3D Printing Article Summaries
This memorandum will briefly describe recent articles about technological developments in the 3D printing industry. These articles, while not legally focused, will draw in readers with their exciting discussions of the new capabilities of 3D printers currently being developed. This memorandum includes brief descriptions of events that readers may attend to educate themselves about the 3D printing industry.
1. 3D-Printed Anatomy May Replace Cadavers for Medical Training - July 14, 2014
The Monash University has developed a "3D Printed Anatomy Series." The product uses CT and surface laser scanning to capture information in very thin layers and uses that data to make a 3D rendered model. A 3D printer is then used to recreate, layer by layer, a three-dimensional body part to scale. The University believes the series will be a low cost alternative to storing and using human cadavers to study anatomy in medical schools.
2. YouBionic -3D Printed Bionic Arduino Controlled Prosthetic Hand is Coming Soon - July 15, 2014
A company called YouBionic believes that a 3D printed prosthetic hand can be an affordable alternative to the high-priced prosthetic hands currently available to amputees. The company has announced that they are currently developing a bionic, electronically controlled, 3D printed prosthetic hand, which the company hopes will come with a price tag under $1,000- a fraction of the $50,000+ that current prosthetic hands cost.
The prototype has been fabricated using selective laser sintering of nylon, but the company wants to create future models on FDM based 3D printers. The company intends to use muscle sensors, which will detect electronic pulses in the surrounding muscles and detect intended movement, to allow the Youbionic hand to mimics a real hand.
3. The New Largest Delta 3D Printer on the Planet, The SeeMeCNC PartDaddy Measures 15 Feet Tall - July 22, 2014
An Indian based 3D-printer manufacturer called SeeMeCNC has created a 15 foot delta style 3D printer. The new printer allows users to print with plastic pellets, a much less expensive alternative to the traditional spool of 3D printer filament. The company boasts that the printer will be able to print objects nearly 10 feet tall and 4 feet in diameter, though accuracy will suffer, as each deposited layer will be much larger than that of normal size FDM printers.
As companies continue to push the limits of 3D printing, and competition emerges between the various manufacturers, the boundaries of the technology are likely to undergo expansion, both in size of the printers and their overall capabilities.
4. Zecotek Announces Advance in High-Performance Metal Alloy 3D Printing - July 21, 2014
The Canadian company Zecotek Photonics recently announced the beginning of testing and refinement of a 3D printer design that will allow for the use of a variety of alloys in the printing process. The company hopes that the ability to print quickly with high-performance metals will benefit companies that need to decrease the time between when they complete the initial phases of product design to the prototyping and refinement phases.
The increased efficiency the new printer offers will allow for a greater range of designs and products that can be evaluated in less time.