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March 30th, 2018

Leaf-inspired 3D printed microstructure could clean oceans after oil spills

Researchers from the University of Southern California have drawn inspiration from nature for the development of materials that could help clean up oil spills. The team has used 3D printing to recreate the microstructure composition of floating fern leaves for this purpose. via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20180330-leaf-inspired-3d-printed-microstructure-could-clean-oceans-after-oil-spills.html

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Easter experiments: Yorkie chocolate bar has similar porosity to 3D printed metal

Curious what’s inside your Easter chocolate? Scientists at the UK’s University of Manchester have used X-Ray Computer Tomography to scan a chocolate Easter bunny, an Easter egg, a Toblerone, a Crème Egg, a Kit Kat, Maltesers, Ferrero Rocher, and a Double Decker bar. via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20180330-easter-experiments-yorkie-chocolate-bar-has-similar-porosity-to-3d-printed-metal.html

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cultivate3D introduces bigger and better Beast V2 3D printer on Kickstarter

Australia-based startup cultivate3D has launched a Kickstarter campaign for its large-format 3D printer: the Beast V2. The 3D printer, which is the second generation of the startup’s 2015 release, has already raised over $34,000—far exceeding its crowdfunding goal. via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20180330-cultivate3d-introduces-bigger-and-better-beast-v2-3d-printer-on-kickstarter.html

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Detailed 3D model of a snowflake helps NASA understand severe weather

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has released a video depicting a 3D visualization of melting snowflakes in the atmosphere. The 3D model could lead to a better understanding of how snow melts and thus improved hazard prevention. via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20180330-detailed-3d-model-of-a-snowflake-helps-nasa-understand-severe-weather.html

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3D printing on eggs: 50% infill, one shell?

Joris van Tubergen, the Dutch industrial design engineer who created the Z-Unlimited add-on for Ultimaker 3D printers, has created a device for 3D printing on eggs. It’s the perfect 3D printer accessory for Easter! via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20180330-3d-printing-on-eggs-50-percent-infill-one-shell.html

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Hero Arm: Open Bionics to roll out worlds first medically approved 3D printed bionic arm

Open Bionics, a UK-based developer of low-cost 3D printed prosthetic hands, has received some exciting news from the National Health Service (NHS). The company’s Hero Arm has become the first ever medically approved 3D printed bionic arm and will be available for purchase across the UK starting April 25, 2018. via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20180330-hero-arm-open-bionics-to-roll-out-worlds-first-medically-approved-3d-printed-bionic-arm.html

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