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A Broken 3D Printer Inspired This Futuristic Fabric

a broken 3d printer inspired this futuristic fabric

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Photo: Jack Forman/MIT Media Lab3D printers usually work by extruding long strings of molten plastic onto a surface. When MIT Media Lab researchers spotted a broken printer squirting out plastic erratically, they had an idea: By programming a normal home 3D printer, they could simulate that erratic extrusion and create a sort of light, flexible lace out of hot plastic.AdvertisementJack Forman, a graduate student at MIT’s Media Lab, turned these defective prints—called DefeXtiles—into a tulle-like “quasi-textile” that can even be used in clothing. In fact, Forman created a pleated, wearable skirt by printing it in one piece from a standard printer. When pulled open, the skirt is completely wearable and, dare I say, quite fashionable.Advertisement Photo: Jack Forman/MIT Media LabThe process works by moving a print head over a surface while extruding plastic at regular intervals. Each time the printer extrudes and moves, it creates a thread; repeat that enough times, and you’ve got a sort of fabric. Because the threads are so pliable, they fold much like traditional cloth. G/O Media may get a commission Eight Sleep Pod Cover$1359Use the promo code KINJA175“In general, what excites me …

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3D Printing News Briefs, October 31, 2020: Farsoon, ExOne, Fusion3 & Create it REAL – 3DPrint.com | The Voice of 3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing

3d printing news briefs, october 31, 2020: farsoon, exone, fusion3 & create it real – 3dprint.com | the voice of 3d printing / additive manufacturing

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We’ve got news on materials and software in today’s 3D Printing News Briefs. Farsoon is offering biocompatible polymer powder materials for medical 3D printing, and ExOne will optimize its sand 3D printers for use with ceramic foundry sand. Finally, Fusion3 and Create it REAL have developed a new white label slicing software together.
Farsoon Offering Biocompatible Polymer Powder for Medical AM
3D Printed surgical guide for spinal surgery. (Image courtesy of Huaxiang Group)
In 2019, China’s Farsoon Technologies unveiled its Flight Technology for the Flight 252P platform, and this summer released two plastic powders for high-temperature 3D printing with the platform, PA12 based FS3201PA-F powder and FS2300PA-F polyamide powder. But the company also uses its plastic laser sintering technology to create parts out of its FS3300PA polyamide powder for medical applications, such as PPE and orthotic devices. The biocompatible material has great mechanical properties, good chemical stability, and received medical-grade evaluation stating that it’s okay to use for intracutaneous reactivity, irritation, and skin sensitization.
The medical division of the Huaxiang Group has been using FS3300PA material and the Farsoon 403P 3D printer to print medical applications, like surgical and operational tools for short-term …

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3D printing the first ever biomimetic tongue surface

3d printing the first ever biomimetic tongue surface

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Scientists have created synthetic soft surfaces with tongue-like textures for the first time using 3D printing, opening new possibilities for testing oral processing properties of food, nutritional technologies, pharmaceutics and dry mouth therapies.
UK scientists led by the University of Leeds in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh have replicated the highly sophisticated surface design of a human tongue and demonstrated that their printed synthetic silicone structure mimics the topology, elasticity and wettability of the tongue’s surface.
These factors are instrumental to how food or saliva interacts with the tongue, which in turn can affect mouthfeel, swallowing, speech, nutritional intake and quality of life.
A biomimetic tongue will help developers to perform screening of newly designed products and accelerate the new development processes without the necessity of human trials at early stages that are often very expensive and time consuming.
Particularly, since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing has posed significant challenges to carry out such sensory trials and consumer tests. A biomimetic tongue will be immensely helpful to increase development productivity and reducing manufacturers’ reliance on human trials in the early stages.
A biomimetic tongue could further offer myriad applications to fight against adulteration in food and …

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‘rise’ chair by zaha hadid architects for nagami is 3D printed from biodegradable material

‘rise’ chair by zaha hadid architects for nagami is 3d printed from biodegradable material

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this chair designed by zaha hadid architects (ZHA) has been 3D printed using a non-toxic, biodegradable material from renewable sources. the seat — named ‘rise’ — has been made by nagami, a company that specializes in 3D printing and robotic manufacturing. these chairs combine pristine design informed by structural optimization processes typically found in nature with innovative materials and the most advanced fabrication methods. the project is the result of ongoing research that ZHA is conducting within the domains of 3D printing and material experimentation. the pattern and the color gradient of ‘rise’ seeks to redefine the traditional spatial relationship between furniture and its setting. ‘there are some elegant intricacies, and it’s all nature in many ways, because you have such variation processes in natural morphogenesis,’ explains patrik schumacher, principal of ZHA. the chair has been printed with a pellet-extruder employing raw plastic particles rather than a filament. the chosen plastic is PLA, a nontoxic, biodegradable material from renewable sources such as corn-starch, which ensure lightness and stability. ‘3D printing will be more and more one of the options which will be on the table with anything you start to engage with,‘ schumacher continues. see designboom’s previous coverage of nagami‘ …

