Tag: 3D Printing Applications

PrinTracker: Researchers discover ways to trace 3D printed guns using 3D printer fingerprint

Oct 16, 2018 | By Thomas The wide release of the 3D-printed gun blueprints has become an issue for policymakers. With 3D printers, a person could download a schematic for a firearm online, and create a gun on the spot. No serial number to trace the 3D printed guns, which will become cheap and accessible for... Read More »

Scientists invent high-efficient, 3D nanoprinted polymer lenses for X-ray microscopes

Oct 15, 2018 | By Grijs Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart have used 3D printing to manufacture X-ray lenses from polymeric materials with nanometer-sized features and excellent focusing capabilities. The new technique allows them to manufacture each single lens under a minute with extremely favorable X-ray optical properties, reducing... Read More »

Jary the Hornbill gets 3D printed prosthetic casque after cancer

Oct 12, 2018 | By Thomas Jary, 22-year-old male great pied hornbill, has been given a 3D-printed prosthetic casque after surgery to remove cancerous tissue. In July, staff at Jurong Bird Park discovered an 8cm gash on Jary’s casque – an enlarged section on the bill. They suspected the bird might be suffering from cancer as... Read More »

US Navy approves 1 year test of first metal 3D printed part for shipboard use

Oct 12, 2018 | By Thomas US Navy has approved the first 3D printed metal component to be used onboard an aircraft carrier, the Naval Sea Systems Command announced in a press release on Thursday. The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) conducts flight operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist... Read More »

Engineers develop process to 3D print cells to produce tendon and ligament tissue

Oct 11, 2018 | By Thomas A team of University of Utah biomedical engineers have developed a method to 3D print cells to produce human tissue such as ligaments and tendons using a modified 3D printer and stem cells harvested from fat tissue. People suffering from damaged tendons, ligaments or spinal disc ruptures could simply... Read More »

Researchers develop 3D printed objects that can track and store how people use them

Oct 10, 2018 | By Thomas Researchers at the University of Washington have developed 3D printed assistive technology that can track and store how people use them without using batteries or electronics. While customizable 3D printed devices like prosthetics or “smart” pill bottles can help patients remember to take their daily medications, these plastic parts... Read More »

Thermwood and Boeing 3D print 12-foot-long single-piece tool for 777X program

Oct 10, 2018 | By Thomas Boeing has teamed up with Thermwood Corporation, an Indiana-based manufacturing specialist, to produce a large, 3D printed single-piece tool for Boeing’s 777X program. The project demonstrates that additive manufacturing is ready to produce large production quality tooling parts for the aerospace industry. Introduced back in September 2011, the Boeing... Read More »

British scientists from The Big Bang Fair create 3D-printed school dinners

Oct 9, 2018 | By Thomas British scientists from The Big Bang Fair have created a range of meals using a 3D printer for a school in east London to encourage young people to pursue STEM careers. Scientists from the annual Big Bang Fair, which promotes science, technology and maths (STEM) subjects, worked with St... Read More »

Unique 3D printed tactile map helps visually impaired students navigate USF campus

Oct 5, 2018 | By Thomas 3D printing is already used in several ways to improve the lives of the blind and visually impaired. 3D printed tactile maps, 3D printed, blind-friendly smart glasses, and 3D printed braille readers have each contributed to the cause, but there are endless new ways in which additive manufacturing can... Read More »

Beetle inspired 3D printed cement paste gets stronger when it cracks

Oct 4, 2018 Researchers at USA’s Purdue University have 3D printed cement paste, an ingredient of the concrete and mortar used to build various infrastructure elements, that gets tougher under pressure. The researchers claim that the technique could contribute to the building of resilient structures, that can withstand the negative impacts of natural disasters like... Read More »

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