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Pilot environment for 3D printing of metals

Pilot environment for 3D printing of metals

Oct 5, 2017 Finland
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland's new plasma equipment accelerates industrial production processes and the creation of new products. The entire production chain, from raw materials to product, has been accelerated and streamlined.
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IDTechEx Announces Winners of Launchpad, New Technologies Initiative

IDTechEx Announces Winners of Launchpad, New Technologies Initiative

Oct 4, 2017 Worldwide
IDTechEx Launchpad will showcase innovations from 10 start-up companies at the IDTechEx Show! held in Santa Clara, USA on November 15-16 2017. All winners will be showing a new working prototype or product, many for the first time.
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Soft, flexible origami-inspired robot

Soft, flexible origami-inspired robot

Oct 4, 2017 United States
A researcher has turned the origami she enjoyed as a child into a patent-pending soft robot that may one day be used on an assembly line, in surgery or even outer space.
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Spotlight on American Elements

Spotlight on American Elements

Oct 3, 2017
American Elements' catalog of more than 15,000 products makes it the world's largest metals and chemicals manufacturer devoted exclusively to advanced materials in industrial bulk and laboratory/research quantities.
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TCT Show 2017

TCT Show 2017

Oct 2, 2017 Worldwide
IDTechEx Technology Analyst Dr Bryony Core attended the TCT Show 2017 at the NEC in Birmingham last week. Here is her coverage of the latest innovations and product launches, and what impact this will have on the rapidly developing 3D printing industry.
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IDTechEx TVPrinted meds could reinvent pharmacies, drug research

Printed meds could reinvent pharmacies, drug research

Oct 2, 2017 United States
A new process can print multiple medications onto a single dissolvable strip, microneedle patch or other surface.
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NASA tests 3D Printed rocket engine part made with two alloys

NASA tests 3D Printed rocket engine part made with two alloys

Sep 29, 2017 United States
Engineers at NASA have tested NASA's first 3-D printed rocket engine prototype part made of two different metal alloys through an innovative advanced manufacturing process.
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3D printing high strength aluminium

3D printing high strength aluminium

Sep 27, 2017 United States
A breakthrough in metallurgy with the announcement that researchers have developed a technique for successfully 3D printing high-strength aluminum alloys—including types Al7075 and Al6061—that opens the door to additive manufacturing of engineering-relevant alloys.
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3D printed biomaterials that degrade on demand

3D printed biomaterials that degrade on demand

Sep 25, 2017 United States
Engineers have demonstrated a technique for making 3-D-printed biomaterials that can degrade on demand, which can be useful in making intricately patterned microfluidic devices or in making cell cultures than can change dynamically during experiments.
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One vaccine injection could carry many doses

One vaccine injection could carry many doses

Sep 22, 2017 United States
Engineers have invented a new 3-D fabrication method that can generate a novel type of drug-carrying particle that could allow multiple doses of a drug or vaccine to be delivered over an extended time period with just one injection.
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IDTechEx TVOne step closer to lifelike robots

One step closer to lifelike robots

Sep 21, 2017 United States
A self-contained soft actuator three times stronger than natural muscle, without the need of externals, signals a breakthrough in soft robotics.
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IDTechEx TVFunding to create human organs with 3D printing

Funding to create human organs with 3D printing

Sep 21, 2017 United States
Wait lists for human organ transplants could be entirely eliminated through patent-pending technologies developed by a human tissue engineering company that has invented a new way to create viable human organs using near instantaneous 3D printing.
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3-D-printing materials for wound care and decorative elements

3-D-printing materials for wound care and decorative elements

Sep 20, 2017 Finland
Cellulose nanofibrils have properties that can improve the characteristics of bio-based 3D-printing pastes.
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Conductive inks: never ceasing to adapt

Conductive inks: never ceasing to adapt

Sep 19, 2017
Cast your mind back a few years and you will find a conductive ink business that appeared very mature and slow moving. Then everything began to change...
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IDTechEx TVPeel-and-go printable structures fold themselves

Peel-and-go printable structures fold themselves

Sep 18, 2017 United States
As 3-D printing has become a mainstream technology, industry and academic researchers have been investigating printable structures that will fold themselves into useful three-dimensional shapes when heated or immersed in water.
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IDTechEx TVNew spin on 3D printing with build rates 30 times faster

New spin on 3D printing with build rates 30 times faster

Sep 15, 2017 Australia
Titomic Kinetic Fusion puts a new spin on 3D printing with build rates 30 times faster than the largest commercial 3D printing equipment available.
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Novel 3-D printed high-performance polymer

Novel 3-D printed high-performance polymer

Sep 13, 2017 United States
Researchers have created a novel way to 3-D print the type of high-temperature polymeric materials commonly used to insulate space craft and satellites from extreme heat and cold. Previously, the polyimide could be made only in sheets.
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Investment sought for 3D printed hearts

Investment sought for 3D printed hearts

Sep 13, 2017 United States
A patient-specific, fully functioning heart will be created through 3D bioprinting using the patient's own cells - eliminating the well-known challenges of organ rejection and long donor waiting lists that plague existing organ transplant methods.
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IDTechEx TV3D printable open source prosthetics

3D printable open source prosthetics

Sep 11, 2017 United States
A team of engineers that has come together to improve the lives of veterans by donating custom 3D prosthetic limbs.
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Low-cost wearables manufactured by hybrid 3D printing

Low-cost wearables manufactured by hybrid 3D printing

Sep 8, 2017 United States
A collaboration has created a new additive manufacturing technique for soft electronics, called hybrid 3D printing, that integrates soft, electrically conductive inks and matrix materials with rigid electronic components into a single, stretchable device.