University of Minnesota

Researchers 3D Print Sensors onto Moving Lung with Motion Capture Tech

A team of researchers from the University of Minnesota has announced some amazing new research that uses “a visual sensing system” (motion capture technology) to print soft, electronic sensors directly…

A Window Into the Brain: Transparent 3D Printed Mouse Skulls for Alzheimer’s Research

There’s a long way to go to understanding the brain. So many questions remain unanswered, yet so much research is being done, like the former U.S. administration’s ambitious project, which…

10 Ways 3D Printing Changed Medicine in 2018

The stream of 3D printing news coming from the medical world is almost constant. From 3D printed implants to complex medical models to actual human tissue, there are so many…

3D Printing News Briefs: September 18, 2018

We’re starting with a bit of business news in today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, then a story about metal 3D printing, and then moving along with examples of some of…

Breakthrough 3D Printed Bionic Eye Could Restore or Enhance Sight

For a long time, blindness was an irreversible condition, and that’s still true about many forms of it. If a person’s eyes or vision are damaged badly enough, there’s only…

Breakthrough 3D Printed Neural Scaffold Could Help Patients with Spinal Cord Injuries Regain Some Functions

Right now, 285,000 people in the US suffer from spinal cord injuries, with roughly 17,000 new injuries each year. 3D printed spinal implants have been shown to help patients recover more…

Study Confirms Effectiveness of 3D Modeling and 3D Printing in Prevention of Heart Valve Complications

For the millions of people diagnosed with heart valve disease every year, there are a few options for treatment. These include open heart surgery, but some people are considered too…

Breakthrough Technique 3D Prints Electronics or Cells Directly on Skin

Wearable devices have come a long way, but nothing on the market today compares to what we might see in the future. The University of Minnesota is offering a glimpse…

Military Investigates Invertebrates as Model for 3D Printed Active Materials for Robots

The octopus is an amazing creature. While most invertebrates are known for their ability to writhe helplessly on a sidewalk after a rainstorm, go squish when accidentally stepped on, or…

New 3D Printed Organ Models Don’t Just Look Like Real Organs, They Feel and React Like Them Too

There is plenty of evidence to show that 3D printed anatomical models greatly improve the outcomes of medical procedures. When surgeons can plan and practice an operation on a perfect…

Seemore the Sea Turtle Gets a 3D Printed Shell Upgrade

The Mall of America is more than just the Taj Mahal Mall, known for its vastness, it is also home to public aquarium called Sea Life that houses Seemore the…

Researchers Develop Technique to 3D Print Flexible, Electronic Sensory Devices, Bringing Us One Step Closer to Printing on Human Skin

Researchers have been working hard to create 3D printed robotic prosthetic hands that look, and feel like, a real human hand; a team at the University of Wollongong developed a…

ORNL’s Project AME, First Fully Functional 3D Printed Excavator, Unveiled at Las Vegas Expo

There’s 3D printed Lego construction equipment…and then there’s Project AME, the first fully functional, full-size 3D printed excavator in the world. We have been following Project AME’s progress for nearly a…

3D Printing Helps Create Patch That Reduces Heart Failure

Heart failure affects approximately 6 million adults in the United States and is a contributing cause in one of every nine deaths. For those afflicted with heart failure, about half of them…

According to Doctors, The Future May Include 3D Printed Parts for Hearts

Life expectancy for the average American is at an all-time high right now. Currently, that’s around 79 years, but many, many people are living longer than that. The oldest person…

Researchers Use 3D Printing for Precise Control in Programmable Release Drug Delivery Capsules

Science, research, and the technologies of the future go hand in hand–and lately we’ve seen their reach expanding and extending in ways none of us ever would have dreamed of….

Toy Product Design Class Hosts ‘Playsentations’ at University of Minnesota – 3D Printing Plays Major Role

The value of play as an educational tool is often underrated. This can be especially true sometimes in the disciplines where you least expect it to be, such as design….