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NASA Demonstrates 3D Printing in Zero Gravity

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NASA Demonstrates 3D Printing in Zero Gravity

According to the NASA,” performed 3D printing under zero gravity in space to demonstrate that 3D printers work normally in space.  The International Space Station manufactured the first 3D printed object in space in November 2014.  NASA collaborated with Made In Space, Inc., to design, build and test the 3-D printer used in space.  Therefore, the first 3D printed object in space was a faceplate engraved with names of NASA and Made In Space, Inc.  NASA considers this experiment as the first step towards evolving use of additive manufacturing in space missions.  3D printing can be used as a fast and inexpensive way to manufacture parts in space, for example, to make repairs on International Space Station”.:)

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3D Printing In Zero-G Technology Demonstration by NASA

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3D Printed Custom Insoles from SOLS

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3D Printed Custom Insoles from SOLS

According to the SOLS,” this is a New York-based startup that provides 3D printed custom insoles.  To purchase SOLS’ custom insoles, a customer uses to take photos of their feet.  The customer also provides information such as height, weight, length of each foot and so on.  SOLS recommends taking help from a buddy to take photos and measurements.  SOLS takes this information and generates a 3D model of the custom insoles for the customer.  The 3D model is used to 3D print the custom soles for the customer. The insoles generated are thin and can be work in any kind of shoes.  One can also include the width of the shoe to make sure the custom insoles work well with the shoe.

SOLS provides SOLS Flex and SOLS Rx.  SOLS Flex are custom insoles for daily use. SOLS Rx is prescription insoles for hing with aches and pain of feet.

Soles was co-founded by Kegan Schouwenburg in 2013.  SOLS has raised almost $20 Million from investors”.:)



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ConforMIS: Customizing Knee Implants using 3D Printing

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ConforMIS: Customizing Knee Implants using 3D Printing

According to the ConforMIS,” this is a company headquartered in Bedford Massachusetts that designs and manufactures customized knee implants for patients  A CT scan of a patient’s knee is taken and a 3D model of the patient’ knee is created.  Using the 3D model, designs of implants customized to the patient are created.  3D printing technology is used to manufacture implants that are specific to that patient.  As a result, knee implants that are customized for a specific patient are generated.

Traditional knee replacement surgery is based on off the shelf implants.  A surgeon makes adjustments to the implants for a patient.  These adjustments may not result in a perfect fit for a patient and the implant can be either too big or too small.  In contrast, customized implants generated by ConforMIS’ technology are made to fit the knee of each patient.  Customized knee implants have been found to result in faster recovery, higher satisfaction, and improved ability to perform normal day to day activities.

Dr Philipp Lang, MD, MBA is the CEO and co-founder of ConforMIS.  ConforMIS owns or licenses approximately 470 patents and pending patent applications”.:)








DeeGreen and DeeRed 3D Printers from be3D

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DeeGreen and DeeRed 3D Printers from be3D

According to the be3D,” this is a 3D printer manufacturer headquartered in the Czech Republic and founded by David Miklas.  be3D started developing 3D printers in 2012.  be3D started with a 3D printer DeeOrange, a small personal 3D printer.  Based on experiences learnt from DeeOrange, be3D developed a new model, the DeeGreen 3D printer.

Currently, be3D offers two types of 3D printers: DeeGreen and DeeRed.  DeeGreen is an environmentally friendly 3D printer targeted towards schools, households, hobbyists, fashion designers, and so on.  DeeGreen uses Polylactic acid plastic made from cornstarch that is environmentally degradable.  DeeGreen is intended for office and home use.

DeeRed is a professional 3D printer with a spacious press chamber intended for industrial enterprises.  DeeRed is capable of 3D printing using different polymers.  DeeRed printer has two nozzles that allow it to print using two colours or two material.

Both DeeGreen and DeeRed are enclosed in a chassis for reducing the risk of injury while 3D printing.  Both 3D printers are designed to be intuitive and easy to use and come with a  touchscreen panel. The touch screen allows a user to use the printer without connecting it to a computer.

In 2014, Y Soft, a Czech company acquired 52% share of be3D.  Y Soft also provides SafeQ print solution that allows organizations to manage and optimize their printing, copying and scanning.