Category Archives: Business
3D Bioprinting Slaughter-Free Meat in Space with @AlephFarms
Have you tried the Impossible Whopper at Burger King yet? In my opinion it’s pretty impressive and these products are popping up everywhere. You don’t see slaughter-free ribeye on the market though. This is because the texture of ground meat products are relatively easy to mimic as compared to fully-textured meat such as a steak. The company Aleph Farms is trying to change this and if that wasn’t hard enough they’re doing it in space! Continue reading
STL Search Engine From @stlfinder
I ran across STL Finder and it’s a pretty cool site for finding 3D models for your 3D printer. I wouldn’t call it a “search engine” in the classic sense in that it doesn’t appear to be indexing broad online content like Google does, but rather it is indexing files from major and submitted online repositories. Continue reading
Lockheed Space 3D Prints a Titanium Tank for Half the Cost and in One Fifth the Time
Lockheed Martin Space Systems has used 3D printing to make a titanium tank. The effort was detailed in an article here and discusses the experiments to determine if the 3D printed parts could have the same or better quality compared to traditionally forged parts. Continue reading
The Anything Factory: A quick overview of @GEAdditive
So there you have three of the aspects of a great commercial: wit, misdirection and kids. However, in many ways it is truly descriptive of what GE Additive is setting out to do. According to their website:
As a leading user of the additive technologies, we offer years of experience and a commitment to accelerating additive’s adoption around the globe. That’s why we now supply innovative machines, materials and engineering consulting services to industries ranging from power and medical to aerospace and automotive.
“Like a Surgeon, Cutting for the…” 2nd Time Thanks to 3D Printing!
I love some Weird Al, but this song actually made me think of a medical application of 3D printing. I’ve seen a number of articles recently about surgeons using 3D printing to help practice complex, new and unique surgeries. Continue reading
Tea, Early Grey, Hot: 3D Printing of Food
Could the future of food be 3D printing? No doubt you’ve seen 3D printed chocolates and other novelties, but what about complete dishes like the replicators in Star Trek created? You may remember Captain Picard’s iconic, “Tea, Earl Grey, Hot” replicator order from Star Trek, but did you know both NASA and the military are actually working on similar technology? Continue reading
The Doctor Will Scan You Now. Will 3D Medical Scanning Become as Common as Blood Pressure?
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
3D Printed Religion?
So today is Fat Tuesday that is followed by Ash Wednesday tomorrow, so I figured we’d talk religion and 3D printing…yes, there does appear to be some connections and not just a 3D printed Jesus! Jahovah’s Witnesses do not believe in receiving blood transfusions and this often limits their ability to undergo lifesaving surgery. Here’s a great example of a blood recycling device made with 3D printed parts where new technology can save lives while still respecting religious beliefs. Continue reading
Bionic 3D Printed Man?
In past entries we’ve talked about 3D printing medical applications and now the Smithsonian brings is the Incredible Bionic Man. Combining several separate technologies, many 3D printing based, they have created a near 3D printed bionic man. Continue reading