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 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
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.
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
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
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
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