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Rice Researchers 3D Print with Lasers and Sugar to Build Complex Vascular Networks

A team of researchers from Rice University has uncovered a promising strategy to generate vascular networks, one of the most daunting structures in the human body. Using powdered sugar and…

University of Washington Researchers Analyze Effects of Powder Reuse on 3D printed Metal Parts

Researchers from the University of Washington are exploring further complexities of material science in metal printing, outlining their findings in the recently published ‘Electron beam additive manufacturing of Ti6A14V: Evolution…

3D Printed Medical Models: There Is a Growing Need for Quality Assurance in Production

Researchers from around the US have convened to analyze the uses of 3D printed medical models further. In their recently published paper, ‘Methods for verification of 3D printed anatomic model…

University of Washington Team Advances 3D Printed Electronics-Free Smart Devices

Researchers at the University of Washington have developed smart 3D printed items that can track and store information about their own use, without the need for any electronics. These items, such…

3DHEALS 2018 Offers a Comprehensive Look at the World of Medical 3D Printing

It’s impossible to count the number of people whose health has been somehow positively affected by 3D printing, whether it’s through a prosthetic limb, a lifesaving implant or a surgery that was…

3D Printed Device Developed at UW Allows Laser to Wirelessly Charge a Smartphone

As Dr. Evil, and cats everywhere, have conclusively proven, everything is cooler with a laser. What’s definitely not cool is hauling around tangled charging cords or, in my household at…

Important Lessons from Mosquitoes in a 3D Printed Arena

Smell is a powerful memory trigger. If you smell cookies, it may remind you of your grandmother’s house, while the scent of sunscreen may bring back memories of a favorite…

3D Printed Internet of Things Devices Communicate Without Electronics

You’ve probably heard of the Internet of Things, in which smart devices communicate with each other to make our lives better in various ways. Generally, complex electronics are involved, so…

Aether 1 3D Bioprinter Promises a Plethora of Printing Options for Artistic Expression

My father once paid $100 for a calculator. This was back in the mid-1970s and this calculator could perform the basic functions and print them as he entered them. It…

3D Printed Reflector Improves WiFi Signal and Security in Interior Spaces

Have you ever been stuck waiting somewhere, like a doctor’s office, and really just wanted to check your email while you were sitting there, but the WiFi signal was just…

A Smartphone App and a 3D Printed Box Show Promise in Early Detection of Pancreatic Cancer

We live in a culture that’s obsessed with selfies, and many may debate whether that’s a good thing or not, but in the future, selfies may actually save lives. One…

High School Senior Develops 3D Printed Biomimetic Robotic Prosthetic Hand

While I never participated, I remember students in my high school’s more advanced science classes working together for the egg drop challenge, where teams built a container that would hold the egg…

University of Washington Students Take on One Mammoth of a 3D Scanning and 3D Printing Project

Located on the campus of the University of Washington, the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture is the oldest museum on the West Coast and boasts a collection of…

Database of 3D Scanned Fish Now Contains Over 500 Specimens

The last time I received a fish in the mail, it was the result of a horrible practical joke. But not all posted fish are so poorly received. In fact,…

University of Washington Professor Wants to Scan Every Fish in Existence (and 3D Print a Few, Too)

If you’ve ever stood on the shore of the ocean, especially at high tide, you may have noticed each wave carrying in an assortment of glittering fishes. Silver or white,…

Practice Makes Perfect: Researchers Create 3D Printed Silicone Models for Pediatric Ear Reconstruction

Most of us take for granted the ability to hear, to be able to hear ourselves speak and to do so clearly, and even more aesthetic concerns like being able…

Designer Chemistry Mixed with 3D Printing Results in Innovative Safety Sensors  

It’s a formidable combination as designer chemistry meets 3D printing, proving that the two may have a very promising future together. In a recent research project funded by the University…

‘Dog Bone’ Shaped 3D Printed Polymers Used To Measure Force

Researchers have used 3D printing to create force sensors they say they couldn’t build with any other existing technology. The polymer structures change color when stretched, and the more they’re…