Better regenerative implants with 3D bio-printing

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In the growing field of desktop 3-D printers  they can already pump out a little trinket, a gear set or even parts to make another printer. Researchers in the medical field are also taking advantage of this accelerating technology to expand their options for regenerative medicine.



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Seed of Yggdrasil: nifty 3d-printed sculpture based on Celtic-style knot in Norse mythology

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Mythology comes to reality.

Joaquin Baldwin, whose wonderful creative work we’ve featured on Boing Boing before, shares these photos of a lovely 3d-printed sculpture he’s just created. You can purchase your very own, right here. Cat not included.

Joaquin explains…
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3D Printing For Fun And Medical Applications


3D printing goes medical.

3d printing continues to take us boldly into the brave new world of the 21st century, and not surprisingly medical applications are at the top of the innovation ladder, since replacement parts are always in demand.

Recently, an entire mandible was created in a 3d printer by mixing titanium with the printing compound, and an elderly woman got a new lease on life thanks to the 3d printing of this replacement part. Here’s the scoop…

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A 3D printer that works with chocolate?

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Why make your food when you can print it?

Futurist Thomas Frey talked about 3D food printers HERE and now we have a production model that can print with chocolate (and more). How awesome is that!

From Gizmodo:

Instead of the toxic smell of melted plastics, while the Imagine 3D printer is doing its thing, your workspace will be filled with the aroma of delicious confections. Because its printing head uses syringes that can be filled with chocolate…

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First of it’s kind national program will put 3D printers into high school students’ hands

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The DARPA MENTOR program should boost engineering skills for high school students.

The trend to put Additive Manufacturing (AM) technology into schools continues. Stratasys (NASDAQ: SSYS) announced that it has been chosen by the Georgia Institute of Technology to provide its Dimension 3D Printers to select high schools across the U.S. as part of The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Manufacturing Experimentation and Outreach (MENTOR) program.


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Artificial blood vessels made on a 3D printer


Tissue engineers create artificial blood vessels on a 3D printer.

Tissue engineers are building a handful of new body parts, from intestines to tracheas  — but progress on larger organs has been slow. This is mainly because tissues need nutrients to stay alive, and they need blood vessels to deliver those nutrients. It’s difficult to build those vascular networks, but now a team from Germany may have a solution: Print some capillaries with a 3-D printer.


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Is printing a gun the same as buying a gun?

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A gun is a gun is it not?

There’s an interesting back-and-forth going on at Thingiverse, a site founded by Makerbot to share 3D projects. Two designers have made two parts for the AR-15 rifle platform. The first part is a standard rifle magazine complete with spring but the second part is AR-15 lower receiver.

Why are these parts important? Well, the magazine is just on the edge of Thinigverse’s implied (but not concrete) “no weapons” philosophy but the lower receiver is something else entirely. It is the only part of the AR-15 that you need a license to buy. Here’s what the creator, KingLudd, has to say about it…

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3D printers now pumping out artificial blood vessels


Yet another 3D printer use.

If you’ve been following tech news then you know that 3D printers are capable of some pretty amazing things. At the entry level these printers are becoming drastically more affordable and more accessible, and at the professional level they are accomplishing feats that would have seemed impossible just a few years ago. The latest science fiction-like advance in 3D printing is one that could have a significant impact on our health and well-being, as opposed to our gadgets: scientists in Germany have printed artificial blood vessels…

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The Future of Food – 3D Food Printers Will One Day Allow Users to ‘Print’ Their Meals


“Printing” meals using “raw food inks” inside syringes.

The team at Cornell University’s Computational Synthesis Lab (CCSL) are building a 3D food printer, as part of the bigger [email protected] project, which they hope one day will be as commonplace as the microwave oven or blender.  They are developing a commercially-available “3D food printer” that would allow users to “print” meals using “raw food ‘inks'” inside syringes.


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