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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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
The organ on chip has integrated sensors that allow scientists to test synthetic tissue instead of testing on animals. This organ on chip gets us one step closer to synthetic organs (via Harvard)   It’s easy to forget the importance of organ donors. Truth is there are still people waiting on long lists looking for their chance at survival. If everyone committed to being a donor, there may be chance for everyone waiting, but people are free to not be a donor and that’s just fine ...
A new kind of 3D printing uses flexible polymers that can change shape depending on temperature. Image: A 3D flower changes shape due to changes in temperature. (via MIT)   Making useful things with three dimensional printers has been changing a lot of design and manufacturing processes in recent years. There was the kid who made his own braces, and even 3D printed shoes given as awards at a recent athletic event. All of these objects, however, are rigid: they stay the same after the print ...
3D Printing will be available at various UPS Store locations (Photo via Fast Radius & UPS)   Ever wanted something 3D printed but don't have the money to shell out for a GOOD in home machine? Or maybe there are no 3D printing services close by (like a hackerspace or some person with a printer)? With this technology on the rise, it's in-demand and UPS is here to answer the call. The delivery company recently announced plans to launch a full-scale on-demand 3D printing manufacturing netw ...
This motorcycle looks like it comes from another planet (image via APWorks)   3D printing can do a lot things from making clothes to making food. Now, thanks to the efforts of APWorks, it can make motorcycles. The Light Rider isn't the average hog you'll find riding down the freeway. For one, it looks like something out of the Alien franchise with its hollow, skeleton like design. It's also probably the world's lightest motorcycle weighing only 77 pounds. As mentioned, the bike was create ...
Bionic organs are closer than you think. From 3D-printed organs to artificial capillary systems made with a cotton candy machine, artificial organs are almost ready for human trial, and could mean the end of organic organ transplants furthermore. (images via WakeHealth)   In 3D printing scientists saw something special – the future of biotechnology. And it isn’t a pipe dream anymore. Scientists have actually 3D printed organs that are viable and near ready for human trials. &# ...
  ThingMaker uses 3D printer technology for kids to create toys (Photo from Mattel)   Remember toys that encouraged kids to make their own creations, like Easy Bake Oven and Creepy Crawlers? Toys like this are still around, but Mattel wants to take it a step further. At this past weekend's Toy Fair in NYC, Mattel unveiled their latest toys which are more sophisticated than Barbie dolls and board games. One of the more impressive is called ThingMaker, a reboot of a similar toy from ...
The world’s largest 3D printer unveiled! WASP, the World’s Advanced Saving Project, has created a huge 3D printer called, “Big Delta” that is set to produce disaster relief housing. Big Delta stands 40 feet tall and 20 feet around and can print houses using naturally sourced materials like mud. (via WASP)     On Friday, January 29, 2016 the world's largest 3-D printer, called the 'Big Delta,' will be unveiled in Rieti, Italy. Luckily for us, the teams have alre ...

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