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IDTechEx TVCustom ink, ultraviolet light to repeatedly change an object's colour

Custom ink, ultraviolet light to repeatedly change an object's colour

Jan 31, 2018 United States
3-D printing has come a long way since the first rapid prototyping patent was rejected in 1980. The technology has evolved from basic designs to a wide range of highly-customizable objects. Still, there's a big issue: Once objects are printed, they're final. If you need a change, you'll need a reprint.
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Creating the future of wheelchairs through 3D printed devices

Creating the future of wheelchairs through 3D printed devices

Jan 29, 2018 United States
A global design challenge that envisions the future of mobility and accessibility in sports by asking innovators to submit ideas and designs for adaptive mobility devices, like wheelchairs, with a focus on additive manufacturing, in order to level the playing field for people of all abilities.
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Bugatti 3D prints world's largest functional titanium car component

Bugatti 3D prints world's largest functional titanium car component

Jan 26, 2018 France
For the first time, the Bugatti developers have succeeded in designing a brake caliper that can be produced by 3-D printing. But that is by no means all. While the main material used for the additive production of vehicle components to date has been aluminium, the new brake caliper is made from titanium.
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3D Printing at CES 2018

3D Printing at CES 2018

Jan 25, 2018 Worldwide, North America (USA + Canada)
IDTechEx analyst Dr Bryony Core reports on her findings on 3D Printing at CES 2018.
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Rotational 3D printing technique yields high-performance composites

Rotational 3D printing technique yields high-performance composites

Jan 24, 2018 United States
Nature has produced exquisite composite materials—wood, bone, teeth, and shells, for example—that combine light weight and density with desirable mechanical properties such as stiffness, strength and damage tolerance.
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3D printing inside the body

3D printing inside the body

Jan 23, 2018 United States
For the first time, researchers have shown that an optical fiber as thin as a human hair can be used to create microscopic structures with laser-based 3D printing.
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First 3D-printed gas turbine blades: Siemens wins award

First 3D-printed gas turbine blades: Siemens wins award

Jan 19, 2018 United States
Siemens received an award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for its outstanding technological achievement with the first successfully 3D- printed and fully tested gas turbine blades.
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New 3-D printing technique for manufacturing strain gauges

New 3-D printing technique for manufacturing strain gauges

Jan 17, 2018 United States
Have you ever weighed your car at a weighing station on the highway? Have you ever thought about how the deflections in an airplane wing are monitored? Have you ever wondered how engineers monitor the stress and bend of a bridge?
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Groundbreaking EVO additive manufacturing center has arrived

Groundbreaking EVO additive manufacturing center has arrived

Jan 16, 2018 United States
Airwolf 3D releases its fifth generation machine: The EVO Additive Manufacturing Center. Packed with innovative features, the EVO is the fastest, strongest, highest-performing desktop additive manufacturing system in its class.
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IDTechEx TVInkjet-printed thermite combines energetic materials, 3D printing

Inkjet-printed thermite combines energetic materials, 3D printing

Jan 15, 2018 United States
Researchers have developed a method to deposit tiny amounts of energetic materials (explosives, propellants, and pyrotechnics) using the same technology as an inkjet printer. T
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3D printing creates super soft structures that replicate brain, lungs

3D printing creates super soft structures that replicate brain, lungs

Jan 12, 2018 United Kingdom
A new 3D printing technique allows researchers to replicate biological structures, which could be used for tissue regeneration and replica organs.
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Lab unlocks secrets of nanoscale 3D printing

Lab unlocks secrets of nanoscale 3D printing

Jan 10, 2018 United States
Researchers have discovered novel ways to extend the capabilities of two-photon lithography, a high-resolution 3D printing technique capable of producing nanoscale features smaller than one-hundredth the width of a human hair.
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Fully digital 3D printing business models turn into reality

Fully digital 3D printing business models turn into reality

Jan 10, 2018 Germany
The Berlin-based software company trinckle provides design automation for 3D printing - with a focus on product customization. For the PROTIQ Marketplace, the company developed a web-based configurator for inductors that enables customers to configure and order customized copper inductors in a fully digitized process.
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3D Systems' direct metal printing solution

3D Systems' direct metal printing solution

Jan 10, 2018 United States
3D Systems announced that KALLISTA unveiled the Grid™ sink faucet - which was produced by 3rd Dimension using 3D Systems' 3D printing materials and technology.
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Wearable sensors for plants

Wearable sensors for plants

Jan 9, 2018 United States
Researchers have developed a process for fabricating intricate graphene patterns on tape.
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Growing organs a few ink drops at a time

Growing organs a few ink drops at a time

Jan 8, 2018 Japan
Researchers refine method of making bio-ink droplets stick to each other, enabling 3D printing of highly complex biological structures with a wide variety of cell types using inkjet printers.
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3-D printed microfibers could aid artificially grown body part

3-D printed microfibers could aid artificially grown body part

Jan 4, 2018 United States
Much as a frame provides structural support for a house and the chassis provides strength and shape for a car, a team of engineers believe they have a way to create the structural framework for growing living tissue using an off-the-shelf 3-D printer.
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New molecular printing technology

New molecular printing technology

Jan 2, 2018 United Kingdom
'3DEAL' is a simple and inexpensive fabrication technique able to generate complex molecular patterns within soft matter, such as hydrogels, with microscale resolution and up to centimetres in depth.
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$200 million in funding for global digital 3D manufacturing

$200 million in funding for global digital 3D manufacturing

Dec 29, 2017 United States
Carbon announced the first closing in a total raise of $200 million in Series D funding. Delivering a true, scalable digital 3D Manufacturing platform for polymeric products, the company will use the additional capital to accelerate its momentum in disrupting traditional analog injection molding production techniques with connected, software-first, digitally-enabled design and fabrication capabilities.
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And the beat goes on

And the beat goes on

Dec 27, 2017
Engineering students and their professor have been working for several months to create an implantable device that would capture energy from the beating of a heart and turn it into electrical power to run a device such as a pacemaker.