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3D printing for new tissues and organs

June 19, 2009

Rapid prototyping might one day allow kidney, liver and muscle tissues to be constructed in the laboratory from a patient’s own cells with close-to-natural detail ready for transplantation.

3D printing lowers environmental impact, says study

October 5, 2013


Making things at home on a 3D printer uses less energy — and therefore releases less carbon dioxide — than producing it in a factory and shipping it to a warehouse.

That’s according to a study led by Joshua Pearce, an associate professor of materials science and engineering/electrical and computer engineering at Michigan Technological University.

The team conducted life-cycle impact analyses on three products:… read more

3D printing may put global supply chains out of business: report

October 11, 2012


Will 3D printing make global supply chains unnecessary? That’s a real possibility, according to a recent report from Transport Intelligence, Smart Planet reports.

3D printing (or “additive manufacturing,” as it’s called in industrial circles) takes offshore manufacturing and brings it back close to the consumer. It has enormous potential to shift the trade balance. Goods will be cheaper to reproduce within the domestic market, versus manufacturing and then shipping them… read more

3D printing: ‘potential to revolutionize the way we make almost everything’ — President Obama

February 13, 2013

(Credit: White House)

In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, U.S. President Barack Obama noted that “Our first priority is making America a magnet for new jobs and manufacturing. After shedding jobs for more than 10 years, our manufacturers have added about 500,000 jobs over the past three.

“Caterpillar is bringing jobs back from Japan. Ford is bringing jobs back from Mexico. After locating plants in other countries… read more

3D printing: the desktop drugstore

Printers that create artificial limbs, cheap drugs, and replacement organs could radically change medicine in poorer countries.
September 27, 2012


A small Indian village is perhaps the last place you would expect to see the future of manufacturing, but in the Maharashtra region, there are plans to create one of the hottest pieces of technology around, BBC Future reports.

“Learning while doing” is the philosophy behind an educational project in Pabal called the Vigyan Ashram — part of a worldwide project called FabLab, set up… read more

3D Projection Without the Glasses

November 16, 2000

LAS VEGAS — Perhaps the most exciting technology at Comdex this year was a 3D display that projected volumetric images into thin air, prompting show goers to gasp, burst out laughing and run around the booth in excitement.
At the back of one of the exhibit halls, Dimensional Media set up a booth full of 3D displays that projected images — of objects such as cell phones or soda cans… read more

3D reconstruction of neuronal networks uncovers hidden organizational principles of sensory cortex

Most cortical circuitry interconnects neurons across cortical columns, rather than within
May 11, 2015

Credit: Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience

An international research team has reconstructed anatomically realistic 3D models of cortical columns of the rat brain, providing unprecedented insight into how neurons in the elementary functional units of the sensory cortex called cortical columns are interconnected.

The models suggest that cortical circuitry interconnects most neurons across cortical columns, rather than within and that these “trans-columnar” networks are not uniformly structured: they are highly specialized and integrate… read more

3D sketching system ‘revolutionizes’ design interaction and collaboration

University of Montreal researchers present their Hyve-3D system at SIGGRAPH 2014 conference
August 12, 2014


University of Montreal researchers have developed a collaborative 3D sketching system called Hyve-3D (Hybrid Virtual Environment 3D), which they presented at the SIGGRAPH 2014 conference in Vancouver this week.

“Hyve-3D is a new interface for 3D content creation via embodied and collaborative 3D sketching,” said lead researcher Professor Tomás Dorta of the university’s School of Design.

“The system is a… read more

3D solar-cell towers deliver up to 20 times more power per base area

March 28, 2012

Photovoltaic Array

MIT researchers are building cubes or towers that extend solar cells upward in three-dimensional configurations and show power output ranging from double to more than 20 times that of fixed flat panels with the same base area.

The biggest boosts in power were seen in the situations where improvements are most needed: in locations far from the equator, in winter months and on cloudier days.… read more

3D structure of HIV is ‘revealed’

January 25, 2006

The 3D structure of the HIV virus has been revealed for the first time, scientists say.

The variable size and shape of HIV has made it hard to map, the team said in the journal Structure. So the UK-German team took hundreds of images of viruses and used a computer program to combine them.

“Identifying how the virus grows will allow us to address the formation of this… read more

3D Systems partners with Singularity University to develop creative uses of 3D printing

October 24, 2012

ProJet HD3500 professional 3D printer (credit: 3D Systems)

3D printer leader 3D Systems announced today that it plans to provide Singularity University (SU) with several of its 3D printers.

“We are excited to be part of Singularity’s visionary initiative to democratize access to 3D content-to-print solutions that will enable greater entrepreneurialism and inventiveness,” said Abe Reichental, President and CEO of 3D Systems.

“SU has shown a great deal of foresight and leadership in… read more

3D Systems to unveil 3D design software at CES

January 8, 2012


3D Systems Corporation plans to unveil at CES its 3D software for creating designs for 3D printing on mobile devices, tablets and Kinect.

The company will also showcase its new Cube 3D consumer printer and make available 3D collection libraries for it as downloads.

3D systems also plans an online print shop where users without the 3D printer can send their creations for… read more

3D Technology: Ready for the PC?

November 27, 2001

Technology advances such as accelerated graphics cards and graphics ports have driven PC hardware capabilities up and prices down, making 3D more accessible to consumers and furthering research on methods and algorithms.

Another key trends is overcoming network-bandwidth limitations by sending compressed content instead of full-resolution geometry.

3D graphics can be used to visualize objects and products prior to construction, model weather systems for meteorologists, study medical anomalies… read more

3D Virtual Reality Environment Developed at UC San Diego Helps Scientists Innovate

September 19, 2008

The virtual-reality StarCAVE at the University of California, San Diego allows groups of scientists to explore worlds as small as nanoparticles and as big as the cosmos, permitting new insights that could fuel discoveries in many fields.

Constructed by the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), the room operates at a combined resolution of over 68 million pixels distributed over 15 rear-projected walls and two floor screens.… read more

3D without the glasses: introducing pCubee

March 31, 2010


A device named pCubee gives you the experience of 3D without the need for the glasses.

Developed at the Human Communication Technologies Laboratory at the University of British Columbia, the pCubee consists of five LCD screens arranged as a cubic “fish tank” box that viewers can pick up, tilt, shake or turn to watch the 3D content or play games with virtual objects that seem to… read more

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