This Week in the 3D Printing World: 3D-Printed Coral Skeletons, Brain Zapper, Recycled Urine Filament, and More - 3D2GO Philippines | 3D Printing Services

This Week in the 3D Printing World: 3D-Printed Coral Skeletons, Brain Zapper, Recycled Urine Filament, and More

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Coralise: 3D printed coral skeletons could save spectacular reefs from climate change

  • A 23-year-old new lover from Newport, Wales is attempting to save coral reefs by 3D printing replicas of coral skeletons.
  • The 3D printed coral works by replicating the corallite structures which are created as coral grows its skeleton. These structures then function as protection for juvenile corals in their developmental stages.

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HUMM’s 3D printed brain zapper gives video gamers competitive edge

  • HUMM, a startup based in Perth, Australia, is developing a 3D printed headset that boosts brain performance by delivering electric shocks to wearers. The device uses four electrodes to measure brain waves, and stimulates the brain to improve short-term memory and mistake evasion.
  • Tim Fiori, a neuroscientist at HUMM, says gamers are the perfect customer for the device, since they often wear headsets already. Gamers also use similar mental processes to pilots and long-haul drivers, who have trialled similar brain-shocking technology in the past to maintain alertness on long journeys.

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Astronauts may depend upon recycled urine filament for 3D printing in space

  • The Blenner Research Group is looking into the potential uses of a type of yeast called Yarrowia lipolytica, that feeds on the urea content of urine. With a little genetic engineering the group has proven that the yeast can be used to produce hydrogen and carbon – the atomic ingredients of nutrients like Omega 3, and polyester-based 3D printer filament.
  • Y. lipolytica yeast could be cultured on urea extracted in the urine purification process aboard the ISS. To make plastic, the genome of the microbe would then need to be edited using a process similar to CRISPR/Cas9 technology.

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Russia launches first 3D printed space craft

  • Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin has successfully launched the country’s first 3D printed satellite.
  • The spacecraft called CubeSat has a 3D printed hull, and numerous parts and components are 3D printed. The satellite measures approximately 300 x 100 x 100 mm, and also uses an electric battery, which reportedly has made use of 3D printing with zirconium for the first time ever.

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UBC researcher designs 3D-printed bones

  • People may one day be walking around with 3D-printed bones in their bodies, according to new research from UBC Okanagan.
  • 3D-printing bones can save doctors time and lower the risk of infection for patients, said engineering student Hossein Montazerian.

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