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10 ways 3D printers are advancing science

10 ways 3D printers are advancing science | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it
From fish tags and lab supplies to stem cells and lunar bases, the technology is helping scientists do great things.
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Nice list with photos. My winner for most amusing was printing scaled-down fossils so they can be combined on robotic armatures to study how dinosaurs and other animals might have moved.

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Tiny 3D-Printed Organs Aim for 'Body on a Chip'

Tiny 3D-Printed Organs Aim for 'Body on a Chip' | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it
Tiny lab-grown organs connected by an artificial blood system on a 2-inch chip could greatly improve drug testing as part of a new project funded by $24 million from the U.S. Department of Defense.
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I really like how these researchers have found a use for biological printing of organs (or organ-like items) that can be used now, or only a few years from now.

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Teen inventor uses 3D printing to revolutionize prosthetics | Al Jazeera America

Teen inventor uses 3D printing to revolutionize prosthetics | Al Jazeera America | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it
Kosta Grammatis traveled to Colorado to meet Easton LaChappelle, the teen inventor making prosthetics affordable.
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Another inspirational story of 3-d printing making amateur product  development possible. I always like these.

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What the 3D printing world can learn from Kevin Spacey

What the 3D printing world can learn from Kevin Spacey | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

”One thing that we have learned is that piracy is not a pricing issue. It’s a service issue." -Gabe Newell

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The article draws a simple but interesting comparison between the success of House of Cards and the future of consumer-focused 3-d printing.

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Why You Need an Additive Manufacturing Strategy | Emerging Technologies content from IndustryWeek

Why You Need an Additive Manufacturing Strategy | Emerging Technologies content from IndustryWeek | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it
3-D printing can bring great benefits to your manufacturing environment, but only if everyone – from the CEO down to the design-engineers – understands how it works and how it will be applied.

Via Rachael Dalton-Taggart
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I like the mental framework he's providing for a manufacturer to think about whether investing in additive manufacturing is good in the short term. Other strategies may be needed for questioning long-term impact for a particular business, mostly because of the speculation involved.

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Rachael Dalton-Taggart's curator insight, August 23, 2013 3:48 PM

Excellent advice from 3D Systems VP, Jim Williams, on 3D printing strategies in the manufacturing operation

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How 3-D printing is changing Etsy

How 3-D printing is changing Etsy | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it
While handmade and vintage items are still all the rage on the DIY crafts site, new technology gives sellers -- and buyers -- new avenues for customization.
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I like the back and forth in this article as they talk about prototypes, printed items, and what hand-made means.

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3D-Printing Clunky, But Shows World-Changing Promise | Web Strategy by Jeremiah Owyang | Social Media, Web Marketing

3D-Printing Clunky, But Shows World-Changing Promise | Web Strategy by Jeremiah Owyang | Social Media, Web Marketing | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

"I wanted to know how 3D printers will impact corporations, so I took a class.

I find value in hands-on field research. ...  I see three movements: social business > collaborative economy > makers movement."

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A really neat first person account of trying out 3-d printing from a business analyst whose blog I read regularly for completely different reasons.

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Do Not 3D-Print: MIT Hackers Duplicate “Non-Duplicatable” High-Security Keys - 3D Printing Industry

Do Not 3D-Print: MIT Hackers Duplicate “Non-Duplicatable” High-Security Keys - 3D Printing Industry | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it
3D printing helps MIT students copy high-security keys that say “Do Not Duplicate” with a simple scan or photograph.
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So as 3d printing at home grows, it looks like hardware stores will develop a new demand for other kinds of locks...

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Michael Plishka's curator insight, August 11, 2013 11:58 PM

Will people copy keys like music?

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Ultrafine Particles and the Potential Risks of Printing without Ventilation - 3D Printing Industry

Ultrafine Particles and the Potential Risks of Printing without Ventilation - 3D Printing Industry | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it
A 3D printing study of desktop 3D printers reveals that ultrafine particles may be emitted during the 3D printing process.
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I've been reading many of the takes based on the ScienceDirect study and I like this one because it gives original text, explanation, and looks at it calmly. Safety is important, but the best way to achieve it is by environmental means - in this case, adequate ventilation.

