The Palette Filament Feeding System

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Mosaic Manufacturing just launched The Palette filament feeding system. It can be attached to almost any FDM 3D printer and with it you can print objects in multiple colors or multiple material properties. There have been many systems that promised fluid color changes and color mixing but most of them were based on new specialised extruders and in-nozzle mixing which made real application complex and heavy. The Palette approaches this problem differently and comes in the form of a separate box … [Read more...]

The World’s First 3D Printed Copper Rocket Engine Parts developed by NASA

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NASA has started to 3D Print a combustion chamber liner using selective laser melting 3D printers which is expected to operate at extreme temperatures. A material called GRCo-84, a copper alloy manufactured at Glenn Research Center in Ohio is utilized whilst 3D printing the combustion chamber liner. The liner is the result of 8,255 3D printed layers of the alloy, which is carefully sintered layer by layer to create the functioning liner. According to a press release by NASA, the whole 3D … [Read more...]

A 74 year Old Man Receives a 3D Printed Silicon Mask to Recover His Face


Since 1990, Keith Londsdale, a 74 year old man had received over 45 different surgical procedures to survive through basal cell carcinoma, one of the most common skin cancer in the United States. The man did manage to fight through the devastating medical condition but was left with an incurable scar. Due to the continuous surgical procedures, the man’s face was left without a nose, an upper jaw bone and cheekbones. Instead, a huge hole covered a substantially big section of his … [Read more...]

IR3 3D Printer That Can Integrate Non-printable Components

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Buzz Technology Limited's 3D printer design is based on standard FDM technology but it can also reach for parts from a tray and integrate non-printable components into a 3D printed object. The components can include electronic modules, wheels, electric motor power drives, cameras, sensors, remote control and all kinds of stuff so that at the end of the production process you could get a working 3d printed device. They have demonstrated it on a toy car where the frame was 3D printed with … [Read more...]

The Poetry2 Dual Extruder 3D Printer by Ira3D


Ira3D®, a brand new Italian company founded in 2014, just released their first 3D printer, the Poetry2. This is a fused filament fabrication printer, easy to use and designed for professionals. There are a couple of features that make this printer a very interesting one. The build volume of 250x250x300 mm ables this 3D printer to print bigger than most desktop 3D printers currently on the market. Also, the printer has a high accuracy of 30 microns (0,03mm) layer height and a print speed of … [Read more...]

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


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


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


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...]