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U.S Army explores 3D printing on the frontline

U.S Army explores 3D printing on the frontline | COOL 3DPRINTING | Scoop.it

The U.S Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) has revealed its use of 3D printing to create crucial functional parts.

 

At ARDEC, engineers are researching the possibility of deploying a 3D printing laboratory onto the frontline to fabricate essential parts.

 

The Rapid Fabrication (R-FAB) system would enable soldiers to manufacture spare parts or tools to help in their missions.

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Metal 3D printing applications: Top 7 of the coolest ones!

Metal 3D printing applications: Top 7 of the coolest ones! | COOL 3DPRINTING | Scoop.it
Metal 3D printing is a very promising technology, creating great opportunities for many industries. Using this manufacturing technique, you can produce fully functioning 3D printed parts with great mechanical properties. At Sculpteo, we strongly believe this is a real game-changing technology, and so do our customers. In our 2017 study dedicated to 3D printing, metals ranked as the third most used kind of materials. But what can you actually create with metal 3D printing? What are the real-life applications of this technology? Here are 7 of the coolest ones!


Metal 3D Printing Application n°1: Creating custom-made hearing aids

Sonova, a Swiss company, started using 3D printing to create custom-made hearing aids, using Acrylic. How do they make it? First, they take an impression of the patient’s ear canal by hand, using silicon. Then, the mold is 3D scanned and turned into a 3D model.

They recently succeeded in creating Virto-B Titanium devices, which fit better the patient’s ear and are more resistant. Indeed, hearing aids made with this material are 15 times stronger than Acrylic ones. Moreover, the device is 26% smaller than the average products on the market, being approximately the size of a fingertip, and remaining as performant as other hearing aids.

Metal 3D Printing Application n°2:  Designing bike handlebars for the Tour de France

The Tour de France is a major cycling event which takes place each year, and that can sometimes be seen as a bit old school. But that would be a mistake to judge it in this way: innovation is coming! Indeed, Pinarello, an Italian company, has used metal 3D printing to create a unique handlebar design for two cyclists: Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas.

Metal 3D printing has been chosen since it allowed to create custom-made designs, with cost and lead time reduction. And it worked! Geraint Thomas won the first race of the event. And Chris Froome is currently leading the Tour, which will end on Sunday, July 23rd.

 

Did you know that at Sculpteo we already designed a bike using 3D printing? And that our team rode this partly 3D printed bike from Las Vegas to San Francisco? Discover how we created it in these two blog posts!

 

Geriant Thomas trying his special bike. Credits: Leon van Bon

Metal 3D printing application n°3: Making plane seats 

3D printing is a common prototyping and manufacturing technique in the aerospace industry, especially to make their parts lighter. If the plane is lighter, you need less fuel, and thus your costs strongly decline.

A scientist from Autodesk found a new metal 3D printing application using this technology: he created extremely light plane seats. Indeed, this new structure is more than 50% lighter than regular seats (766 grams, versus 1672). How did he do that? Using magnesium, a metal that is lighter than regular aluminium, but that is harder to melt. This new structure is still being tested, but it opens really interesting possibilities for the aerospace industry!

 

The researcher and its 3D printed part. Credits: Autodesk

 

Metal 3D printing application n°4: Creating submarine parts

Metal 3D printing can send you up in the air, but it can also help you dive deep down under the water… in a submarine! Indeed, the International Submarine Engineering (ISE), an engineering company, decided to use 3D printing for one of their projects: a submarine that will be deployed in the Antarctic and that will go down up to 5000 meters under the surface.

They 3D printed a titanium ballast tank, a component which provides stability for the vessel in any water-based vehicle. It holds water and helps the submarine dive and emerge. Using metal 3D printing for this element reduced both production time and costs in a significant way.

 

The 3D printed titanium ballast. Credits: Sciaky

 

 

Metal 3D printing application n°5: 3D printing cranial implants

3D printing is contributing a lot to the rapid evolution of facial reconstruction. This extreme challenge requires ongoing innovation to create the best custom-made implants for the patients. Companies such as BioArchitects started using 3D printing to make patient-specific implants to replace hard tissues, 3D printed with a biocompatible titanium.

How is it made? The doctors take an MRI scan of the patient’s head, and the images they obtain are used to 3D print a titanium part that perfectly fits, using the EBM technology (Electron Beam Melting). It is fixed to the patient’s head using self-tapping titanium screws.

 

A 3D printed cranial implant. Credits: BioArchitects

Metal 3D printing application n°6: Replacing bones

Metal 3D printing can also be used in the medical sector for other purposes than the creation of cranial implants. You can create custom-made elements for a lot of body parts. One of our customers, Spine Vision, uses it to 3D print bone implants for the spine, using both stainless steel and titanium.

