VTT Finland is developing 3D printing materials for wound care
Cellulose nanofibrils have properties that can improve the characteristics of bio-based 3D-printing pastes. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is developing a 3D wound care product for monitoring wound condition in hospital care. However, the first commercial nanocellulose applications will be seen in indoor decoration elements, textiles and the production of mock-ups.
3D printing has proven to be an efficient manufacturing method for complex, customised and light structures. In addition to thermoplastics, 3D printing materials include metals, ceramics and foodstuffs. The range of biomaterials in 3D paste printing is still fairly limited, since pastes pose unique challenges: their structure must not collapse during printing and the objects manufactured must remain sufficiently strong, rigid or flexible after drying. In 3D biomaterial filaments, however, commercial products already exist. Continue reading “VTT Finland is developing 3D printing materials for wound care”
Drones? Food delivery? College bookstores? All of that pales in comparison to what Internet retail giant Amazon has in the works, according to a new patent filed on February 19, which details the company’s plans to not just deliver your order, but to create it right on the delivery truck. Continue reading “Amazon Has a Plan to 3D-Print Straight From Its Delivery Trucks”
Now Dr. Ian Saginor — an Associate Professor of Geology at Keystone College and a geochemist, geochronologist, and volcanologist who has spent the past nine years studying volcanoes throughout Central America and the Caribbean — is seeking funds to 3D print examples of volcanoes for study purposes on GoFundMe. Continue reading “Volcano Models 3D Printed to Point Out Hazards”
3D printing is a manufacturing process that lets a designer “grow” complex structures that could be impossible to mill or cast. The first 3D bike rolled off a printer a couple years ago. Flying Machine Studios, based in Australia, has taken a hybrid approach with its F1 commuter bike. Continue reading “Customizable Frame: 3D Printing In Bike Industry (VIDEO)”
When most people imagine wind turbines, they think of huge wind farms dominating the landscape with pristine, sleek, white towers, or perhaps instead think about old-fashioned windmills in an idyllic Dutch landscape. While there is a place for both these large-scale types of wind harvesting in the world, it’s well worth a look at smaller wind turbines as well, particularly those that could be used in remote locations. Continue reading “PhD Student Designs 3D Printable Wind Turbines to Bring Cheap Power to Remote Locations”
One of my favorite types of stories to cover surrounding the 3D printing space is those that show how animals are benefiting from this up-and-coming technology. We’ve covered many stories where dogs, turtles, ducks, and cats have all received prosthetic body parts. Whether it is prosthetic legs for a dog with only two legs, a beak for an eagle that was hurt by humans, or a foot for a hobbled turtle, I love hearing about these types of stories.
One man, whom we have written about in the past, named Reginald Taylor, is very talented when it comes to 3D modeling objects to be 3D printed. Taylor, a 46-year-old man living in France, works at home so that he can take care of his 18-year-old daughter who is disabled due to an accident that she was involved in.
“I purchased my first 3D printer about 18 months ago after seeing a potential opening in my area of expertise,” Taylor tells 3DPrint.com. “I travel quite a lot and do much of my design work for MyMiniFactory whilst on the move — better than watching films on the airbook whilst on the TGV.”
One of Taylor’s recent designs is for a Wildlife Birdhouse, which he designed from the ground up. It is able to be 3D printed in approximately 7 hours on most FFF-based 3D printers, and the design is rather aesthetically pleasing.
The birdhouse comes equipped with an optional seed holder that fits right on top of the house. It is the perfect size to allow small birds to enter, build a nest, and perhaps even lay some eggs inside. Where this birdhouse gets interesting, though, is that if printed using thermostatic filament like Taylor recommends, it will actually let you know when a bird is occupying the house. … (read more)
It didn’t take long for Jonah Krutsinger and his classmates to get used to the new Cubify 3D printer, known simply as the “Cube,” when it arrived last week. The Cedar Hall Community School eighth grader had no experience with 3D printing before joining engineering teacher Brian Bobbitt’s Project Lead the Way class, but within a few days Krutsinger was ready to print lifelike objects. Continue reading “Cedar Hall students use the ‘Cube’ to bring imaginations to life (VIDEO)”
We’ve seen 3D-printed forks and body parts. There’s even a 3D printer in space. But now 3D printing is even hitting the open road. The big thing at this month’s Detroit Auto Show wasn’t made on an assembly line, but on a 3D printer. Local Motors CEO Jay Rogers believes it’ll revolutionize the way cars are made. Continue reading “Are 3D-printed cars the next big thing?”
Founded by a team of qualified architects and designers, TryeCo 2.0 is an advanced 3D modeling studio that was among the first to implement 3D printing technologies. Recently, the company set out to bring their 3D printing know-how to consumers by creating a series of 3D printed products with high artistic and/or personalization value. Continue reading “First Official 3D Printed Personalized Football/Soccer Player Available from TryeCo 2.0”
Almost half of of consumer, heavy industry and life sciences manufacturers are expected to be using 3D printers within three years. To help companies experiment with the technology on-demand 3D printing services are springing up. Continue reading “On-demand 3D printing services take aim at small businesses”