The Best 3D Printing News of the Week

This Week in the 3D Printing World: 3D-Printed Vegetables, Brainlike Tissue, ATP Aircraft Engine, and More

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Put vegetables in 3D printers to make children eat them, research suggests

  • Researchers suggested that vegetables should be made into shapes using 3D printers to persuade children to eat those.
  • Experts believe the 3D printing of food could become the norm in restaurant, schools, and homes. Meanwhile, the lead author of the study, University of Foggia Professor Carla Severini, said the results were an indication of where the future was heading.



Scientists create 3D-printed brain-like tissue from stem cells

  • The research takes a step closer to making replacement brain tissue derived from a patient’s own skin or blood cells to help treat conditions such as brain injury, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, and schizophrenia.
  • A special bio-ink made from stem cells was used in 3D printing nerve cells found in the brain. The said bio-ink was made of human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC), which have the same power as embryonic stem cells to turn into any cell in the body, and possibly form replacement body tissues and even whole organs.



A closer look at GE’s 3D printed ATP aircraft engine

  • The advasnced turboprop (ATP) engine—with 1,300 horespower—is set to propel Textron Aviation’s upcoming Cessna Denali business aircraft. It will undergo testing later this year before its flight testing in 2018.
  • Gordie Follin, the head of engineering at the ATP program, believes that the engine is revolutionary because it will burn less fuel than other comparable engines while providing more power.



Disney Research develops new method for designing and 3D printing flexible, compliant mechanisms

  • Disney researchers will present their latest achievement—a computational design tool that enables the 3D printing of compliant mechanisms—in the upcoming computer graphics and interactive techniques conference in Los Angeles.
  • The method developed by former Disney Research scientist Bernhard Thomaszewski and Disney scientist Moritz Bacher is capable of automatically transforming a design for a “conventional, rigidly articulated device” into a flexible mechanism which fulfills the same function.



Ceramic 3D printing steps forward to end animal testing

  • A team of scientists from Madrid and Vienna has 3D printed a ceramic device for disease diagnosis and drug testing.
  • The researchers stated that the chip is “one of the most remarkable examples” of its kind since it opens up the potential of ceramic materials for use in organ-on-a-chip testing devices that can be used in place of animals or petri dish samples.