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UCSD Helps Preserve Sea Turtle’s Health with 3D Printed Brace

UCSD Helps Preserve Sea Turtle’s Health with 3D Printed Brace

In 2013, a young loggerhead sea turtle was found in the cooling canal of a New Jersey power plant. She had several physical problems when she was found – there was a gap in the bottom right part of her shell, her back flippers were paralyzed, and she had a case of scoliosis. Because of […]

In 2013, a young loggerhead sea turtle was found in the cooling canal of a New Jersey power plant. She had several physical problems when she was found – there was a gap in the bottom right part of her shell, her back flippers were paralyzed, and she had a case...
Researchers Use 3D Printing Technology and Chemistry to Develop a Way to Power Wearable Electronics Using Human Sweat

Researchers Use 3D Printing Technology and Chemistry to Develop a Way to Power Wearable Electronics Using Human Sweat

Sometimes, if the weather is nice and I’m feeling motivated enough, I’ll go for a brisk walk around the neighborhood, but I can’t make it very far if I don’t have my phone with me…sassy dance workout tunes keep me going. Wouldn’t it be great if, before you went for a jog or hit the […]

Sometimes, if the weather is nice and I’m feeling motivated enough, I’ll go for a brisk walk around the neighborhood, but I can’t make it very far if I don’t have my phone with me…sassy dance workout tunes keep me going. Wouldn’t it...
UC San Diego Researchers’ Soft Robot Can Walk Over Rough Terrain with Four 3D Printed Legs

UC San Diego Researchers’ Soft Robot Can Walk Over Rough Terrain with Four 3D Printed Legs

We’ve seen some pretty fascinating 3D printing research in the medical field out of the University of California San Diego over the last couple of years, like a 3D printed blood vessel network and 3D printed liver tissue. But recently, a mechanical engineering professor from UC San Diego has been hard at work on his […]

We’ve seen some pretty fascinating 3D printing research in the medical field out of the University of California San Diego over the last couple of years, like a 3D printed blood vessel network and 3D printed liver tissue. But recently, a mechanical engineering...
Crohn’s Disease Patient Invites the Public to Look Inside His Virtual Colon, Shows 3D Model to Surgeon Before Procedure

Crohn’s Disease Patient Invites the Public to Look Inside His Virtual Colon, Shows 3D Model to Surgeon Before Procedure

Crohn’s disease is a painful and sometimes scary condition, but for Larry Smarr, it was a fascinating learning opportunity – not only for him, but for the general public he allowed to examine his colon in virtual reality. Smarr, the founding director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) and a professor of […]

Crohn’s disease is a painful and sometimes scary condition, but for Larry Smarr, it was a fascinating learning opportunity – not only for him, but for the general public he allowed to examine his colon in virtual reality. Smarr, the founding director of...
UC San Diego Breakthrough: 3D Printed Blood Vessel Network Survives and Functions Within Mice

UC San Diego Breakthrough: 3D Printed Blood Vessel Network Survives and Functions Within Mice

One of the most difficult roadblocks in the quest to 3D print functional, transplantable human organs isn’t the printing of the organ itself – it’s the creation of the critical network of blood vessels that enable the organ to function within the body. Scientists have been working hard to develop 3D printed blood vessels that […]

One of the most difficult roadblocks in the quest to 3D print functional, transplantable human organs isn’t the printing of the organ itself – it’s the creation of the critical network of blood vessels that enable the organ to function within the...
Artist Builds Ceramic 3D Printer, Gives Over Control as It Builds a Scaled Model of Devil’s Tower

Artist Builds Ceramic 3D Printer, Gives Over Control as It Builds a Scaled Model of Devil’s Tower

The summer before I began high school, my family and I embarked on a road trip with my grandparents, aunt, and uncle, from Ohio to Montana, where my grandfather was born. That is a very long time for a kid to be cooped up in a car, and though my family members probably hoped my […]