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FAME brings together Finnish AM companies to leverage synergies

fame brings together finnish am companies to leverage synergies

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DIMECC Ltd., the leading innovation platform in the Finnish manufacturing industry, has launched an industrial ecosystem that will increase the role of 3D printing and bring together Finnish players in the field. The FAME ecosystem (Finnish Additive Manufacturing Ecosystem) will create an open 3D printing experimental center in Vaasa at the Smart Technology Hub, modular 3D printing training in Lappeenranta from the engineering level to the doctoral level, and raise Finland to the world’s leading countries in 3D printing utilization, sales and know-how. FAME involves more than 20 companies as founding members. FAME is open for companies of all types and sizes to join.
“FAME allows us to share our own facilities and equipment with companies of all sizes. We open up people’s worlds of experience across company borders, openly share information on how printouts and related technical solutions work, and thus strengthen the competence center built on our new technology center, the Vaasa Smart Technology Hub. This can expand our business, provide better spare parts service to our customers and lead to product redesign, if necessary”, said Kenneth Widell, Project Manager responsible for developing Wärtsilä Finland Oy’s Smart Technology Hub partner operations.
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Eaton Vehicle Group implements metal 3D printing program to drive efficiency – 3D Printing Industry

eaton vehicle group implements metal 3d printing program to drive efficiency – 3d printing industry

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The vehicle group of multinational power management company Eaton has announced the launch of a new metal 3D printing program as part of its Industry 4.0 strategy.
The company aims to reduce production times and improve efficiency through its new 3D printing capabilities, and will look to deploy the 3D polymer printing technology globally by the first quarter of 2021. Meanwhile, the first metal printer system has already been installed at Eaton’s Kings Mountain facility in North Carolina.
Eaton’s Vehicle Group reduced cost and development time using its 3D metal printing capabilities to produce this oil fill nozzle. Image via Eaton.
Eaton and 3D printing
Posting revenues of $21.4 billion in 2019, Eaton employs some 92,000 employees and has a global customer base that spans more than 175 countries. The firm has already integrated 3D printing into a number of areas across its business.
In 2018, its aerospace division purchased two Concept laser additive manufacturing systems from GE Additive, to be integrated into Eaton’s Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence at its Innovation Center in Southfield, Michigan, and its research and development (R&D) lab in Pune, India. Two years after its establishment in 2016, Eaton’s Michigan facility earned AS9100 Rev D certification, validating its …

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Materialise to acquire RS Print and RSscan, strengthen Superfeet partnership

materialise to acquire rs print and rsscan, strengthen superfeet partnership

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Materialise decided it will fully acquire the RS Print and the RSscan dynamic foot measurement technology and the Phits personalized insole product line. The company will also strengthen its strategic partnership with Superfeet to accelerate the distribution of the RSscan intelligent foot measurement solutions and the personalized Phits insoles in North America.
Materialise, which already owned 50% of RS Print, the owner of the Phits personalized insole product line, will acquire the remaining shares of the company from its partner Superfeet, Inc. Materialise will further purchase substantially all the assets of the Superfeet company RSscan, a pioneer and market leader in the development and supply of intelligent foot measurement technology and systems. By bringing the RS Print and RSscan technology under one roof, Materialise intends to accelerate its R&D and product development efforts for the personalization of footcare and to build a more comprehensive suite of solutions for foot care experts and their patients.
The acquisition combines Materialise’s 30 years of experience in the development of meaningful applications of 3D printing, in particular in the healthcare sector, with the extensive experience of the RS Print and RSscan teams in the development of personalized solutions for the footcare sector. Through the …

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Imaginarium 3D prints iBreastExam prototype for cancer detection

imaginarium 3d prints ibreastexam prototype for cancer detection

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Imaginarium, one of India’s largest rapid prototyping and rapid manufacturing services, used 3D printing to produce the prototype of iBreastExam, a new and innovative device used to detect breast cancer. A first batch of 40 devices was then produced using vacumm casting and 50,000 more will now be produced using low volume injection molding.
Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women in India and accounts for 15% of cancer in women. It has a high mortality rate due to the lack of awareness and delay in screening and diagnosis. UE LifeSciences developed the iBreastExam concept: a portable, radiation free device used by primary health workers, obstetricians and gynaecologists to identify breast abnormalities in healthy women during a routine health checkup. It enables clinically effective and standardized breast examinations in low-resource setups to detect breast lumps at early stages.

UE LifeSciences initially approached Imaginarium to prototype the device for clinical trials. The prototypes would be used to determine the wear and tear that the device would go through during handling and usage by multiple technicians, doctors, and community health care workers. It would also serve as a sample of the desired aesthetic finish.
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3D print with metal and even wood and get creating with this upgraded 3Doodler pen!

3d print with metal and even wood and get creating with this upgraded 3doodler pen!

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For an artistic mind, every new invention is another opportunity to open up the flood gates of unknown possibilities. The all-new 3Doodler PRO+, a 3D printing pen that rides on the success of the 3Doodler PRO, comes with many upgrades to let one explore the creative avenues further. Whether you’re using it for your architecture projects or conjuring-up the next artistic marvel – 3Doodler PRO+ has got you covered on all ends.
The nifty little pen can now doodle in 3D using a variety of materials including the usual plastic but even going to new materials like copper, bronze, nylon, or wood. You can even mix up the plastic filament with these materials (thanks to the dual drive system) to allow your imagination to get up and running. It can 3D Print in three dimensions – things like sculptures, product prototypes, or even styling accessories. If that wasn’t enough, the new doodler can also be used to perform minor repairs in your home. The 3D printing pen comes with improved speed and temperature settings for the materials chosen, aided by the display that makes things a tad easier to configure. Daniel Cowen, CEO of 3Doodler said, “With its …

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UofL engineering student creates design for 3D-printed COVID test swab

uofl engineering student creates design for 3d-printed covid test swab

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Mayor Greg Fischer and University of Louisville President Neeli Bendapudi recognized the LOU Covid Rapid Response Group, a collection of manufacturers, suppliers, universities, and individuals designing, manufacturing, or 3D-printing PPE for hospital systems in more than 10 states on Thursday.

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