The first 3D-printed drug has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Aprecia Pharmaceuticals has made a drug called Spritam (levetiracetam) that is used to treat epilepsy. By 3D printing the tablet can be made of layers of the powdered drug for rapid dissolution in what they call the ZipDose® platform. Cool to see another serious medical use of 3D printing!
No doubt you’ve heard of the potential of self driving cars and what they could potentially mean to safety and reduced traffic. With thousands killed in accidents due to driver error one wonders if 100 years from now we’ll wonder why a human was ever allowed to pilot such a dangerous machine. Self driving cars can even let the blind drive! Continue reading
It becoming apparent scientifically that in terms of long term health it’s not always just about weight, but percentage of body fat and it’s location. Recent movies like Fed Up talk of the fact that people can have normal weight, but have it distributed in all the wrong places due to poor diet. This has some organizations talking about using 3D scanning to switch from BMI (Body Mass Index) to BVI (Body Volume Index). We’ve talked before about 3D scanning for clothes sizing as all size 6’s or “mediums” aren’t created equal and this is the same for people who may have identical weight and height, but radically different bodies. Continue reading
In last week’s episode of Scorpion on CBS, 3D scanning and printing was at the center of the plot. In the episode called “Djibouti Call“, the characters used 3D printing to try to take down a group of bad guys by disrupting their funding which came through selling artifacts. By switching the real thing for a 3D printed fake they could wreck the groups reputation in antiquities Continue reading
I opened up my e-mail and was shocked to see Subway and 3D printing together with their #FULLYBAKED #CONTEST. The contest is being run through Twitter and until the end of the month you’re challenged to enter your sub inspired ideas to win prizes. I wasn’t shocked by the $500 gift card, but the offer of a 3D printed model of your idea was an amazing touch! This is the first mass market contest I can remember with a 3D printing twist. Get your ideas in, thanks Subway!
We’ve spoken in the past about some of the environmental benefits of 3D printing, but there are always two sides to a coin. The polymers often used in 3D printing can have impurities from their manufacturing process, coatings or other compounds which can cause health and environmental concerns. There was even an “accidental” study about 3D printed items being toxic to fish. A new company 3DPrintClean has a KickStarter campaign to capture the 3D printing plastic emissions that can be released during the printing process using a novel enclosure. Continue reading