Submitted by Exponential Times on Wed, 2014-05-28 13:12
Dovetailed has developed a 3D printer that can make edible fruit. It extends a molecular-gastronomy technique called spherification. By combining individual liquid droplets with different flavours into a desired shape, it allows the creation of interesting bespoke fruits. It is aimed at chefs, foodies and anyone interested in making creative dining experiences.
More info: dovetailed.co
Submitted by Exponential Times on Fri, 2014-05-09 21:16
A new 3D printed device is set to end the suffering for thousands of sleep apnoea patients. Using a 3D scanner to map a patient's mouth, CSIRO researchers and Australian dental company, Oventus, can now print a mouthpiece which prevents dangerous pauses in breath during sleep.
Submitted by Exponential Times on Fri, 2014-05-09 21:05
3D printing has come a long way in the past few years. These printers are able to make houses, foods, and even body parts! Tara breaks down some of the recent mindblowing developments in 3D printing, including how we're starting to print human organs!
Submitted by Exponential Times on Fri, 2014-05-02 23:01
LIX is the latest contender in the handheld 3D-printing field. Launched just a few hours ago on Kickstarter, the developers say the super compact design is smaller than any other pen on the market and it can even be powered by the electricity from a USB port. After turning it on the LIX takes less than a minute to heat up and you're ready to start creating vertical illustrations. Via LIX:
LIX 3D printing pen has the similar function as 3D printers. It melts and cools coloured plastic, letting you create rigid and freestanding structures. Lix has a hot-end nozzle that is power supplied from USB 3.0 port. The plastic filament ABS/PLA is introduced in the upper extremity of Lix Pen. The filament goes through a patented mechanism while moving through the pen to finally reach the hot-end nozzle which melts and cools it down. An interesting fact about this light-weight, engineered pen is that these structures can be formed in any imaginable shape.
The LIX pen has a much sleeker form and a finer tip than similar devices we've seen like the 3Doodler, though it's a bit more expensive.
Submitted by Exponential Times on Tue, 2014-04-22 09:25
I recently had the opportunity to work with a great guy named Jose Delgado, Jr., a 53-year old who was born without most of his left hand. I made a 3D printed prosthetic hand for Jose and, after using it for a while, I asked him to give me some honest feedback about how it compares to his more expensive myoelectric prosthesis. This is obviously not an "apples to apples" comparison in terms of the devices, but the real value of a prosthesis comes from how useful it is on a day-to-day basis, and that is the focus of the comparison here.
This 3D printed prosthesis is a completely mechanical design. There are a series of non-flexible cords running along the underside of each finger, connecting to a "tensioning block" on the top rear of the device (the "gauntlet"). The tension is caused by bending the wrist downward. With the wrist in its natural resting position, the fingers are extended, with a natural inward curve. When the wrist is bent 20-30 degrees downward, the non-flexible cords are pulled, causing the fingers and thumb to bend inwards. A second series of flexible cords run along the tops of the fingers, causing the fingers to return automatically when tension is released.
Submitted by Exponential Times on Mon, 2014-03-31 11:58
Video transcript: This is an FFF 3D printer that has to be seen to garner full comprehension of the scale of it. We're talking about the BigRep ONE 3D Printer displayed at the recent Inside 3D Printing event in Berlin, boasting an unprecedented working volume of 1.3 cubic meters. To better understand the sheer size of it, here's Rene Gurka, BigRep's hands-on investor, standing next to it.
Developed originally as a project by two artists — Lucas and Marcel — over two years, the interest from outsiders has been phenomenal. The launch of the commercial venture has generated even greater interest and the specs of the machine can leave you in no doubt as to why. With BigRep's impressive build volume, and a $39,000 price tag, it is meant as a tool for professionals and creators seeking a cost effective system, able to produce full scale build volume objects. The price, in fact, is much lower than any other industrial 3D printer with a comparable size build volume but that does not necessarily mean sacrificing resolution, with maximum performance of 100 micron.
Submitted by Exponential Times on Fri, 2014-03-14 10:26
A survivor of a serious motorcycle accident has had pioneering surgery to reconstruct his face using a series of 3D printed parts. Stephen Power was left disfigured and suffered with two broken arms, a broken leg, two broken cheekbones, a shattered eye socket and broken jaw. Doctors believed the best way to restore his face was by using 3D modelling techniques and 3D printing to make specific parts for the shape of his face. Report by Sarah Kerr.