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 desired temperature. Inductive heating hot end is a more complex system with high frequency AC needed … [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...]

3D Print Conference Almaty, Kazachstan – April 16

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The 3D Print Conference in Almaty is an international conference dedicated to the technology of 3D printing and scanning. This April edition will be the second time the conference is held in Kazachstan. This edition wil have an expanded demo zone and a larger list of speakers than the previous edition. The conference organizer Smile Expo decided to surprise its visitors with a large presentation of new 3D equipment. Another big scoop for the event is that Kazakhstan's laboratory for 3D … [Read more...]

Fast Bioprinting of Human Cartilage Implants

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At ETH Zürich's Cartilage Engineering and Regeneration laboratory they have made some notable speed advancements in 3D printing of human cartilage which should lead to implantable replacements for trauma victims. Team of researchers led by Professor Marcy Zenobi-Wong's and Matti Kesti developed a process that would enable hospitals to make a full size nose implant under 20 minutes. Any cartilage implant could be produced with nose, ear and knee implants being the ones most used in surgeries … [Read more...]

3D Printing Speeds Up The Construction of The Sagrada Família

3D printing has proven te be a useful technology for architects. In China, they are building the world's first 3D printed houses, and all over the world architectural artists are using the technique to create fine art pieces. Back in 2013, I did a piece on Contour Crafting, a Californian project aiming to create 3D printed houses in less than a day. In that article, I playfully mentioned that such a technique would be good news for the Sagrada Família team - the team working on a cathedral in … [Read more...]

BoXZY Brings Additive and Subtractive Manufacturing Hybrid to Your Desktop

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Home 3d printers are incredible machines but they have some limitations. Sometimes you just need some extra tools and capabilities to finish your project. You may want to expand your tool options and experiment with wood carving, making your own milled PCBs for electronics projects or do some metal machining. BoXZY may be the type of machine you will need since it is a multitool with easily replaceable CNC mill, 3D printer and laser engraver / cutter tool heads. Additionally to the tool changing … [Read more...]

Italian Researchers Develop a Technology to 3D Print Eyeballs by 2027

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An Italian research studio MHOX recently published a study which suggests that the human eyes could be replaced with 3d printed artificial eyeballs by 2027. According to their team of researchers, the artificial eyeballs could surpass the potential of the organs of sight, surpassing the human needs. The “technology” proposed by the research studio is expected to enhance, heal and correct the vision of those in need, and 3d print fully personalized eyeballs to process and record real time … [Read more...]

3D Printed Melodica Sounds Better Than Original Version

Many musicians have been 3D printing instruments and we've seen 3D printed guitars, trumpets and even MIDI controllers. However, the overall problem with 3D printed instruments so far has been that the quality of their sound hasn't reached a level a high level yet. Even a manufacturer of 3D printed ukuleles was sure that "nothing beats the beauty of a hand-made instrument". However, a London-based composer did something no-one would have expected. He 3D printed a melodica and managed to make it … [Read more...]