The World’s First 3D Printed Beating Artificial Heart Cells

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Researchers at the Wake Forest School of Medicine have created 3D Printed beating artificial heart cells called Organoids. The heart cells are created by first genetically modifying adult human skin cells into induced pluripotent stem cells. Then, the induced stem cells are redesigned to create the Organoids. After the Organoids are formed, the spheroids of the Organoids are 3D Printed with a specialized 3D Printer at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Institute for Regenerative … [Read more...]

Festo 3D Prints Robotic Ants and Butterflies

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Festo is an industry leader in advanced robotics and they have presented two of their projects: BionicANTs and eMotionButterfiles only made possible by using laser sintering 3D printing and 3D MID ( Molded Interconnect Device) technology. 3D MID is a control and power system where electrical circuits are attached on the surface of the laser sintered body components during the construction, and they thereby take on design and electrical functions at the same time. In this way, all the technical … [Read more...]

China Eastern Airlines 3D Prints Aircraft Parts

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Since the application of a unique patent from Boeing to 3D Print aircraft parts, a number of airlines have been trying to employ 3d printing technology to replace the old-fashioned manufacturing process. This week, China Eastern Airlines Co., Ltd. has completed in creating 3D Printed aircraft parts in a Boeing 777-300ER, such as the seats, parts of a cabin and even the handles of the aircraft. As stated by Boeing a month ago, shipping of manufactured aircraft parts normally takes a lot … [Read more...]

VRClay Virtual Reality CAD for Oculus Rift

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Almost all tech and IT media claim that virtual reality is THE next big thing. With Facebook buying Oculus Rift and Microsoft presenting its HoloLens holographic computing platform, we will probably all use it extensively in next five to ten years. You put your VR device on your head and you see fully digital augmented reality and 3D objects floating or interacting with real surfaces in your surrounding. As the technology is not yet widely adopted or available there is not much … [Read more...]

Metal Filled Filaments to be Used to Create Fully Sintered Metal Objects

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A group of engineers in Massachusetts called the Sinterhard led by Bill Kovacs have developed a new series of filaments – The Sinterhard Metal Filled Filaments. Upon the completion of the crowdfunding campaign of this project, Sinterhard will begin to manufacture ABS and PLA plastic filaments mixed with 316 stainless steel and aluminum powders that could easily be used by the 3d printers currently in the market. The metal powders aluminum and stainless steel selected by Sinterhard are the … [Read more...]

S-Max Industrial Sand Casting 3D Printer by ExOne

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S-Max  is a large volume sand casting 3D printer by ExOne used to additively manufacture molds needed for industrial metal casting. This machine does not print directly in metal but makes casts and cores to pour in molten metal by jet binding fine powder. It works similary to your desktop inkjet paper printer but it applies special Furan resin binder to layers of silica sand, cerabeads or zirconia which are "glued" together making a solid 3D cast. Since there is no heat transfer issues, laser … [Read more...]

Russian Company Prints a Thyroid Gland to Transplant on Living Rats

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This month, a company based in Russia called “3D Bio printing Solutions” became the first in the world to 3d print a thyroid gland for an animal with their own patented bio printing technology. The company’s focus is set to transplant the 3d printed thyroid gland to living rats suffering from a disease called “Hypothyroidism”, a medical condition caused by an overload of iodine in the body. 3D bio printing solutions aim to successfully transplant the artificial thyroid and publish the results … [Read more...]

FDM Extruder Hot Ends with Inductive Heating

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If you have a desktop 3D printer based on FDM / FFF technology you probably know how the extruder heating works and that the design principle has not changed for many years. The common extruder hot end is based on resistive heating where DC electric current causes heating up of a heater element. This solution is simple, well researched and cheap but it's bulky and takes some time to reach the desired temperature. An inductive heating hot end is a more complex hot end which needs high … [Read more...]

Vader Molten Metal 3D Printer

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You probably know that high-end industrial 3d printers can print metal objects by using laser or electron beams on fine metallic powder but Vader is something completely different. Vader aims at small companies or professional workshop environments by implementing proprietary MagnetoJet Printing (MJP) and magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) ceramic printhead technologies to reduce the machine cost. It uses molten metal and jets it in small droplets onto a surface similary to a standard inkjet paper … [Read more...]

MakerBot Opens Innovation Centre at U.S. University

The challenge for 3D printing companies is to get their technique - which is often perceived as difficult and futuristic by many - to the masses. But how does one do such a thing? 3D printing giant MakerBot thinks the way to go is to put 3D printers in libraries and universities. These are the places innovators and great thinkers go to. Johan-Till Broer, Public Relations Manager of MakerBot estimates the number of libraries in the U.S. with 3D printers and scanners to be 500. In order to bring … [Read more...]