Since 3D printing technology mostly uses plastic, it can add to the tons of millions of waste the people produce each year. Because of this, Oak Ridge National Laboratory has decided to create and use a plant-based material for 3D printing.
Their method has many advantages, especially in nature. Not only that but it offers a promising additional revenue stream for biorefineries. The new material that the scientists created has excellent printability and performance after they thought of tapping into lignin, a byproduct of the biofuels process.
After the Dutch 3D printing company, Oceanz, helped 3D print some of the components for Noah, the world’s first circular car made entirely from recyclable materials, they now want to save food by 3D printing vegetables.
With the help of the Cooperative DOOR, the two companies want to 3D print vegetables and are now finding ways to do it. They want to stop the food waste and it is one of the solutions they see.
One of the top brands in Europe, the Berlin-based dental clinic, ClearCaps, is now using Singapore’s Structo 3D printers to make clear aligners for its patients.
The OrthoForm 3D printer that uses high-speed Mask Stereolithography (MSLA) technology makes much cheaper clear aligners than traditionally made ones.
The Manacor Museum in Mallorca, Spain is encouraging its visitors to touch their 3D printed replica displays. The museum was only an archeological museum in 1908 but turned into a historical museum later.
The Manacor museum is starting with 12 exact replicas in their collections. It was scanned using advanced photogrammetry performed by Néstor F. Marqués. The objects were picked by the staff themselves.
3D Printed Field Kit
Because of continuous untreated and increasing new cases of leishmaniasis, a parasitic disease spread through the bites of sandflies, a company has decided to make a 3D printed kit.
It is still in a trial but the makers, Armauer Hansen Research Institute (AHRI) in Ethiopia, has stated that it will help people in far-flung places to be treated early on. The 3D printed kit can make so much difference