Researchers at Temple University have developed a design for a new nature-inspired surgical needle, using 3D printing technology. The needle is based on the stinger of the honeybee, with barbs carved into it in order to minimize tissue damage.
Innovative design studio Nervous System has experimented with 3D printing on fabric to create self-forming shapes. The project makes use of an algorithm to translate a 3D model into a flat pattern, and this is printed in plastic on to stretched fabric,…
A team of researchers have made use of 3D printing to reduce the risks involved with TAVR heart surgery. They took CT scans of patient’s hearts, which were 3D printed and successfully used as guides to test out the size and fit of the replacement valves, in order to prevent paravalvular leak.
Neri Oxman’s Mediated Matter Group has unveiled the final five “death masks” in the Vesper trilogy. This new collection is intended to explore themes of rebirth, and the masks were 3D printed using bioactive materials in order to release chemical substances, suggesting the future of bio-engineering and smart objects.
A team of researchers from NY’s University at Buffalo have made use of 3D printing to create an innovative set of dentures. They are implanted with an anti-fungal medication, which is gradually released over time to fight infections in the user’s mouth.
A team of researchers at CMU have developed a technique known as Thermorph, which 3D prints self-folding objects. Taking advantage of post-printing warpage in thermoplastics, the team used cheap desktop 3D printers to speed up the printing process by p…
China’s Peak Sport has released the first range of 3D printed shoes for volleyball. The shoes were developed by gathering data from a number of professional players and creating an advanced design for improved cushioning, which was then printed using SLS technology.
A joint research project between the University of Minnesota and the U.S. Army has taken inspiration from nature for 3D printed soft robots. The robots’ motion is based on that of invertebrates, as this allows for improved flexibility with less complex mechanisms and electronics, increasing the viability for battlefield use.
A group of students at the University of Washington has used 3D printing technology in order to make a useful household device. Their ‘smart’ device can be fitted to the cap of a bottle of laundry liquid, and it is capable of sending a message to a phone to order more detergent through the Amazon app, when the bottle is almost empty.
Marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge will run this year’s London Marathon in a pair of Nike trainers that were developed using 3D printing technology. The company used its Flyprint system to individually print threads of the upper fabric, in an effort to reduce weight and help Kipchoge achieve the fastest-ever marathon run.