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MorphoSource archive will contain over 20,000 free 3D printable vertebrate models

We’ve reported before on the ways in which educators and researchers of biology, natural history, and many other animal-based fields, have been able to take advantage of the growing accessibility of 3D printing. In combination with 3D scanning, the technology enables all kinds of creatures, including fossilized ones, to be easily modelled in physical form to a very high degree …Continue reading →


News Roundup: 3D printed building, ActivArmor receives major grant, 3D printed razors from Gillette, ESA, Siemens, more

3D printing news can be hard to keep up with sometimes, but at 3ders we’re always one step ahead of the game, so here’s another round-up to catch you up on things you might have missed. Stories include the biggest 3D printed building in America, and 3D printed razor blades from Gillette. via,


Zurich experts developing drug-coated 3D printed airway stents in $2.37M project

Researchers from the University Hospital Zurich, ETH Zurich, and the University of Zurich have joined forces to make patient-specific, drug-coated stents with a 3D printer. The project has received more than $2.37 million in funding. via,


Organismal engineering: new field combines tissue engineering & robotics for biohybrid robots

Researcher Vickie Webster-Wood and her team from the Case Western Reserve University have published a paper proposing a comprehensive lexicon and taxonomy for the blossoming field of “organismal engineering,” which combines robotics with tissue engineering for the creation of “biohybrid robots”. via,


Smart 3D printed window panels use a liquid layer to switch from clear to reflective

A research team from the University of Delaware is developing smart window panels which can easily switch between being reflective and transparent with the application of a special liquid. The windows, which are being developed with the help of 3D printing technologies, could be an affordable solution for improving heating and cooling efficiency for homes and cars. via,


China unveiled ambitious Action Plan: annual 3D printing sales revenue to reach USD 3 billion by 2020

The government of China is sending a clear message to its financial competitors abroad: the People’s Republic is taking 3D printing very seriously, and is taking the steps necessary to become a leading player in the global industry. Such is the core sentiment of the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology’s (MIIT) newly minted Action Plan for the rapid, …Continue reading →


3D printed electric eel organs could power tomorrow’s implantables for human and robots

A team of international researchers have turned to an unlikely yet ingenious source of electric power that runs on only salt and water: the common electric eel. For millennia, the electrophorus electricus, a knife-fish widely known as the electric eel, has been capable of zapping its prey through a sophisticated electrical system that can generate up to 600V and 100W …Continue reading →


Elektrische kaarsen die automatisch aan gaan (zie

Met deze slimme kaarsen wordt het elke avond gezellig in huis! En dat zonder enige moeite, de kaarsen gaan aan op het moment dat je binnenkomt. Daar komt nog eens bovenop dat er met deze kaarsen bijna geen brandgevaar meer is. (Dat ligt natuurlijk aan je soldeer skills :)) Het geheim van de kaarsen zit in deze speciale ledjes. Dit …Continue reading →


UC student Logan Williams 3D prints Polar Optics contact lenses for treatment of photosensitive epilepsy

3D printing is having a significant impact on the way lenses are produced, with companies like Luxexcel using the technology to build personalized designs more easily. The emerging VR/AR technology sector is one that is taking advantage of this, as are opthalmics and other professions dealing with eye treatment. via,


Two New Kingdom tombs opened at Luxor necropolis

Two tombs of unidentified officials dated to Egypt’s New Kingdom era have been opened at Luxor’s Draa Abul-Naglaa necropolis years after they were initially discovered by German archaeologist Frederica Kampp in the 1990s. Funerary mask found in Kampp 161 [Credit: Nariman El Mofty/AP for National Geographic]The opening of the tombs was announced at an international conference attended by the governor …Continue reading →


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