Thanks to their products, doctors can treat various pathologies like degeneration, trauma, scoliosis, tumors, etc. Implant range, shape, and size can be modified depending on each patient, in order to make the best implant possible.

 

Discover their project through this interview we made and learn how they actually use metal 3D printing.

 

3D Printed Prototype for the cage support, which allows to insert a bone transplant in the implant. Credits: SpineVision

Metal 3D printing application n°7: Designing high-security cylinder locks and keys

Last but not least of these cool metal 3D printing applications: making your door safer! Using this technology, you can 3D print unique high-security cylinder locks and keys. That’s precisely what UrbanAlps, a Swiss company did. They mass produce locks and keys, but they’re all different one from another.

The main benefit of these keys is that they are extremely hard to reproduce, thus highly secure. How come? Most of the mechanical security features are hidden inside of the key, which makes it impossible to scan.

 

The 3D printed key. Credits: UrbanAlps

 

We hope you enjoyed these metal 3D printing applications as much as we did! If you want to use metal 3D printing, it might be for other types of projects. To help you choose which metal 3D printing technology is right for you, discover our blog post “Metal 3D printing: Which technologies for which applications?”

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Disney makes nature’s machines using a 3D printer

Disney makes nature’s machines using a 3D printer | COOL 3DPRINTING | Scoop.it

Prototyped on a 3D printer, new toys from Disney Research demonstrate the use of a digital design tool to generate compliant mechanisms.

The mechanisms take inspiration from natural tendon and cartilage structure.

Considered to be “the nuts and bolts of organic machines” the joints can be applied to add another degree of flexibility to mechanical toys and walking robots.

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What can 3D printing do for solar energy?

What can 3D printing do for solar energy? | COOL 3DPRINTING | Scoop.it
Discover what 3D printing can do when it comes to solar energy. We share Simusolar's story on how they make a difference with this technology in Tanzania.
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Francis Bitonti creates pixellated 3D-printed shoes using cellular automaton

Francis Bitonti creates pixellated 3D-printed shoes using cellular automaton | COOL 3DPRINTING | Scoop.it


Fashion and technology: New York fashion designer Francis Bitonti has used a mathematical model to "grow" pairs of shoes with gradients of colour on a 3D printer.

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Marvelous Designer 2 – How to model the 3D clothing ‘quick and easy’ Fashion Modelling

Marvelous Designer 2 – How to model the 3D clothing ‘quick and easy’ Fashion Modelling | COOL 3DPRINTING | Scoop.it



If you are in entertainment, and you want to try Marvelous Designer, go to "marvelousdesigner.com"; and download the trial version. 

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3D Printed Graphene Batteries – Graphene 3D Lab Files Provisional Patent & Plans Demonstration

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One of the more common questions I hear, from those just beginning to find an interest in the 3D printing space, goes something like this: "When will we be able (RT @nayampally_arm: 3D Printing is all charged up!


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3D Printer workshop


Slide deck from my workshop @bitraffineriet 24th September 2014. Images are CC 4.0


(http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/) unless otherwise noted. …

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3D Print With Copper! colorFabb Unveils new copperFill Filament - 3DPrint.com

3D Print With Copper! colorFabb Unveils new copperFill Filament - 3DPrint.com | COOL 3DPRINTING | Scoop.it


3D Print With Copper! colorFabb Unveils new copperFill Filament

cop4 These last few weeks have been very exciting from a materials standpoint within the 3D printing industry.


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Man Creates Flying Hexacopter Drone With 3Doodler 3D Printing Pen - 3DPrint.com

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One artist named Justin Mattarocchia, 3D printed a life size plastic man.

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▶ Is 3D Printing the next industrial revolution? | Herbert Hermens | TEDxBendigo - YouTube

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Reflecting the first Industrial Revolution and its impact, Herbert argues that 3D Printing will have a greater impact. It will also create a more equitable distribution of wealth than the previous revolution. 3D printing will affect all aspects of our lives from replacement organs to the construction of our homes.

Herbert Hermens is a widely experienced executive. This has included international operating responsibility extending from sales and marketing management and general management to managing director roles in the industrial, professional and consumer products industries. Career achievements include entering new distribution channels, positioning organisations for sustainable growth and launching new products as well as developing strong business links with key distributors, suppliers and end users.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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STACEY WARWICK's comment, July 17, 2014 12:44 PM
its clearly the new thng that will proliferate for a few years yet. but what is the implicatiuon in terms of recyleing ?
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First 3D Printed House - Green Building Elements

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An architecture firm that was founded in 2004 in Amsterdam by Hans Vermeulen, Hedwig Heinsman and Martine de Wit called DUS Architects is in the middle of a 3-year research project that may change the construction industry forever.


