What To Expect From 3D Scanning, And How To Work With It

3D scanning and 3D printing may sound like a natural match for one another, but they don’t always play together as easily and nicely as one would hope. I’ll explain what one can expect by highlighting three use cases the average hacker encounters, and how well they do (or don’t) work. With this, you’ll have Read more about What To Expect From 3D Scanning, And How To Work With It[…]

Hong Kong’s fragile coral reefs boosted by 3D printing

In jade waters off Hong Kong’s eastern shoreline, scientists are thrilled to spot a cuttlefish protecting her eggs inside an artificial, 3D-printed clay seabed helping to restore the city’s fragile coral reefs. […] Around 84 species of coral are found in Hong Kong’s waters, scientists say, more diverse than those found in the Caribbean Sea. Read more about Hong Kong’s fragile coral reefs boosted by 3D printing[…]

A Different Kind Of 3D Printer: Desktop Holograms

Holograms aren’t new, but a desktop machine that spits them out could be available soon, presuming LitiHolo’s Kickstarter pans out. The machine will have a $1600 retail price and fits in a two-foot square. It can generate 4×5 inch holograms with 1mm hogels (the holo equivalent of a pixel). The machine allows for 23 view Read more about A Different Kind Of 3D Printer: Desktop Holograms[…]

California will soon be home to the world’s first 3D-printed housing community

Mighty Buildings, a construction tech company, specializes in 3D printed homes of varying sizes, presenting a technology-forward solution that could address issues like the housing crisis and sustainability. And so far, this formula has found the company success: last month, Mighty Buildings raised $40 million in a Series B round. The California-based business isn’t the Read more about California will soon be home to the world’s first 3D-printed housing community[…]

Researchers 3-D print biomedical parts with supersonic speed

Forget glue, screws, heat or other traditional bonding methods. A Cornell University-led collaboration has developed a 3-D printing technique that creates cellular metallic materials by smashing together powder particles at supersonic speed. This form of technology, known as “cold spray,” results in mechanically robust, porous structures that are 40% stronger than similar materials made with Read more about Researchers 3-D print biomedical parts with supersonic speed[…]

Harvard created a wool-like 3D-printable material that can shape shift

The team, from the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), created a 3D-printable material that can be “pre-programmed with reversible shape memory.” The wool-like material can remember old forms and morph back into those, or transform into different shapes when a certain stimulus is applied. It’s made using keratin extracted from Read more about Harvard created a wool-like 3D-printable material that can shape shift[…]

Scientists are 3-D printing miniature human organs to test coronavirus drugs

Whether the goal is to find a treatment for COVID-19 or another disease, scientists often have to conduct preliminary tests on animals to determine whether the drug is safe or effective in people. It’s not always a one-for-one comparison, but The New York Times reports there may be a new way around that step going Read more about Scientists are 3-D printing miniature human organs to test coronavirus drugs[…]

KFC will test lab-grown chicken nuggets made with a 3D bioprinter this fall in Russia

KFC announced on July 16 it would test chicken nuggets made with 3D bioprinting technology in Russia this fall. The chain partnered with 3D Bioprinting Solutions to create a chicken nugget that will mimic the taste and appearance of its original nuggets at a fraction of the environmental cost. The release will be the first Read more about KFC will test lab-grown chicken nuggets made with a 3D bioprinter this fall in Russia[…]

Porsche Found a Way to 3D-Print Lightweight Pistons That Add Even More Horsepower

With select bucket seats from the 911 and 718 as well as various classic car parts—including clutch release levers for the 959—already being produced using 3D printing, Porsche is more familiar with the technology than most. Now, the automaker is taking things even further, 3D printing entire pistons for its most powerful 991-gen 911, the Read more about Porsche Found a Way to 3D-Print Lightweight Pistons That Add Even More Horsepower[…]

Groundbreaking Technology Allows 3D Tissues To Be Printed Directly Into Human Body

LOS ANGELES — The world of 3D printing has come so far that scientists can actually produce biological products like bone, skin and blood vessels. Of course, there are numerous safety risks involved in using 3D-printed body parts in human patients. There is progress on that front, though. Scientists have developed a method for printing Read more about Groundbreaking Technology Allows 3D Tissues To Be Printed Directly Into Human Body[…]

New Technique Allows 3D Printing of Flexible Materials using droplets

Engineers at the University of California, Davis, have developed a new approach to 3D printing that allows printing of finely tuned flexible materials. By using a droplet-based, multiphase microfluidic system, the team was able to efficiently print materials with potential applications in soft robotics, tissue engineering and wearable technology. The work is published June 15 Read more about New Technique Allows 3D Printing of Flexible Materials using droplets[…]

3d Printing tissue inside the body

Abstract We develop and characterize a biomaterial formulation and robotic methods tailored for intracorporeal tissue engineering (TE) via direct-write (DW) 3D printing. Intracorporeal TE is defined as the biofabrication of 3D TE scaffolds inside of a living patient, in a minimally invasive manner. A biomaterial for intracorporeal TE requires to be 3D printable and crosslinkable Read more about 3d Printing tissue inside the body[…]

