Video transcript: Riding high on the wave of new food 3D printers such as the chocolate, vanilla sugar, mint, sour apple, cherry and watermelon flavoured output of the Chefjet Pro by 3D Systems that will launch later this year, the Michelin-starred Barcelona restaurant Dos Cielos has announced that its chefs are experimenting with some 3D printed fine cuisine.
Twin team Javier and Sergio Torres are turning to new food tech in the form of Natural Machines' food 3D printer — The Foodini. More will surely follow but these pioneers are the first with the unique capacity of 3D printers to create extraordinary and refined shapes to complement their restaurant's panoramic skyscraper views and 'full sensory experience' ethos.
The duo are using the 3D printer as an intricate artistic food preparation device, rather than 3D printing whole dishes in one. According to the pair, they are thankful that their hands won't become obsolete, as the machine can't make food taste good; it doesn't cook it for you. What it does is help with the visuals and helps to create shapes that wouldn't have been possible before. The twin team has already ordered a [3D printer] as they have so many ideas to try out. We here at 3DPI.tv can't wait to see the results!
Scientists have designed an artificial heart membrane that may one day revolutionize pacemakers.
Using a 3D printer, high-resolution images and computer modeling, researchers at the University of Illinois and Washington University created a 3D replica of a rabbit’s heart then used it as a template to produce a thin, flexible sheath of silicon that fit snugly around the heart. Next they fitted the custom-made pouch with a web of sensors and electrodes that monitored the heart and kept it beating in a steady rhythm.
Lead researcher John Rogers, a materials scientist at the University of Illinois, said the device acts like an artificial pericardium, the thin, outer sac that wraps around the heart like a tailored garment.
“The goal was to create a membrane that fit tightly but not so tightly that it interfered with the normal beating of the heart,” he said.
Of all the creative industries, fashion seems to be the one most taken with additive manufacturing. Concerned as they are with fully exploiting the shifting possibilities of material, today’s clothes designers are utilising 3D printers more and more to fire off their finery.
Over the past few weeks we’ve had the OpenKnit 3D printer, Feetz tailor made shoes and Samuel Bernier’s corset, but this week comes a 3D printing clothes project of even greater and grander ambition.
Video Transcrip: Hospital officials at the Kosair Children's Hospital have stated that 3D printing was used to support an infant pediatric heart patient for the first time recently. Doctors operating on baby Rolande, a 14-month-old with heart defects studied a three dimensional replica of the child's heart to aid successful surgery outcomes. The infant's heart was riddled with defects before the surgery at the Hospital and his surgeon, Dr. Erle Austin, said that he had anticipated that the surgery would be tricky and thus sought a model that offered more detail than traditional 2D scans.
Dr. Austin's team contacted the University of Louisville J.B. Speed School of Engineering, which used a 3D printer to create a polymer model of the heart to provide vital insight ahead of the planned surgery.
Once he had a model, it was clear what needed to be done and how he could do it. The Cardiothoracic surgeon was able to reduce exploratory incisions, reduce overall operating time and also even ensure that Roland would not require any sequential or consequential follow-up operations for this relatively high-risk surgery.
Roland, the son of Par Tha Sung and Sang Ceu Lian of Owensboro, Kentucky, U.S.A., was born with heart problems that included a hole in his heart, as well as misaligned aorta and pulmonary arteries, which, if left untreated, would have been fatal.
The engineering team behind this wonderful application of 3D printing created the model and end-use 3D print in just 20 hours on a MakerBot Replicator 2X desktop 3D printer.
3D printing has hit the streets in Taipei, Taiwan with the mobile plastic shredder and 3D printer called the “Mobile Fab.” The Mobile Fab is a bike that’s equipped with a mini-factory of sorts. Complete with a shredder for plastic, a filament extruder, and a 3D printer.
The goal of the Mobile Fab project is ‘to promote 3D printing on the streets’ using material from recycled plastic products like old bottles.
While most 3D printing filament replacement cartridges are expensive, the Mobile Fab can turn recyclable bottles into free 3D printing material, and it can all be done immediately – on the streets.
Han Kaiyu, the co-creator of the Mobile Fab, along with three friends, founded the “Fabcraft Design Lab” last year. The Mobile Fab was then created out of that lab.
The environment that we interact with on a daily basis is made up of just as many invisible, immaterial elements as physical objects. Internet data, your tracked run or route to work, sound and CO2 levels, time or any other kind of algorithmic or ambient information surrounds us constantly – and although we cannot see this data, there are certainly many ways in which it can be illustrated. The digital structures on which we rely are only becoming increasingly important. And with this in mind, understanding and representing this information has started to fascinate more and more people.
In sync with this development of interest is a development of technological tools. All sorts of tracking, scanning, calculating and measuring devices can be used to make sense of the invisible information that surrounds us, and what often intrigues is the chance to make these invisible processes material. Alongside particular software and hardware platforms, 3D printing is certainly allowing us to make solid representations of the digital or ephemeral world, so let’s take a look at some of the projects that are working towards this aim.
3D printing is considered additive manufacturing. In this process, layers of material (plastic, wood , metal, sand, sugar, or even chocolate) are laid down in a pattern, one layer at a time, until the 3D object is created.
At end of last year, an evolved version of the garbage recycling bike was seen on the streets of Taipei in Taiwan. It takes PET bottles and plastic bags and turns them into fashionable 3D printed products in about half an hour.
This bike, a mobile mini-factory is called the Mobile Fab. It consists of a plastic shredder, a filament extruder and a 3D printer. Its goal is 'to promote 3D printing on the streets' using material from recycled plastic bottles.
This week saw Stratasys release two new dental specific 3D printing items: the Objet Eden260V Dental Advantage 3D Printer for dental and orthodontic labs; and VeroGlaze, a dental material for natural looking dental models .
To say that additive manufacturing has boomed in recent years would be an understatement.
Over the last three decades 3D printing has progressed from expensive prototyping technology used by an elite few, to a blossoming industry producing both smaller-scale commodities and fully functional parts and components for jets, autos, and more.
But will this evolving technology really be the cornerstone of our next industrial revolution?
Given all the hype around 3D printing, many were shocked when 3D Systems Corp., the leading maker of 3D printers and accessories, recently lowered its profit estimates for 2013 and its outlook for 2014. The resulting sharp drop in shares led some to speculate that the promising industry could be heading into decline
If you've solved a Rubik's Cube so many times that it no longer offers you a challenge, maybe it's time to try a new shape?
The Marusenko Sphere puts 54 spinning and sliding pieces into a globe-shaped puzzle that comes in five different levels of difficulty.
Designed and prototyped using a 3D printer so that the final version required no glue or small parts to assemble, the Marusenko puzzle features nine different directions of movement.
And, to increase the difficulty, all that's needed is the addition of extra colors. So the two-toned version is actually the easiest-relatively speaking-while the hardest introduces eight different colors for you to grapple with.