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A 3D printer saved the life of a baby boy with a rare disease that kept him from breathing properly, doctors are reporting in the New England Journal of Medicine. The boy, Kaiba Gionfriddo of Ohio, had been diagnosed with severe tracheobronchomalacia, a rare respiratory condition that caused his airways to collapse, blocking the flow of air to his lungs daily. About 1 in 2,200 babies are born with the condition, but only 10 percent of them have cases as severe as Kaiba's, according to his doctors. The boy's parents, April and Brian, learned something was wrong when he was 6 weeks old, when the family went out to eat and the infant turned blue. By the age of 2 months, Kaiba had to be intubated in order to breathe. Despite the breathing tube and a ventilator he also required, his breathing could not be maintained sufficiently.
A 3-D printed drone is shot down by insurgents near a far-flung base manned by the U.S. military. Within hours, a small lab dropped onto the base by a helicopter days before churns out a replacement — along with plenty of ammunition and reinforced shelters for the troops. A few miles off a nearby coastline, a naval ship-turned-factory harvests resources from the sea, and uses on-board printers to make everything from food to replacement organs. It’s a far-out vision for future combat, but at least one naval officer thinks it could happen.
An online marketplace for 3D printed designs hits the web. It’s called 3D burrito and it’s a place where people can buy and sell 3D designs made for 3D printers. It feels a bit like Shapeways , only 3D Burrito is more open source and focused on printing at home with your own 3D printer. Shapeways is more oriented on the whole solution, they offer a 3D printed product and mail it to your adress. Before the two founders (from Sweden) started the website 3D Burrito they where looking online for a printable design of a 3D Burrito.
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Blender 2.67 was released last week with a 3D printing toolbox. LGW spoke to Dolf Veenvliet, Bart Veldhuizen (Shapeways, Blendernation), and Rich Borrett (Ponoko) about the new tools and the future of 3D printing. As one of the impressively fast growing industries, 3D printing is lately all the rage in the press. Let's start with the basics. What do we know about 3D printing anyway? Increasingly affordable (under $1000 now) desktop 3D printers make it possible to turn designs into real plastic or metal objects up to 30cm large in any dimension.
28 February 2013 Last updated at 05:39 ET By Jane Wakefield Technology reporter Video of cube self-folding strand courtesy Self-Assembly Lab, MIT/Stratasys Many are only just getting their heads around the idea of 3D printing but scientists at MIT are already working on an upgrade: 4D printing. At the TED conference in Los Angeles, architect and computer scientist Skylar Tibbits showed how the process allows objects to self-assemble. It could be used to install objects in hard-to-reach places such as underground water pipes, he suggested.
NAMII's headquarters in Youngstown. (Credit: Flickr/ NCDMM News) A little over a year ago, 3D printing was a funky new technology that you might find at modestly sized booths in the basement level of the Las Vegas Convention Center at CES . Tonight, President Obama mentioned it in the same breath as Apple and Intel during his State of the Union address, while talking about ways to create new jobs and manufacturing in the United States. Here's the passage from the transcript:
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27 July 2011 Last updated at 19:09 ET By Peter Day Presenter, In Business Loughborough University's machines can even print larger structures such as building materials
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A variety of milli- and microfluidic devices printed in polypropylene using the 3D Touch printer. Image credit: Geoffrey J T Cooper/Lee Cronin/University of Glasgow UK scientists have developed 3D printing technology for making miniaturised fluidic reactionware devices that can be used for chemical syntheses, in just a few hours. Having recently built a 3D printer in his laboratory , Leroy Cronin and his colleagues from the University of Glasgow have now shown that intricate micro- and milli-scale reactionware can be printed.
It seems like not a week goes by without some mention of 3D printers somewhere. This time around, MIT students Ilan Moyer and Nadya Peek have developed Popfab, a 3D printer in a briefcase. PopFab is a multi-tool for the 21st century. At its heart is a computer-controlled motion platform and a means of attaching various toolheads. These enable PopFab to make objects from a digital plan in a variety of ways: current capabilities include 3D printing, milling, vinyl cutting, and drawing — with more on the way.
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An ORDbot Quantum 3D printer Timelapse video of a hyperboloid object print (made of PLA ) using a RepRap "Prusa Mendel" 3D printer for molten polymer deposition
Tough economic times make a powerful argument for investing in 3D printing. Not only does such money spent yield long-term strategic value — enhancing design capabilities and speeding time to market — it can also save money right now by raising throughput and reducing labor requirements. See for yourself.
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