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Producing sensors with an inkjet printer

Producing sensors with an inkjet printer
Microelectrodes can be used for direct measurement of electrical signals in the brain or heart. These applications require soft materials, however. With existing methods, attaching electrodes to such materials poses significant challenges. A team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now succeeded in printing electrodes directly onto several soft substrates. Researchers from TUM and Forschungszentrum Jülich have successfully teamed up to perform inkjet printing onto a gummy bear.
21st June 2018

Maximising production efficiency with 3D printed tools

Maximising production efficiency with 3D printed tools
By using 3D printed tools, jigs, and fixtures, Volkswagen Autoeuropa reduced cycle time operation, labour, and the need for reworking, while improving tool ergonomics. Furthermore, they achieve this at a tenth of the usual cost, the company estimated that they were on track to save €325,000 by the end of 2017.
20th June 2018

Magnetic 3D-printed structures crawl, roll and jump

Magnetic 3D-printed structures crawl, roll and jump
MIT engineers have created soft, 3D-printed structures whose movements can be controlled with a wave of a magnet, much like marionettes without the strings. The menagerie of structures that can be magnetically manipulated includes a smooth ring that wrinkles up, a long tube that squeezes shut, a sheet that folds itself, and a spider-like 'grabber' that can crawl, roll, jump, and snap together fast enough to catch a passing ball. It can even be directed to wrap itself around a small pill and carry it across a table.
19th June 2018


Five technologies that are improving the healthcare system

Five technologies that are improving the healthcare system
  Healthcare has so many applications for the latest technology. Now that Electronic Health Records (EHR) have been implemented in over 95% of hospitals in the incentive programme, it’s easier for hospitals to leverage patient data, implement new technology, and improve patient outcomes. 
19th June 2018

How is 3D printing revolutionising manufacturing?

How is 3D printing revolutionising manufacturing?
Today we can 3D print almost anything imaginable: from replacement knee joints to autonomous flying aircraft – and even food. Those who once scoffed at 3D printing’s utility are now having to eat their words. In fact, as one industry CEO pointed out, the entire US hearing aid industry converted to 100% additive manufacturing in less than 500 days, and not one company that stuck with traditional manufacturing methods survived.
18th June 2018

3D printer creates prototypes and end use components

3D printer creates prototypes and end use components
The latest 3D printer from Ultimaker is available from RS Components. The Ultimaker S5 targets the professional end of the market across a number of applications and meets engineering requirements from the creation of prototypes to full end-use industrial-grade components and parts.
7th June 2018

New 3D printers deliver increased throughput part quality

New 3D printers deliver increased throughput part quality
3D Systems has launched the new DMP Flex 100 and DMP Dental 100 3D printers, introducing superior quality, versatility and throughput for entry-level metal 3D printing and dental applications. Designed to be used flexibly for R&D, application development and production, the DMP Flex 100 provides up to twice the throughput compared to 3D Systems’ previous entry-level metal 3D printer, the ProX DMP 100.
6th June 2018

Adding more colours and materials into your 3D printing

Adding more colours and materials into your 3D printing
If you look back, 3D printing has come a long way since 1980 when its first patent was filed by Dr Hideo Kodama of the Nagoya Municipal Industrial Research Institute. At a time when many were still marvelling at owning paper printers, Dr Kodama described a photopolymer rapid prototyping system that would involve exposing UV light to a vat of photopolymer material, hardening it into plastic.
6th June 2018

Turning imaging datasets into physical objects

Turning imaging datasets into physical objects
The world is awash in digital images, from photographs to x-rays to computer models to 3D scans. The advent of 3D printing has made it possible to take imaging data and print it into physical representations, but the process of doing so has been prohibitively time-intensive and costly.
6th June 2018

3D printing platform selected for US air force research

3D printing platform selected for US air force research
3D Systems has announced that its Figure 4 Production system has been selected for the US Air Force-sponsored research focused on integrating high-speed 3D printing into the aircraft maintenance supply chain. Overseen by America Makes, the national additive manufacturing innovation institute, and led by the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI), this initiative project brings together 3D printing and aerospace manufacturing leaders, including 3D Systems, Lockheed Martin, Orbital ATK and Northrop Grumman.
15th May 2018


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