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MakerGirl 3D Printing and Technology Organization On Track to Impact 10,000 Young Girls By 2023

MakerGirl 3D Printing and Technology Organization On Track to Impact 10,000 Young Girls By 2023

While there are plenty of initiatives around the world aimed at getting girls and young women interested in and comfortable using STEAM technology like 3D printing, coding, and robotics, I think my favorite is MakerGirl, a non-profit organization created in 2014 by a few female Gies College of Business students in a social entrepreneurship class at the University […]

While there are plenty of initiatives around the world aimed at getting girls and young women interested in and comfortable using STEAM technology like 3D printing, coding, and robotics, I think my favorite is MakerGirl, a non-profit organization created in 2014 by a...
Researchers Investigate How Tensile Strength of 3D Printed Inconel 718 is Effected by Cooling Rates

Researchers Investigate How Tensile Strength of 3D Printed Inconel 718 is Effected by Cooling Rates

Nickel-chromium alloy Inconel 718 is often used to 3D print parts for various fields, including automotive, aerospace, and medical. Resistant to corrosion, the material can withstand high temperatures, but cools very slowly. According to Doug Hedges, the president and COO of metal 3D printing service provider Sintavia LLC, the material is not easy to machine with, but 3D […]

Nickel-chromium alloy Inconel 718 is often used to 3D print parts for various fields, including automotive, aerospace, and medical. Resistant to corrosion, the material can withstand high temperatures, but cools very slowly. According to Doug Hedges, the president and...
Researchers 3D Print Tissue That Mimics Human Bile Duct

Researchers 3D Print Tissue That Mimics Human Bile Duct

A bile duct plays a crucial role in the body, carrying bile from the liver to the intestine to facilitate digestion. Cancer of the bile duct has an alarmingly low survival rate, and treatment requires that the disease be caught early enough for the affected part of the bile duct to be removed. But there’s […]

A bile duct plays a crucial role in the body, carrying bile from the liver to the intestine to facilitate digestion. Cancer of the bile duct has an alarmingly low survival rate, and treatment requires that the disease be caught early enough for the affected part of...
New 3D Printing Method Lets Northwestern Researchers Quickly 3D Print Low-Cost, Customized Lenses

New 3D Printing Method Lets Northwestern Researchers Quickly 3D Print Low-Cost, Customized Lenses

Two years ago, researchers from Northwestern University in Illinois called on 3D printing technology to create a novel lens capable of working with frequencies on the terahertz scale. Now, a team from the university’s McCormick School of Engineering has developed a method that speeds up the 3D printing of a different kind of lens – one […]

Two years ago, researchers from Northwestern University in Illinois called on 3D printing technology to create a novel lens capable of working with frequencies on the terahertz scale. Now, a team from the university’s McCormick School of Engineering has...
3D Printed Hyperelastic Bone Now Commercially Available for Research

3D Printed Hyperelastic Bone Now Commercially Available for Research

About a year and a half ago, scientists at Northwestern University made a major breakthrough. They developed a form of 3D printed hyperelastic bone that not only encourages bone regrowth within the body, but actually grows with it, which is especially crucial when placing implants in children. It will likely still be some time before […]

About a year and a half ago, scientists at Northwestern University made a major breakthrough. They developed a form of 3D printed hyperelastic bone that not only encourages bone regrowth within the body, but actually grows with it, which is especially crucial when...
Northwestern University 3D Prints Metadevices Using Inverse Design

Northwestern University 3D Prints Metadevices Using Inverse Design

Whenever you hear the name Northwestern University, it’s a pretty good bet that something interesting is happening. Researchers at the university have been responsible for some fascinating breakthroughs involving 3D printing, from simulated extraterrestrial soil 3D prints to 3D printed tetrahertz lenses and more. Now a research team at Northwestern is working with metadevices, using […]

Whenever you hear the name Northwestern University, it’s a pretty good bet that something interesting is happening. Researchers at the university have been responsible for some fascinating breakthroughs involving 3D printing, from simulated extraterrestrial soil...
3D Printing Accident Leads to ‘Tissue Paper’ with Healing Properties

3D Printing Accident Leads to ‘Tissue Paper’ with Healing Properties

One of the biggest stories in medical 3D printing from the past few months came out of Northwestern University, where researchers 3D printed a working ovary and implanted it into a mouse, which then successfully became pregnant and gave birth. That was an incredible achievement in itself, and represents a beacon of hope for women […]

One of the biggest stories in medical 3D printing from the past few months came out of Northwestern University, where researchers 3D printed a working ovary and implanted it into a mouse, which then successfully became pregnant and gave birth. That was an incredible...
10 Highlights of the EnvisionTEC 3D-Bioplotter’s Long Career

