Researchers develop new process that raises prospects of 3D printed bone grafts

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3D printing could help mend broken bones.

One of the 3D printing health applications of 3D printing discussed the most is the manufacturing of bespoke scaffolds that could be used to mend broken bones. It’s promising, but it  has been held back by the difficulties in printing materials that are strong, flexible and can encourage the regrowth of healthy bone in the same way as current methods, such as bone grafts.

 

 

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Mcor Technologies improves their paper-based, full-color 3D printer

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Mcor Iris 3D Printer

Most people think 3D printing involves a machine that either extrudes molten plastic, in a way similar to how a hot glue gun works, or think of one of the larger industrial level 3D printers manufactured by 3D systems or Stratasys. These huge machines print objects in a variety of materials, but come with price tags that are only affordable for a select few.

 

 

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By 2040, 3D printer drones will become reality

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The Transformer is a futuristic long-range aircraft that divides into smaller ones during or upon arrival at its mission.

By 2040, 3D printers could be so advanced they could create small unmanned aircraft, BAE Systems claim. These unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) could then potentially be used as a group of wide-winged aircraft for protracted or enduring surveillance or as rotary-winged UAVs to rescue single civilians or soldiers from dangerous situations, the defense firm’s scientists and engineers suggest.

 

 

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Finland becomes a forerunner in dental 3D printing

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3D printing is now commonly used to evaluate procedures involving the mouth and to make personalized implants, prosthetics and tools.

In recent years 3D printing has become an integral part of medical research. In Finland, university hospitals are using the technology in a variety of medical fields, and especially in dentistry.

 

 

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Decorating your house using only a 3D printer

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This light fixture almost appears to be melting.

3-D printing is as affordable as it’s ever been. Professional designers, hobbyists and tinkerers are making all kinds of objects with 3D printers on their own that might otherwise have to be manufactured overseas and shipped to another destination. (Photos)

 

 

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The Growing Dangers of Technological Unemployment and the Re-Skilling of America

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Futurist Thomas Frey: In March, when Facebook announced the $2 billion acquisition of Oculus Rift, they not only put a giant stamp of approval on the technology, but they also triggered an instant demand for virtual reality designers, developers, and engineers.

 

 

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3-D Printing for Bionic Implants

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A 3-D printer can already make a prototype or spare part out of metal or polymer. Researchers at Princeton University have now taken an important step toward expanding the technology’s potential by developing a way to print functioning electronic circuitry out of semiconductors and other materials. They are also refining ways to combine electronics with biocompatible materials and even living tissue, which could pave the way for exotic new implants.

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