This Week in the 3D Printing World: 3D Popsicles, Soft Robotics, Bio-Inspired Armor Gloves, and More - 3D2GO Philippines | 3D Printing Services

This Week in the 3D Printing World: 3D Popsicles, Soft Robotics, Bio-Inspired Armor Gloves, and More

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McGill University scales bio-inspired armor gloves with 3D printing

  • A research team at McGill University are working to replicate the scales of gar fish — which typically takes the power of a hacksaw to break — and make hard-wearing work gloves through the help of computer-aided-design (CAD) and 3D printing.
  • The hope is that the material will eventually reach commercialization, fulfilling a gap in the market experienced by workers handling sharp objects like garbage.



Soft Robotics: 3D printable synthetic soft muscle is 3x stronger than natural muscle

  • A mechanical engineering professor at Columbia University Mechanical Engineering has been working with a group of researchers to develop a 3D printable synthetic soft muscle.
  • The research team developed a one-of-a-kind artificial active tissue that has an intrinsic expansion ability — without needing high voltage equipment or an external compressor like other artificial muscles.
  • This new material is able to lift 1,000 times its own weight, and has a strain density, or expansion per gram, 15 times bigger than natural muscle.
  • Soft robotics are inspired by living organisms, and can replicate natural motion, like grasping, to pick up soft objects and perform other delicate tasks that rigid robots can’t handle.



POSTECH research team 3D bioprints novel treatment for Ischemic disease

  • A research team at Korea’s Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) has used 3D printing to develop bio-blood-vessel (BBV) from a bioink made of vascular tissue.
  • The bioink combines, “vascular-tissue-derived decellularized extracellular matrix (VdECM) and alginate).” the ink was then used with a “versatile 3D coaxial cell printing method for delivering EPC and proangiogenic drugs (atorvastatin) to the ischemic injury sites.”
  • By using this method, the vessels served as drug carriers and could release the necessary medication in the appropriate area, boosting the possibility that an implant would be successful.



VTT studying nanocellulose and 3D printing for wound care and decoration

  • VTT Technical Research of England is studying cellulose nanofibrils which can improve bio-based 3D printing pastes for the purpose of developing a 3D wound care product to monitor the condition of patients’ wounds while in the hospital.
  • Nanocellulose allows for new surface patterns to be created in decorative elements, and it’s possible to print separate structures that are flexible, porous, and rigid, just by choosing the appropriate material combinations.



Thanks to this Los Angeles startup, the Internet now comes in different flavors

  • Using its own 3D technology, Los Angeles-based Pixsweet can combine raw food materials with pretty much any image you grab online to create its frozen treats.
  • Pixsweet started using 3D printing as a way to supply local stores with options that can be both affordable and more original than the average ice cream.
  • For any given order, 3D technology connects to open APIs that allow users to choose and upload an image from anywhere online. Using a patent-pending 3D thermo-injection technology (3DTi), Pixsweet turns the raw material into popsicles at the rate 1.3 seconds a pop.



INL 3D prints safer nuclear power cells

  • Idaho National Laboratory has developed an innovative additive manufacturing process for uranium-based feedstocks.
  • Dubbed Additive Manufacturing as an Alternative Fabrication Technique (AMAFT), the process makes fuel for common light water reactors (LWRs) that constitute approximately 359 of the 449 nuclear reactors around the world.