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MIT Researchers 3D Print Shape Shifting Materials, Could Lead to New Types of Robots

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers, with the help of 3D printing, have developed a material that can switch between hard and soft.


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July 4th 3D Printing Sale Offers Great Deal on 3D Printing Accessories

July 4th 3D Printing Sale Offers Great Deal on 3D Printing Accessories | COOL 3DPRINTING | Scoop.it
Kick off the July 4th weekend with new 3D printing grab bags! Have you been wanting to try a new 3D printing filament? Or curious about our best-selling Wolfbite formulas like Nano, the highly popular 3D printing adhesive for PLA?

This is your chance to save some money and start experimenting with all kinds of new filaments and 3D printing accessories — without breaking the bank!

For less than the price of two rolls of Platinum Series PLA (which is certainly making its way into some of these bundles!), your 3D printing grab bag comes stuffed with an assortment of 3D printing goodies like 3D printer nozzles, Wolfbite 3D Printer Adhesive, and Airwolf 3D schwag (an over $150 value!)*. You might even get extra lucky and receive a fun sample print 3D printed right here by the Wolfpack!

Plus, all 3D Printing Grab Bags ship FREE! An incredible deal for novice and advanced 3D printer users, these grab bags are in short supply, so GRAB them while you can!
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Discover how 3D printing impact the medical industry

Discover how 3D printing impact the medical industry | COOL 3DPRINTING | Scoop.it
The singularity of the Healthcare industry is that it has to adapt with a very accurate specificity to every patient. The resources used for surgeries or to treat the patient are often customized, expensive and limited. Those constraints are very adapted to the use of 3D printing technology which prints a unique piece, fully customized and at an affordable cost. In this way, 3D printing use was quickly on the rise in this industry. How does 3D printing currently impact the Healthcare industry and what to expect in the future?
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The future is bright for 3D Printing Industry

The future is bright for 3D Printing Industry | COOL 3DPRINTING | Scoop.it

Printing Industry has a new look, and some new features. Since we began reporting in 2012 our site has gone through a number of changes, but one thing has always stayed the same – a focus on bringing you the latest news.

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Short Sellers Stepping Back From 3D Printing Stocks

Short Sellers Stepping Back From 3D Printing Stocks | COOL 3DPRINTING | Scoop.it
Short interest in the two-week period ending November 28 fell for three of the four 3D printing companies we follow.
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World's First 3D Printed Band Plays Live

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World's First 3D Printed Band Plays Live

3D printing, music, band, The first live concert with a band consisting only of 3D-printed instruments has taken place at Lund University in Sweden.


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See Local Motors’ 3D Printed ‘Strati’ Car in action

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Earlier on this month at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago, Arizona-based automobile manufacturer Local shown it's Strati 3dprinter car for the first time.


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This 3-D Printed Robot Could Secure the Ports Of The Future

This 3-D Printed Robot Could Secure the Ports Of The Future | COOL 3DPRINTING | Scoop.it


Transport by sea has been a favorite of smugglers for centuries - it's hard to patrol an entire coastline, and it's easier to move a ton of stuff by sea than by land.


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How can a 3D printer create edible fruit?, In Short - BBC Radio 5 live

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Inventor Vaiva Kalnikaite on how her 3D printing company is creating edible fruit. (How can a 3D printer create edible fruit?


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Beijing hospital performs world's 1st 3D printed vertebra surgery - CCTV

Beijing hospital performs world's 1st 3D printed vertebra surgery - CCTV | COOL 3DPRINTING | Scoop.it



A hospital in Beijing has carried out the the world's first 3D printed vertebra surgery.


The surgery replaced the second vertebra in a 12-year-old boy's neck.


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Stratasys Salutes the World Cup With 3D Printed Maracanã - YouTube


Rio de Janeiro's legendary Arena Maracanã was originally built for the 1950 World Cup. More than 60 years later, it is still looking beautiful 


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Boeing and Lotus Team up to Create Super Strong Carbon Fiber Reinforced 3D Printing Method

Boeing and Lotus Team up to Create Super Strong Carbon Fiber Reinforced 3D Printing Method | COOL 3DPRINTING | Scoop.it


When it comes the production of aircraft and high performance cars, two companies may stand out.


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If You Think 3D-Printed Guns Freaked People Out, Get Ready for 3D-Printed ... -

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If You Think 3D-Printed Guns Freaked People Out, Get Ready for

To that end, Rokudenashiko employs 3D printers and molds in ways that suddenly make 3D-printed guns almost seem passe.

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