10 Highlights of the EnvisionTEC 3D-Bioplotter’s Long Career

Last week, we took a look at what has become one of the most commonly used 3D bioprinters in the industry. The 3D-Bioplotter from EnvisionTEC has now been used in more than 200 peer-reviewed research studies. That’s an impressive accomplishment, and it’s definitely worth taking a look at the important work that has been done using […]

Last week, we took a look at what has become one of the most commonly used 3D bioprinters in the industry. The 3D-Bioplotter from EnvisionTEC has now been used in more than 200 peer-reviewed research studies. That’s an impressive accomplishment, and it’s...
Lighter-Than-Air Graphene 3D Printing Spurs R&D Tax Credit Opportunities

Lighter-Than-Air Graphene 3D Printing Spurs R&D Tax Credit Opportunities

Graphene is a single-atomic layer of carbon atoms. Organized in a hexagonal lattice, it is considered a “wonder material” that contains an array of properties unparalleled in other structures and materials. For example, it is an excellent conductor with extreme properties in flexibility and transparency. The greatest catch is that graphene is 7.5 times lighter […]

Graphene is a single-atomic layer of carbon atoms. Organized in a hexagonal lattice, it is considered a “wonder material” that contains an array of properties unparalleled in other structures and materials. For example, it is an excellent conductor with...
Mouse Implanted with 3D Printed Ovary Gives Birth to Healthy Babies

Mouse Implanted with 3D Printed Ovary Gives Birth to Healthy Babies

Infertility can be a heartbreaking condition for people who desperately want children, but there’s hope. A team of researchers from Northwestern University‘s Feinberg School of Medicine and McCormick School of Engineering today published a study documenting their research into 3D printed prosthetic ovaries. The team was led by Teresa Woodruff, reproductive scientist and director of […]

Infertility can be a heartbreaking condition for people who desperately want children, but there’s hope. A team of researchers from Northwestern University‘s Feinberg School of Medicine and McCormick School of Engineering today published a study...
Northwestern University Researchers 3D Print Flexible Objects with Simulated Lunar and Martian Soil

Northwestern University Researchers 3D Print Flexible Objects with Simulated Lunar and Martian Soil

Just a few days ago, scientists from Fotec revealed that they had 3D printed small structures from simulated Martian soil. The structures, a small conical dwelling and a portion of a wall, are miniaturized replicas of what humans may one day create from the actual soil of Mars once we finally reach its surface. The Fotec group, […]

Just a few days ago, scientists from Fotec revealed that they had 3D printed small structures from simulated Martian soil. The structures, a small conical dwelling and a portion of a wall, are miniaturized replicas of what humans may one day create from the actual...
Northwestern University Uses 3D Printing to Create Customized Vascular Stents

Northwestern University Uses 3D Printing to Create Customized Vascular Stents

There are numerous examples of how 3D printing technology has proved advantageous to the medical field, from customized assistive devices to surgical preparation with patient-specific 3D printed models. This benefit is especially apparent in vascular treatments, whether it be through enhancing medical training or bioprinting vascular stents with human cells. Earlier this year, researchers from […]

There are numerous examples of how 3D printing technology has proved advantageous to the medical field, from customized assistive devices to surgical preparation with patient-specific 3D printed models. This benefit is especially apparent in vascular treatments,...
Researchers Create 3D Printed Hyperelastic Bone With Much Greater Potential for Use in Humans

Researchers Create 3D Printed Hyperelastic Bone With Much Greater Potential for Use in Humans

Although it may seem most have their sights set on 3D printing organs for transplant when it comes to bioprinting, other researchers are concerned with more immediate issues that indeed may come to fruition much faster, such as that of artificially created bones that work with human cells for successful integration. Interestingly, the topic of […]

Although it may seem most have their sights set on 3D printing organs for transplant when it comes to bioprinting, other researchers are concerned with more immediate issues that indeed may come to fruition much faster, such as that of artificially created bones that...
India: IITM Makes Strides for Construction Industry & 3D Printing with Concrete; Expert Opinions Vary on Timeframe for True Impact

India: IITM Makes Strides for Construction Industry & 3D Printing with Concrete; Expert Opinions Vary on Timeframe for True Impact

The Indian Institute of Technology at Madras (IITM) is planning to make their mark with 3D printing, literally, as they plan for transformation to the construction industry within India. While not everybody is completely impressed as to either the complete feasibility or realistic timing of this new technology, IITM seems to be on board for the […]