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Additive layer manufacturing pushes boundaries of jewelry design

Additive layer manufacturing pushes boundaries of jewelry design | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

"Those outside of mainstream industrial manufacturing, however, may not be aware that this technology is now finding its way into the intricate world of jewelry manufacturing, where complex geometries and fine detail can be created, giving jewelry designers not only new freedom of expression, but also the ability to produce multiple pieces in the shortest possible time."

Beth Robinson's insight:

I've seen some of the funky images in other places. Sadly this article is image-light, but it does make some neat points and made me suddenly imagine all sorts of things. I can definitely see how this is an area where the technology would find a profitable niche.

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3D printing human organs - but where's the money for it?

3D printing human organs - but where's the money for it? | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it
Texas startup is on cusp of 3D printing human organs but it must contend with making the technology cost effective first
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An interesting discussion on the business side of a 3d printing application that is making people ooo and aah.

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Design News - News - Slideshow: 3D Materials Drive Additive Manufacturing

Design News - News - Slideshow: 3D Materials Drive Additive Manufacturing | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it
New materials, not new processes, have made it possible to produce low volumes of high-quality, complex models, parts, and even complete products.
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The slideshow is cool, but it doesn't really live up to the promise of the first sentence quoted above. The best part is the three pages of comments by DesignNews readers.

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New 3D Manufacturing Process — Materialising Micro Lattice Structures - 3D Printing Industry

New 3D Manufacturing Process — Materialising Micro Lattice Structures - 3D Printing Industry | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it
A new “materialization” process highlighted by Mark Tilley of Architected Materials at Nottingham International Conference on Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing.

Via ManufacturingStories
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I'm employed in the filtration industry - which relies on porous material to accomplish a range of aims - and I'm wondering how this version of 3d printing will eventually impact that. Very neat.

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3D printed paintings debut in art galleries | SmartPlanet

3D printed paintings debut in art galleries | SmartPlanet | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

"He 3D-prints imprints using ultralight nano-materials, polymers and pigments."

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My head loves science based art and my eyes do feast on this wealth of texture and color. The art, of course, is in the artist's vision, but it's great to see more of what can now be created to match a vision.

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5 Ways Smithsonian Uses 3-D Scanning to Open Up History

5 Ways Smithsonian Uses 3-D Scanning to Open Up History | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

"What happens when 3-D scanning is unleashed on America's attic? ... But after getting the grant six years ago, he discovered that there was big demand for technology that allowed researchers to intensively study objects without having to touch them."

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Absolutely fantastic stories of museums using 3-d scanning and printing for purposes beyond the making of touchable models that I'd seen before. They are gaining new knowledge or being able to carry out restoration tasks much easier due to the technology.

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Hoptroff Ltd — Additive Manufacturing in Gold

Hoptroff Ltd — Additive Manufacturing in Gold | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

"The sintered version feels like it's been grown and nurtured - which in truth it has - each with an individual life of its own."

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Neat looking and subtle application of 3-d printing by a UK watch manufacturer.

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Some Intriguing Notes on a 3D Printed Ukulele

Some Intriguing Notes on a 3D Printed Ukulele | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

Traditionally, ukuleles are designed with aged koa wood, and it normally takes many months to manually shape and form an instrument.

Matt was able to design a 3D model of a full sized 13.875″ (35cm) scale length ukulele in SolidWorks 2013 in about a week of his spare time.  He has been tweaking it ever since.

The material Matt used for his ukulele isABSplus.  The cost for one neck, body and set of tuning pegs was about $170 and it only took about a day and a half to print.


Via Carlos Garcia Pando
Beth Robinson's insight:

Prototyping musical instruments is interesting. I wonder what new ones will be created and if the sounds will be different and if they'll be intriguing enough to musicians to make in more traditional materials. My musical ear is poor and it just sounds like music to me.

