1st January 1970
From medical, education and consumer goods, 3D printing is constantly evolving, and is teaching us new ways of reinventing products,
Stratasys have done it again, with a breakthrough in 3D printing technology, the new J750 3D printer offers over 360,000 colours and a combination of six different materials, it’s now possible to print prototypes that are realistic and are so close to the finished product, that it gives a super realistic idea and lowers the risk associated with bringing new products to the market. The new printer will reduce production time, and will transform the design process for any different industries needing to design and produce prototypes in a short time frame in order to get products to market even faster.
The medical industry is perhaps the biggest industry that is benefiting massively from 3D printing, in terms of aiding complex surgeries, and helping to change the lives of many people with complicated injuries or life threatening illnesses. 3D printing helps surgeons to plan complex surgeries, and to create surgical guides. A surgical team in south Korea helped to save the live of a woman who had suffered from a rare form of a brain hemorrhage and needed surgery immediately, the woman required a skull transplant which surgeons created using titanium, as its lightweight and strong, creating a perfect replacement for the section of her skull that was damaged. Head injuries can be some of the most life threatening conditions to have, and some of the hardest to treat, however 3D printing is helping to improve this, and is helping to aid these surgeries very successfully.
Scientists have now created 3D printed ovaries that one day they hope can be implanted into women to restore their fertility. Having tested the theory on mice first, scientists hope that the same methods can be used on humans to help those who have suffered with cancer or for women who have gone through the menopause early. The 3D printed ovaries will be a breakthrough in science.
The British Royal Navy have launched a 3D printed Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) , more commonly known as a drone, to help the ice patrol ship navigate through the Antarctic. The drone is a step forward in warfare tactics and equipment, printed from four major parts and assembled without the use of tools, the drone was printed by the University of Southampton and is made from Nylon. The drone relays detailed pictures of the surrounding area back to the ship, and gives the ship views that are only available from the air. the drone named SULSA cost $10,000, making it cheaper than one hour’s flying time by a Royal Navy helicopter.