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Hanna Watkin

Hanna is a freelance journalist and writer from a dead-end county in deepest England who has come to Berlin to seek her fortune and write about the future (see:3D printing). Avid internet enthusiast and night owl.

By Hanna Watkin

Aug 31, 2018
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Working in the Nanoscale
MIT Engineers 3D Print Crystals from Billions of Colloids

Engineers from MIT developed a new technique called the direct-write colloidal assembly process. It can build centimeter-high crystals made from billions of individual colloids. They did this by uniting the principles of 3D printing and self-assembly.

Aug 30, 2018
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Take a Ride in Vomit Comet
Students Fly in Vomit Comet to Test Out 3D Printed Bioplastic Tools

University of Calgary students are working on a project which could provide astronauts with 3D printed plastic tools made from feces and genetically engineered bacteria. The students recently tested the tools out during a flight on the "Vomit Comet".

Aug 30, 2018
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The Future of Sight
University of Minnesota Researchers Develop Bionic Eye Prototype

Researchers at the University of Minnesota have 3D printed an image sensing array on a hemisphere: in essence, a bionic eye. It is the first-of-its-kind and, hopefully, will be used to help blind people see. 

Aug 29, 2018
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Researching Extra Small to Solve Big Problems
US Army Research Laboratory uses Atom Probe to Create Atomic-Level 3D Models of Specimens

Material scientists from the US Army Research Laboratory are using an atom probe to explore the structure of metal and ceramic specimens at the atomic-level and creating 3D models of the results.

Aug 28, 2018
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Sit Down!
3D Printed Concrete Benches in Adorable Woven Pattern

When a German designer, Studio 7.5 collaborated with a French 3D printing company, XtreeE, the result was an interesting 3D printed bench with a woven pattern. 

Aug 27, 2018
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Perfect for Broke Artists
The World’s First 3D Printed Printmaking Press Is Now Free to Download

The Open Press Project is the world's first 3D printed printmaking press which is a lot less expensive than traditional presses and just €5 in materials.

Aug 25, 2018
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Recycling in the Field
US Army to Print Parts On-Demand from Recycled Waste Materials

3D printing could reduce the wait time for vital parts that soldiers in the US Army face while on the battlefield or in remote locations. Researchers have found a way to use recycled materials from the base to create strong and usable filament.

Aug 23, 2018
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Improving Cancer Treatments
Student 3D Bioprints Cancer Cells to Improve Treatments

A Waikato University masters student is using 3D bioprinting to grow life-size tumor cells in 3D which may help improve treatments. Eventually, it may be possible to take cells from a patient, grow a tumor and see which treatments work best on it in a laboratory.

Aug 23, 2018
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Big Savers!
US Marines Saved $70,000 by 3D Printing Small F-35 Aircraft Component

A team of US Marines in Maryland were tasked with finding a landing gear component that attached to the door of a F-35 stealth fighter aircraft. By using 3D modeling and printing, they were able to replicate the component for just 9 cents.

Aug 22, 2018
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Brmm Brmm
XEV to Start Production of 3D Printed Electric Car at Chinese Mega Factory

XEV, the Italian car manufacturer, is starting production on a 3D printed vehicle called the LSEV next year at a “mega factory” in Jiangsu.

Aug 22, 2018
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Pretty as a Flower
US Students 3D Print a Sustainable Lotus House for Solar Decathlon 2018

Students from Washington University in St. Louis have been working on an energy-efficient prototype house for the past eight months. The Lotus House will be unveiled as part of Solar Decathlon China 2018 this month.

Aug 21, 2018
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Saving Vision with iFix
iFix 3D Printing BioPen Receives $1.1 Million in Funding

A BioPen which uses "ink" to treat eye wounds is closer to becoming commercially available thanks to the help of NSW (New South Wales) Medical Devices Fund awarding it $1.1 million.

Aug 20, 2018
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Build-it-Yourself!
Educational BOSEbuild Headphone Kit Developed Using 3D Printing

BOSEbuild is a team within the Bose Corporation tasked with the development of audio-based educational kits. The most recent project is a build-it-yourself Bluetooth headphone set which was made possible with 3D printing.

Aug 16, 2018
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Organ-on-a-chip
TU Wien Researchers 3D Print Artificial Placental Barrier on a Chip

Researchers from TU Wien, a university in Vienna, Austria have used a 3D printing method to create an artificial placental barrier on a chip. Its benefits include enabling researchers to learn more about how the placenta allows the exchange of substances between mother and baby.

Aug 16, 2018
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Reducing CO2 Emissions
Autonomous 3D Printed Olli Bus Undergoing Testing at University of Buffalo

Olli, the 3D printed bus developed by Local Motors, is undergoing testing at the University of Buffalo which will inform policy on transportation issues, reliability, and safety.