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January, 2019

Engineers create 3D printed smart objects with embodied logic

In nature, there are countless examples of motion in organisms that don’t have brains or nervous systems, such as the Venus flytrap. It closes when prey goes inside, but it also opens if it accidentally shuts on something that can’t be digested via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20190129-engineers-create-3d-printed-smart-objects-with-embodied-logic.html

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Volvo installs 3D printed Living Seawall tiles in Sydney Harbour to combat ocean plastic pollution

Volvo recently installed its 3D printed Living Seawall in the Sydney Harbour to promote marine biodiversity. Approximately half of Sydney’s coast has been converted to manmade seawall over the last 200 years due to increased urbanization via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20190129-volvo-installs-3d-printed-living-seawall-tiles-in-sydney-harbour.html

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Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy Synthes invests €36M to advance material science in 3D printing

Medtech company DePuy Synthes Ireland has announced that the company is investing €36 million in 3D printing research and development and creating 30 jobs at its Cork facility. via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20190129-johnson-johnson-subsidiary-depuy-synthes-invests-advance-material-science-in-3d-printing.html

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UMD engineers create smallest-ever 3D printed fluidic circuit element

A team of engineers at the University of Maryland have 3D printed the first sub-micron fluidic circuits. Fluidic circuits are a lot like electrical circuits, where different components of a circuit board control and direct the flow of fluid/electricity. via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20190128-umd-engineers-create-smallest-ever-3d-printed-fluidic-circuit-element.html

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Nascar driver Brad Keselowski started a 3D printing company

Nascar was an early adopter of 3D printing because it enables their engineers to prototype faster, testing more design iterations to determine what makes the car go the faster. The drivers are often involved in the testing process and thus exposed to the wonders of 3D printing. via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20190128-nascar-driver-brad-keselowski-started-a-3d-printing-company.html

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Speren van Neanderthalers waren op 20m afstand dodelijk

Speren van Neanderthalers waren op 20m afstand dodelijk Daan Couwenbergh 28 januari 2019 Lang werd gedacht dat Neanderthalers de dieren waarop zij joegen heel dicht moesten naderen om toe te kunnen slaan. Uit nieuw onderzoek blijkt echter dat dat wel mee viel. Een geoefende speerwerper kon met zijn speer vanaf twintig meter afstand dodelijk zijn. Replica van 300.000 oude speer …Continue reading →

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Ica & Kostika launches luxery 3D printed Exobiology shoe collection

A luxury footwear brand called Ica & Kostika have used 3D printing technology to create a range of shoes which it dubbed as its ‘Exobiology’ collection. via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20190128-ica-kostika-launches-luxury-3d-printed-exobiology-shoe-collection.html

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3D printed magnetic mesh robots can reshape and grab objects while floating on water

A study out of North Carolina State University investigates a process for 3D printing soft robotics that can be controlled with magnetic fields. Soft robotics is a subfield where robotic objects are constructed of materials that mimic tissues via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20190125-3d-printed-magnetic-mesh-robots-can-reshape-and-grab-objects-while-floating-on-water.html

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Essentium secures $22.2M investment from BASF and Materialise for high speed 3D printing

Texas-based Essentium raised $22.2 million in a Series A round to continue expansion of its 3D printing solutions to meet market demand for the recently introduced Essentium High Speed Extrusion Platform. via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20190125-essentium-secures-investment-from-basf-and-materialise-for-high-speed-3d-printing.html

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Researchers use multimaterial 3D printing to create first fast-response, stiffness-tunable soft actuator

The standard robot (overlord) is usually equipped with rigid actuators, also known as grippers; they may have a soft coating to limit scratching the surface of whatever object the robot is interacting with, but ultimately the actuators have to be relatively stiff via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20190125-researchers-3d-print-multi-material-stiffness-tunable-actuators.html

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