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Carlos Garcia Pando's curator insight, August 21, 2013 11:42 AM

It sounds really good, given the fact that it is all plastic; of course experts will miss the wood. The nice and brilliant sound means there is a very good layer to layer adhesion, which otherwise would dampen the sound a lot

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Print chop: How copyright killed a 3D-printed Final Fantasy fad

Print chop: How copyright killed a 3D-printed Final Fantasy fad | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it
Final Fantasy VII figurines designed by a fan and 3D-printed by marketplace Shapeways enthralled FFVII freaks everywhere. So much so that copyright owner Square Enix nixed the operation. Read this article by Nick Statt on CNET News.
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Good coverage of the interaction. More of this is going to come up - how far can fans take a hobby... Now, if he'd done the work, posted the images, and then gotten noticed by Shapeways, things might have gone differently. But he says that business wasn't what he had in mind.

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Will Hybrid Additive/Subtractive Fabrication Devices prove to be the Key to Unlocking an Even More Successful Manufacturing Future?

Will Hybrid Additive/Subtractive Fabrication Devices prove to be the Key to Unlocking an Even More Successful Manufacturing Future? | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

"So why are hybrid additive/subtractive manufacturing systems so desirable? I believe it is because hybrid devices can be used to improve the precision of parts prior to being enclosed by the FDM process. They can also be used to create threads, remove otherwise trapped support material or break moveable parts free from the surrounding matrix."

Beth Robinson's insight:

Interesting idea. More complexity for the amateur, but more options for the small business professional. What else can be built with a combination? And what else can be done if it's part of one machine and you don't need to move the piece and can do sequential steps....

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3D printing breathes new life into old inventions

3D printing breathes new life into old inventions | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

"The US Patent and Trademark Office may be the key battleground in today's high-tech lawsuits, but it's also home to a trove of inventions that have fallen into the public domain."

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Neat idea for finding plans of items to 3d print that someone at some point thought would be useful.

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Design News - Engineering Materials - Seismic Shifts in the 3D Printing Industry

Design News - Engineering Materials - Seismic Shifts in the 3D Printing Industry | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

"Microsoft said in June that the Windows 8.1 update will have built-in support for desktop 3D printing via an SDK. ... I think this development is huge -- much bigger than Staples offering 3D printing services or Amazon selling 3D printers and supplies "

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I focused on one particular opinion with the quote, but overall this article is a nice summary of the recent changes.

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The puzzle masters: How 3D printing is enabling the most complex puzzles ever created

The puzzle masters: How 3D printing is enabling the most complex puzzles ever created | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it
Oskar van Deventer and George Miller make puzzles. After George bought a 3D printer in 2003, they started producing puzzles that they could previously only dream of.
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These are immensely cool - not that I'd ever actually be able to solve any of them. This a great (and colorful) example of what productive variety can be created when manufacturing in small lots is relatively easy.

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Is Eco-Friendly 3D Printing a Myth? (Op-Ed)

Is Eco-Friendly 3D Printing a Myth? (Op-Ed) | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

"Despite its promise as a manufacturing technology, there's nothing innately green about 3D printing. As 3D-printing technologies become more widely used in all industries, the resulting environmental impact will depend on how these emerging technologies are put to use.  "

Beth Robinson's insight:

This article brings up a lot of good questions and things to think about. All of the potential negatives look like things that can be engineered around - if someone cares enough or can find enough ROI to do so. It's definitely worth a read.

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3D printing with "undo" function developed by SCI-Arc student

3D printing with "undo" function developed by SCI-Arc student | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it
A student the Southern California Institute of Architecture has developed a method of 3D printing that comes with an "undo" function.

Via Michael Dunham
Beth Robinson's insight:

I think the more interesting part of this method, despite the headline, is the 3d head movement in a medium that does not require building supports as part of the process. I'm curious as to how users will find it practically different.

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Utkarsh Sharma's curator insight, July 24, 2013 4:19 AM

Interesting development with the undo, potential to add onto the varying flexibilty that AM provides developers

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Minding the Future: 3D Printing

Minding the Future: 3D Printing | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

"What if we could imagine the future opportunities of an advanced 3DP technology for the mining business?"

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This article tells a couple of really interesting futuristic stories in an environment - mining - that I don't typically see described in articles on 3D printing.

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legobot 3D printer made entirely out of LEGO - Designboom

legobot 3D printer made entirely out of LEGO - Designboom | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it
built entirely out of LEGO pieces, the legobot CNC machine works on 3 axis, and prints with hot glue.
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Hahaha. Completely not useful, but delightfully fun to see.

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