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Surgeons use 3D printing for two-year-old life-saving, complex kidney transplant

Surgeons at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London, are using 3D printing technology to improve the success rates of life-saving, complex organ transplantation in young children. This is exemplified in the case of two-year-old Dexter Clark, who was born with severe kidney problem recently received a larger-than-average kidney from his father, Brendan Clark. via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20180518-surgeons-use-3d-printing-for-two-year-olds-life-saving-complex-kidney-transplant.html

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Arevo makes 3D-printed bike frame, names new CEO, $12.5M funding round

Arevo Inc, a Silicon Valley startup with backing from the venture capital arm of the Central Intelligence Agency has produced what it says is the world's first carbon fiber bicycle with 3D printed frame. via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20180517-arevo-makes-first-3d-printed-bike-frame-names-new-ceo-funding-round.html

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OHSU, UCF Limbitless Solutions launch first U.S. clinical trial of 3D-printed prosthetics for children

The team at Limbitless Solutions is partnering with researchers at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) on a clinical trial that will determine whether the devices will be covered by insurance. via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20180517-ohsu-ucfs-limbitless-solutions-launch-first-us-clinical-trial-of-3d-printed-prosthetics-for-children.html

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Nanfang Additive Manufacturing EBM metal 3D printing used for oil and gas pipelines for the first time

Nanfeng Co., Ltd announced that its subsidiary Nanfang Additive Manufacturing Technology Co,.Ltd reached an agreement with the Tubular Goods Research Institute of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) for a development project for special fittings, which will make use of additive manufacturing. The two sides have signed a contract for joint technology development. via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20180516-nanfang-additive-manufacturings-ebm-metal-3d-printing-used-for-oil-and-gas-pipelines-for-the-first-time.html

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Titomic launches worlds largest 3D metal printer in Melbourne

Australian metal additive manufacturing company Titomic today announces the launch of the world’s 'largest' metal 3D metal printer at its state of the art facility in Melbourne, Australia. Based on traditional cold spray technologies, the new 3D printing process can print on a 9 m long x 3 m wide x 1.5 m high scale. via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20180516-titomic-launches-worlds-largest-3d-metal-printer-in-melbourne.html

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GM using Autodesk software, 3D printing, AI and cloud computing for vehicle lightweighting

General Motors is using generative design software, 3D printing, AI and cloud computing to introduce the next generation of vehicle lightweighting. General Motors has described "the technologies are key to developing efficient and lighter alternative propulsion and zero emission vehicles." via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20180515-gm-using-autodesk-software-3d-printing-ai-and-cloud-computing-for-vehicle-lightweighting.html

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SodaStream auctions water bottles with fancy 3D printed hats in honor of Prince Harry, Meghan Markle royal wedding

The wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle is due to take place on this Saturday 19 May 2018 at Windsor Castle in England. In celebration of the Royal couple's dedication to the fight against single-use plastic bottles, Israeli sparkling water manufacturer Sodastream announced on Tuesday that it was launching a set of exclusive limited-edition bottles sporting miniature “hats”. …Continue reading →

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Researchers develop 3D printer that can make complex body tissues

Researchers at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have developed a technique that uses a specially adapted 3D printer to build therapeutic biomaterials from multiple materials. They are hoping the on-demand 3D printing of complex skin-like tissues could be used in transplants and other surgeries in the near future. via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20180515-researchers-develop-3d-printer-that-can-make-complex-body-tissues.html

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Coating 3D printed scaffolds with turmeric ingredient improves bone growth by up to 45 percent

A recent WSU research project has shown that turmeric could be useful for stimulating bone growth. The team coated a 3D printed bone scaffold in the spice's main ingredient, curcumin compounds, and this improved bone growth by up to 45 percent. via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20180504-coating-3d-printed-scaffolds-with-turmeric-ingredient-improves-bone-growth-by-up-to-45-percent.html

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Synchrotron imaging reveals inside laser 3D printing process to reduce defects

Researchers at the UK's Diamond Light Source facility have used its synchrotron imaging system to examine the mechanics of the laser 3D printing process. They built the LAMPR machine, which replicated the LAM process, and studied it in detail to see how printing defects can form. via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20180504-synchrotron-imaging-reveals-inside-laser-3d-printing-process-to-reduce-defects.html

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