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4D smart scaffolds for tissue engineering

4D smart scaffolds for tissue engineering

May 25, 2018 United States
While 3D bioprinting is widely used to construct complex biocompatible structures, researchers are now attempting to extend the technique into the fourth dimension. Here, 3D printed objects can be made to "self-transform" over time, which means that they can take on different forms or functions when exposed to physical stimuli such as osmotic pressure, heat, current UV light or other energy sources.
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3D printer that can create complex biological tissues

3D printer that can create complex biological tissues

May 23, 2018 United States
A bioengineer has developed a technique that uses a specially adapted 3D printer to build therapeutic biomaterials from multiple materials. The advance could be a step toward on-demand printing of complex artificial tissues for use in transplants and other surgeries.
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IDTechEx TV3D-printed smart gel walks underwater, moves objects

3D-printed smart gel walks underwater, moves objects

May 21, 2018 United States
Engineers have created a 3D-printed smart gel that walks underwater and grabs objects and moves them. The watery creation could lead to soft robots that mimic sea animals like the octopus, which can walk underwater and bump into things without damaging them. It may also lead to artificial heart, stomach and other muscles, along with devices for diagnosing diseases, detecting and delivering drugs and performing underwater inspections.
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3-D printing of weapons threatens security

3-D printing of weapons threatens security

May 17, 2018 United States
While advances in additive manufacturing offer potential breakthroughs in prosthetic arms or jet engine parts, 3D printing, as it is known, may also accelerate weapons proliferation.
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Emerging technology trends featured at IDTechEx (Part 2)

Emerging technology trends featured at IDTechEx (Part 2)

May 15, 2018 Worldwide
Monika Dunkel continues to explore worldwide technology and market trends in nine key areas, and opportunities they present for the UK.
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Silicone 3D printing for soft robotic grippers

Silicone 3D printing for soft robotic grippers

May 15, 2018 United States
Soft robotics mimic living organisms and adapt to their surroundings. Increased flexibility and adaptability for accomplishing tasks as well as improved safety when working around humans, stimulate the use in food industry, advanced manufacturing and e-commerce.
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Natural cures plus biomedical devices prompt bone health, growth

Natural cures plus biomedical devices prompt bone health, growth

May 14, 2018 United States
A research team is bringing together natural medical cures with modern biomedical devices in hopes of bringing about better health outcomes for people with bone diseases.
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Emerging technology trends featured at IDTechEx (Part 1)

Emerging technology trends featured at IDTechEx (Part 1)

May 14, 2018 United Kingdom
Monika Dunkel, Knowledge Transfer Manager Emerging Technologies, Innovate UK recently reported on the technology trends featured at the recent IDTechEx Show! IDTechEx show presenters and exhibitors gave an overview of key market and technology trends in nine emerging technologies. Set in Berlin on 11th and 12th April 2018 this European show attracted visitors and exhibitors from across Europe, Israel, US and a noteable South Korean presence.
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Magnesium vs CFRP: The Good, The Bad, and The Market

Magnesium vs CFRP: The Good, The Bad, and The Market

May 11, 2018
The need for lightweighting is paramount across numerous sectors and understanding the material solutions has left a significant amount of uncertainty and potential opportunities.
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The development of high temperature thermoplastics for 3D Printing

The development of high temperature thermoplastics for 3D Printing

May 9, 2018
Within the field of 3D printing, there is increasing emphasis on functionality as the industry shifts away from the stereotype of rapid prototyping, and materials are not exempt from such scrutiny.
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Portable 3D skin printer to repair deep wounds

Portable 3D skin printer to repair deep wounds

May 9, 2018 Canada
Researchers have developed a handheld 3D skin printer that deposits even layers of skin tissue to cover and heal deep wounds. The team believes it to be the first device that forms tissue in situ, depositing and setting in place, within two minutes or less.
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IDTechEx Show! Berlin 2018 Findings

IDTechEx Show! Berlin 2018 Findings

May 8, 2018
Here the IDTechEx analysts in attendance present a commentary on the show's highlights in their respective fields of research
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GM and Autodesk are using generative design for vehicles of the future

GM and Autodesk are using generative design for vehicles of the future

May 8, 2018 United States
The lighter the car, the less fuel it uses, the less carbon it emits and the more money the driver saves. Now to push the boundaries on its next generation of lightweighting, the automaker is teaming up with Autodesk to use a combination of generative design and additive manufacturing as key technologies to develop future cars and trucks, including its alternative propulsion and zero emission vehicles.
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Personalized bio-inks boost healing potential of printable body tissue

Personalized bio-inks boost healing potential of printable body tissue

May 2, 2018 United States
Researchers have incorporated platelet-rich plasma into a bio-ink: a 3-D-printed mixture of cells and gel that could eventually become the stuff of skin grafts and regenerative tissue implants.
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3D printing for heart valve disease

3D printing for heart valve disease

Apr 30, 2018 United States
A new study examines the effectiveness of 3D printing technology and computer modeling to predict paravalvular leak in patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement.
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New solutions for factory floor from Stratasys

New solutions for factory floor from Stratasys

Apr 27, 2018 United States
Stratasys has unveiled a range of new solutions designed to accelerate the use of additive manufacturing on the factory floor.
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3D Printing: Current Overview

3D Printing: Current Overview

Apr 26, 2018 Worldwide
This article provides an overview of the current state of play of the 3D printing market.
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IDTechEx Show Berlin 2018: 3D Printing Highlights

IDTechEx Show Berlin 2018: 3D Printing Highlights

Apr 25, 2018
Technology Analyst Dr Bryony Core reports on her 3D printing findings at the IDTechEx Show! in Berlin.
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BMW Group plans additive manufacturing campus

BMW Group plans additive manufacturing campus

Apr 25, 2018 Germany
The BMW Group is to invest more than €10 million in a new Additive Manufacturing Campus. Located in Oberschleissheim, just north of Munich, the facility will allow the company to continue developing its expertise in this field of work.
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MakerGear unveils M3 Independent Dual Rev 1 3D printer

MakerGear unveils M3 Independent Dual Rev 1 3D printer

Apr 24, 2018 United States
MakerGear has announced new products being unveiled this week.
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Invertebrates inspire first fully 3-D printed active materials

Invertebrates inspire first fully 3-D printed active materials

Apr 23, 2018 United States
To overcome the material rigidity and actuation limitations in current robotic systems, a joint U.S. Army Research Laboratory and University of Minnesota research project sought inspiration from invertebrates.