According to Victor Surovec, program coordinator for the maker services and Sarah Lakenau,”The ‘teeth’ on this breastplate were created in a 3D printer using a scan of a real tooth from a grizzly bear, according to Sarah Lakenau, clinical assistant professor of costume technology in the School of Film, Dance, and Theatre at ASU. I emphasize to my students that they should use technology to solve a problem. There was a time you did have to be in a profession to have the skill set to run some of this equipment, but now, the usability of some of this stuff has gotten to a level where I teach a 6-year-old to design and print in 3D”.
A Swedish engineering group has 3D printed the world’s first composite diamond. According to Mikael Schuisky, Head of R&D and Operations at Sandvik Additive Manufacturing, and RAPID + TCT show in Detroit, “Diamond is harder than anything else in nature. It is a key component in a large range of wear resistant tools in the industry, but since it’s so hard and complicated to machine it is almost impossible to form complex shapes. To solve this, Sandvik has developed a proprietary process making it possible to 3D print diamond composite, meaning that this super-hard material now can be printed in highly complex shapes – and can thereby revolutionize the way industries use the hardest natural material on the planet. We now have the ability to create strong diamond composites in very complex shapes through additive manufacturing, which fundamentally will change the way industries will be able to use this material. As of now, the only limit to how this super-hard material can be shaped and used is down to the designer’s imagination. According to Susanne Norgren, Adjunct Professor in Applied Materials Science at Uppsala University, “Sandvik’s 3D printed diamond composite is a true innovation. It means that we can begin to use diamond in applications and shapes never conceived possible before. Just imagine what it could do to industries, when it is possible to print anything, in any shape – in the diamond.”
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