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How 3D Printing Could End Hearing Loss
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How 3D Printing Could End Hearing Loss

One of the challenges in covering the continually evolving field of 3D printing is that while the applications can seem endless, the final benefit is usually the same – saving time and cutting costs.

This time, however, the primary takeaway is not only unique but potentially life-changing.

First, yes, there is an academic journal entitled 3D Printing in Medicine, and...

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3D Printer Could be 10X Faster
Additive Manufacturing / 3D Manufacturing

3D Printer Could be 10X Faster

A team of MIT engineers recently announced that they'd developed a desktop 3-D printer which could be ten times faster than models currently available. This speed increase translates to part production potentially going from hours to minutes.

The team identified three factors limiting the speed of current printers:

  • How quickly it can move its printhead.
  • The...

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NASA Starts Next Phase of $2M 3D-Printing Competition
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NASA Starts Next Phase of $2M 3D-Printing Competition

Getting human beings to Mars or beyond seems to be at the top of every aerospace engineer’s to-do list. And while exploring new worlds is exciting, there are also those mundane elements of exploration that will prove just as crucial – like finding shelter once we get to that new planet or moon. In response to this need, NASA recently launched the third phase of its 3D-Printed Habitat...

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The World's First 3D-Printed Bridge
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The World's First 3D-Printed Bridge

Dutch officials in the city of Gemert recently opened what is being called the world's first 3D-printed concrete bridge. Although it is intended primarily to be used by cyclists, the 26’ bridge has been tested to bear loads of up to five tons.

Although the bridge, which connects two roads over a flooded gully,  is not very long or wide, the composition and the means by which...

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