The summer before I began high school, my family and I embarked on a road trip with my grandparents, aunt, and uncle, from Ohio to Montana, where my grandfather was born. That is a very long time for a kid to be cooped up in a car, and though my family members...
UCSD Researchers Develop 3D Printed Electronics That Heal Themselves

UCSD Researchers Develop 3D Printed Electronics That Heal Themselves

The ability of the human body – and the bodies of the entire animal kingdom – to heal itself never ceases to amaze. It’s something we take for granted on a day-to-day basis with minor injuries. Got a nasty cut on your finger? It may be painful and inconvenient, but you can rest assured that […]

The ability of the human body – and the bodies of the entire animal kingdom – to heal itself never ceases to amaze. It’s something we take for granted on a day-to-day basis with minor injuries. Got a nasty cut on your finger? It may be painful and...
Look Out, NASA – Here Comes Vulcan-1! Students Successfully Launch Rocket With Fully 3D Printed Engine

Look Out, NASA – Here Comes Vulcan-1! Students Successfully Launch Rocket With Fully 3D Printed Engine

Sorry, NASA, you’ve been usurped – for the moment, anyway. It’s no secret that the agency has been working towards building a rocket engine made completely from 3D printed parts, and they’re getting very close to completing it. But now someone else has stolen the 3D printed rocket engine thunder – not China, or Russia, but a […]

Sorry, NASA, you’ve been usurped – for the moment, anyway. It’s no secret that the agency has been working towards building a rocket engine made completely from 3D printed parts, and they’re getting very close to completing it. But now someone...
3D Printed Claw Device Takes Inspiration from Pacific Sea Urchins

3D Printed Claw Device Takes Inspiration from Pacific Sea Urchins

As with most politically aware, socially conscious citizens of the world, you have probably caught yourself wondering: “I know that sea urchins are nice and all…but what have they done for us lately?” And it is a reasonable question. After all, when was the last time you turned on the news to a headline such […]

As with most politically aware, socially conscious citizens of the world, you have probably caught yourself wondering: “I know that sea urchins are nice and all…but what have they done for us lately?” And it is a reasonable question. After all, when...
UC San Diego: Team Creates 3D Printed Gas Delivery System for Pulmonary MRI Research

UC San Diego: Team Creates 3D Printed Gas Delivery System for Pulmonary MRI Research

3D printing is responsible for propagating a host of innovations in every sector, and in virtually every part of the world, thrilling artists, engineers, architects, and designers of all sorts as they realize the infinite opportunities for innovation that have been placed at their desktops and fingertips (and on their factory floors). One can just […]

3D printing is responsible for propagating a host of innovations in every sector, and in virtually every part of the world, thrilling artists, engineers, architects, and designers of all sorts as they realize the infinite opportunities for innovation that have been...
University of California San Diego’s 3D Printed Liver Tissue May Be the Closest We’ve Gotten to a Real Printed Liver

University of California San Diego’s 3D Printed Liver Tissue May Be the Closest We’ve Gotten to a Real Printed Liver

While scientists have been working on 3D printing all types of human tissue, there’s been a particular focus on the liver – for good reason. The organ plays a critical role in filtering toxins, breaking down fats, and producing vital proteins; when something goes wrong with the liver, the entire body is in serious trouble. […]

While scientists have been working on 3D printing all types of human tissue, there’s been a particular focus on the liver – for good reason. The organ plays a critical role in filtering toxins, breaking down fats, and producing vital proteins; when...
Researchers Are Making Some Amazing Advances Thanks to Fish, Real and 3D Printed

Researchers Are Making Some Amazing Advances Thanks to Fish, Real and 3D Printed

Biomimicry is nothing new. For years, scientists, engineers and designers have been studying nature and creating machinery, buildings, and other products based on the structures of plants and animals. For example, Velcro was invented by an engineer named George de Mestral, who based its design on the burrs he found stubbornly entangled in his dog’s […]

Biomimicry is nothing new. For years, scientists, engineers and designers have been studying nature and creating machinery, buildings, and other products based on the structures of plants and animals. For example, Velcro was invented by an engineer named George de...
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