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— Science

New 3D printing algorithm creates Christmas trees with zero material waste

By - December 22, 2014 3 Pictures
If you haven't yet bought a Christmas tree yet, you may have left it a bit late. But don't despair: there's still time to print one. And a new 3D printer algorithm that claims to provide super-efficient 3D printing of Christmas trees with zero material waste may be just the ticket. Using a system of printing entitled "Approximate Pyramidal Shape Decomposition," the algorithm also promises a way to produce accurate molds for casting chocolate Santas and reindeer too. Read More
— Medical

3D-printed tumor replicas to better measure doses of cancer-fighting drugs

By - December 18, 2014 1 Picture
Administering the correct dosages to fight cancerous tumors can be a difficult balancing act. Too much of the radioactive drugs can cause harm to healthy tissue, but not enough will see the cancer cells survive and continue to spread. But a new technique developed at The Institute of Cancer Research in London may afford doctors an unprecedented level of accuracy in performing radiotherapy, using 3D-printed replicas of a patient’s organs and tumors to better determine how much radiation a tumor has received. Read More
— Good Thinking

Disabled dog is now able to run, thanks to 3D-printed prostheses

By - December 17, 2014 1 Picture
Derby the dog faced a challenge right from Day One. Due to a congenital deformity, he was born with very small forelegs and no front paws. This resulted in his ending up in the care of Hillsborough, New Hampshire-based dog rescue group, Peace and Paws. Fortunately, he then proceeded into the foster home of Tara Anderson. She works for 3D printing company 3D Systems (3DS), and set about using her employer's technology to make him a set of prostheses. As a result, he's now able to run for the first time. Read More
— Automotive

EDAG Light Cocoon concept employs weatherproof textile skin over a bionically-inspired, back-lit trellis frame

By - December 17, 2014 18 Pictures
EDAG traditionally produces a concept car incorporating "new thought" for the Geneva Motor Show each year and the 2015 concept car might initially stretch your imagination beyond normal limits. The EDAG Light Cocoon Concept uses a weatherproof textile instead of the traditional metal skin for the car's panels, stretched over a bionically-inspired trellis body structure, then back-lit for effect. Read More
— Medical

Seven life-changing surgeries made possible by 3D printing

By - December 11, 2014 17 Pictures
Though printing items like chocolate and pizza might be satisfying enough for some, 3D printing still holds a lot of unfulfilled potential. Talk abounds of disrupting manufacturing, changing the face of construction and even building metal components in space. While it is hard not to get a little bit excited by these potentially world-changing advances, there is one domain where 3D printing is already having a real-life impact. Its capacity to produce customized implants and medical devices tailored specifically to a patient's anatomy has seen it open up all kinds of possibilities in the field of medicine, with the year 2014 having turned up one world-first surgery after another. Let's cast our eye over some of the significant, life-changing procedures to emerge in the past year made possible by 3D printing technology. Read More
— Architecture

Loughborough University researchers unveil plans to commercialize 3D concrete printing

By - November 27, 2014 5 Pictures
Following our recent report of a Chinese company printing 10 houses in a day, the potential for architects to essentially click-and-print complex large-scale projects on a regular basis has moved a step closer to reality. This week, the UK's Loughborough University announced a deal with construction company Skanska and architecture firm Foster + Partners to develop and commercialize 3D concrete printing. Read More
— Space

Marshall Space Flight Center: A tour through NASA's hidden gem

By - November 19, 2014 16 Pictures
One of NASA’s more off-the-radar facilities is responsible for some of the organization’s most important research. Kennedy Space Center and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory may get the lion's share of attention, but Marshall Space Flight Center, in Huntsville, Alabama, is responsible for developing much of the complex inner-workings of rockets, satellites, and future technologies. Read More
— Automotive

Local Motors to commission a dozen custom 3D-printed hot rods

By - November 18, 2014 4 Pictures
Local Motors added a little flair to the International Manufacturing Technology Show this past September, by live 3D-printing its Strati car. The car used a small electric powertrain from the Renault Twizy. Now, Local Motors is about to commission a sure-to-be-more-powerful vehicle – 12 of them actually. The company repeated its live printing effort at this year's SEMA Show and opened up a new contest that will see 12 tuners customize an all-new 3D-printed car. Read More
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