With all the hubbub surrounding 3D printing as of late, it’s easy to think of it as something new. Something that, before 5 or 6 years ago, only existed in Sci-Fi novels. Surprise! 3D printing has actually been around for decades.
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.
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.
Researchers at CBMTI examining head model and cut out, produced on the Objet500 Connex Multi-material 3D Printer from Stratasys Creating realistic models as surgical guides for planning complex medical procedures is one of the most life-changing...