18th Expo Osaka (DMS Osaka)

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18th Expo Osaka (DMS Osaka). This is 18th DMS Osaka Expo for Design Engineering and Manufacturing, It has solutions for CAD,  3D printer measurement  zone.

OCT 7 – 9, 2015

http://www.dms-kansai.jp/en/

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FDA Approves the first 3D Printed Drug from Aprecia Pharmaceuticals

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FDA Approves the first 3D Printed Drug from Aprecia Pharmaceuticals

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For the first time, US Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) has approved a 3D printed drug.  According to Aprecia Pharmaceuticals announcement,” that FDA has approved their SPRITAM levetiracetam drug used for certain types of epileptic seizures.  Aprecia uses a ZipDose platform that creates pills by combining multiple layers of powdered medication.  This 3D printing (3DP) technology is based on research performed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  The 3D printed pill has a porous, water-soluble matrix that rapidly disintegrates with a sip of liquid.  This enables heavy doses of medication to be administered with a small sip of liquid.  This improves the patient experience.  Patients who have difficulty swallowing have a greater chance of missing a dose of the medicine.  Missed dose of medicine often leads to seizures.  Ease of administration of the medication helps manage the diseases better.  According said Don Wetherhold, Chief Executive Officer of Aprecia “By combining 3DP technology with a highly prescribed epilepsy treatment, SPRITAM is designed   to   fill   a  need for   patients who struggle with   their   current   medication experience.”

https://www.aprecia.com/pdf/2015_08_03_Spritam_FDA_Approval_Press_Release.pdf

https://www.aprecia.com/

http://www.spritam.com/

https://www.aprecia.com/zipdose-platform/3d-printing.php

 

 

MIT Develops Platform for 3D Printing Glass

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MIT Develops Platform for 3D Printing Glass

Mediated Matter Group of MITs’ Media Lab in collaboration with MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and MIT’s Glass Lab has developed an additive manufacturing platform called G3DP for printing transparent glass structures.  The G3DP platform uses two chambers, an upper chamber and a lower chamber.  The upper chamber is heated to a temperature of 1900°F to produce molten glass.  The lower chamber performs annealing by slowly cooling the molten glass.  The molten glass is funneled through a nozzle to 3D print fascinating glass structures.

According to Prof. Neri Oxman of the MIT Media Lab who directs the Mediated Matter research group, this research could lead to advances in creating fiber optic cables that transmit data more efficiently.

https://www.media.mit.edu/people/neri

http://matter.media.mit.edu/

https://www.media.mit.edu/research/groups/mediated-matter

https://wp.me/p64ptu-4d

http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/pdfplus/10.1089/3dp.2015.0021

 

Microfactories: The Next Industrial Revolution based on 3D Printing

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Microfactories the Next Industrial Revolution based on 3D Printing.

Over half a century, computers have reduced in size from machines that were as big as a house to machines that can be carried in a pocket.  Besides as the computers have become smaller they have become more and more powerful. A computer in a phone that can be carried in a pocket is orders of magnitude more powerful than the computers of the past that were as big as a house.

There is a similar trend in manufacturing thanks to 3D printing.  Car factories need a large amount of space, huge machinery, and a large number of workers to make cars.  This is so because different machinery is needed for making each part of car.  However, companies such as local motors have started the trend of Microfactories.  Together, these machineries need a huge amount of space and a large number of workers.  Now, a 3D printer can make most of the parts of a car.  Some of the complex parts are imported.   But the overall manufacturing of the car can be performed in a small location with only few workers.  Such manufacturing facilities are called Microfactories.  These Microfactories can be established closer to cities and create local jobs.  They reduce distribution costs and are therefore environmentally friendly.  Also cars can be manufactured to suit local needs.  Local motors has already opened Microfactories in Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Crystal City, VA.  Local motors aims at opening 100 Microfactories in next 10 years.

Another car manufacturer Divergent Microfactories is establishing Microfactories to make 3D printed cars.

Strati: a 3D printed car from local motors.

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Kevin Czinger, CEO of Divergent Microfactories showing a prototype 3D printed car.

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https://localmotors.com/3d-printed-car/

http://www.divergentmicrofactories.com/

 

 

3d Printed Engagement Rings

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3d Printed Engagement Rings

Jewelers are 3D printing jewelry for customers to try. According to Brilliance, ” a Florida based jeweler is letting customers order online 3D printed mock-ups of rings they want to try. A customer can get the better feel for a ring before buying it. Jewelry is typically expensive delicate and used to very sensitive occasions. This is why people hesitate to buy them online. Have you seen a picture of a hamburger in an online ad and it looks awesome? But when you actually buy it, it turns out to be tiny and not so appetizing. You don’t want that to happen with jewelry, particularly engagement rings.

The Brilliance makes online buying of engagement rings closer to an in-store experience by letting customers feel the rings and even try them on by using a 3D printed mock-up. People should be more comfortable buying an engagement ring online if they can hold and try at least a 3D printed mockup if not the original thing. However, this approach isn’t without shortcomings. For example, the feel of an actual ring may be different from that of a mock-up.  You are a step closer to the real thing but not quite there.  Also, this approach doesn’t work for someone who wants to keep the engagement ring a surprise. But buying from a store doesn’t solve this problem either.

Buying online has it advantages. You get to look at a bigger variety of jewelry online compared to a store.  You also get better deals. You can compare prices. All from your laptop. This is why, Brilliance is sending out between 100 and 250 of 3D printed rings a month. They allow customers to try rings in different sizes to allow them to find their correct ring size, try different diamond shapes, and try different carat sizes. If a customer has a 3D printer they send the files needed to 3D print the rings.  Or else they 3D print the rings and send the 3D printed mock-up to the customer.  Brilliance’s approach will make lot more customers consider buying engagement rings online.  It could revolutionize the way people buy jewelry”.:)

http://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2015/feb/05/3d-printed-engagement-rings-the-future-of-jewellery

http://christian.gen.co/ring

http://www.bt.com.bn/features/2015/02/08/future-engagement-rings-3d

http://www.brilliance.com/3d-rings

3D Printing a Bridge Over Amsterdam Canal Using Robotic Arms

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3D Printing a Bridge Over Amsterdam Canal Using Robotic Arms

A startup MX3D has disclosed plans to 3D print a bridge over an Amsterdam canal.  MX3D has previously used 3D printers to build smaller structures.  The bridge would be their first 3D printed large structure. The bridge will be 3D printed by robotic arms.  The robotic arms will heat metal to very high temperature and use the heated metal to build the bridge.  The robotic arms will be supported by the bridge as it is built. This is fascinating since the robotic arms will build their own support structure as they walk across the bridge. According to Joris Laarman, the designer of the bridge, “This bridge will show how 3D printing finally enters the world of large-scale, functional objects and sustainable materials while allowing unprecedented freedom of form. The symbolism of the bridge is a beautiful metaphor to connect the technology of the future with the old city, in a way that brings out the best of both worlds.” MX3D and the City of Amsterdam will announce the exact location of the bridge soon.

The construction for this bridge will start by 2017.

This technology will allow complex constructions in dangerous places, for example, on high buildings.:)

http://mx3d.com/projects/bridge/

http://money.cnn.com/2015/06/16/technology/3d-printed-bridge/

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/06/17/business/tech/robot-3-d-print-amsterdam-bridge/#.VaSJsPncijE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making Crafts from 3d printer waste

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Making Crafts from 3d printer waste

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According to the Designers, Seongil Choi and Fabio Hendry,” they have shown how to use the waste product of 3D printers to make the craft.  Their process builds solid bodies from line structures.  They pass a wire through sand combined with nylon powder obtained from 3D printer waste.  Electricity is passed through the wire causing the wire to heat up.  The heat melts the nylon powder causing it to bond with sand and creates solid shapes.  They have created several interesting shapes using this mechanism”.:)

http://www.rca.ac.uk/showcase/show-2015/schoolofdesign/designproducts/seong-il-choi/

http://seongilchoi.com/Hot-Wire-Extensions

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-33350275

http://hotwireextension.tumblr.com/

 

 

3D Printing Lab at University of Texas, Arlington

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3D Printing Lab at University of Texas, Arlington

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According to the University of Texas, Arlington (UTA),” they are making 3D printing readily accessible to students.  UTA has introduced a $200k lab with 3d printers and other equipment.  The goal of the lab is to make sure that students are familiar with various technologies including 3D printing technology when they go to the real world.  UTA is offering classes to teach basic operations of the 3D printer and related software”.:)

http://fablab.uta.edu/

http://library.uta.edu/events/uta-fablab-3d-printer-workshop

http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/UTA-Fab-Lab-3D-Printing-4_Dallas-Fort-Worth-278849011.html

 

3D Printing Food

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3D Printing Food

According to the Natural Machines,” has introduced Foodini, a 3D printer for food.  Foodini is a 3D printer that uses edible ingredients to 3D print food items.  Foodini can make salty, sweet, savory, or other types of food.  Foodini is connected to the internet.  A user interface allows a user to select what they want to print and the user interface lets the user know what ingredients need to be put in each capsule.  Currently the user loads ingredients into the 3D printer.  However, Natural Machines is working with food manufacturers to create ready-made capsules that can be loaded into the 3D printer.  The current version of the 3D printer simply 3D prints the food which then has to be cooked.  Natural Machines is developing a version of the 3D printer that will produce cooked food”.:)

“You’re not gonna walk into a kitchen appliance store, see a 3D food printer and say ‘Hey I need one of those, let me buy one!'” Ms. Lynette Kucsma, the co-founder of Natural Machines, Barcelona said, “It’s too new of a concept, people don’t know what it is.”

Consumers in more than 80 countries have expressed interest in the device. At about $2,000.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/06/tech/innovation/foodini-machine-print-food/

http://www.businessinsider.com/3d-printed-food-foodini-2016-4

Surgeons from China take help of 3D Printed Models for Separating Conjoined Twins

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Surgeons from China take help of 3D Printed Models for Separating Conjoined Twins


For the first time, surgeons in China used 3D printing technology to help with surgery for separating conjoined twins.  Surgeons at Fudan University Children Hospital in Shanghai used 3D printing models to help understand the anatomical structure of the body of three-month-old conjoined twin girls.  The doctors sent data gathered using CT and MRI scans of the conjoined twins to a 3D printing company.  The 3D printing company built 3D models of the body parts of the conjoined twins. The 3D model gave the surgeons a better idea of the anatomical structure of the body of the conjoined twins and helped the surgeons plan the surgery.  Doctors performed successful surgery and separated the conjoined twins.

http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-33077985

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/11666187/Doctors-separate-conjoined-twins-with-help-of-3D-printer.html

 

 

 

 

 

3D & Virtual Reality Expo in Tokyo

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3D & Virtual Reality Expo in Tokyo


According to 3D & Virtual Reality Expo (IVR),” this is an exhibition of the latest 3D technology and super high definition image technology. The exhibition is held in Tokyo, Japan. In 2015, the 23rd IVR exhibition was held from June 24th to 26th. The exhibition attracts people from various industries such as manufacturing, amusement, broadcasting, image production, content production, telecommunication, and so on.  The exhibition also attracts people from public offices, universities and research centers”.:)

http://www.ivr.jp/en/