Scientists can 3D print insect-like robots in minutes

It might soon be relatively trivial to make soft robots — at least, if you have a 3D printer handy. UC San Diego researchers have devised a way to 3D-print insect-like flexible robots cheaply, quickly and without using exotic equipment. The trick was to print “flexoskeletons,” or rigid materials 3D-printed on to flexible and thin Read more about Scientists can 3D print insect-like robots in minutes[…]

This Clever Trick Embeds Holographic Patterns In Your 3D Prints

Apparently you can use textured sheets on your 3d printer’s print bed to imprint that texture on the first layer of your print. Sounds obvious right? Well, what if that textured sheet is fine enough to give an irridescent or holographic effect? Yup, that works too! “Kryvian” shared this example where you can clearly see Read more about This Clever Trick Embeds Holographic Patterns In Your 3D Prints[…]

A new use for McDonald’s used cooking oil: 3D printing

Simpson had bought a 3D printer for the lab in 2017. He hoped to use it to build custom parts that kept organisms alive inside of the NMR spectrometer for his research. But the commercial resin he needed for high-quality light projection 3D printing (where light is used to form a solid) of those parts Read more about A new use for McDonald’s used cooking oil: 3D printing[…]

Booknooks Bookshelf Inserts Add Mystery to Your Bookshelf

Suddenly in December 2019, booknooks were discovered: Take a look behind the ‘small doors to imaginary spaces’ within bookshelves – BBC News Image Copyright @monde55212068 @monde55212068 And Bored Panda had a look at 33 Bookshelf Inserts That Book Lovers Will Appreciate Unfortunately the term Booknook is not yet a keyword, so when searching you will Read more about Booknooks Bookshelf Inserts Add Mystery to Your Bookshelf[…]

Printing tiny, high-precision objects in a matter of seconds

Researchers at EPFL have developed a new, high-precision method for 3D-printing small, soft objects. The process, which takes less than 30 seconds from start to finish, has potential applications in a wide range of fields, including 3D bioprinting. It all starts with a translucent liquid. Then, as if by magic, darker spots begin to form Read more about Printing tiny, high-precision objects in a matter of seconds[…]

International Space Station Crew 3D-Prints Meat In Space For The First Time!

For the first time ever, meat was created in space — but no animals were harmed in the making of this 3D bioprinted “space beef.” Aleph Farms, an Israeli food company, announced today (Oct. 7) that its experiment aboard the International Space Station resulted in the first-ever lab-grown meat in space. The company focuses on Read more about International Space Station Crew 3D-Prints Meat In Space For The First Time![…]

Scientists bioprint living tissue in a matter of seconds

Scientists at EPFL and University Medical Center Utrecht have developed an optical system that can bioprint complex, highly viable living tissue in “just a few seconds.” It would represent a breakthrough compared to the clunky, layer-based processes of today. The approach, volumetric bioprinting, forms tissue by projecting a laser down a spinning tube containing hydrogel Read more about Scientists bioprint living tissue in a matter of seconds[…]

3D-printed heart made using a human patient’s cells – CNN

The process of printing the heart involved a biopsy of the fatty tissue that surrounds abdominal organs. Researchers separated the cells in the tissue from the rest of the contents, namely the extracellular matrix linking the cells. The cells were reprogrammed to become stem cells with the ability to differentiate into heart cells; the matrix Read more about 3D-printed heart made using a human patient’s cells – CNN[…]

AI technology addresses parts accuracy, a major manufacturing challenge in 3-D printing

Imagine using machine learning to ensure that the pieces of an aircraft fit together more precisely, and can be assembled with less testing and time. That is one of the uses behind new technology being developed by researchers at Purdue University and the University of Southern California. “We’re really taking a giant leap and working Read more about AI technology addresses parts accuracy, a major manufacturing challenge in 3-D printing[…]

This 3D Printing Technique Is 100 Times Faster Than Standard 3D Printers

A new 3D-printing technique could render a three-dimensional object in minutes instead of hours—at up to 100 times current speeds. The experimental approach uses a vat of resin and some clever tricks with UV and blue LED lights (no lasers needed) to accelerate the printing process. The technique looks almost like a time-reverse film loop of an object Read more about This 3D Printing Technique Is 100 Times Faster Than Standard 3D Printers[…]

MINI cars personalised with 3D printed parts – powered by Twikit

Advanced car personalization running on Twikbot® Car personalization has been popular ever since. In which level it was applied depended on many factors like the availability of options from the car manufacturer itself or the artistic skills of some of its customers. Today, car manufacturers already offer a wide range of pre-defined options. In the Read more about MINI cars personalised with 3D printed parts – powered by Twikit[…]

3D printers have ‘fingerprints,’ a discovery that could help trace 3D-printed guns

Like fingerprints, no 3D printer is exactly the same. That’s the takeaway from a new study that describes what’s believed to be the first accurate method for tracing a 3D-printed object to the machine it came from. The advancement could help law enforcement and intelligence agencies track the origin of 3D-printed guns, counterfeit products and Read more about 3D printers have ‘fingerprints,’ a discovery that could help trace 3D-printed guns[…]