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August 11th, 2017

GE improving metal 3D printers with laser & fluidics expertise

GE is harnessing its expertise in lasers and fluidics to unearth new 3D printing solutions. GE laser researcher Marshall Jones was recently inducted into the 2017 class of the National Inventors Hall of Fame for his work in the field, and is now focused on improving lasers for 3D printing. via 3ders.org, http://ift.tt/2ux0qGp

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Chinese Space Lab uses 3D printing to successfully grow lettuce in micro-gravity environment

‘An army marches on its stomach’, as the old saying goes, and this has proven to be just as true for space exploration as it is for military combat, although astronauts do tend to just float around aimlessly instead of marching. via 3ders.org, http://ift.tt/2wCpyZt

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Hong Kong hospital makes 3D printed models of foetuses available to expectant parents

We reported not so long ago on one of the more curious applications of 3D printing technology in the medical sector, which is the production of replica foetuses. Expectant parents can order a 3D printed model of their unborn baby, which serves as an intimate memento to commemorate their experience of the pregnancy as well as allowing them to touch …Continue reading →

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Researchers produce smallest ever 3D printed microfluidic lab on a chip device

3D printing technology and microfluidics continue to develop in harmony with each other, and a recent breakthrough from a team of researchers at Utah's Brigham Young University has taken this development to an unprecedented level, as the smallest ever viable 3D printed microfluidic device has been produced. via 3ders.org, http://ift.tt/2uwgUhM

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Made In Space successfully 3D prints first-ever extended structures in space-like environment

The future of 3D printing should see it conquering not just the manufacturing industry here on Earth, but outer space as well. NASA has been implementing the technology for various purposes for many years now, and a significant breakthrough was recently achieved by one of its partners in space exploration, California-based company Made in Space. via 3ders.org, http://ift.tt/2vqD2sZ

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Visions of 18th-century France: how the Goncourt brothers taught America about Rococo

In May, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, opened the exhibition America Collects 18th-Century French Painting (until 20 August). The show, which includes 68 pictures, looks at the cross-Atlantic fashion for diverse styles of French painting, including works by artists as unalike as the Rococo painter Antoine Watteau and the Neo-classicist Jacques-Louis David. In this excerpt from the …Continue reading →

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Lime, sand and animal hair: on 18th-century British interiors

The decorative arts have so often been sidelined by art historiansespecially architectural historiansbut Christine Caseys revelatory book, Making Magnificence: Architects, Stuccatori and the 18th-Century Interior, underscores how subjects such as plasterwork lie at the heart of many important European aesthetic and architectural achievements. Casey is the associate professor in architectural history at Trinity College Dublin. She has produced a compelling …Continue reading →

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Shiro Studios 3D printed ENEA walking stick is a wonder of form and function

Shiro Studio, a London-based design practice, has created a 3D printed walking stick that overcomes visual and practical problems with common mobility aids. The “ENEA” stick is porous, making it extremely lightweight, and has a three-pronged handle. via 3ders.org, http://ift.tt/2wBdoQK

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3D printed TRI Analyzer transforms smartphone into low-cost diagnostic device

A team of researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has designed and built a low-cost 3D printed device that helps turn a smartphone into a portable laboratory capable of medical diagnostic tests. The device, called a spectral transmission-reflectance-intensity (TRI) Analyzer, costs only $550 to make. via 3ders.org, http://ift.tt/2wOMBzI

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3D bioprinted vascularized liver tissue to increase accuracy of drug toxicity testing

An international team of researchers has developed a method for 3D bioprinting vasularized liver tissue. The bioprinting breakthrough could have important applications for drug toxicity testing and drug screening. via 3ders.org, http://ift.tt/2hQqUwC

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