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getitmade: market-test and fund your idea; from prototype to product3D Printer Success: University of California San Francisco (UCSF)As unhealthy as it may sound, Joe Derisi has a passion for viruses. DeRisi is a professor and vice-chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). At his lab, he and his team focus on the cause of malaria and investigate other viruses such as SARS, Avian Flu and others. Winner of a MacArthur “genius” grant, DeRisi is known for his enthusiastic pursuit of new techniques and is responsible for designing and constructing the “ViroChip”, a groundbreaking tool for detecting the presence of all known viruses in only one step. As you might imagine, DeRisi’s line of work requires a high degree of scientific rigor, which translates into substantial lab hours and equipment costs. “I researched 3D printing for several years and was looking for a printer that could quickly and inexpensively produce highly customized parts for the lab,” said DeRisi. The uPrint Cure
Los Angeles - Rapid Prototyping, 3D Modeling, ToolingGrow It 3D3D Printers, Rapid Prototyping, Milling Machines, and Service | Purple PlatypusChocolate 3D PrintingThe project is funded as part of the Research Council UK Cross-Research Council Programme – Digital Economy and is managed by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) on behalf of ESRC, AHRC and MRC. It is being led by the University of Exeter in collaboration with the University of Brunel and software developer Delcam. The research has presented many challenges. Chocolate is not an easy material to work with because it requires accurate heating and cooling cycles. These variables then have to be integrated with the correct flow rates for the 3D printing process. Research leader Dr Liang Hao, at the University of Exeter, said: “What makes this technology special is that users will be able to design and make their own products. A consumer- friendly interface to design the chocolate objects is also in development. Designs need not start from scratch, the web- based utility will also allow users to see designs created by others to modify for their own use. Dr Hao added: