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3D printing´s startup competition with $15,000 award.

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According to the Inside 3D Printing, “considered one of the largest 3D Printing expos will be in Santa Clara California USA on October 20-22, 2015. The Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo have sessions for two days for tutorials and new technology information from experts. This year the expo has a startup competition. This year’s winner will get an award worth around $15,000.¨

Japan’s biggest 3D printed electronics show.

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Japan’s Biggest Electronics Show,
October  7  to  October 10, 2015, Tokyo
In this show, they are going to exhibit how 3D Printing is changing the industry.

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18th Expo Osaka (DMS Osaka).

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

OCT 7 – 9, 2015.

 

3D printed medicine from Aprecia Pharmaceuticals.

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For the first time, the US Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) has approved a 3D printed drug.
According to Aprecia Pharmaceuticals announcement,” the 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 to 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.”

THE EVOLUTION OF THE 3DP DOSAGE FORM.

SPRITAM is the first and only 3D-printed (3DP) medicine. 

3D printing glass.

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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.¨

Additive Manufacturing of Optically Transparent Glass.

Designing for, with, and by nature.

MEDIATED MATTER.

Neri Oxman.

 

The next industrial revolution based on 3D printing.

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

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3D Printed Car Close-up Look , Mouser’s Strati @ Westec.

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 computers have become smaller they have become more and more powerful. A computer in a phone that can be carried in a pocket is the order 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 the car. However, companies such as local motors have started the trend of Microfactories. Together, these types of machinery 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 a 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 aim at opening 100 Microfactories in the next 10 years.

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

Strati: a 3D printed car from local motors.