Dutch startup plans first 3D printed steel bridge to span Amsterdam canal.

A Dutch startup has unveiled plans to use robotic printers to weld the structure drop-by-drop in the first large-scale test of the technology. The company has unveiled plans to build the world’s first 3D-printed bridge across an Amsterdam canal, a technique that could become standard on future construction sites. Using robotic printers “that can ‘draw’ steel structures in 3D, we will print a (pedestrian) bridge over water in the centre of Amsterdam,” engineering startup company MX3D said in a st...
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PIXELIO Transforms Your Smartphone into a 3D Scanning Planetary Arm

A new UK-based startup, Smart 3D Company, Ltd., has come out with an innovative and easy-to-use device that, combined with a smartphone, will allow users to scan small objects in 3D, as well as take pictures or shoot 360° time lapse videos. The device is not only useful for photographers or 3D printer users, but also architects, engineers, graphic designers, bloggers and many more. PIXELIO, in combination with free software installed on your smartphone (eg. Autodesk 123D Catch), will allow us...
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System automatically converts 2-D video to 3-D.

Scientists at MIT and the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) have leveraged videogame technology to generate broadcast quality 3D video of soccer and football  matches from a 2D source in real time. The resulting video can reportedly be enjoyed with any 3D TV or virtual reality headset, and could lead to much more 3D content becoming available in the near future. When working to full effect, 3D technology can deliver highly immersive user experiences, but the content on these platforms is...
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3D printed objects may be toxic

Parts produced by some commercial 3D printers may be toxic, according to a new study that raises concerns about how to dispose of parts and waste materials from the devices which are becoming increasingly popular. Researchers at the University of California, Riverside studied two common types of 3D printers, one that melts plastic to build a part, and another that uses light to turn a liquid into a solid part. They found that parts from both types of printers were measurably toxic to zebrafish e...
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Scientists Can Now 3D-Print The Building Blocks of Life

Scientists have developed a 3D-printing method capable of producing highly uniform blocks of embryonic stem cells. These cells are capable of generating all cell types in the body and could be used as the ‘Lego bricks’ to build tissue constructs, larger structures of tissues, and potentially even micro-organs. They could also be used for stem cell regulation and expansion, regenerative medicine, drug screening studies, and potentially even for the construction of micro-organs. “It was really ...
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Magnetic 3D printing from Northeastern could help newborns

Researchers at Northeastern University are developing patient-specific 3D printed medical devices for newborns. Anything to do with babies tugs at the heartstrings of most anyone, so the idea of patient-specific catheters made to offer greater support to premature newborns is exponentially inspiring. Their innovative designs are different indeed in that they use magnetic fields to mold 3D printed material into customized devices and products. Meant to be more durable, as well as lightweight, Nor...
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3-D Printing Breaks the Glass Barrier

Researchers have cracked the challenge of printing glass through a nozzle. A team of MIT researchers have opened up a new frontier in 3-D printing which is the ability to print optically transparent glass objects. They demonstrated the first-ever machine that can print molten glass through a nozzle and make transparent glass objects layer by layer according to digital instructions. The 3-D printer G3DP produces optically transparent glass with the push of a button and contains a "kiln cart...
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Miniature invisibility cloak that can conceal 3-D objects by refracting light waves.

Scientists at the Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley have created an invisibility cloak made from a thin material covered with millions of gold-plated antennae which wraps around an object and uses the antennae to divert light waves from its surface, rendering it undetectable to the human eye. Light reflects off the cloak as if it were reflecting off a flat mirror. Unlike the fictional character, the ultrathin cloak is real, and it successfully concealed microscopic 3D objects from detection in vis...
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3D-printed toothbrush cleans all Your teeth in 6 Seconds

Imagine if you could brush your teeth in six seconds. Bizzident is the 6 Second toothbrush that provides a faster and better way to brush your teeth. This new and revolutionary technique of brushing has just been developed by a team of dentists who have created a toothbrush which they claim can clean teeth thoroughly in such a short amount of time. The process of ordering one of these custom-fit brushes begins in your dentist's office. Your dentist takes an impression of your teeth and sen...
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Drawing in the third dimension

Storybooks and graphic novels could soon be three dimensional. A new software platform from small business Mental Canvas reimagines drawing in the digital age. The company has introduced a new concept of picture books and graphic novels which are not flat two dimensional but could let us spin the whole story in a three dimensional setup. The company believes that digital illustration does not enhance the sketch value whereas if the image is presented in 3D, it acts as a communication tool ...
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Facial replacement via 3D printing

Amazing innovative technology was created to rebuild the human face with 3D printing in silicone. English chemist Frederick Kipping did his pioneering work on the study of the organic compounds of silicon which led to synthetic rubber and silicone-based lubricants used to enhance the decollete of dancers, seal fish tanks and now rebuild the human face. Industrial designer Tom Fripp was contacted by researchers at the University of Sheffield and asked if it would be possible to print struct...
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A 3-D Printer that can Sculpt Using Anything From Silicone to Nutella

Edible materials can make experimenting with 3-D printing more fun for kids. The latest technology from Ontario-based Structur3D Printing lets printers work with a wide variety of gel materials to produce everything from silicone-based orthotic shoe inserts to custom cake toppers printed from icing sugar. The technology of 3D printing machinery that carves or sculpts 3D objects from a block of material using a computer generated design has been around for years. Although fast and accurate,...
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Unique 3D Pen that Draws In The Air

3Doodler is the world’s first 3D printing pen. The pen, created by science inventors Max Bogue and Peter Dilworth is called the 3Doodler, and allows the user to draw in the air. It does not require any software but simply needs to be plugged into an electrical outlet for use. This pen has been fed into with colorful plastic thread. The thread is then extruded as heated plastic that cools and solidifies instantly as it exits the tip. This allows solid 3D structures to be drawn on any surfac...
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World’s first 3D-printed electric car

Order and pick up your customized personal car. That's the vision of Arizona-based company Local Motors. Local Motors plans to transform the traditional automotive world with the launch of a three dimensional (3D) printed car next year. Strati is an electric car developed by Local Motors and manufactured in collaboration with Cincinnati Incorporated and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. It is made from ABS plastic that has been enforced with carbon fibre. The car was manufactured using a Larg...
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MARVEL and 3D brain surgery

MARVEL is the world’s first 3D, high definition endoscope under 4mm with rotating tip . MARVEL which stands for Multi Angle Rear Viewing tool, has just received the award for Outstanding technology from the federal laboratory Consortium for Innovation in brain surgery Industry today has shifted from open skull operations to the latest techniques in which a tiny camera and tools are inserted through a small hole in the brain called an endoscope, a device that examines the interior of a body...
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