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ProJet MJP 3D Printers Micro 3D Print Middle Ear Prostheses to Bring Music to the Ears of Hearing Loss Sufferers

ProJet MJP 3D Printers Micro 3D Print Middle Ear Prostheses to Bring Music to the Ears of Hearing Loss Sufferers

Using a 3D Systems ProJet MJP high-resolution 3D printer, Potomac was able to get the very small, precise geometries needed with tight tolerances. 3D printing is frequently in the news as a process for manufacturing prostheses to replace lost limbs. It’s an obvious choice, especially when combined with 3D scanning, because it allows designers to […]

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Kindness, Surgical Skills and 3D Technologies Help Bring Back a Smile for Blessing Makwera

Kindness, Surgical Skills and 3D Technologies Help Bring Back a Smile for Blessing Makwera

It’s easy to be cynical about claims that technologies are “life-changing” when often they simply automate a daily routine. In the case of 3D printing, however, it’s not just marketing hype. Ask Blessing Makwera. After a tragic accident when he was 9, the 23-year-old Zimbabwean man now has the facial structure through which he can […]

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Marines Send 3D Printers to Combat Zone to Fix Gear Faster

Marines Send 3D Printers to Combat Zone to Fix Gear Faster

Three years into the coalition fight against Islamic State militants, the battlefield remains fairly austere, without the major forward bases or large unit presence common to previous wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Into this environment, the Marine Corps has quietly deployed several 3D printers, hoping to highlight the value of the emerging technology to speed up supply […]

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Student creates physical interface for 3D modelling: TAC.TILES

Student creates physical interface for 3D modelling: TAC.TILES

We asked the creator of a new 3D modelling interface about his design project. Belgian product design student Simon Van Pottelbergh has designed a physical interface for 3D modelling and 3D printing called ‘TAC.TILES’. The modular interface is designed to enhance user experience via physical interaction. The project eliminates the need for virtual interfaces. He explains the name TAC.TILES […]

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Surf’s up for 3D printed fin production at the University of Wollongong

Surf’s up for 3D printed fin production at the University of Wollongong

3D printing research led by Marc in het Panhuis at the University of Wollongong, Australia, is helping surfers find the perfect ride. By applying 3D printer technology to fins used to steer the board, Panhuis and his team are opening up the material possibilities of surfing to new composite levels. Surfboard evolution In the search for the […]

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3D printed metal certification gets $1.5 million boost from U.S. Department of Defence

3D printed metal certification gets $1.5 million boost from U.S. Department of Defence

A research consortium set up to accelerate the certification and qualification of 3D printed metal parts is to be given a share of $2.7 million, provided by the U.S. Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment Funds. Of the fund, approximately $1.5 million will be shared between the Colorado School of Mines and the Alliance for the Development […]

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