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EnvisionTEC unveils worlds longest mega-chain 3D printed in its strongest material ever

EnvisionTEC, a 3D printing solutions company, launches today a groundbreaking new material, E-RigidForm. The company showcased it in a 328-foot 3D printed chain Friday morning at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit and is claiming the record for the world's longest single-piece chain using 3D printing technology. via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20180420-envisiontec-unveils-worlds-longest-mega-chain-3d-printed-in-its-strongest-material-ever.html

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Chinese surgeons create first-ever 3D printed facial implant for a child

A team of surgeons in China made use of 3D printing to produce a titanium jaw implant for a 10 year-old boy. The operation has now been declared a success, and this is the first time a child's face has been successfully reconstructed using the technology. via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20180420-chinese-surgeons-create-first-ever-3d-printed-facial-implant-for-a-child.html

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Xijing Hospital repairs long bone defect using Xian Particle Clouds 3D printed artificial bone

Surgeons at the Xijing Hospital in China have declared a bone operation that made use of FFP 3D printing technology to be a success. The technique was used by surgeons at the hospital to repair a long segment bone defect, using biodegradable artificial bone provided by Xi’an Particle Cloud Biotechnology Co., Ltd. via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20180420-xijing-hospital-repairs-long-bone-defect-using-xian-particle-clouds-3d-printed-artificial-bone.html

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Swinburne uses tiny BioSphere beads to grow stem cells for 3D bio-printed cartilage repair

A group of researchers at Australia's Swinburne University is developing a new 3D bio-printing method. Their BioSphere project makes use of thousands of tiny polymer beads in order to more efficiently grow stem cells, which will then be used to repair tissue using a handheld 'Bio-pen'. via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20180420-swinburne-uses-tiny-biosphere-beads-to-grow-stem-cells-for-3d-bio-printed-cartilage-repair.html

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BASF and Essentium create extra-strong 3D printed plastic/carbon fiber prosthetic leg

We reported last year on a major collaboration between chemicals giant BASF and 3D printing materials company Essentium, intended to develop a range of new materials solutions for 3D printing and other applications. A major breakthrough has recently been achieved by the partners, with Essentium’s subsidiary brand TriFusion Devices leveraging one of BASF’s advanced materials to develop an important new …Continue reading →

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Windsor biologists 3D print robo-toads to help study real toads unusual mating ritual

A team of researchers at Canada's University of Windsor have 3D printed robotic toads to study unusual mating behaviour. The realistic replica toads are being placed amongst real ones to stimulate behaviour, in an effort to solve the mystery of brown toads in Costa Rica turning yellow for one day a year. via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20180419-windsor-biologists-3d-print-robo-toads-to-help-study-real-toads-unusual-mating-ritual.html

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Shapeways raises $30 million to expand 3D printing marketplace

Shapeways, a New York-based 3D printing company, today announced $30M Series E led by Lux Capital. Other participants in this round include Union Square Ventures, INKEF Capital and Andreessen Horowitz all recommitting as earlier investors. via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20180419-shapeways-raises-30-million–dollars-to-expand-3d-printing-marketplace.html

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3D Housing 05: EUs first 3D-printed house debuts at Milan Design Week 2018

Engineering company Arup and CLS Architects' much-anticipated “3D printed one-bedroom house” has been revealed at the Salone del Mobile design in Milan. The event, hosted from April 17 to 22, features the 3D printed home in Milan’s central Piazza Cesare Beccaria, where guests can admire its 3D printed structure. via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20180419-3d-housing-05-eus-first-3d-printed-house-debuts-at-milan-design-week-2018.html

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CEADs huge CFAM 3D printer for shipbuilding completes first successful tests

Dutch company CEAD has successfully carried out some important tests on its large-format CFAM 3D printer. The huge machine, which is intended for maritime and construction applications, will now be completed at a new facility near TU Delft. via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20180419-ceads-huge-cfam-3d-printer-for-shipbuilding-completes-first-successful-tests.html

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Peak Sport releases first 3D printed volleyball shoes

China's Peak Sport has released the first range of 3D printed shoes for volleyball. The shoes were developed by gathering data from a number of professional players and creating an advanced design for improved cushioning, which was then printed using SLS technology. via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20180419-peak-sport-releases-first-3d-printed-volleyball-shoes.html

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