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3D printed Saxophone – Music to my ears

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A professor at Sweden’s Lund University has used the revolutionary tech to create a visually distinct line of custom-built guitars, keyboards, and drums. Now, Olaf Diegel is giving the alto saxophone a try, and so far he’s had more success than even he expected. Diegel revealed the initial prototype when he demonstrated the nylon-based alto sax last week in…

$ 17bn to be replaced by 95,000 service robots

In the past, U.S. companies could not compete with the cheap labor found offshore but things are changing rapidly. Many industry insiders not only agree that technology, including 3D printing will bring back manufacturing to our shores but also the steadily decline in economic growth that once prosperous, off shore countries are beginning to experience. This past year,…

The Mech is Born

Ekso and 3D Systems has created the first 3D printed robotic exoskeleton suit. Exoskeleton suites are not exactly new but the convenience and exact manufacturing of a 3D printed suit would dramatically improve the usefulness. Other working prototypes of powered exoskeletons, including XOS by Sarcos, and HULC by Lockheed Martin (both meant for military use), have been constructed but have not yet…

Repair your 3D printed shoes

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At the Wearable Futures conference, London designer and researcher Shamees Adendebuted a running shoe concept that will put your worn out kicks to shame. The shoes, which he’s developing with University of Southern Denmark professor Martin Hanczyc, are 3D printed from a synthetic biological material that can repair itself overnight. The running shoes are the product of Aden‘s study of…

3D printed duck foot lends hope to hobbled fowl | Wyly Wade

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Buttercup was born with a backward foot, and physical therapy only got the wayward webbing to turn back around half way. Plucky as can be, Buttercup soldiered on, hobbling along as best as could be expected. Then came along 3D printed medicine, something which sparked a bit of inspiration in the mind of Buttercup’s “dad,” Mike…

Imprison Bacteria in 3-D Printed Tiny Cages

 Bacteria in the human body thrive in 3D structured communities, so studying pathogens in this type of environment could better show how they interact. Now, scientists are doing just that – with microscopic 3D printed cages. Scientists from the University of Texas at Austin have used a new 3D printing technology, which allowed them to construct homes for…

Dad 3D prints a $10 prosthetic for his boy

If you did not think 3D printing, adaptive manufacturing, was going to change everything a special effects artist and father is proof that it is going to be incredibly disruptive.  A father built a prosthetic hand for his 12-year-old son using a 3-D printer. He was able to build a a $20000 prosthetic hand for around…

3D printing the “umbilical cord” for disaster relief

3D printing might not be in the mainstream limelight quite yet, but it’s clear that it has a definite future. To date, we’ve seen people design complex objects such as a music record and an exoskeleton, and simple things like a cup, a gear, or practice abstract art. Even in poor countries, provided with important…

3D printing regardless of scale — New from MIT Alums

Rising designers and MIT alums Marcelo Coelho and Skyler Tibbits introduce hyper form, a way to print objects regardless of scale. 3-D printing has become the rallying cause for a rising generation of designers, engineers, and architects. There seems to be few limits to what the technology can do or what range of products it can spawn,…

3D printing scales up and integrating

The Economist has a good article on the current state of 3D printing at 3D printing scales up. Having been privileged to have watched several technologies evolve from early stage clunkiness to significant economic and cultural impact this seems like something to watch. It’s still very early days for 3D printing. Looking at 3D printing in…

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