The Indian Institute of Technology at Madras (IITM) is planning to make their mark with 3D printing, literally, as they plan for transformation to the construction industry within India. While not everybody is completely impressed as to either the complete feasibility...
Northwestern University Research Group Uses 3D Printing to Create Terahertz Lens

Northwestern University Research Group Uses 3D Printing to Create Terahertz Lens

The Illinois-based Northwestern University has utilized 3D printing technology to research a variety of vital applications, from 3D printing fuel cells to 4D printing materials on the nanoscale. Now, researchers from the prestigious institution are looking at 3D printing technology through a unique lens—a terahertz lens, to be exact. Generally unknown within the electromagnetic spectrum, hidden […]

The Illinois-based Northwestern University has utilized 3D printing technology to research a variety of vital applications, from 3D printing fuel cells to 4D printing materials on the nanoscale. Now, researchers from the prestigious institution are looking at 3D...
Better, Faster, Cheaper: Innovative 3D Printing Inks Open a Vast New World for Metal Printing

Better, Faster, Cheaper: Innovative 3D Printing Inks Open a Vast New World for Metal Printing

Most everyone in the 3D printing industry is well aware that the future for high quality components seems to be in metal 3D printing. With that in mind, researchers have been steadily refining the process, and now a team at Northwestern University has come up with a process that even allows the use of inexpensive […]

Most everyone in the 3D printing industry is well aware that the future for high quality components seems to be in metal 3D printing. With that in mind, researchers have been steadily refining the process, and now a team at Northwestern University has come up with a...
4D Printing on The Nanoscale — Northwestern’s IIN Receives $8.5 Million Grant

4D Printing on The Nanoscale — Northwestern’s IIN Receives $8.5 Million Grant

As 3D printing has barely slid into the category of being considered a new normal, some scientists and researchers are already living in the world of 4D. You may have noticed that there’s a lot of nano-talk lately, as in nanoparticles, nanotechnology, and even nanolithography. And it’s not going to stop anytime soon–especially not at […]

As 3D printing has barely slid into the category of being considered a new normal, some scientists and researchers are already living in the world of 4D. You may have noticed that there’s a lot of nano-talk lately, as in nanoparticles, nanotechnology, and even...
New Data Shows That 3D Printed Components Could Cut Aircraft Weight By 7 Percent

New Data Shows That 3D Printed Components Could Cut Aircraft Weight By 7 Percent

The weight of accumulated parts is a critical factor in the aerospace industry’s efforts to build sleeker, lighter and more efficient planes. Shaving every available gram from the equation means manufacturers can save their airline customers fuel and help them cut back on carbon emissions. Eric Masanet, the Morris E Fine junior professor at Northwestern […]

The weight of accumulated parts is a critical factor in the aerospace industry’s efforts to build sleeker, lighter and more efficient planes. Shaving every available gram from the equation means manufacturers can save their airline customers fuel and help them...
Graphene and BioElastomer Inks Could Result in 3D Printed Neurons

Graphene and BioElastomer Inks Could Result in 3D Printed Neurons

What if you could 3D print a brain or a working neurosystem? It’s not outside the realm of the possible – at least in a structural sense –  as a new graphene-nanoflake ink has just been used to print strong 3D structures which resemble neurons in shape and electrical conductivity. A team of Northwestern University […]

What if you could 3D print a brain or a working neurosystem? It’s not outside the realm of the possible – at least in a structural sense –  as a new graphene-nanoflake ink has just been used to print strong 3D structures which resemble neurons in...
Graphene Inks May Lead to 3D Printable Body Parts and Implantable Electronics

Graphene Inks May Lead to 3D Printable Body Parts and Implantable Electronics

The physics researchers who discovered graphene said, while they were picking up their Nobel Prize, that its discovery would change the world. Graphene is not the first discovery said to be world changing, nor will it be the last. But it is one of the few that looks to be coming very close to living […]

The physics researchers who discovered graphene said, while they were picking up their Nobel Prize, that its discovery would change the world. Graphene is not the first discovery said to be world changing, nor will it be the last. But it is one of the few that looks...
Training Pediatric Surgeons Using 3D Printed Rib Cages

Training Pediatric Surgeons Using 3D Printed Rib Cages

One of the difficulties of training new entrants into the medical field is the leap from text knowledge to hands on care. One of the ways to approach that transition in health education is through the provision of models as a buttress, with students practicing what they have learned on plaster or plastic replicas as […]

One of the difficulties of training new entrants into the medical field is the leap from text knowledge to hands on care. One of the ways to approach that transition in health education is through the provision of models as a buttress, with students practicing what...
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