to teach students of all ages about the technology so they’ll have a leg up when they are starting their careers later. The technology is also […]

3D printing is often used in the military, to make objects like the small but useful TruClip, or munitions. We also see 3D printing utilized often in a classroom setting, to teach students of all ages about the technology so they’ll have a leg up when they are...
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