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Hi everyone,   I recently read the following news and thought it was really exciting! It appears researchers from Newcastle University have 3D Printed human cornea for the first time. This could help people with corneal blindness all over the world.   Cornea is the outer layer of the human eye which protects the eye from infection. Researchers mixed stem cells from healthy donor cornea with alginate and collagen in order to create a printable bio-ink. Then they used a 3d printer to r ...
Although I'd heard all the buzz about 3D printing for the last few years, I'd not actually done any 3D prints, or really had any need to.. until last week. At Christmas I bought my kids a Nintendo Switch. The hardware is generally really well thought out and works well, if a little on the expensive side (£80 for an extra dock, and £70 for extra joycons, are you kidding me Nintendo? ).   One thing that isn't great is the built-in kickstand which you can use when you're out and abo ...
So this is ridiculously good, but is it vaporware?     The supposed 'full color' filament 3D printer called the 'da Vinci Color' uses something similar to an inkjet to be able to print out in full colour from white filament.   Introduce More Vibrancy in Your Life The da Vinci Color is XYZprinting's first FFF desktop 3D printer with true color technology achieved through the combination of inkjet and 3D printing technology, there are worldwide 40 patents pending.By using CMYK ...
The element14 Community was recently hit by a spat of Game of Thrones episode spam (thanks for the hits spambots!) so I figured we may as well have something GoT related on the website. It's a little old, and yet, still relevant:     I wonder now if it could be redesigned with intentional moving pieces?     Frankly, I might purely upscale it for some tabletop roleplay, Dunegeons and Dragons style!   You can download and print this model from Thingiverse: https://w ...
Michelin unveils Vision, a proof of concept tire that uses biodegradable materials and 3D printing to its advantage. These sleek looking tires won’t be available for a while (Photo from Michelin)   The other day I was crushing a 3D printed part in a vice to see how strong it was. Some prints are crazy-strong, especially when they’re made of Delrin or ABS. I thought it would be cool to have a 3D printed bicycle tire. A loose idea for the IoT on Wheels Design Challenge I was thin ...
The isokinetic structure is based on the Hoberman Sphere. (Image credit The People’s Industrial Design Office)   Taking a 3D image of yourself can be a difficult endeavor to undertake unless you have access to expensive equipment such as full-body scanners or handheld imaging devices. You could also go the DIY route, but that takes time, money and talent. Or perhaps you could take advantage of the People’s Industrial Design Office’s (PIDO) option- take over 100 DSLR camer ...
Previous blog e14 adventures in 3D: #1 New Toy in the e14 Office    Last time, I confessed my schoolboy error of running 240v through my printers PSU while it was set to receive 110v. This poor little guy got the shock of its life!   Now time for some trouble shooting, First item on the replacement list was the PSU which went pop.   PSU has been switched out, next job is to power on the printer after carefully checking the voltage!   Power on,   No movement.. ...
A team of researchers at Dartmouth re-create a Utah climbing route using 3D printing, 3D models, and scanning. Researchers analyzed photos of actual climbers to successfully recreate the route (Photo from Dartmouth)   I've 3D printing a lot of parts lately, here's one I didn't think of! From creating clothes to making 3D food, researchers and creators all over are constantly looking for ways to push the boundaries of the technology. This includes a group of Dartmouth researchers who used 3 ...
Check out the shiny new toy sitting on the desk in-front of me today!   A Printrbot Metal Plus and Raspberry Pi 3. We will be playing with OctoPrint and OctoPi. We will be keeping you all in the loop.   -e14Phil     Next Post: e14 adventures in 3D: #2 Dr. is in the house ...
Researchers from various universities have created a 3D printed patch that goes on the heart and heals scarred tissue. Tests being conducted on a mouse heart (Image via University of Minnesota)   Whether you’re scrolling through Facebook or watching the news, we are constantly reminded how important it is to take care of our heart. Heart disease is the top cause of death in the States killing more than 360,000 people a year, according to the American Heart Association. Heart attacks ...
GE Ventures has previously worked with Xometry and recently gave them $23 million in funding. Xometry is an online platform that provides pricing, time leads, and feedback for manufacturers (Photo from Xometry)   When online shopping started over 20 years ago, no one could’ve imagined half the things you can buy online: cars, houses, groceries, and furniture. But buying products and parts online isn’t so easy for manufacturers. The process is long and arduous involving a lot of ...
MIT has come up with a structure using just carbon which is ten times the strength of steel, but only 5% of its density. Lighter than air, 3D graphene structures could take engineering and design by storm. A 3-D printed model of gyroid graphene (via MIT & theregister.co.uk)   Steel has thus far been the gold standard for construction materials. Steel is strong, resists compression and stretching, and supports heavy weight. What if it were possible to build with materials even stronger ...
Chemists at MIT have found a way to add new polymers to things already printed, which allows them to create more complex objects that have different chemical and mechanical properties. Blue LED light is used to add monomers to an existing polymer chain resulting in growth. (via MIT)   Research funded by the National Science Foundation helped MIT researchers discover a way to add to, and alter 3-D printed objects after they’ve been printed. Until this advancement, objects that were 3 ...
Possibly the biggest growing technologie today is the 3D printer, this is partly due to its decreasing cost. This drop in cost of 3D printers is largely due to the standardization of the technology as more printers use the same base technologies. The cost of filament however, whether standard or exotic, still remain relatively high.   D3D Innovations has been working to change this. Their filament fabricators allow anyone to create their own filament using various plastics, combinations an ...
A new software developed at MIT enables laypeople to 3D print prototypes of their own design. Much like traditional image editing software, Foundry lets you edit designs, with the added twist that they can be printed 3 dimensionally using up to 10 different kinds of materials (via MIT)   Printing 3 dimensional designs has been around for awhile, but the materials used have often been limiting. Most 3D printers can only print using one kind of material as well.  A lot of good designs e ...

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