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Fiber Lasers Outshine Competing Laser and Non-Laser Technologies

Fiber Lasers Outshine Competing Laser and Non-Laser Technologies

Jun 14, 2018
In the recently published IDTechEx market report titled Fiber Lasers 2018-2028: Technologies, Opportunities, Markets & Forecasts, Dr Nilushi Wijeyasinghe explores how recent fiber laser technology developments affect the growth of key market segments.
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Project developing innovative materials for additive manufacturing

Project developing innovative materials for additive manufacturing

Jun 14, 2018 Netherlands
Brightlands Materials Center and partners DSM, Xilloc Medical, Eindhoven University of Technology, University of Maastricht and NWO have started a unique four years project to progress new polymeric materials for use in additive manufacturing and 4D printing.
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One-step, 3D printing for multimaterial projects

One-step, 3D printing for multimaterial projects

Jun 13, 2018 United States
Similar to the advance from black and white to color printing, a research team for the first time has used 3D printing technology in a one-step process to print structures made of two different materials.
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IDTechEx TVTeam of teen soccer robots represent Australia at World Cup

Team of teen soccer robots represent Australia at World Cup

Jun 13, 2018 Australia
A team of teen robots, dubbed NUbots, are set to represent Australia at the RoboCup soccer world championships in Montréal.
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Large-scale, sustainable 3D printing with cellulose

Large-scale, sustainable 3D printing with cellulose

Jun 11, 2018 Singapore
Cellulose is one of the most abundant and broadly distributed organic compound and industrial by-product on Earth. Yet, despite decades of extensive research, the bottom-up use of cellulose to fabricate 3D objects is still plagued with problems that restrict its practical applications: derivatives with vast polluting effects, used in combination with plastics, lack of scalability and high production cost.
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See the world's first 3D printed composite bicycle at 3D Printing USA

See the world's first 3D printed composite bicycle at 3D Printing USA

Jun 8, 2018
3D printing of composite parts, specifically fiber reinforced polymers, is a rapidly emerging field. Arevo have created the world's first true 3D-printed carbon fiber bicycle.
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A new function allows unique pinpoint metal additive manufacturing

A new function allows unique pinpoint metal additive manufacturing

Jun 8, 2018 Switzerland
Cytosurge's FluidFM® μ3Dprinter is a standalone system for printing pure metal objects at the micrometer scale. The system has received a major design upgrade and has been further improved with a new and unique function: Printing on existing structures with pinpoint (micrometer) accuracy.
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3D printing the (near) impossible with soluble supports

3D printing the (near) impossible with soluble supports

Jun 7, 2018 Worldwide
Since its inception in the late 1980s, 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, has been the subject of intense media attention due to the design and manufacture freedom afforded to the end user. Indeed, this freedom has become so intertwined with the concept of 3D printing that manufacturers will promote their products with the tagline that "complexity is free".
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Stretchable hydrogels for high resolution multimaterial 3D printing

Stretchable hydrogels for high resolution multimaterial 3D printing

Jun 5, 2018 Singapore
Hydrogels, hydrophilic networks of polymeric chains capable of retaining a large amount of water, have been widely used in a variety of applications. Recent advances in highly stretchable hydrogels have extended their applications into the fields of soft robotics, transparent touch panels and other applications requiring large deformation.
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3D-concrete printing housing project

3D-concrete printing housing project

Jun 4, 2018 Netherlands
In the city of Eindhoven the realization of the first of five planned 3D-printed concrete houses will start this year. The project, called Project Milestone, is a world's first, as the houses will all be occupied.
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IDTechEx TVFirst 3D printed human corneas

First 3D printed human corneas

May 31, 2018 United Kingdom
The first human corneas have been 3D printed by scientists at Newcastle University.
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IDTechEx TVThe first printed inflatable material

The first printed inflatable material

May 29, 2018 United States
The BMW Design Department in collaboration with MIT's Self-Assembly Laboratory have successfully developed printed inflatable material technologies that self-transform, adapt and morph from one state to another.
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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.