Posts tagged 3D printing
Researchers Build "Body On a Chip." 3D Printed Organs To Test Medicine
A lot of time, money and energy is put into new drugs, most of this is used taking it through the stages of testing, from cells to animals, and finally to human trials. This is the price of safety and one we should be very grateful for, but soon there could be a better way. The “Body on a Chip” project proposes a new method which is hoped to replace the current elaborate chain of testing, and even increase the effectiveness and safety of new drugs.
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Researchers Build Robots Capable Of Evolution

A team of researchers have designed a program that allows robots to actually evolve, building themselves out of cubes of virtual muscles and bones.  This simulated chain of evolution makes for a remarkable discovery in robotics that, much like Skynet, has very well doomed us all.

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Two Makers Create 3D Printed Prosthetic Hand For A 5-Year-Old Boy

Liam is a 5-year-old South African boy who was born without fingers on his right hand.  When his mother stumbled upon the work of two prosthetic hobbyists and shared this story, they went on to create a new hand for the boy, using a 3D printer, bits of cable, bungee cord and rubber thimbles. 

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ESA Proposes 3D Printed Moon Bases Made Out Of Lunar Soil

Setting up a lunar base could be made much simpler by using a 3D printer to build it with materials taken from the Moon itself. Industrial partners including renowned architects Foster + Partners have joined with European Space Agency (ESA) to test the feasibility of 3D printing on this scale.

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Brave Robotics Create Real-Life Transformer

1/12th the size of your average Transformer of the Autobot variety, Japanese developer Brave Robotics' 3D-printed car-to-bipedal transformer robot is no less impressive. Replete with a Wi-Fi-enabled camera that appears to wirelessly feed footage in real-time over the cloud and working headlights (it's the small touches that count), the walking robot can even fire tiny darts from its arms. (A rocket launcher attachment is presumably pending approval.)

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Start-Up Is Pitching The 3D-Printed Alternative To Meat

Describing the make-up of your average hamburger as an “environmental train wreck”, the co-founder of a Columbia, Missouri-based start-up named 'Modern Meadow' is thinking big when it comes to finding an alternative to meat. Now, the ambitious pitch to create edible, environmentally-friendly bio-printed steak, burgers and other meat products is one step closer to being realised after a grant from the Thiel Foundation.

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Giant 3D Printer Can Construct Entire Homes In Less Than 24 Hours

Having raved about 3D printing technologies and marvelled at the practical uses of using the technology in everyday life, we’ve done our best to cover the most interesting and fascinating applications of three-dimensional printing. We’ve seen everything from the strange (3D printed models of foetus’s), to the inspiring (the story of Emma and her “magic arms”). But what if 3D printing could be used for something more? What if the technology could be applied to build entire homes?

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Girl Who Couldn't Move Her Arms Helped By 3D Printed Exoskeleton

At the age of 2, Emma wanted to play with blocks.  But this wasn't possible due to a condition called arthrogryposis, meaning she couldn't lift her arms with her own strength.  Traditional hospital treatment for this was superseded by a 3D printed exoskeleton (she calls them her "magic arms"), which aids her with all her movements.

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MakerBot Resurrects The Cassette Tape With 3D-Printable MP3 Player

Best known to the tech world for its 3D printers, MakerBot is now dead-set to revive an 80s and 90s icon in the shape of the humble cassette tape. In a time before iPods and the iPhone, the Sony Walkman was the portable music player of choice. Now, the company behind the Replicator 3D printer is letting us relive the days of old with a 3D-printable Mixtape MP3 player.

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GloveOne Brings The 'Call Me' Hand Symbol Full Circle

Universally accepted as the ‘Call Me’ gesture – pinky finger and thumb outstretched, interpreting the mouthpiece and speaker respectively – the hand symbol that has otherwise been relegated to use in packed nightclubs and seedy bars as way of grabbing the attention of the opposite sex might soon be used as a way of literally calling others.

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Nanoscale Racing Car 3D Printed Within Minutes

A Formula One-style racing car just four times the width of a human hair has been created in just four minutes and 8 seconds thanks to a world record-breaking high-precision 3D printing technique. Developed by Jan Torgersen and colleagues from the Vienna University of Technology, the technology is capable of building such supremely detailed, intricate models at an all-impressive speed of 5 m/s.

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3D-Printed Lower Jaw Used In Jaw Transplant Surgery

Showing the technology is not just limited to producing physical 3D models of your in-game avatar or other worldly creations – as our look at Mineways delves into; recreating your favourite Minecraft builds into model form – 3D printing continues to astound us in its real-world applications. Now, said to be the first operation of its kind, doctors in the Netherlands have successfully completed an 84-year old woman's jaw transplant by replacing her existing lower jaw - said to be inflicted with chronic bone infection - with a patient-specific, 3D-printed, titanium-based replacement.

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