It was only a question of time really, 3D printed cat armor.
Author: Joris Category: 3D Printing Round Up.
It was only a question of time really, 3D printed cat armor.  - 3d printing roundup

It was only a question of time really, 3D printed cat armor.

This is the MakePrintable 3D Printing Roundup for the 18th of August. This is our attempt to separate the wheat from the chaff in 3D printing news, with one blog post to rule them all.

Printables of the week

On Thingiverse we have a super handy cable shortener,  a Nokia Lumia holder for an FSA gossamer bike stem, a six wheeled rover and a 3D printed RC truck with soft flexible springs.

3D printed flexible truck springs.

3D printed flexible truck springs.

On YouMagine there is this beautiful vertical wind turbine, a practical LAN cable repair clamp and an easy to mount headset holder.

A 3D printed thin man.

A 3D printed thin man.

On MyMiniFactory we have a fiber force pulley and on Pinshape we have a RC car tyre, 3D Printed Cat Armor, little Thin Men to populate your office, a $30 3D scanner and a hand holder.

MakePrintable News

3D Print Amman on the 25th.

3D Print Amman on the 25th.

MixedDimensions hosted the 3DArtists meet up in Amman. 3D artists were invited over for Knafeh and discussion about the confluence of 3D printing and 3D design.

The Mixed Dimensions 3D Artists Meetup in Jordan.

The Mixed Dimensions 3D Artists Meetup in Jordan.

On the 25th Mixed Dimensions will host 3D Print Amman to engage and stimulate the 3D printing community of Jordan and beyond, if you’re in the area see if you can make it.

Patents

Powder Diode Based Additive Manufacturing

Laurence Livermore National Security a lab set up to aid the US Nuclear Security Administration part for Laurence Livermore National Lab has developed a new 3D printing technology. The technology is High Powder Diode Based Additive Manufacturing. It works by

irradiating a powdered layer of a substrate using a pulsed optical signal sufficient to irradiate at least a substantial portion of an entire two dimensional area within which the substrate is positioned;
using a mask to selectively rotate and block portions of the pulsed optical signal from reaching the first layer of the substrate, wherein the mask absorbs substantially no optical energy from the optical signal as the optical signal passes therethrough
These laser diodes are a possible interesting alternative to other fiber laser based powder bed fusion technologies. Semiconductor made laser diodes are currently used in many applications and if their precision and power can be directly applied to 3D printing then it could be a very interesting technology indeed. Below is a video of a laser diode array used to cut paper. Previous Laser diode research was done back in 1997 by the University of Connecticut.

All your Feet belong to us.  
This one is a doozy, essentially the Ohio Willow Wood company has patented the 3D printing of a foot prosthetic. Whereas developing new technologies will benefit 3D printing, obtaining exclusivity to 3D print a certain prosthetic poses no value add for any of us.

Research

Way better pictures than your usual scientific paper on this 3D printed microfluidic valve.

Way better pictures than your usual scientific paper on this 3D printed microfluidic valve.

Neri Oxman and co at MIT showed how to make a 3D printed microfluidic valve using multimaterial 3D printing. If this can be done reliably then there would be a myriad of applications in processing and robotics.

A team at the University of Glasgow School of Chemistry, made “3D milli-fluidic structures for programmable liquid handling and control of biological samples.” They are exploring 3D printing and programable fluidics which could alter how things are made.

AI Biosciences collaborated with researchers to show how desktop 3D printers could be used for low cost sample preparation.

A Cardiff University team shows us how to use desktop 3D printers to make simple microfluidic devices.

Meanwhile Josh Pearce and co. at Michigan Tech made an open source 3D printed syringe pump library.

All in all a great time to be alive and love pumps, microfluidics and 3D printing. It is an increasing and substantial trend in 3D printing to see scientific teams in many fields use desktop systems to create low cost versatile scientific tools. This trend has become much more prevalent lately and I really hope that 3D printing will make science more accessible and cost effective.

One of the open source syringe pumps made by the Michigan Tech Team.

One of the open source syringe pumps made by the Michigan Tech Team.

Images & Videos of the Week

This reviewer on YouTube claims that this 3D printing pen is the worst thing he’s ever reviewed.

Titan Robotics shows us how to help athletes using 3D printing.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory shows us a super rare tour of their 3D printing facility. It includes never before scenes of projection microstereolithography machines and also electrophoretic deposition machines and bioprinting human blood vessels. Only 221 views and by far the most important 3D printing video you can see this year!

What the Muggles are talking about.

Eurobuild reports on the first 3D printed office building being opened in Dubai.

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